With the Holidays around the corner, I will be starting a FREE Kindle giveaway at midnight tonight. The book I will be giving out will be my Kaiju novella, Karmathaur. The giveaway will last for five days. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Looking back at Karmathaur’s recent review, I received a very pleasant compliment that I did not see coming. The review said that Karmathaur could potentially be made into a film that would rival Godzilla and Pacific Rim. That was a great compliment that I was not expecting and it meant a great deal. I have viewed Karmathaur as just a simple side project, but this comment implies that it could become so much more than I intended. I will keep this in mind if the opportunity ever arises.
My Kaiju novella, Karmathaur, got a four star review on both GoodReads and Amazon UK today! Here it is:
“From the first line to the first echoing roar of Karmathaur itself, it is clear where the inspiration for the story lies. The story starts with a genetic experiment that is almost thwarted by the police, then moves on a few years later to when the genetically modified and radiation filled zygote (a fertilized egg) has hatched into the monster Karmathaur. We follow a set of friends as they find out about the cult behind the creature’s creation while they battle for survival. The story very much plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster, and like a Hollywood movie it is fast paced, action filled but low on character development. Interestingly the characters start to develop but the one problem with the story halts that, the fact that it is so short. It really follows the blockbuster formula that it is about gruesome deaths and high-octane set pieces. Whilst I am happy with this and soon became aware that this was where the book was heading, there is a sense of loss, that by making it potentially twice the length it could make you feel more for the characters. That said, for a book that costs 99p on Kindle you can not go far wrong, and it could easily be made into a film to rival that of Godzilla or Pacific Rim. The writing is a bit stilted at times but it gets its message across. The one thing that sets this story apart from those films is the end, the hint that this beast, created to destroy the world, might just be more than the sum of its parts.”
Permit me to give you a little overview of my Kaiju, Karmathaur. Karmathaur is the result of a genetic engineering experiment conducted by a doomsday cult known as the Anakims. The Anakims got their name from one of the Biblical giants in the Old Testament. Karmathaur was made from salvaged prehistoric DNA and spliced with the DNA of modern animals. After the zygote (fertilized egg) was created, it was exposed to massive amounts of radiation in order to stimulate growth. Upon being sent into the sea, the zygote spent five years growing into a large egg before hatching into its larval form, which was fifty meters long. Shortly after making landfall, Karmathaur wrapped itself in a cocoon and spent 24 hours gestating and growing further until it was more than twice its size. In its adult form, Karmatahur is over one hundred meters tall and weighs one hundred thousand tons. It walks like the Cloverfield monster, on all fours with its front legs being longer and more jointed than its back legs. Its roar sounds like a metallic screech before turning into a deep rumble.
As for its abilities, Karmathaur is armed to the teeth with various abilities that were the result of its creation. To lessen gravity’s effects on its girth, Karmatahur has an organ below its spine that creates an anti-gravity energy field. Not only does this energy field allow Karmathaur to move faster for its size, but it also serves as a form of protection from all forms of physical assault such as bombs and bullets. A pair of glands in its throat serve as storage for its large amounts of radioactive energy. Defensively, this organ can filter radiation throughout Karmathaur’s body to stimulate regeneration from any wounds it receives. Offensively, the energy in these glands can be filtered through Karmathaur’s mouth to fire a focused beam of radioactive energy at its target. Before firing this beam, Karmathaur’s gills glow red with scarlet sparks crackling across them. The beam is powerful enough to melt through its target before setting the remains on fire.
The blood in Karmathaur’s veins act as a form of mutagen. That means the radiation in its sweat, blood, and tissues can mutate any life form around it, which was what happened to any sea life that swam near Karmathaur. Karmathaur’s flesh also has another ability that will be explored in future works. Overall, I am proud of creating my own Kaiju and look forward to depicting more of its adventures.
With the new and improved version of my Kaiju novella released, I am eager for reviews to find out if it is a good enough improvement from the original. Is anyone interested in reviewing this work on Amazon? If so, please give me your email and I will send you a PDF file version of the work. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
With 2019 around the corner, I can breathe a sigh of relief. At the beginning of this year, I set a goal for myself to write, edit, and publish two works in a single year. After the initial failure of Karmathaur, I was concerned I did not meet my goal. Thankfully, I salvaged the situation by refining it and republishing it while publishing The War of the Gilded Beasts. With these two works, I have broken a new personal record. Last year, I challenged myself to write, edit, and publish one book in one year and I achieved that. With this year’s challenge completed, I am now seeking a new challenge for myself. I will keep you updated on any updates.
I discovered that the revised version of my Kaiju short story, Karmathaur, got a four star rating on Goodreads.com. This is a considerable improvement from the original version, which only got a two star review on Amazon. This pleases me because it demonstrates that my efforts were worthwhile in revising the story. I look forward to what else may come of my new and improved Kaiju novella. Wish me luck and I will keep you updated.