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Chaos, John Dolan, and One Helluva Scavenger Hunt

November 13, 2014

chaos 4John Dolan is back in the Cold and I couldn’t be more delighted. And this time he brings with him a co-conspirator, the illustrious Fiona Quinn, with whom he has written a brand-spanking new thriller: CHAOS IS COME AGAIN.

‘CHAOS’ is a psychological suspense, a mystery, and a love story – loaded with irreverent humor, and viewed through the lens of obsession.

WARNING: This book contains references to Judas Iscariot, a dwarf and a performing monkey. But that’s neither here nor there, I suppose.

What is here or there is that I’m about half-way through the book and having just a raucous of a good time. It takes a lot of cojones to write a book with someone you’ve never met and I admire Fiona and John for taking the leap. I admit I would be admiring them less if the book was terrible, but since they’re pulling it off, I say, Mazel Tov!

Here’s the elevator pitch:

Sean hears voices in his head.
Travis snorts cocaine.
Teagan thinks she’s the next Lady Gaga.
Avery has the boss from Hell and a mother with dementia.
And Goose thinks he can catch a serial killer.

As vivid a pitch as this is, I wanted more. So, I decided to send John on a scavenger hunt. Are you ready, John? Here goes!

1. Go to YouTube and find something that will illuminate readers about the voices Sean hears in his head. This can be a movie clip, song, comedy skit, anything.

John: Easy!

2. In reference to “Travis snorts cocaine” – I would like a tasteless photograph that will tell us a little bit more about this Travis fellow and a brief explanation of the photo and how it pertains to “Chaos.”

John: Here’s a photograph I took of a pile of white powder. Of course, it’s not cocaine. Where would I get that from? If I knew a red-bearded dwarf – like the one in ‘Chaos’ – of course it might be a different story.

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3. Find me a song that would play in the opening credits of “Chaos” were made into a movie.

John: Theme tune to ‘Chaos’ – ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ by Blue Oyster Cult. I did think about ‘The Birdie Song’ because of the Twitter connection. But no. No, no, no. Hell, no.

4. Get Fiona to write a short, 4 line poem about Hell.

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here,”
From the Tempest we were warned.
But thwarted efforts to endear,
True Hell is the fury of a woman scorned.

John: Yeah. She’s every bit as pretentious as me 🙂

5. I’d like an image of your favorite serial killer and brief statement about how he or she has inspired both you, personally, and your work.

John: This is my favourite cereal killer. Those nuts will do for anyone with the relevant allergy. How has it inspired me? Hmm. Well, it inspires me to stay regular.

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Links for Chaos Launch

John Dolan
Twitter @JohnDolanAuthor

John Dolan

Fiona Quinn
Twitter @FionaQuinnBooks

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Buy Links on Amazon



Get it before the voices in your head turn just plain mean!


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  1. Wow – onto the list it has gone. I do like the sound of this though funny enough I already have a “killer monkey” crime book on the TBR pile – Anonymous-9’s BITE HARDER – the follow on from HARD BITE – also recommended. Can you ever have too many monkey books on the pile?

    Cheers for the heads-up!

  2. Excellent post, especially the cereal part. 🙂

  3. Thanks, guys. And Col, you can never have too many monkey books in my opinion.

  4. One hellava post!

  5. Fantastic!
    Loved the book, Victoria, I’m sure you will too,


  6. Thanks, Eden – I am loving it 🙂

  7. Oh how fun was that?

    On this end, John wakes me up at the crack of dawn (for him it was near supper) and says, “Quick! I need a four line poem about Hell.” I begged for enough time to drink a cup of coffee. But -he was quite insistent that this was a “life-or-death emergency poem.” And now I know why he needed it. But I also see that he and I need to discuss the concept of life-or-death emergencies. Wait… is there ever a time when one would need an emergency poem?


    • ABsolutely, Fiona. I can think of several times when a life or death poem is appropriate. At death, obviously. You want to go into the next world at least having captured something from the last. When you’re trying to coerce someone into helping you lose your virginity (let’s face it, this one’s for the men). I also think public officials would do well to start incorporating poetry into the nonsense they spew. At least it’ll sound pretty. Lies are one thing, but boring lies? Please!

  8. Thanks, V. I like my chaos cold. Like my women. No, wait, that doesn’t read right. Yours, in death, John.

  9. Ms Survival permalink

    Hahaha thanks for schizophrenia song.
    It’s echoing in my mind now.
    I’m attempting to sleep.
    Happy Weekend,
    Ms S xoxo

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