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New Edition: Restore from Backup

New edition, new cover

Thanks to the fine folks at Crossroad PressRestore from Backup has been re-released with a new cover and new content! You can order now in both trade paperback and Kindle. This edition includes the short story “Algorithms of the Heart,” which takes place in the same world and was previously published in the J.F. Gonzalez tribute anthology Clickers Forever.

I’m glad to see this one in print again, partly because I feel it’s important to keep Jesus’s work available, but also because it was so much fun to write with him. Collaborations can be tough, even between friends, but from the time we first started kicking this idea around to its first publication with Delirium, things went smooth as silk.

As I proofread Restore for this edition, it was tough for me to pick out which portions Jesus wrote and which were mine. A turn of phrase might jump out at me here and there, but we both took turns massaging this one and I think it helped provide a unified front, of sorts.

We had discussed doing another, but we were both juggling other projects and life in general, and unfortunately we never got around to working out an idea. As such, when Brian invited me to contribute to Clickers Forever, I knew my piece had to be related to Restore from Backup.

This one’s for you, Jesus. We miss you, brother.

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.

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.

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.

Buy My Shtuff

Ready for a Michael Oliveri fix? Excellent. Here’s a couple easy ways to get your fix.

Jack Haringa Must Die!
Available here and on Amazon. Features a piece of flash fiction by yours truly. Plus it benefits the Shirley Jackson Awards.

Restore From Backup
Plenty of copies still available directly from Bad Moon Books. This collaborative novella with JF Gonzalez is a blend of supernatural horror and dark sci-fi. If you like The Outer Limits, we’re confident you’ll like our novella.

The Phantom Chronicles
An anthology of short stories featuring the Ghost Who Walks, published by Moonstone Books. Mine pits The Phantom against snake cultists bent on human sacrifice. You can buy it from Amazon or, if you’ll be at Wizard World Chicago next week, you can pick it up from Moonstone at exhibitor booth 950 in the main exhibitor hall. Track me down on the show floor or at the Moonstone booth and I’ll be happy to sign it for you (as well as anything else you may have brought along).

Werewolves: Call of the Wild
If you’ll be at Wizard World next week, chances are Moonstone will have all three issues bundled cheap! As with The Phantom Chronicles, I’ll be more than happy to sign your copies.

Das Todliche Geschlecht
The book is now officially available through Amazon.de. This is the German-language edition of Deadliest of the Species.

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 Bad Moon Bundle

Bad Moon Books is offering Restore from Backup in the Bad Moon Bundle, a collection of their first six publications being offered for $95.00.

If you’re a Muy Mal fan and read John Urbancik‘s work over there, you should know that the Bad Moon Bundle includes two novellas by John, “House of Shadow & Ash” and “Wings of the Butterfly”.

Good stuff, Maynard.

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.

New RFB Review

Jeff Burk posted a review of Restore from Backup on his blog.

An excerpt:

Restore from Backup is a refreshingly original and thrilling story, combining the occult, conspiracy theories, and cubicle work. In a time in which the horror genre is dominated by serial killers and zombies, a story featuring the Jewish Kabbalah and computer programming is a welcome deviation. Gonzalez and Oliveri have delivered a hard-to-find gift, a truly original horror story.

You’ve ordered your copy, right?

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.