Posted in News on December 4, 2013
What you can’t see in this video is the guy with a gun standing off to my right…
Thanks to the folks who sent me some questions for this video! If you have a question find my email on my bio page and send a message about whatever you’re curious about: my writing, the craft, publishing, agents, etc. Advance thanks to anybody who comments, watches, and shares!
Posted in News on June 17, 2013
“The Dampness Of Mourning is taut, tough, and terrifying…” — Brian Hodge, author of Picking The Bones
“The Dampness of Mourning is a riveting thriller.” –Midwest Book Review
Very excited that the audio book of my Division Mythos novel THE DAMPNESS OF MOURNING is in production. Narrator Matthew Stevens has sent me the audio files and I’m in the process of listening to them and suggesting changes before the final version. Neat. It should be up for sale on Amazon and iTunes by the end of July.
I have other exciting news but I can’t share it yet. :O
I hope everybody is doing well! Thanks for the support!
Posted in News on April 8, 2013
I have a new review of the second Division story WITHIN THIS GARDEN WEEPING. It makes me happy because that story hasn’t gotten very much attention and it’s a crucial point in Red Piccirilli’s life between Before Leonora Wakes and The Collected Songs of Sonnelion to who he becomes as an old man in Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children. Thanks to Eden Royce for the review on Hellnotes!
I’ve been a busy motherlicker, as is my nature. I’ve written four novels in the the last eight months and just ordered myself to take a week break because, honestly, I need a recharge. I’m emotionally beat. I just want to read and take walks and watch a bunch of movies before I hit it hard again.
Things to consider:
If you’re a writer check out this post on the awesome Chip MacGregor’s website, where on April 10th, you could learn a lot! Learning is great!
Also, David Farland’s Daily Kicks are one of my favorite things. Unfortunately his son was just in a bad accident and is in a coma. Send good energy their way and go buy one of his books since they don’t have insurance.
I hope everybody is well!
Posted in News on November 29, 2012
People have their own hidden worlds inside them as young Red Piccirilli has learned through the tragic events of his past.
His parents try to protect him by moving the family to a dead-end road out of town, but their plan is short-lived when a mysterious old man who seems to have a history with Red’s mother comes knocking at their door.
Red is quickly thrust into a crossroads between worlds, where he will soon learn from a broken god how to harness his true power…
Very happy to announce the Kindle release of my novella WITHIN THIS GARDEN WEEPING. This story can be read as a trippy surreal standalone, or if you read it after Before Leonora Wakes, you’ll see more of Red Piccirilli’s character arc that lead him to his actions in The Collected Songs of Sonnelion (which will be released in 2013, I believe.)
Many thanks to those who already snagged it and shared it with the other dark fiction lovers in their lives! I can’t stress how important word of mouth is, and how much I appreciate it since my success is largely due to die-hard readers like yourself.
Please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads! Thanks!
Also happy that my novella, WHEN WE JOIN JESUS IN HELL, that Jack Ketchum called “Hard as nails,” and Tom Piccirilli read pre-pub and said, “Fuses both genres together in the turmoil of terror, tragedy, blood, guilt, and lost chances at redemption…” is kicking some ass. Having two of my biggest influences read my work and give me blurbs has definitely been a highpoint in my 2012. Have you read it yet?
Posted in News on October 2, 2012
The lovely and gifted A.C. Wise tagged me for this whatchamajigger. Thanks Alison! I normally avoid things like this because I’d rather be working on a project than talking about it but a ten minute break won’t hurt.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
1. What is the working title of your book?
She Collects Grave Nectar
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s part of my massive Division Mythos, and is a pivotal moment in Michael Johnston’s life. The initial spark came from an image, or snapshot of a scene, too, the way most of my work does. It came from my own fears of going blind and stumbling into that gray area between life and death, that single nanosecond where both are one before life ceases and death begins and a new life is rebirthed.
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Supernatural Thriller. But it’s not for lazy readers. My work doesn’t go over well with those types. That said, if you’re well-read and have a lot of imagination you’ll dig it.
4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For the main character, Michael Johnston, I’d pick Christian Bale if he was ten years younger because Mike Johnston is kinda like Batman. For the girl who collects grave nectar I’d pick the girl from The Lovely Bones movie because she’s kinda creepy in a good way, mostly due to her eyes.
5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A Special Forces soldier with a hidden past meets an odd girl in a cemetery bordering our world and another and what she wants from him is soul-shattering.
6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I don’t know. What do I look like, a mind reader?
7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A rough guess: three months of heavy drinking. I’m still working out all the pivotal moments.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Tom Piccirilli’s Shadow Season since my Special Forces protagonist is blinded and faces incredible entities as well as a profound mystery. Peter Straub’s novel Koko since there’s this complicated and creeping dread. And Stephen King’s Dark Tower series because it’s a mixture of many things both concrete and surreal.
9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Michael Johnston’s character arc runs through most of the thirteen Division Mythos books and this one was inspired by how little of his past he’ll reveal to other characters, even to his best friend in the series, John McDonnell (The narrator of the second Division trilogy).
10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It has one zombie, one ghoul, and one vampire who walk into a bar full of politicians?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
The mighty A.C. Wise tagged me. Authors I’m tagging because I think they are amazing like A.C. Wise:
Douglas E. Wright.
Rules of The Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Be sure to line up your five people in advance.
Posted in News on September 28, 2012
Still recovering from his brush with the magical, Red Piccirilli’s parents move them out of town and down a dead-end road where they feel things will be safe and quiet for their son. But when a strange old man with an agenda visits Red’s mother, the boy is quickly thrust into another world. He’ll learn from a broken god how to harness the incredible power that has been lying dormant since his last encounter with Glory on the Green…
Within This Garden Weeping (the 2nd Red Piccirilli book) will be released digitally before the end of the year. Very exciting! It also features great artwork from Dani Serra. I love that guy! I have an idea for a graphic novel that I think I’ll run by him one day to see if we can team up. Yeah. Go team!
This is much darker than the first book, Before Leonora Wakes, but is crucial in Red’s character arc in the Division Mythos, and it also sets things up nicely for the third book, The Collected Songs of Sonnelion.
With my Historical/Thriller novel The Lesser People finished and in the hands of my buddies Shaun and Kevin, I’m working on a new novella called Gossamer, and finding the pivotal moments for the Michael Johnston novel She Collects Grave Nectar, which will be a badass book in the Division storyline.
Also check out A.C. Wise’s post called The Next Big Thing. I’ll be participating in that next week and talking about She Collects Grave Nectar! Neat! Thanks, Alison! And thanks to everybody who has dove into the Division Mythos and trusted me with your time and money. You all rock!
Posted in News on September 6, 2012
The very cool Gef Fox recently reviewed Before Leonora Wakes (the first Division Mytho’s book) comparing it to Clive Barker’s The Thief of Always and Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. Thanks Gef!
We’re giving away five digital copies on Gef’s website now! You need to enter by next Wednesday (Sept. 12th) at midnight. If you’ve already read and enjoyed Before Leonora Wakes please spread the word about the giveaway! Thanks!
Posted in News on August 31, 2012
Ah, time has gone by so quickly. Today the last chapter (chapter 28) of my FREE serial novel goes live on Darkfuse and Issuu. You’ll have a couple weeks to catch up before my publisher takes it down. If you enjoyed it the novel, try some of my other work and some other Darkfuse titles. Thanks for everybody’s support! Have a great weekend!
To find out more about Red and the Division mythos simply visit the official website.
Posted in News on August 28, 2012
All right! Excited to have sold the second Red Piccirilli book WITHIN THIS GARDEN WEEPING. Can’t really share too much about it until after a contract is signed. With this one sold we’ll have a ton of the Division Mytho’s books out there next year! Thanks to those who have helped with crits, encouragement, book reviews, editing, publishing, covers, word of mouth, buys, and all other types of support. I have the best crew around.
This is also the week the final chapter goes live for The Collected Songs of Sonnelion. It’s been a dark, trippy novel but I think I achieved what I set out to do in demonstrating why Red is the way he is as an old man in the later Division novels Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children, The Dampness of Mourning, etc.
I’ll finish a new novel in the next two weeks. It’s not Horror/Dark Fantasy/Magical Realism like the Division Mythos. It’s more of a Crime/Historical novel that tackles racism, family/social conditioning, etc., and I’ll be writing it under a pen name.
Then I have a standalone novella to write for Darkfuse called Endless Shades of Red.
After that I think I’ll tackle this new novel (Shine Your Light on Me) that I brainstormed yesterday.
After those three books are finished I think my chops will be good enough to tackle the rest of the Division stories, plus a couple of standalone novels and novellas I have ideas for. We’ll see. No matter what I’m going to pour my heart out and do my best.
Posted in News on August 9, 2012
Today the 25th chapter of my free serial novel The Collected Songs of Sonnelion goes live on Darkfuse and Issuu. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks as the novel is wrapped up and feedback on it as a whole pours in. It’s such a big part of Red Piccirilli’s story in the Division Mythos. I’m very proud of it and feel as if I’ve taken some challenges head-on and overcame them. There are still three chapters to go after this and then it’ll be up for a few weeks before it’s taken off the internet so if you’re interested in catching up I’d suggest you start now. Thanks to everybody who has been following along!
In this Division Mythos novel, which is being serialized on Darkfuse’s website, Red Piccirilli has known madness and magic. They’re in his blood and bound to his soul as much as love and loss are. But when his family moves to the town of Division, Pennsylvania, his father grows distant, his mother troubled, and a murderer roams the countryside.
He searches for meaning and truth while battling his own darkness and rage and despair, but corpses whisper answers the dead only share with one another.