Monthly Archives: November 2012

How Many Releases Are Too Much?

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I am amazed at all the great authors I find out there, whether through friends I trust suggesting new books, or stumbling upon a book that sounds interesting. But I’ve recently noticed two disparaging trends when I find someone I like and want to read more from them…

1. It is their only release, or they only have one or two short stories available unless I want to buy an anthology to read another one of their stories; or

2. They have fifty or more releases, and they write in multiple genres, and none of them are part of a series, and some of them are pen-names, and they run the gamut from children’s stories to hardcore erotica… 

The last one isn’t actually a far cry from an author I just recently started reading, although she wouldn’t want me to let the world know about her PG and XXX stuff being from the same person. But you get the idea. 

It got me wondering: how many releases become too much for a reader to dive into? Is there such a thing? Is it like me not watching Sons of Anarchy because I never saw it and don’t want to jump in now that several seasons have elapsed? I’m sure I’ll spend a drunken weekend watching five seasons of the show in one sitting, like I always do… but what about books?

I have over fifty releases if you look me up on Amazon (Hell, let me make it easy on you with a link: Armand Rosamilia on Amazon) . Damn, I just looked at it myself and I have 60 various items to purchase. I’m sure t-shirts, oven mitts, bumper stickers and thongs won’t be far away, but my point is… do I have too many releases for a new fan to dive into my work, to peruse my greatness (go with it, I have a fragile ego) and read my work and eventually purchase all 60 stories? 

Well? Answer me, damnit!

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“Tool Shed” Horror Novella from Armand Rosamilia

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TOOL SHED Horror Novella from Armand Rosamilia

 

TOOL SHED

When Michael Zaun takes possession of his late grandfather’s farm, he finds out he inherited more than he bargained for. Dubbed the “Tool Shed Murders,” the details of the deaths of two girls on the property, and his grandfather’s, seemingly by his own hand, are a little murky. Was his grandfather a monster or a hero?

The discovery of his grandfather’s journal awakens within him a new confidence. But what about the demon his grandfather mentioned? Is it real or just the ranting of a diseased mind?

With the help of his friends, old and new, Michael will find not only the answer to that question, but a new strength within himself.

 

1. What was the inspiration for Tool Shed?

The initial idea for the story began many years ago, when I was buying every Leisure Books paperback I could get my hands on. I loved the stories that Don was editing, and they were all classic horror tales. I wanted to someday write a ‘traditional’ horror tale, with a monster or demonic entity harassing our hero. I originally thought it from the grandfather’s POV, with the murders happening on the farm. Then I put it away and began writing a dozen other stories. But while reading The Rising, or one of Brian Keene’s zombie books, I came across a point where he talks about dead cows in the field. The line ‘The cows had exploded’ came to me, and I immediately thought of my Tool Shed idea. I rearranged the story a bit and began writing.

2. What other books in the genre would you compare it too?

I’d love to think my story holds a candle to classic Leisure Books work from John Everson, Keene, Douglas Clegg, and Simon Wood. But those books are amazing, and the period when Dorchester was firing on all cylinders is still my favorite books to read and re-read. I started writing it with them in mind, to be honest. Then, when it all fell down and burned, I decided to find another publisher that I wanted to be associated with. That was Angelic Knight Press. I was lucky because they obviously loved it enough to publish it, and I didn’t have it sitting at half a dozen publishers, trying to get sold.

3. Is it a series? Will we get to revisit the characters?

Kind of. There is a longer novel I’ve written called Chelsea Avenue, ‘starring’ the elementals as well but set in Long BranchNew Jersey beginning in 1987. I’m doing edits on the story and hope to get it ready to make the rounds as well very soon. It’s another story that is many years in the making, and another more traditional horror tale.

4. What made you step away from the zombies that populate some of your other writing?

I never set out to be known as a zombie author. I wanted to write horror stories, period. When I wrote Highway To Hell it was only my second zombie story, after the flash fiction piece “Anything But Luck” starring Darlene Bobich (who has been my main character in all the Dying Days zombie stories) and I thought I wouldn’t be writing too many more. Wow, was I wrong. The zombie stories struck a chord with readers, and I still find myself adding more and more to the Dying Days universe. But I still write horror stories, and just released a print horror short story collection, Skulls And Bones, that contains nine stories and none of them are zombies. I swear.

5. The main character, Michael, is a large man. No chiseled abs or buff physique there. And yet, he’s basically the hero. Why write him that way?

I’m a big guy, pushing 300 lbs. I can relate to the character and his physical limitations, although I’d like to think I’m in better shape than Michael. I didn’t want a Vin Diesel He-man in the story. I wanted a group of normal people, and even his best friend is more geek than anything. Characters that are relatable to a reader, instead of buff male strippers hanging out with super-hot chicks. I only do that in my real life.

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he eats too much, drinks too much, and doesn’t worry about the impending zombie apocalypse. And it is coming. He is the author of many, many stories and novellas (which are all awesome… seriously!), and his Dying Days zombie series is pretty cool, too. He loves talking to fans and friends about horror, zombies, Boston Red Sox and Heavy Metal music. Feel free to e-mail him at armandrosamilia@gmail.com or visit his blog at http://armandrosamilia.com. He also loves speaking in third person.

The Rest Of 2012 And Goals

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I know, I know… I’ve been ignoring this blog like mad lately, only reblogging some killer posts I read elsewhere. But I’ve been really busy, I swear… you’ve seen all my Foursquare check-ins at bars and eateries. I’m busy, and getting fatter with each meal. Anyway…

I sat down this morning and tried to map out some kind of game plan for the rest of this year, which is only about 5 or 6 weeks to go. What do I hope to accomplish in that time? What stories can I get done?

My immediate goal is to stop eating out almost every night and pissing through money like it’s water. Or pee. Whichever analogy works for you. I’ve been quite blessed with this year’s eBook and print sales, and releases by Hobbes End Publishing with the Miami Spy Games has gotten me some great sales as well. With my horror novella Tool Shed coming out on Monday November 26th, I am hoping to keep the ball rolling with releases with great small press publishers. 

So… let’s list a few stories/novellas/novels I need to finish up in the next few weeks, and then we’ll see where I stand come New Years. Or not. If you’re bored already, go read something else. I’ll wait. 

OK, for the few that are still with me (thanks, mom!)…

1. I turned in Part 7 of Miami Spy Games this week. The goal is 13 of them, and then the long-term goal is to do another 13 of them… and then another 13… you get the idea. But in order to finish the first series by New years, I need to finish about one 7,500 word story per week. That seems easy enough… 

2. “Cabal”, the third story in the Keyport Cthulhu series, really really really needs to be finished. I’m actually about halfway there with 3,750 words, so I might work this over a weekend and get it finished. And then start in on the last two stories, “Dagon” and “Evil”. Again, easy enough…

3. My Chelsea Avenue novel (65,000 words) is languishing halfway through an edit, and I’d love to finish it and get it shopped to a publisher in the new year. I need to find the time to make this a priority. But editing your work is akin to pulling your own hair out. I’m short on hair right now. 

4. There are several Dying Days zombie projects to finish… First, Dying Days: The Siege Of European Village I’m co-authoring with author Tim Baker is flying along nicely. We’ll actually be writing a large chunk of it today, so I’m happy. We’re about 13,500 words into it and our goal is to have it completed, edited and for sale by Christmas. Again, easy enough… 

5. Dying Days: Origins, featuring our favorite fiery redhead Tosha Shorb, needs to be finished as well. I’m only about 8,000 words into it in a planned 25,000 word story, so I need to make up some ground. I’d love to have this out in early 2013 and then start on the next one, Dying Days: Origins 2, featuring David Monsour. 

6. Dying Days 3… yes, there will be a third installment. I already have the basic story idea in my head and my goal is to write at least something on it before the year ends so I feel better about myself. It is, obviously, all about my feelings. 

7. Dying Days Collection… I am planning on putting Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer, Dying Days, Dying Days 2 and Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days together in one big eBook release for the holidays. It will have a nice price to it and maybe some exclusive content or something. Who knows. Again, it is just about editing and putting it together. Again, easy enough…

I want to thank you for the ride we’ve taken together in the last couple of years… and I hope you keep reading my work and my blog and other great indie authors out there. 

Armand Rosamilia

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The Moore Couple Watch “The Walking Dead”…

The Crimes of Heaven and Hell

Like many couples my wife and I enjoy kicking back with a miniseries now and then. Usually our schedule only permits this a few times a week. Our choices can be eclectic, though they tend to hover around nerdy historical dramas à la Masterpiece Theatre as well as science fiction or the occasional selection of dark thriller/crime noir. 

But lately our choice has been The Walking Dead. Now, although Sarah is not faint-hearted, horror is still not usually the preferred genre when we’re watching something together. On top of that, even though I am a horror fan myself, I don’t usually pick zombie stories. It’s not that I don’t like zombie fiction, rather that I just naturally tend toward vampires, demons, ghosts and werewolves when it comes to the conventions of supernatural monstrosities. So for me, zombies have to be particularly well wrought, like in The Rising, or Flesh…

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“Skulls And Bones” Is Now In Print!

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It’s here! The Skulls And Bones horror short story collection, and it’s only $6.99

Nine tales of Horror from author Armand Rosamilia, including “Memorial Site”, “Vacation’s End”, “1920 Gallery Card #4”, “Stairs To The Ocean”, “Beastie”, “Crow Mill Bridge”, “Rainforest of Bones”, “South American Death Cap”, and “The Devil and The Cenote” plus a preview of the urban horror novella “Death Metal”

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Tim Baker’s Twilight Zone Writing Moment

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This is a strange post—so strange that I’m not even sure where to begin.

I guess it started about two weeks ago…

I was working on my next novel Unfinished Business and the scene I was writing involved my antagonist, a shady nightclub owner named Mike McMahon, and one of my protagonists, a detective named Dave Steere. In the scene the two men are having a discussion and in the course of the conversation it is revealed that they have a history that goes beyond “cop and robber”. In fact it goes all the way back to their youth.

This is a good time to talk about names…

Obviously every character in a novel needs a name and naturally those names must be chosen by the author.

I can’t speak for other authors, but I think I spend more time than needed in choosing names for my characters. There are…

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“Bones And Skulls” Print Release Coming Soon!

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m trying to get as many new releases out for the shopping deluge… I’ve been asked a couple of times about some of my eBook-only releases and when they will be available in print, if ever.

With that in mind, I decided to take two of my (formerly) eBook-only releases, the Skulls short story collection (6 tales) as well as Bones. Death. Cenote (3 tales) and combine them into one Print release. I call it (amazingly) Bones And Skulls. I also include a preview of my thriller novella Death Metal as well as some notes on the individual short stories included. And it is priced at only $6.99. Great stocking stuffer if you want to freak someone out. 

Below is the cover for the eBook version of Bones And Skulls. It contains the horror stories “Memorial Site”, “Vacation’s End”, “1920 Gallery Card #4”, “Stairs To The Ocean”, “Beastie”, “Crow Mill Bridge”, “Rainforest of Bones”, “South American Death Cap” and “The Devil and The Cenote”, plus a preview of the thriller horror novella “Death Metal.” The Print cover and ordering information will be coming soon.