As kids we’re told that Christmas is a magical time when a mysterious man from a mysterious place sneaks into your home to leave gifts. But only, if you were good. Because this mysterious man, this Santa Clause, has been watching you the entire time. Santa sounds like a pervert. But what if this Santa, isn’t that Santa we were describe as kids? The fat, jolly man with a white beard. Last year, Deadman’s Tome explored the idea that Santa is actually Krampus, and had a great time doing so. This year we’ve drawn our attention to one of the biggest and baddest monsters of all time: Cthulhu. Who else would be capable of watching all, hearing all, and reading the thoughts of all? The real Santa is Cthulhu, and as kids we’ve been duped. Don’t believe me? You will after reading this!
Deadman’s Tome presents Cthulhu Christmas Special and Other Lovecraftian Yuletide Tales – a smooth blend of the holly jolly merry vibes of the holiday season with the dread and unfathomable horror of Cthulhu and Lovecraft. This collection of horror pairs nicely with a glass of eggnog, or if you prefer, a glass of whiskey. With over ten stories, this collection offers plenty for H.P. Lovecraft fans and general horror readers.
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Thanksgiving is the day to give thanks, or so we’re told. Americans have been told as early as Kindergarten that the pilgrims and the natives somehow managed to join for a sharing of food, for a nice and lovely meal. Hold the phone, you mean to tell me that Pilgrims and Indians were able to set aside their differences, set aside the anger and prejudice (on both sides) to meet for a peaceful meal? I don’t buy that for a second. Not my inbred cousin would by that story. You would have to some kind of grade A moron, the sort of moron that manages to lose a race that he rigged!
The first thanksgiving, if there was one, must’ve had the tension of politics and religion, not all that different to the thanksgiving dinners of today. Though, I hope that you aren’t putting a knife to each other’s neck. If you manage to have a good time with family and didn’t have to deal with uninvited guests or with Putin, Trump, or even Hillary stopping by then consider yourself lucky.
Once again the battle for net neutrality rages on. The old media giants like Comcast and AT&T with Direct TV are hemorrhaging subscribers as more and more former cable users get woke and cut the cord. Stream in services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube are in trouble. These services offer an alternative that utterly destroys the old subscription package. Why pay for cable when you can stream for cheaper, and pay for what you want?
That’s why just about every year the old giants come back to the battlefield for another go around! Don’t be fooled. The war against net neutrality is for money and control, protecting a dated business model. Do you want to pay a fee to Comcast or AT&T for use of Netflix or YouTube? Well, that day could come. It’s already here in the form of throttling excessive streaming, which is bullshit.
The lobbyist have the FCC and FTC going in their favor, and if they have their way, the internet will packaged and sold in bundles.
The FCC just announced its plan to slash net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs like Verizon to block apps, slow websites, and charge fees to control what you see & do online. They vote December 14th.But if Congress gets enough calls, *they* can stop the FCC.
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Mr. Deadman and the Dynamite Marchese feud over the use of profanity and vulgarities on the Deadman’s Tome podcast. Should Mr. Deadman clean up his potty mouth? Should Marchese lighten up? Should the two kiss and makeup?
JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and five-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author, anthology editor, comic book writer, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than two-dozen countries.
Deadman’s Tome is calling for submissions for a Cthulhu Christmas Special. We’re looking for original short stories and flash fiction pieces (2-5k words) that blend Cthulhu and Christmas with a dash of Lovecraftian prose. If you have something that would meet this criteria, then please send to email@example.com. What do you get in return? Well, you get the that warm feeling that comes with being a part of something special. More importantly, though, you’ll earn royalties from paperback and ebook purchases of the finish product.
Hurry as we’re approaching the deadline: November 15, 2017.