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The Burning Maiden 99 Cents, Limited Time

The Evileye Books anthology The Burning Maiden is now on sale for only 99 cents!

The Burning Maiden

Get it while it’s hot!
Cover illustration by Daniele Serra

Editor Greg Kishbaugh has put together a great lineup including stories by Joe R. Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Cullen Bunn, Matthew Pearl, Mort Castle, and yes, even yours truly. 99 cents is a steal for this book, and the deal will only be available for a few days.

Make with the clicky before it’s too late!

Available for Kindle and Nook.

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.

Coming Soon

You will soon, at last, have some new Oliveri work in your hands.

First up, Evileye Books this weekend released a cover teaser for a new The Pack project, “Bravo Four”:

Bravo Four short story cover

I think you’re gonna dig this one.

I don’t have a firm release date as we’re still wrapping up some of the ancillary materials, but the true content of the piece is done and ready to go. Fans of The Pack will dig this one, and it will also be a good introduction to the series for anyone who hasn’t read Winter Kill (or, for that matter, Call of the Wild). As soon as it’s ready to go, believe me, you’ll hear about it.

Also, my editor had this to say:

https://twitter.com/ommus/status/219267387269201921

“That’s great, Mike, but what about Lie with the Dead?”

I’m glad you asked. Lie with the Dead is on track, despite delays. I’m wrapping the current round of revisions as I type this update, and then it will go back to my editor to kick around for the final draft. I apologize for the delay on this, but I still believe in this series and hope to keep it going for a long time.

In comics, I’m told this will be available in August:

Pig Money

Art by Jorge Fornes

When Greg Kishbaugh at Kaleidoscope Entertainment asked me to send in a short comic script, I was happy to oblige. The result is “Pig Money”, an 8-page crime piece which will appear in the debut of the A Dark and Stormy Night quarterly anthology. I’ve worked with Greg a bit through Evileye Books, and his biz partner Rafael Nieves has a long history with comics. Both are sharp guys, and I’m looking forward to seeing what else they’ve got up their sleeves.

I will, of course, supply purchase information when it becomes available.

Finally, I’ve been told The Burning Maiden will drop on Kindle in the middle of this month!

The Burning Maiden

Complete with a new cover illustration by Daniele Serra

Folks have been waiting for this one a while now. It’s had its challenges on the back end, but I believe you will find it well worth the wait. I’m very excited to be a part of the lineup Evileye has put together for this one.

Unfortunately I have no further updates on some of the other projects I’d expected to appear by now. Publishers have gone incommunicado, things have been canceled, or there have just been general delays while editors and publishers assemble the books. There are at least three more anthologies I was hoping to have in your hands by now.

More news soon.

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.

Stuff for Your Peepers to Peep

Evileye Books has just released the cover for John Urbancik’s upcoming Darkwalker, a beautiful, painted thing by Daniele Serra:

Darkwalker by John Urbancik

Click for the full scoop

John’s been working on this book—nay, this series!—for some time, and it’s good to see it coming together. I think he and the Evileye crew make a good team, and I look forward more and more to their expanding catalog. Right now I’m reading Cullen Bunn’s Crooked Hills, and it won’t be long now until we see The Burning Maiden available on Kindle and, soon after, in trade paperback.

Want to become an Evileye author yourownself? Now’s your chance: they are opening up submissions to The Burning Maiden 2. Guidelines available right here.

As much as I’ve become an Evileye junkie, I’m putting together quite a to-read list. Check out this trailer for Robert Swartwood’s Man of Wax:

Looks like a winner to me. Hell, it looks like a killer thriller flick.

More stuff to read:

All the Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith. I’ve been hooked on DocNoir’s stuff since I read Yellow Medicine. I plan to follow it up with Dead Money by Ray Banks, another title from upstart publisher Blasted Heath.

Shotgun Gravy by Chuck Wendig. I’ve been digging Chuck’s writing advice. It’s sharp and funny, and new writers should pay attention. Hell, even those of us who’ve been around at least a little while can sometimes use the smack upside the head. I figure it’s about time I check out his fiction.

Shotgun Honey. Throw in shotgun biscuits and you have breakfast. I hit this site every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for new flash fiction. Great little crime pieces, every one, and they only take a minute or two to read. Kent, Ron, and Sabrina bring the pain.

Throw in the hardcover copy of Sonny Barger’s Freedom: Credos from the Road I picked up to consume in brief chunks before bed, and this should keep me busy a while.

What are you reading these days? Drop a note in the comments.

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

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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.

It’s Official

I’ve just signed and mailed the contracts to The Burning Maiden. Trust me, horror fans, you’re going to want this one.

Burning Maiden 1

Burn, baby, burn.

Make with the clicky to view it in all its glory.

Also, it’s a snow day today! The Midwest got hit by snow last night, and we’re expecting even more today. Cullen Bunn posted a free short story called “Cold Snap” on his blog, and by coincidence I’ll be prepping one for you shortly as well. Mine’s not winter-themed so I guess I’m not as clever, but I think you’ll enjoy it just the same.

In fact, today’s all about short stories. I’m doing final edits on my contribution to The Burning Maiden and finishing another. Once they’re all out of the way, I go back to work on The Pack: Lie with the Dead. If the expected snow hits this evening, I’ll be able to work on it all day tomorrow, too.

Snow Days? Nah. I’m calling it Writing Weather.

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.