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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.

Photo Friday: Corona Ritas and the Scare Bear

Never did get around to posting last week’s Photo Friday entry, so I’ll tack it on to this week’s.

First up, an example of how the real writing work gets done:

Corona Rita

Yes, both glasses are mine. Why do you ask?

This is an improved shot from the night Cullen Bunn and I got together to chat about the writing biz and do some brainstorming. There in the foreground you can see my trusty Moleskine notebook. Nothing fuels a night of brainstorming like a few drinks, a belly full of tacos, and pencil in hand.

The Cerveza Rita, aka Corona Rita, is mighty tasty, by the way. Mix up a margarita, upend a bottle of beer in it, and drink up. As the level of the margarita drops, the beer starts to pour in. It mixes for a bit, until pretty soon you’re just drinking the last of the beer. If you’re the type of person who likes a lime in your Corona, I would suggest asking the bartender to drop it in the bottle before upending the bottle into the margarita glass.

This, by the way, was the small Cerveza Rita. (Hey, we’d just polished off a pitcher of the regular stuff.) They make a regular size with a regular bottle of Corona, and they make a large which is big enough for two bottles of Corona. Drink up!

This week’s photo is once again off the smartphone:

Scare Bear

Scare Bear attack!

Little Bird is so bad ass, she chases bears up tress!

We’ve seen this a statue a few times before, but this is the first I came up with this idea. Once again I’m reminded to carry my Digital Rebel with me more often. Sometime I’ll go back and re-shoot this with the Rebel, but we had fun with this oen and for now it stays in the set.

In other news, another hellacious work week has come to an end. I think I’m finally through the worst of it and I can get some real work (otherwise known as writing) done for a change.

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.

Pulse Check

Yes, I’m alive.

It’s been a long week, followed by a long weekend of travel.

This happened:

Cerveza Rita!

BRILLIANT!

I enjoyed it with Cullen Bunn, who deserved to celebrate because this happened:

The Sixth Gun vol 3

You must buy it.

My copy arrived from Amazon today. I may crack it open tonight.

The Cerveza Rita/Corona Rita followed a night of Irish Car Bombs. A night in which I intended to be a good boy, but B had a bad day and a birthday and there was much commiseration and celebration (and he got his ass handed to him by a waitress).

Like I said, long weekend.

Also, I saw these:

Brand new classics.

Homina homina homina

Brand spankin’ new with the 103 engine. I kept hoping the owners would come out while we were waiting, see if I couldn’t try one for fit, or at least hear them fire them up. Lenore’s a good bike, but her engine doesn’t hold a candle to the 103 and she isn’t made for long hauls.

My son kept eyeballing that Ninja in the right of the fame. We explained to him the error of his ways. “But Dad, it’s called a Ninja!” Some kids have to learn the hard way. We can only hope he’ll figure it out when he sees the insurance quotes.

We have three weeks of school left, so things will quiet down soon. Then I can get back to some real business around here. Photo Friday pics were taken, some writing got done, but for now I figured I’d best close out April with something on the page.

More later.

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.

Bending Genre to Your Will

The best part of ignoring genre is the freedom to bend, fold, mutilate, and spindle it to one’s will.

Consider, for example, Duane Swierczynski’s The Blonde:

The Blonde

What a killer cover.

It’s a taut thriller which happens to include nanobots. Is it still crime, or is it now science fiction? I’m sure some crime and noir purists rolled their eyes at the high concept while science fiction enthusiasts wondered why they couldn’t find it on their racks at the bookstore.

Does it really matter? Read it, dig it, buy his other work.

Then there are your genre mash-ups, like Cullen Bunn’s The Sixth Gun:

Yeah, I linked to Volume 1. Deal.

Bask in the glory. Bask in it!

A classic Western tale that happens to include horror and the supernatural, and at the same time kick all form of ass. It’s not the first time it’s been done (see Jeff Mariotte’s Desperadoes), but I would argue The Sixth Gun has gained a lot more momentum in a shorter time and it is already spawning imitators. Western fans may turn their noses up at the ghouls and golems, and some comics fans will wonder why they should bother reading about something as stale as cowboys.

Both groups would be missing out, because here’s the trick to both:

It’s not the gimmick that makes the book.

These are both great, well-written (and, in The Sixth Gun‘s case, wonderfully illustrated) stories featuring interesting characters and engaging plots. If these books were only about the gimmick—the high concept hook—nobody would give a shit.

I’m always excited to see more of it. While Sandman Slim got a little lost in the fantasy side of its fantasy-noir mash-up, I do want to check out the sequel, Kill the Dead. And I’m really looking forward to the noir-superhero blend Paranormal*:

Paranormal

Coming at you this summer

Once again, tell the tale you want to tell. Make it good. Don’t set out to write a horror novel, a science fiction novel, or a steampunk novel, set out to write a good frickin’ story in the setting you think best accommodates it.

Let the marketing department figure out how to sell it.

*Full disclosure: Paranormal will be published by Evileye Books, the guys who brought you my own The Pack: Winter Kill.

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.

Stuff for Your Peepers to Peep

Evileye Books has just released the cover for John Urbancik’s upcoming Darkwalker, a beautiful, painted thing by Daniele Serra:

Darkwalker by John Urbancik

Click for the full scoop

John’s been working on this book—nay, this series!—for some time, and it’s good to see it coming together. I think he and the Evileye crew make a good team, and I look forward more and more to their expanding catalog. Right now I’m reading Cullen Bunn’s Crooked Hills, and it won’t be long now until we see The Burning Maiden available on Kindle and, soon after, in trade paperback.

Want to become an Evileye author yourownself? Now’s your chance: they are opening up submissions to The Burning Maiden 2. Guidelines available right here.

As much as I’ve become an Evileye junkie, I’m putting together quite a to-read list. Check out this trailer for Robert Swartwood’s Man of Wax:

Looks like a winner to me. Hell, it looks like a killer thriller flick.

More stuff to read:

All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith. I’ve been hooked on DocNoir’s stuff since I read Yellow Medicine. I plan to follow it up with Dead Money by Ray Banks, another title from upstart publisher Blasted Heath.

Shotgun Gravy by Chuck Wendig. I’ve been digging Chuck’s writing advice. It’s sharp and funny, and new writers should pay attention. Hell, even those of us who’ve been around at least a little while can sometimes use the smack upside the head. I figure it’s about time I check out his fiction.

Shotgun Honey. Throw in shotgun biscuits and you have breakfast. I hit this site every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new flash fiction. Great little crime pieces, every one, and they only take a minute or two to read. Kent, Ron, and Sabrina bring the pain.

Throw in the hardcover copy of Sonny Barger’s Freedom: Credos from the Road I picked up to consume in brief chunks before bed, and this should keep me busy a while.

What are you reading these days? Drop a note in the comments.

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.

Photo Monday: Them Crooked Hills

In which we continue to play Photo Friday catch-up:

Crooked Hills

The boys get a jump on their Halloween reading

And what better way to play catch-up than to plug Cullen Bunn’s new novel, Crooked Hills, just released by Earwig Press. It’s billed as a YA novel also for adults, but I’m a couple chapters in and I’m digging it myself. It’s only $2.99 on Kindle, but you can also purchase it in trade paperback.

As for the pic, it’s a simple setup with the flashy thing mounted on top. Little Bird was supposed to be in the picture, too, but she decided she didn’t want to cooperate with Daddy and pitched a fit.

This week’s Photo Friday entry is done, so it’ll be on time. For reals. After that I may throw in some bonus pics to get caught up and have my 52 for the year. The writing takes precedence, but I think I’ll be able to squeeze some photos in and finish the year strong.

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.

It’s E-book Week!

Lots happening. Things moving are moving so fast, my head is spinning. Unfortunately, none of it is of particular interest to you, so I’ll move on.

Word is this is e-book week, and folks on Twitter are recommending a lot of great books. Rather than toss out a few random selections, I thought it might be better to provide you with a quick list. Here, in no particular order, are some of my recommended e-books.

Choke on Your Lies by Anthony Neil Smith
I’m reading this book right now, and while it’s not an action-packed thriller like his Yellow Medicine, it is a strong, sordid drama filled with tension and great characters. A steal at only $2.99.

The Deputy by Victor Gischler
I read The Deputy just a few weeks ago, my third Gischler title after Gun Monkeys and Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse. Fun, fun stuff.

To the Devil, My Regards by Gischler & Smith
Come on. Two great flavors in one small package for one dollar. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s high on my to-read list.

Quicksilver by John Urbancik
Hot off the e-presses, John brings his dark fantasy work to the Kindle for the first time. I downloaded a copy today. You should, too.

Blood Feud by Cullen Bunn
Cullen is one of those writers who is about to break out in a big way. A few formatting errors aside, Blood Feud is a wild ride through a backwoods Ozark town plagued by vampires. The first-person narrative by one of the resident hillbillies really  makes the book.

The Pack: Winter Kill by Mike Oliveri
What, you thought I’d get through a post like this without plugging my own work? Guess again.

The Fever Kill by Tom Piccirilli
Another book vying for the top of my to-read list. I’ve been reading Tom since he started writing horror for Leisure, and now he takes that distinct, dark flavor into thriller territory. The guy can’t be beat when it comes to creating atmosphere.

The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski
This is one of those thrillers that demonstrated high concepts and science fiction aren’t out of the question. I started with his Severance Package (which for some reason isn’t available on Kindle), then tore through his entire catalog. That’s how good these books are.

That should keep you busy a while.

Also, a quick update: the To Fight With Monsters drawing has been extended! Response has been good, and the book’s still not quite ready to go to press, so the folks at Antarctic Press have agreed to extend the drawing deadline to March 22nd. Get your order in today!

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.

It’s Official

I’ve just signed and mailed the contracts to The Burning Maiden. Trust me, horror fans, you’re going to want this one.

Burning Maiden 1

Burn, baby, burn.

Make with the clicky to view it in all its glory.

Also, it’s a snow day today! The Midwest got hit by snow last night, and we’re expecting even more today. Cullen Bunn posted a free short story called “Cold Snap” on his blog, and by coincidence I’ll be prepping one for you shortly as well. Mine’s not winter-themed so I guess I’m not as clever, but I think you’ll enjoy it just the same.

In fact, today’s all about short stories. I’m doing final edits on my contribution to The Burning Maiden and finishing another. Once they’re all out of the way, I go back to work on The Pack: Lie with the Dead. If the expected snow hits this evening, I’ll be able to work on it all day tomorrow, too.

Snow Days? Nah. I’m calling it Writing Weather.

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 Updates

I see gas prices are up again, just as I prepare for road trip 2 this weekend. Outstanding.

On the plus side, I’ll be heading out to visit the inimitable Cullen Bunn to help him celebrate getting old. I’m sure many margaritas will be consumed. I may even finish his new Kindle novella, Blood Feud, on the way down. Rednecks and horror… what’s not to like? Oh, and the novella’s pretty good, too.

Whatever the party plans, it’s inevitable we’ll talk business at some point. We joke around, share ideas, and I generally leave recharged and excited about writing. I plan to ride that high through to the end of The Pack: Lie with the Dead. That book is long past the intended finish date, and I need to put it to bed so I can move on to Chimaera and final prep for the hardcover limited of Winter Kill.

Speaking of Winter Kill, thanks to everyone who put in their preorder reservations for the limited hardcover edition! I greatly appreciate the support. If you haven’t put your name on the Acquisition List, you can still email the publisher at WinterKillHC@evileyebooks.com and do so. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here.)

There are other things in the works, too. Nothing solid enough to talk about yet, but despite the family health issues and the day job craziness, I haven’t been totally useless on the writing front. I fired off a cold short story submission for the first time in ages, I’ve got two more shorts due at the beginning of next year, two more in a slush pile, and yet another sold and waiting on publication. Short stories don’t have a huge return on their time these days, but if they bring a few new readers my direction, I’m happy. I also have two webcomics I’ll just say are in development. The artists are working through their own projects, and I’m still doing background work on one of them, but I hope to have more info on both of them in the coming months.

Stay tuned, too, for upcoming news on Restore from Backup by J.F. Gonzalez and I. We’ve signed contracts for reprinting it in an anthology and have even been paid for it. I’ll wait until I have publishing details before sharing the rest, though. I’m honestly not certain what the release date is on the book.

Which brings me to my next reminder: The Pack: Winter Kill is $4.99 through holiday season, which is about half the original launch price. (Can we really say “cover price” for e-books?) We’ve sold quite a few at that price when it was first announced, but I’d love to have more. If you know anyone with a Kindle, send them my way!

If you still prefer paper, then check out The Pack: Winter Kill in trade paperback. Amazon stocks it below cover price at $11.65. You can also get the book ordered through Barnes & Noble, either from your local store or via the B&N online store.

So, even though I’m not getting as much done as I’d like, I at least feel busy. When there are signed contracts and actual commitments, it’s a lot easier to avoid feeling like I’m wasting my time. Sure, some people say you have to love it to do it, to write for the sake of the act itself. But the reality is there are far better ways to put food on the family table, and it’s a lot easier to justify my time writing when there’s a potential for return.

And with that I best get some rest. I’ve got karate in the morning, a long drive in the afternoon, and it’s a safe bet Cullen will be pouring margaritas into my gullet tomorrow evening.

We’ll try to stay out of the evening news, but no promises.

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.

Pick Up The Sixth Gun

Missed picking up that copy of The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt I recommended for Free Comic Book Day? No problem: CBR’s Robot Six has you covered. They have the first issue in its entirety, as well as order information for the second issue in the series.

Let me tell you, these guys have a hit on their hands. Cullen says they moved over 850 copies at a signing in Austin that day, and fans who missed out are already begging Oni to print up some more. It’s a worthy follow up to their book The Damned, which itself kicked all form of ass.

I can’t wait to see what these guys do next, but for now I’ll be content to savor The Sixth Gun.

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.

2 Days to Free Comic Book Day

It’s Free Comic Book Day this Saturday! Drop by your local comic shop and pick up some free goodies. Not sure where you can find a comic shop? Use the zip code-based search on their site.

This year’s freebies include the first issue of Oni’s The Sixth Gun by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, a supernatural Western series. I’ve been looking forward to this one since the guys told me about it and Cullen showed off some of the artwork. I think Cullen just upped his game from The Damned with this one, and Brian’s really bringing his A game with the artwork.

I’m not ashamed to say I’m a bit jealous of this one. This book is going to kick some serious ass, and Brian and Cullen are only building on an already strong partnership. I’m already looking forward to what they’re going to do next.

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.