The Blood of Before – Week One Reveal

The Blood of Before is an upcoming horror anthology that is directly connected to The Bones of the Earth series.

To help announce its release, we will be sharing sketches of the illustrations that accompany each terrifying tale in the anthology.

Tonight, I give you the Coffin Queen by Hannah Graff.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31363809-the-blood-of-before

https://www.goodreads.com/series/157691-the-bones-of-the-earth

Updates!

Hello everyone!

First off. I have some awesome images to share with you. All three of these come from Jacquelyn Graff, who is Hannah’s sister (Hannah is the illustrator for the novels, also, as of a few weeks ago, my fiance. Snap!)

 

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Also, my brother and I have been practicing our movie making skills. Check out this masterpiece HERE (very rough. just trying to figure out the basics. goal is to one day film the first chapter of “The Bones of the Earth.”)

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done any sort of update on the status of “The Three Heretics.” Everything is going very well so far, but there were a few things I wanted to wait on being finished before making this post.

“The Three Heretics” is being edited. It has been with the editor for a few weeks now. I can’t give an exact release date, because these processes can take a lot of time, but from the feedback I’ve received from my beta readers, it looks like people are really enjoying the novel. You can check out their reviews HERE

With the help of some friends, I’ve reconsidered what exactly I want to do with the horror anthology. Instead of being advertised as a standalone release that just so happens to have a connection to the “Bones” series, I’m going to make it part of the “Bones” series completely. So “The Bones of the Earth #.01”

The name of the horror anthology of pre-Trauma stories is called “The Blood of Before.” It contains five short stories and one novella, which I literally just finished a few minutes ago. I wrote about 5.5k words today, so I’m a little tuckered. The stories that will be in this anthology are: House of a Thousand Hearts, That Which Walks Behind the Graves, The Easiest Job in the World, Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7, Nights in White Satin, and The Black Hours.

Now that I’ve finished the novella (the Black Hours), I can get cracking on Book 3 in the “Bones” series, which is entitled, “The Cult of the Worm.” Probably need a day or two off to recover from writing, though. Need to refuel!

As for the awesome images from Jacquelyn, she’s expressed an interest in illustrating a lot of the plant life from the universe. She has an awesome talent for that kind of artwork. We’ve been kicking around the idea of creating a botanical guide written by Vrana’s mother, Adelyn, that we could sell as something cheap and fun for the fans.

I’ve been thinking about starting a Kickstarter for the universe. Not necessarily to fund Book 3, but to fund promoting the novel, going to conventions, buying supplies, and getting the word out there. I think the fact that there is already a product available to judge will make people a little more interested in backing the project.

That’s it for now! I’ll begin working on Book 3 soon. I have a couple of ideas for the next horror anthology, but that’s a release that will probably happen between Book 3 and 4. If anyone ever wants to ask me questions, interview me, whatever the hell ever, please, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m pretty much an open book, and I’d love to have any opportunity to be able to communicate with the community.

“The Bones of the Earth” was Released One Year Ago … Today! (Giveaways!)

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It’s crazy to think it’s been a year since I released my first novel, “The Bones of the Earth.” Hannah and I did a little comic to commemorate the occasion. As you all know, Book Two, “The Three Heretics,” will be releasing, hopefully, in the next month or two.

To celebrate, we are hosting two giveaways, one on Goodreads and the other through Facebook/Instagram. Running from 6/10-6/20, the winners of these giveaways will receive a signed copy of “The Bones of the Earth.” And maybe some other secret, special goodies. Like the next novel. Who knows!

Giveaways:

Goodreads

Facebook

Instagram

“The Three Heretics” Cover is Coming Along Nicely

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A work in progress. A not-so-great picture of a screen, just to make the full reveal that much more fun.

To give each book in the series an identity that tells the readers “this is a Bones’ book,” commonalities will be shared between them. The front cover and back cover will generally mirror one another, with the protagonist being on the front and the antagonist on the back. However, in this case, an awfully familiar skeleton dude is chilling on the front. I don’t remember him being too nice. So who could possibly be on the back?

Dun-dun-dun!

Want a Quick Look at the New “Bones” Series Map?

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I need to scan this bad boy, but until, enjoy this somewhat decent photo of the new map for the “Bones of the Earth” series. It is currently based off the locations from Book One. Jacquelyn Graff, Hannah Graff’s sister (illustrator for the novel), created the map for me for Christmas.

You can find some more of her work here.

The Audiobook for “The Bones of the Earth” is now available. And to Celebrate …

Everything is free!

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Margi Stephens did a wonderful job narrating the audiobook, so, please, check it out.

You can find out more about her and her projects at her website

What’s New: 9/29/15

Good morning,

Or afternoon,

Or evening,

Been a busy week! But a lot of fun as well.

Writing

The reports that “The Bones of the Earth” has errors in it is getting to me. I know it does but, damn it, I’m so tired of reading it, haha. I’ve read that book so many times in so many forms. However, I will read it once more to catch these obnoxious grammatical errors that people are mentioning. It’s weird, because someone won’t find any at all, while others will report a whole bunch at once. I hate knowing the book has them. For anyone who has one of the earlier editions of the paperback, contact me and I’ll send you some free short stories as compensation for the errors.

The Kindle owners are in a good spot, though, as I can just push out updates.

I continue to work daily on “Three Heretics.” I don’t have a set number of words I aim to write every week, but maybe I should, so that it’s finished sooner. I really do want to get it out there so that people can feel confident in the series, knowing that there is a continuation coming and that their questions will be answered in one way or another not.

“Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1 Issue 7” are currently being edited. I’ll let you all know when they’re done, and I’ll probably make them free as well when I’ve uploaded the new editions.

The screenplays … not sure what to do with them. They’re canon, and they’re important, but they’re screenplays. I may pull them from Amazon so that I can turn them into something else later on. Novellas or novels.

I have an unpublished short story entitled “Nights in White Satin.” It’s unpublished because it contains quite a big spoiler for “Three Heretics.” The goal was to put it in the anthology; however, I submitted it to a friend’s publication way back when, so if it ends up in there, you’ll get an early look at it. It’s a zombie story, but if you’ve read “Bones,” then you know it won’t be your typical zombie story.

Movies

What the hell did I even watch this week?

The Green Inferno: Eli Roth’s kinda newest movie. It’s been delayed for a while now. I’m not one that buys into hype, and he’d hyped this movie up a whole lot, but even so, I was disappointed. Moments of it are decent. But aside from the first kill, it is far too tame for something that wants to be considered alongside Cannibal Holocaust. The acting is lame (whatever, it’s horror), the camera they used looks like shit (low budget film, fine, but low budget digital? blah), and the weird humor sprinkled throughout really messed things up. If you’re going to use humor, then it needs to be more consistent. The good? I really liked the idea of it, I liked the digs at twitter and SJW’s. The tribe was really neat to see, as well.

Cannibal Holocaust: My brother and I came home to watch this after Green Inferno. This is the Duke of New York A #1 of cannibal movies. Oddly enough, it’s actually a really good movie. Usually, these kinds of things are, you know, oh cool it’s gory or shocking, but there’s no substance. Here, there’s substance, and its filmed really well. Badass soundtrack, too. Real animals are killed in this movie, however, which was totally unnecessarily and something reportedly forced upon the director by the producers at the time.

You know a horror movie has done it’s job when a judge orders the director to have the actors come to court to prove they weren’t actually killed on screen.

Eaten Alive: Seeing a theme? We watched this and the previous two all in one night. An early Tobe Hooper film regarding a wacked-out in and the alligator that lives beside it. Really weird movie with awesome lighting. Very slow, kinda dream-like. Trashy, too. The blu-ray is pretty impressive from Arrow.

Prisoners: Amazing movie. Snubbed so fucking hard at the Oscars. Easily one of my favorites.

Videodrome: Best Cronenberg movie? Maybe. Probably. The origin of my obsession with flesh and body horror? Definitely.

Games

Metal Gear Solid V: I know, I know. I’m slow, what can I say.

Bloodborne: Perfecto, as it always is.

Soma: Very Bioshock-y. Really starting to get into it.

Music

So, I kind of, like, oh my god, saw Ghost last week. Was fucking amazing. Here’s some pictures I stole from my friend’s facebook. Hail Satan!

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Reading

Oh yeah, I do read, too.

So my loyal, loving fans (and when I say this, I’m basically talking about two people; don’t get the wrong impression that I’m that cool) have been recommending a book to me.

The Library at Mount Char

Nothing says “you’re comfortable with yourself” like a shitty picture not long after you’ve woken up. Can’t wait to read this bad boy.20150929_123114

Ah damn it. Sideways. Oh well. Adds to its charm.

Anyways, back to “Three Heretics”

 

 

What’s New: 9/21/15

Hello,

Good stuff has been happening lately! Bones has gotten a couple new reviews over the course of a few days. And, thanks to my ever-diligent fans, it is now in the hands of a helluvalot more readers. Several these are pretty highly ranked on Goodreads as well.

Writing

“The Easiest Job in the World” and “Black Occult Macabre Vol. 1, Issue 7” have been rewritten. At last, it’s over! Now they need to be edited and updated on Amazon.

“The Bones of the Earth” has had several grammatical issues corrected. Paperback and eBook updated, but I’m sure there are plenty more errors to root out. That’s what happens when you self-publish, I guess.

Finally figured out an important question I’ve been asking myself about the Worms.

From now on, it’s “Three Heretics” all day err’y day until it’s in your hands.

Movies

So, apparently, it was Rob Zombie week this week? Didn’t even realize this until now, when I started thinking about all the movies we’ve seen this week.

House of a 1000 Corpses: How the hell did I not realize my short story sounds almost like this movie’s title? It took me like a year to realize it. Whatever. Horror prides itself on ripping off things. Pretty good movie. Not my favorite. If anyone should’ve directed the Texas Chain Saw Massacre remake, it should’ve been Mr. Zombie.

Lords of Salem: Tied with Devil’s Rejects for being one of my favorite Rob Zombie movies. The story isn’t anything special. If you’ve seen any satanic/witch movies, you’ve seen this one. But the direction is fantastic and the atmosphere delicious. Rob needs a little help with his writing (I’m available, fyi), but his direction is boss nasty.

Halloween: Rob Zombie’s Halloween. I don’t really much care for him explaining Michael’s backstory. But of all the aspects of the movie, it’s easily the best. The parts where he’s actually remaking John Carpenter’s film are kind of boring and poorly paced. Just there to be there. There are some good things here. It’s not a terrible movie. Lots of quotable lines. Joe Grizzly is the best.

Halloween II: Rob Zombie’s sequel. Totally fucking weird movie. I don’t mind the abstract nature of it, but I wished some of it would’ve been introduced in the first movie. It makes Michael’s motivation too similar to Jason’s. I do like the dark and brutal tone of the movie, and again, it looks fantastic, but I don’t know. Again, I don’t hate it. But it could’ve been more. This one is more watchable for me between the two, as it is more representative of Zombie’s vision, good or bad.

The Collector: Hannah has been wanting to watch this for the longest time. A good movie with a cool premise. Has a nice look to it. Enjoyable, despite some similarities to Saw.

The Collection: An Aliens-esque sequel in that it’s more action-y. I didn’t care for it the first time I saw it, but it’s grown on me since. I’d like to see a third movie.

Vampire Hunter D: Haven’t seen this in a bazillion years. The animation is amazing and the world, oddly enough, is very reminiscent of “Bones of the Earth.” Highly recommended.

Furious 7: Ah, pretty good. I enjoy watching these more with my brother than myself. The ending is pretty emotional, no lies 🙂

Sleepaway Camp III: My least favorite Sleepaway camp I’ve seen so far, but I still love it. Watched it again recently and it grew on me. Angela is an inspiration to us all.

 

Games

Bloodborne: Playing this again in preparation for the upcoming DLC. One of my favorite games ever. I absolutely love From Software’s games. They are huge inspirations to me and my work.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Finally got Quiet. She’s badass and has a totally ridiculous backstory.

Soma: Don’t have it yet. But I will tomorrow! Looks so much fun.