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“Bravo Four” Now Available on Nook

Nook readers, I’ve got some news for you: the first short story in The Pack series, “Bravo Four”, is now available in the Nook store!

Bravo Four short story cover

Come get some, Nook fans!

Werewolves in Vietnam. What’s not to love? New readers to the series will be able to jump right in, and fans will get a glimpse into the history behind the series.

As with the Kindle edition, the package includes an extended preview of the first Pack novel, Winter Kill.

All for only 99 cents.

Download and enjoy, my friends.

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.

When Evil Begets Evil

What if Aleister Crowley had a family? What kinds of things would that child endure? What evil deeds would shape his childhood?

What happens when that child lashes out against everything that’s been done to him?

These are the questions I played with when I wrote the short story “A Family Tree, Uprooted” for the anthology The Burning Maiden.

The Burning Maiden

Published by Evileye Books. Cover illustration by Daniele Serra.

The protagonist is a broken man. He’s endured decades of abuse and now, after hunting his family down one by one, he returns to the old homestead for one last confrontation.

The problem, of course, is this is a short story, and there’s a whole lot of background going on. The reader has to know what the protagonist has dealt with and why it drives him to revenge. The reader has to know how heinous the family is, and understand the evil underlying the whole thing. Exposition works, but it would just drag down the story.

I chose to use implied history.

Our protagonist has a lot of memories here, and it’s a place he doesn’t want to be. As he makes the slog up the hill toward the house, he sees things that trigger nasty memories. He feels the pain those events inflicted. He bears the scars, both physical and mental. By the time we reach the climax, we have a good idea of the ordeal this guy went through, even if we didn’t witness the beatings and the blood and the dark magic firsthand.

I’m not the first to use this device. I first really noticed it in Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber, but we see it in books and movies all the time. In its most common form, a character mentions something in passing, an incident or event, and we pick up its bearing in context. I think it’s a great way for writers to convey history without hijacking the main story with needless exposition.

For a finish, I dropped in a surprise that leaves the major action of “A Family Tree, Uprooted” open to interpretation. Some readers took it one direction, some readers another. Both picked up on the implications I intended, though, so I must have done something right.

Download the Kindle edition and let me know what you think. While you’re at it, you’ll get short fiction by guys like Joe R Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Mort Castle, Cullen Bunn, Sarah Langan, and Bruce Boston. Horror fans, tell me that list doesn’t have you drooling!

A full table of contents can be found on The Burning Maiden website. Stay tuned for news of the print edition due next year. As an additional bonus, the Kindle edition of The Burning Maiden includes previews of Evileye novels like Winter Kill.

Make with the clicky, my friends. 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.

The Burning Maiden Available Now

Hot off the Kindle presses is Evileye’s new anthology, The Burning Maiden!

Burning Maiden Kindle

Cover by Daniele Serra

I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, as Evileye has put together a killer table of contents including Joe R Lansdale, Cullen Bunn, Tim Lebbon, Sarah Langan, Bruce Boston, Matthew Pearl, Lindsay Faye, and more. My short story “A Family Tree, “Uprooted” will be in some fine company indeed.

Shoot on over to Amazon and download your copy today. Print edition to follow.

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.

“Bravo Four” Available Now!

Evileye Books and I decided to pull the trigger on the release of “Bravo Four”, and it’s available now for less than a buck in the Kindle store!

Bravo Four short story cover

Come get some

“Bravo Four” scratches an itch I’ve had for a long time while writing horror: what would happen if a werewolf got loose in the midst of the Vietnam War?

This short story offers a glimpse into the Tyler family’s history, and it’s the first of several shorts I’ll be writing to expand the series. It’s also a great jumping-on point for new readers, as “Bravo Four” includes an extended preview of Winter Kill. Whether new reader or fan of the series, I think folks are really going to dig this piece.

Please help spread the word! Here is a shortened link you can share on Twitter and any other social network or forum you happen to frequent: http://goo.gl/erx2N. Any click over to the Amazon page is greatly appreciated. Remember, writers thrive on word of mouth!

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.