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Friday Link Pack 06-05-2015

Friday Link Pack 06/05/2015

Wow, what a week. I come down from Lilac City Comicon and right into a whirlwind of a cover reveal. However, today is Friday. That means it is time for the Friday Link Pack where I share a few links I’ve found over the last few days. Some of these I mention on Twitter, if you’re not already following me there, please do! Have a link I should feature in the upcoming link pack? Click here to email me and let me know! (Include a website so I can link to you as well.) Let’s get to it…

WRITING:

Amazon.com Announces The Most Well-Read Cities In America
And guess who is at #1?  Spoiler Alert, it’s my hometown. The emerald of the West Coast, the one, the only: Seattle, Washington! YAY! Hometown pride aside, there is some interesting revelations in this list. I can’t tell if Vegas reading the most romance is the sweetest or saddest thing.

Physical Attribute Thesaurus Collection
I really like these collections from Writers Helping Writers. When I write it’s common for me to forget the simplest of words and I find these Thesauruses useful when I need help loosening up. I actually own a few books from their Thesaurus collection, in both physical and ebook editions. Highly recommend them.

The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck
If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I am a stickler for good typography. I appreciate a well-designed book and it all starts with the type. It has always hurt my heart a bit when viewing books on the Kindle. However, there is some big upgrades coming and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal
Yesterday, I announced the new cover for Red Litten World, book  three in my Lovecraftian urban fantasy series, The Bell Forging Cycle. The response across the internet has been stellar, twitter has blown up, and I’ve been getting some great emails. I can’t wait to share this one with everyone.

Red Litten World Cover Reveal Giveaway
Along with the cover reveal, I am doing a giveaway. Win signed copies of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road, as well as a Bell Caravans patch, swag, and a $50 Amazon gift card. Entering is easy and there are a lot of ways to increase your chances to win. Do it today!

ART:

Kari-Lise Featured In Beautiful.Bizzare Magazine, Issue 009
The latest issue of the pop surrealism magazine, Beautiful.Bizzare has arrived and inside you’ll find a feature on my incredibly talented wife and partner, Kari-Lise Alexander. I highly recommend checking it out.

The Art Of Sandeep Karunakaran
I’ll occasionally stumble across a great artist on DeviantArt. This week the sci-fi/horror work of Sandeep Karunakaran really stood out. It’s a fun blend of the terrifying with an animated style that I really appreciate. I think you will too.

Maskull Lasserre Carves Skeletons Into Souvenir Sculptures And Decoys
Stumbled across Lasserre’s work last week and wanted to save it for the next Link Pack. Something very satisfying within these pieces. It’s as if Lasserre is revealing a secret world we all hope exists.

RANDOM:

I Won A $5,000 Magic: The Gathering Tournament On Shrooms
I’ve never done shrooms, but this article is hilarious regardless. As my friend Rob pointed out, this is the Magic: The Gathering version of James Blagden’s Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No. [Thanks to Rob for sharing this.]

Clever Glass Fountain Pen Lets You Write With Any Liquid
Okay, it probably says a lot about me that the first thought I had when I saw this was: BLOOD! I don’t know if it says anything good. But there you have it. [Thanks to Lola Landekic for sending this my way.]

Seinfeld’s Never-Before-Seen Fourth Wall
I’m a huge Seinfeld fan, so finding out little details like this really makes me happy.

WEIRD WIKIPEDIA:

Devil’s Footprints
“The Devil’s Footprints is a name given to a phenomenon that occurred in February 1855 around the Exe Estuary in East Devon and South Devon, England. After a heavy snowfall, trails of hoof-like marks appeared overnight in the snow covering a total distance of some 40 to 100 miles. The footprints were so called because some people believed that they were the tracks of Satan, as they were allegedly made by a cloven hoof. Many theories have been put forward to explain the incident, and some aspects of its veracity have also been called into question…”

LOVECRAFT STORY OF THE WEEK:

Medusa’s Coil
What starts with a pleasant drive ends in B-movie schlock.

GIF OF THE WEEK:

the struggle

Red Litten World Cover Reveal

Red Litten World Cover Reveal Is Coming June 4th

The date has been set, the stars have aligned, and it is time. The cover reveal for Red Litten World, book three of The Bell Forging Cycle, is coming June 4th, 2015. One again the incredibly talented Jon Contino is back with some beautiful hand lettering. After seeing his incredible work for the covers of The Stars Were Right and Old Broken Road, you’ve probably detected a theme beginning to form for the series. I’d wager you can sorta guess what this cover will look like… or can you. [Cue dramatic music.]

“…legend said that it had come from a mysterious inner realm beneath the red-litten world—a black realm of peculiar-sensed beings which had no light at all, but which had great civilisations and mighty gods…”

H. P. Lovecraft & Zealia Bishop, The Mound

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The “Old Broken Road” Cover Reveal!

Let’s cut to the chase; as promised here’s your first glance at the cover for Old Broken Road, the sequel to The Stars Were Right:

Old Broken Road

Caravan master Waldo Bell faces a new horror, one year after his experiences in The Stars Were Right. Wal and his friends make a desperate decision that sends them on a journey down the Broken Road, where death and madness await. There they fight for sanity and survival as a crawling chaos hunts for new victims.

I am really proud of this one. There’s a lot of similarities between this and The Stars Were Right and a lot of subtle nuances that help set it apart. As a result it helps unify the series while still keeping each individual story separate. They also look really good next to one another.

Once again, a huge thanks to Jon Contino for his help with the lettering. Jon is a master at hand lettering and has done work for Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, The National, and brands like Ford, Jameson, and Nike. I’m honored he was willing to help me out with these covers. In my opinion, his lettering is what carries the tone. You should check out more of his work over at his site.

As with The Stars Were Right I’m using an old etching by Gustav Doré as the background. I have always been a fan of Doré’s work. His attention to detail is amazing for etching. There’s something masterful in his approach. If you want to see the full piece: “Rizpah’s Kindness toward the Dead” you can check it out over at Wikimedia.

Let me know what you think of the cover in the comments! Old Broken Road is due out later this year and will be available in trade paperback and on all eReader devices. Sign up for my newsletter and be one of the first to know when it launches!

Old Broken Road Cover Reveal Coming April 29th

Cover Reveal Coming Soon

Here’s the official date: the cover reveal for Old Broken Road is coming April 29th, 2014. Mark your calendars! Synchronize your watches! Shout it in the streets!

As with the cover of The Stars Were Right, I have been working on this for a while. I think it’s perfect. As before we’ll see the return of alphastructaesthetitologist Jon Contino’s skills, yet again he nailed the lettering. (Check his work out, you won’t be disappointed.) I’m really excited for this one.

If you’re a subscriber to The Telegraph (my elusive newsletter) then you’ll get to check out the cover early! So why not subscribe today? Click here to subscribe. I don’t spam people because spam sucks.

See you on the 29th!