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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.

Restore From Backup Goes Digital This Summer

J.F. Gonzalez and I have signed the contracts for an electronic edition of Restore from Backup to be released this June from Lovecraft Press (news release here). Somehow that seems more appropriate for a horror novella drawing on our mutual IT experiences.

Also in the works is a reprint of the novella in an upcoming anthology. We’ve signed the contracts, but things are still in process so it’s still a bit early to announce any details.

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.

Unleashed on California

Ah, sunny California. Three horror writers visit and things go to hell the moment we leave. Not our fault, I swear. We did have a great time, though, and my only regret was not stuffing my Digital Rebel into my bag to get better pictures.

The tour officially kicked off Saturday at Dark Delicacies in Burbank. Dark Delicacies is a cool little store catering to horror fans, selling books, movies, and novelties. The iconic Frankenstein’s monster statue waited out front, just as it had on my first visit about eight years ago.

Which one has the better complexion?

Which one has the better complexion?

The signing didn’t start until 2pm, but we had folks coming in as early as a quarter after one. Several of our friends from the area showed up, as well as many long-time readers and fans. Brian Keene sold out of his books, and J.F. Gonzalez and I weren’t far behind.

Scribble scribble

Scribble scribble

I was surprised how many older books folks brought in, such as The Rising: Necrophobia, The Best of HorrorFind I and II, and even an ARC of New Dark Voices. One fan even had a limited edition copy of Deadliest of the Species (though he didn’t bring it), and asked what the status of the movie rights are. If only, right?

Keene, Schow and Gonzalez

Keene, David Schow and Gonzalez

We signed until people stopped showing up, then hustled off to a meeting. While we did make some time to hang out and visit friends, next time we’re going to have to make it a longer trip to give us a little more time. Early the next morning we jumped out of bed and onto a plane bound for San Francisco.

We arrived at Borderlands Books just as they finished setting up, and again we found fans and friends waiting for us. Not to mention Ripley the furry hairless cat.

She got the crowd -- and the table -- warmed up for us

Ripley got the crowd -- and the table -- warmed up for us

We did a brief reading to a packed store. It’s been a long time since I’ve read in public, and while I eased back into it, I pulled a pinhead move and read a different chapter than I intended. Whoops. However, the werewolf transformation scene seemed to go over well, and folks eagerly snapped up copies.

One seat left. I think Brians breath scared em off.

One seat left. I think Brian's breath scared 'em off.

We didn’t completely sell out, but the cold and rainy weather didn’t exactly work in our favor. I also can’t complain because a great review showed up in the Examiner while we were out there.

The Pack: Winter Kill is short, snappy, and about as sweet as a chewed stogie, combining elements of pulp horror, hard-boiled detective, noir, and cinematically fast-moving action. — L.J. Moore, Examiner.com

Again, I wish the camera had taken better pictures. Though it’s a 5 megapixel cam and does a fair job with movies, it’s rather slow and unwieldy with stills. The slightest motion throws it off, so most of the pictures came out blurry. The rest of what I felt worth salvaging can be found here on Flickr.

The next leg of the tour starts tomorrow at VisionCon in Springfield, MO. I’m going to set Twitter to post to the blog again, and hopefully it will actually work this time. I hate leaving all that dead space here while I’m out and about, but technology being what it is, I sometimes don’t have a choice.

Hope to see some of you there!

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.

Travel Mode

I’m making the final preparations for this weekend’s signing trip, which will include turning the blog over to travel mode. Assuming I have time to take pics and fire off some Tweets from the road, they’ll be showing up here in daily digests. I suspect I’ll either be thrilled with the crowds at Dark Delicacies and Borderlands Books or Brian, Jesus and I will be hanging out in a bar and wondering why nobody showed up. Or hell, maybe we’ll be at a bar celebrating the huge turnout.

There will be a bar in there somewhere, anyway.

Wish us luck, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there. I’m off to get my stuff together and maybe squeeze in a last minute Photo Friday entry.

For now I’ll leave you with an unrelated picture from this morning:

Hes coming for us all

He's coming for us all!

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 Unleashed Tour — Special Guests!

Just announced! Both Brian Keene (The Rising, Urban Gothic) and J.F. Gonzalez (Survivor, Primitive) will be joining me on the California leg of my The Pack Unleashed Tour.

Déjà vu?

Ack! Look at that gut! Right before I started karate.

Ack! Look at that gut! Right before I started karate.

Well, not really. Jesus (far right) mainly joined us to hang out at this signing at Comix Connection, and Coop (seated) won’t be coming to Cali, but we’re looking forward to hitting the road together. We’ve been friends for a while, and I’ve collaborated with both of them in the past. My collaboration with Brian, “To Fight With Monsters” (4×4), has long been unavailable, but you can still get your hands on the novella “Restore From Backup” by Jesus and I.

Come on out and see us at the following locations:

Burbank: Dark Delicacies Bookstore, January 16th, 2pm
San Francisco: Borderlands Books, January 17th, 3pm

January’s going to be a busy month for The Pack, but I’m excited to get out there and promote my work again. I’ll sign whatever you have, but please do support these stores while you’re there and pick up a book or two.

Look for additional signing locations in the coming weeks.

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.

VisionCon

So who else is coming to VisionCon in Springfield, MO, at the end of the month?

I’ve just finished most of the heavy lifting to prepare for the trip, which is a first for me. For most cons, I do the headless chicken dance the night before, only then realizing I’ve forgotten books or business cards. This time that’s all been taken care of, and Cullen Bunn and I should be rolling in Friday morning in time for the convention opening at noon.

I’ll have copies of New Dark Voices on hand, and you’ll be able to get them signed by Brian Keene and I. Brian wrote the introduction to the collection, which also features John Urbancik and Gene O’Neill. This book was just re-released in trade paperback.

I’ll also have copies of Restore from Backup available. This is a collaborative novella by JF Gonzalez and I, drawn in equal parts from our love of horror and our day jobs in IT. Jesus, of course, has since had the sense — or at least the balls — to go full time with his writing.

Finally, I’ll have copies of Werewolves: Call of the Wild on hand. I will at least have issues 2 and 3, and I’m hoping to score some copies of #1 as well.

I’d like to bring copies of Brimstone Turnpike, but I don’t think I’ll be lugging out a bunch of $40 hardcovers. If you have a copy or you can order one in time, however, I’ll be happy to sign it. Hell, bring along whatever you have with my name on it and I’ll deface it for you. I’m not hard to find at these things, and the VisionCon folks have even slapped my mug on their web site for your convenience. Here’s another hint: try the bar, especially since I’m told I can enjoy a cigar there.

I’d also like to hit Lambert’s Cafe and try these throwed rolls I keep seeing on cable food specials. I won’t forgive myself if I get that close to Kansas City and don’t sample some BBQ, but I guess it depends how loaded my schedule will be. I’m going on the convention’s dime, so I’m not about to go skipping out on them.

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.

2007: Year in Review

If someone were to ask me how this year went, my first reaction would be to call it a write-off. Then I got to thinking about it, and it actually hasn’t been so bad after all. Let’s look back, shall we?

I started the year by selling the German rights to Deadliest of the Species to publisher Otherworld Verlag. The book was pitched to retailers this month, and it will see publication early next year under the title Das Tödliche Geschlecht. I followed that up over the summer with another book sale which I’m still asked to keep under my hat.

Restore from Backup, my novella collaboration with JF Gonzalez, was released from Bad Moon Books. The hardcovers sold out on preorder, but you can still get copies of the trade paperback.

Moonstone Books published The Phantom Chronicles, a prose anthology of Phantom tales including my short story “The Servants of Set”. Moonstone is also the publisher of my comic book Werewolves: Call of the Wild.

I received word today that In Delirium II is shipping. This anthology includes a reprint of “Crazy for You” by myself and Brian Keene. This story previously appeared in Crime Spree. The book doesn’t appear to be listed on the Horror Mall yet, but I imagine it will be up for order soon.

Finally, I attended two comic cons — one large and one small — and did signings at two comic shops. I sold enough comics to pay for the trip at the small comic con, and I was well satisfied with the results of the large con and the signings. I also had fun, and probably picked up a few new fans to boot.

I’d like to have accomplished more, of course, but I don’t feel I should be complaining.

In personal news, I joined the Academy of Okinawan Karate in March and started studying Shuri-ryu, a style of karate. I climbed the ranks from white belt through yellow and to blue belt, and I’ve learned a lot of cool things. Between classes and home exercise, I’ve managed to lose 30 pounds and I feel better than I have in years. I’d have to say that’s the best accomplishment of the year. My class and workout schedule may have put a dent in my writing productivity, but I feel like my health improvements will keep me writing for years to come.

I joined an active Flickr photo group called 52 Weeks, where users post a picture a week for a year. I did fine for a while, but the last few months I’ve fallen way behind. I would like to have posted an honest week 1 and week 52 pic right now, but it’ll have to be off a little bit. You can, however, see my contributions so far right here.

Finally, I expanded my computing horizons by picking up a MacBook at work. I’m sure I’ll be talking more about it in the future (and I’m writing this post on it now), but this gets me closer to being a triple threat in desktop computing.

There are a few things I wish I’d accomplished or wish I’d done better, but hey, that’s what next year is for. Overall, I’m content to call 2007 a win.

Onward and upward.

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.

Horror Web Reviews Restore from Backup

Horror Web’s HorrorWench has posted a good review of Restore from Backup, my collaborative novella with JF Gonzalez published by Bad Moon Books. She has kindly given us 4 1/2 stars out of 5. Among her comments:

Where this gets interesting in afterthought is the style. It’s an interesting collaboration. Having read both of them, I would never put them together–but it works very well, as they feed off each other’s strengths and dilute the weaknesses. Smooth writing that effortlessly makes all those tales you hear about collaboration seem silly and over-dramatized.

There you have it. If you’re a fan of either of us, buy this 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.