Saturday, May 19, 2012


Been a while since I posted anything, so here we go!  After much consideration, I've decided to scrap most of the 100+ pages of the PRIMAL sequel, PRIMAL BLOOD.  The storyline, plot, so far wasn't resonating with me, felt too unbelievable, too hard to swallow, and as much as I had high hopes I could make it work, I decided to start over.  Yeah, it sucks to basically do this but as many of my fellow writers so kindly responded to me on another forum, this is part of the process.  Brian Keene so aptly put it like creating a piece out of wet clay, shaping and working it, reworking it...and he's very correct.  Thanks, Brian!  I may not start over right away, since PRIMAL needs revising and as does MOONCHILD, my monstrous 600+ page horror tome...we'll see!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Literary Influences & Likes...

The list is long, but let's start at the beginning...

Around the age of 13, I got hooked on Men's Adventure series type novels (after having to read a book for school and write a book report) like Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan The Executioner novels, as well as Jerry Ahern's The Survivalist and Hank Frost They Call Me The Mercenary novels.  I don't read these types of books any longer and haven't in a long time, but I still have a deep fondness for those books, as they inspired me to write at a very early age...

Stephen King, 'nuff said.  I discovered him around 19 years old and never looked back.  Probably the single biggest literary influence (yeah, somewhere Harold Bloom is cringing in his tweed-with-leather-patches-on-the-elbows jacket) and a very big reason why I chose to write horror.  Shortly thereafter, there was Dean Koontz, Peter Straub, Robert McCammon, and Clive Barker.  Later, I added to that list with more recent writers such as Brian Hodge, Skipp & Spector, Edward Lee, Owl Goingback, Jack Ketchum, Bentley Little, Brian Keene, Bryan Smith, and Jonathan name just a few!

Somewhere in between, I have to give a nod to the grandmasters, such as Poe and HP Lovecraft.  I do read outside of my beloved genre when the mood strikes me and enjoy some of the Florida mystery authors such as Tim Dorsey and Randy Wayne White.  Not much of a sci-fi/fantasy reader, but loved the original Conan series by Robert E. Howard and the Dune series by Frank Herbert.  Stephen R. Donaldson of the Thomas Covenant series is brilliant epic fantasy for those Tolkien fans out there, and his Gap series (although I've only read the first two books) is very good for science fiction.

More recently, I read one of the best novels ever, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  Amazing story, beautiful and haunting.  Also, per my lovely girlfriend's suggestion, read a couple Jodi Picoult novels and enjoyed her unique gift of storytelling.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Primal Blood & Shifter...

A first for me (sort of)...working on two writing projects at once.  Kind of fun, actually, and a lot of writers do this, but as I'm working on finishing up Chapter Four of PRIMAL BLOOD, I hammered out a Prologue to SHIFTER, my young readers/teen dark fantasy-slash-horror novel.  It was a lot of fun.  Will probably do a little more work on both today, we'll see, but the latter part of today will be getting Super Bowl foodstuffs ready for the grill...burgers and hotdogs, yummm!  Go G-men! ;)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Projects, projects, projects...

Been working on the sequel to my horror novel, PRIMAL, called PRIMAL BLOOD, for past few months and currently writing Chapter Four.  Basically, it is a werewolf novel but with some unique twists, I think.  Also will be delving into revisions on PRIMAL soon.  Then there's my mammoth 632-page horror novel, MOON CHILD, that needs work but on hiatus, for now.

Started writing the first chapter to something for younger readers, possibly teens, called SHIFTER.  The idea was spawned after I recently learned my 10 year-old goddaughter started writing her own stories (which pleases me to NO end!) and have been mulling over writing a story for her.  One thing led to another and the idea grew to something much larger.  It's been nagging on my creative consciousness and this morning I hammered out 5 pages...yay me!

May also work on some new short stories in the near future since it has been a while.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Oh the horror...the horrorgasms!

Welcome!  This is the unofficially official temporary sort-of website-slash-blog thingey for yours truly, horror writer, Chris Kosarich.  Yes, this is my lazy way of shamelessly (or is that shamefully?) promoting myself, sharing my work, short horrorgasms and large ones (get your mind outta the gutter now!) and everything in between...

Come back often, but keep in mind this is a work-in-progress.  But do come back...pretty please?  Does it sound like I'm begging?