It’s Official and Confirmed: I’ll be on Zombiepalooza Radio May 1st from 9–10 pm ET!

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Tune in to www.livestream.com//ZombiepaloozaRadio (or www.livestream.com/zombiepaloozaradio) and listen LIVE. Also, the whole show will be on YouTube so you can listen later even if you couldn’t be by your computer, tablet, or phone during the broadcast!

And if you want to know what all the hubbub is about, we’ll be discussing zombies in general but specifically my new novel (autographed copies available at the link) Reviva Las Vegas! 

Tune in, turn undead, and drop by, won’t you?

Heading out for CthulhuCon 2015!

It’s the only festival that understands.

readyforcthulhucon2015Specifically, the only one that understands why you need to wear a Cthulhu glengarry and a King In Yellow t-shirt while hobnobbing with the most illustrious and eldritch minds writing and editing today. Heading out for the airport very soon! WAY excited.

Watch this space for glorious updates!

Publicity: The Final Chapter (for now): CthulhuCon!

Here it is, Chapter 5, the Most Likely Final Chapter in what has turned out essentially to be a series about how I’m gearing up for the publicity push, but isn’t actually publicity as such. Also, I realized that I’ve been teasing the Zombiepalooza Radio snafu all week without actually delivering on those teases. So drumroll, please! Here is the story of my scheduled April 17 interview on Jackie Chin’s zombie radio show: 

  1. There were technical difficulties.
  2. She accidentally double-booked me and another guest.
  3. We have rescheduled, probably for May 1st.

And that’s it. 

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“I cleaned my balls for that?

Anyway, I also have been talking here and there about a Con unlike any other, so let’s get down to it. Small and intimate, yet full of genius, The Portland CthulhuCon (or CthulhuCon PDX, for those who enjoy TLAs) bills itself as “The Only Convention That Understands.” And holy shit, does it understand: Knowing that up until last year, when it was the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon, many attendees couldn’t do a Hermione Granger and attend a film and an author reading or gaming session at the same time.

So what did Gwen and Bruce Callahan, the primum movens of the Festival, do to make life even better for their Lovecraft-hungry fiends and friends? They split the event into a film festival and a Con for writers, readers, and gamers! The Con is this weekend; the film fest is in October. Everybody’s happy!

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Okay, maybe not everybody.

Friday

I will be arriving in time for the middle of the VIP party on Friday night, then going back to (possibly, I’m not saying for sure) to smoke exactly one bushel and two pecks of salutary marijuana with my very good friend who will remain nameless but knows who he is. (Or, if he has been smoking the goods lately, possibly not.)

Saturday

Saturday is my day for contributing to a panel called “Dracula vs. Cthulhu.” Here we will compare and contrast HPL’s landmark story “The Call of Cthulhu” to Bram Stoker’s masterpiece in terms of style, substance, and historical influences. I cannot wait. Check this out:

A discussion of the relationship between Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” and Bram Stoker’s classic “Dracula.” Both stories are told through diary entries, news articles, letters, and interviews with other people, but there’s more to it than that. Lovecraft wrote on the cusp between literary movements. With one foot in the Gothic past and one foot in the post-war future to come, Lovecraft created a unique blend between the Gothic literary tradition of the 1800s and the monster tradition of the modern era. This panel discusses his work within the literary framework of Gothic, while at the same time, examining the groundwork he laid for modern authors.

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I hope we’ll also be settling several longstanding literary debates.

I will, if possible, be videoing the panel (as well as the other one I’m on, mentioned below) and will post the video on Monday.

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LOOK! I may be a “Page 2” guest, but I am a guest, dammit!

Sunday

First thing Sunday morning there is the (in)famous “Carbload for Cthulhu,” during which authors and artists massacre a couple of boxes of Voodoo Donuts while talking about and (please, Old Gods) selling a few eldritch and perhaps even horripilating items. I am bringing 5 copies of Deadtown Abbey (which is explicitly Lovecraftian) and 5 of Reviva Las Vegas!, which isn’t explicitly HPL-related but shares the Old Gent’s dismal cosmic worldview.

Right after the carbload, the food-drunk panelists (including me) will discuss “Creating a Mythos”:

One of the mainstays of Lovecraft’s legacy has long been the Mythos he created. Many authors, both before and after Lovecraft, have created a Mythos of their own: Pugmire’s Sesqua Valley, Chambers’s King in Yellow stories, Barron’s Old Leech universe, Dunsany’s Pegana, Clark Ashton Smith’s Hyperborea. Some have outgrown their creators and have opened their doors to many authors to contribute. What is the allure of a Mythos? What are the benefits of writing in one? What are the pitfalls?

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And what exactly is the sitch regarding alligators and giant scorpions?

Also on Sunday I’ll be giving an author reading and I am psyched. I will be reading what I think is one of my very best stories, a (I think) hilarious Innsmouth take on MadMen called “MudMen.” Roofs will be raised, &c., &c. I will post video from it on Monday at the latest. No, no, please, I should be the one thanking YOU. (N.B.: I will be reading on the same stage as Jason V. Fucking Brock. If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He and his wife, Sunni, are the loveliest dark-arts aficionados you’ll ever meet.

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And don’t even get me started on their Michael Kors sacrifice robes. SO JELLY.

Why in the name of Yog-Sothoth am I telling you all this? 

Well, number one, don’t take The Keeper and Guardian of the Gate’s name in vain. Number two, CthulhuCon PDX is the kick-off of my book publicity efforts. These blog posts are the real start, I suppose, but you may notice that they’re been revving up for the Big Event as opposed to any actual event, as I said above. But CthulhuCon is where I start distributing my publicity materials and pushing my website and its huge samples of all of my books.

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Did I mention that I have some new books out? Oh, I did. Um, cool then.

Let the Stygian darkness descend and let’s have some fun!

5 Ways To Make Everyone Hate You And Your New Book

This weekend begins my Big Event Marketing Push, not only for my new Deadtown Abbey and Reviva Las Vegas!, but for my backlist as well. But saying “Big Event” is almost useless these days, since every shit writer in the world is doing worthless, annoying “events.”

So after many, many hours reading some truly awful self-pubbed books (and also many great ones, but those aren’t relevant here) and also looking at how their authors chose to publicize them, I think you should avoid doing any of the actions below.

1. Write and publish an unoriginal, shitass, unedited, or never-proofread book. Zombies, vampires, “shifters” of whatever species? No, David Blaine. That isn’t going to work anymore. Actually, that’s not quite true—go forth and write about zombies, but make it entirely new (check out my Reviva Las Vegas! and see how I work to shine a new light on Romero-esque zombie tropes). Write about werewolves and vampires in a surprising, even amusing, setting (check out my Deadtown Abbey—you’ll see that I practice what I preach.) Whatever you do, don’t do exactly what’s been done before you, and probably better.

Get someone who will tell you the truth—and knows what he or she is talking about—to edit and proofread your second draft. No one should see your first draft, EVAR.

What’s interesting is that the Lovercraftian community of writers long ago moved away from pastiche and lack of fresh ideas and you will find mind-shattering originality in many of this subgenre’s stories. If you want to read pastiche that would make fanfic sensation E.L. James weep, check out the work of August Derleth (or, seriously, don’t). Just do something new. If you can’t think of anything new, write the unoriginal stuff to get limbered up and then stick it in a drawer, never to be seen again. Then write books that the world might actually want.

2. Mistake quantity for quality. In this, I don’t mean longer books versus somewhat shorter books. (“Somewhat shorter” weighing in at 50,000 words or so.) Time and time again I have seen writers trying to make a splash in the self-publishing (or even small-press publishing) pond by writing and publishing a bunch of VERY short books—maybe technically “novellas,” but usually just longish short stories printed in larger type and with lots of white space—to make their backlist catalog look impressive. “Wow, this guy (or gal) has written thirty books! He must really have it together. I’ll order one and dive in,” a prospective buyer (I fell for this myself) may say to hisself or herself.

The problem is that when they get this $12 glorified short story, they are most likely going to be a bit steamed and feel like a sucker and—this is the important part—never buy one of this author’s books again. S/he may never even buy anything put out by that small press again. And friends will be told, believe me. Friends will be told.

If your book happens to be short, call it a novella and let the reader know what to expect. There are some damn fine novellas out there. But to write a bunch of short stuff just so you can look like you’re a veteran novelist (not “novella-ist,” you’ll notice) with a huge backlist is, like the next mistake on this roundup, disingenuous at best and outright dishonest at worst.

3. Stretch the terms “best-seller” and/or “award-winning” into your marketing. Unless your book has graced the lists of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, or some other major or even second-tier newspaper like the Miami Herald or Cleveland Plain Dealer, you are improperly using the term “best-seller.” Although it may technically be a best-seller in that it’s the most books you’ve ever sold of any of your titles, or it’s a relatively best-selling book in that it’s No. 490,000 on Amazon so it’s technically selling better than books like at 600,000, we both know that’s not what you’re trying to convey to a prospective reader.

Same thing with “award-winning.” Did your book win (or short-list) for the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, the Man Booker Prize, or any other well-known or respected book award? Winning the Indiana University South Bend Lester M. Wolfson Award for fiction (which I did, thank you) means nothing to anyone but (and possibly not even including) yourself and other writers at IUSB. That’s not to say winning any award isn’t an important achievement, but again, winning a small local or regional award is not the “award-winning” that you are trying to make potential readers think of when they see that, even if it is technically true.

And about the Pulitzer: You can nominate yourself for this prestigious prize, meaning that anyone who does so can slap “Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize” across their book’s cover, even though the chance of their winning one is less than that of being hit by a meteor that has also been struck by lightning. It looks really cool and may move a few copies, but again, it’s not conveying to the Powell’s or Amazon browser what they think is being conveyed. A black-hat tactic at best, and sleazy as hell.

4. Hold an online “Release Party” and invite everyone who you know on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or whatever other social media you can spam people with. Because, face it—your quasi-stranger Facebook peeps, those ones you have never interacted with, ever, except to invite them to this “party”—mayyyyy click on “Going” to be polite and supportive, but in fact not only are they not going, they may unfriend this stranger who is offering a free eBook as a raffle prize. Whee.

The real thing to do is have an actual release party in the physical world, one with some cheese trays, maybe at an indie bookstore close to home, and invite people whom you actually know (as well as their friends—always include the friends if you can get their info from your actual friend). Send real invitations. Show that you put some effort into it, and people might actually buy and talk about your book(s), which is the reason for doing such an event in the first place, right?

And you can have the best of both worlds: Get a friend with a memory-rich iPhone or maybe a straight-up digital video camera to record the event. Have your videographer talk to attendees about what they think of the book even if they haven’t read it yet. Capture their excitement, capture your author speech to them, show people buying the book. And then post it all over your website, on social media including YouTube, and then invite people all over the world to watch the video. Tack your URL on at the end so they can buy copies. BOOM, my friend, you just started some buzz.

5. Don’t hold back AT ALL on social media. We know you’re excited about your book. You can even make others excited about your book if you go about it the right way. But the surest way to drive possible buyers away in droves is to saturate your (and their) social media accounts with “announcements” about your book that announce nothing except here’s my book and “reminders” that your book is available, which no shit, you’re only bombarding me with repetitive Tweets about it every 15 minutes.

Here’s how to do it right: Make a Web page or Facebook page for yourself as an author and/or one for each of your books. (WordPress, people, WordPress.) Invite people to “like” (on Facebook) or “favorite” your “official” site (as opposed to just your personal one) or whatever the kids are doing these days instead of mowing my lawn respecting their elders. THEN announce and remind and all of that stuff on your author and/or book page, which people can take or leave.

But don’t then fuck it up by sending announcements more than once per day, and for God’s sake put actual content on your page that these same people can see, content that will interest them, content which will, ideally, relate to your book’s subject in some interesting way. For example Gail Carriger, who is the greatest at everything, does this perfectly. She writes steampunk-esque novels and stories, but—remember No. 1 on this list—she does it in entirely unexpected ways. Check out her very active and charming Facebook page.

Also, if I see Tweets about your book and they are not interspersed with (a) interesting thoughts on writing or publishing or other authors; (b) retweets of same by other writers; or (c) anything not shilling your fucking book, I will personally come over and kick you in the keister for losing a great opportunity to make both sales and new literary friends.

And it goes without saying (except I’m, um, saying it) that thou shalt not Tweet nor post more than one item that is pretty much an ad for your book per 24-hour period. Don’t abuse these wonderful social media tools. Your unkicked keister is depending on you.

The main takeaways from all of this should be:

  • Don’t write unoriginal crap. (Even original crap is better.)
  • Don’t misrepresent or lie to possible book buyers.
  • Do social media, from “release parties” to Twitter and Facebook posts, lightly and in a way that enhances your potential book buyer’s experience.
  • Ignore what others are faddishly doing in marketing. Make your own, better way.

Readers are to be respected and cultivated. They deserve the best books you can write and not to be pestered constantly while they’re thinking about it. We create offerings, not demands. Behave yourselves out there, fellow wordsmiths, and watch the magic happen.

(By the way, read the first half of any of my novels at SeanHoade.com. Just a single reminder, see?)

Publicity, Part 4! My “business model” comes into play

Before I start laying out my business plan, I must provide you with a caveat. That caveat is that taking business advice from me is kind of like taking tax tips from Wesley Snipes. What I mean is that if these ideas don’t actually land you in jail, they will result in your complete financial ruin and make you into joke material for snarky writers’ blogs.

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Wesley had the choice between Blade 4 and prison. He chose wisely.

Anyway, that warning out of the way, let’s get on to the “meat” of this blog entry. (Again, this “meat” is edible only in that you can ingest it.) And that is my new and perfect business cards designed by my own got-damn self, but with a major assist from my attorney, Sean “Esquire” Conner, Esq., former partner of the law firm Dewey, Cheatem, and Goode.

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That joke in 42 A.D.’s MI Jokes for Any Occasion.

The Counselor liked my design for the front of the cards and asked if I wanted to use a QR code on its back as I did with the stunning and hopefully effective bookmarks I created. Then he gave me the link to QArt Coder, which is AMAZING. You take an image and it embeds it into the two-dimensional QR box. I decided that since The King In Yellow is not only a touchstone for Weird writers but also sports a damn fine sigil for driving people mad, I would color the back of my business card canary yellow and insert my custom QR code along with the text. Check it:

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A couple of things to note about this “Most awesome of business cards like EVAR” (Vanity Fair):

  1. If you are at all familiar with Lovecraftian tropes, then you are no doubt familiar with “the Yellow Sign,” which publisher Chaosium created from hints in Robert Chambers’s The King In Yellow.
  2. That’s the Yellow Sign EMBEDDED IN MY GODDAMN QR CODE.

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The original. I know, not as good as mine.

  1. Yes, I realize that the yellow sign in this is black and not yellow. but the rest of the card is yellow and having it in black makes the QR code work. Don’t believe me? Scan that mother right now and see what happens.
  2. I’ll wait.

 <whistles favorite Erich Zann tune

  1. Ah, you’re back. So? Okay, right? It takes you to my webpage, SeanHoade.com, where you are able to take advantage of my BUSINESS PLAN IDEA THING that I alluded to earlier in this very blog entry!
  2. That idea is “Let interested folks read the first half of any of my books!”
  3. FOR FREE!

Yes, it is an idea deep-fried in genius, powdered in marketing perfection, and then clogging the arteries with its greasy, sweet awesomeness. As you see there on the card, much like the hucksters and carnival barkers of yesteryear, I invite the public to come have a taste of my writing before they buy! And this is no two-headed calf fetus or a statue that weeps Cap’n-Crunch-flavored milk—no, indeed! This is actual fiction writing by a “rising star” (Astronomy Magazine) in the literary world!

The idea, of course, is that people will read the first half of these books and find that they are very much to their liking, and then purchase them using one of the 4,200 “Buy Now!” buttons interrupting the narrative every now and then like a fart cracked during a funeral. I really do think this will work well for my particular books, because they’re all kind of “out there” in their own way. Letting potential readers have the first bit free soothes them and makes them unable to resist buying more.

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It’s a proven, ethical marketing strategy.

It’s a leeeeeeettle bit of a fib to say that fully half of all of the books are there. It’s true for a couple of the shorter ones, but for Ain’t That America, which weighs in at 100,000 words, only about the first act is needed to whet the reader’s appetite for more. For my short story collection, Inappropriate Behavior, only the first story is offered, which should be plenty to scare off the timid and the tasteful.

Still, it’s a major section of the novels given for free to the interested reader, a hell of a lot more than that tease “sample” given by Amazon for its Kindle books. (A tease that has proved incredibly effective, don’t get me wrong, but for some reason I don’t feel I have precisely the same marketing reach as Amazon.com.)

So what makes me do this? Desperation? No, quite the opposite! It’s confidence in my product—my books—that makes me believe that the more of my stuff people consume, the more they’re gonna want of it.

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It’s a proven, ethical marketing strategy.

What I’m trying to say is that you should immediately scan that QR code up there or just go to SeanHoade.com and get reading. (Then, of course, you should tell all of your friends and family and maybe some random people who look like they have money about the great FREE samples of awesome fiction available there.) I worked hard to streamline the design so everything on my site can be easily read on any device. I really hope you’ll stop by and take a look. You can even copy and paste the samples into a Word or .rtf document and send it to your Kindle or Nook!

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Or your Kobo, if you’re not into technology.

NEXT TIME: THE FINAL CHAPTER OF PUBLICITY: THE AMUSICAL! READ ABOUT MY UPCOMING CTHULHUCON APPEARANCE AND RADIO INTERVIEWS!

Publicity Part 3! Business cards and bookmarks! Even “hope”!

Sometimes the best-planned lays of mice and … wait, I think I messed that up …

Anyway, as Aristotle said, “Greek words.” And that has never been truer than it is today. In my next blog entry, I shall tell the tale of how I was all set for my worldwide international multi-country “publicity without borders” interview on popular live podcast Zombiepalooza Radio with Jackie Chin about my juuuuuust-released novel, Reviva Las Vegas! when, to quote President John Adams, “shit got all like fucked-up and shit.”

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“I’m on a gold muthafukkin coin. Yo’ ass on a gold coin, bitch? Yeah, di-int think so.”

“Wait,” you’re thinking, or maybe not, “didn’t that zombie poker book come out last year?” Well, yes and no. Mostly no. The thing is, I wrote it under the auspices of the birdcage liner that was my Permuted Press contract and so I had self-pubbed a dashed-together advance reader’s copy so that I could make a quick buck generate some buzz for when RLV actually came out this year.

Well, the Permuted thing died but I still had this fantastic novel (pardon my modesty) and so I have self-pubbed it with a real cover and carefully designed, um, design. I also gave Deadtown Abbey, my Lovecraftian take on the manor house life, a much cleaner design, the original cover being so busy I couldn’t get an appointment with it until July.

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Anyway, I gave it a no-less-crazy but much less eye-torturing cover and made a few corrections (it was called the Titanic, not the Big Smokestack Boat—what am I, a historian? *) and BAM, I gots two new books hitting the market.

Did you see there, where I said “the market”? Yeah, that’s the rub. I know a lot of other writers and I have wonderful and book-hungry friends, but selling a book only to people you know is called, in international business parlance, “fucking pathetic.”

I do exaggerate a bit, since I’ve sold many copies at different Comic Cons and such and also through word of mouth, but never through much organized publicity. A couple of hundred copies makes me happy, but Fifty Shades it is not. (In many ways.) This whole new release thing and the attendant actual publicity effort has been made possible by the good folks at [WORKPLACE NAME REDACTED], who released something of their own: Me, from their employment. It was a complete, and horrible, surprise.

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Although, come to think of it, my last performance review wasn’t totally positive.

It has not been easy financially, to say the least. (I couldn’t afford roller derby tickets, for God’s sake.) But the Spousal Unit, Ann, showed me that actually, with unemployment and cheap Obamacare insurance AND THE GODDAMNED CHILD SUPPORT BEING DONE (ahem, excuse me), I’ll actually be taking home only slightly less than I was from my 40+ hours of outside work each week.

This was freeing, to say the least, and so, since that dark day (March 31), I have been working feverishly to get the new editions ready for the Portland CthulhuCon this coming weekend (I’ll sell only a few, but I will sell them among my fantastic Lovecraftian brethren and sisthren). They are ready, they are shipped to Portland, and I am also bringing my incredibly wonderful bookmarks for the swag bags of everyone I can reach.

This is a rather low level of “publicity,” but you have to start somewhere, so after a small seed loan from acolyte and long-haired hippie Calvin Ryan, this is where I started. Here’s the new one for Deadtown Abbey (the blue and red lines won’t be on the actual bookmarks):

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And here’s the new one (actually the first and only one so far, but still) for Reviva Las Vegas!:

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You are currently amazed, right? Well, listen to this: I’m not even a professional graphic designer. I KNOW, RIGHT???

But that is nothing—nothing, I tell you—compared to the glory that is my new business card. Look upon my 2″ x 3½” works, ye Mighty, and despair!

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I won’t lie: I love this design, and if you don’t like it, you are obviously a poopyhead. On the back will be just text saying, “Read the first half of any of my books for FREE at SeanHoade.com.” Then maybe like a QR code or a manual phonograph or whatever the hip kids are doing these days.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions I made up about these business cards:

Q. Won’t this design make people think you’re a comics writer or artist?

A. No. And even if it did, once they visit my website (the raison d’être for the business cards in the first place), all confusion (over that, anyway) will be dispelled.

Q. Um … that’s really the only question I had.

A. Come on, think of something. It’s not “Frequently Asked Question.”

Q. Fine, hold on … ummmmm … okay: What does “raison d’être” mean?

A. It means, “To eat a raisin.”

Q. What? That is completely false.

A. No more questions.

NEXT TIME ON SEAN HOADE BRINGS YOU THE WORLD’S GREATEST BLOG IN THE WORLD!

Zombiepalooza Radio, CthulhuCon 2015, and 10 ways to make sure no one ever wants to buy your book EVAR. And also more publicity stratagems from the mind of my Spousal Unit! 
 

* — Answer: No. I am not.

Publicity, Part 2! With SWEET zombie-killing video!

Okay, so when we last met, I was talking about the new versions of the books. And that is YAY! But now I shall talk about some actual publicity I’ll be doing, starting this very week!

The Zombie Apocalypse Store

My awesome friends Samantha and Tim are in town this week, so I took them over to Las Vegas’s own Zombie Apocalypse Store. While we were there, I took the opportunity to relieve our planet of one of the undead horde. This is the new reality TV: FAKE reality TV. Oh, wait, that’s what reality TV already is …

Sean Incinerates Zombie!

While I was there, I got a copy of Reviva Las Vegas! into the clerk’s hands and left some bookmarks. I’m thinking a few or more copies could sell, seeing as how it’s ZOMBIES in VEGAS and all. The store is AMAZING and you must visit it if you come to Sin City. It truly has everything you need as a zombie hunter or regular survivalist.

I shall also be taking the books around to various book stores in the valley (which you can count on one hand, basically) and hand-selling some copies of RLV and DA.

Guesting on Zombiepalooza Radio

I am making the publicity rounds for the most recent two books, the ones self-pubbed in 2015, Deadtown Abbey and Reviva Las Vegas! Having made wonderful friends in the zombie aficionado and the Lovecraftian communities, I’m scheduled to be a guest on Zombiepalooza radio to talk about Reviva Las Vegas! THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 17 FROM 10–11 p.m. Eastern time, which of course is 9–10 Central, 8–9 Mountain, and 7–8 here in Pacific time!

Catch it right here: ZOMBIEPALOOZA RADIO!

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Although it is a bit tough to understand them when they call in with a request.

Keeping Portland Weird at CthulhuCon

After that, I’m headed to Portland from April 25–26 for the 20th Annual CthulhuCon to meet with my favorite people in the literary world, the Lovecraftian writers, readers, and gamers that make the eldritch life worth living! I’ll be reading my story “MudMen” and appearing on some panels to talk all things HPL, baby. (I hope to get a video of it up on YouTube, like I currently I have last year’s reading from Deadtown Abbey.)

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The only thing more Lovecraftian legit than this would be MC Hammer singing hymns at an Esoteric Order of Dagon tent revival.

Rolling a 20 on Lovecraft eZine LIVE

Also at the CthulhuCon, I’ll get to see my friend and person who introduced me to the world of Lovecraftiana, Mike Davis of the Lovecraft eZine, THE nexus of everything to do with the Old Gent from Providence in every medium. I will then be appearing on his unmissable live video podcast to talk about Deadtown Abbey on SUNDAY, MAY 3 at 6 p.m. Eastern, so 3 p.m. out here in the West.

Watch it live here: LOVECRAFT eZINE VIDEO PODCAST! (And if you miss the live broadcast, Mike has a full YouTube archive. SO much good stuff there.)

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Maybe a bit too much.

That’s just the beginning

My Spousal Unit, Ann, has become my business manager (with Sean Conner as my completely unlicensed personal attorney and Gregory Pius as my Portland connection) and between her efforts and my own, there should be quite a bit more to report publicity-wise in the coming weeks and months. If anyone has any suggestions for good outlets, I hope you’ll let me know either by email or in the comment section below.

Upcoming stuff

  • The Portland Living Dead Convention in June
  • Salt Lake Comic Con in September
  • Reviews, like, everywhere!

Be well, dear hearts, and let’s talk again soon.