Category Archives: Cthulhu

Guest Post: Jasper Bark

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OWN A HOUSE IN H. P. LOVECRAFT’S INNSMOUTH

 

Of all the locations created by H. P. Lovecraft, none strike such an ominous a note as the ancient town of Innsmouth.

 

Until now, the only way to visit Innsmouth was through Lovecraft’s fiction, but thanks to an innovative crowd-funding campaign, you can actually purchase property in horror’s most legendary town. That’s right you can now buy and own a house in Innsmouth and it won’t break the bank, (though it may cost your soul).

 

As part of the crowd-funding campaign for the graphic novel Beyond Lovecraft, multiple award winning artist Rob Moran is building a huge scale diorama of Innsmouth, based on extensive research. As one of the campaign’s perks, Rob will build a select group of contributors a scale model of a house at one of Innsmouth’s prime locations. The house will come complete with a fully illustrated sales brochure, a deed of sale and a special letter of thanks from the town’s leading realtor.

 

And this is only one of the unique perks and one-of-a-kind experiences that this Indiegogo campaign is offering contributors.

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Beyond Lovecraft is a portmanteau horror story that draws directly on the work of H. P. Lovecraft. Drawn by Rob Moran, and written by award winning horror writer Jasper Bark, Beyond Lovecraft is set in the apocalyptic aftermath of the return of the great god Cthulhu. A scattered band of survivors scratch a bare living, hiding in the shadows of their lost world. A tiny group of scientist from Miskatonic university find a way to access the fabled Library of the Yith. An alien archive that contains the entire history of the universe, first mentioned in Lovecraft’s novella: The Shadow Out of Time.

 

The scientists hope to find a way to stop humanity’s extinction and win back their planet from the Elder Gods. Instead they uncover four tales of cosmic terror, and personal loss, that will forever change the way you view the Cthulhu mythos.

 

Writer Jasper Bark, says: “I think the main thing that makes our campaign stand out, is that it belongs to whoever gets involved. So many readers feel they have a personal stake in the Cthulhu mythos because, from the very beginning, Lovecraft shared his mythology with other authors as well as his readers. We want to continue this in our approach to the campaign. Every perk we’re offering, is designed to put contributors at the heart of this campaign, to give them a sense of ownership. You know when you pick up a comic and think: ‘This was made just for me!’? If you’re a Lovecraft fan, that’s how we want you to feel about ‘Beyond Lovecraft’. We’re putting it together especially for you.”

 

Rob adds: “Apart from being a cracker of an idea, some wonderful new twists and insights on the classic Lovecraft stories by Jasper and, all modesty aside, probably the best art of my career, I think there is a great thirst for Lovecraft to be done properly. Can you imagine Lovecraft drawn by Bernie Wrightson or Frazetta or Jesus Blasco? That’s the kind of art I want on Lovecraft stories and I think a lot of Lovecraft purists might feel the same way.”

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The Beyond Lovecraft Indiegogo Campaign starts on 10/5/2015 and can be found here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-lovecraft/x/9785467#/

For images and other promotional materials please contact Jasper Bark @ jasper@jasperbark.net

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I Have Too Many Releases For Sale

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Jay Wilburn And Me

Jay Wilburn is a fellow author and good friend. I’ve had the privilege of doing several book signings with Jay over the last couple of years and many more are scheduled and will be done in the future. 

His philosophy is simple: don’t show all your books at once. Overloading potential buyers with too many books will only confuse and annoy people, or something to that effect. I always disagreed and piled 30+ releases on the table. 

Who usually sold more books? I don’t want to talk about it. 

I was interviewing a fellow author for my podcast (Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – HERE is the link. Go listen and then come back. I’ll wait) and we talked about having too many books and stories out and confusing readers. 

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Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have too many choices and sometimes it might be overwhelming to figure out where to jump into my work. I used the short stories a couple of years ago to build up my numbers and get my name out there and it definitely worked. But now I worry I’ve over-saturated the market with smaller works. Right now on Amazon I have over 150 releases. Crazy, right?

So… I’m making an adjustment, which is part of the fun of being a self-published author. I know I can’t do anything about stories released by publishers but I can do my own stuff, right?

Right now I have 81 releases in Kindle Unlimited. I love the program and I make good money with so many pages read, so the problem isn’t having so much in KU, it’s what I have in KU to begin with. 

I’ll begin slowly working some titles out of the system over the next few weeks, but here’s the basic ideas so far…

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  1. All of my Flagler Beach Fiction Series releases except the Complete books with all 10 stories will go bye bye. Right now I have 5 parts plus the Complete of each of the 7 books and I’ll get rid of the 99 cents parts in favor of readers wanting to read all 10 stories of each at once. I think it makes sense. 

2. Same with Keyport Cthulhu. The five parts will now be deleted and the final collection sold only. 

3. In addition, I’ll be slowly pulling the early Metal Queens nonfiction books in favor of box sets with all of them together

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That’s just the start. 

A few other things I’ll be working on:

Doing more box sets with multiple books for a better bang for your buck

Revamping the main Dying Days series with new covers

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Pulling a few titles to rewrite/re-edit or keep out of print

Recently out of print works like Chelsea Avenue, Creeping Death, Tool Shed and Necromance updated and on sale

always adding new works to the pile

More information on these last few parts will be rolled out over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Armand

Guest Post: William Meikle

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THE DUNFIELD TERROR, a new tale of supernatural terror from William
Meikle launches on April 7th in limited edition hardcover, paperback and
ebook.
 
Willie says…
 
This one is set in Newfoundland and has some glowing fog, a mad scientist, lots of snow, a shipwreck, some tentacled things, a dead whale, rum, cigarettes, some boats of various sizes, a bar or two, some stiff upper lips, a shed and a multitude of universes, among other things. 
 
Some of my major influences are on show – Lovecraft of course is obvious from the title, the cover and the subject matter, but there’s also John Wyndham in there, and more than a touch of old Professor Quatermass, along with possibly bits of Doctor Who’s more trippy adventures in the timey-wimey stuff. 
 
I had an awful lot of fun with this one. I hope my readers do too. – 
 
As for the plot… 
 
It starts with a strange glowing fog that arrives at the height of a snowstorm. 
 
A terror from the past has returned, bringing with it death and destruction that threatens to overrun the town. The old stories tell of a post-war experiment gone wrong, one that opened the way for the fog — or whatever was behind it — to begin its reign of terror. 
 
A small team of workmen are the last hope to keep their town alive through the long, storm-filled night. But the many horrors that await them are beyond anyone’s worst nightmares. 
 
It’s been picking up some nice advance reviews too…like these…
 
For the Lovecraft fan and the Cthulhu Mythos enthusiasts, this is a
must read but it is also essential for those who want to read the best
in contemporary horror. – The Novel Pursuit
 
Superbly paced with wonderfully open, and likeable characters that
help this story flow across the pages at a wonderful tempo. Sometimes
edge of your seat stuff and other times set slow so you can become
totally engrossed in the story that’s being told. This is a
masterpiece – Confessions of a Reviewer
 
Scary, slimy fun with just enough gross out factor to make the reader
queasy but not so much as to become gratuitous. This is just a very
good horror novel. – Examiner.com
 
This novel would have made a classic spine chiller of a movie for
Hammer Films. – Reclusive Reads
 
What a chilling, terrifying read this was! – Cat After Dark

Armand’s 2013 Year In Review Part 2

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Yesterday you were amazed with my heartfelt and enigmatic first half of 2013 in review… and now… without further ado…

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In the beginning of August I re-released Death Metal in paperback with the new cover, which I like. I also started to think about ideas for the second book in the series, so look for that in 2014(I hope). I also released Golden Lion Cafe Complete, with all of the stories in one release. I also released Dagon, the fourth story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. And kicked off the third Flagler Beach Fiction Series story arc with JandJ Fitness Part 1

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September was another busy month, with JandJ Fitness Parts 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5 released. I ended the month with JandJ Fitness Complete, putting them all together in one spot. 

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In October I decided to slow down the releases, especially anything horror, as most horror books would be pushed out in this month and I’d get lost in the shuffle. Instead, I started the fourth Flagler Beach Fiction Series with Flagler Fish Company Part 1. Part 2 and Part 3 were also released in October. I was also lucky enough to get involved in a charity anthology with some amazing authors and got to write a cool chapter in the ongoing story, The Carnival 13 by SAD House Press. 

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With the start of November I released the fifth and final story (for now) in the Keyport Cthulhu series, Evil. I then released Keyport Cthulhu in eBook and Print versions, with all five stories in one. Flagler Fish Company Part 4 and Part 5 came next. Then it was time for Flagler Fish Company Complete in both eBook and Print. November also saw a sequel for me and Tim Baker with Dying Days: Siege 2, a return to European Village. Speaking of Dying Days, I also released the long-awaited Dying Days: Origins, which featured Tosha Shorb, a woman many readers should recognize. It was also released in Print. I was also lucky enough to be invited into the Epic Apocalypse Apocalyptic Horror Box Set (with Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer included). You really need to check out the killer lineup, with Mark Tufo, Joe McKinney, John O’Brien, Heath Stallcup, Shawn Chesser and James Cook. 

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Another great lineup was formed and released in December, with Still Dying 2 (yet another Dying Days release), featuring an anthology of great authors playing in my zombie world: Mark Tufo, Patrick C. Greene, Frank Edler, Tim Baker, AD Roland, Brent Abell, Jaime Johnesee and Sean Slagle. It also came out in Print

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I was also able to update a few books, add some more into print, and also release everything on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and Apple. 

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And 2013 isn’t done yet… my Necromance series of horror erotica has been picked up by Hazardous Press as part of their Hazardous Encounters line, and the first two will be out within a few days (I’ll post a new link, don’t worry), with many more in 2014. 

So add another 28 to the list in the second half of 2013. All told, I put out 45 releases in 2013… not bad, eh? I don’t expect to be as prolific in 2014 with this many releases, as I’m concentrating on some longer novels, but you’ll still see plenty out there from me. 

Armand

“Ancient” and “Barren” Keyport Cthulhu stories FREE today!

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Because I had such a great Thanksgiving yesterday I decided to give back! But not all the dressing and turkey… so the next best thing is the first two parts of the Keyport Cthulhu series… and I hope you enjoy them! And have a safe and wonderful holiday season in case I don’t see you!

Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th 2013 they’ll be FREE, so dig in and enjoy! 

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Spotlight On: Suzi M

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Suzi M

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

I have a story called ‘Blood in the Water’ included in the Wrapped in Red anthology. As the title suggests, it’s horror and vampiric.

 

Quick description of it.

A bit of vampire, a bit of Cthulhu.

 

Something unique about it.

It’s a new twist on Cthulhu and vampires, one not previously explored.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Wrapped-Red-Thirteen-Vampiric-Horror-ebook/dp/B00G8KCRLG/ref=la_B003TTLGP2_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384362256&sr=1-1

 

Your promo links.

http://www.amazon.com/Suzi-M/e/B003TTLGP2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

Your short Bio.

Suzi M writes for fun and occasionally profit. The Immortal War Series – comprised of NEMESIS, LAMIA, and THE TOWER – can be found in both print and Kindle formats.

Currently, Suzi is working on a several new projects and has released an anthology containing stories by all of her pseudonyms titled Apocrypha of the Apocalypse.

When not busy with her own work or getting pictures and autographs of people who recognize her on the street, Suzi helps support the efforts of independent artists, writers, musicians, and film-makers.

You can follow her on Twitter @xirconnia or join the Suzi M Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/SuziMOfficial

Spotlight On: R. Thomas Riley

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SPOTLIGHT ON: R. Thomas Riley

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

If God Doesn’t Show (Apocalyptic Cthulhu Mythos/Military Thriller) from Permuted Press and The Flesh of Fallen Angels (Weird Western) from Grand Mal Press.  

Quick description of it.

1) If God Doesn’t Show

SHADOW CREATURES ARE ATTACKING

Thaddeus Archer is an ex-police officer whose missing daughter holds the key to the mysterious force that threatens to lay waste to what’s left of our world. It’s a race against time for the broken and desperate Archer who must trust the only man who understands what’s happening, Gibson Blount, an agent of a secret government agency that doesn’t officially exist. 

AN ISLAND HAS RISEN OUT OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN

As their world spirals into chaos both men must overcome their differences and personal demons in a world besieged by the re-animated dead, natural disasters, and elder god set on destruction.

CTHULHU IS ABOUT TO WAKE

2) The Flesh of Fallen Angels

It’s the eve of The Ripening as Gibson Blount discovers the secret history of an ancient race and the true outcome of Lucifer’s fall. Now, the fallen angel, Azazel, has horrific plans for Blount’s town…and the world. With the help of a local priest, a prostitute, an orphan, historical figure William Quantrill, and one of God’s chief angels, Blount must dig for truth and unearth secrets woven deeply within Time itself to uncover a supernatural plot put into motion by the Church to punish the Roanoke Puritans. The War in Heaven has been lost and the flesh of fallen angels hangs in the balance. An alternative 1860’s history Weird Western, The Flesh of Fallen Angels is filled with fast-paced action, intrigue, and good-versus-evil what-ifs.

 

Something unique about it.

Both books are part of the Gibson Blount series and meld multiple genres from western, thriller, sci-fi, and horror.

 

Links for people to buy it.

If God Doesn’t Show

http://permutedpress.com/books/if-god-doesn-t-show-a-cthulhu-mythos-novel#.UmuhB1uFRF8

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The Flesh of Fallen Angels

http://grandmalpress.com/flesh.php

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Your promo links.

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/R.-Thomas-Riley/e/B002BLU4XO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/author.rthomasriley

 

Your short Bio.

R. Thomas Riley is the author of the short story collection THE MONSTER WITHIN IDEA (2009-2011) published by Hugo Nominated Apex Publications and garnered a Best Horror of the Year Honorable Mention, for his story TOO LITTLE. The collection was re-released as a Kindle exclusive in 2011 and on January 14, 2013; the collection reached the Top 100 Paid Bestseller list in the Horror category.

Independent publisher, specializing in apocalyptic fiction, Permuted Press and Audible.com published IF GOD DOESN’T SHOW – A Gibson Blount Novel (co-written with John Grover) in August 2012. THE FLESH OF FALLEN ANGELS – A Gibson Blount Novella (co-written with Roy C. Booth) was published by Grand Mal Press in February 2012. 

Spotlight On: Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Armand Rosamilia

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Keyport Cthulhu, a Lovecraftian book of five weird tales plus two bonus stories

 

Quick description of it.

“The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grizzly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient 

Keyport Cthulhu 

Five stories with a Lovecraftian feel to them… set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years… 

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CABAL 
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Includes two bonus stories, the steampunk tale “Rats In The Cellars” and “Cthulhunicorn” co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia

 

Something unique about it.

It is set in the real town of Keyport, New Jersey. I lived there for a couple of years and grew up in the area. The town is not as odd as the story. Just barely.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Keyport-Cthulhu-Armand-Rosamilia-ebook/dp/B00GHN6XYQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1383941150&sr=1-1&keywords=keyport+cthulhu

 

Your promo links.

http://armandrosamilia.com

 

Your short Bio.

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not watching the Boston Red Sox and listening to Heavy Metal music… and because of him they won the 2013 World Series, so he’s prety good at watching!

He’s written over 100 stories that are currently available, including a few different series:

“Dying Days” extreme zombie series
“Keyport Cthulhu” horror series
“Flagler Beach Fiction Series” contemporary fiction
“Metal Queens” non-fiction music series

he also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool. 

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal: 

armandrosamilia@gmail.com

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“Ancient” Keyport Cthulhu story is FREE today and tomorrow!

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The first story in the Keyport Cthulhu saga, “Ancient,” is FREE today (Friday November 8th) and tomorrow (Saturday November 9th)… 

So, um…

What are you waiting for? Grab your FREE copy HERE and tell your friends and family and the guy you hope Cthulhu eats…

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Keyport Cthulhu

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It’s here! Stop the presses! Or… start the presses? That saying always confused me… anyway…

Authored by Armand Rosamilia, Katelynn Rosamilia
Cover design or artwork by Jeffrey Kosh
Edited by Jenny Adams
“The painting forced him to move back with such suddenness, he nearly fell over the side of the old wooden railing. It depicted a grizzly scene, as if your worst nightmare had been splattered on canvas. Despite his mind screaming to look away, he could not avert his eyes” – Ancient

Keyport Cthulhu

Five stories with a Lovecraftian feel to them… set in the New Jersey fishing village of Keyport, where the Esoteric Order of Dagon has been planning for the awakening of the Deep One all these years… 

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BARREN
CABAL
DAGON 
EVIL

Includes two bonus stories, the steampunk tale “Rats In The Cellars” and “Cthulhunicorn” co-written with Katelynn Rosamilia

Publication Date:
Nov 06 2013
ISBN/EAN13:
1493665375 / 9781493665372
Page Count:
136
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6″ x 9″
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Horror

Keyport Cthulhu in Print only $9.99

Keyport Cthulhu on Amazon Kindle only $3.99

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BUT WAIT… THERE’S MORE!

Friday November 8th and Saturday November 9th you can get the first story, “Ancient,” for FREE! Try it out, read it and see if it strikes your fancy! Two days only and FREE shipping on your Kindle! Hurry before this offer ends or sells out! it’s even written in English for easy reading! And comes in  a handy reading case (reading case sold separately)

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“Evil” and Keyport Cthulhu!

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It’s finally here… the fifth and final story in the Keyport Cthulhu saga, “Evil,” is now available and clocks in at about 10,000 words, completing the story begun in “Ancient.” Cover art by Jefffrey Kosh. 

It is also an Amazon Kindle exclusive! And at only 99 cents, you can’t beat it with a tentacled stick! 

http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Keyport-Cthulhu-Armand-Rosamilia-ebook/dp/B00GDJWA3M/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1383401509&sr=8-2&keywords=keyport+cthulhu

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Keyport Cthulhu And KDP Select

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I’m going to try something a bit different and go completely against everything and everybody (except, of course, Robert Chazz Chute)… I’m going to take a series off of every platform but Amazon and enroll it for the next 90 days in KDP Select and utilize free days.

Keyport Cthulhu is this series, and since the fifth and final story, “Evil,” is completed, I thought it time to mess around with the many sales platforms. You see, despite having the first four parts (“Ancient,” “Barren,” “Cabal,” and “Dagon“) on Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, SmashWords and iTunes, the only place I actually made any decent sales was Amazon. In fact, everywhere else wasn’t even worth the time unless you count the freebies I gave out thanks to a SmashWords coupon. 

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I’m a huge fan of Robert Chazz Chute’s excellent and informative Blog and he’s gone back into KDP Select. So I Skyped with my fine Canuckian friend (it’s a pleasure to see his angelic face when we speak) and barraged him with questions, my own ideas and fears and cried like a little girl until he took pity on me and told me the Golden Truth: just do it and damn the torpedoes… I’m not sure if that’s even a real saying or a Tom Petty album, but you get the idea. 

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So, I’m doing it… all five stories will only be available on KDP Select, and on November 9th or thereabout the complete stories will be available in eBook and print formats for your reading perusal. 

Who knows… maybe some free days of the original stories will jump start some sales and get people reading the Keyport Cthulhu series and the rest of my many releases. 

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Look for “Evil” to be released this coming weekend! More details to follow!

Armand

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Mini Update On My Writing

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So far, so good… since beginning to actually keep track of my writing this past Tuesday (October 1st) I’m over 7,000 words on the week with two days left to write. My weekly goal is only 10,000 words, so 2,000 words a day with two days off to concentrate on marketing, e-mails, Red Sox baseball and maybe even talk to other humans is the way to go. If I write a bit on my off days (like I did on Friday, hitting 674 words in about a half an hour of writing) I’ll be fine. 

Yesterday was my daughter Katelynn’s 13th birthday and we celebrated with the Festival of Bacon in Orlando and then dinner at Kan-Ki Japanese steakhouse for her. No writing. Today, while she is out shopping with Special Gal I’ll be hitting my 2,000 word goal. And then hitting it again tomorrow, so hopefully getting over 11,000 words in my first tracked week. 

What will I be writing? Here’s going to be the challenge and the fun… 

In November I am definitely going to write the first draft of Dying Days 4 but it will only be about 35-45,000 words, so that won’t be a problem. I’ll write a few other things in there as well and write 7 days a week for the month. I’m excited to get back into the zombie series and I hope my readers will be, too. 

The problem will be having only 4 weeks left to write in October to finish a bunch of projects I have deadlines for:

1. Flagler Fish Company Parts 2 – 5 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (20k)

2. Nerdz Comics And More Parts 1 and 2 in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series (10k)

3. Dying Days: Origins finish (10k)

4. “Evil,” the fifth and final part of the Keyport Cthulhu series (5.5k)

So, about 45,500 words in 4 weeks… easy, right? An extra 10 percent and I do it. And all of these will then go to beta readers and editors and see the light of day very soon… as well as everything else currently in the pipeline with readers and editors. 

How will I do? 

Armand Rosamilia

24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 4 of 6

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I’m starting to wind down, to be honest… I broke 12,500 words with a 24 hour goal of 18,000. If I can keep up the pace I’m on I could get to 24,000 words tonight, but I think I need to work on hitting my 18,000 word goal in as long as it takes and then building on it for the next time. And there will be a next time. Shelly gave me a great idea, too: have each Wednesday, when I traditionally have nothing special planned on that day or around it, and call it something fancy like #5kWedWrite. I like that. So, next week I will have a goal of at least 5,000 words. Now, back to our regularly scheduled insanity:

6:00 pm… 558 words on JandJ Fitness part five and I’m in the home stretch. 

7:00 pm… break for dinner. Shelly is an excellent cook, so I’m not about to skip a fine meal. Still managed 759 words and the completion of JandJ Fitness Part 5.

8:00 pm… Finished the horror erotica #3 story with a nice hour of 1,885 words. Another completed story to add to the pile. Broke 15k as well. Definitely going to try for 18,000 and be done with it. My brain is turning into mush. 

9:00 pm… the erotica #5 story now has 604 more words added to it, while “Evil” grows by another 562 words. At 16,889 words. Definitely hitting 18,000 and then giving up for the day. But I consider it quite a victory. 

Armand

24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 3 of 6

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Still going and still feeling good! 

2:00 pm… 1,173 words on the horror erotica #3 story, breaking 2,000 words of the 5,000 needed to finish. This is the second-most important story on the list, so I need to do a few more extra runs of it sooner than later to finish. I also broke 10,000 words with this hour’s writing. Damn proud of myself for it. 

3:00 pm… Only hit 528 more words on the fifth JandJ Fitness story, but in all fairness I took two phone calls and had a big bowl of Chunky’s soup (Philly-style Cheese Steak), which was delicious. I’ll make it up in the next couple of hours, I swear. 

4:00 pm… 982 words on the horror erotica #3 story, pushing it over 3,000 words. Looking good to finish this one. I’m also being distracted because I stupidly put on the MLB Network and keep glancing at it. With the Red Sox game coming on in two hours I will be hard-pressed to stay focused. 

5:00 pm… 1,008 more words on the erotica #5 story. My total for the day so far is a tad over 12,500 words. I’m starting to get tired and my goal will be to reach 18,000 words and then call it a night. At this pace I should see that around midnight.

Armand

24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 2 of 6

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It’s 10:00 am and I’m feeling good… but might need to make another pot of coffee already. Not a good sign. 

 

10:00 am… worked on the horror erotica #3 story and wrote 862 words to start it out. So far so good. I have no idea where it’s going, which is why I didn’t break 1,000 words… I think. 

11:00 am… back to JandJ Fitness #5, and 1133 more words added to it. Over 3,000 right now. Feeling good about finishing this one today. It is my top priority on the list. 

High Noon… it sounds cooler that way. Not time to eat lunch but I am stuffing my face with Double Stuff Oreo cookies. They keep me going. Another 1138 on “Evil” and so far averaging about 1,100 words an hour or so. 

1:00 pm… exactly 1,000 words on erotica story #5. Good hour. Will need a cold shower soon.

So far, after 8 hours of continuous writing, I have 8,830 words in… still on pace for about 1,100 words an hour but don’t know if I can keep it up. Only 10,000 words from my goal of 18k for the day, and will finish a few projects. 

Armand

24 Hour Writing Marathon Update 1 of 6

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You can expect six updates today and into tomorrow morning, so if you’re already bored ignore and/or unfollow me. However, if you decide to stay, be prepared to be amazed! OK, maybe not. I’m sure as my morning turns into afternoon turns into night turns into hell I’ll be more and more incoherent. But, let’s see what the first four hours of my journey have brought me so far…

6 am… Seriously, already questioning why I am awake. I stopped working retail so I’d never have to get out of bed this early. I did manage to write 745 words half asleep and with the coffee taunting me by brewing oh so slowly. Finished erotica story #4 and began #5 right away. Nothing like writing porn to get you up so early. 

7 am… changed gears and started writing “Evil,” the last story in the Keyport Cthulhu series. 754 words to open it. I also did 500 words on the fifth and final JandJ Fitness story. Solid hour of writing. Third cup of coffee and I’m getting hungry. 

8 am… 869 words on the Erotic Horror story #2, and finished it. Will begin story #3 today at some point. I’m enjoying skipping around and hitting different stories and different ideas so far. Fourth cup of coffee but still no food. 533 more words on Dying Days: Origins as well. 1402 word hour, so up to 3401 in 3 hours. Pretty nice pace and trying to bank as many words as I can in the beginning so if I slow down I won’t fall too far behind. 

9 am… Made four slices of delicious French toast, poured another cup of coffee (either cup four or five,  lost track already) and dove back into JandJ Fitness #5 and wrote 1296 words on it, just short of 2,000 so far. One of the goals is to finish this story today. 

So far: 4 hours of writing and 4,697 words. I’m feeling strong and the French toast and coffee are sitting nicely in my tummy. See you in four more hours! 

Armand

24 Hour Writing Marathon

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Thursday September 19th I am going to do the impossible… alright, that’s a bit dramatic. But for me it might, since I’m not used to being awake for long periods of time. Here’s the deal…

Thanks (or F.U. depending on how this goes) to Jay Wilburn and Max Booth III for the glimpse into a cool thing, and a challenge I have to tackle. I’m already pretty good when it comes to the One Hour One Thousand Words challenge, and try to hit one each day if possible. But this is going to be insane… 24 straight hours of writing. No real big breaks, just my fat ass in the chair slamming away on the laptop (and lots of coffee, snacks and maybe some Steel Panther when Shelly is at work). 

My goal was going to be writing the first draft of Dying Days 4, but then I decided to calm down. Just a bit. I envision it as being over 30,000 words at this point, and even writing at a thousand word clip, it would still fall short. So, I’m going to hit tomorrow running (OK, writing) at 6 am EST and not stop until Friday morning at 6 am (also, conveniently, EST). What will I write?

My lowest goal will be averaging 500 words an hour, so a 12,000 word day will be a victory for me. However, I believe the most I ever wrote in one day was 16,000 words. So my natural goal will be to break 16k. If I average 750 words an hour I see 18,000 words, a huge moral victory, and I should be able to put a dent in everything I currently have to work on. 

The important stuff to wok on (I call it my Top 6 List – how catchy, right?):

1.  JandJ Fitness Part 5 (5k goal)

2.  horror erotic story #2 (2k left)

3.  “Evil” – fifth and final Keyport Cthulhu story (10k goal)

4.  erotica story #4 (1k left)

5.  Dying Days: Origins (10k left)

6. Dying Days: 4 (30k goal)

That’s about 58,000 words to write… but I’ll knock off 2,000 of that today and then if I can get 18,000 in tomorrow I’m talking 20k done in two days… not bad at all. 

Can I do it? Can I stay awake? Will I have enough coffee? Expect a running update on Thursday so I can let you follow the journey with me, and also give me something else to do… since I never have enough.

Armand

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Instant Gratification: Short Story Writing

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For the past couple of months I’ve been writing stories in my Flagler Beach Fiction Series, starting with ten stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe and I just finished the ten stories set in Golden Lion Cafe. Each story is about 2,500 words. I sell two stories (5,000 word total) each Friday or Saturday for 99 cents and then once all ten are released via eBook I do a complete eBook and Print book of them before moving onto the next book’s stories. 

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It’s allowed me to get quite a few releases out for each book (5 eBook 2-story releases, 1 complete eBook and 1 complete Print book for each, so 7 for each)… at this point it will be 7 books, so in theory I’ll have 49 releases just for the Flagler Beach Fiction series. That’s quite a lot of places for new readers to start with me, and it keeps my loyal readers constantly having new things to read. Each week, in fact. 

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Besides that series, I’m also releasing other things as well, but right now the short stories seem to be taking precedent. The last two stories in the Keyport Cthulhu series, “Dagon” and “Evil” are being worked on for a release soon, and I have other short pieces currently being edited or first drafts completed. 

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Which all makes me very happy, because I’ve preached this a million times but it bears repeating: keep giving the people what they want. 

Now, for the downside… 

Dying Days: Origins… my unnamed zombie novella set in a diner… Death Cult: Death Metal 2Dying Days 4… 

All of these longer pieces are suffering because I’m only nibbling on them each day, adding 250-500 words if I’m lucky. I’m ignoring them because it will take me weeks to finish each, and (in theory) I can knock out a short story in 2-3 days and get it into the edit/rewrite/final draft system and get it either out for submissions to an anthology or a publisher, or self-publish it myself. 

I also keep adding more and more projects, which I cannot stop doing. I have an addiction. 

But, after going through and seeing the two dozen index cards I have set up with all my various projects, I’ve decided to do something radical about it. 

I’m just going to keep writing whatever I want to write, and if it’s a new batch of short stories… so be it. I just hope you keep reading everything I’m putting out. 

Armand

Daily Writing Goals – The Next 9 Days

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I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July, I know I did… and I also took off Friday to do some swimming, shopping and hanging out with my Special Gal and my daughter… but now it’s Saturday and it’s time to get back to work.

I’ve been once again contracted for a writing project which is a bit different from what I usually do, but it is still right up my alley. It’s a thriller, with plenty of action and dialogue, and (like the last four I did, including Miami Spy Games) it reads like a movie or TV show. Maybe someday this one will become one or the other, right?

Once again I am on a tight schedule for the first draft, which is 30,000 words in 14 days. I’m also working on other stories, and decided to do what I do best: post up a public challenge to myself to complete not only this project, but two others at the same time. 

I’m about 7,500 words into the new one (which I’ll call New One… but I hope that isn’t the title they use), so my daily goals are:

2,500 words daily on New One from today through Sunday July 14th – giving me 30,000 words

1,000 words per day on Golden Lion Cafe Part 4 today through Wednesday July 10th – 5,000 words

500 words on “Dagon,” the fourth Keyport Cthulhu short story from today through Thursday July 11th to finish it at 5,000 words

So, 4,000 words a day for the next week or so during crunch time… can I do it? I better, because it is now set in stone… or online… same thing… I’ll see you on the other side. 

Armand

Tonia Time: Interview with Armand Rosamilia

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I was interviewed on Tonia Brown’s podcast, and we talk about Cthulhu, steampunk, zombies, getting naked, Tom Waits, and so many other things your damn head will explode into plain M&M’s… 

http://toniatimeshow.blogspot.com/2013/05/armand-rosamillia.html

“Kokomo’s Café” Huge Giveaway!!

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It’s so exciting I added two ! to the title!!

I’m going to be doing a huge giveaway once the print version of the ten story Kokomo’s Café in the Flagler Beach Fiction Series is officially released (June 28th). I’ll be giving away not only a signed copy of the Kokomo’s Café print book, but quite a few more goodies, such as:

1. A signed copy of Kokomo’s Café print book (I already said that!!)

2. an eBook version of Tool Shed by Armand Rosamilia (Angelic Knight Press)

3. A signed copy of Pump It Up by Tim Baker print book

4. A signed copy of Dying Days by Armand Rosamilia print book

5. an eBook copy of “Ancient” from the Keyport Cthulhu series by Armand Rosamilia

6. Misc. things I find around the house to give away (old books, bellybutton lint, stale cookies, etc.)

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You may now ask ‘what do I have to do in order to get this fabulous loot?!!’ (notice another two !! for excitement building)…

You need to post a review of one of the Kokomo’s Café stories… simple as that. Here’s the first one, and more will be added as they are released each week!!

Each Friday, another of the 2-story releases will be out, and you can review any of the five (and all of the five, obviously) … for every review posted by you on Amazon, Goodreads, your own blog, etc. etc. I will add you to the Giveaway list. On Friday June 28th I will announce the Winner. 

Every review post gets you another chance to win, AND if you review all five eBook releases I will DOUBLE your chances when i pick a winner. I don’t care if you give them 1-star reviews, you’re still eligible (but I hope you don’t, obviously). 

Just send me an e-mail or find me on our Flagler Beach Fiction Series Facebook group and let everyone know the review has been posted! And good luck!

Armand Rosamilia

Blog Hop With Armand Rosamilia

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Brent Abell (http://brentabell.wordpress.com/) was kind enough to pass me these questions along, and I am honored to answer them. Then I will choose three authors at the end to keep it going, and answer the questions themselves…

Questions for Armand Rosamilia

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What are you working on right now?

 

Besides keeping my weight over 300 lbs.? I am in the midst of Dying Days 3, my continuing zombie story. I should have the first draft done by May 1st and then it goes to the editor, with a late June release planned. I’m also working on 16 other stories at once, too…

 

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How does it differ from other works in its genre?

 

It is just better. OK, maybe it isn’t… but I like writing it, and other people like reading it so far. And it has zombies in it. But it’s more about the people. But it also has zombies in it.

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What experiences have influenced you?

 

I think you need every experience to influence you, either good or bad. As a writer I’m constantly people watching and committing conversations or ideas to memory. Monday, for instance, I witnessed a sixty year old woman breaking up with her fifty year old boyfriend because his kids are ‘animals’, as she put it. I eavesdropped on the entire conversation, and added a character or two to a future story.

 

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Why do you write what you do?

 

I can’t help it. I have always read horror and been fascinated by apocalyptic ideas and stories, so zombies are just another means to an end (pun intended). The old adage ‘write what you know’ applies to what you read a lot of as well. I’ve read a ton of horror books in my life so far.

 

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How does your writing process work?

 

Better some days than others. I set a daily goal of 2,000 words and then attempt to get there between 8 am and noon Monday through Friday, and get up early on the weekends and hit my goals before the kids are fully awake and bothering me to eat.

 

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What is the hardest part about writing?

 

The daily discipline. Some days I just want to play on Facebook and push it off until tomorrow. But then I know my goal for tomorrow will be 4,000 words and I’d be rushing. So I bust my butt to get it done. Or else.

 

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What would you like to try as a writer that you haven’t yet?

 

Getting out of my comfort zone completely. I’d love to write a romantic comedy or a straight action thriller, or maybe even a historical dramatic piece. I’ve dabbled in erotica and enjoyed it, and I know straying too far away from horror might piss off my fan base, but I will eventually expand my range.

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Who are the authors you most admire?

 

Anyone who braves the rejection and fear and just writes and completes a story. I run into so many people who swear they are going to write, and so many more who have something incomplete. Rare do you find someone who finished a story and submitted it or published it themselves, and then kept writing. I have over seventy stories/novellas/etc. on sale right now, and my goal is fifty times that… and that would be a lot of stories! (I can’t figure out the math on that)

 

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Who are new authors to watch out for?

 

I was recently in the Fifty Shades of Decay anthology, and I found some amazing authors in there I will be reading more of. Some might not be new to you, but to me they are. I love when I read someone’s work and it blows me away and I have to pile on their back-list and catch up.

 

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What scares you?

 

Fear of losing you… and dogs. Maybe dogs more.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to read this senseless crap. If you want to read even more senseless crap, next Wednesday go over to see authors Tim Baker (http://blindoggbooks.wordpress.com/), Tonia Brown (www.thebackseatwriter.com) and Lisa Woods (http://LisaWoodsWrites.com) as they answer these fascinating questions and try to outdo me with my subversively interesting answers.

Death of The Novella?

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Two years ago I did my homework. I tried to find a unique niche I could put my stories into, and quickly found the big hole when it came to novellas. So, I ended the first Dying Days zombie book on a cliffhanger ending and stopped it at around 25,000 words. The original idea was about twice the length. It sold quite well, and still does in my opinion. Right now it’s only 99 cents, too. 

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Then I began writing nothing longer than 25k, getting novellas out into the world like a madman… but no longer pieces, unless you count short story collections. Which I don’t. But a funny thing happened along the way… please, allow me to explain…

I had a couple of Skype conversations with the wonderful Robert Chazz Chute, who is a wealth of information and also a cool guy to just chat and laugh with, one of the people on my list I hope to meet some day (Alyssa Milano is at the top of the list, btw), and we like to pick each other’s brains about stuff going on and what works now and what worked then, and where the hell we are going in order to stay afloat. We don’t do the negative All Is Lost talk, which I like. I’m negative enough. No, we talk about what each of us is doing to get sales and new readers. 

One interesting subject was the length of our releases, and he is currently very high on serializing, which I dabbled in with Miami Spy Games to mixed results. But novella-length stories are not the wave of the future in my opinion. The readers want more… or less. 

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My feeling is there are two distinct camps of readers right now for me… your results will vary. Anyway, I have a nice rabid following for my short stories selling for 99 cents, like the Keyport Cthulhu stories (Ancient, for instance) but my novella sales have slipped. I think it is a combination of things, like Amazon devaluing anything priced under $3.99 and new readers having a hard time finding my work, but also the length of them being in the 25k range and at $2.99. I won’t jack the prices up to $3.99 unless I think it will attract new readers. I want there to be some value to my work in both length and price (and content, let’s be honest).

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So, my immediate goal is to write longer pieces (50k or so) and short stories and shy away from novellas and see what happens. Will I succeed? Have I found the secret formula? Have I figured out the key to selling a million books, cash and new cars, Alyssa Milano calling me? As usual, I have no idea.

But I’m going to figure it out. 

Armand 

Interview With Armand Rosamilia

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There is a great interview with me (and not only because it’s with me!) on Castles In The Air: Author Quinn Cullen’s Scribbles:

http://authorquinncullensscribbles.blogspot.com/2013/01/meet-armand-rosamilia-horror-author.html?spref=fb