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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.

ToC: Cadence in Decay

Editor Ty Schwamberger has revealed the table of contents for Cadence in Decay, an anthology coming early in 2012 from Mansion House Books.

Check out this lineup:

“Ricochet” by J.F. Gonzalez
“War of the Worlds Fever Dream” by Weston Ochse
“Unknown Caller” by Michael West
“Cacophony” by Adam P. Lewis
“Breaking Up” by Ramsey Campbell
“Dead Cache” by Mike Oliveri
“Patience” by Skip Novak
“War Is Over” by Gary Braunbeck
“Dialing the Dead” by James A. Moore
“Communication Breakdown” by Maurice Broaddus
“Terminal Point of Addiction” by Ian R. Faulkner
“The Christmas Caller” by Jack Ketchum
“Spencer Weaver Gets Rebooted” by Thomas A. Erb
“Tin Cans” by Jeff Strand
“The Talking Dead” by Tim Waggoner

There’s a lot of “holy crap” in there. An equal mix of my friends and guys whose work I admire.

I have to follow up Ramsey Campbell? Yeah, no pressure. Argh.

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.

Some Rambling on Writing

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw my mini-rant about developing an exit strategy from your day job if it’s not one you’re content to do for the next ten, twenty, even thirty years. My goal is, and always has been, to write full time, and after some problems and distractions this year I’ve been rebuilding the plan for that goal, including putting together the exit strategy.

Things are moving in the right direction. Lie with the Dead has been delivered to Evileye Books, and depending upon how much still needs to be rewritten, fans won’t have to wait much longer. For those of you new to The Pack, you may want to start with Winter Kill, which is only $2.99 on Kindle or $12.99 in paperback. You can even get a free taste in comics form with Big Bad Wolves over at Indie Pulp. Big Bad Wolves takes place prior to Winter Kill and features art by Mike Henderson.

Brainstorming

Gotta keep the magic coming

Also from Evileye, The Burning Maiden is due early next year. I’m excited about the lineup for this one, and if production goes well and the rumors hold true, we’ll see an e-book edition soon. Expect news of another Evileye anthology soon after, including yet another short story from yours truly.

Crime/noir fans may want to check out the latest issue of Needle Magazine. Folks have been very complimentary of my contribution, “With This Bullet”, and I plan to do more work like that soon. For a free taste of my crime fiction, check out “Tweet Tweet, Little Twat” over at Shotgun Honey.

In other short story news:

  • Relics & Remains is still going to happen, but I have no news on it yet
  • I just sold “Dead Cache” to the anthology Cadence in Decay due early 2012 from Mansion House Books
  • “Bravo Four”, a The Pack piece, is undergoing final rewrites and I’ll have more news soon
  • “‘Til Undeath Do Us Part” is still waiting for publication in a zombie anthology
  • I hope to have publication news for a commissioned short featuring a pulp heroine soon
  • “Inazuma” is still available as a free download

Short stories don’t pay the bills, and sometimes the wait before they see print can be frustrating, but they’re fun to do and they help promote the big stuff. In the next few months I’ll be mining my short story and novella backlist to see what else I can get to you, too. No sense letting their bits rot away on the hard drive.

Moving forward, there’s a lot going on. In fact, it was my intention this weekend to put together the outline for the third The Pack novel and plot out another novel and a commissioned novella. Then the Christmas tree had to go up and I lost a ton of time putting plastic over our windows for the winter. Wonderful.

The third Pack novel will have the priority from here out. A huge part of the exit strategy is getting The Pack back on track. Both The Pack 3 and the novella are due in fairly short order, and the novella will be part of a Mansion House Books trilogy antho including Ty Schwamberger and Gord Rollo. Once they’re both turned in, I plan to start tinkering with that other novel, Sick Day.

Some of you may recognize that name. Yeah, I’ve been sitting on it a while. I’m seeing some opportunities open for it, however, so it’s coming time to put it to paper and get it into an editor’s hands. Contracted work will have to come first, but I still want this book to happen.

This, by the way, is the short list. There are two semi-aborted web comics I’d like to do, one of which I’ve thought about turning into a prose book or a novella series instead. A half-complete novel called Powerless may still have value. A trunk crime novel needs a rewrite (or I at least need to salvage the title for something else). There’s another property I’ve mentioned to one of my editors and he’s shown interest, but I have yet to put the pitch together because I’ve been so tied up with The Pack. Finally, two people have told me I need to try my hand at young adult work, and that led to a really solid idea for another project.

That’s the problem: I’ve got plenty of things happening that could keep me busy full time, but it’s still the day job that keeps my family fed and I’m stuck for a while. If I stick to the exit strategy, though, that will change soon enough.

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.

Two More Gigs

What’s next after Lie with the Dead, you ask?

Good question. I just signed two contracts for work with Mansion House Books.

The first is for a short story in an anthology called Cadence in Decay edited by Ty Schwamberger.

The second is for a novella called These Hallowed Halls. The book will collect three novellas: mine, one by Ty Schwamberger, and one by Gord Rollo.

It’s way too early for details on content, but I’m going to have fun with both of these. Both books are scheduled for 2012.

Also, a reminder: Relics & Remains is due this month, possibly as early as next week. Stay tuned for more details.

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.