Chock full of anecdotes—some heartbreaking, others laugh-out-loud funny—I Was A Teenage Cuban Arsonist is a powerful memoir of Ramiro Perez's adventures growing up in pre-revolutionary Cuba, and later, as an exile in Miami.
As a youth, Ramiro and his two older brothers get into trouble with bloodthirsty nuns, discover girls, and inadvertently burn down the family farm. Upon arriving in Miami, he is recruited into a counterrevolutionary movement formed to oppose Castro. In a blink, Ramiro goes from penniless immigrant to soldier of fortune.
Likening this book to a "highlight reel" of his life, Perez's life story promises intrigue, adventure, and the tongue-in-cheek humor he is known for.
A while back we reported that our upcoming anthology of automotive horror, It Came From The Garage!, was sure to have twists and surprises, including surprise authors. Today we reveal the first of those surprise authors. It's none other than the UK's very own Guy N. Smith. He's a best-selling author with over one hundred books to his name. Best known for his pulp fiction-style horror, Mr. Smith's literature is beloved at home in his native UK and internationally. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural considers Smith's horror novels: "endearing, imbued with lively storytelling and the tacky brilliance of the horror and science fiction cinema of the 1950s." (Sullivan (ed), Jack (1986). The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural. Viking.)
Mr. Smith's tale, "Wheels of Evil," is about a hexed classic Jaguar roadster, and the horrific events that follow when its new owner restores the car to pristine quality.
Watch this space for more news on our groundbreaking new anthology, and stay tuned for a release date later this year.
Each author is treated to his or her own biography page (with a headshot where available) as well as a list of publications with our company. It's still going to take some time before the project is 100% completed, so please pardon our digital dust as the webpages go up.
Darkwater Syndicate is pleased to announce two new members to its growing family of authors. Keep your eyes peeled for their books, coming a little later this year.
Dr. Julio A. Varela: Alma Mutters
Julio A. Varela teaches undergraduate literature, humanities, and philosophy courses in South Florida, where he began teaching in 1993. Dr. Varela’s writing credits include Vortex to Virus, Myth to Meme: The Literary Evolution of Nihilism and Chaos in Modernism and Postmodernism, published in 2009 by VDM Verlag, as well as a number of book reviews for Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science.
He received his doctoral degree in humanities from Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Varela lives in Miami, Florida. Darkwater Syndicate will publish his first novel, Alma Mutters, in early 2019. The book is a satirical look at high school education, recreational drugs, contemporary memes, rock & roll, and the overall degeneracy of the human race from one generation to the next.
Buck Buchanan: The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria
Judging by the characters in his book, you might think the author, J.E. “Buck” Buchanan, is out there around the third ring of Saturn. In reality, he’s firmly grounded, which is where the mystery side of his novel, The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria, comes in. Buck conducted and supervised major criminal investigations (homicide, smuggling, official corruption, fraud, etc.) for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a good chunk of his life. The secret files in his novel aren’t based on those experiences because according to him, they were much weirder than mutant vampires, werewolves, and witches.
He wasn’t born into a life of crime (writing). After he escaped high school with minimal scars from sports and young love, he studied and worked at engineering and business before settling into crime fighting. Since then, in addition to consulting, he has focused on writing, winning several short story contests and conducting a writers’ workshop for the Palm Beach County Library. He lives in South Florida with his wife Susan and every stray dog and cat she can drag in. He says he can’t complain about it because she dragged him in too.
The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria blends laugh-out-loud comedy with noir mystery and paranormal action. Catch it February 28, 2019.
In this same spirit, Darkwater Syndicate is developing an anthology of automotive horror.
Gearheads, rejoice! We've titled this collection: It Came From The Garage! It'll feature an eclectic mix of iconic cars in horror and dark fantasy settings that are sure to rev your panic throttles and send your nerves into redline. See below for the so-far confirmed list of authors and their contributions. Since we're still putting this one together, this list is by no means final. Indeed, you can expect new additions, and maybe even a few surprises in the coming weeks.
1) M.A.D. Mobile - Antonio Simon, Jr.
2) Ugly Joyride - R. Perez de Pereda
3) A Moment In Time With Black Shadow Tess - Richard Ayre
4) The Driver - Alana Turner
5) Out on Arrowhead Road - Sarah Cannavo
6) Special Delivery - David Owain Hughes
7) The Horseman Comes Riding - Stephanie Kelley
8) The Cavalier Cavalier - Jonathan Edward Ondrashek
Alone, with only a few dollars in his pocket and a decent grasp on English, he struggles to make ends meet. Eventually, Ramiro is recruited into a counterrevolutionary movement formed in Miami to oppose Castro's regime. In a blink, young Ramiro goes from penniless immigrant to soldier of fortune with a weekly paycheck. There's just one problem: he's a staunch pacifist, but he doesn't let this fact keep him from spending the money he's given.
Mr. Perez's memoirs will be chock full of anecdotes, some heartbreaking, others laugh-out-loud funny.
The release date is January 31, 2019, but you can pre-order today.
We'll be at the weekend street fair from Friday to Sunday, November 16th through the 18th. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Antonio Simon, Jr. will be in attendance to sign autographs, speak with the media, and ensure a memorable time will be had by all who pass by Darkwater's booth.
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