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Why Aren’t You Listening to The Horror Show?

When Brian launched his new podcast, The Horror Show with Brian Keene, I of course knew I’d be tuning in. Not only is he a friend and a hell of a writer, but he’s a former radio host and he’s a great reader and emcee at cons. It’s only natural that he’d find himself in front of a mic again at some point.

Let’s get a disclaimer out of the way: I’ve known Brian for 17 years. He’s one of my best friends on the planet. My biggest fear was I’d listen to an episode or two and be bored, and have to tell Brian that maybe he should reconsider his Internet radio revival.

Fortunately that hasn’t been a problem. Brian’s in good hands with Dave Thomas co-hosting and assisting on production, and they gel well in the first few episodes. The show moves along at a good pace, and they manage to avoid the awkward pauses and rambling asides that plague most rookie podcast efforts.

Brian’s also been flying solo for a few episodes, discussing the personal situations that led to writing novels like The Rising and Ghoul. His openness and honesty with fans in these episodes surprises even me, and I can see why so many people have been tuning in.

Of course Brian takes a few minutes to pick a few fights, but hey, it wouldn’t be a Brian Keene joint without poking a few trolls. That’s been part of B’s charm all along, and at times it’s stunning to see his fans step in line to march behind him. Fortunately for us, he’s one of the good guys.

My biggest reason for tuning in, however, is the way the show makes me feel. It’s made me realize how much I miss hanging out with creative people. I haven’t been to a con in ages, and The Horror Show very much feels like our conversations after hours in the bar. I find it energizes me, too. It fills me with the urge to write. Making keyboard time is tough for me these days, and the show often makes me regret the way I’ve filled up my schedule with other things. It’s something I’m working to change, but clearly I’m not working at it fast enough.

If you’re a fan of Brian’s or of horror in general and you haven’t checked out The Horror Show yet, grab yourself a podcatcher (I like Pocket Casts) and make with the clicky. If you’re a writer or someone who digs hearing about the business and process of writing, then you’ll want to tune in, too.

B, if you’re reading, good job, brother. I’m all caught up and ready for the next episode.

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 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.

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.

Lie with the Dead is GO!

After some unforeseen delays, Evileye Books and I have a release timeline for the next novel in the The Pack series, Lie with the Dead. From the official press release:

Lie with the Dead 3D cover

Lie with the Dead

“Lie with the Dead,” the second installment in Mike Oliveri’s werewolf noir series, “The Pack,” will be released in March, following the release of a revised edition of book one, “Winter Kill” in February.
“Lie with the Dead” continues FBI special agent Angela Wallace’s search for answers about the mysterious Tyler clan and the bloody aftermath of the shootout with gun runners that left her recovering in a hospital. In book two, the trail leads her to a deserted mining town in Nevada where, once again, she finds herself fighting for her life against unseen enemies hellbent on keeping secrets buried.
“Lie with the Dead” will be released in trade paperback and digital editions.

This has been a long time coming. I’m excited, 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.

“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.

American Horror Story

This Fall has been insane, but I’m finally getting some breathing room. I reclaimed some time to catch up with some television, and when I found out American Horror Story Season 1 made it to Netflix, I put it near the top of the queue.

I’ve heard a lot of back and forth about the show, but a number of people I trust have really enjoyed it and they sold me on it. It’s also a rare beast: a successful, episodic horror television show on a network which will allow it to play to its strengths and earn an audience rather than strip itself down to appeal to anyone too lazy to change the channel from the previous show.

In the first season, a family purchases a house in Los Angeles. The couple’s marriage is on shaky ground, their daughter has become rebellious and distant, and now the house they’re hoping to establish their last chance in is haunted. So far, fairly standard horror fare, right? Maybe even a bit cliché.

Yet this is where the show shines. No, the haunted house story isn’t new, nor are a number of the tropes sprinkled throughout the season. Rather than trying to surprise us, I think the creators concentrated instead on making these tropes their own. They told a good story with characters I cared about, and I enjoyed the pacing of the show and the way they gave us a little more back story at the beginning of each episode.

In short, they sucked me in. Maybe not on the level I enjoy Justified or Sons of Anarchy, but enough I wanted to know what happens next.

Alexandra Breckenridge as Moira

And then there was this.

My only beef, in fact, came into play during the season finale. I didn’t dislike the way it ended, but I felt a significant portion of the episode lost the tone of the season. Instead of the constant dread and suspense we were treated to all along, it became fifteen to twenty minutes of black comedy. It made sense for the ending they chose (and the episode did climax on a dark note), but I felt like they may have given the audience the ending they wanted instead of the ending the show may have earned or deserved.

Of course, I have a bias toward a good downer ending. Your mileage may vary.

In the end, I give it a solid four out of five stars. Far better than I expected. Unless you’re a hardcore horror snob, I say give it a shot. If you’re a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscriber, it’s already waiting for you to click. (And no commercials! Bliss.)

I’m also glad to hear Season 2 is starting over with a whole new story. Carrying on the first season would have been a mistake, as the problem with tropes like a haunted house is it doesn’t take long to milk them dry. Season 2, I understand, deals with alien conspiracies, and that should also fit nicely within the confines of a single season without wearing thin (*cough*X-Files*cough*). My biggest decision will be whether to wait until it’s on Netflix or rent it through Amazon when time permits.

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.

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.

Photo Friday: Kids Freak Me Out

I told my kid a little about Children of the Corn.

Child of the Corn

When you see it…

Yeah. I think I’ll sleep with the lights on, now.

And string a bunch of pots and pans across his bedroom door.

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.

Alpha Monsters

I should suggest this video to the Little Bird’s kindergarten teacher to help the kids learn the alphabet.

It would be easy. Just introduce a letter and play the movie. Would be a lot more fun than Zoophonics.

Plus it would give the school psychologists and counselors a chance to really earn their paychecks.

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.