Smashwords Summer / Winter Sale From July 1st to 31st

All of my titles are on sale during the month of July! That’s 26 titles, and almost half of those are free or You Set The Price! Use code SSW50 to get the discount. Click here to see all of my titles on Smashwords!

A Terrible Thing To Waste – 50% OFF

Two black kids in the ghetto, making the hard transition from boyhood to manhood. It is bad enough that they’ve got the usual problems to deal with: poverty, crime, drugs, gangs. But there’s something else out there. Something sinister is stalking these two boys, drawing them closer and closer to its black web… something that might be trying to kill them both. Rating: MEDIUM controversy.

Apocalypse Now – 50% OFF

The end times are here, to be witnessed by humanity before, during and after the catastrophic events that will forever change life as we know it. Included is a collection of 31 titles, ranging from poetic fragments to three large story arcs in the dark fantasy and science fiction genres. Tales of doom, pain, loss and survival of the fittest. The Apocalypse has begun. Rating: MEDIUM controversy.

Before The Seven 1 – 50% OFF

Once upon a time, there was a miserly old man, and then a demon came along and killed him. That was just the beginning. This novel reflects a grimmer face of society than most people care to accept, where there are no clear-cut saints or sinners, only our own humanity. It is a macabre, twisted and bloody thing that has escaped from my mind. You have been warned. Rating: EXTREME controversy.

Before The Seven 2 – 50% OFF

Some people don’t ask to become heroes. All they want is to live a nice peaceful life, and to get laid every once in a while. Destiny, however, might have other plans for a few of us, evil plans including witches, Satanists, demons, zombies and even possessed babies. One man, Scary Peter, can’t hide from his destiny anymore. Destiny is coming, and it wants to kill him. Rating: HIGH controversy.

Demonic Murmurs – 50% OFF

This is a collection of horror. These nightmares will pierce into the deepest depths of your being, while in the shadows devils will dance and laugh at your pending demise. Will you listen to the Confession Of An Old Boxer or hear the cries of The Weeping Thing? Will you cuddle with The Devil’s Daughters or spend the night in the haunted Two Bedroom Cottage For Rent? Rating: EXTREME controversy.

Dobrynia’s Path 1 – 50% OFF

Her name is Dobrynia. She is one of Odin’s Chosen, a beautiful Valkyrie sent to claim the souls of great warriors for Valhalla. Her world, however, has grown stagnant and dull. And so, Dobrynia has risked all she knows to enter the mysterious portal that has appeared, leading into the unknown. She steps into our modern world, and in many ways enters the mouth of Hell. Rating: EXTREME controversy.

Dobrynia’s Path 2 – 50% OFF

This is a story of adventure and glory, of great battles and wars, of triumphs and defeats taking place on the Nine Worlds of Viking lore. Ragnarok has come, and as a result, an entire universe is starting to collapse in on itself. The warrior Dobrynia must rally her fellow Valkyrie, perhaps to defy even the gods as she struggles to save her world from destruction. Rating: HIGH controversy.

Monster Mayhem – 50% OFF

Monsters and more, monsters galore! What hides in the shadows or lurks in the night? What reaches out for your throat to provoke a scream that curdles your blood, to violently tear the life from your body? Could this be your answer? This full-length collection of dark prose, short stories and novellas will surely appease your palate for all things beastly and ghastly. Rating: HIGH controversy.

Raymund And Natalie’s Grand Adventure – 50% Off

It is the year 1069, three years after William the Conqueror has become King of England. The Church and barons are in a constant struggle for land and wealth. The peasants are yoked with bureaucracy and taxes. What does a mature loving couple do when they’ve had their fill of frustration and headache? They go abroad to have the adventure of a lifetime, that’s what! Rating: MEDIUM controversy.

Roaches In The Attic 0 – Non-Retrieval – You Set The Price!

For rookie Spaceman Harold Douglas, the mission sounded simple enough. Take the squad of Space Marines out, discover why the outpost had gone offline, and bring them back home in one piece. That was before the transport suddenly vanished, stranding them all on an alien planet. Now, they are fighting for their lives against the greatest threat humanity has ever seen. Rating: MEDIUM controversy.

Roaches In The Attic 1 – First Contact – 50% OFF

The natural inclination of Man is to war with other Men. This is our destiny, to grasp the stars and to bring our weapons of destruction with us. But what really is Man, and more importantly, why is Man? The great voyage begins here as Man encounters other Men, equally clever and as warlike as He is. This time, war will be waged for the conquest of the entire universe. Rating: HIGH controversy.

The Black Cellar – 50% OFF

Seventeen year old Jason Moore had enough problems to deal with. His parents had just moved from the city to the country, shortly before his high school graduation. Now, he’s discovering some very sinister, macabre secrets in the house his parents watch over. While looking for clues, he will follow a darkening path that will lead him to the most diabolical evil of all. Rating: HIGH controversy.

The Case Of The Missing Q-Drives – 50% OFF

Quantum Drives hold the memories and avatars of the formerly living. Only the rich can afford them. When many of the drives go missing, it is up to quirky Detective Varriano to find out the who, what, where, when and why. It won’t be easy, because there certain shady characters don’t want those drives to be found. In fact, most everyone involved with this case is shady! Rating: HIGH controversy.

The Throwback – 50% OFF

M.E. Nottle is a throwback to an earlier age, when men had the guts to speak their mind and stand up for their beliefs. Unfortunately, cancer almost took him. He went into cryo for a century. When he opened his eyes again, his disease was gone but his life was no longer his. His job: to go into dangerous places and die, in a universe nothing like the one he left behind. Rating: HIGH controversy.

The Two Sides Of Humburg – You Set The Price

Follow in the footsteps of the piper, as he discovers a strange new land with some very odd ideas. What will the piper choose, the bustling modern city or the quiet country town? And why, oh why, do the two mayors keep putting him in the spotlight? What is the piper to do? This is a fantasy adventure mostly for the little ones, but adults can enjoy it too. Rating: LOW controversy.

Thorns – True Tales Of The Weird – 50% OFF

This is my world. It is full of ghosts, demons, bizarre anomalies and impossible survivals. It is a place that most people never see or only get a fleeting glimpse of. I have been immersed into this darkness for most of my life. Everything in this book is real. It happened to me and to those around me. My name is Raymond Towers and these are my True Tales Of The Weird. Rating: HIGH controversy.

Two Bedroom Cottage For Rent – FREE

You’ve heard of the Amityville Horror and the Bell Witch Haunting. You might think that true, demonic ghost stories like those are things of the past, or things you only see in movies, but you’d be wrong. Here is the story of the worst Haunting I’ve ever witnessed in my entire life, when the house I lived in tried to murder me. This novella is based on true events. Rating: HIGH controversy.

Variant Worlds 1 – 50% OFF

Welcome to Variant Worlds 1. This is a collection of fantasy and science fiction ranging from short stories to novellas. In these tales, everyday people like you and I must come to grips with the strange and perilous realities that have been presented to them. Only by relying on their inner strength, their wisdom and their humanity can they forge ahead and survive. Rating: MEDIUM controversy.

Verum Et Inventa Magazine, Issues 1 through 8 – FREE

Verum Et Inventa is a free e-zine focusing on dark fantasy, horror and science fiction. We’re open to contributions from writers and readers who like substance and style over the blander mainstream norm. The editor will also provide controversy with articles and media reviews meant to incite the intellect of those open-minded enough to question traditional paradigms, social constructs and religious dogma. If you consider yourself Awake and enjoy a good story, why not download a copy today?

Roaches In The Attic Zero – Non-Retrieval – Sci-Fi Novella

This title was recently re-edited and re-released. It has a suggested price of $1.99, but you can Set Your Own Price and download it right now. If you enjoy the story, consider making a paid purchase. If you would like to help me promote this book, I’ve included a couple of banners below that you can post on other sites. You can also include the book’s teaser, Roaches, which I’ve posted below. Link to this page, to the book’s page on Smashwords or to my official website at Raymond Towers Dot Com.

About this title: For rookie Spaceman Harold Douglas, the mission sounded simple enough. Take the squad of Space Marines out, discover why the outpost had gone offline, and bring them back home in one piece. That was before the transport suddenly vanished, stranding them all on an alien planet. Now, they are fighting for their lives against the greatest threat humanity has ever seen. Rating: MEDIUM controversy.

Roaches

Like a plague they descended, dropping into the midst of the unprepared and frightened soldiers as dozens of bouncing, pummeling cannonballs. Plasma fire whines across the battlefield as skittish fingers pump on smoothly gliding triggers, hitting the alien creatures’ hard shells and deflecting the lethal beams in all directions, including back among our own troops. Howls of pain erupt from the mouths of mortally wounded men, only slightly eclipsed by the orders from their commanding officers.

Through it all, the balled-up insects roll toward where the concentration of soldiers is at its thickest. Then, displaying an uncanny and unnerving sense of synchronicity, the tumbling balls halt all at once and begin to unfurl. Their trademark clicking commences, a combination of sharp screeches and disconcerting snaps that causes involuntary winces and fuels an instinct of panic in some of the young Marines. This noise, of course, serves to briefly stun the troops, as half a dozen jet-black limbs telescope from the rising monstrous bodies. Their two thick and thorny legs lift them to nearly an equal height as the men. Two pairs of arms simultaneously uncurl and clasp together, as if the creatures were uttering some dark prayer. For a brief moment, a split second, it seems as if nothing is happening, until the first shock waves hit.

Death comes quickly to the innermost circle of gawking and gaping spectators, as invisible beams of intense heat immediately incinerate or explode their bodies. The after-effects of the assaults consume a second row of the tightly grouped soldiers, bursting their hair and clothes into flames, and melting their hard polymer weapons in their grips. A high percentage of the front line infantry, whether through panic or injury, or even simple confusion, is rendered ineffective…

(Partial notes recovered during the aftermath of the War on Betelren Six, Space Corps Outpost 02-27. The author’s identity is not known. The date is Tuesday, January 20, 2060. This is the date of first contact.)

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Sergio Leone – A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

A truther channel just put up the entire trilogy on Bitchute. I haven’t seen all three movies in sequence in a while, and so I am spacing them out over the next couple of days.

Link to A Few Dollars More.

Link to The Good, The Bad And The Ugly.

https://www.bitchute.com/video/TJbh9mZWX7Zz/

Descrip:

A Fistful of Dollars (Italian: Per un pugno di dollari, lit. ’For a Fistful of Dollars’ titled on-screen as Fistful of Dollars) is a 1964 Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood in his first leading role, alongside Gian Maria Volonté, Marianne Koch, W. Lukschy, S. Rupp, Jose Calvo, Antonio Prieto, and Joe Egger. The film, an international co-production between Italy, West Germany, and Spain, was filmed on a low budget (reported to be $200,000), and Eastwood was paid $15,000 for his role.

Released in Italy in 1964 and then in the United States in 1967, it initiated the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre. It was followed by For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, also starring Eastwood. Collectively, the films are known as the “Dollars Trilogy”, or the “Man with No Name Trilogy” after the United Artists publicity campaign referred to Eastwood’s character in all three films as the “Man with No Name”. All three films were later released in sequence in the United States in 1967, catapulting Eastwood into stardom. The film has been identified as an unofficial remake of the Akira Kurosawa film Yojimbo (1961), which resulted in a successful lawsuit by Toho, Yojimbo’s production company.

As few Spaghetti Westerns had yet been released in the United States, many of the European cast and crew took on American-sounding stage names. These included Leone himself (“Bob Robertson”), Gian Maria Volonté (“Johnny Wels”), and composer Ennio Morricone (“Dan Savio”). A Fistful of Dollars was shot in Spain, mostly near Hoyo de Manzanares close to Madrid, but also (like its two sequels) in the Tabernas Desert and in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, both in the province of Almería.

A Fistful of Dollars became the first film to exhibit Leone’s famously distinctive style of visual direction. This was influenced by both John Ford’s cinematic landscaping and the Japanese method of direction perfected by Akira Kurosawa. Leone wanted an operatic feel to his western, and so there are many examples of extreme close-ups on the faces of different characters, functioning like arias in a traditional opera. The rhythm, emotion, and communication within scenes can be attributed to Leone’s meticulous framing of his close-ups. Leone’s close-ups are more akin to portraits, often lit with Renaissance-type lighting effects, and are considered by some as pieces of design in their own right.

Eastwood was instrumental in creating the Man with No Name’s distinctive visual style. He bought black jeans from a sport shop on Hollywood Boulevard, the hat came from a Santa Monica wardrobe firm, and the trademark cigars from a Beverly Hills store. He also brought props from Rawhide including a Cobra-handled Colt, a gunbelt, and spurs. The poncho was acquired in Spain. It was Leone and costume designer Carlo Simi who decided on the Spanish poncho for the Man with No Name. On the anniversary DVD for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, it was said that while Eastwood himself is a non-smoker, he felt that the foul taste of the cigar in his mouth put him in the right frame of mind for his character. Leone reportedly took to Eastwood’s distinctive style quickly and commented that, “More than an actor, I needed a mask, and Eastwood, at that time, only had two expressions: with hat and no hat.”