#HyphenGate Heads Straight to Hell

I don’t know if many people have read a blog post written by Greame Reynolds, author of the incredible High Moor series, but he recently found himself at the center of #hyphengate.

His successful novel High Moor 2 – Moonstruck has been removed from Amazon’s shelves because somebody complained that it was riddled with errors. Graeme openly states that he paid over $1,000 to have that novel edited by industry professionals, and created the file manually in HTML format using his own years of software knowledge to do so.

What were these errors then to be so bad as to ruin the book – which has 123 reviews on Amazon – and escape the attention of such watchful eyes.

Hyphens.

That’s right. The novel contained ten… TEN hyphenated words. How dare he allow such nonsense to be published with his name on the cover. Has the world gone mad? The use of a hyphen is grammatically correct, and even so, ten uses in a 90,000 word novel. Come on Amazon. You allow Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey to sit atop your bestseller lists. I assume these will also be pulled. I mean you wouldn’t want people to think you were mindlessly attacking the little man.

I read Graeme’s blog a few days ago, and noticed at the same time, my own novel Highway to Hell had a strange Amazon warning label on it. I asked my publisher and they said they were looking into it. Today I was told by someone who wanted to buy my book that they could not do so.

It turns out my book was also removed from Amazon following a complaint about the writing, how error filled it was. How many errors I hear you ask. SIx. SIX errors have resulted in my novel being pulled from sale.

What were these errors? Well I just happen to have them here.

Highway

Error Description: “a kaleidoscope of patters” should be “a kaleidoscope of patterns” / Error Location: 4073

Error Description: “uncertain why had would ask such a” should be “uncertain why he would ask such a” / Error Location: 3488

Error Description: “to conduct his business meetings it” should be “to conduct his business meetings in” / Error Location: 702

Error Description: “suddenness with which is arose” should be “suddenness with which it arose” / Error Location: 550

Error Description: “below to where out fallen brother” should be “below to where our fallen brother” / Error Location: 4906

Error Description: “The all found themselves” should be “They all found themselves” / Error Location: 5259

Error Description: “bedroom of the motel than they had driven” should be “bedroom of the motel that they had driven” / Error Location: 1854

We are talking of a novel over 90,000 words, and these six issues were so bad that people felt the need to complain – but not leave a review – and for Amazon to pull the title without hesitation.

There are a lot of words I would like to use now, and people who know me will probably be able to hear me reciting them in a stream right about now, but I shall refrain from using such terms for the time being.

My publisher has fixed the error, and the new title will be available tomorrow. Maybe now I can start advertising my horror novel as being the book that Amazon BANNED.

Lord knows a little bit of spin can’t hurt.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD: YOU’D BE CRAZY TO NAZI THIS ZOM-COM

Originally posted on Written in Blood:

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD-Norway/Iceland/United States/United Kingdom-100 Mins. 2014

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Vegar Hoel as Martin in Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead

Vegar Hoel as Martin in Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead

Ørjan Gamst as Herzog in Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead

Ørjan Gamst as Herzog in Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead

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Directed by Tommy Wirkola

Written by Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel and Tommy Wirkola

Now that I’ve had a day or two to process my experience of watching Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead I am now adequately prepared to give my assessment of the movie:

HOLY SH!T! WHAT A ZOM-COM!

After a brief recap that catches us up on the events of Dead Snow we stay with lone survivor Martin as he attempts to shake off Herzog, the leader of the Nazi zombies, from off of his car. He succeeds but crashes in the process. Martin awakens to find himself in the hospital and handcuffed to his bed as the police believe that he is the one…

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THE 2014 WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE YEAR: GILLIAN ANDERSON

alexlaybourne:

All Hail Gillian Anderson

Originally posted on Written in Blood:

The polls are closed and after all has been said and done and done and said we have our inaugural Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Year and it is none other than the beautiful and talented Gillian Anderson. It was a close race for awhile with Gillian being tied for a time with Lily Rabe but she broke away and stands tall as the winner. I just re-read that sentence and it sounds like I’m describing a horse race. That’s okay; I for one could not be happier for Gillian as I have a major crush on her (and no, it did effect the voting). Without further adieu may I present to you a tribute-in pictures-to the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Year-Gillian Anderson!

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I would like to take the time and thank everyone who voted. As I said before this is…

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