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DarkWalker is Here!

My good friend John Urbancik’s new book, DarkWalker, has just launched from Evileye Books!

Darkwalker by John Urbancik

Cover art by Daniele Serra

The book will be available for free on Kindle for a short time. The trade paperback will be available later this summer, followed soon after by Nook and iBook editions.

Congrats, John!

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.

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.

Get Yourself a Dose of Oliveri

Bio Photo

Are you ready to buy books from this man?

Got a need for a dose of Oliveri? Well I am to give it to ya. Here’s a roundup of what’s still pending:

  • Lie with the Dead. In stages of writing and rewriting and editing. People ask when it drops and I say “Soon. Ish.” Judging by my editor’s reactions, you’ll find it worth the wait.
  • “Bravo Four”. A short story. Set in the Pack continuity. When? Where? How? That would be telling.
  • “With This Bullet I Thee Wed” will appear in a crime magazine either the end of this year or early next. I don’t want to announce which one until I have all the details, but it won’t be hard to figure out.
  • I will have a piece in the upcoming The Burning Maiden anthology from Evileye Books. I’m really excited about this one, as I’m in great company.
  • I will have a piece in another hinted-at anthology from Evileye Books due next year. I don’t know a whole lot about this one, but one look at The Burning Maiden tells me it’s going to rock hard.
  • Relics & Remains is still late but I’m assured it will be released. I’ll tell you when as soon as I hear more.
  • Both a short story and a novella for a pair of anthologies due out next year from Mansion House Books.
  • A zombie short story called “‘Til Undeath Do Us Part” for an anthology by a publisher I’ve worked with in the past. It’s not been announced yet, so I shall say no more.
  • A prose short story for an anthology about an indie comic pulp heroine. Again, unannounced, but I look forward to hearing what folks think about this one.

Lots of dominoes falling into place. There are a few more farther out, still being arranged. Lots of potential for new directions and exciting stunts.

Stay tuned.

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: Writing Retreat Weekend

On the 11th and 12th, my editor from Evileye Books came down and we locked ourselves in the Mark Twain Hotel to get some work done. It’s a nice place, with a gorgeous library area for a lobby and and some well-appointed rooms.

Downtown P-town

View from the 9th floor, looking north along Fayette Street

We didn’t have a lot of time to take advantage of the amenities. We spent Saturday refining a few things, going over what’s been done so far on Lie with the Dead, and working through my plans for the next few books in the series. We nailed a solid timeline for releases and draft deadlines, and then I spent a few hours writing. At the end of the night (probably about 3am, actually), I snapped the pic above from my room on the 9th floor.

It’s just a quick snapshot, nothing fancy. Kit lens, high ISO, let the camera figure out the rest. I don’t spend a lot of time in downtown Peoria; most of what the family and I do is on the other side of town. It’s nice down there, though, and a lot quieter than I expected, even for Peoria. You can see I-74 on the right, running parallel to Fayette at this point. If you’ve read “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” on Shotgun Honey, you’ll know Ron drove down this stretch of highway on his way to grab Trey.

Sunday during the retreat weekend was all about writing. I pounded at the keys while my editor went through and did his thing on the chapters I’d already finished. The whole idea was to be away from the usual distractions, and I think it worked well. I’ve already put a lot of the other nonsense keeping me from the keyboard behind me, so this weekend really helped to get reacquainted with the work and get the book back on track.

Even better, book three is going in a whole new direction I think fans of Winter Kill are really going to love. To those of you eagerly awaiting Lie with the Dead, thanks for bearing with me. Your patience will pay off 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.

Join the Evileye Book Club

This week, Evileye Books announced their new Book Club. If you’re a fan of The Pack: Winter Kill and are looking for fine, collectible hardcover editions of it and forthcoming titles by Cullen Bunn, John Urbancik, Mark Justice, or Orrin Grey, you will definitely want to be a member.

How do you become a member? Simple. Just send your name, mailing address, and Twitter handle (if you’ve got one) to BookClub@evileyebooks.com and tell ’em you’re interested. There’s no commitment, you’ll just be notified when these hardcovers are available and one will be reserved for you if you choose.

Here’s the full lowdown, straight from the main man at Evileye, Mr Ommus:

One of the paradoxical effects of the digital age is that printed books are becoming both a low-margin commodity for the masses, and a rarity for those readers looking to find books that are well-designed and enhance the reading experience.

Digital technologies and the Internet allow publishers and authors alike to push more printed books through distribution channels—established and alternative alike. The result is a handful of some decently made books, but mostly a glut of badly made, half-baked ones, all stuffed into the same sardine can. Inevitably, the focus becomes the price rather than the content. For a publisher that cares about bookmaking and the quality of stories, this market is challenging, to say the least. Frankly, we would prefer not to be in it.

With that proverbial rock and hard place as our backdrop, we have decided to launch our own book club. The idea is to offer all our limited edition hardcovers and special offers exclusively to readers that opt in to the club. Members will receive exclusive discounts and access to products not offered to the general public, with products delivered directly from our workshop.

The first books in the line up are Cullen Bunn’s Crooked Hills (from our young readers imprint, Earwig Press), Mike Oliveri’s The Pack: Winter Kill, and volume one of our new annual anthology, The Burning Maiden, which features New York Times bestsellers and fan favorites T.C. Boyle, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, Matthew Pearl, Bruce Boston, Louis Bayard, and more. These will all be limited edition hardcovers, certified and limited to less than 250 units each. Information and offer details will be sent out in June to the membership only.

To sign up, simply send your name, mailing address and twitter handle to:

BookClub@evileyebooks.com

—Ommus

Jump in now, folks. You’ll be glad you did.

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.

The Pack: Big News

It’s a big day for The Pack, folks!

I have a title for the sequel to Winter Kill at last. Book 2 is officially The Pack: Lie with the Dead. Ever wonder how fast some things move in publishing? Here’s an example: the title hit me this morning in the shower. (I really do need a way to take notes in there.) I mulled it over a bit, fired it off to my editor at Evileye Books and a friend for a quick opinion. In the meantime I verified I had the grammar correct (lay vs lie can be a pain) and did some quick searches on the phrase. My friend and my editor both dug the title, we declared it good, and the editor wrote up the news release.

Boom, off we go.

I’m rather proud of myself for that one. I just wish these flashes of brilliance came a little faster and more consistently.

That’s not all the news we have, though. Starting today, The Pack: Winter Kill Kindle edition is only $4.99 for the holidays! How’s that for a trick-or-treat gift? That’s cheaper than a lunch, folks. Don’t have a Kindle? No problem! Download the Kindle app for your PC, Mac, or even for your smart phone! Buy the book cheap, read it just about anywhere.

Finally, check this out:

TPWK Limited Edition Cover

You know you want it!

You’re looking at a cover mock-up for the limited edition, signed, hardcover edition of The Pack: Winter Kill. Evileye and I are still putting together the particulars, but there will be exclusive content and some special surprises for fans. We don’t have pricing information yet, but we’re now recruiting folks for pre-orders.

If you have any interest in a collectible hardcover edition of TP:WK, then send an email to WinterKillHC@evileyebooks.com with your full name and contact information. Note there is no financial commitment at this time, but this is the only way to get on the Acquisition List.

Things have been quiet for The Pack lately, so it’s good to have some big news to share. Evileye has a lot more cooking, too, so be sure to check the Eyewire blog or follow their Twitter feed. For more information on these announcements, jump on over to the publisher’s announcement or just drop me a line.

Yep, life is good. Now I hope to have more info on a The Pack: Lie with the Dead release date 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.

Time to Knuckle Down

It’s been a hell of a day.

It started with a crashed server at work. It took a turn for the better this evening when I burned through two more steps of my karate review process, leaving me only sparring and ju ju undo to complete to earn Ikkyu, or first-degree brown belt.

Then it ramped up again when I got some good news from Evileye Books, which I hope to share with you in the coming weeks. It means more work, but that’s a good thing.

Now I’m all amped up and need to burn off some energy.

A belated song of the day:

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.

Introducing Deacon

Check out this video interview of Bernie Gonzalez, creator of The Hard Easy coming soon from Evileye Books. It’s a crime/noir series featuring a guy named Deacon, who sounds like my kind of character.

Like The Pack, Deacon’s tales will be told in both prose and graphic novel formats.

Yes, obviously this is coming from my publisher, too. But from what I’ve been told about the book and what I see here, I’m excited about this one. Evileye has a lot of cool things in the works, but this one may just claim the top spot in my to-read pile.

Plus Bernie’s good people. You’ll dig him.

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.