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A new cover for Comes The Dark coming soon

Hello folks.  I figure it has been a while since I shared any information with you on the re-release of Comes The Dark as well the other two books in the trilogy by Permuted Press.  After all, they won’t be available until 2013, right?  So there is some time before that happens.  But of course, things are always happening behind the scenes.  Comes The Dark has already been re-edited for the new version and is in the publisher’s hands.  More to come on a release date-for paperback, ebook, and hopefully even an audible version (which will make some people I know very happy).

Well, I wanted to share a bit of recent news with you which made me as giddy as a school girl.  Well, maybe not THAT giddy, but I thought it was pretty cool.  I was just show the new artists rendition of the cover for the book and it was, in a word, AWESOME!  Nope, I can’t share any significant details with you at this time, mainly because it is still a work in progress, but suffice it to say that it will look completely different than the original cover…as will the covers for Into The Dark and Beyond The Dark.  Now let me state very clearly that I absolutely love what Philip R. Rogers did with the original covers.  He took my vision for the first cover and transformed it into something wonderful, and then did the same with the second and third books as well.  He is an incredible artist and I love not only my covers, but just about everything else he has ever done for the anthologies I’ve been in and the other writers he’s worked with.  His stuff has a distinctive air to it that is instantly recognizable to me.  He tells a tremendous story with his images that draw the eye.

The new covers have gone in a completely different direction.  I’ll just say that there will likely not be a zombie in sight on any of the three, but for anyone who has read my books, they’ll see some things from the stories that they’ll recognize right away with what is on display.

Just as a refresher, the new books will have a significant volume of new material-they’ve jumped from being three books at each roughly 60,000 words to each being anywhere from 80,000 to over 100,000 words each.  Since much of that is the Dark Stories that I have posted on my website, but with even more additions, I will likely be pulling those stories down prior to the release of the books next year.  I figure, if you haven’t read the rough versions of them already, you can check them out all polished up and shiny for the new books.

In other news, I continue to work on the fourth book in this saga, which, as I have stated before, isn’t the fourth book in the trilogy (and I know saying a phrase like that sounds like a bad joke) but the start of a new two-book saga.  A duology, if you will.  The trilogy will stand on its own and these two new books will as well, though they will be tied together by characters and a shared world.  The book has been outlined for a long time, but what I truly love about writing is how the story changes and morphs as I write it, so even I don’t know what to expect from page to page.  It is a heck of a journey, and I look forward to sharing with you on down the line.  I apologize that I don’t share more of what I write on a daily or weekly basis, but I’m a bit shy with that.  I do have a plan though, to start sharing some of my zombie short stories, or some tidbits of them, that have either been previously released, or yet to be, just to keep you folks entertained a bit when you come to my blog.  I know my reviews are just fascinating (har har!) but I hope some of my own work might be of interest as well.

Until next time…which I hope will be in the next few days…see ya!


The revised versions of the Dark Trilogy have been shipped over to Permuted Press

Not too long ago, I mentioned that my trilogy, Comes The DarkInto The Dark, and Beyond The Dark were being re-released by Permuted Press in 2013.   Since I had agreed to do this, I have been working to reconfigure the manuscripts of each book.  Each will be much larger than the books released by The Library of the Living Dead Press, with the Dark Stories I originally removed returning to their rightful place in each volume.  There will be revisions and some new stories, in particular in the final book of the trilogy.  One story comes from an anthology called Eye Witness: Zombie from May December Publications that stands alone, but happens in the same world as the rest of the saga.  Another story will be about Lydia, a character that appears in the second and third books and is one of my favorites.  At the suggestion of one of the folks who reviewed the trilogy, along with the Dark Stories that appeared in the e-book omnibus (you know who you are!), Lydia is getting her day, and the story I am relating takes place several weeks before the events of the trilogy.  Lydia is someone who was influenced by my mother and sister, who both passed away in 2011.  Much like Megan, she is a strong, loving character who will do anything for those she cares for.  I think this new story will demonstrate that even more than what occurs in the trilogy.

Since it is all in the hands of Permuted and my new editor, I will be focusing my writing efforts on the fourth book.  The initial chapter is a tricky one, and I have been over thinking it for some time, but it, along with the rest of the story, is coming together and I look forward to sharing bits and pieces of it with you as time goes on.  More to come, so stay tuned!


A few changes on the horizon for my books…

I wanted to make a brief announcement at this time, which will be a prologue to a more important answer coming up in the not so distant future.  Instead of having some sort of big build up, I’m just going to come out and say it.  I have acquired the rights back to my three novels from the publisher, Library of the Living Dead.  This decision was made with a great deal of careful consideration on my part, and is based more on where I feel things are going for me in the future rather than anything that has happened recently, or in the past.  Let me put it another way.  Michael West, aka Dr. Pus, the owner of the Library of the Living Dead Press has been a spectacular partner for me over the past few years.  He is a man who genuinely cares for the authors who work for him and have aligned themselves with the Library.  The Library is, and always will be, a home away from home for me.  The people who have been involved with the Library’s message boards over the years, as well as the other authors, editors, and artists are all fantastic people.  So this departure is only for my books, not for me, and it will not change anything else.  It is mostly due to the fact that at present, Doc is not moving forward to publish new books as he takes a break from that for a time.  Unfortunately, time stands still for no man, and since my plan is to produce two more novels in this series, I needed to regain control of them so I can be sure they are in a home where the opportunity exists to publish the new chapters in this saga.

So for everyone out there who has purchased my books in either paper or electronic form, I thank you, as does Doc.  All three books were top sellers for the Library, which makes me very proud and sort of stunned at how well they have done.  If you have the paper versions of the three books, or want the first editions, my suggestion would be to grab them fairly soon, as they will no longer be available (at least new copies) very much longer.  The ebook version of the trilogy has already been taken down and is no longer available on Amazon.  The next time you see them, it will be very likely they will look a bit different than they do now.

As I mentioned, I will likely have another announcement to make about these books in the not so distant future, as well as where I go from here with my work.  So stayed tuned for that.


The Aussie Zombie reviews “The Dark Trilogy”

Good things come to those that wait.  Or at least that is the cliche.  Apparently that is true in the case of a review of The Dark Trilogy for The Aussie Zombie, who doesn’t like Cliffhangers.  Of course, the first two of my books end on a cliffhanger note, so given that they had the chance to read the entire trilogy, plus the background stories that appear here on my blog, all at once, was a good thing.  The review is quite detailed and I’m thrilled they enjoyed my little tale of zombie mayhem.  Check it out here:  http://theaussiezombie.blogspot.com/2011/11/dark-trilogy-by-patrick-dorazio-full.html

Oh and one more thing…my favorite line from the review:  Are these books perfect? No – there’s no such thing (unless you are a Twilight fanatic *runs and hides*) That made me chuckle.

 

 

 

 


Buyzombie.com interviews yours truly

Kevin Walsh over at Buyzombie.com spent some time recently coming up with some pretty good questions for me in an interview after he’d written the final review for my trilogy.  I want to thank him for the time and effort.  It was a lot of fun.  So check it out here:  http://www.buyzombie.com/2011/07/14/undead-news/patrick-dorazio-interview/


And heeeeeerrrrrrres the interview!

I just mentioned in my prior post that Rebecca Besser had reviewed Comes The Dark and also that she had interviewed me as well.  Well, Rebecca is a busy blogger today, because she just posted my interview after posting her review earlier today.  You can check it out here:  http://blog.rebeccabesser.com/2011/07/06/interview-with-patrick-dorazio-author-of-comes-the-dark-the-first-book-of-the-dark-trilogy.aspx

Thanks once again to Rebecca for taking the time to do the interview.  It was a lot of fun!

 

 

 

 


Killer Aphrodite checks out The Dark Trilogy

Monique-Cherie Snyman has been so kind as to review my first two books and then interview me.  Well, she actually came back for more, which rates her as really cool in my book.  Er, well, not the book this post is referring to, because it would be mean to put her into The Dark Trilogy, since there is a lot of carnage there.  Let’s just say she is pretty damn cool, and leave it at that.  And you can check out her review of the trilogy on her website, here: http://www.killeraphrodite.com/2011/06/book-review-dark-trilogy-patrick-dorazio/.  Thanks again, Monique, for being as supportive as you have been.  I can’t wait to share more books with you, once I get off my duff and get another one done!