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Win a Copy of TFWM

The good folks over at Dreadful Tales have reviewed To Fight With Monsters, the comic book written by Brian Keene and myself and illustrated by Ben Dunn. You can read the full review here, but here’s a blurb:

This story reeks of modern horror in its themes and intense, unbridled sense of… wrongness… if I may use that word. The subject matter at hand is brutal, and so far from what one would automatically thing this little story is about. It is, in fact, about monsters – but who and what the monsters are is left completely to the reader to find out. In fact, I’d say that that there are more monsters present in this than the average reader would admit. It’s just a matter of opinion as to how you would define the word.

As a bonus, the DT guys are giving away free copies of the comic! You can win one by purchasing your very own copy of Winter Kill and sending proof to DT. Supplies are limited, so act fast. For full details, scroll to the bottom of the review.

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.

To Fight With Monsters On Shelves Today!

Word is To Fight With Monsters has landed on store shelves as of today. Get out there and get yourself a copy!

To Fight with Monsters final cover

To Fight With Monsters from Antarctic Press, available now!

If your shop doesn’t have it in stock, it can still be ordered with the Diamond/Previews order code DEC10 0723.

Or, if they’re unable to fill the order, you can purchase a copy direct from the publisher, Antarctic Press.

I don’t know what kind of  store penetration Antarctic gets, so please do let me know if your store has it in stock. If you like, send pictures or add them to the comments and I’ll be happy to note it on message boards.

This comic was adapted from the short story of the short story of the same name by Brian Keene and I. It first appeared in the collection 4×4 from Delirium Books, and you can find the script in the upcoming collection Smoke and Mirrors from Cemetery Dance.

If you like this book, track down a copy of New Dark Voices, which features the sequel novella, “To Travel Among Men”. I hope to reprint that as an e-book at some point in the future, as well as two more sequel novellas to round out the trilogy. One of those is written and the other plotted.

Once Lie with the Dead is put to bed, I’ll be able to concentrate on getting all of that done.

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.

TFWM Has Arrived

To Fight With Monsters is out there!

To Fight With Monsters has arrived!

To Fight With Monsters has arrived!

I imagine preorders will be filled very soon. If you ordered your copy at a shop, please let me know you’ve received it.

Haven’t ordered it yet? Check out what Indie Pulp had to say about the book. Then you can jump over to Antarctic Press to order.

Hope you dig it!

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.

TFWM: New Cover, Preview

A new cover and six-page preview have been posted for To Fight With Monsters, the one-shot comic I co-wrote with Brian Keene. I just wrote a foreword for the inside front cover this week, and I’m told the book is on its way to printing. You can still preorder, and it should be in your hot little hands very soon.

To Fight with Monsters final cover
Art by Ben Dunn

I dig the new cover. The old one wasn’t bad, but this is a little sharper and cleaner.

If your comic shop isn’t stocking Antarctic Press, ask them to start! Antarctic also publishes Brian’s The Last Zombie and several other quality titles.

And don’t forget, The Pack: Winter Kill digital editions are only $2.99! You can get it in Kindle, Nook, or iBooks formats.

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.

To Fight With Prizes

The To Fight with Monsters one-shot comic written by Brian Keene and myself will be dropping from Antarctic Press soon, but there’s still time to preorder. In fact, if you preorder direct from Antarctic Press between now and March 8th 22nd, you’ll win one of the following fabulous prizes:

  • Call of the Wild #1-3 signed by Mike Oliveri (1)
  • The Pack: Winter Kill signed by Mike Oliveri (1)
  • Urban Gothic signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • Castaways signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • Blood Splattered & Politically Incorrect signed by Brian Keene (2)
  • The Last Zombie #1 signed by Brian Keene (5)

To Fight With Monsters cover
Click here to preorder.

To Fight with Monsters first appeared in the fan favorite (and now hard to find) collection 4×4, and is the prequel to my novella “To Travel Among Men”. A must-have for Keene or Oliveri fans, but a great read for anyone.

About the book:

When humanity rapidly devolves into a monstrous state, teenager Rick Donovan joins his fellow townspeople in makeshift trenches to defend their homes. However, the monsters may already be among them…

New post-apocalyptic horror from Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novelists Mike Oliveri (The Pack, Werewolves: Call of the Wild) and Brian Keene (The Last Zombie, Dead of Night: Devil Slayer) and Godfather of American Manga Ben Dunn (Marvel Mangaverse, Ninja High School, Warrior Nun Areala)!

Thanks for preordering, and good luck with the contest!

Update 3/9: The prize drawing has been extended until March 22nd! Get those orders in!

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.

Smoke & Mirrors

Cemetery Dance has just made Smoke & Mirrors available for preorder. This compilation of comic scripts and screenplays includes the script from “To Fight with Monsters” by myself and Brian Keene, as well as work from genre luminaries such as Neil Gaiman, Frank Darabont, William F. Nolan, Joe R. Lansdale, and Mick Garris.

Smoke and Mirrors cover

Coming soon from Cemetery Dance

From the announcement:

Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, comic scripts, and treatments by thirteen masters of horror and fantasy. This deluxe oversized book reproduces the scripts exactly as they were written in the author’s own formatting.

Whether you’re a fan of the massive talent in this collection or a writer looking to explore the script format in greater detail, you’re going to want a copy of this book. Click here to preorder.

Call this a late addition to the Book Roundup I posted last week.

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.

Book Roundup

With the holiday coming up, new releases coming, new products on the shelves, and deadlines coming up, I thought Id’ go ahead and post a quick roundup of the various Oliveri products you can get your hands on.

Spice up your holiday!

First off, The Pack: Winter Kill Kindle edition is still only $4.99 through the holidays. If you have a Kindle or are gifting one, stock it up! It will also be available at that price for a short time after Xmas in case you receive a Kindle as a gift. Of course, if you prefer hardcopy, the trade paperback is still available from Amazon and from Barnes & Noble online or via special order in B&N stores.

Evileye Books is still taking email reservations for the limited edition hardcover acquisition list. The way this works is you send an email to WinterKillHC@evileyebooks.com and give them your name and address. When full details of the the limited edition are announced, you’ll be guaranteed a copy. This will be a signed and numbered edition with exclusive bonus material I know fans will love. More information can be found here.

Need a little extra convincing? I picked up a few new reviews from Dark Intruder and Destroy the Brain.

Meanwhile, work continues on the second book in the series, Lie with the Dead, and the third book, Chimaera. I’ll have more information on those books in the beginning of 2011.

Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 is in comic shops right now. It includes my small contribution to a killer horror series.

Finally, To Fight With Monsters, a comic book adaptation of collaborative short story with Brian Keene, will be published in February by Antarctic Press. You can preorder at any comic shop with the following information from the Previews catalog: Page 214, DEC10 0723. (Get your order ASAP, as comic shops will be placing their orders with Diamond before Christmas!) It’s also available for pre-order from Horror Mall and online comics retailers like Things from Another World.

Stay tuned for more news in the beginning of 2011! I’ve contributed to some anthologies and am contracted to write stories for a couple more, and they should all start seeing print by the end of next year.

As always, thanks for reading. Please keep spreading the word so I can keep this stuff coming.

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.

To Fight With Monsters Now in Previews

The To Fight With Monsters one-shot comic by Brian Keene and I, adapted from our short story of the same name from 4×4, will be published in February by Antarctic Press and is in Previews this month!

Interior art by Ben Dunn

Stop in to your favorite comic shop and give them the following ordering information from Previews:

Page 214, DEC10 0723

The solicitation text:

When humanity rapidly devolves into a monstrous state, teenager Rick Donovan joins his fellow townspeople in makeshift trenches to defend their homes. However, the monsters may already be among them…

New post-apocalyptic horror from Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novelists Mike Oliveri (The Pack, Werewolves: Call of the Wild) and Brian Keene (The Last Zombie, Dead of Night: Devil Slayer) and godfather of American manga Ben Dunn (Marvel Mangaverse, Ninja High School, Warrior Nun Areala)!

You can also download a Diamond order form right here. Don’t have a comic shop near you? No problem! You can preorder the book from Things From Another World.

While you’re there, be sure to pick up a copy of Hack/Slash Trailers Part Two! If you need a little more incentive, check out what Paperback Horror had to say about it.

And if you’re one of my readers who just isn’t into comics, give it a shot! They may just surprise you. These are a pair of fun books. If you dig them, maybe then I can turn you on to Scalped or Parker: The Hunter and really blow you away.

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.

To Fight With Comics

Show of hands: how many of you remember 4×4, a book four rookie authors put together about ten years ago and is now a much sought after collectible? Hmm, quite a few. If you’re one of many folks who haven’t been able to read that book, I’ve got a little bit of good news.

“To Fight With Monsters”, the short story Brian Keene and I collaborated on, will be adapted to comics by Antarctic Press next year.

It’s tentatively set to see print early next year, but I don’t yet know who the artist will be. Antarctic already publishes Brian’s The Last Zombie, so I’m confident fans will be pleased with the result.

The sequel to “To Fight With Monsters”, a novella called “To Travel Among Men”, was published in New Dark Voices
some years back as well. Catch me at a con and you’ll get it for much cheaper than that $305.00 price tag on Amazon.

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.

Script Available Soon

I just received word that Cemetery Dance will be publishing a script collection that will include the comic adaptation of the short story “To Fight With Monsters” by myself and Brian Keene. “To Fight with Monsters” first appeared in the collection 4×4 from Delirium Books.

The book will be called Smoke and Mirrors and is expected sometime this year. It will also include scripts from Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, and many more.

Brian and I first adapted “To Fight” several years back, I believe for a possible appearance in Grave Tales that never came to fruition. The story hasn’t appeared in any form since its first publication, so if you’re one of the many readers who never managed to get a hold of 4×4, this is your chance to see what you’ve missed.

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.

Productivity Update

I get asked once or twice a week how things are going with my writing, and given it’s been a while since I’ve talked about things here, I thought I’d save a few emails this week. These are the most active and/or most asked about projects.

POWERLESS

I’m proofreading the existing material, which is about eight chapters long. There’s a lot of clean-up to be done, but not as many changes as I feared. About a thousand words will be excised completely, and then I’ll fill a gap back in and continue on with the rest of the book. I’m pondering a prologue as well.

The good news here is I have a publisher eager to see it. The bad news is it’s my German publisher, so my English-reading fans may have to wait a while. The middle news is I’ve got a project in the works with a US small press and, once things settle, he may be willing to take a look Powerless. That other project is still under wraps for the time being.

TO CONFRONT THE ENEMY/TO RISE FROM THE ASHES

The first draft of To Confront the Enemy is finished and one of my early readers responded with positive marks. To Rise from the Ashes is plotted but has not been started. Both are novella-length and I do have a publisher I want to send a complete package to. However, these have been back-burnered because I need to finish Top Secret Novella for the small press publisher mentioned above.

TOP SECRET NOVELLA

There’s not much I can tell you at this point, other than it needs to be finished before the Top Secret Book it is part of can be published. The publisher’s working through a few things which buys me some time (which is fortunate for my schedule), but I don’t want to keep him hanging much longer. This should have been done a long time ago.

MUY MAL

Poor, neglected Muy Mal. The sad fact is the pay projects have to be a priority, especially with at least one of those projects already under contract. No way I’ll finish by our June suspension date, but I’ll just leave it open until I can get the story of Troy and Delilah finished.

WEREWOLVES: CALL OF THE WILD

There are currently no plans to continue Call of the Wild in its current form, much as I would like to. I’ve been invited to contribute stories about the characters (including a few you haven’t met yet) in anthologies, but it’s just not feasible to continue the series. I’m feeling a lot of possibilities for the characters, though, and I have at least three more arcs in mind, so I’ve talked to someone about another possibility. Stay tuned for updates.

WOUNDED GODS

Wounded Gods is, in a sense, sold. It has a 90% chance of seeing print, though not quite in the same format originally intended. Unfortunately there’s not a lot I can tell you at this point, but there’s definite interest from a third party in seeing this sucker in print. As with Call of the Wild, stay tuned.

OTHER COMICS WORK

Another common question is “when is your next comic coming out?” Good question. I’ve got yet another project in the deep planning stages, and there’s interest in it as well. I’m glad to see a lot of people enjoyed Call of the Wild enough to keep chasing my work, but at the moment there’s not a lot to report.

OTHER PROSE WORK

As I type this, I was invited to contribute a short story to an anthology. I’m sure I’ll be taking the editor up on their invitation, but at the moment I’m exhausted and will crash out when this post is posted.

OVERDUE BOOKS

Yes, both In Laymon’s Terms and Brimstone Turnpike are very, very late. No, I don’t have any idea when they’ll actually see print.

SHORT STORY COLLECTION

It is to laugh. I’m flattered at the thought, but honestly, I’m not sure enough of my back catalog warrants a collection. I’d probably want to write all new stuff – or at least half new stuff – and I just don’t have the time to make that commitment right now. The closest to this will be the reprinting of “To Fight With Monsters” and To Travel Among Men with the aforementioned To Confront the Enemy and To Rise from the Ashes.

I think that about covers it. As always, thanks for the interest, it’s greatly appreciated it. Now I just need to get my sorry ass to work and live up to some of the expectations.

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.

2008: The Year to Come

It’s been an interesting start to the year already, but there’s a lot on the horizon.

For starters, Muy Mal is officially back, complete with a rockin’ new look provided by Russ Dickerson. John and Weston have already posted their first contributions and mine won’t be far behind. I’ll be wrapping up Down Vendetta Road and sometime this Spring I’ll tackle the next volume of Bastard Precinct. Our plan is to tie up all the loose ends on the site by June.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got two book releases due. The German edition of Deadliest of the Species, Das Tödliche Geschlecht, will be released soon, and I’m writing a novella to go on the back of a second book that I’ll be able to announce soon.

I’ve signed the signature sheets for both In Laymon’s Terms and Brimstone Turnpike, so we should finally see them on the market. It’s been so long for both of them that I’m a little worried they will no longer be representative of my current writing style (especially In Laymon’s Terms), but that’s just part of the business. I dug around, and it turns out I was hoping to see the release of both books at least three years ago. Argh. ILT contains a short story and Brimstone has a novella.

I actually made progress on the To Fight With Monsters front, completing To Confront the Enemy over the fall. To Rise from the Ashes is next, and the whole package will go to a publisher as soon as possible.

There’s a spark of interest in Powerless, which I’ve decided will be my next novel. I’ve written two other novels since Deadliest, but I’m really not happy with either and they’d just about have to be rewritten from the ground up. Given I’m more excited about Powerless and it needs the same amount of work, I may as well pour my concentration into it. At the moment, all I’ve written on it so far is printed and waiting for me to edit and reintroduce myself to. There’s at least one chapter that will be excised, one that will be chopped in half, and then I need to tweak the location and geography throughout.

Last week I sat down with a publisher and discussed several things. It’s too early to announce anything, but we had a great conversation and we’ll be getting together again soon. Our conversation includes Wounded Gods and at least one other project which I’ll slap with the working title The Shattered Man. I’m excited about the direction we’re headed in, and if it continues I’ll be talking a lot more about these projects soon.

That’s only the projects already lined up, of course. The next step is to build toward the future, to put together some more sales and make sure 2009 will look as promising as 2008 does.

On a personal note, I’ll be continuing my karate training. If I work hard, I could (and should) be a purple belt by the end of the year, which is two ranks from my current blue belt. I’m also going to try to attend more kendo classes at my school, and I may even explore aikido in the fall if a local community college continues to offer it.

I’ve officially changed the Fatty post category to Fitness. I think losing 30 pounds last year has earned me that much. This year I’m setting a smaller goal to cut 20 more. When the weather warms up, I’m going to try to motivate myself to try the Couch-to-5K-Running Plan. It’s a long shot because I hate running, but I’m realizing it’s the best way to both cut weight and improve cardiovascular health. I’m trying to think of it as a good way to improve my endurance for karate class and sparring matches, too.

I’m going to try — again — to do more with my camera. I consider myself an amateur photographer at best, but I really do enjoy taking and sharing pictures. I’ve still got a lot to learn about digital post-processing, so that’s one of the areas I’ll concentrate on this year. It’s also high time I start saving up for a good DSLR camera and dump my aging, point-and-shoot PowerShot G2. If I get active enough I’ll start a Photography category on this blog.

That about covers it. I’d say it’s more than enough to keep me busy this year, too.

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.