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The Pack Book 2: Lie with the Dead Available Now

And we have liftoff! The Pack Book 2: Lie with the Dead is now available in trade paperback.

Evileye Books is launching the title with a 10% discount on Amazon. Stay tuned for e-book information.

Lie with the Dead picks up six months after the events in Winter Kill, and we learn the Tylers aren’t the only ones who have secrets to keep.

Today my contributor copies arrived, too. Man it’s nice to have this one out there at last.

Better than Christmas!

Hope you dig, folks.

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.

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.

“With This Bullet…” Now Available

The new issue of Needle, which includes my short story “With This Bullet, I Thee Wed”, is now available on Lulu.

Needle Fall 2011

Come get some

Just click here and buy yourself some great fiction. I’ve purchased earlier issues, and they’re chock full of some great crime and noir fiction. They’re more like mini trade paperbacks than magazines. Highly recommended. I look forward to receiving copies myself so I can tear into Ray Banks’s Wolf Tickets.

If you dig “With This Bullet…”, then be sure to pick up a copy of Winter Kill, available on Kindle or in trade paperback. Supernatural noir is where it’s at, man.

UPDATE: Use the coupon code FALLBOOKS at checkout through 10/31 and receive 20% off your order!

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.

On a Crime Spree

Today, my flash fiction crime piece “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” went live on Shotgun Honey. Drop by and give it a read, won’t you? It’s already receiving some good feedback.

I also placed a short story called “With This Bullet I Thee Wed” with a cool crime magazine. I don’t want to mention the name until I’ve got the particulars, but I’m excited about this one because the magazine has featured some of my favorite writers like Tom Piccirilli, Anthony Neil Smith, and Ray Banks.

“With This Bullet” was originally sold to an upcoming Evileye anthology, but as the book came together, the editor realized the straight crime feel of the story didn’t fit in with the rest of the pieces in the book. I sold them another short story instead, then submitted “With This Bullet” to its new home. I guess I did something right with it.

Then, of course, there’s the crime/thriller feel of Winter Kill and its upcoming sequel, Lie with the Dead. Sure, there’s a strong element of supernatural horror in the series, but I think of them as crime novels at heart. Does this mean I’ve given up on horror? Nah. I think horror and crime, especially noir, share a love for the dark side. Swap the monsters with teeth and claws for those with guns and knives and you’ve got the same story.

Anyway. Check out “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” and let me know what you think!

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.

Shotgun Honey

Kent Gowran has just launched a new webzine for hardboiled flash fiction called Shotgun Honey. It sounds like a lot of fun, and the first story goes live Wednesday. Tune in three times a week for some noir goodness.

What can be accomplished in 700 words or less? This short video currently making the rounds on the Internet would qualify as flash fiction:

Hell, I’ll probably submit something myself. It would be a fun challenge.

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 Amish Twist

I stumbled into a showing of Violent Saturday on TCM last night, a bank heist flick starring Victor Mature, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, and quickly got sucked in.

There’s not a lot of action until you get to the actual robbery, but it does a great job of setting up tension by introducing relationships between many of the characters in and around the bank incident. It does have some 1950s film artifacts like the entire subplot involving the Martin boy’s fight with his best friend and the way the parents handle it (which, incidentally, sets up the climax), but it’s still a good flick.

The neat twist to me was the inclusion of the Amish farm family. The Amish show up from time to time throughout the movie, and we soon learn the bank robbers’ escape is going to be via an Amish farm. What happens there really helps make the movie work, and adds a nice twist to your standard bank caper flick.

This YouTube clip is pretty much the climax of the flick, so yeah, major spoilage if you  haven’t seen the movie and are compelled to check it out in its entirety. If you’d just like to see the final showdown and what happens with Ernest Borgnine’s Amish father character, then here you go:

It is handled very simply and you don’t see character development or progress taking him to this point, but hey, you can’t have it all.

The characters, in fact, are the real key to this movie. We don’t get a ton of depth with any of them, but given the physical action doesn’t kick off until the final act, the characters are all that keep us watching. Without them, there’d be no reason to watch anything but the clip above, and that would be the real crime.

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.

Random Violence

“Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”

I don’t know the original source, but my old man says it all the time. He’ll say it when we’re trying to decide whether or not to bring something on a trip, or when we’d try to throw away some old piece of junk we found in the basement. It occurs to me, however, that it also applies to self defense.

It drives me nuts when people talk about some act of burglary or violence and say “Oh, that will never happen around here.” I live in a quiet, rural community, and I hear it all the time. I also hear them say “People don’t even lock their doors in town,” and they mean it.

Imagine their shock when a couple teenagers looking for a quick buck went from house to house, going into garages and cars to steal money, CDs, and whatever else caught their eye. Imagine their surprise when two young men, armed and on the run from Georgia, were chased down and arrested in a field on the south end of town. My parents lived in a small, nothing-happens-here town, and the guy renting an upstairs apartment next to them kicked in their front door one afternoon. They were out shopping, and if they didn’t have a dog, the guy could have helped himself to anything in the place.

Any one of those could have escalated to violence. What if someone had been up working late on their car, or sitting in an adjoining room, when those boys broke into their garage? What if those two Georgia boys made it through the field and tried to hide in someone’s house? What if my parents had arrived home while their neighbor was still in the house?

Today I read about Brittany Zimmerman, a 21-year-old woman who was murdered by a stranger, possibly a vagrant. She was beaten, strangled, and stabbed and the police didn’t show up for 48 minutes. The dispatcher didn’t hear anything, so the police were no doubt sent on higher priority calls. If the attacker was a stranger or vagrant as the police suspect, then they may never find the guy, much less figure out why he did it. Maybe he broke in and didn’t know she was home. Or maybe he just felt like stabbing someone.

Not likely? Allow me to share one of the most disturbing videos I’ve ever seen (language NSFW):

This guy just attacks this random car with a crowbar — a deadly weapon — simply to demonstrate how bad he is. How would you like to be the driver? Just sitting there, waiting to pull out of the parking lot, maybe wondering what to do about supper, when bam, some maniac is beating the shit out of your car, and for all you know he’s going to pull you out the door and bash your skull in. 911 isn’t going to do you a lick of good, nobody around you seems willing or able to help, and you can’t even drive away because you’re trapped between other cars.

What do you do? Try to run him over? Fight back? I’d probably try the former first, but that’s not the point. The point is this guy wasn’t provoked. He had no beef with the driver and he wasn’t trying to steal anything. It’s about as random an attack as it gets, and there’s not a damn thing that would have stopped him or defused the situation.

This is one of many reasons I carry a knife. This is one of many reasons I am studying karate. This is the reason I would carry a firearm if it were legal in my state.

“Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have 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.

The Evil That Men Do

People sometimes ask me how I can write the things I do, or how I can come up with these ideas. I’ve been told I shouldn’t “wallow in darkness,” and people have told me they will pray for me so I don’t somehow get tainted or corrupted by evil. I’ve even been asked if I really thought people are capable of doing these things.

I think most of them have forgotten their history classes. I’m often astounded by man’s capacity for evil, and people have done things that I could never even imagine.

Take the Austrian man who imprisoned his own daughter in a cellar for 24 years, raped her repeatedly, and even sired 7 children with her, all while living a normal life with his wife upstairs. One of the children died shortly after birth, and he burned the body in an oven. Three of the children have never seen the light of day.

Tell me this isn’t the very definition of evil. Crimes like rape and murder are vicious in their own way, but I can’t imagine the will it must take to perpetrate something like this for over two decades. To keep one’s wife in the dark and make nice with the neighbors for all that time.

A big story closer to home is a couple who murdered their child through neglect. These people put their 5-month-old child — still bundled in winter clothing and strapped into his car seat — in his crib, then walked away and ignored him for eight days. The lead graf of the article spells out the results:

Neglected for eight straight days, 5-month-old Benjamin Sargent died from a combination of dehydration, starvation and sepsis, a toxic infection that was caused by “sitting (for days) in his own waste material,” Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll told a coroner’s jury Thursday.

Again, I can’t even begin to understand the minds of these people. How do you ignore the screams of a child for hours — days! — on end? I start to get nervous when my kids sleep for longer than usual, and these people sat around waiting for their child to die. I can picture them turning up the TV to drown out the wailing, wishing the kid would just die already.

Yet I’m the bad guy for thinking these people should get sent to the chair. I’m the evil one for writing about make-believe monsters. My soul is in jeopardy for confining the darkness I see in the world to paper.

I’ve got a good life and a loving family, but I’m the one going to Hell.

Lose the rose-colored glasses, people. They don’t suit 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.

This Is Your Modern World

An Indian man claims to have a magical leg. Got a medical problem? Touch it and be healed. It even grants wishes to those in need!
Why magic would be centered in one’s leg is beyond me, but the sadder part is people believe the guy. A few men believed him enough, in fact, to chop off his leg and steal its power for themselves. It amazes me that people can still be this backward.

Sadly, even people in modern societies are not exempt from the same stupidity and gullibility. Would you ever believe someone was a secret agent with the ability to task satellites to scan your body for medical defects and then dispatch stealth doctors to creep into your home and administer appropriate remedies while you were counting sheep? I sure wouldn’t.

Yet a Louisiana couple fleeced friends and neighbors out of nearly a million bucks using just that scam.

These are the people I have difficulty summoning up sympathy for. I understand not everybody is tech savvy, but this scam is right up there with orbital mind control lasers and aluminum foil deflector beanies. I can understand people falling for real estate investment scams; those at least make some semblance of sense before the perp skips out with your cash.

If you believe Norton Antivirus can protect you from avian flu, though, and you hand over wads of cash before doing your homework, then you’ve got it coming.

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.