Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Release day and more!

My newest novella DREAM STATIC is now available for Kindle and in bound together dead tree slices! This one is sort of a sci-fi, noir, romance mashup, a bit of a departure from my typical in several ways and clocks in at about 24,000 words. Here's the cover copy:

When successful environmental prosecutor, Angela Bane, goes in for her annual synaptic backup, she's just as reluctant as always. After all it's just a routine procedure. Until she wakes up twenty-two years later in a chaotic surgery room, disoriented and unable to speak.

As she slowly recovers from the Resus operation and learns about her fate, she struggles to deal with a world that's gone on without her. Her father's dead, her fiance, Jordan, has become an old man in her "absence," and her body hasn't aged at all since the day it was littered with bullets.

With no memory of her murder and no bearings in this place and time, Angela begins both physical and emotional therapy to try and adjust. Unable to deal with the chasm of time that's opened up between them, she sends Jordan away determined to suffer in solitude. 

Then the dreams begin. A dark parking garage, a close colleague, and the obscured face of a man lifting his gun and pointing it in their direction. Could she actually be remembering something that happened after her backup?

"It's called Dream Static. Sometimes the old brain tissue still retains bits of memories and, upon reanimation, those synapses can connect and reincorporate with the ones that were backed up."

Before long, someone comes to visit her in the hospital. A dark brooding presence, Maddox was the original detective assigned to her murder. And now that she's alive, maybe, just maybe she holds the key to bringing the man responsible to justice.

Over time, the dreams bring Angela closer and closer to finding the identity of her killer. As her heart draws her closer and closer to Detective Maddox.

And in the end the killer might just find her…

Again.

Now, for those of you who are down on your luck financially who still want to read this one, I'm actually giving away e-copies in exchange for honest reviews, so if you're interested, simply sign up for my new review copies newsletter here! All I ask in return is that you review the book on Amazon. If you also like to do blog reviews or video reviews, or Goodreads reviews, or elaborate sky-written reviews, or have a review site, even better!

I suppose I should also mention that I finally released a Kindle boxset edition of the EMPIRE OF BLOOD series. It includes the trilogy as well as the following two short stories: WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS and THE RESURRECTION OF TOMMY DERRINGER. Now, with the entire series up and looking rather naked on the review end of things... it would mean more than the world to me if any of you out there who have read the series would click the link and head over to the Amazon page and leave a review.

In other news... I just finished the second draft of a new sci-fi novella called The Colors, one I've been working at off and on for about three years now. One I'm very proud of and think might mark a big milestone for my work. Or it might just suck and be the spark that ignites my eventual meltdown. Haha! Hopefully not. I don't really want to give too much away but it is a hard SF novella with some similar and polar opposite parallels to Lovecraft's The Colour Out of Space (a connection that happened quite by accident much like my story FOUR ARCHES recently released in GOTHIC LOVECRAFT edited by Lynne Jamneck and S.T. Joshi).

At the beginning of May however, I'll be doubling down on finishing up ORIGIN OF BLOOD: An Empire of Blood Collection  in order to make sure and have it ready in time for a Christmas day release. The collection will include three character origin novellas, some other origin short stories, as well as some notes, handwritten and otherwise, deleted scenes, and other bonus material.

But after that...

I have two stand alone novels that I'm itching to get back to, MindCore: A Lifeline Binary to finish and I've been developing ideas for the yet to be officially named predecessor/spinoff trilogy to EMPIRE OF BLOOD. I don't want to give away anything just yet but a lot of interesting ideas are churning.

Well, with that, I'm done boring the pants off of you guys. Until next time...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dream Static

So that novella I mentioned that I didn't know what to do with... The very next morning a mass email went out from Amazon promoting their Kindle UK Storyteller contest (no I'm not from the U.K. The contest is open almost world wide) so I read through all the rules and slept on it and ultimately said fuck it. So low and behold, weighing in at approximately 24,000 words, now available for Kindle pre-order, and releasing in both eBook and paperback exclusively on Amazon, I give you:

DREAM STATIC


When successful environmental prosecutor, Angela Bane, goes in for her annual synaptic backup, she's just as reluctant as always. After all it's just a routine procedure. Until she wakes up twenty-two years later in a chaotic surgery room, disoriented and unable to speak.

As she slowly recovers from the Resus operation and learns about her fate, she struggles to deal with a world that's gone on without her. Her father's dead, her fiance, Jordan, has become an old man in her "absence," and her body hasn't aged at all since the day it was littered with bullets.

With no memory of her murder and no bearings in this place and time, Angela begins both physical and emotional therapy to try and adjust. Unable to deal with the chasm of time that's opened up between them, she sends Jordan away determined to suffer in solitude. 

Then the dreams begin. A dark parking garage, a close colleague, and the obscured face of a man lifting his gun and pointing it in their direction. Could she actually be remembering something that happened after her backup?

"It's called Dream Static. Sometimes the old brain tissue still retains bits of memories and, upon reanimation, those synapses can connect and reincorporate with the ones that were backed up."

Before long, someone comes to visit her in the hospital. A dark brooding presence, Maddox was the original detective assigned to her murder. And now that she's alive, maybe, just maybe she holds the key to bringing the man responsible to justice.

Over time, the dreams bring Angela closer and closer to finding the identity of her killer. As her heart draws her closer and closer to Detective Maddox.

And in the end the killer might just find her…

Again.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Hopefully Not Forgotten Bob

Wow... first post of 2017... in April... I am a master of consistency!

So, where to start?

We still haven't been able to move. Life has been one big nose to the grindstone in the form of going back to a day job for the past year and a half now with very little to show for it other than NOT BEING HOMELESS. Not that our home is worth calling a home. I'm really not going to just moan and bitch for this entire post. Just bear with me as it's been a rough year and I may need to go off on a raving tangent here and there without warning. You've been warned?

Anyway...



Some good things have also happened and are happening. Most of them have been or are a (glacially) long time coming, but they've happened/are happening nonetheless. There was the release, in December of last year, of GOTHIC LOVECRAFT edited by Lynne Jamneck and S.T. Joshi and including my short story "Four Arches" a Lovecraftian twist on my hometown's version of the goatman rural/suburban legend. For those of you who don't already know, this book has been in the works for some time. I believe it was initially supposed to be released in late 2015 if I'm remembering correctly.


This handsome volume is available, at least for now, in only two hardcover editions from Cycatrix Press (pictured above the previous paragraph, there is a trade edition and a signed/lettered limited trade edition) and as an Amazon Kindle eBook.


I'm quite pleased to be sharing pages with several authors I quite look up to in this collection, including Caitlin R. Kiernan and John Shirley.



So there's that...

On September 6th of last year, SHINING IN CRIMSON's eBook edition celebrated its fifth birthday alone in the corner of an empty room with a used paper plate coned into a birthday hat on its proverbial head... I had intended to have a revised, expanded, and author's preferred edition ready for release on the fifth anniversary of its October paperback release, but alas the nose to the grindstone thing and the obligations of family life have kept me from managing to accomplish this even still. Maybe I'll have it done by the time the tenth year anniversary comes around? Ha! I'll try not to take that long.

I'll try...

Speaking of trying and utterly failing, some of you may remember a collection of Empire of Blood origin novellas I promised to have out some time ago called ORIGINS OF BLOOD. I had initially offered a preorder for it only as a limited hardcover, but seeing as how 99.9% of my audience are Kindle users, it was only ordered by a handful of people and I didn't manage to raise enough funds to cover the cost of putting it together. That said, I agreed to provide special copies to those folks nonetheless while also getting their permission due to the low demand in print of putting out an eBook edition as well. And I still as of yet haven't delivered on that and for that I'm more sorry than I can say. 

The book has proven to be an elusive one for me to finish and while that's no excuse for its extremely tardy delay, I do hope those of you who preordered understand given how little time I've had to write at all the past two years or so. And while I'm throwing out excuse after excuse, there was also a number of months in which I wrote nothing at all because I found myself in that old stupid cliche of writer's block. Had you told me prior to that that such a thing existed I would have laughed in your face. But it happened and I felt myself unable to break free from it until inspired by just the right pair of stories.

All that said, I'm still working on ORIGINS OF BLOOD and I hope to have it finally, once and for all, ready to release before the end of this year!

On the editing front, I'm no longer taking new clients due to the whole day job thing, however, I am back in the anthology game. Last year, I solicited a number of authors whose work I love to contribute to a new cosmic horror/noir anthology for Crystal Lake Publishing titled ASHES AND ENTROPY. So far I've accepted only two stories for it but I should be receiving many more stories soon. Look forward to that one to come out sometime next year!

For those who don't know, Nightscape Press remains currently on hiatus awaiting the launch of our new charity publishing model we've been working hard on for some time now. The idea is that authors and the charity of their choice will receive most of the royalties while NSP will get a meager little bit and then mostly rely on donations/pledges/special projects to cover our expenses etc. 

We've enjoyed doing the "For Good" line of charity anthologies (Horror for Good, Fantasy for Good, with more to come!) and have always wanted to expand on our charity work. Hence the idea to become the first ever (that we know of) charity-driven speculative fiction press. Unfortunately, though, things are moving slow as we still have a couple of books to put out via the old model, but we hope to open submissions later this year for the charity model when we relaunch.

I have a long overdue story yet to come out at some point this year... if it does. I hate to say that, but it was initially slated for a late 2013 release and well... it's been quite a while now. That said, I'm told it should be coming out soon. The story, "Coma," marks a rare departure for me from either horror or more concept-based science fiction. It focuses on the torn relationship between a married couple in the midst of a coming apocalyptic impact from a comet. I'll try and remember to update the blog when it comes out.

Alongside ORIGINS OF BLOOD, I've also been working on a number of other stories, mostly science fiction and/or weird cosmic horror and/or both mixed together. I finished a noir-ish science fiction novella titled Dream Static last year in order to submit it to Tor.com's call for near-future SF novellas last summer. However, upon receiving the feedback of some gracious and inspiring writer friends, I realized it wasn't ready and in the midst of reworking it, I didn't quite make the window for that submission call. I've since not figured out exactly what to do with it. I would prefer to publish it the old fashioned way instead of self-publishing, but we'll see what happens.

One last thing before I wrap this post up: I'm currently going over and marking edit points for the audiobook edition of my 2014 hard science fiction novella THE NESTING PLACE. Scott F. Feighner, under the name Scott McDonald, has done a phenomenal job at bringing my story to life in audio. Look for this to be out very very soon!

Beyond that, I'm sure there are tons of things I'm forgetting to mention since the last time I posted was December and that was maybe one of three or four posts last year... but at the moment, I think this will do. It is what it is. Thank you for having patience with me or maybe even for not forgetting I exist! 

Until next time...

Saturday, December 3, 2016

After months of fighting an uphill battle with the world at large, I finally have some good news to report. My short story, The Death Catcher, first published in Fear the Reaper, has made the top 100 in TNT's Wattpad horror contest and from yesterday through this coming Tuesday (December 6th) it's in the running for the top 35. After that is the running for the top 10 and then the grand prize winner(s) are chosen from there. During each of these rounds that I manage to stay in YOU CAN READ AND VOTE for The Death Catcher here (LIKE RIGHT NOW, FOLKS!)

The story and contest are over at Wattpad. If you're not familiar with Wattpad and/or don't have an account, it's free and there's mobile apps so you can read free fiction, including several of my stories and my first novel, SHINING IN CRIMSON.

So please go and check out the story and vote and then share with all your friends! The top 10 winners get $2,000 and their story optioned, and the grand prize winner gets $20,000 and their story made into a television episode for a new upcoming horror anthology show! So, if you enjoy the story and would like to see it on your television, this is your chance to help make it happen!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Editing Discount!

I've got openings for editing clients at a reduced rate! I'm a Bram Stoker Award-nominated editor who has worked with writers at all stages of their careers from newbies to award winners and bestselling authors. Three novels I have edited for Nightscape Press (A REQUIEM FOR DEAD FLIES by Peter N. Dudar, LIFE RAGE by L.L. Soares, and THE EVOLUTIONIST by Rena Mason) were nominated for the Bram Stoker award and two of those authors (L.L. Soares and Rena Mason) went on to take home the award. One novella (Interstate Love Affair by Stephen Graham Jones) went on to win a This is Horror award.

For a limited time I'll be offering my services at a flat $5 per thousand words (at that rate, an 80k novel would cost only $400). Message me here on FB or email me at rsweditorialservices@gmail.com to set up a free sample edit.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Please Help!

My wife and I have been trying to move our family back to Smyrna, TN for almost two years now. The house we’re living in is a complete dump (See the pictures at the bottom of this post). When we moved in we had no idea just how bad it was. The water has sprung major leaks about eight times, one causing major flooding and leading us to worry about possible health concerns.
The floor in the kitchen feels like it’s going to cave in any day now and I found a hole in the floor next to one of the doors the other day. The deck feels like a death trap to walk on. The wood is warped and cracked and has many weak spots and some boards coming up from the nails.
The garbage disposal died over a year ago, was never fixed. Six weeks ago the dishwasher went out for the third time (the plumber keeps saying it needs replaced) and it’s still not been fixed.
There are holes in the walls, one goes all the way outside (I sealed it with tape!), two bedroom doors (which are practically cardboard) have fallen apart, one’s completely done for and the windows don’t seal to block out the cold.
Between gas (the nearest town is a half hour drive) and utilities (four times what they are in Smyrna!) this place is expensive.
A lot of this sucks, but two adults and one teenager can deal. But my daughter moved back in and now has a daughter of her own and this is no place for a baby.
By rights, we should be able to manage this on our own. Trust me, I know. We’ve tried.
For the longest time, everywhere we applied for either got otherwise rented (the market is extremely competitive) or the landlord wouldn’t allow our German Shepherd.
Back in March, we found a place. The landlord wanted to rent specifically to us. It was perfect!
Our car had broken down the day before and was in the shop. We were hoping it would be a cheap fix. Turned out the engine needed replaced and two days later I lost my job because the company I worked for went over budget.
So every penny we had saved went into another car so I could work (anything that pays more than minimum wage here is an hour’s drive at least).
I started a new job in June and we started saving again (Jen has worked from home for eight years now). Since then, we’ve had to replace the brakes in the car, back to school supplies were way more than usual, our bills have gone up and old student loans have resurfaced.
Then about two weeks ago, we were faced with a very difficult private family emergency with the baby and I had to go on unpaid personal leave.
We’re to our breaking point. We need to get out of this place as soon as possible and we don’t seem to be able to make that happen before winter.
For years now, we’ve lived in poverty yet we’ve managed to build a small press and published award-winning novels and novellas and anthologies contributing thousands to charity. And we’ve been planning to do so much more; to re-launch Nightscape Press with a brand new charity-driven model that will pay authors and the charities of their choice the majority of royalties.
And we don’t make any money from Nightscape Press. Every penny and then some goes back into Nightscape Press.
There’s a reason we’ve barely produced any books in the past two years.
We’re broke!
But that doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up just yet either.
As soon as we get moved, we’ll be doubling down to make our charity model a reality in 2017.
But we can’t do that while we’re stuck in this place, struggling to survive.
So, we've set up a fundraiser to try and come up with the money we need to move asap. If you can help in any way, we would really appreciate it! Thank you for reading and thank you so much in advance for sharing, donating, or any other contribution to our cause that you can make!








Monday, June 13, 2016

The KU Experiment Continues and MindLink: A Lifeline Binary

So, I said screw it and threw all my cards on the table. I don't think a good experiment is worth the time and energy if you don't give it a serious try. So, I've now made MY ENTIRE CATALOG available through Kindle Unlimited. So, if you're a KU member and you were holding out for the price to come down on FADING IN DARKNESS or RISING FROM ASHES or WHERE ALL LIGHT IS LEFT TO DIE, etc. you can now read all of these titles absolutely free, (because a paid subscription is free, right? Yeah, well...)

So, just for the sake of making sure the info is out there, I'm gonna go down the line and list off each of them:

COLLECTIONS:

1. MINDLINK: A LIFELINE BINARY (Just released! A novel in time-jumbled parts. Includes EXIT REALITY, SOULSERVE, KOADIE'S MONSTER, and SELF-AWARE)

2. WHERE ALL LIGHT IS LEFT TO DIE: A COLLECTION OF DARKNESS (Includes THE QUIET, THE NESTING PLACE, THROUGH THE MINDHOLE, FORCIPULES, THE DEATH CATCHER, SELF AWARE, and THE RESURRECTION OF TOMMY DERRINGER, an EMPIRE OF BLOOD short story exclusive to this collection.)

NOVELS:

1. SHINING IN CRIMSON: EMPIRE OF BLOOD I

2. FADING IN DARKNESS: EMPIRE OF BLOOD II

3. RISING FROM ASHES: EMPIRE OF BLOOD III

NOVELLAS:

1. THE QUIET: A NOVELLA

2. THE NESTING PLACE

3. SOULSERVE: A RAY GARRET/LIFELINE TECHNO THRILLER

4. EXIT REALITY: A RAY GARRET/LIFELINE TECHNO THRILLER

NOVELETTES:

1. THROUGH THE MINDHOLE: A SERIAL KILLER FAIRY TALE

2. KOADIE'S MONSTER: A RAY GARRET/LIFELINE TECHNO THRILLER

3. WEEKEND WARRIOR: AN APOCALYPTIC TALE OF ALIEN INVASION

SHORT STORIES:

1. WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS: AN EMPIRE OF BLOOD SHORT STORY

2. FORCIPULES

3. THE DEATH CATCHER

4. SELF AWARE: A RAY GARRET/LIFELINE TECHNOTHRILLER

5. A LIGHT THAT COULD ONLY SHINE ON THE DEAD

6. THE NORTHERN CONTINENT: A SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY