Live Reading: Starving Zoe!

Live reading of Starving Zoe chapter one from FB live 9.19.20 @howlgrowlsnarl

Season 2 Episode 29: Starving Zoe by C. Derick Miller!

Ready to meet an indie author? We will read you the first chapter. It’s up to you to finish the book! C. Derick Miller is an author, producer, screenwriter, and gonzo journalist from the conservative community of Greenville, TX. Sam Cloud-Miller is a graphic artist and liberal rights activist from Austin, TX. Now residing in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, it’s a great combination for a podcast! They’ll keep talking long after you’ve stopped listening. Peace to the peaceful. Truth to the masses. Hell to the tyrants. Find ‘Butterflies Make Me Angry’ on Podbean, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, YouTube, or wherever you listen to podcasts! Buy novels, merch, and see more at . Our opening music is “Backwoods BBQ” by Chris Haugen. Our ending theme music, “Butterflies Make Me Angry”, is performed by Whiskeyhat and written by Tommy Cross and C. Derick Miller. (Yes, I own the rights to this music so no funny business about copyrights). Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Slasher App @howlgrowlsnarl

Starving Zoe – A REAL Review!

Starving Zoe

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By C Derick Miller


Compelling. Evocative. Brutal.


To most, 1865 was an eye-opening year. The American Civil War was officially over, and the soldiers fortunate enough to survive the bloody conflict returned home to collect the pieces of their former lives. To young Arizonan, Robert Jack, the fateful desert homecoming marked the end to all he once knew.

Forgiveness is overrated. Death is final. Revenge, however, dances between the fine lines of mortality and eternity. Love always finds a way.


Starving Zoe by C Derick Miller is Book 5 in the Splatter Western series from Death’s Head Press. It’s a Splatter Western. Splatter. Western. You need to know that going in. You need to understand it. Because trashing a splatter western for having horror elements is bad form. So, Splatter Western.

On that note …

I seriously almost puked on page 4.
I almost threw the book across the room when I came upon the horrors at page 23.
A few pages later, I stepped away for a moment to re-evaluate my boundaries in horror fiction. It wasn’t about graphic gore or even content. It was the realism. The horrifying, mind-violating realism of the content and horrors rising from the pages. Intellectually, I knew this spoke to Miller’s superior storytelling, but part of my mind said, “Dude, I don’t like you right now.”

The biggest horror for me? The dark, irreverent, inexcusable humor throughout the story got at least a smirk (and often an outright laugh) from me in spite of how horrified I was by the events in the story. Every time. Every single time. Snake balls. ☹

Starving Zoe is told in first person by the main character, Robert Jack. Much like a real-life friend, Robert is telling you things he himself clearly does not grasp the significance of, inspiring evocative moments of you wanting to say, “Dude, did you even hear what you just said?” out loud. (maybe I did, maybe I didn’t)

Evocative. Yes. Starving Zoe is a shockingly evocative tale. It evokes your gag reflex. It evokes outrage. It evokes horror and frustration both with and at the narrator. It evokes sadness.

It is a twisted masterwork of human authenticity with a supernatural flair, compelling, evocative, brutal. It is ultimately a story about love and all the dark and awful thoughts and emotions that go with it. It stays with you long after you finish it (I read it four days ago). It is also a Splatter Western and not for those with sensitive constitutions.

Fans of the Splatter Western series will love Starving Zoe. Fans of extreme horror in general will love it too.

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About the Author: C. Derick Miller

C. Derick Miller is a dark fiction author, Gonzo journalist, screenwriter, poet, ordained minister, and ASCAP songwriter born in the town of Greenville, Texas. His influences include Hunter S. Thompson, Kevin Smith, Shawn Mullins, and Del James. Currently the Senior Writer/Junior Producer for AtuA Productions, he resides in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, Texas where he has a price on his head for his short story “Hell Paso” contained in the #1 Best Selling Anthology And Hell Followed. He wishes he were making up that last part but … it is nice to be wanted.

For The Record…

Let’s talk.

I received my first review of my new Splatter Western novella “Starving Zoe”! It made it to Amazon # 1 in less than 24 hours and everyone loves the amazing cover!

1 Star

I shit you not.

“Not impressed. Guy is very whiny. Did not like how he went on about the poor horse, Poon. Did not like him talking about bashing a cats head in and his hate of cats. This guy really seems to hate animals. If he hated the horse so much why didn’t he get another one??Overkill on letting us know he wasn’t a pedophile. So much repetition. So many yes and no sirs starting sentences. Very crude speech that just gets irritating after awhile. Hating on a baby?! Thumping it?! Seriously?! Women are referred to as bitches and whores continually. Narcissistic personality. I swear… Every other sentence is crudely about sex. SMH. It’s like a horny, narcissistic, racist teenager wrote this book.”

Then, the reviewer goes on to count how many times I used words that upset her.

Bitch 80
Whore 29
Yes sir 40
No sir 48
Puss(y) 17
Coot 14
Dick 43
Cock 24

Now, allow me to defend myself.

It’s a period piece. It’s mentally accurate of the old west. It was loosely influenced by Catcher In the Rye as far as narrative is concerned, and that’s why the main character is ‘whiny’. I own a cat and love animals. I am a happily married man, I have five children (three of them are daughters), and four grandchildren. 50% of my heritage is Native American and my son in law is a black man. I am far from a horny narcissistic, racist teenager. I’m also an Army veteran and ex law enforcement but that’s neither here nor there.

First and foremost, I am a writer. I create characters. I don’t write Mad Lib style horror with cut and paste plots and ‘fill in the blanks’ narratives.

Now, does this mean that Stephen King dresses up as a clown in his spare time and murders children? Since when did horror become so watered down and sparkly? Oh yeah…

Now I remember.

Thank you for reading!

C. Derick Miller is a dark fiction author, Gonzo journalist, freelance A&E  journalist, screenwriter, poet, ordained minister, and ASCAP songwriter born in the town of Greenville, Texas. A seasoned paranormal investigator and administrator for the fine art industry, his influences include Hunter S. Thompson, Kevin Smith, Shawn Mullins, and Del James. He is currently signed with Death’s Head Press and is Sr. Writer/Jr. Producer for AtuA Productions. Chad is also an active member of the International Thriller Writers organization, the Horror Writers Association, and co-host of both the “Butterflies Make Me Angry” and “American Justice” podcasts. He resides in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, Texas and has a price on his head for his short story “Hell Paso” contained in the #1 Amazon Best Selling Death’s Head Press Anthology “And Hell Followed”. He wishes he was making up that last part but…it’s nice to be wanted.