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In the Dark Now Available for Pre-Order

The In the Dark horror comics anthology will hit shelves on April 23rd, but you can preorder your copy today with Diamond/Previews order code FEB14 0452.

Featuring 368 pages of horror!

Featuring 368 pages of horror!

In the Dark had a successful Kickstarter campaign around Halloween last year and will be published by IDW Publishing. The backers already have their copies reserved, and now preorders are available to the general public. Simply stop by your favorite comic shop within the next couple of weeks, give the guy behind the counter the FEB14 0452 order code, and you’ll get your copy in April.

Don’t know where to find a comic shop? Check out the Comic Shop Locator Service.

Congrats to editor Rachel Deering on getting this monster anthology funded and published. I’m looking forward to reading it myself!

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.

“All Things Through Me” Color Sample

I’ve gotta say, Mike S Henderson and Jordan Boyd are making my scribblings look terrific.

A colored page from "All Things Through Me"

A colored page from “All Things Through Me”

“All Things Through Me” is a short horror comic which will be part of the In the Dark anthology now seeking funding on Kickstarter. When editor Rachel Deering posted this page to Twitter, it quickly racked up several retweets, favorites, and excited replies. It’s good to see people as amped about this project as I am.

There’s a whole lot of talent going into this book. Back the project today! You won’t be disappointed.

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.

Relics & Remains Now Available in TPB

Have you been waiting for Relics & Remains in a dead tree edition? Today’s the day, my friends.

Relics & Remains front cover

Relics & Remains horror anthology

Edited by Ty Schwamberger, Relics & Remains features a great lineup of several of my friends. My own story, “Good for What Ails Ya”, leads off the anthology.

If you’d still prefer an electronic copy, it’s also available in a Kindle Edition.

Whatever your method of consumption, I hope you dig it, and please do leave a 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.

Relics & Remains Available Now

If you’re the e-reader type, the Relics & Remains anthology is now available for both Kindle and Nook.

The book trailer from the editor offers a hint about each story:

This is my first time taking the lead in an anthology. No pressure.

 

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.

Good for What Ails Ya

My short story “Good for What Ails Ya” will at last see the light of day on Halloween.

“GFWAY” will be part of the Relics & Remains anthology edited by Ty Schwamberger and published by E-Volve Books/Naked Snake Press.

Relics & Remains front cover

New publisher, same cover

I believe all of the original contributors are on board, but don’t hold me to that. Those of us listed on the cover are still there, anyway.

I haven’t received word on pricing, but it appears the E-Volve/NSP catalog is available on Kindle. I’ll look into Nook, Smashwords, etc., after the book is released next week.

Relics & Remains back cover

Congrats to Ty for putting together a solid lineup, and thanks to E-Volve/Naked Snake for picking up the book. We’ve been waiting on this one for two years now, and I’m looking forward to hearing what folks think of 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.

When Evil Begets Evil

What if Aleister Crowley had a family? What kinds of things would that child endure? What evil deeds would shape his childhood?

What happens when that child lashes out against everything that’s been done to him?

These are the questions I played with when I wrote the short story “A Family Tree, Uprooted” for the anthology The Burning Maiden.

The Burning Maiden

Published by Evileye Books. Cover illustration by Daniele Serra.

The protagonist is a broken man. He’s endured decades of abuse and now, after hunting his family down one by one, he returns to the old homestead for one last confrontation.

The problem, of course, is this is a short story, and there’s a whole lot of background going on. The reader has to know what the protagonist has dealt with and why it drives him to revenge. The reader has to know how heinous the family is, and understand the evil underlying the whole thing. Exposition works, but it would just drag down the story.

I chose to use implied history.

Our protagonist has a lot of memories here, and it’s a place he doesn’t want to be. As he makes the slog up the hill toward the house, he sees things that trigger nasty memories. He feels the pain those events inflicted. He bears the scars, both physical and mental. By the time we reach the climax, we have a good idea of the ordeal this guy went through, even if we didn’t witness the beatings and the blood and the dark magic firsthand.

I’m not the first to use this device. I first really noticed it in Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber, but we see it in books and movies all the time. In its most common form, a character mentions something in passing, an incident or event, and we pick up its bearing in context. I think it’s a great way for writers to convey history without hijacking the main story with needless exposition.

For a finish, I dropped in a surprise that leaves the major action of “A Family Tree, Uprooted” open to interpretation. Some readers took it one direction, some readers another. Both picked up on the implications I intended, though, so I must have done something right.

Download the Kindle edition and let me know what you think. While you’re at it, you’ll get short fiction by guys like Joe R Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Mort Castle, Cullen Bunn, Sarah Langan, and Bruce Boston. Horror fans, tell me that list doesn’t have you drooling!

A full table of contents can be found on The Burning Maiden website. Stay tuned for news of the print edition due next year. As an additional bonus, the Kindle edition of The Burning Maiden includes previews of Evileye novels like Winter Kill.

Make with the clicky, my friends. You won’t be disappointed.

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.

A Blast of Both Barrels

I can’t wait to dig in to the new Shotgun Honey anthology, Both Barrels.

Both Barrels front cover

Comin’t atcha full blast

I first appeared on Shotgun Honey last year with the flash piece “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat”, and when they opened up submissions to this anthology, I was more than happy to send something. They accepted my short story “The Wrench in Her Works”.

This anthology is packed with talent, too. Several of them contributed to the Shotgun Honey flash fiction, and several more are writers with a strong following in crime circles. As such, this book is sitting near the top of my reading list.

Shotgun Honey’s launch announcement features all the details, but in a nutshell, the book is available in trade paperback or electronically on the Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Both Barrels full cover

Just check out that spread

“The Wrench in Her Works” is the second short story to reference the Lucifers Swords MC. Their first appearance was “With This Bullet” in Needle Magazine, and you’ll be hearing more about them in the near future.

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.

Cover Unveiling: Cadence in Decay

The editor for the upcoming horror anthology Cadence in Decay has given us the green light to release the cover:

Cadence in Decay

Gruesome, isn’t it?

Cadence in Decay will be released in the first half of 2013 by Mansion House Books (UK). The theme of the book is communication, and in my contribution, “Dead Cache”, a pair of friends on a geocaching trip find some unexpected loot.

Other contributors include Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, J.F. Gonzalez, Weston Ochse, Tim Waggoner, James A. Moore, Gary Braunbeck, Jeff Strand, Maurice Broaddus, Skip Novak, Michael West, Thomas A. Erb, Ian R. Faulkner, and Adam P. Lewis. Quite a lineup of both vets and rookies, including several of my friends and some genre luminaries. Editor Ty Schwamberger has put together a solid book.

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.

The Burning Maiden Available Now

Hot off the Kindle presses is Evileye’s new anthology, The Burning Maiden!

Burning Maiden Kindle

Cover by Daniele Serra

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, as Evileye has put together a killer table of contents including Joe R Lansdale, Cullen Bunn, Tim Lebbon, Sarah Langan, Bruce Boston, Matthew Pearl, Lindsay Faye, and more. My short story “A Family Tree, “Uprooted” will be in some fine company indeed.

Shoot on over to Amazon and download your copy today. Print edition to follow.

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.

Coming Soon: Relics & Remains

I’ve placed a short story with the anthology Relics & Remains, due in March from Ambrotos Press. As you can see from the front cover, I’m in good company.

Relics & Remains front cover

Check out that sweet front cover billing!

From the back cover:

People have always been fascinated about the past.  Some even going to great lengths to uncover what’s taken place long ago.  But sometimes when people venture into locations that aren’t suitable for the living, bad things can happen.

That’s when these self-proclaimed explorers start to unearth strange looking, ancient artifacts and the cursed remains of the once-living. They think they’re going to be rich and famous. But, that might just be the furthest from the truth. To them, taking that risk is what it’s all about… until things start to go wrong.

So, for those of you that are into ‘finding’ strange things, here’s some words of advice…

Proceed with caution when digging up someone else’s Relics & Remains.

More cool contributors.

The book will be released in both trade paperback and e-book formats. I’ll provide ordering information as it becomes available.

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.