Friday, December 16, 2011

Well it's Christmas, and in the spirit of giving I have decided to do something radical. Call me crazy, but I am going to give away 100 free E-Versions of my book.

So, what's the catch right? No catch whatsoever. The first 100 people to email me using the form on this page will get a Kindle, Epub or PDF version of THE EQUINOX.

Why am I doing this? I am doing this because I am an Independent Writer and I want people to enjoy my work. Without the backing of a major publicity firm I have decided to take matters into my own hands. The way I see it -- the more people who read my book -- the more word of mouth it gets and thus, the more advertising it gets..

So, fill out the form, be one of the first 100 and you'll get a free E-copy of the book in a format of your choosing. [One copy only per applicant]

Oh and I almost forgot, in the spirit of giving, I am going to add one more thing to stuff in your stocking. If you are one of the 100 who enter your name for a free E-Copy of THE EQUINOX, your name will also be entered into a draw for a signed 6 X 9 trade paperback.

No catch, no spam, just my gift to you this Holiday Season.

Better get at it because the moment we hit the 100 mark the giveaway ends.

Happy Holidays.

MJ Preston

Here's the link:
E-Book Giveaway

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The skin-walker of Spirit Woods

Note: As the creature evolves, I will update this blog along with new pictures so check back.

Entry # 1
    Halloween is coming. Okay it's still a little under two months away, but I have started getting ready. Every year I set up something new so that when the kids come down the street they know that there really is a monster living in my house who likes to keep all the candy for himself.

    This year I have decided to add the skin-walker to my crowd of spiders, serial killers, and demon babies. Now the the novel is out there I figured that I would try and create the creature that runs amok killing and eating the lower intestinal track of it's victims whilst letting out it's signature shreik.

    So far the head has come together nicely, although I may have to make a couple adjustments to the teeth and add a bit more rot. I expect that the creature will be approximately 7' tall, a little shorter than the creature in the novel, but hell I gotta store this thing after tear down.

    Building the head has been a bit tricky, rolling on layer after layer of latex and trying to get  the look and texture right, but it seems to be coming together okay and once I actually airbrush it I'll be able to get the texture of its rotted flesh just right.

    In my next entry I will put a few shots of the torso and the progress I make with that.

Entry #2
    I have now  added several layers of latex to the creatures face and started developing the torso. This is a slow process, as I have to wait for each layer of latex to dry before putting on another.

    This is actually quite a daunting task, because it is very time consuming.  While waiting for the torso to dry I started developing the talon-like claws and after forming the arms from chicken wire, plaster, later, cotton baton and burlap I attached the the claws which you will see in the next string of photos.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Promotion Machine

In September I will be embarking on a virtual blog tour to promote my book. This is a first for me and I have spent the week doing interviews and prepping to get out there to let peole know about The Equinox and what it has to offer.

In addition to this there are now four official editions of Equinox.

              Lulu  Hardcover Edition                      Lulu  Softcover Edition  

              Softcover UK Edition                      Sofcover Createspace Edition
 I want to try and offer readers choice in what they purchase and although the novel itself is the same, the covers reflect different aspects of the story and showcase a bit of my artwork

If you like a particular cover drop me a message here and tell me what you think.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011


In 1982, I along with three other friends set out for Vancouver British Columbia to see a movie that looked like no other. Of course I would later find out that this film was in fact a remake of a schlocky sci-fi film called THE THING FROM OUTER SPACE starring James Arness as a giant carrot from outer space. Well he was n't really a giant carrot, that would have been something to see, but an alien who had come back to life after being frozen in the Antarctic ice.

The original THING was based on a short story/novella by John W Campbell jr called: Who goes there? The premise of the story is much like the Agatha Christie's TEN LITTLE INDIANS in which you don't know who to trust and people getting knocked off. In the case of WHO GOES THERE? Someone among the scientists is not who they appear to be and subsequently the group faced with isolation begin to turn on each other. While the original THING FROM OUTER SPACE completely abandon the spirit of Cam[pbell's story, director John Carpenter embraced it completely.

On that day in 1982 I saw the trailer and convinced a group of friends, mostly stoners, to drive 55 miles to Vancouver so we could watch this new Sci-Fi horror which was getting rave reviews for it's story and special effects. The movie was also featuring a former child star named Kurt Russel who was sporting long hair and a beard, looking nothing like his Disney characters THE COMPUTER WORE TENNIS SHOES.

We spilled out of the car an hour or two before the movie, I believe we smoked some pot and as we made our way through the streets of Vancouver I was being warned by my pals. "We just drove an hour, this movie better be worth it Mark."

I just smiled and nodded. I had seen John Carpenter's "Halloween" and knew that the special effects artist for The Thing was none other than Rob Botin who had pioneered special effects on films like THE HOWLING. I knew this was going to be good.

We entered the Cineplex and took our seats, after getting our fill of munchies and waited for the movie to start. During this time a few rows ahead there was a fist fight and an ejection, but when the curtains rolled back all was calm. In Carpenter's version THE THING actually opens with two Norwegian men in a helicopter chasing a Husky across the frozen tundra of Antarctica. It is more than apparent that they are trying to kill it as they drop grenades and fire on it. The Husky makes its way into another camp known as US Outpost 31 where the Norwegian are in tow. As it happens one of the men is killed when he drops a grenade while the other is shot by Captain Garry played by Donald Moffat. At this point everyone is in on it. We know that Husky has something to do with the Alien creature, but nothing prepares us for what happens next.

The Husky is taken into the kennels with the other dogs and I, along with my stoned friends, watched in awe as the dog undergoes a gory and impressive metamorphosis in which its head literally explodes and it's body sprouts spider legs and tentacles that absorb and duplicate other dogs in the kennel. I literally looked around at my pals who were glued to that screen. This was like nothing any of us had seen before.

So starts the paranoia. A monster that duplicates people and duplicates them perfectly. As they stand in the snow, one of their own already struck down by the nefarious monster, Kurt Russell's character RJ McCready declares: I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won.

And so begins the distrust that is the nucleus of John W Campbells: WHO GOES THERE?

When we walked out of that theater, the buzz wearing off, one of those stoner pals said to me. "I am never going to forget that Husky."

I was vindicated, but John Carpenter did not receive the well deserved accolades for what was, in my opinion, his best film. THE THING was knocked out of the top spot by Steven Spielberg's blockbuster ET and though it would go on to be a cult classic, Carpenter would pay a price for its performance in the theater. He was originally scheduled to direct Stephen Kings Firestarter, but was dumped. Firestarter, directed by Mark L. Lester, employed powerful actors like Martin Sheen and George C Scott, but was like most King adaptions at that time a dismal failure.

John Carpenter's THE THING on the other hand has gone on to becme a cult classic which has stood the test of time.

Enter the Norwegians.

Now, almost thirty years after Carpenter gave us an ensemble cast and a riveting storyline the science fiction/horror community waits with some apprehension as a new chapter is introduced with the prequel to John Carpenter's brilliant adaption of John W Campbells story. Will it stand up to the scrutiny? Will it be true to its roots? Little is known, but fans of Carpenter's version wait and no doubt pray that this new film will be a new variation on a cult classic.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Who is Daniel Blackbird?

A few people asked me why I decided to write a horror novel with a protagonist who is an aboriginal and I think it goes back to my childhood. Daniel Blackbird was born of two personalities. The first being my best childhood friend, named Mike and the other being Billy Jack. Both were strong characters and both were faced with obstacles not usually thrust upon a normal mans shoulders.

My Pal Mike, like Blackbird, was a half breed and when he came to our school at 11 years-old it seemed that every wanted to challenge him to a fight. One morning I saw him walking in the hallway with a bicycle chain lock hanging around his neck and asked, "Hey kid, what's with the chain."

"Protection," he answered. I would later find out that Mike was getting jumped by two and three boys during recess and lunch hour. To my knowledge he never lost a fight and as time wore on we became inseparable as friends. Eventually, those who targeted him learned the hard way that he was one tough half-breed.

Billy Jack certainly hasn't stood the test of time, but it's creator (Tom Laughlin) melded a great story with a character who I thought was pretty cool. Billy Jack, half breed Vietnam Vet, fearless, dangerous and compassionate. The first film I saw Billy Jack in was Born Losers and I'd have to say that it left quite an impression on me.

Daniel Blackbird is also a strong character and though he does not wear his emotions on his sleeve he does carry the burdens of his mistakes in his heart. He is unrelenting, somewhat like Van Helsing, but it is not a vampire he hunts but a bastard offspring of the Windigo, that has the ability to change shape. Blackbird is a loner, who has lost everything. He has been banished, seen his family murdered and this drives him as he to has nothing left to lose. 

Or so he thinks..

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The reviews are in.

People who have read my book have now started reviewing it and I have to say I am pretty happy with what has come back so far.

Reader reviews are what drive people to purchase the book and getting read is what every writer craves most of all. Sure, they wouldn't mind the fame, the fortune and the money, but it all comes backj to being read.

If you have read: THE EQUINOX, please be sure to go back to my page and write a review. Not only does it benefit me but it educates readers about the novel itself.

The Reviews

The Equinox is a highly descriptive journey into a less-travelled corner of horror story-telling. Preston melds First Nations folklore with old-school Victorian vampire hunting. The heavily developed characters embark on a truly goretastic hunt for evil. Scary, disturbing and well worth the read.
--Keith Parker


A first rate novel from a first time author. MJ Preston delivers originality in this pulse pounding-gore-fest-horror novel.
-- Peter Deitza The Word


MJ Preston weaves aboriginal lore with modern day police work; seat-of-your-pants suspense and horror. He pulls out all the stops when it comes to mayhem – mayhem in the streets, mayhem in the air and mayhem in the cornfields around the prairie town. If you want a good read on a ‘dark and stormy night’ this is the one.
-- Author R James Steel

The Equinox is a fast paced read and MJ Preston pulls no punches as he delivers blow after blow in a horrific thrill ride that does not let you go until the last page.
--Colin Stark

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Equinox - A Novel of Horror

It has existed for centuries.

A dark curse held captive by ancient ritual, a creature of insatiable hunger possessing the ability to change shape at will. During spring and fall equinox it would break through the walls separating our worlds to feed.

Now it walks among us unrestrained and very hungry.

Banished from the Chocktee Nation and obsessed with vengeance, Daniel Blackbird has been chasing the “Walker” across North America for over 14 years. Bearing a scar from his first encounter, he feels the abomination's telepathic pull and is drawn in whatever direction it moves, but it always seems to be one step ahead of him.

Until now!

Over a thousand miles away residents of the prairie town of Thomasville are trying to come to terms with unspeakable crimes.

In a race against time, Blackbird sets out for the prairie town which, as the Equinox approaches, is destined to become a killing ground where cultures and worlds will collide.


 To learn more about The Equinox or the Author please visit:  MJ Preston - The Equinox