Follow Friday #3 – Edward M. Erdelac

Firstly, the formalities: “Edward M. Erdelac is an award winning screenwriter, an independent filmmaker, and contributor to Star Wars canon. He’s been published in several magazines and is the author of Buff Tea, Dubaku, and the acclaimed weird western series Merkabah Rider.”

Secondly, he’s my friend and he’s been a big help and inspiration for me getting this writer thing going.

Thirdly, the Merkabah Rider series is one of the best weird westerns you will ever read.  Whenever I recommend weird westerns, it’s the first series I go to.  You cannot, unfortunately, purchase the first book anymore, and the second and third books will be joining that list over the next year or two as well.

Now, it’s true that my Follow Fridays are usually going to be me promoting friends, but the thing with Ed is that I started out just a fan.  We became friends over the past few years because I was totally floored by how good the first Merkabah Rider book was.  I had just discovered Lovecraft and Howard a year or two before.  I’d finished the Dark Tower series around the same time and found myself wrapped in the loving embrace of the weird west.  An old blog, The Weird West Emporium, which is now operating off of facebook, led me to a whole bunch of exciting new things and discussions.  Among them, was a recommendation for the first Merkabah Rider book.  I bought it, devoured it, and as soon as I saw the second book was out, I did the same for that.  I can’t remember the specific order of events, but I sought Ed out on facebook and found him friendly and fun to interact with (something that still holds true).  I think I surprised him with my enthusiasm.  Maybe not though.  In any case, we ended up chatting some, and before the third book came out, we got more familiar.  Three years later and I’ve seen the man finish the story of the Rider, put out plenty of new stuff, and get a story in Star Wars magazine.

He’s a good writer.  He works hard on his stories, does the research he needs to (something that I think shines through supremely with all the Jewish mythology in Merkabah Rider, however liberal the depictions), and he’s also happy to chat with folks.  So, seriously, drop by facebook and give him a like, or follow his blog, and hit up his Amazon store and grab a book or two.  Oh and don’t worry, he’s going to bring the Rider’s story back.

Follow Friday #2 – Wilbur Whateley

the elder signObviously, this is not the real Wilbur.  Wilbur died decades ago, as we all well know.  Or maybe it is the real Wilbur, reincarnated but much friendlier.  In any case, the blogger and Weird lover known as wilburwhateley around Tumblr is, without a doubt, one of my favorite people.  Why?  Well, aside from basically being a Lovecraftian scholar, they’re just a lovely person.  I don’t know if that friendliness is some abominable ruse planted in them by their father, to lull us into a false sense of security this time around, maybe to appear as a non-threat to animals, whose senses are attuned to the otherworldly in ways our vapid human senses are not, and succeed with their previously failed plot to free the terror lying hidden beyond the veil at Dunwich.

Or maybe, they’re just a lovely person with a fascination with all things Horror and Weird.  We started corresponding more when, after seeing my posts about funding my kickstarter, they messaged me and offered to post/reblog the information.  At one point saying, As much of an ass as the old man could be (ha), he was nothing if not encouraging to and supporting of fellow Weird writers and relied on others for support for his own work when he needed connections or encouragement, etc. I think that’s a positive aspect of his personality that’s worth replicating.”  On top of that, they’re always happy to answer questions from readers.

So if you wanna look at some eldritch art, discuss some weird fiction, or discuss the state of horror movies today, why not drop on by and Wilbur a holler.  What’s the worst that could happen?

Follow Friday #1 – S.A. Hunt

First Follow Friday and I’m gonna put my buddy SA Hunt out there for everyone.  SA is a recent winner of the /r/Fantasy Stabby Award for Best Self-Published/Indie Book of 2014 for the third book in his Dark Tower inspired Outlaw King series, Ten Thousand Devils.  In his own words, “I am a U.S. veteran with very little money and far too much free time, which is now spent telling lies about time-bending cowboys and brainwashing witches. I live in a shack in the woods in Summerville, GA, where I write books, drink moonshine out of a clay jug, and play music with spoons.”  Currently, he’s working on a new, standalone horror novel and trying to gather funds to attend the World Horror Con and Dragon*Con this year (and you should definitely kick him a buck or two).

You can find him and all the places he frequents on his site, The Usual Madman and his works on his Amazon shop.  And if you’re a fan of weird westerns, you should hit up goodreads and join our upcoming February group read.