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:


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






















Saturday, June 4, 2016

Selling out... But Only If I Actually Get Paid...

Some of you may remember a very angry post I made about Kindle Unlimited. In it, I blamed KU for declines in sales that many indie authors experienced since KU started. I swore for the longest time I would never do this. But I've decided to put my toes in the water and see if either it's worth taking a swim or my leg comes back out half eaten by a big fat monstrous shark with an Amazon logo stamped to its forehead.

My novella EXIT REALITY came to the end of its contract several months back and I reclaimed my rights to it and shortly before that I took down its sequel novella, SOULSERVE. I had planned on reworking the entire story between both novellas into one coherent novel. I still may write a novelization but I've since decided against my initial plan and have instead put both novellas as well as all my previously Patreon-exclusive stories up on Kindle Unlimited. So, they're available to read for free if you're a KU member or to purchase for their individual prices etc. We'll see how it goes.

I also recently released an audiobook edition of one of those stories, A LIGHT THAT COULD ONLY SHINE ON THE DEAD, narrated by yours truly. I plan on doing the same for these other ones and maybe some of my other works. I have a narrator lined up for my Empire of Blood series, but he's still waiting on me to get him an edited/revised copy of SHINING IN CRIMSON.

Which brings me to another big piece of news...

On October 2nd, the long overdue revised and expanded edition of SHINING IN CRIMSON will be born into the world. Along with the omnibus edition of the entire trilogy which will contain all three novels, three short stories, notes, deleted scenes, and more. So, keep an eye out for that... Or don't if you'd rather not.

I'm still running behind on the Origins of Blood collection but will be getting it out there as soon as I possibly can. Life has been more chaotic than usual this past year and it's not looking like it's going to stabilize any time soon, so please bear with me. Also, I now have a Payhip page where you can buy eBooks directly from me!

Beyond that, I don't have much to report other than I am writing, writing, writing! For those of you who are interested, below is a list of all the "new" titles I just put up on Amazon.

The future of experience is digital...even in death. No one knows this better than Ray Garret. In a world where the human brain can connect directly to the internet, human beings become the target of a mass-murdering computer virus.

Ray's an Antivii agent in charge of tracking down the source of digi-human viruses. He's no lover of the HPDID (Human Perceptual Digital Interface Device), but when a recorded experience from his dead wife is left for him, Ray has no choice but to play the file, changing his life forever.

"As visionary as William Gibson's Johnny Mnemonic and as seedy as Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe stories, Robert S. Wilson's EXIT REALITY is a supreme achievement. Wilson has created a world so plausible, and yet so full of nightmares, that you might never want to get online again. I loved this book. Write faster, Mr. Wilson, because I want more!"--Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of FLESH EATERS and MUTATED

Death is but a doorway... when SoulServe holds the key.

One by one, a group of scientists at Brizen Health are being murdered by... something. Doctors, subjects, and even janitors are reporting disturbances in Section 671, the Neuro-Technical Division. Ever since the death of Dr. Carl Broxson, the server room in Section 671 has maintained a negative 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Printers turn themselves on and print out terrifying cryptic messages. People have been seeing things in and out of the virtual world of the Lifeline. Including the apparition of their beloved colleague Dr. Broxson himself.

When local police realize the case leads directly into the deep digital canyon of the Lifeline, Antivii agent Ray Garret is called to the scene to get to the bottom of things before another brilliant mind can be taken. But when his wife, Rhonda, starts falling at random and begins to have seizures, the ghost in Brizen Health could be Ray's only hope to save the love of his life.

Young Koadie Lawson is tired of Rudy bullying him on the bus. Every day the older boy picks on him, beats on him, and sometimes even spits on him. But today Koadie has a plan. He's going to finally get his revenge.

Using a new Lifeline program called LifeCraft, he creates the perfect interactive perceptual trap for Rudy in the form of a fake porn file. But when Rudy takes the bait, Koadie gets more revenge than he bargained for.

Now it's up to Ray Garret to go in and save Rudy from his own perceptual hell and bring the poor kid back to the real world before there's nothing left to save. But first... he has to make it past Koadie's Monster...

Ever since Thomas Martin joined the United States Army National Guard, he's been called a "Weekend Warrior" by more than a few folks. But it doesn't bother him one bit. Besides, those days ended the moment the daubers blasted through the stratosphere and melted down Japan.

It didn't take long after that before they covered nearly every stretch of earth with their alien hive nest. Now Thomas must survive in a world invaded by giant wasp-like creatures whose stingers melt human flesh.

And maybe, he might just find a new best friend along the way. But how do you stop an entire alien species from engulfing the once-beautiful world you call home? What can one man do to save Earth from its impending end?

In the far future, the Earth is covered in ice. Those who have survived struggle each and every day in order to be able to eat. But when a small team of hunters and two anthropologists go on an expedition to search for food and knowledge, they find what's left of the legendary Northern Continent.

And... something else.

Twelve-year-old Rosario and his parents have arrived at Devil's Creek for a weekend of camping and family fun. The boy's parents have a surprise for Rosario... a secret.

But the eyes of the crows are watching...

And Devil's Creek holds a secret all its own.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Trade Paperback Edition is Here Early!

Look what's gone and popped up on Amazon three days early!!! Nothing makes a new novel feel quite so real as holding the actual book in your hands! And the new artwork is just gorgeous in matte.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Some Quick Rising From Ashes Updates

This is just a quick post to throw out some random RFA updates. First of all, RISING FROM ASHES is now available for pre-order on Google Play for you Android fans out there! So far as I know, that was the last missing link as far as eBook distributors go. So, if for some reason you're just now seeing this and you'd rather pre-order RFA in some other format (including signed trade paperback or hardcover directly from me), you'll find all the various purchase links here. And for those who want to get an early start, you can start reading RFA up through part of chapter 13 over on Google Books here!

In other RFA news, I've emailed out the eBook edition to those who "pre-ordered" them via the Empire of Blood Indiegogo campaign way back when. If I've missed someone, please make sure and let me know what your email address is and what your Indiegogo account name is, etc. and I'll get that sorted out asap. The trade paperback and hardcover perks from that campaign will also be going out very soon, so keep an ear out for more on that.

I've also uploaded RISING FROM ASHES into the "RSW For Life" Dropbox folder. Same deal as above, if you purchased the RSWFL folder in the past and you can't access it now for some reason, let me know your email address and the account you purchased it with and I'll get you a new link.

I think that's about it for now, but remember, folks... Tomorrow starts the ten day countdown for the eBook release!!!!! I hope you guys are excited! Because I sure as hell am!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: In Nightmares We're Alone by Greg Sisco

Okay, so I never do book reviews pretty much ever and of the few I've done in the past, I've never put them up on here, but what the hell. I liked this one a lot and I'd like to share it with the handful of you who still haven't found the secret button to get the hell out of my chamber of freakish horrors. You're welcome. ;-)

The Book:

Each nightmare is unique. All nightmares are the same.

Three interwoven tales of terror form a collage of human suffering as three separate victims are plagued by otherworldly horrors. A young girl finds herself stalked by the hypnotic eyes of her mother’s new doll, a womanizing con artist can no longer contain the plants that sprout from his fingernails, and a bitter old woman is haunted by the cryptic messages on her dead father’s typewriter.

Rattling the chains of their separate Hells, these desperate lost souls lash out against the unknown, inadvertently plunging one another deeper into their respective nightmares.

My Review:

Greg Sisco pulls off an amazing feat with this would-be novel, would-be collection. He takes three powerful horror novellas each from a different first person point of view character and tells one longer interweaving story. At times the story seems chronological until you run into situations from the other tales and realize that, while overall the story isn't just one happenstance from three angles, it's actually three stories that segue into each other like a hand of three Aces waiting to be played.

There are a few scenes where the author shows us the same situation from one of the previous novellas in the collection from another character's point of view and I must admit, typically, I loathe when authors do this, because all too often it's only self-serving and a complete drag on the story. But here, Sisco does it briefly enough and with such powerful character revelation as to execute each of these scenes practically flawless.

Sisco's prose is tightly weaved, engrossing, twisted as hell, at times serious and penetrating, at others darkly hilarious, and even sometimes, he manages to pull off both in an extremely moving and entertaining display of skill. I lost count of how many amazing lines he was able to slip into this book. Some sending me into fits of laughter while others grabbing hold of that existential cord that pulls together wonder and terror.

Fans of one-protagonist/one-viewpoint novels might have a hard time with the three separate viewpoints that make up this story, but I found it to be a fascinating balanced whole regardless. If you're to look at this book as a collection of stories, it has the further treat of each tale standing on its own. However, if you read these in order as I did (or maybe even out of order as well?), you'll likely find yourself unable to put the book down until you've read all three and know the complete story.

My only complaint would be that toward the end of the last story there was a moment when the prose became a tad bit too heavy with character internalization, but the moment is so brief it doesn't warrant me taking off any stars.

I own several other books by Mr. Sisco and have yet to read them. That will be changing soon for sure. It would appear to me after reading In Nightmares We're Alone that Greg Sisco is one of the best kept secrets in modern horror and dark humor. I think it's time we let the proverbial cat out of the bag!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Final Cover for RFA is here!

Isn't it so pretty??? Luke Spooner of Carrion House did this one and he'll also be doing new covers for Books I and II as well.

When I first started writing SHINING IN CRIMSON, in about 2008 or 2009, I pictured everything I was writing with a sort of graphic novel/comic book aesthetic, so when I learned that my previous artist would not be able to do RISING FROM ASHES in time for the book's release, I immediately wondered what it would be like to go with that kind of vibe with all new covers.

It just so happens, I had just worked with Luke on the cover and interior artwork for a brand new book from Nightscape Press by K.M. Tonso called DARKLING INCIDENCE: OBSCURE REFLECTIONS.which by coincidence actually hit Amazon today, so if you're looking for a really well-written collection of weird/dark fiction check it out. It's of course, edited by yours truly, and we wouldn't be publishing it if we didn't think it was absolutely amazing.
Here's the description for the curious:

Herein are contained reflections of what, as Saint Paul says, we see in a glass darkly. And as this angle of incidence is so shadowed, so must be the reflections it derives. 

These sixteen stories provide obscure reflections of worlds much like ours yet different. Worlds that grapple with increasingly confused and distorted realities. 

Each reflection so vivid as to become an open doorway where unwary readers might just find themselves stumbling over the threshold... never to return.

And while you're at it, you should also really check out Amelia Mangan's debut novel RELEASE also edited by this guy (thumbs and all) and published by Nightscape Press last month. Some of you may remember Amelia's gorgeous dark morsel of a story The Souls of Stars from the Vampire/Sci-fi anthology I edited back in 2013 called BLOOD TYPE: AN ANTHOLOTY OF VAMPIRE SF ON THE CUTTING EDGE.

Both of these books are a fantastic treat for anybody who loves dark, gothic, or weird fiction. Amelia's novel leans more toward a gothic psychological sort of anti-romance/thriller. This gorgeous cover art was designed by the ever phenomenal Boden Steiner who did the covers for both THREE MILES PAST and STERLING CITY by Stephen Graham Jones and DAYS OF RAIN by Ray Wallace for Nightscape Press previously. Here's some more about RELEASE:

At the age of sixteen, Stanley Fitzgerald murdered his mother. He hasn't uttered a word since. Institutionalized for the last twelve years, he spends his days numb and unresponsive, shut away in a dismal, silent world of his own. 

Until he meets Marina. 

Large bright feline eyes. Long chestnut hair. Rough edges of bitten fingernails. Hands that once murdered an entire family. Marina talks to Stanley. And before long, Stanley talks back. 

As their friendship grows, Marina's influence draws Stanley out of his shell. The doctors, pleased with Stanley's progress, decide it's time for his release. 

Returning to the isolated Midwestern farmhouse where he grew up, Stanley is determined to start putting the pieces of his broken life back together. He never believes he will see Marina again. Not as long as he lives. 

Until, one black and rainy night, Marina appears on Stanley's doorstep. 

"They let me out," she tells him. 

Stanley wants so badly to believe her. 

Stanley has no choice but to let her in... 

RELEASE is a Gothic fairy tale of love, death, guilt, and madness. 

And it will never let you go. 

Advance Praise for RELEASE: 

"Reading Amelia Mangan’s Release is like being trapped in a slowly sinking ship while icy water rises all around you. It’s creepy, claustrophobic, and disturbingly vivid; I couldn’t put it down." 
—Kelly Braffet, author of Save Yourself and Josie and Jack 

"Beautifully written and utterly absorbing, Release is the story of a young man trapped in an insular world of memories and madness. Returning to the rat-infested farmhouse where he grew up, Stanley Fitzgerald settles into a routine. He cooks, he cleans, he listens to the radio. One day fades into the next, but there is a certain comfort in the mundane. A certain hopefulness in the simplicity of his new existence. Then a beguiling young woman shows up at his door and Stanley soon realizes that for a man such as he, there can be only one release. 

"Amelia Mangan’s writing is so rich and evocative, the reader will be tempted to race through the pages, but don’t. Release is to be savored, preferably on a moonlit night with a chill in the air." 
—Amanda Stevens, author of The Graveyard Queen series 

"Haunting and hard to shake off. Release wraps its chilled fingers around you and doesn't let go." 
—Kathy Charles, author of John Belushi Is Dead 

"Release is the novel you'd get if you put Stephen King and Angela Carter in a room together and got them good and mean drunk. Scary, thrilling, gimlet-eyed, and so sharp you could cut yourself on it, this is a triumph of horror novels, and heralds an exciting new talent in Amelia Mangan." 
—Jessica Alcott, author of Even When You Lie To Me