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New Winter Kill Now Available

The new edition of Winter Kill is now available in trade paperback on Amazon. If you’re into crime and/or horror, I think you’ll dig it.

New cover! Oooh, ahhhh.

New cover! Oooh, ahhhh.

This edition of the book has a new format, a new cover, and an excerpt from the sequel, Lie with the Dead, which is due out in early March. In fact, I’m told my contributor copies will be landing at my doorstep any day now.

If you’re new to my work or my The Pack series, Winter Kill is the first book and this is the ideal jumping-on point. If you’re a digital reader, stay tuned next week for more information on this new Kindle edition of Winter Kill.

New readers can also get a taste of the series by reading the first The Pack short story, “Bravo Four”, for only 99 cents on Amazon, or by checking out the short comic “Big Bad Wolves” on Indie Pulp. “Bravo Four” takes place several decades prior to Winter Kill and is set during the Vietnam War. “Big Bad Wolves”, meanwhile, leads into the events of Winter Kill.

And on that note, expect news on the next The Pack short story in the coming weeks.

The only downside to the new edition is we have a new ISBN, and thus a new product page on Amazon. As a result, our reviews aren’t listed on the new page. If you’ve read and enjoyed Winter Kill, I’d greatly appreciate it if you posted a review on the new product page.

Here’s a taste of previous reviews:

These people have taste.

These people have taste.

Respect.

Respect.

In the end, it’s the same great book, it just has a new face and some bonus material. I hope you’ll check it out.

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 In the Dark Kickstarter is Live!

Horror queen Rachel Deering has put together a stellar lineup of creators for the hardcover horror comics anthology In the Dark, which has just gone live on Kickstarter! There are a lot of great rewards, and less than 24 hours in, many of them are going fast.

In the Dark includes my short story “All Things Through Me”, featuring artwork by Mike S Henderson. I previously worked with Mike on “Big Bad Wolves” for Evileye Books, and it was great to partner up with him again. “All Things Through Me” introduces Tristan Yates, a character with a unique way of helping the dead. If you enjoy his story, I intend to do more with him.

A panel from "All Things Through Me". Art by Mike S Henderson.

A panel from “All Things Through Me”. Art by Mike S Henderson.

Other contributors include Brian Keene, Cullen Bunn, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Taylor, F. Paul Wilson, Matthew Dow Smith, Christopher Sebela, Drew Moss, David James Cole, and many more! It’s definitely a packed lineup, and from what I’ve seen so far, everyone is bringing their A-game. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, and I’m looking forward to reading it myself.

In the Dark will be a full-cover, hardcover book and a gorgeous addition to any horror or comics fan’s library. Please support the project!

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.

Lie with the Dead Coming in October

It’s official: the trade paperback edition of Lie with the Dead will be released in October from Evileye Books.

Just look at that handsome devil. (The author photo's okay, too.)

Just look at that handsome devil. (The author photo’s okay, too.)

Lie with the Dead is the sequel to Winter Kill, released a few years back.

From the Evileye Books press release:

In book one, “Winter Kill,” Mr. Oliveri introduced us to FBI special agent, Angela Wallace, who travels to Minnesota to investigate the seemingly random killing of tourists in the state’s northern mountain region. There she follows a trail of intrigue that ends in a bloody firefight, leaving her lying in a hospital with more questions than when she opened the case.

Now in “Lie with the Dead,” Agent Wallace follows the trail to an abandoned town in Nevada, but quickly finds she is once again fighting for her life as she gets closer to the truth about the Tylers. Meanwhile, back in the Tyler homestead, rifts between the brothers is tearing the family apart, making old wounds surface and leading to an unforgettable book-ending twist.

It took far longer than I anticipated to finish Lie with the Dead, but I think fans of the first book will find it’s worth the wait. For those new to the series, The Pack from Evileye Books also includes the prose short “Bravo Four” and the free comic Big Bad Wolves (featuring art by Mike Henderson). The Pack is the follow-up series to the comic Werewolves: Call of the Wild I published with Moonstone Books.

Book 3 and the next short story are under way. More soon.

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.

FCBD: Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves page 1

“Big Bad Wolves” Page 1. Henderson killed on this.

Not going to make it out to a comic shop for Free Comic Book Day? No problem! Click on over to check out my short comic Big Bad Wolves for free on Indie Pulp.

Featuring artwork by Mike HendersonBig Bad Wolves introduces some of the characters from the first book in the Pack series, Winter Kill. In fact, it sets up the incident that kicks off the opening events of the novel.

If you’d prefer a shorter (and, let’s be honest, cheaper) introduction to The Pack, check out the short story “Bravo Four” for only 99 cents. Set in Vietnam, “Bravo Four” dips a little into the back story of the series, and it includes an extended preview of Winter Kill.

Enjoy!

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.

Reality Echoes Fiction

This alleged Bigfoot sighting video could have come straight out of The Pack:

The only difference is in my telling, the campers take a shot at Bigfoot rather than run away.

The video is referenced in the first chapter of Winter Kill as two Bigfoot hunters are hiking through the woods. Dubbed the KenWood Video in the book, it in a sense kicks off the events of the novel when the hunters make a much deadlier discovery.

The recording of the KenWood Video itself is chronicled in the short comic Big Bad Wolves (featuring artwork by Mike Henderson). You’ll see what’s really behind the Bigfoot in the video, as well as meet two of the main characters from the series.

Who needs transmedia when reality does the work for you?

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.

Dispatch from the Front: New Column Live

The good folks over at Indie Pulp asked me to write a column for their website, and I was happy to oblige. The first entry, “Darkness is Darkness, Blood is Blood” went live this afternoon. I discuss writers and readers breaking down the genre boundaries. Click on over and give it a read, won’t you?

 

Indie Pulp screenshot

Indie Pulp: Wallowing in the coolness of indie comics, books, and more

Full disclosure: the folks at Indie Pulp are part of the Evileye Books family, but you’ll quickly find they’re about more than just Evileye titles. Drop in and poke around for reviews, previews, and interviews from a cross section of indie creators.

Last year I wrote a review of Anthony Neil Smith’s Hogdoggin’ for them, and they also published the “Big Bad Wolves” comic short set in the Pack universe and featuring artwork by Mike Henderson.

If you’ve got an indie comic on the shelves or coming soon, drop them a line. Maybe they can help you out.

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.

Some Rambling on Writing

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw my mini-rant about developing an exit strategy from your day job if it’s not one you’re content to do for the next ten, twenty, even thirty years. My goal is, and always has been, to write full time, and after some problems and distractions this year I’ve been rebuilding the plan for that goal, including putting together the exit strategy.

Things are moving in the right direction. Lie with the Dead has been delivered to Evileye Books, and depending upon how much still needs to be rewritten, fans won’t have to wait much longer. For those of you new to The Pack, you may want to start with Winter Kill, which is only $2.99 on Kindle or $12.99 in paperback. You can even get a free taste in comics form with Big Bad Wolves over at Indie Pulp. Big Bad Wolves takes place prior to Winter Kill and features art by Mike Henderson.

Brainstorming

Gotta keep the magic coming

Also from Evileye, The Burning Maiden is due early next year. I’m excited about the lineup for this one, and if production goes well and the rumors hold true, we’ll see an e-book edition soon. Expect news of another Evileye anthology soon after, including yet another short story from yours truly.

Crime/noir fans may want to check out the latest issue of Needle Magazine. Folks have been very complimentary of my contribution, “With This Bullet”, and I plan to do more work like that soon. For a free taste of my crime fiction, check out “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” over at Shotgun Honey.

In other short story news:

  • Relics & Remains is still going to happen, but I have no news on it yet
  • I just sold “Dead Cache” to the anthology Cadence in Decay due early 2012 from Mansion House Books
  • “Bravo Four”, a The Pack piece, is undergoing final rewrites and I’ll have more news soon
  • “‘Til Undeath Do Us Part” is still waiting for publication in a zombie anthology
  • I hope to have publication news for a commissioned short featuring a pulp heroine soon
  • “Inazuma” is still available as a free download

Short stories don’t pay the bills, and sometimes the wait before they see print can be frustrating, but they’re fun to do and they help promote the big stuff. In the next few months I’ll be mining my short story and novella backlist to see what else I can get to you, too. No sense letting their bits rot away on the hard drive.

Moving forward, there’s a lot going on. In fact, it was my intention this weekend to put together the outline for the third The Pack novel and plot out another novel and a commissioned novella. Then the Christmas tree had to go up and I lost a ton of time putting plastic over our windows for the winter. Wonderful.

The third Pack novel will have the priority from here out. A huge part of the exit strategy is getting The Pack back on track. Both The Pack 3 and the novella are due in fairly short order, and the novella will be part of a Mansion House Books trilogy antho including Ty Schwamberger and Gord Rollo. Once they’re both turned in, I plan to start tinkering with that other novel, Sick Day.

Some of you may recognize that name. Yeah, I’ve been sitting on it a while. I’m seeing some opportunities open for it, however, so it’s coming time to put it to paper and get it into an editor’s hands. Contracted work will have to come first, but I still want this book to happen.

This, by the way, is the short list. There are two semi-aborted web comics I’d like to do, one of which I’ve thought about turning into a prose book or a novella series instead. A half-complete novel called Powerless may still have value. A trunk crime novel needs a rewrite (or I at least need to salvage the title for something else). There’s another property I’ve mentioned to one of my editors and he’s shown interest, but I have yet to put the pitch together because I’ve been so tied up with The Pack. Finally, two people have told me I need to try my hand at young adult work, and that led to a really solid idea for another project.

That’s the problem: I’ve got plenty of things happening that could keep me busy full time, but it’s still the day job that keeps my family fed and I’m stuck for a while. If I stick to the exit strategy, though, that will change soon enough.

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.

Welcome, Broken Frontiersmen

Many thanks to the crew at Broken Frontier for spreading the word about my free comic, “Big Bad Wolves”, hosted by Indie Pulp and illustrated by Mike S Henderson. For those of you just visiting me for the first time after reading Broken Frontier or visiting Indie Pulp, I’d like to take a moment to introduce the series behind the comic.

“Big Bad Wolves” is a prequel of sorts to Winter Kill, the first prose novel in the The Pack series published by Evileye Books, and it explains an event at the beginning of the novel.

Long-time Broken Frontier readers may recall when they first covered a comics miniseries called Werewolves: Call of the Wild published by Moonstone Books some years back. The Pack and Winter Kill are the follow-up series to those comics, and they feature the same characters. In fact, the second prose novel, Lie with the Dead (due next year), will tie back to events in that miniseries as well as Winter Kill.

Dubbed werewolf noir, The Pack features a strong crime/thriller element as well as traditional horror. Fans have reacted very favorably to the series, and I’m happy to say werewolf fans have been eating it up as well. There is another short comic in the can and more comics work planned, but the backbone of the series will be the prose books.

Stay tuned for more news on the third book in the near future. Thanks for reading “Big Bad Wolves”, and I hope you dug it.

If you’d like to check out Winter Kill, here are a few quick links:

Amazon Kindle
Amazon Trade Paperback
Barnes & Noble Nook
Barnes & Noble Trade Paperback
Apple iBooks

Winter Kill is also in the Barnes & Noble retail system and available for special order at any of their stores. If you order your copy through an independent bookstore, please contact me and let me know which one; I would love to thank them for supporting my 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.

Free Comic: Big Bad Wolves

Just in time for Halloween, Evileye Books is offering up my 12-page comic “Big Bad Wolves” via Indie Pulp.

Big Bad Wolves page 1

"Big Bad Wolves" Page 1. Henderson's art rocks!

Illustrated by Mike S Henderson, this short story explains the back story of an event in Winter Kill. Fans of the book will dig it.

If you don’t have Winter Kill but you enjoy this piece, then jump in while the series is just taking off! Book 2, Lie with the Dead, is coming soon!

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.

Preview: Big Bad Wolves

If you’ve read The Pack: Winter Kill (and you have, right?), you may recall the references to Bigfoot and the mention of the “Kenwood Video” by the hikers in the opening chapters. Big Bad Wolves is a short story in comics form that explains where that video came from and why the Lodge is crowded with Bigfoot enthusiasts. Consider it a prequel to The Pack: Winter Kill.

Following are the first three pages of Big Bad Wolves. The remainder will be posted to Evileye Books’ Evileye Reader when it launches, and will be included with future electronic editions of The Pack books. We hope to bring you more short stories like this in the future, offering character insights and brief glimpses of the history of The Pack.

Pencils and inks on this story were handled by Mike Henderson, who I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of in the future. The dude’s got talent.

Hope you dig the preview! Click each image to get the full size.

Big Bad Wolves: Page One

Big Bad Wolves: Page One

Big Bad Wolves: Page Two

Big Bad Wolves: Page Two

Big Bad Wolves: Page Three

Big Bad Wolves: Page Three

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.

So Here's the Deal

Under my new contract with Evileye Books, I’ll be bringing you prose and comics starting with the series The Pack. Book 1, Winter Kill, will be available on the Kindle on Halloween and in trade paperback shortly thereafter. We also have a preview book called Big Bad Wolves, a 12-page prequel comic to Winter Kill, coming out soon.

The Big Bad Wolves portfolio

The Big Bad Wolves portfolio

The interior art and cover image for Big Bad Wolves is by Mike S Henderson. We’re shooting for a blended supernatural horror and crime/noir feel for the series, and his use of blacks and shadow really conveyed the tone we wanted. Cover art for Winter Kill and Chimaera is by Dirk Shearer, and he will also be providing scratchboard illustrations for the interior of Winter Kill. Both of these guys have turned in some killer work, and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more out of them in the future.

Book 2 will be a graphic novel titled Chimaera, and it will be released next year. Exact schedules and plans are being finalized, so stay tuned for more information on that front. Beyond that I’m contracted to write at least one book and one graphic novel per year for Evileye, so this should keep be busy for the foreseeable future.

Winter Kill, Chimaera, and the future releases will be stand-alone stories, but the events in each book will be related. The whole series continues with the same characters I established in the miniseries Werewolves: Call of the Wild from Moonstone Books. It’s not essential that you’ve read CotW to read Winter Kill, but if you enjoyed that miniseries I’m sure you will love where I’m taking the characters.

Damn it feels good to get this news off my chest. I’ve been sitting on it a long time, and I’ve had to keep quiet through many questions of “What’s next for you, Mike?” Thanks to everyone for their patience and support so far, and thanks as well to all of you who have already responded to the news with such excitement. This is going to be a wild ride, and I’m thrilled to have you all along!

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.