New Horror Fiction: Strings

Product_Square_StringsAllison M. Dickson presents a chilling tale of entrapment and greed in her new horror fiction masterpiece: Strings. After four years of turning tricks in a mob-run New York brothel to pay off a debt, Nina is ready to go back to a quiet life in Iowa. Just one more client and the whole nightmare will be behind her, but this last trick turns into a battle for her soul.

Meanwhile, the brothel’s sadistic Madam has been hiding away money in order to move up in her family’s organization, and she only wants the half million dollars the reclusive millionaire pays for the girls.

But her driver Ramón has other ideas, making off with the money left behind when Nina’s last trick goes unexpectedly awry. The theft comes at a great cost to the Madam, setting off a horrific chain of events that changes them all.

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The hooker. The driver. The Madam. All of them on a collision course to a place where only madness holds sway.

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Vincent Hobbes: Khost – The Story

The Story

Mi-241984. The Soviet Union is locked in a bitter war in Afghanistan against the Mujahideen. To make matters worse, they are losing. With little hope left, and all odds against them, the Soviet Union grows desperate. In response, they create an exotic chemical weapon with a single purpose: To enhance their soldiers on the battlefield.

Su-25sTo test their creation, a secret mission is underway, and they test it on a Mujahideen hold-out, a massive cave complex on the far eastern border of Afghanistan.

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22 Years Later2010. The United States is now at war in Afghanistan. To make matters worse, an elite team of Delta Force Operators have gone missing. There remains a lone survivor: Sergeant C. York.

Sergeant York describes a horrifying tale, a nightmare that has been awakened after two decades.

In response, a top-secret CIA team is brought in. These are members of the elite Special Activities Division, the best of the best. Made up of Delta Force, DEVGRU and a famous Marine sharpshooter, they face sheer terror as they are sent in to do one thing:

Kill everything inside the cave!

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Vincent Hobbes: The Cave

The Cave

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Chemical weapons have been used since the Stone Age. Sounds crazy, eh? Then, the weapons were in the form of poisoned arrows. These poisons were derived mainly from scorpion or snake venom, and possibly poisonous plants.

Gas warfare can also be traced back to the Spartans. The Mongols used poisonous gas in the 13th century.

Chemical warfare is not a 20th century invention. It merely escalated in usage, and more importantly, amount of causalities   The Nazis did it, though they weren’t very successful. Germany also used the deadly Mustard Gas in the first World War.

But during the Cold War, both Soviet and Western governments put enormous resources into the development of chemical and  biological weapons. This time period was this tipping point for chemical weapons. They were used on a wide scale, and the world eventually paid attention. The capabilities of these weapons affected many millions during this conflict, and it marked a time when the world would be forced to address the problem.

The problem is, we focus on the deadly chemicals. You know, the ones that kill you. What we miss is, the ones that make you stronger.

 

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Vincent Hobbes: Khost Province

Khost Province

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Have you heard of Khost?

No?

Many things happen in this region, isolated in the far eastern region of Afghanistan. Khost is the name of a province, and one of the deadliest regions in the country.

Khost has a long and interesting history. At one time, it was the alleged hiding place of Osama Bin Laden. But before Bin Laden, Khost was home to the fierce warriors, the Mujahideen.

The Mujahideen were financed by the Americans, using this money to buy arms to fight the Soviets. This was America’s Vietnam, our proxy war against the Soviets.

The Mujahideen took this money and also built many complex cave systems. One is known as the Zhawar Kili Cave Complex. Thus hadmany tunnels, some reaching as far as 500 meters. Powered by a gasoline generator, the cave housed a mosque, an arms depot, a kitchen, a hospital, a radio room and much more.

This is not your average cave. And Khost is not a place to trifle with.

The Soviet War in Afghanistan was a war raged between the Soviet supported Afghan government and the guerilla warriors, the Mujahideen. The war lasted almost ten years.

The Muj were supported by many countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia. On March 21, 1983, Ronald Reagan had this to say about the Mujahideen:

“To watch the courageous Afghan freedom fighters battle modern arsenals with simple hand-held weapons is an inspiration to those who love freedom.”

Khost is beautiful. Khost is also deadly.

 

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Interview with Examiner.com!

Here’s a recent interview with Examiner.com

Thank you for this interview, Vincent. Why don’t you begin by telling us what’s inside the mind of a horror author?

Do you really want to know?

I suppose like any other horror writer, I delve into the human mind. Our inner fears, what excites us. What scares us. I’m an observer.

Your novel, KHOST, can be categorized as military horror. Can you tell us about this horror subcategory and what got you into it?

 

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Media: The Story behind Khost

Here’s a recent interview I did with The Story Behind the Book.

“Khost is the creation of two men: Vincent Hobbes and A.K. Waters. Khost is a military horror novel, inspired by actual events. Khost is a real place, a province on the far eastern border of Afghanistan—a place of war, a place of death.

It’s 1984, and the Soviet Union is locked in a bitter war in Afghanistan against the Mujahideen. To make matters worse, they are losing. With little hope left, and all odds against them, the Soviet Union grows desperate. In response, they create an exotic chemical weapon with a single purpose: To enhance their soldiers on the battlefield.”

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United States Special Operations Forces

Special Operations Forces

The United States has many military and intelligence organizations popularly known as Special Operations Forces. Each branch of military has their own group of Special Operators. Here is a quick guide for you:

 

Joint Special Operations Command

1st Special Forces Operation Detachment-Delta (SFOD-D, Delta Force)—Army

Intelligence Support Activity—Army

United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DEVGRU)—Navy

24th Special Tactics Squadron—Air Force

United States Army

Army Special Forces—Green Berets

75th Ranger Regiment—Rangers

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment—Night Stalkers

4th Military Information Support Group

8th Military Information Support Group

95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)

528th Sustainment Brigade

 

United States Marine Corps

Marine Special Operations Regiment

United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance 

 

United States Navy

United States Navy SEALs

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Teams

Special Boat Teams SWCC

 

United States Air Force

United States Air Force Combat Control Team

United States Air Force Pararescue

Air Force Special Operations Weather Technician

US Air Force Tactical Air Control Party

 

United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group

 

Intelligence Community Special Units

Special Activities Division—CIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helicopter Crash Kills Three Men

Another Tragedy: Helicopter Crash Kills 3

I was awakened early this morning with the grim news. While on location filming for a new  reality show, a helicopter went down, killing three men. On board was Delta Force member, Mike D.

The helicopter was flying in the early morning hours above Polsa Rosa Ranch—a ‘movie ranch’ that’s used by production companies to film TV shows and movies. The three occupants were ejected when the helicopter crashed into an empty field.

The reality TV show’s producer issued this statement:

“We can confirm that a helicopter crash occurred this morning while shooting a new series for a cable network which resulted tragically in three fatalities. We are cooperating fully with the authorities. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those involved.”

Everyone involved on set were working on the production of a new military reality show.

Prayers for the families and loved ones of the three men killed in last night’s crash.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=8987509

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2013/02/fatal-helicopter-crash-occured-on-movie-ranch.html

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130210/reality-tv-crew-killed-helicopter-crash

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/helicopter-crash-acton_n_2658390.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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