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Deadman’s Tome Tony Evans Shit Fest

Deadman’s Tome kicks off the new Shit Fest release by talking with Tony Evans, the man behind one of the hilarious, horrible, and down right disgusting stories featured in the issue.

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Deadman’s Tome – Amazon Publishing Scams and Employees Calling In

Mr. Deadman and Dynamite Marchese talk about bullshit that is employees calling in, and eventually get to Amazon publishing scams. Be careful out there.

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Barnes and Noble Fail

While the digital book sales are steadily on the rise, and some traditional print mediums are switching to full digital, don’t kid yourself to believe that physical books don’t sell. According to recent articles from New York’s Times and The Guardian, ebook sales are actually taking a dip with physical copies outperforming.

With this framework in mind, let’s look at the fall of Barnes and Noble.

That’s mostly over now. On Monday the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of $40 million. But that’s particularly interesting. That means each of those people made an average of $22,000 or so per year and minimum wage workers – hourly folks who are usually hit hardest during post-holiday downturns – would be making $15,000. In fact, what B&N did was fire all full time employees at 781 stores.

the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of $40 million. But that’s particularly interesting. That means each of those people made an average of $22,000 or so per year and minimum wage workers – hourly folks who are usually hit hardest during post-holiday downturns – would be making $15,000. In fact, what B&N did was fire all full time employees at 781 stores.

Barnes and Noble reports struggles, which is odd since books are selling. Perhaps Barnes and Noble is too bloated for its own good. After all, the stores carry a electronic department thst sales CDs in a world where hardly anyone is buying a physical CD. The electronic department also sells movies, but who goes to Barnes and Noble to buy a movie? Barnes and Noble features hobby centric things, but who the fuck goes to Barnes and Noble to buy a model airplane?

Instead of firing ALL fulltime employees, sending them to the welfare office for food stamps and Medicaid, they could’ve axed whole departments, and perhaps leased the space. Odd suggestion? I though about this for a while, and even if Barnes and Noble closed down the electronic section, kicked out the hobby stuff for Hobby Lobby, and focused on why people shop there in the first place they would be left with huge overhead just from the size of the store alone!

Join me for a moment of pondering. Let’s pretend that we had the power to make the changes needed to bring Barnes and Noble back. What would we do?

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Valentine’s Day Horror

Nothing says Valentine’s Day day like a romantic card, chocolate hearts, and a brutal horror short that guts the love and sweet feelings right out of that commercialized holiday!

In for a tale of couple that kills together? Check out Mad Love – Blair Frison

Jack the Ripper was a ladies man, but not the sort any lady would want to meet. Check out The Adler Street Boarding House by Kelly Evans

Looking for a one-night stand? Better read this, but not after you’ve eaten. Check out [NSFW] Fly Blown – Kenneth Whitfield

A existential crisis brought on by love. Check out Last Meal of Adonis -S. E. Casey

Last but not least, check out Deadman’s Tome No Safe Word. This anthology was blocked by Amazon. The fact that we managed to get it listed on their platform now must be a clerical error on their part. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Deadmans-Safe-Word-Jesse-Dedman/dp/1387106090

 

 

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Nerd Culture is Fucking Lame

Hold up, put down the pitch forks and give a minute before you fly off the damn handle.

I didn’t come to this conclusion lightly. I was a dorky Nintendo kid growing up. I was the Star Wars nerd on the bus that people laughed at for liking Star Wars. I was the pale, helpless, virgin video gaming dork that made things worse by taking his obsession to cringe levels. What do I mean by that? Well, did you ever record video game music onto a cassette so that you can listen to them on the go or where ever? Did you ever draw out video game characters? Have you ever drafted out entire levels with enemies, powerups, and what have you in full detail?

When I was a kid, embracing “nerd culture” earned you a stigma that could result in an ass kicking. I’m not advocating that time period to come back, not at all. I like that the kids these days can enjoy video games, anime, and whatever without that negative stigma, but something else is happening. Nerd culture has become popular and heavily commercialized. It’s no longer uncool to be a star wars kid, or a gamer, or an otaku. It’s no longer uncool to be a comic book fan. In fact, it’s heavily encouraged to where to not like Star Wars, Marvel, and Mario Bros is weird.

I sound resentful and just need to chill out, right? I know these words, these sentences have a cynical flair to them, and I’m well aware that it comes from a place of resentment. Yes, I am a tad resentful that while I had to hide in the shadows with my hobby others can now walk around and enjoy their nerdy stuff out in the light. Why wouldn’t I be a little resentful? While more and more people get immersed with “nerd culture” I wonder how many of them actually like what they claim that like. In other words, how many of those that say they like Minecraft actually play it, actually play it extensively? How many people that claim to like Star Wars know about the lore? Are some claiming to like something because others like it, because it’s cool to like it.

My knee-jerk reaction is to cringe and say fuck that. To like something just because others like it? It’s one thing to try something out, give something a fair shake because of a recommendation, but to just be a fanboy of something one knows nothing about just to be “cool” is jarring to me.

Let me make a parallel with music. If you said you like a band, but didn’t know a song, generally one would consider you a poser. You’re pretending to like something and don’t know jack shit about it, but think that liking it would earn you some sort of brownie points. Who likes that? Who doesn’t find anything disingenuous about that?

I can’t be the only one that thinks this way. I can’t be the only one that finds that the more “nerd culture” is accepted and commercialized the less appealing it actually becomes.