Slade's Disciples

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Slade's Disciples

Postby Slade » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:14 am

Do you consider yourself one of Slade's Disciples?

It's time for a new group. We have the Sladists: everyone who has read the 13 Slade novels. We have the Ghouls (named for the club in the 1st chapter of GHOUL): everyone who attended the reading at Poe's Grave in 2004, or the next event. What's missing is Slade's Disciples: those who go out and actively spread the word.

When I began writing in 1981, an author sent a typed manuscript to a publisher. The publisher sent it to a typesetter to put it into print. The book was then sent to those in the media who do reviews. If a reader was moved to communicate with an author, he/she sent a letter to the publisher. Every so often, the publisher would bundle them up and send them to the author, sometimes months out of date. Hopefully - I always did - the author would write back.

What a different world we live in today. Manuscripts are put into print off an anthor's disk. The media doing traditional reviews are still around, but greatly curtailed. The action is on the Internet, where anyone can review, and where fans can connect with authors in real time.

That's where you come in, if you're one of Slade's Disciples.

Obviously, this Board collects the hardcore fans. It's evident from your posted reactions to CRUCIFIED that you like the book. If you don't spread the word on the Internet, who will? So I hope you'll take the time to go to Amazon.com, .ca, .uk, Borders, Barnes & Noble, the various mystery and horror boards, etc., to spread the word and report back - either by posting here or in a PM - on what you've done.

Those who do will be registered as one of Slade's Disciples, and partake in the rewards.

That sound of hammering you hear is the Webmasters forging a brand-new Slade Website. The Disciples will get a preview.

THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR has just been published. 410 pages of lists by Stephen King, Eli Roth, Ray Bradbury, Ed Lee, and countless others. Slade's list is on pages 233 - 236, and he's in other lists on pages 282 and 385. The Disciples would get a preview.

The HEADHUNTER movie is bubbling along. If the stars align, it will soon go into casting. The Disciples will hear first.

Slade is about to present his Shock Theatre for Halloween, and has done a podcast. The Disciples will get a preview.

As someone once said, "Membership has its privileges." The reason the Disciples deserve those privileges is because they will take the rewards and spread the word. Membership in the Disciples is open to everyone. So, who rides with me?

Do you consider yourself one of Slade's Disciples? If so, mount up, spread the word, report back on what you've done, and collect your membership key.

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Postby e_taylor » Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:06 am

:D Finally something I excel at! Aside from telling everyone I talk to and forcing Slade books upon them - I showcased my Slade collection on a Stephen King/ Dark Tower website, and got a few of the members (some of them the biggest SK collectors in the world) interested!

My Collection page at thedarktower.com:

http://www.thedarktower.com/palaver/sho ... php?t=3339

SPREAD THE SLADE!! :twisted:
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Postby Judy » Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:25 pm

Well . . . I don't spread too much around on the internet . . . but I do tell everyone I know what I'm currently reading and make suggestions to them when they are looking for a good author.

I do hope Slade that you don't carry it so far as to become another James Patterson (an author that I DO like) but who seems to have become the Thomas Kincaid of the book set . . . .

I rather like our intimate little group here . . . when there are 3000-4000 members . . . it's rather difficult to have any sense of community . . .


Just my $.02 worth . . . . :roll: :twisted:
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Postby Mbwun » Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:34 pm

Quite often there are book recommendation threads in the TotalFark Discussion section of fark.com, and if the person is looking for horror/thriller/detective/mystery type books, I always give a shout out for a Slade novel. Unfortunately, you have to have a TotalFark membership in order to view the threads in TotalFark Discussion, so it would be pointless for me to link to one from here.

I also get into discussions about Slade when I'm shopping the book departments of thrift stores, as well as browsing in stores such as Chapters. And I definitely give a shout out for a Slade novel when I meet up with someone browsing at one of the used book stores around here.

I used to give shouts out to Slade at this Horror Forums site that I was a member of, but it seems to have disappeared from the internet. Other than that, I haven't actually participated on any other horror-related message board other than the Preston/Child message board - and I've given shouts out to Slade there several times in the past.
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Postby dreab trawets » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:08 pm

Does this count.
My new avatar is the one i have on Facebook.

As expressed by Judy, and as seen on your MYSPACE site, too big can sometimes be unwieldy. And messy, and the main point is lost in the background.
But why this sudden activity in the realm of Cyberspace??
I still think it has something to do with research, for whatever reason.

And be careful, or i will set Steelclaw32 on you.

HA HA HA


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Postby steelclaw32 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:19 pm

EH?! now what'd I do dreab.! I done novingink honest guv.! *ulp* :o
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Postby Slade » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:28 am

Other writers are constantly saying to me, "Why do you spend so much time with readers on your Message Board? If you stopped and held back like others do, you could write twice as many novels."

My answer has always been, "These are the people I write for. Who else would I rather spend time with."

Last week, however, someone took the ultimate dig. He said to me, "I've heard so much about how you have the fans every writer desires, so how come none of them bother to spread the word on Amazon? As far as I can tell, you've got one fan."

http://www.amazon.ca/Crucified-Michael- ... 487&sr=8-1

I'll be honest with you. That made my blood boil. I thought, "Buddy, I've got a lot more fans than that."

Thus this thread.

If you go to the CRUCIFIED thread on this Board, you'll see Sladists coming in with good reviews as each of you reads the book. What I'm asking you to do is to go out there and let your opinion be known. One, because it's important in how things work. Movie people check that, etc. And two, because the next time I see that arrogant fool who disparages my fans, I want to be able to say, "Check again!"

So, how about this. Let's have some fun. The definition of a Disciple is a Sladist who posts on Amazon.ca. The Disciple who posts on Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, and Amazon.uk is a Disciple To The Third Degree. Consider that a black belt.

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Postby dreab trawets » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:10 am

Done amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, about to do amazon.fr.
You have to wait 24 - 48 hours for proof.
Started with Ghoul, and will then do Headhunter, Ripper, then Crucified.
Saw a young POHLSE, on one site reviewing Ghoul. So i think you should look around at your other books to see what is written. There is a lot.

Also, you have to buy something from some sites, so if this is a marketing tool, which i hope it isn't then shame on you sir
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Postby e_taylor » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:26 pm

Hmm ... well I have a boycott of amazon that has been in place for some years (don't get me going on that) but, I posted a review on chapters.ca - does this, and similar selling sites count?

Another good place to center some promo would be to flood the Horror Mall forums (and I don't mean it as negatively as it just came across there -- BUT, it'd be a good place for us to sign up and discuss Slade)- they've got horror fans and collectors the world around, AND we've already got a friend in Bev Vincent there!
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Postby Slade » Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:03 pm

You have me laughing, d.t. Do you really think I would do that to my faithful fans! If so, you don't know me.

The Site and the Boards have been going for ten years. As you can tell from my posts, when I like something, I spread the word to you. Do I like THE SHIELD, DEXTER, INSPECTOR LEWIS, what are my favorite horror stories? Do I think you should read "Lukundoo"? I'm sitting reading THE BOOK OF LISTS: HORROR, and on page 292, I come across "Amy Wallace's Thirteen Most Memorable Moments Reading Horror Fiction." Number 3? "Lukundoo." The moment I read that, I thought, "I hear you, baby," and knew this was a woman I'd like to sit down with over a bottle of wine and discuss horror.

On page 385, I got a jolt. "The Real Names of Eleven Horror Legends." The eleven? "Boris Karloff, Jack Ketchum, Marilyn Manson, Charles Beaumont, Rob Zombie, Saki, Bela Lugosi, Alice Cooper, Michael Slade!!, Lon Chaney, Sr., and Ozzy Osbourne." Do I want to meet who wrote that list? You bet.

In 2003, I was walking along a corridor toward "Cow-thulu's Casino," the mixer on the first day of the World Horror Convention, when a tent sign pulled me into a room to kill a few minutes with "Theater of the Mind." Just some chairs, a tape player, and a guy who's obsessed with radio plays from the 1940s. "Three Skeleton Key" came on, and I was hooked. By the time I wandered out, the casino was over. It didn't matter. That was the highlight of the con.

So, what did I do? Bury that in my mind and keep it a secret? Hell, no. I looked for an opportunity to introduce others to what had thrilled me. Thus, this October...

http://www.siwc.ca/schedule/2008/friday

If you're reading this, I assume you like Slade's stuff. Do you want international publishers to pick it up? Do you want producers pumped on putting the books into film? Do you want people of like mind to join the conversation? Well, you know how the world works. If you really want it, you get out and spread the word.

It's as simple as that, d.t. Fan is short for "fanatic." (def.: an enthusiastic devotee or follower).

I've been a fan all my life. I literally tingle when I meet people who like what I like. WS tells me there's a new BLACKHAWK Archive out. I read BLACKHAWK back before the Comic Code Authority ruined everything. I was six. Did I buy it? Man, I couldn't wait. Being a fan has given me more pleasure than just about any other thrill.

The day the fans lose their enthusiasm is the day I stop writing and return to the courtroom for the adrenaline high of a murder trial with everything on the line.

Life's too short for apathy, my mom used to say.

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Postby dreab trawets » Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:36 pm

Apologies for any offence.
The reason i like your writing is your reference material, which i look at and wander down my own aisles with. Not many other authors allow me to do that.
There are authors out there that gauge whether their books are liked or not by the responses on websites, on book sites etc.

You should not fall into that trap.
You should know that your fans are above average, and following the crowd is not part of our repertoire.
When we can shout, we will shout from the rooftops, as i have done on Facebook, and now amazon.com / .co.uk
But if too many people shout, it gets lost, and mangled, and so the reason for the shouting gets lost too.
See how many people have logged on to your Myspace account, why?? Because you have become renowned without the bellow of reviews. Other authors want to be associated with you because of who you are.
People want to read what they want to read, and being pushed towards an author by many voices can make them rebel.

Yes there are very few reviews of Crucified. But of your other books, there are lots of reviews.

So we will shout, but not to the point where people lose interest in why we are shouting.

Just my 2pence worth.
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Postby steelclaw32 » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:06 pm

And STEELCLAW, do you still have your connections...??? HA HA HA



Maybe, nawt sayin'. They were good times and bad, just soon let the past
bury the past myself. :lol:
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Postby WaywardSoul » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:00 pm

Slade wrote:On page 385, I got a jolt. "The Real Names of Eleven Horror Legends." The eleven? "Boris Karloff, Jack Ketchum, Marilyn Manson, Charles Beaumont, Rob Zombie, Saki, Bela Lugosi, Alice Cooper, Michael Slade!!, Lon Chaney, Sr., and Ozzy Osbourne." Do I want to meet who wrote that list? You bet.


So do I, Slade.

Replace Jack Ketchum and Saki with Clive Barker and John Carpenter and that's pretty much MY list!
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Postby Slade » Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:31 pm

WS,

Your stock just went up in my mind (not that it wasn't high enough already), and that's about the only stock going up these days, when you left Charles Beaumont on the list.

Charles Beaumont?

The name seems to leave so many glassy eyed. "Who he?" as Pogo used to say.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Beaumont

Beaumont was born in Chicago as Charles Leroy Nutt to an abusive mother who frequently dressed him in girls' clothes and once killed one of his pets as punishment.

When Beaumont was 34 and overwhelmed by numerous writing commitments, he began to suffer the effects of a mysterious brain disease. His speech began to get slower, he seemed to age much faster than normal and his ability to concentrate and be creative quickly disappeared.

He died in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 38.


WS, you missed the clue "real names" and I forgot to mention that all are pseudonyms, so Barker and Carpenter don't count. But you pointed out a telling fact in doing so: how come your list is made up of people who use other names? What does that tell us about the genre? Is that why JEKYLL & HYDE is my favorite story?

Hmmmm. Interesting.

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Postby bloodyhands » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:05 am

Hi guys, the tension in here was getting a little thick huh? Slades books are the best and I don't mind putting work in to promote them. I just don't do that for anyone but Slade is a writer like no other. I think he is way underated. Go to any book store and you can see. He hangs with us on here a lot more then any other writer would. He hangs with the Ghouls. He is the only writer with a perfect writing record with no bad books.
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