6.01.2009

Creature Double Feature with Tom Sniegoski-This contest has ended!


If you asked me today what book series I'd love to see on the big screen, it might surprise you to hear that I'd say that hands down it's The Brimstone Network by Tom Sniegoski. Imagine teenage Heroes or Mutants who are still developing their powers, and now drop them into the world of Hellboy. Now do you see why I'd pick this series?
Reminiscent of 80's creature features this is a can't miss series for monster and adventure addicts who want to get swept up an a great series. This month I'm giving away, to one very lucky winner, the Brimstone Network Trilogy signed by Tom Sniegoski and a copy of The Monster Squad. Because to fully appreciate the awesomeness of this series, you have to first sit and watch this 80's cult movie with an extremely greasy pizza.

The Brimstone Network

Thirteen-year-old Abraham (Bram) Stone has never lived an ordinary life. Home is a monastery in the Himalayan mountains, where the monks train him in otherworldly fighting skills. Bram's father, Elijah Stone, leads a group called The Brimstone Network - an order of warriors and sorcerers who provide the last line of defense against all paranormal dangers.

Bram always knew one day he'd take his father's place. But that day comes far too soon when a bizarre man named "Mr. Stitch" arrives at the monastery and breaks the news to Bram -- every member of the Brimstone Network, including Elijah, has been assassinated. Suddenly it's up to Bram to form a new Brimstone Network out of the rubble of the old, and hope that he can rise to the challenge in time to stop a terrifying threat to humanity.


The Shadow of A'ranka

Bram Stone and the other young teens he has recruited to join the Brimstone Network are still learning about their powers. When telekinetic Dez gets angry, there's little that can stop the damage. Emily can barely control the wolf inside, and after her parents finally discover her secret, she isn't sure she wants to. Bram himself knows he still needs to master his specter half.

But the group is going to have to learn fast. Terrifying supernatural beings continue to make their presence known on Earth, including one the new Network can't imagine how to stop - Vladek, a vampire who can't be killed.

As Vladek gains power, Bram and rest of his new network race to learn the truth about how to stop the vampire prince before Vladek can fulfill his devastating agenda and plunge humanity into total darkness forever.


Specter Rising

Just when thirteen-year-old Bram Stone has gotten the hang of running the new Brimstone Network and shielding all of humanity against the wrath of otherworldly beasts, an unexpected shock is sent his way. Ligeia, Queen of the Specter, the mother he's never known, suddenly appears in his life, leading Bram to explore his specter half as he never has before.
The reunion is overshadowed by a dark threat from Barnabas, an evil specter Warlord with a dark and insidious agenda. In this final showdown between the Brimstone Network and Barnabas, Bram and his team must join forces with the unlikeliest of allies to wage a war against Barnabas and his secret weapon: the mysterious being known as Trinity.



IB Teen talks with Tom!

IBT: If you could choose one fictional character to bring into real life, who
would you choose?

TS: I'm going to cheat here and give you a bunch of fictional characters
that I would bring to life. If I could, I'd bring the Wild Things from
Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to life. It was my favorite book
growing up, and it's still one of my favorites. The monsters are just
incredible, and I think I'd look pretty cute in that white wolf costume.
"Let the wild rumpus begin!"

IBT: How did you survive being a teen?

TS: I survived with good friends, and my love of "stuff". When I say stuff
I mean all the things that have sort of defined me as who I am today . . .
movies, comic books, toys, books. Without these things I think I would have
lost it. They provided me with the perfect escape when I needed it.

IBT: Have you ever written something that you feel uncomfortable writing,
knowing that your family and friends will probably end up reading it?

TS: I was raised Roman Catholic, so some of the religious stuff that I used
in my first series The Fallen rubbed some folks (my parents) the wrong way.
What I had to explain to them was that this isn't necessarily the way that I
think, it how the characters that I created think. I had to really stress
this to them. I had similar stuff come up with my adult novel, A Kiss Before
the Apocalypse.


IBT: What were some of the bigger issues you faced as a teen (that you can
share)and how have they affected the stories you've written? Do you think
these issues still affect teens today?

TS: Bigger issues . . . Hmmmmm, y'know, I really didn't have many issues as
a teen. I just sort of did my own thing. Sure, there were problems that
came up because of the weird stuff that I was into, but they were pretty
minor when you stop and think about them. Sure, I was called freaky and
bizarre every once in a while, but most of the people that I knew just sort
of accepted me for how I was. Other then that, there really wasn't anything
else that was an issue.

I think you see a bit of this showing up in quite a few of the books of
written . . . the outcast amongst normal folk. I think I use this device
quite a bit because it's so universal. We all feel like outsiders for one
reason or another.

And I think this issue will always exist, not everybody is the same . . .
with the same likes and dislikes . . . so somebody who feels like an outcast
will always exist.

IBT: My favorite character from the Brimstone Network is Mr. Stitch, his
inspiration is obvious but can you tell us how have the books you've read
inspired the books you've written, if at all? What about movies? The last
line in Brimstone Network reminded me a lot of the last line in Monster Squad
and it made me squirm with delight.

TS: I LOVE the Monster Squad :) The Brimstone Network was me writing the
kind of book that would have made me tremble with delight when I was a kid.
I was always a huge fan of the adventure stories and characters that came out
of the 1930's and 1940's (The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Spider) I used to read
paperback reprints of these old time stories and just fell in love with them.
These, plus my love of monster movies and superhero comics were all that I
needed to come up with the Brimstone Network.

The Brimstone Network was written for me . . . Tom Sniegoski . . . if I was
twelve or thirteen today.

Did I mention that I LOVE the Monster Squad?

IBT: What is the strangest thing you have ever gotten inspiration from?

TS: Inspiration is strange with me because it comes out of nowhere. I
could be walking my dog, Mulder, and suddenly an idea springs into my head .
. . or taking a shower, or going to the bathroom for Pete's sake! It like a
spark going off inside my brain . . . usually there is no rhyme or reason. I
never know when it's going to happen. Sure, I can feel suddenly creative
when I see a good movie, or hear a particularly awesome song, but this is
nothing compared to the weird lightning bolts that sometime go off in my
head.

IBT: Many writers say parting with a character is hard. Do you ever look back
on a character and wish you had changed something about him or her?

TS: Not really. I have desires to come back to the character sometimes,
and to write more stories with them. My characters in The Fallen are prime
examples of this . . . I'd love to look them up now, see what they've been up
to. The characters in my Sleeper books as well.

IBT: What is the one thing such as, sky diving or any other daring thing, that
you would love to do but you are too afraid?

TS: It's not that I'm afraid to, it's just out of my comfort zone. I wish
I liked to travel more . . . I hate it. If I could go to sleep and wake up
in my destination, that would be perfect. I can't stand the whole drawn out
process of traveling. It's a nightmare to me. And as far as sky diving and
stuff, yeah, right. I'm crazy, not stupid.

IBT: What do you do when you are faced with writer's block? What helps you get
over it?

TS: I usually work on writer's block one of two ways. The first thing I do
is to step away, and to do something else (go to a movie, read some comics,
listen to music). Getting away from a project for a bit sometimes helps the
juices to ferment a bit, and things become a whole lot clearer when you go
back to it. The other thing I sometimes do is just to struggle on, forge
ahead . . . beat the story into submission. Bend it to my will, so to speak
. . . break down the block with mental sledge hammers. This one doesn't work
all the time, but every once in a while it's the right thing to do.

IBT: You've written so many books, out of all of them, which is your favorite
character or series you've created?

TS: I think my favorite character is Remy Chandler from my adult, dark
fantasy series. The first book is A Kiss Before the Apocalypse, and I think
it's the best thing I've ever written. As far as my YA stuff, I think The
Fallen series is my favorite out of that stuff. A whole cast of really
awesome characters that I really grew to love.

IBT: Are you working on anything now and can you share anything about it with
us?

TS: The project I'm currently working on is sort of top secret, so I can't
talk about that, but I can tell you about a book that I just finished that
will be out in October of 2009. It's called LEGACY and I think people are
really going to dig it. The premise of the book is, what if you were an
eighteen year old, high school drop-out, and the father you never knew
growing up suddenly came back into your life . . . and he's a real life
superhero . . . and to make matters worse, he's dying and wants you to carry
on the family tradition. What do you do?

How does that sound?

IBT: Do you have an escape plan in mind if zombies were to invade?

TS: No escape plan necessary. I'm going to find out a way to control the
Zombie hordes--becoming the Zombie Whisperer--and rule the world with my
faithful dog Mulder by my side.

What a glorious world that would be.

21 comments:

Kathleen Elizabeth said...

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Kathleen Elizabeth said...

i'm a follower

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Kathleen Elizabeth said...

i posted the link to the contest in the sidebar of my blog
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KatieDoll said...

wow, sounds amazing. right up my alley.

i'm a follower.
and i've posted a link on my sidebar. :]

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Alexa said...

Enter me please!

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Alexa said...

I'm a follower.

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Kate said...

I'm already a follower. Please enter me ^_^

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elaing8 said...

please include me in the giveaway
thank you

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elaing8 said...

I'm a follower

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sgentili said...

Very Cool stuff. I loved the movie as a kid! Enter me please ^_^!

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babygirlG said...

I'd love to be entered please. I'm a follower.

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MelRox said...

lovely blog! I hope you find what you are looking for Perla. And keep on blogging.
Mel

fuNky*sOuL said...

hi there! i'm following you plus i also posted a link in my sidebar at funkysoul.blogspot.com.

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thanks!

Kate said...

P.S.
You have some awards:
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Linna said...

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barbrafl said...

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MandyK said...

I follow =)

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barbrafl said...

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Paradox said...

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KatieDoll said...

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