Friday, March 23, 2012

Brutal, Perfection: Guest Post

Today I'd like to welcome over Joel M. Andre, author of Brutal and Perfection, over for a guest post!

Spiders You Might Want to Avoid
When it comes to things that scare people, spiders are certainly some of the more interesting creatures. While they can be the size of a dime, their venom can be potent enough to kill a human. But do you know some of the most toxic ones that could be in your home? Let’s take a moment to explore these remarkable spiders.

Perhaps the most dangerous spider has an evil bite to it. The Brown Recluse or Fiddler Spider is predominantly located in the South. While it can be visually stunning, you will note that a single bite of this spider will cause the flesh around the bite will cause the body to die around the wound. The process is called necrosis. Unless treated, this condition will continue, until death occurs.

But this isn’t the only concern you should have in your home. No, in the basements and sheds of the United States we find the Black Widow. This spider has a less toxic male counterpart whose bite won’t likely send you to your grave. But if the female with the red hour glass should take a bite, you will experience hypertension, nausea, headaches and even death. Thankfully, there are anti-venoms in place for this spider, should you get bit.

Going down the list from the most serious spiders to ones that could be more of a pain than dangerous, we find the Hobo Spider. This little guy lives in the North Western states and can be found along the ground and in basements in the area. While a bite from him will cause painful blisters, the healthy adult will likely experience mild symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, memory loss and possible vision impairment. You will of course want to seek medical attention.
Your next painful bite that could have you become ill is from the grass spider. Haunting the area of the Pacific Northwest, this little monster is can knock you on your feet, but as long as you seek out medical attention, the results shouldn’t be too alarming.

If you should see a mouse spider while you are exploring the great outdoors, you may want to steer clear of them. While they don’t tend to bite humans, they can be provoked into an attack. The best choice will be to simply walk away from them. After all, their lengthy fangs tend to be very painful when they bite. If you do end up being bit, you can experience sweating, shortness of breath and even sudden numbness in your body.

The black house spider and the wolf spider are in the moderate range of danger. While neither will attack unless provoked, you will find that their bite does require first aid. Typically, you will experience muscle discomfort with the bite. Along with that, vomiting and headaches are also very possible.

So are there other spiders you should be concerned about beyond these nasty little creatures? Yes. But if we touched on all the creatures that pass through your home, would you ever sleep. In most, some of the most dangerous ones are there as you sleep at night, softly crawling across your face, considering that lethal injection. Keep that in mind as you sleep well tonight.

***Please note Joel M. Andre is not medically licensed and cannot provide actual recommendations on what to do if a deadly spider bites you. If you have a serious spider bite, you should rush to the hospital and seek medical attention.***

From Goodreads:
One dark and warm October night in the heart of Arizona, a group of friends are out for an evening of fun. It was a night for celebration, and to draw them away from the world.

As they drink the night away, a dark and handsome stranger watches them in the distance. His observations going unnoticed as the girls focus on their own conversation.

Too drunk to make it home on their own, the stranger offers the group a ride home in his taxi. Reluctantly, the girls agree.

What follows is a dark and brutal act of revenge decades in the making.

From Goodreads:
Carol and Tammy Long have fought a constant battle with their weight all their lives. When a stranger on the television offers an amazing new diet plan with a weight loss success rate of 100 percent, Tammy feels like it was an answer to their prayers.

As the pair ventures off to the Verde Valley Weight Loss Clinic things start to take a darker turn. The owner Kathy Black gives them a new take on the classic idea of perfection.

Now, placed in a medical facility where they are constantly monitored, the women learn there is something wrong with perfection.

Author: Joel M. Andre
Published: March 1st 2010, February 12th 2010

Joel MAndre was born January 13, 1981. At a young age he was fascinated with the written word. It was at fourteen that Poe blew his mind, and Andre began to dabble with darker poetry.
Between the years of 1999 and 2007 Joel was featured in various poetry anthologies and publications. In 2008 he released his first collection,Pray the Rain Never Ends.

Knowing there was something deeper and darker inside of his soul, Joel decided to take a stab at commercialism. Releasing the dark tongue in cheek, A Death at the North Pole, created a dark world among the death of Kris Kringle. Ultimately providing a tale of redemption.

October of 2008 saw Joel release his second book, Kill 4 Me. A tale in which a woman is haunted by a vengeful spirit through text messages and instant messaging.

Taking some time off and doing a lot of soul searching, Joel took things in a new direction and dabbled in the Fantasy Genre with, The Pentacle of Light. The tale dealing with five major races battling for control of Earth, and the acceptance of their God.

Finally, after missing his detective Lauren Bruni, he released the book The Return in October 2009, this time moving the action from the North Pole and placing it in the small Arizona community he was raised in.
Andre’s latest book is The Black Chronicles: Cry of the Fallen about a dead man who seeks revenge on the woman that tormented him in peaceful Northern Arizona.

Currently, he resides in Chandler, AZ.
You can visit his website at

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