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There’s a lot going on this week for my new book, The Pack: Winter Kill.
First up, the first reviews have been rolling in to Amazon (both the paperback and the Kindle edition), and so far they’ve been very positive. The noir-horror hybrid seems to be a big hit, and people have been happy with the pacing and action. So far, so good. I just hope magazine and newspaper reviewers are as generous.
In an attempt to encourage even more reviews, the publisher, Evileye Books, launched a review contest. If you’ve read the book, drop by and tell the world (or at least Amazon shoppers) what you think and you may just win a signed, limited edition hardcover edition of The Pack: Winter Kill. You’ve only got ’til Friday to enter, so get crackin’!
On Friday I’ll be catching a flight out to California to meet my friends (and authors) Brian Keene and J.F. Gonzalez, and on Saturday you can catch us at 2pm at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. The following day, we’ll be heading up north Borderlands Books in San Francisco to sign at 3pm. I’ll be doing a lot of flying a s a result, but I’m looking forward to reconnecting with some old friends and meeting some new readers. (It’ll also be nice to trade in the snow and cold for some warmer weather.) There’s a full schedule on my Appearances page.
These are exciting times, and with a little effort, I should be able to keep up the momentum.
Vampires and zombies have had their due. Welcome to the Year of the Wolf.
A little movie called The Wolfman is part of that feeling, and it doesn’t hurt that some of you watched a werewolf square off against some sparkling vampires in another little movie called New Moon, but this will be the year I feel like I can really contribute something to my favorite monster.
Next up, you’ll start seeing Chimaera, the first The Pack comic from Evileye Books. The script is turned in, we’ll have an artist soon, and then we’ll get rolling on production. It’s a little early to discuss the firm plans, but I’ll just say you will likely see content sooner than you think.
Later this year we’ll be releasing the second The Pack prose book, which I’m working on but do not yet have a title for. I can tell you, though, that if you enjoy Winter Kill, you’re going to dig the next book. It’s going to have the same mix of crime thriller and supernatural horror.
Once I’m done writing the second prose book, I’ll get right to work on the second graphic novel. It may not see print before the end of the year (unfortunately the comics production side takes a lot longer than the prose side), but I should be able to bring you some teasers and production work to drool on.
And if all goes well, we’ll have a few other surprises for you, too! As always, stay tuned to this blog for more information.
These are exciting times, my friends, and it’s going to be a big year. Thanks to everyone who’s supported the book already, and thanks in advance to those of you who will be discovering the book and the series soon.
Well, not really. Jesus (far right) mainly joined us to hang out at this signing at Comix Connection, and Coop (seated) won’t be coming to Cali, but we’re looking forward to hitting the road together. We’ve been friends for a while, and I’ve collaborated with both of them in the past. My collaboration with Brian, “To Fight With Monsters” (4×4), has long been unavailable, but you can still get your hands on the novella “Restore From Backup” by Jesus and I.
Come on out and see us at the following locations:
January’s going to be a busy month for The Pack, but I’m excited to get out there and promote my work again. I’ll sign whatever you have, but please do support these stores while you’re there and pick up a book or two.
Look for additional signing locations in the coming weeks.
CARMEL, IN – Barnes & Noble – Friday, January 8th, 7pm
BURBANK, CA – Dark Delicacies Bookstore – Saturday, January 16th, 2pm
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Borderlands Books – Sunday, January 17th, 3pm
SPRINGFIELD, MO – VisionCon, Clarion Hotel – January 22nd-24th
Books are confirmed, so we’re ready to roll! Mark your calendars, I hope to see a lot of you these trips.
I’m pleased to announce I’ll be returning to San Francisco, California to sign at Borderlands Books on Sunday, January 17th, at 3:00pm! Come on out and pick up your copy of The Pack: Winter Kill and feel free to bring along anything else you may have of mine while you’re at it.
I haven’t been out there since the 4×4 signing back in 2002, and I don’t think I’ve seen Alan, Jude, Jeremy, or the rest of the crew since World Horror 2003. Yikes! Way too long. I can’t wait to see the cafe Alan just added to the place.
Borderlands is the second stop on the trip, and the others will be announced soon. Evileye Books wants to make sure we have the books in place before announcing the signings, but Borderlands slipped me into their newsletter so I’m happy to continue the announcement here.
The good news is today Evileye has worked through some printing issues with the printer, so we’ll be good to go! As soon as they give me the high sign that the rest of the minitour dates will have stock, I’ll announce them as well.
If you’re in San Francisco, please stop on by and say hey! Borderlands is a great little shop and if you’re not shopping there already, you’re doing yourself a disservice. They fill orders by mail as well if you’re looking to get your hands on a signed copy but can’t make it to the store.
Tonight at 11pm Eastern I’ll be one of several guests on Diabolical Radio discussing author Richard Laymon. Their call-in number is (646) 652-4625 if you would like to join in or ask questions.
If you’ve never read Laymon before, I highly recommend you check out his book Savage. One of my favorite books in any genre, I often describe it as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for the horror genre.
The mini tour to promote The Pack: Winter Kill is taking shape. So far I’ve confirmed stops for January in California, Indiana, and Missouri, and we’ll be announcing them soon.
Not much love from my home state of Illinois just yet. Evileye Books and I are flirting with a couple of shops, but so far it’s looking like the first real opportunity to push locally will be the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo in April.
I’m kicking around the idea of heading out east for some signings, too. It’s far from firm, but if things move forward, I would be aiming for summer or fall. There are a couple of conventions I’ve had my eye on out that way, and maybe I can work something around one of them.
As for the book itself, we’re getting closer. We’re still working on a final fix with the printers, then we’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll. I’m still confident we’ll have books in our hot little hands in December, including the copies won by folks participating in the Twitter contest a couple weeks back.
The Missouri leg of the tour will be the Visioncon convention in Springfield in January. The rest of the dates and locations will be announced when we announce the paperbacks are available.
Soon, my friends! Very soon!
A tour? Really?
Yes, really. I’ll be taking Winter Kill on the road in December and January, and here’s a glimpse of one side of the postcard Evileye Books will be sending out to support one of the events:
It’s still a bit early to announce specific locations, but I’ll give you a hint: I’ll be spending a weekend in warmer weather come January.
The book isn’t even out yet, but I’m already excited. Brian, Coop, Mikey, and I did a brief tour back in 2002 to support 4×4, but this will be a little bigger and will be the first time I tour to support a solo project. The logistics will be a handful, but I enjoy getting out there to promote my books. I’ve been way too quiet the last couple of years, so it’s time for a change.
Of course, I’ll probably have to stock up on vitamin C and Germ-X, and pack my trusty neti pot. All that plane time with the seasonal and swine flus spreading around could get messy!
Checked out Evileye Books lately?
Sheriff Pat York is middle-aged and getting soft in the middle. He’s almost ripe for the eating…
Saturday’s going to be a big day. I’ve been sitting on a lot of news for a long time, and it all goes public in five days.
If you’ll be in the Chicago area Saturday, be sure to drop by Windy City Comicon for a first-hand look! Windy City is the biggest little comic convention in Chicago and should be a blast, even if you’re not interested in what I’ve got to peddle.
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I could tell you what he just did for us, but then I’d have to kill you.
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