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Comes The Dark…getting ready to rock n’ roll!

Well, it’s been a great ride I’ve been on over the past few years.  The Library of the Living Dead was very good to me when it gave me a shot as a new author.   I think I was pretty good to them by producing a trilogy that sold a few copies here and there.  Good enough that when the time to part ways with the Library was upon me, Jacob, the owner of Permuted Press, was very interested in re-releasing my novels.

It’s been an interesting journey, with a lot of twists and turns.  Of course, many of them occurred before the first book was ever published, but there have been quite a few since then.  Some ups and some downs, including a gaff with the kindle version of Comes The Dark occurred that required some quick thinking.  But all’s well that ends well, and that situation ended well.  But now my books are in someone else’s hands, and I’m pretty excited about what’s to come.  I miss the Library, and I miss Doc, my old publisher, but it has gone by the wayside, and I doubt, sadly enough, that it will ever publish something new again.

Comes The Dark is being re-released with new edits and new content in paperback, ebook, and audible versions by Permuted press this month.  The same will be the case with the two sequels, which are coming in March and April.  Some things I have added that weren’t included in the original Dark Stories-some freshly written, some dug up from the crypt where I keep a lot of old, dusty things that just need a little bit of a cleaning up before they’re ready to go.  Well…not everything should see the light of day from that old crypt, but this stuff I feel deserves to get a good looking over by someone other than me.  

I have to admit, what I’m excited the most about the re-release of this trilogy is that they will be available in audio form.  You see, for those of you who don’t know me personally, you may not understand why this is what gets me so excited.  But if you do know me and my family, and know my son, Zack, you’ll understand why.  I guess that makes me nervous for the book’s release in audio format as well-when your boy tells you that you’re his favorite author, but he hasn’t even read any of your stuff yet…well, that’s a lot to live up to.

I’ve been informed that the ebook version of Comes The Dark will be ready to go in the next few days.  Once I have a link, I’ll be sharing it.  The paper version of the book will hit roughly around 2/26/13, as will the audio version.  The great news is that the link is already up for ordering the audio version of the book, and my guess is it will be the same link for the other versions as well-just click on the option you prefer.  So if you have a desire to check out my first book on tape (heh, I’m old enough to remember when they were on tape!), click the cover art below and pre-order your copy.  I’ll be posting again when the other versions are available as well, so stay tuned!

comes the dark permuted cover


Tentative re-release dates for my trilogy

Just a quick post for all those folks wondering when my trilogy will be re-released by Permuted Press.  It is going to happen faster than expected, which is great.  While these dates are tentative, they should give you a good idea of when things will come to pass.

Comes The Dark-February of 2013

Into The Dark-March of 2013

Beyond The Dark-April of 2013

I was surprised at how rapid fire the trilogy will be coming out.  Again, each of these versions of the books will be expanded well beyond the original versions, with quite a few additional stories included within each book.  More details to come as I have them on other covers, editing updates, specific release dates, etc.


New Cover for Comes The Dark Re-Release from Permuted Press!

Well, it didn’t take all that long, and I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the new cover for Comes The Dark, the Permuted Press version.  It has already popped up on Facebook and has elicited some different reactions…one of which is ‘bad ass’, which I will take.  I’ll also accept the comments that this new cover perhaps doesn’t convey some of the emotional underpinnings of the tale told on the pages of Comes The Dark from some folks who read the book.  Artwork is a pretty subjective thing in general, and while this cover may convey a different message than the brilliant cover from Philip R. Rogers, this one does have some key elements in it that I think are critical to the story-the baseball bat and the revolver-two of the tools of two of the key characters in the book used to survive.  There are also other small details that I really love, too.

Yep, it is different, that is for sure.  Bold in some ways, less obvious in others (not a zombie to be seen!), but I think the publisher and I agreed that we were looking to go in a different direction.  Retain the continuity that was there with the original covers-each cover tells a piece of the same story-but at the same time, present it in a different way.  It should be mentioned that each book will be somewhat different than the originals, so the change in artwork sort of reflects that change.  This particular book has gained almost 40,000 words.  I know that this doesn’t change the actual story, just adds to its foundation, but it does make this, in effect, a new novel, so it needed a new outfit to dress it up in.

One thing I’ve learned is that cover art is that like the books they wrap around, it is perceived differently by each person who looks at it.  I’ve heard night and day reactions about different covers I’ve seen-someone loves it, another hates it for the same reason.  As for me, I’m thrilled that covers to my books elicit reactions at all-it is an honor to have something I’m involved merit attention.  Oh, and I think the new cover is pretty bad ass as well.  😉

 


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!


My big publishing announcement!

Well, it hasn’t been too long since I mentioned that I got the rights back to my trilogy of novels: Comes The Dark, Into The Dark, and Beyond The Dark.  Now I can reveal where those books are heading, and I couldn’t be more excited.  I have just signed the contracts to have them re-released via Permuted Press starting in early 2013!

Each book will have the “Dark Stories” as I dubbed them, that belong with each book, rather than in a separate book that only appears in the electronic version, like what happened in the past.  So tales related to all the characters that I originally wrote into the trilogy will be back where they belong, as bonus material in each printed book and e-book version.  I’m thrilled that everyone who reads these versions of the books will have the opportunity to get the full story on characters such as George, Megan, and Michael and everyone else.   Of note is that one of the Dark Stories that will appear at the end of Beyond The Dark is brand new, and another one of them is expanded beyond its rather short length to a full-sized short story.  So there will be a good amount of brand new content that no one has seen before as well.

The schedule of releases hasn’t been set as of yet, but I wanted to make an additional announcement at this time as well.  As I have babbled in the past, my plan has always been to produce two more novels that follow up the Dark trilogy, and my intention is to get rolling with those immediately after I have completed this last Dark story I am presently working on.  It will be my goal to complete the fourth book before the end of this year, and dive right into the fifth and final book of the saga after that.  So my hope is that they will find their way to market not long after the release of the final book in the trilogy.  Nothing else is for certain at this time, but I hope to be providing updates on this project as it goes forward, so as always, 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.