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I’m the featured author over at Zombie Authors Blog!

I was notified with the pleasant news that I am the featured author over at the Zombie Authors Blog for the next couple of weeks.  So while you may have found me here on my own slice of the blogosphere, please go check out what they have to say about me over at Zombie Authors:  http://zombie-authors.blogspot.com/

Thanks to Jule Romans for giving me the heads up on this nice bit of news.


Beyond The Dark is available in all formats!

Permuted Press has completed the release process for Beyond The Dark with paper, ebook, and audio versions all now available.  This finishes off the new version of the trilogy, and as I mentioned when the ebook version was released, this version of Beyond The Dark has the Dark Stories that were included in the original ebook trilogy release, plus some new additions, including a short story originally seen in “Eyewitness: Zombie”, an anthology produced by May December Publications.  This is a tale of a National Guardsman told in first person which takes place in the early days of battle to fight the undead plague.  There is also a brief appearance by two of the characters that appear in the trilogy toward the end of the story and hints at their future plans.  A brand new Dark story makes its debut in this novel.  Lydia, one of the characters introduced in Into The Dark was one of the few key secondary characters who didn’t get the flashback treatment.  One of the reviewers of the original Dark Stories was disappointed she didn’t get the same treatment as everyone else did.  I agreed, and since I always knew what Lydia’s history, I was able to craft her story for the release of this book in short order.  I have a great fondness of Lydia and I hope that you enjoy the tale of her first exposure to having her world turned upside down by the undead plague. When people ask me what my favorite book of the trilogy is, its sort of like being asked to to choose between your children.  I sort of feel awkward answering that question.  But, since I have always thought of the trilogy as one saga, I do feel that Beyond The Dark does comprise the parts of the tale that are the most compelling, the ones that wrung the most emotions out of me in writing it.  It is also the book that gets the highest praise-a lot of ‘he saved the best for last’. There is more stories to be told in this world and I plan on revisiting it, but the Dark Trilogy stands on its own, and Beyond The Dark is my favorite part of the trilogy.  There, I said it.  I still love Comes The Dark and Into The Dark, but this is the piece of the puzzle I’m most proud of…and I hope you enjoy it.  Just click on the cover and you’ll be taken to a page that lets you choose which version of the book you want.  Thanks!

Beyond The Dark


Zombie Fest Free eBook Bonanza over on Facebook today!

For all you zombie book fans out there-and if you are looking at my page, chances you are, there is a free eBook giveaway going on with a very large swath of authors today on Facebook.  Thanks to Gary Mumford and Catt Dahman, who are coordinating this effort.  I will be giving away three eBook copies of my Dark trilogy and one paper version of the trilogy as well-they will be coordinating this.  There will be tons of other giveaways, some being held by authors on their pages.  But to get the full scoop at their Facebook page, here:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/547936065257273/


Beyond the Dark now available in ebook format!

Permuted Press has released the final chapter in the Dark trilogy, Beyond The Dark, in ebook format.  Soon to be followed by audio book and paper formats, this completes the updated and revised version of the trilogy, with Dark Stories included-two of which even those folks who read all the Dark Stories I had to share in the previous electronic version have missed out on.  One of which is a story told in first person, called “A Soldier’s Lament” which is tied into the world of Jeff and company-with a couple of characters from the books showing up.  This particular story, which also appears in “Eyewitness Zombie” from May December Publications, an anthology of first person accounts of the apocalypse, is a bit different, and is definitely one I’m proud to have in this tome.  The other story was written specifically for this book, and tells the back story of Lydia, one of the key secondary characters introduced in Into The Dark.  In many ways, it is my favorite, because Lydia is a character who has grown to mean more to me in the past couple of years-she has elements of my late mother and sister in her, and she is a strong character who I love dearly.

And while everyone will assume something about the new cover of this third book…as in, the girl on it is a zombie, I will say this: don’t be so sure.  You’ll have to read the story to find out more.  😉

So please, check it out, and stay tuned for further updates for the paperback and audio formats of the book, coming soon.

Here is the press release from Permuted Press:

The 3rd and final book in Patrick D’Orazio‘s Dark Trilogy, BEYOND THE DARK, is out now in eBook!

“Grabs you by the ears and does not let go. We’ve heard the phrase save the best for last … well, that is exactly what happened with this trilogy.”
Heather Headshot Faville, Doubleshot Reviews

Amazon Kindlehttp://www.amzn.com/dp/B00CELKAR6/permutedpress-20

NOOKhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beyond-the-dark-patrick-dorazio/1100076429?ean=2940016404011

Smashwordshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/307399

Beyond The Dark


Into The Dark now available in all formats!

Things keep moving along quickly with Permuted Press and the Dark Trilogy.  Their latest wonderful move?  Releasing Into The Dark in all formats.  So you can get this re-released version, with all the additional Dark Stories, in ebook, paperback, and audio versions.  Just click on the cover below and you can go to Permuted’s website, where you can pick your poison.  So check it out in all its glory:

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Six weeks ago a mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world.

Jeff Blaine did his best to hold his family together and protect them from the horrors scratching at their door. But, in the end, they were ripped away from him like everything else that ever mattered.

Lost and alone, Jeff’s only option is to destroy as many of the monsters as he can. But when he discovers Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors not interested in giving up just yet, he reluctantly accepts that there might still be a reason to fight and live to see another day.

Traveling through the blasted landscape of their new fallen world, the quartet discovers that the living dead aren’t the only danger with which they must cope. Even other survivors who promise safety and security from the hordes of ghouls roaming the wastelands will test loyalties and their faith in humankind.

Jeff and his small band of newfound friends must forge a semblance of life in the newly blighted world. And they will have only the light of their own humanity by which to navigate as everything around them descends into the dark.


Permuted released “Into The Dark” in ebook format!

Things move quickly around here.  It wasn’t too long ago that I was touting the re-release of Comes The Dark from Permuted Press.  Suddenly, it’s time for the release of the second book, Into The Dark, in ebook format!  As with the first book, the Dark Stories I originally created to be a part of the books are back in each individual release, added to the end of the main story.  So the reader has the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the secondary characters introduced in each book in a short story format.  Check it out…and if you don’t mind, leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or at Barnes and Noble if you have the time.  Thanks!

Six weeks ago, the mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world.

Jeff Blaine did his best to hold his family together and to protect them from the horrors scratching at their door, but in the end, they were ripped away from him like everything else that ever mattered. 

Lost and alone, Jeff’s only option is to destroy as many of the monsters as he can. But when he discovers Megan, George, and Jason, three other survivors not interested in giving up just yet, he reluctantly accepts that there might still be a reason to fight and live to see another day.

Traveling through the blasted landscape of their new fallen world, the quartet discovers that the living dead aren’t the only danger with which they must cope. Even other survivors who promise safety and security from the hordes of ghouls roaming the wastelands will test loyalties and their faith in humankind. 

Jeff and his small band of newfound friends must forge a semblance of life in the newly blighted world. And they will have only the light of their own humanity by which to navigate as everything around them descends into the dark.

Stay tuned for a full selection of links to all versions of the book, but for now here are the links for both the Kindle and Nook:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BWF8WHU/permutedpress-20

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-dark-patrick-dorazio/1100075804?ean=2940016358963

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Links, links everywhere…for ebook versions of Comes The Dark

Well, I didn’t have to wait too long for this.  I was just sharing the link to the audio version of Comes The Dark and now, already, there are links available for the ebook versions.  Permuted Press just published this over on Facebook:

The long awaited Permuted reissue of Patrick D’Orazio‘s hit novel COMES THE DARK is now available in the Amazon Kindle and NOOK stores. The original edition has received over 50 four and five star reader reviews between Amazon and Goodreads. Permuted’s edition has been completely re-edited and includes bonus “Dark Tales.”

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BDBO28Q/permutedpress-20
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/comes-the-dark-patrick-dorazio/1102526101?ean=2940016251868


So we have it on both the Kindle and the Nook, which is downright spectacular!
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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!

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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.


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.


Fellow author Suzanne Robb interviews me on her blog.

I got the chance to answer a few questions (in my normally snarky way) that fellow author, and editor, Suzanne Robb came up with for me.  You may know Suzanne from her fantastic book, “Z-Boat”, or because of her numerous other short story projects.  She is in the process of editing an anthology that I have a privilege of being a part of entitled “Read The End First”, which is about 24 different tales about the end of the world…one specific to each time zone.  That should be coming out soon, and more details on that later.  But enough about Suzanne!  Check out her interview of yours truly over on her blog:  http://suzannerobb.blogspot.ca/2012/04/paatrick-dorazio-his-thoughts-on.html, and check out some of Suzanne’s stories as well!


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.

 

 

 

 


My interview with The Functional Nerds!

I had the chance to answer a few questions from podcaster and fellow author Patrick Hester, who is, proudly, a Functional Nerd.  What is a functional nerd, you ask?  Once upon a time, a boss noted that, for a nerd, Patrick Hester still managed to ‘function’ within society – hence was born: The Functional Nerd.

We chatted about bizarro, The Dark Trilogy, me (ugh!), my life outside of writing, the pluses and minuses of the “big publishing house route” vs. “the small press publishers”, short story writing vs. novel writing, and of course, zombies!  It was a blast to do.  Patrick conducts a great interview.  My thanks to him for his great questions, insights, and the conversation we had afterword that shed some light on some really cool conventions I wasn’t aware of that I might be checking out in the upcoming months and years.

Check it out here!  http://functionalnerds.com/2011/08/episode-067-patrick-dorazio/.


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!


My interview over at Killer Aphrodite

Monique-Cherie Snyman has taken the time to review both of the first two books of my trilogy, and her review of Beyond The Dark should be appearing quite soon.  I’m really excited to see what she thinks of it as well as the Dark Stories that appear in the ebook format of the trilogy.  The interview was a lot of fun, and appears on her website, Killer Aphrodite (don’t you just love that name?).  So check it out here:  http://networkedblogs.com/jC0eT.  I’ll post here when her review of Beyond The Dark shows up there as well.  And of course, I want to thank Monique for taking the time to interview me.  It was my pleasure!


Review of The Dark Trilogy and Interview of yours truly on Zombiephiles

Ursula K. Raphael has reviewed all three of the books in my trilogy for Zombiephiles.  When I asked her to check out the kindle version of The Dark Trilogy because of the addition of the fourth book of short stories (aka Dark Stories) she was more than happy to do so, and now she has taken the time to give a review of that book as well over on Zombiephiles.  But she didn’t stop there.  She also asked me a few questions about the trilogy and my writing experiences in general and posted it over on the site as well.  It was fun answering her questions and I can’t thank her enough for taking the time to read not only the trilogy but a book of extra stories about that universe I created for these characters.  So give it a looksee here:  http://www.zombiephiles.com/zombies-ate-my-brains/beyond-the-dark-end-of-the-dark-trilogy-by-dorazio-interview and once again, think about checking out The Dark Trilogy for the kindle, or if you have a different e-reader, head on over to smashwords to check it out.  Of course, all three paperbacks are available as well for you folks that don’t like e-readers, so check those out as well!


The Dark Trilogy is now on Kindle!

Just a brief while after it hit smashwords, my trilogy is now on the kindle!  I am pretty thrilled about this one because it is FINALLY on the kindle, without the errors that the faced the original release of Comes The Dark that led to my publisher and I agreeing not to do any more kindle releases until the entire trilogy was ready to go.  And now, it is ready to go!

Here is the description:

Patrick D’Orazio’s Dark Zombie Trilogy (Comes The Dark, Into The Dark, and Beyond The Dark), was originally released on the Kindle in an unedited form under the first book’s title, Comes The Dark. It is being re-released with the entire trilogy as it was meant to be read: edited and expanded, with additional chapters not appearing in the original Kindle version, along with the Dark Stories that have appeared in the author’s blog that provide a full fourth book of additional stories about many of the secondary characters appearing in the trilogy, including Megan, George, Jason, Michael, and Ben. The Dark Trilogy, Revised, Expanded, and with Additional Stories is over 250,000 words of an intense saga of the zombie apocalypse.
The end came with a whimper, not a bang. The mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world in a matter of days. Everyone who was infected seemed to die…and rise again. Governments collapsed, armies disappeared, and entire civilizations turned to dust as the human race tore itself to pieces. Jeff Blaine had a good life: a beautiful wife, adorable children, and a nice house in the suburbs. He liked his job, loved his family, and spent his lazy suburban Sundays out on the deck, barbecuing with the neighbors. Things were perfect until everything fell apart. And no matter how hard Jeff tried, he could not spare his family from the horrors scratching at the door. Now, with his family gone, his life in ruins, the only thing left is raw anger and pain. As the world continues to sink into darkness, Jeff does as well. So he ventures out into the desolation with no better plan than to destroy as many of the monsters that stole his life away before they destroy him as well. But soon Jeff will discover other survivors unwilling to give up. They will force him to decide whether or not to give in to the venom that gnaws at his soul. Should he continue to fight to survive, or succumb to the things in the darkness?

Just click on the picture below and it will send you on over to Amazon so you can pick up a copy:


The Dark Trilogy is on Smashwords!

I am happy to announce that the single download of my entire trilogy, plus all the Dark Stories that I wrote which are associated with the trilogy, is now available for download from Smashwords.

Here is the full description:

Together in one massive tome, Patrick D’Orazio’s Dark Zombie Trilogy: Comes The Dark, Into The Dark, and Beyond The Dark are all contained in this release, along with a fourth book full of additional stories about many of the secondary characters that appear in the trilogy, including Megan, George, Jason, Michael, and Ben. The Dark Trilogy, Revised, Expanded, and with Additional Stories is well over 250,000 words of an intense saga of the zombie apocalypse. 

The end came with a whimper, not a bang. The mysterious virus came out of nowhere and engulfed the world in a matter of days. Everyone who was infected seemed to die…and rise again. Governments collapsed, armies disappeared, and entire civilizations turned to dust as the human race tore itself to pieces. Jeff Blaine had a good life: a beautiful wife, adorable children, and a nice house in the suburbs. He liked his job, loved his family, and spent his lazy summer Sundays out on the deck, barbecuing with the neighbors. Things were perfect until everything fell apart. And no matter how hard Jeff tried, he could not spare his family from the horrors scratching at the door. Now, with his family gone, his life in ruins, the only thing left is raw anger and pain. As the world continues to sink into darkness, Jeff does as well. So he ventures out into the desolation with no better plan than to destroy as many of the monsters that stole his life away before they destroy him as well. But soon Jeff will discover other survivors unwilling to give up. They will force him to decide whether or not to give in to the venom that gnaws at his soul. Should he continue to fight to survive, or succumb to the things in the darkness?

So for those of you who haven’t checked my trilogy as of yet for your e-book reader or just want the story all in one place, this is a great value.  I think it would be about the equivalent of 800-850 pages in length in one paperback, and for $4.99, that is a great deal.

Just click on the cover below to be sent on over to the smashwords link!


It slithers towards the light, from Beyond The Darkness…it is almost here!

Well folks, the short delay on Beyond The Dark is almost at an end, with the formatting being completed tonight on the book, there is very little else to do but to put the cover and back cover together and wrap it around a proof, make sure it looks like it should, and then get it out there!

In addition to the final book of my trilogy being released very soon, the Kindle and other ebook form of the entire trilogy will also be released.  It will be entitled The Dark Trilogy: Revised, Expanded, and with Additional Stories.  I know it is a mouthful, but just call it The Dark Trilogy, for short, heh.  My publisher and I have discussed price points for this electronic release and agreed upon $4.99, which will be for over 250,000 words, including the three books plus every last story that appears in the Dark Stories page of this blog…and another little one that doesn’t appear here as well.  250,000 words is a hefty sum, so that price should be a pretty decent one for the zombie fans out there who have e-readers.

I would say that Beyond The Dark should be ready for createspace within the next couple of weeks (and I think perhaps sooner), and then amazon maybe a week or so later.  The kindle version should also be available very soon.

For any of you good folks reading this who haven’t checked out any of my trilogy, check out the first three chapters of Comes The Dark, which I have moved to its own separate page for easy access.  It will give you a taste before you buy.  And then, feel free to hit up my bio page and you can click on the links showing both Comes The Dark and Into The Dark, with Beyond The Dark to soon be joining them.

For now, here are copies of the front cover of Beyond The Dark and a rough up of the back cover as well.  Stay tuned, more will be coming soon as the release happens!