hello i hate the milquetoastification of indie fiction

…and you should, too.

Reader, reader. What have we here? A blog post? This must really be something special. Regina rarely posts actual blog entries, and even more rarely starts a post on her site with ‘i hate’ instead of ‘i love.’ Yet, this where we find ourselves. I just need to vent a little: moreover, I need to implore you, reader, to think about what I am writing here, because I mean it sincerely.

I woke up this morning to find another horror author, whose pen name and work shall not be named, had a year-old book blocked an Amazon–an action that most likely occurred because somebody complained about it. A horror book. In the horror category. By a known author of extreme horror.

This is really sticking in my craw because I had a similar situation earlier in the month concerning a book published on the website Godless.com, which is meant specifically for horrific, shocking, boundary-pushing horror fiction that can (or should) not be published anywhere else. Unbeknownst to me, somebody I know–and at that point respected–went behind my back to the site creator to complain the piece, a 4500 word piece of shock horror comparable to many other pieces on the site. Is it the best piece I’ve ever written in my life? Of course not, I wrote it in an afternoon to be shocking and depraved, and to make readers question why they read this sort of fiction. But I stand by the piece, and the emotional reaction it evidently triggered in this person indicates to me that the piece is successful.

That being said, I have been affected for almost a month by this ridiculous scenario. I feel censorious eyes peering over my keyboard and into my mind as I try to think of something to write, and for the past weeks just a bit of my joy has been sapped from me whenever I do make it to the keyboard. This is the real goal the person had by first going to the Godless.com creator, then by sending me a personal message that amounted to a drive-by when they refused to reply. The person was offended and upset by the work, and when someone is upset, they want to upset the person who upset them. The motive for demanding another person remove a piece of art from circulation, whatever the quality, can only be a malicious one.

There are people out there who want writers to suck. I don’t mean just vindictive book bloggers, either. There are writers who want other writers to suck. There are people who have nothing to do with the world of publishing, who haven’t read a book since high school (or maybe haven’t graduated it) who want writers to suck. This latter group is made of people who pile-on to a situation on Twitter or Facebook so they can enjoy criticizing a content creator for a work they know nothing about. As for the rest, the frustrated writers who take pleasure in trashing the works of other writers, this is a truly lowly sort upon whom I’ll waste little time other than to say they are doomed to evolve into vindictive book bloggers, their works unread by the community that has long-since seen them for what they are.

But why would anyone want another person’s work to suck, Regina? Surely you’re looking at this the wrong way. These good, wholesome, neighborly souls are only concerned. They want to keep readers from reading “bad” books, so they leave informative 1-star reviews everywhere they possibly can. They want to keep writers from publishing (or preferably from writing at all) “bad” books, so they complain to Amazon and other platforms in the name of having the books taken down–thus, also, protecting these poor, helpless readers from the bad, bad fiction that offended the tattle-tale.

These are their stated goals, I will give you that. But, reader, this sort of person who can’t leave well enough alone actually has another goal seated in their heart of hearts. No matter what they tell themselves, the type of person who complains about a book is doing so for self-motivated reasons. If outside of the publishing/reading industry, they tend to be jealous of success in general and simply enjoy the schadenfreude that comes from latching onto a good public witch hunt. If they are a reader, then it is because they were so offended by the book that they want to hurt the author in their turn. And if they proclaim to be a fellow writer, then they can have one goal and one goal only: to rein in their competition until one of them sings a swansong and quits publishing altogether…or at least publishing in their genre.

Some writers believe that, rather than writing to the market, the market should conform to their tastes–and that other writers, for not doing the same, are wrong or in some way lacking in quality. For these authors, the only possibility they have of success, so far as they can see, is proving to readers that their taste is “wrong.” They write long reviews of other authors’ works that belittle the piece as much as possible before ending in snide urgings like, “But hey, if writing is your passion, keep doing it!” They critique in-progress works shared in confidence in such a way as to hamper their final form, rather than helping hone them to success. Most vilely, they report books to the platforms on which they’re published so that even extreme horror fiction properly categorized has no chance to remain for sale. To play it safe, deplatformed writers may end up writing milder things.

And that is exactly what these petty agitators want. They do not want to see boundaries pushed and authors inspired by one another. They do not want to look evil in the face or think that someone may disagree with them. They do not want to see others successful when their own books can’t seem to get past a handful of reviews and a couple of sales a month. They want only their own immediate success, and they just cannot understand why shitting on others won’t make it come any faster.

I am writing this entry today to urge you, reader, to never be like these people. Love fellow writers. Support them. Encourage them even if you don’t personally enjoy their work. Celebrate their successes, because one day they’re going to celebrate yours. Don’t be mediocre, and don’t let anyone tell you that you should be. When people are upset about your art, upset them more.

And if you’re a reader only? As Shirley Jackson once said to a rude critic, “If you don’t like my peaches, don’t shake my tree.” Let extreme horror grow in its profane groves of eyeball bushes and vaginal trees. It’s not doing anyone any real harm, and if you think that you’re worried it is, well…stop and ask yourself if that’s really the problem you have with it.

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hello i love celebrating christmas with consensual cannibalism, amputation, and fmf threeways

Merry Christmas, reader! It’s my favorite time of year, and what better way to celebrate than with a novella-length horrotica comedy set in the DOTTIE FOR YOU universe? As the post title says, this standalone special contains amputation, cuckqueaning, a very hot threeway, and plenty of consensual cannibalism all wrapped up in a hilarious comedy routine that can only be described as the cannibal homage to Steamed Hams. Have A VERY DOTTIE CHRISTMAS, reader!

READ A VERY DOTTIE CHRISTMAS NOW!

Ah, Christmas! If there’s one thing Dottie loves as much as Harold Fleetwood, it’s Christmas: and the billionaire CEO is intent on making his first Christmas with his new, demi-immortal wife an unforgettable one. When you’ve got two regenerating people with a penchant for consensual cannibalism, after all, it solves the problem of Christmas dinner…and after removing one of the limbs of his favorite tender dish, Harold is looking forward to aging their new ham enough for an elegant Christmas feast.

Or he was, anyway…because, as Christmas day grows later, more unexpected guests begin to arrive to the slaughterhouse by the hour. It’s all well and good when his ex-wife Molly, the sexy blonde heiress, shows up for a bit of three-way play…but then his corporate secretary, Pearl, decides to swing by. And all this to say nothing of Leopold Byron, Harold’s nuclearized business partner-turned-rival for Dottie’s affection.

Good thing his PA, Simonetta, hasn’t carved into her turkey yet…now if Harold can just keep everyone out of the kitchen until she arrives to save the day.

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Pre-order the complete paperback edition of DOTTIE FOR YOU SEASON ONE!

For the first time ever, get all eight episodes of psychedelic depravity in one incredible paperback collection featuring wild cover art by artist Lauren Kolesinskas! The entire first season of Regina Watts’s horrotica DOTTIE FOR YOU–along with the two previously commercially unavailable episodes of DOTTIE AFTER DARK for the season–are available at $34.99. That’s over one thousand pages of taboo horror romance, including those two secret episodes, for a price cheaper than the season’s digital release available on Kindle. Preorder your copy today and get it in time for its Valentine’s Day 2021 release date!

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HAROLD LOVES DOTTIE. DOTTIE LOVES HAROLD. HAROLD AND DOTTIE BOTH LOVE DOLCETT.

Indulge in a flavorful billionaire love story that reads like American Psycho meets 50 Shades on a bad acid trip.

Harold Fleetwood is pathetic. Despite being the billionaire CEO of a major Fortune 500 company, he’s a divorcé in his mid-fifties who can hardly look a woman in the eye. His dark compulsions and sick fantasies fill him with shame and leave the Internet as his only outlet, not just for titillation, but for intimacy–until the day he discovers bratty Dottie Shipman, the sexiest secretary in the office, has a dirty little secret she’s been hiding.

Turns out, Dottie is as intrigued by taboo fantasies as Harold is. Not only that, but she’s the artist he’s spent countless hours fantasizing with while wasting time in his filthy-minded chat room for fellow lonely perverts. He’s terrified, and thrilled. After all these years of hiding his intense, twisted desires from everyone except the prostitutes he employs, sharing himself with this almost too-perfect woman seems like a recipe for deadly consequences from which no amount of money can save him. Luckily for Harold, Dottie’s got another secret.

An unbelievable secret.

A secret that’s destined to change everything.

Check out more about Regina at her website! And a big shout-out to editor M.F. Sullivan for her contributions to the series.

hello i love bad witches, nerdy wolfmen, and new paperbacks

What’s Halloween without some witchcraft? Sexy Sabine the Bad Witch has TWO Halloween specials available for your enjoyment as we reach the peak of every horrotica fan’s favorite holiday. In THE WITCH’S BAD SEED, join Sabine as she transforms the snotty incel sorcerer from the other side of town into a pumpkin perfect for a little bit of erotic carving with the help of the Dark Lord–and in THE WITCH’S ALPHA PLEDGE, get to know cute nerd Jeremy Zevron as he’s transformed into a werewolf upon making some very questionable decisions.

On top of that, I’m very pleased to announce the paperback release of INDUSTRIAL DIVINITY! Don’t miss your chance to snatch up a beautifully bound copy of this psychedelic splatterpunk love story, featuring exquisite abstract illustrations by cover artist, Nuno Moreira! Dottie and Sabine fans alike should really give this book a look–and so should anybody who’s interested in transgressive fiction and body horror that’s more straightforward than erotic.

Finally, let me just wish you all a Happy Halloween and thank you guys for all your support! Incredibly, next month will mark my 6 month anniversary of publishing, and it’s so gratifying to see these books starting to emerge as paperbacks. I couldn’t do any of it without the legions of loyal readers who join my mailing list, read my books and tell their friends about my horribly depraved imagination! You all mean so much to me. Have a Happy (and Healthy!) Halloween, guys!

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hello i love collaborating with puppet combo: BABYSITTER BLOODBATH comes out 10/9

Picture R.L. Stine’s FEAR STREET series but with a splatterpunk twist: that, my friends, is BABYSITTER BLOODBATH. Don’t miss this bloody treat produced in collaboration with Puppet Combo, the genius developer behind such horror classics as POWER DRILL MASSACRE, NUN MASSACRE, and FEED ME, BILLY. BABYSITTER BLOODBATH is their first novelization and my first collaboration, so please support us both by buying a copy when it comes out on 10/9…and don’t forget to check out the rest of my work, too. There’s a new Sabine short coming out tonight or tomorrow, it just so happens, and if you like evil nuns, well…this’ll be the short for you. Of course, keep in mind–this is my first YA-style novel. Usually my work is a bit saucier than that, as regular readers know…new readers are advised to proceed with the utmost caution. But don’t worry, Regina Watts fans–YA-style doesn’t mean that it’s for kids.

I had a hell of a time working on this one–it was an absolute blast. Here’s to hoping I’ll get to do another one!

READ BABYSITTER BLOODBATH ON 10/9/20

You’ve played the game, now read the book! The first novelization in Puppet Combo’s VHS Terrors Series: Babysitter Bloodbath, puts you right in the middle of a classic 80s SLASHER!

Sarah has been feeling happy in her quiet Washington suburb and tonight is a big chance for her: A lengthy babysitting gig and a chance to be alone with her new hunky guy Jack. With any luck this’ll shape up to be a great night for her— unfortunately that luck has already run out.

A brutal atrocity happened 22 years ago in the very same neighborhood, completely forgotten by this small town, but not forgotten by the monster who committed it. Neokalus Burr will be violently released from his long stay in Monroe State Hospital… and Sarah will finally get to meet the long-forgotten horror of her town’s past.

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hello i love procrastinating by doing unnecessary blog posts and updating covers

yes it’s true there are other things i could or should be doing right now but looooooooook aren’t these new DOTTIE covers even better than the old ones? my kindleunlimited reads sure seem to indicate that they are. the cover changes are still flowing through on the Amazon page but why not use this exciting day as an excuse to make sure you’re up to date with this hot series of taboo bdsm erotica that makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Dr. Seuss. we’ve got cannibalism, femdom, findom, foot worship, snuff, guro, extreme consensual torture, a man with a nuclear cock, a cute immortal girl with psychedelic girlmeat, and lots of super inappropriate ddlg ageplay. and that barely even scratches the surface of what these first five episodes contain, baby–all that, and a real plot, too. READ DOTTIE TODAY BY CLICKING HERE OR ON THE AD BELOW!

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hello i love debut novels: INDUSTRIAL DIVINITY is available today

that’s right: with my library of titles available on Amazon as huge as it is, INDUSTRIAL DIVINITY is still my first standalone novel of transgessive fiction. this perverse fairy tale of alienation is a must-read for fans of dottie for you and anyone who enjoys the darker fiction brought to us during the 1980s and 1990s. when a woman discovers she’s immortal but not invulnerable, she begins a career as the sadomasochistic camgirl and performance artist known as the degenetrix. i wouldn’t go so far as to say this novel of extreme horror is an erotica, but it does have some very sexual elements…especially if you’re the sort of person who likes to see a woman smash her hand with a hammer, submit to having acid poured into her brain, publicly degrade herself in a series of performances critical of shakespeare, and way way more. oh–and it’s free on kindle unlimited.

READ INDUSTRIAL DIVINITY TODAY!

A female FIGHT CLUB for a pandemic world, an ATROCITY EXHIBITION for an embittered generation of Internet addicts, a response to THE ROOM that would make even Hubert Selby Jr. cringe–INDUSTRIAL DIVINITY is a transgressive love story by 2020 breakout author REGINA WATTS.

Once upon a time lived a woman who was immortal but not invulnerable. This is the story of everything that happened after she discovered that fact. This is the story of a virus. It is the story of a country that is afraid of change. This is the story of a woman who becomes a sadomasochistic performance artist called “The Degenetrix” during a time when the human race is more isolated than ever before.

This is the story of the Degenetrix and the career she built by mutilating herself on the Internet for the pleasure of strangers, of stalkers, and of a mysterious benefactor who showers her with wealth but refuses to reveal his identity. This is the story of love during pandemic, of alienation in an alienated world. This is the story of pain and of lust and of the human mind.

But don’t worry. This is a happy story, and you are permitted to feel happy while you read it. Empathy is the greatest of all human virtues and the human race has been put on this planet called “Earth” so as to learn it.

Such is the will of spider-mother.

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hello i love transgressive fiction

pre-order industrial divinity, my standalone transgressive fiction debut! i’m thrilled to finally share this novel with you and am eternally grateful to nuno moreira for his cover, as well as editor michelle hope for her keen eye–and for her generous willingness to forego the proceeds of the editing process in exchange for donating it directly to several charities. and i guess m.f. sullivan deserves a little credit for the typesetting. 😉 anyway check this new release out. this one is for fans of chuck palahniuk, j.g. ballard, hubert selby jr., ryu murakami, chandler morrison, and anybody who generally likes splatterpunk, transgressive or bizarro fiction. fans of dottie for you are also particularly urged to check out industrial divinity.

PRE-ORDER INDUSTRIAL DIVINITY TODAY!

Once upon a time lived a woman who was immortal but not invulnerable. This is the story of everything that happened after she discovered that fact. This is the story of a virus. It is the story of a country that is afraid of change. This is the story of a woman who becomes a sadomasochistic performance artist called “The Degenetrix” during a time when the human race is more isolated than ever before.

This is the story of the Degenetrix and the career she built by mutilating herself on the Internet for the pleasure of strangers, of stalkers, and of a mysterious benefactor who showers her with wealth but refuses to reveal his identity. This is the story of love during pandemic, of alienation in an alienated world. This is the story of pain and of lust and of the human mind.

But don’t worry. This is a happy story, and you are permitted to feel happy while you read it. Empathy is the greatest of all human virtues and the human race has been put on this planet called “Earth” so as to learn it.

Such is the will of spider-mother.

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hello i love elizabeth bedlam: other author spotlight fridays

maybe not every friday but some fridays i’d like to shine a light on other independent and/or small press authors who i think are amazing and who i wish i’d known about years ago. most of these authors will be free on kindle unlimited or selling shorter titles for between $.99 and $2.99. let me start this adventurous column off by recommending that (in addition to my own works, of course, which you will enjoy if you like elizabeth bedlam and all of which are free on kindle unlimited at this link) you take a peek at horrotica pioneer elizabeth bedlam, the queen of b-movie horror erotica and an author i think every horror fan should read. and comedy fans. and erotica fans. basically, if you like ed wood, pulp fiction in general, puppet combo games and other vintage horror-inspired media, transgressive fiction, or just a fun fucked-up erotica story far from your usual kindle store bullshit, i would strongly encourage you to check out the one and only elizabeth bedlam. not only that but her productivity is phenomenal and i’m so jealous i’d like to cut off her precious hands and try all sorts of experiments to get their magic out for my own use. look at some of these great titles you’re missing out on:

just look at those titles. look at those covers. oh my god. these aren’t even my favorites and i swear every time i look they just get better and better. i love everything about them. i love the aesthetic effect and i love the concepts and have i mentioned i love her titles? holy shit. if they aren’t enough to convince you to invest fifteen minutes in reading one of her amazing shorts for free on kindle unlimited (follow this link) then you just have no sense of humor or are generally uncool and i don’t think i can help you. but if you wish horror and erotica could both stop taking themselves so fucking seriously for at least the length of a short story, please read elizabeth bedlam. if you have even the slightest iota of a sense of humor and love of kitsch, you’ll be super glad you did.

and also read me. regina watts. whose works including the horrotica cannibal love story dottie for you can be found here.

if you would like to be considered for an other author fridays post, talk to me about trading blogs, or are interested in exchanging reviews, you may do so through a message to publicity@paintedblindpublishing.com with ATTN: Regina in the title. i’ll consider everybody but i have peculiar tastes as u may be aware if u kno my work. xxxx

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