The Bone Cutters Book Tour 5/11-6/11

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The Bone Cutters Book Tour & Giveaway is  5/11/20 – 6/11/20.

Amazon $.99 Kindle sale starts today until May 25th.

Giveaways include a $15 Amazon gift card, Swag, an eBook: one winner each

For complete schedule and blog locations go to Silver Dagger Book Tours link here: https://www.silverdaggertours.com/…/the-bone-cutters-book-t… 

Chapter 1 Reading

 

Review Excerpts

* “…razor sharp…grabs hold from the get go, and drags the reader through a surreal experience that evokes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, if written by Clive Barker. A recommended novella.”—Monster Librarian

* “It’s actually refreshing to be able to enjoy a book so much that you were miffed when it was over…As the debut novella from Renee S. DeCamillis it’s a fantastic beginning to what could prove to be a career to watch.” –Ginger Nuts of Horror

* “I immediately fell in love with Dory, the writing style, the story…This is a terribly heart-wrenching story with a bit of a haunted house/ghost vibe where you’re also being chased by a bunch of crazy people who want to devour your bones. I didn’t want to put this book down.”—Kendall Reviews

* “Strange and terrifying, Dory has been sent to a mental hospital that harbors horrible things. I think the insight to her horror and treatment in this facility by far makes your insides cry… Excellent, riveting storytelling. Short read and so worth it! More please!” –Kim Napolitano, Goodreads Review

* “Loved it! The Bone Cutters is a powerful story. The premise is sharp as the prose, the isolation of the main character stuck inside a psychiatric facility where help is supposed to be given, but instead, threats are everywhere. The story nails this tone so well as if the reader is having their bones shaved.”–Mark Matthews, Author of Milk-Blood, All Smoke Rises, & Founder & CEO of Wicked Run Press.

* “[The Bone Cutters] has a very cinematic feel to it, the story constructed much like a movie would be, so it was very easy to put yourself into the scenes and the action. Funny…weird and harrowing. This was an “afternoon” kind of read… a perfect antidote to the overly-long and overly-indulgent mass market paperbacks you’d find on a supermarket rack. I liked this.”—Goodreads Review by Danger Slater, author of  the Wonderland award-winning I Will Rot Without You

* “Renee, in her work and in her life, epitomizes one of my favorite lines of literary inspiration from the author Steve Almond; as Steve says and Renee, in this book, shows us how it is done—‘Race toward the darkness and shine.'”—Elizabeth Searle, American novelist, short story author, and playwright

* “Loved it! Gripping!! Has a S. King feel to it, and I loved the twist at the end… Very well written.”–5-Star Amazon Reader-Review

* “Interesting book, blazing with exciting and often experimental prose. The protagonist is unusual, relatable, and well-drawn…DeCamillis takes us on a dreamlike journey, which is thoroughly enjoyable…Definitely one to pick up, especially if you’re looking to break the monotony of safe bet fiction that is flooding the market.”-–Goodreads Reader-Reviewer

* A strange, unsettling novella that flies through a tight story of mystery, horror, and survival. DeCamillis draws you right into the main character’s mind and does a good job of holding you there until the very last page–with all the frantic uncertainty and memorable storytelling that that entails.–Goodreads Review by Josh

My Book Tour May 11 – June 11

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I am doing an online, month-long book tour starting next month for my debut book, The Bone Cutters.

Yes, this is a later-than-usual book tour, since my book was published on September 1, 2019, but, hey, I’m a newbie and an indie. I’m still figuring all this stuff out.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, some of my reading appearances have been canceled, and the conventions I planned on attending this year may not happen at all, so I’ve got to get creative, and this is excellent.

Silver Dagger Book Tours is a perfect fit for this writer. What better way for this woodland dweller to get out and promote a book I am very proud of than with an online tour? You all want to check this out. There will be free giveaways! Yay, for free!!!

For more information, you can go to the Silver Dagger Book Tours link here: https://www.silverdaggertours.com/tour-sign-ups/the-bone-cutters-tour-sign-ups

In the mean time, here’s a teaser, followed by review excerpts.

TEASER: They wear their scars with pride, while Dory tries desperately to hide her own. No matter what she does to cover her wounds, they can still smell her bleed, and they want in—down to the bones.

* “This has been a banner year for introducing stellar new horror writers to the world… Renee S. DeCamillis is one of these with her novella The Bone Cutters, one of the strangest, but coolest, entries of 2019…razor sharp…grabs hold from the get go, and drags the reader through a surreal experience that evokes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, if written by Clive Barker. A recommended novella.” –-Monster Librarian

* “I immediately fell in love with Dory, the writing style, the story…This is a terribly heart-wrenching story with a bit of a haunted house/ghost vibe where you’re also being chased by a bunch of crazy people who want to devour your bones. I didn’t want to put this book down.”—Kendall Reviews

*”It’s actually refreshing to be able to enjoy a book so much that you were miffed when it was over…As [her] debut novella, it’s a fantastic beginning to what could prove to be a career to watch…I’m giving this a solid 4 out of 5 [stars]…considering that I’ve never read anything which rated a 5, I think The Bone Cutters is doing just fine.”— Ginger Nuts of Horror

* “Strange and terrifying, Dory has been sent to a mental hospital that harbors horrible things. I think the insight to her horror and treatment in this facility by far makes your insides cry… Excellent, riveting storytelling. Short read and so worth it! More please!” –Kim Napolitano, Goodreads Review

* “Loved it! The Bone Cutters is a powerful story. The premise is sharp as the prose, the isolation of the main character stuck inside a psychiatric facility where help is supposed to be given, but instead, threats are everywhere. The story nails this tone so well as if the reader is having their bones shaved.”–Mark Matthews, Author of Milk-Blood, All Smoke Rises, & On The Lips Of Children. Founder & CEO of Wicked Run Press.

* “[The Bone Cutters] has a very cinematic feel to it, the story constructed much like a movie would be, so it was very easy to put yourself into the scenes and the action. Funny…weird and harrowing. This was an “afternoon” kind of read… a perfect antidote to the overly-long and overly-indulgent mass market paperbacks you’d find on a supermarket rack. I liked this.”—Goodreads Review by Danger Slater, author of Impossible James, He Digs A Hole, and the Wonderland award-winning I Will Rot Without You

* “Renee, in her work and in her life, epitomizes one of my favorite lines of literary inspiration from the author Steve Almond; as Steve says and Renee, in this book, shows us how it is done—‘Race toward the darkness and shine.’“—Elizabeth Searle, American novelist, short story author, and playwright

* A strange, unsettling novella that flies through a tight story of mystery, horror, and survival. DeCamillis draws you right into the main character’s mind and does a good job of holding you there until the very last page–with all the frantic uncertainty and memorable storytelling that that entails. –Goodreads Review by Josh

Feb. 22, 2020 Reading–The Bone Cutters

 

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I am doing a reading from my book The Bone Cutters on Saturday, February 22 at 2 PM at the Lewiston Public Library in Maine. The reading will be followed by a Q&A, book sales and signing. If you don’t want to wait to purchase a copy, The Bone Cutters is also available at Barnes & Noble, Bull Moose, Longfellow Books, Quiet City Books, on Indie Bound, and, of course, on Amazon. Link here: https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Cutters-Renee-S-Decamillis/dp/1621052931

Reading–Chapter 1 of The Bone Cutters

Here it is:

This is a clip of me reading from my debut book–The Bone Cutters. This snippet includes an introduction by Elizabeth Searle, and then me reading chapter 1. I did read the first three chapters that night, with a little musical ending, but this here will give you just a taste to see if you want to go for the full ride with The Bone Cutters. I hope you all enjoy!

 

Halloween Readings This Friday, Oct. 11th

3rd Annual Halloween Grownup Storytime at Quiet City Books

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Come on out and join us for an evening filled with haunting dark tales.

I am headliner and co-host of this fun Halloween event at Quiet City Books in Lewiston, Maine from 6-8 PM this Friday, October 11th. I will be doing a reading from my debut book, The Bone Cutters.

Screenshot_2019-09-07 The Bone Cutters Joining me are nine more horror authors, reading creepy and disturbing tales to set the haunting mood of October. Some of what you’ll hear at this event are true ghost stories.

Event Details:

Kids get all the storytelling fun- until now!

Join us for an evening of fun, scary, and haunting stories and poems tailored for grownup audiences (not X-rated, but adult language and themes are fair play). Light refreshments provided, BYOB. Teenagers are welcome with a parent or guardian present.

THE LINE UP:
Headliner Renee S. DeCamillis Author will read from her newly released novella, The Bone Cutters. Copies will be available for purchase!

We’ll also hear from:

Emily DuFour , true stories and classic poetry
Jason DuFour, original fiction
Deborah Eifert, poet
JoshGauthierWriter.com., fiction writer and curator of Local Writers Read
Jen George, original fic
Claire Guyton, fiction writer and curator of Local Writers Read
Lauren B. Harris, Fantasy Author
Faegan Pan, reading classic poetry
Linda Scott, true ghost stories

Quiet City Books, 97 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Bookstore


(207) 449-0538


October 11th Reading Appearance

Quiet City BOoks Scary Stories for GrownUps

I am thrilled to announce that I am co-host and headliner for an upcoming Halloween reading event on Friday, October 11th from 6-8 PM (EST). Details from Quiet City Books below:

3rd Annual Grownup Halloween Storytime At Quiet City Books

Public Event

Happening At:

Quiet City Books

97 Lisbon St

Lewiston, Maine 04240

Bookstore

(207) 449-0538

courtneyquietcity@gmail.com

Get Directions

Kids get all the storytelling fun–until now!

Join us for an evening of fun, scary, and haunting stories and poems tailored for grownup audiences (not X-rated, but adult language and themes are fair play). Light refreshments provided, BYOB. Teenagers are welcome with a parent or guardian present.

THE LINE UP SO FAR:
Headliner Renee S. DeCamillis Author will read from her newly released novella, The Bone Cutters. Copies will be available for purchase!

We’ll also hear from:
Deborah Eifert, poet
Josh Gauthier, fiction
Claire Guyton, fiction
Linda Scott, true ghost stories
…and more to be announced. Stay tuned!

The Bone Cutters–Get Your Copy Today

Screenshot_2019-09-07 The Bone Cutters

Released on September 1, 2019 as part of the New Bizarro Author Series for 2019 from Eraserhead Press ( https://eraserheadpress.com/ ), my debut book. The Bone Cutters is a book that doesn’t fit neatly into any one genre box: part horror, part psychological thriller, part supernatural, part weird/bizarro, & it weaves in bits of satire & humor throughout.

For all who are interested, The Bone Cutters can be purchased through Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Cutters-Renee-S-Decamillis/dp/1621052931), Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound ( https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781621052937 ) , Longfellow Books –in Portland, Main and online, and it will soon be available at Bull Moose ( https://www.bullmoose.com/ ) and Quiet City Books ( https://www.facebook.com/CourtneyQuietCity/ )–both in Maine and online.

To see what literary horror reviewers have had to say, visit the “Reviews & What-Not” page of this site.

“The Bone Cutters” is out now!

Today is release day for my debut book–The Bone Cutters. It’s a bizarro horror novella published through Eraserhead Press. It’s available on Amazon, Indie Bound, Barnes & Noble, & Longfellow Books. Get your copy today.

What reviewers have to say:

“It’s actually refreshing to be able to enjoy a book so much that you were miffed when it was over. As [her] debut novella, it’s a fantastic beginning to what could prove to be a career to watch. I’m giving this a solid 4 out of 5 [stars]…Considering that I’ve never read anything which rated a 5, I think The Bone Cutters is doing just fine.”~~~Joe X. Young of Ginger Nuts of Horror

“I immediately fell in love with Dory, the writing style, the story…This is a terribly heart-wrenching story with a bit of a haunted house/ghost vibe where you’re also being chased by a bunch of crazy people who want to devour your bones. I didn’t want to put this book down.”~~~Miranda Crites of Kendall Reviews

Synopsis:

Dory wakes up in the padded room of a psychiatric hospital with no recollection of how she wound up there. She soon finds out she’s been Blue-Papered—involuntarily committed. She gets sent to the wrong counseling group and discovers a whole new world of psychiatric patients she’d never known existed. At first she just thinks they’re cutters, all marked by similar scars, but then she finds out that those scars are from carving into their own bodies where they chisel and scrape their bones. What they’re after—bone dust. It’s highly coveted and sought after. When they find out Dory’s never been “dusted”, she becomes their target. After all, dust from a “freshie” is much more valuable than theirs. Frightened for her life, she desperately tries to prove to the psych. hospital staff that she’s not delusional about these particular patients wanting to cut her open and scrape her bones. The staff doesn’t believe her. They all think she’s crazy. She ends up on the run and fighting for her life, trying to avoid getting “dusted” by The Bone Cutters.

Like Girl, Interrupted and “The Yellow Wallpaper”, The Bone Cutters is one woman’s dark and surreal experience with a madness that is not necessarily her own.

https://www.amazon.com/Bone-Cutters-Renee-S-Decamillis/dp/1621052931

Murphy’s Law Rules My Life

April 19, 2018:

Unavoidable cancellation of my participation in the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference–for the third time in a row

The past three years in a row I was accepted to present my essay –“The Power of Sympathetic Villains of Literature and Screen Pulse Through Music”–at the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference that takes place at StokerCon. The first year my work was accepted, I simply couldn’t afford the trip to Long Beach, California where the events were taking place. It’s the second and third year cancellations of my participation in the conference that have left my jaw dropped in amazement of my horrendously shitty luck, for lack of a better way to put it.

Last year the conference was taking place in Providence, RI. I was all set to go to StokerCon for the one day that my presentation was scheduled for. I had busted my ass on my presentation. I practiced it every morning, recording it to find where I stumbled, or maybe said “um” a little too much. I even taught myself how to do a PowerPoint presentation, since I had somehow never learned this earlier in my many years in college. I was psyched! I had my car packed, I had copies of my essay with me for potential publication opportunities, and I had my business cards ready for all the networking I had planned to do. Then on the day of my presentation I hit the road, in spite of the massive Nor’easter that was ravaging New England. I ignored all the weather reports, telling people to stay off the roads and not travel.  Of course, I thought, on the exact day and time of my trip and presentation, the biggest Nor’easter on record hit my exact route of travel, and the exact city I was set to go to was getting hit with a cyclone. I joked with one of my writers group friends who was at StokerCon already–I sent her a message that said:

Cthulu is rising and he’s coming for StokerCon. The Biltmore was finished construction in 1918; it’s now 2018. Lovecraft died in March. March 2018 and the world horror convention is in his city and it’s getting hit with a cyclone. Cthulhu is rising. Get out!
Sleep tight. 😉

I was having fun with the whole storm issue, not thinking much of it in the way of my potential travel troubles. I was that pumped to present my work that I’d put so many hours into polishing for others to see and hear.

Then it came time for me to hit the road. Snow was falling so hard and so fast that I could barely see the road in front of me. I’d left extra early to make sure I’d arrive in time for my presentation time-block. I thought, What the hell–I’m a fucking Mainer, born and raised. I can handle driving in a snow storm. No problem. And I have all-wheel drive and one of the safest vehicles on the road today. Fuck it. Let’s go!

Then I hit the backed-up traffic on the highway. Cars were off the road all over the place. Accidents here and there. And weather report warnings, telling people to stay home, don’t drive.

I thought of my young son at home, my husband. Both worrying, and waiting to hear from me.

I pulled off an exit and headed back home, slowly.

I don’t know what made the visibility worse–my tears or the historic Nor’easter blanketing my windshield.

So, I submitted my work again, for a third year in a row, to the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference for 2019. I was miraculously accepted again. I didn’t think they’d take a chance on me again, since I’d already been accepted twice and had to cancel. But I was accepted, and I was ever so grateful, and super psyched all over again. So psyched that I edited my entire slideshow, spicing it up, adding bits of humor–since my work is very dark and heavy. And again, I practiced every morning, recording my presentation so that I could make it the best I could. I bought all my tickets, arranged my travel to Grand Rapids, MI from Maine. I was all set. This time I was going to make it happen. Third times a charm. Right?

Wrong.

On March 18, I got some distressing news about my health. At first I thought, No problem. I can handle this. I’ll just take extra care while traveling. Take it slow & easy. I’ve got this. I’m strong and resilient. I can handle anything. Then on March 29th I found out that the treatment I need has to happen soon–right during StokerCon (or the week before)–and it will leave me unable to travel for some time after.

Seriously?! Is that how the universe works for me?! What the fuck kind of luck is this?! These thoughts keep rattling around in my brain, since I had to cancel my participation in the conference yet again. And next year StokerCon and the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference are taking place in the UK. There in no possible way I can afford a trip overseas. Hell, I couldn’t even afford a trip to the other side of the U.S. (Yes, I am the stereotypical “poor & struggling artist”, though I hate to admit it.) If people ever wonder why I write dark fiction and horror, all they need to do is hear about the shit I deal with in my real life.

Whenever I hear people say, “What are the odds of that ever happening?” or “No, that’s not even possible.” I tell them, “Oh, yes, yes, it is possible. Just look at my life; I will show you just how possible and realistic that is.” I always seem to be the exception to the rule. Murphy’s Law is my life. What you think could never go wrong, goes wrong for me. The horrible things you think will never happen to you, happen to me. When something really good and positive happens for me, I always look over my shoulder, watching & waiting for that dark cloud that always comes to dump an equal amount of shit into my life. You may think I sound pessimistic, but I only speak from experience.

Pessimistic–no. As disappointed as I am in having to cancel my entire StokerCon trip and my participation in the Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference, I am already planning my next opportunity. ReaderCon is in July. I suspect I will be feeling much better by then, and I hope to be back to my sunshiny-self. When one opportunity is lost, find the next one and make it BIG.

I’ve got plans. I’ve got BIG plans. Nothing can keep me down. And with the publication of my first book in September (The Bone Cutters), my plans don’t end with ReaderCon. That’s only the beginning. I’ve got a whole book launch event planned and booked–(More news on that is soon to come.), and I’m in the planning stages of a fall/winter book tour. I never quit. When I fall, I jump back up and go at it even harder. I’m a determined mountain goat Capricorn. I will make it to the top of ANY mountain that’s in my way. Nothing can stop me–I keep on keepin’ on, No Matter What.

Life may dump a ton of shit in my path, but I’m equipped with a shovel and a take-no-shit attitude. I got this. I can handle anything.

Peace~To all you crazy fuckers out there.