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The Mailman’s Been Good to Me

Check this out, hot off the Lulu presses:

Needle Mag, hot off the presses

Needle Magazine, Fall 2011

The latest issue of Needle Magazine, including “With This Bullet” by yours truly and some kick-ass crime fiction from guys like Ray Banks. I look forward to digging in.

A day later, an Amazon order arrived:

Today's mail haul

Sweets and Blue Estate

I’ve been wanting to read Sweets and Blue Estate for some time now. I can use some good criminal inspiration, and lately I just haven’t been reading enough (in comics or prose). I finally caved and ordered, and I plan to read them both shortly.

It’s important to keep reading if one is going to keep writing. For me, it’s not just about studying the craft, it’s about staying in the creative mindset and drawing inspiration. It’s about being challenged by other creators and raising the bar myself.

I had a good day of writing Monday. I need to stay supercharged. This is my fuel.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Win a Copy of TFWM

The good folks over at Dreadful Tales have reviewed To Fight With Monsters, the comic book written by Brian Keene and myself and illustrated by Ben Dunn. You can read the full review here, but here’s a blurb:

This story reeks of modern horror in its themes and intense, unbridled sense of… wrongness… if I may use that word. The subject matter at hand is brutal, and so far from what one would automatically thing this little story is about. It is, in fact, about monsters – but who and what the monsters are is left completely to the reader to find out. In fact, I’d say that that there are more monsters present in this than the average reader would admit. It’s just a matter of opinion as to how you would define the word.

As a bonus, the DT guys are giving away free copies of the comic! You can win one by purchasing your very own copy of Winter Kill and sending proof to DT. Supplies are limited, so act fast. For full details, scroll to the bottom of the review.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

To Fight With Monsters On Shelves Today!

Word is To Fight With Monsters has landed on store shelves as of today. Get out there and get yourself a copy!

To Fight with Monsters final cover

To Fight With Monsters from Antarctic Press, available now!

If your shop doesn’t have it in stock, it can still be ordered with the Diamond/Previews order code DEC10 0723.

Or, if they’re unable to fill the order, you can purchase a copy direct from the publisher, Antarctic Press.

I don’t know what kind of  store penetration Antarctic gets, so please do let me know if your store has it in stock. If you like, send pictures or add them to the comments and I’ll be happy to note it on message boards.

This comic was adapted from the short story of the short story of the same name by Brian Keene and I. It first appeared in the collection 4×4 from Delirium Books, and you can find the script in the upcoming collection Smoke and Mirrors from Cemetery Dance.

If you like this book, track down a copy of New Dark Voices, which features the sequel novella, “To Travel Among Men”. I hope to reprint that as an e-book at some point in the future, as well as two more sequel novellas to round out the trilogy. One of those is written and the other plotted.

Once Lie with the Dead is put to bed, I’ll be able to concentrate on getting all of that done.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

TFWM Has Arrived

To Fight With Monsters is out there!

To Fight With Monsters has arrived!

To Fight With Monsters has arrived!

I imagine preorders will be filled very soon. If you ordered your copy at a shop, please let me know you’ve received it.

Haven’t ordered it yet? Check out what Indie Pulp had to say about the book. Then you can jump over to Antarctic Press to order.

Hope you dig it!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

TFWM: New Cover, Preview

A new cover and six-page preview have been posted for To Fight With Monsters, the one-shot comic I co-wrote with Brian Keene. I just wrote a foreword for the inside front cover this week, and I’m told the book is on its way to printing. You can still preorder, and it should be in your hot little hands very soon.

To Fight with Monsters final cover
Art by Ben Dunn

I dig the new cover. The old one wasn’t bad, but this is a little sharper and cleaner.

If your comic shop isn’t stocking Antarctic Press, ask them to start! Antarctic also publishes Brian’s The Last Zombie and several other quality titles.

And don’t forget, The Pack: Winter Kill digital editions are only $2.99! You can get it in Kindle, Nook, or iBooks formats.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Pat Hoover’s Outdoorsman

My man Patrick Hoover sent me a copy of his comic book The Outdoorsman the other day. Way cool!

Outdoorsman

Great concept for a monster-hunting character.

Action, horror and folklore make this a winning combination. If you see Patrick at a convention, grab a copy. You’ll dig it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Doc Strange Hangs Out at My Bar

Of course he does. Because it’s an awesome bar.

Marvel Bar

Mind the blood.

Namor’s in there, too. And some tattooed chick I don’t recognize.

That’s a panel from Fear Itself: The Deep #1 by Cullen Bunn and Lee Garbett. Suck it, nerds.

You can get full details on the book on Cullen’s blog.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

To Fight With Prizes

The To Fight with Monsters one-shot comic written by Brian Keene and myself will be dropping from Antarctic Press soon, but there’s still time to preorder. In fact, if you preorder direct from Antarctic Press between now and March 8th 22nd, you’ll win one of the following fabulous prizes:

  • Call of the Wild #1-3 signed by Mike Oliveri (1)
  • The Pack: Winter Kill signed by Mike Oliveri (1)
  • Urban Gothic signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • Castaways signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • Blood Splattered & Politically Incorrect signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • The Last Zombie #1 signed by Brian Keene (5)

To Fight With Monsters cover
Click here to preorder.

To Fight with Monsters first appeared in the fan favorite (and now hard to find) collection 4×4, and is the prequel to my novella “To Travel Among Men”. A must-have for Keene or Oliveri fans, but a great read for anyone.

About the book:

When humanity rapidly devolves into a monstrous state, teenager Rick Donovan joins his fellow townspeople in makeshift trenches to defend their homes. However, the monsters may already be among them…

New post-apocalyptic horror from Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novelists Mike Oliveri (The Pack, Werewolves: Call of the Wild) and Brian Keene (The Last Zombie, Dead of Night: Devil Slayer) and Godfather of American Manga Ben Dunn (Marvel Mangaverse, Ninja High School, Warrior Nun Areala)!

Thanks for preordering, and good luck with the contest!

Update 3/9: The prize drawing has been extended until March 22nd! Get those orders in!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Digital Sniping

I have mixed feelings about comiXology allowing retailers to sell digital comics. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume their intentions are good. A spirit of cooperation with existing retailers makes sense, and it could be beneficial for all involved. It spreads awareness of the service, and it gives customers options for titles a store may not otherwise carry.

For example, a retailer might know of a book customer Joe Smith would really dig. Maybe that book isn’t offered through Diamond anymore, or is just sold out. The retailer points Joe to his comiXology affiliate portal, Joe clicks the links, makes the purchase, and the retailer pockets a percentage of the sale. Joe reads the book and is happy because his retailer is a cool guy who knows his tastes and turns him on to cool new books, and the retailer is happy because Joe’s going to come back and buy more stuff.

However, in structure it would be like a retailer setting up an Amazon affiliate shop. Sure, they’re retaining the customer, but they’re losing a lot of the margin. Pretty soon the customer starts wondering why they should go to the retailer at all.

This takes it to the next level. The customer now doesn’t have to wait for product, they just click a few links and the comic shows up on their tablet, phone, whatever. If the customer is cool with reading comics that way, then again, why come into the shop at all? Now the retailer has to work that much harder to retain the customer. Meanwhile, the retailers are helping build a customer base for digital comics. It would be like WebMD convincing your local family doctor to send patients there first. Not only do they not have to leave the house, they get instant gratification.

Again, I’m not saying this is comiXology’s intention, but there’s a reason indie bookstores aren’t selling Kindles and Nooks to their customers.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Ghost Rider Gets Cranked

I’ve just learned Marvel has handed the Ghost Rider sequel to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the guys behind the Crank franchise. After the first one tanked, I say why the hell not?

In fact, I think it’s brilliant. It’s like some Marvel exec just said “Screw it, we’ll give it to these guys. It’s not like they can make it any worse.” I haven’t even seen the first flick, but I’ll buy my ticket right now for Ghost Rider 2 if these guys have free reign.

Let me put this in perspective for those of you who have never seen Crank 2: High Voltage with a selected scene. I’ll stress here, this scene is not safe for work. I can’t embed it, so click here and enjoy.

You feel me now? I can’t see Ghost Rider interrogating a guy like this, but hey, he is a character bestowed with the power of Hell. Why not give him to a couple of guys who won’t be afraid to get him dirty? Sign me up. The only way this would be better news is if they let Jason Statham play Johnny Blaze.

I have to admit, as stupid as they are, I enjoyed Crank and Crank 2. Sure, High Voltage got really crazy, but think about it: how else could they top the first one? Where else can you go after you’ve had your main character nail his girlfriend in the middle of Chinatown and then dropped him out of a helicopter?

Incidentally, the best part of the shotgun clip is Statham’s expression:

Statham Grin

"I can't believe you're paying me for this!"

I don’t think he was acting. I think he just looked at the camera as if to ask “Really? This is what you want me to do?”

When I first saw that scene, and I watched him dip the shotgun in the oil, I thought “What’s he going to do with that?”

I expected some flame trick. Maybe an explosion. Everything explodes in these movies.

Then the pants went down.

“No, surely he isn’t…”

The grin.

“He is!”

I laughed and laughed. My kid came running to see what was so funny, and I had to chase him out of the room.

Anyway. I digress. Neveldine & Taylor, Ghost Rider. Sounds like a winner. Unless studio notes are involved. Then we may just have to hope there’s a wicked director’s cut with all the goodies restored.

(These are the kind of posts you get when I’m stuck waiting on software vendors and installs at the day job. I’m bored out of my mind, but too distracted or busy to get any other real work done. Like the saying goes: idle hands lead to Jason Statham shotgun buggery.)

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

To Fight With Monsters Now in Previews

The To Fight With Monsters one-shot comic by Brian Keene and I, adapted from our short story of the same name from 4×4, will be published in February by Antarctic Press and is in Previews this month!

Interior art by Ben Dunn

Stop in to your favorite comic shop and give them the following ordering information from Previews:

Page 214, DEC10 0723

The solicitation text:

When humanity rapidly devolves into a monstrous state, teenager Rick Donovan joins his fellow townspeople in makeshift trenches to defend their homes. However, the monsters may already be among them…

New post-apocalyptic horror from Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novelists Mike Oliveri (The Pack, Werewolves: Call of the Wild) and Brian Keene (The Last Zombie, Dead of Night: Devil Slayer) and godfather of American manga Ben Dunn (Marvel Mangaverse, Ninja High School, Warrior Nun Areala)!

You can also download a Diamond order form right here. Don’t have a comic shop near you? No problem! You can preorder the book from Things From Another World.

While you’re there, be sure to pick up a copy of Hack/Slash Trailers Part Two! If you need a little more incentive, check out what Paperback Horror had to say about it.

And if you’re one of my readers who just isn’t into comics, give it a shot! They may just surprise you. These are a pair of fun books. If you dig them, maybe then I can turn you on to Scalped or Parker: The Hunter and really blow you away.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Hack/Slash Trailers Pt 2 Preview

Image Comics has released 9 preview pages from Hack/Slash Trailers Part Two, including one page from my contribution, “Wallow in Death”:

Wallow in Death

Illustrated by Sean Dove

You can find the rest of the preview pages, as well as ordering information, at Things From Another World. Get over there and order a copy!

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.