The Blood of Before – Full Cover Reveal

BEHOLD!
 
The full cover for “The Blood of Before.” This horror anthology is Book .1 in The Bones of the Earth series, though it can be read without any prior knowledge of the previously published books.
 
Submitting the book to Createspace today for review. I hope to have the proof by the end of next week.
 
The Blood of Before
by
Scott Hale
 
is an anthology of six interconnected horror stories that take place
before The Bones of the Earth series.
 
A mother, called across the Victorian countryside, to return to her family estate and the violent lineage she left behind.
 
The writings of a supernatural investigator sent to explore a village where people die day by day, and the dead refuse to stay buried.
 
A college graduate, recently fired and drowning in debt, who agrees to babysit her former professor’s child—unaware she might become the boy’s new favorite plaything.
 
The egotistical writer of a self-published, self-indulgent horror magazine who follows a lead to a house where a family was murdered, and the mur-derer who still resides there.
 
In the depths of a swamp, children are seen carrying body parts to an island covered in satin, and the woman who lies at its center, gorging herself on their fleshy tributes.
 
A family fractured by hate and distrust come to discover that the grandfa-ther clock they’ve purchased is chiming out madness at the midnight hour, causing their love and hate to come together in one hideous, parasitic union.
 
From the darkest violence to the blackest humor, The Blood of Before is a glimpse into the horrors that led up to the Trauma and continue to affect the world of The Bones of the Earth.

“The Bones of the Earth” and “The Three Heretics” – Major Updates

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Hello,

I just wanted to let everyone know that both books, The Bones of the Earth and The Three Heretics, have received updates. Between the two of them, hundreds of errors and small improvements have been made. I expect this to be the final update to both of the books. Amazon should have already pushed out updates for Bones to previous owners; Heretics will *hopefully* have its updates sent out soon.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Every aspect of self-publishing has been a learning process for me, and it has taken some time to put together the right team of people to ensure this series is of the highest quality.

For those who have purchased paperbacks of either book, I… suck. I can’t patch those. But I can provide you with the updated eBooks. Also, I would be happy to give any of you the eBook of The Blood of Before for free when it is released later this year/early next year. Just contact me anyway you like, and I’ll be happy to hook you up and shower you in praise and apologies 😀

As for updates to other things:

The Blood of Before is going to be edited soon. Hannah and I have the cover planned out, and Hannah is going to be creating images to accompany each story. These images will be included in the novel.

The Cult of the Worm, Book Three, is coming along nicely. No reason why it won’t be out near year at some point.

Expect an announcement of a Kickstarter for the series very soon. Need to put the finishing touches on it.

Also, expect some marketing for the series now that the two books have been prettied up.

And finally, it’s looking like Bones and Heretics are going to be stocked in some local bookstores around here! Fingers crossed.

Scott

“The Three Heretics” is Done!

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I have some really great news to share!

The Three Heretics has been completely edited and formatted. The cover is also finished. I submitted it last night to Createspace for review, and I expect to hear back from them today. As soon as I do, I’ll order a proof copy with the fastest shipping so that I can read it one more time in person.

If all goes well, The Three Heretics should be available to purchase on paperback and eBook by 10/7/1. For now, check it out here on Goodreads.

Until then, here is the final full cover and synopsis. It does contain some spoilers for those who haven’t reading The Bones of the Earth. Within the book itself, you’ll find a letter of appreciation from me, a map of the world, and the often-requested glossary.

(In the mean time, I’d like to update this site so that it matches the new book)

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THE THREE HERETICS

Through hell,

we find heaven.

Vrana, now a grotesque shadow of her former self, has been enslaved by the Witch and forced into the Void. Meanwhile, the Corrupted involved in the genocide of Geharra and the birth of the Red Worm have begun to impose their worldviews on others.

King Edgar is abandoned in the Nameless Forest and forced into a murderous mission that not only reveals the origins of the vermillion veins, but the unholy events that have led to his rule of Eldrus.

Atticus, the undying gravedigger, seeks revenge against the king for the death of those he loves, while finding a way through the Black Hour itself to resurrect the dead.

Felix, the Holy Child, plagued by visions of Vrana in his sleep, tries to find a way to liberate her from her torment. Unsure who he can trust, he is pulled further into the darkness and treason all around him.

Taking place before, during, and after Vrana’s journey, The Three Heretics explores those three Corrupted who have, through subterfuge and slaughter, righteousness and reluctance, manipulated the world to their liking, while inadvertently bringing it closer to another Trauma.

 

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Bloodless & Final POV for “The Cult of the Worm”

Hello,

Just wanted to share with you a new illustration by Jacquelyn Graff. This is her take on the Bloodless, a mythological plant that you will hear more about in the upcoming release, “The Three Heretics.”

bloodless

Also,

A sneak preview of our final POV for “The Cult of the Worm.” This is Book Three in “The Bones of the Earth” series. Spoilers for those who haven’t read the first book.

(Weird to be releasing teasers for Book Three when Book Two isn’t even out yet, but hey, at least you all know I’m working!)

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“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” First Draft is Done! So What’s Next?

I’m glad you asked!

Well, as any writer will tell you, the first draft is not the last drive. As pretty as you make it, as much as you love it at that moment in time, when you go back to it months later, it ends up losing some of its luster. So while “The Three Heretics” is done, it still needs some loving before we move onto the editing stage. So for those who are interested, here is the plan for the months to come.

  1. Rewrite “The Three Heretics” completely. There’s not much to this. I open up the file, go to the beginning, pick an empty line, and start typing everything all over again, making changes as I go. This may seem like a long process, but honestly, it’s not too bad. This way, rather than reading it and correcting when an issue pops up, I’m reintroducing myself to the story, memorizing all the little details I may have forgotten, and fixing things on a more focused level. I anticipate the beginning chapters to take longer than the final chapters, as though were just finished and more representative of where I am at as a writer at this moment. All in all, I expect this process, as long as I don’t dick around too much, to only take like 2-3 weeks. It could be more. I don’t know. It is a really long book.
  2. Beta readers! Want to hear something crazy? People are actually coming to me, rather than me going to them, and offering to beta read my novel! That’s awesome. The fact that people are that excited and invested in the series already (and these are people that I met after I published “Bones,” not pre-existing friends) makes me very happy. So once the rewrites are complete, those who have expressed an interest in being beta readers will be contacted and given the second draft to tear apart, worship, read with a mild indifference, whatever.
  3. Hire an editor! Wait, no, no exclamation point. Hiring an editor is expensive, and like I said, this is a really long book. But, damn it, it has to be done. Unfortunately, Eve Marie, the editor for “Bones” will not be returning to edit this novel. While I wish that she could, editing was a side job that, at the moment, has to be put on the back burner as she works her full time job. No big deal! So while the beta readers are doing their beta reading business, I’ll be scouring the internet for an editor that I feel will serve “The Three Heretics” well … and make me look real good.
  4. While our currently unknown editor is editing, Hannah and I will be putting the finishing touches on the cover. We will also be getting the world map together, and I will be completing the introductory letter and the glossary. Also, we will be coming up with marketing strategies and community things we can take advantage to promote it. It is time to get serious!
  5. Editing takes awhile, so I anticipate I’ll have some time to do other things, too. I hope to have my horror anthology “Black Occult Macabre” out by October. While “The Three Heretics” is getting a makeover, I’ll be trying to write the last two stories for that anthology, which are “The Black Hour” and “Where the Dead Go to Die.” I’ll also be working on my brother and I’s Friday the 13th script. Who knows if anything will happen with that, but it will be fun and … you know … I heard the studio is struggling to move forward with the franchise. If you want some pointers or, like, a screenplay, don’t hesitate to e-mail me, bruhs.
  6. Once “The Three Heretics” is edited and my bank account is lessened because of editing, I’ll review all the corrections and integrate them correctly (unlike I did last time). Then, I’ll ughhhhh then I’ll format the Createspace and Kindle files so they don’t look like mutant freaks of novels.
  7. Then release! So what is the release date? I have no clue. I wanted it to be out this summer, preferably around when “The Bones of the Earth” was released, but who knows if that will happen. But I think we can get this done in the next few months. I want it out there real bad.
  8. June 10th is the one year anniversary of “The Bones of the Earth.” Obviously, going to have to do something special for that. But what? Hmm.
  9. Well, after all that is done, I guess I’ll just have to start on the next novel, which is entitled “The

See ya later!

“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!