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A new level.

April 23, 2014 in Blog by Todd

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Todd’s been nothing but consistent with his ULT run. While some installments may lean closer to the dark side, each tale has been solid. But this one, this one takes everything to a new level. 

The folks at HNR have been incredibly kind to me over the last couple of years, and with the exception of ULT #3 (which Matt didn’t review–Vitina did, giving it a perfect score), my work has pulled in rankings of 4 & 4.5 on a fairly consistent basis. Like I said, they’ve been incredibly kind. Even I wouldn’t rank ALT that high–in my mind, it’s a 3.5 star novel–but if history will show anything, it’s that I’m my own worst critic.

Anyway, I’ve often wondered what I’d have to do to impress a horror aficionado like Matt and earn a perfect score. Last night, Matt Molgaard reviewed ULT #4: THE HARBINGER. He gave it a perfect score. Here’s a tiny preview of what he had to say:

Keisling, at this point, may have outdone himself. While I’m a massive, massive fan of A Life Transparent, The Harbinger is exponentially more terrifying. And it’s taboo (oh boy do I want to gush spoilers!) in a way that’s going to disturb a whole lot of readers. It’s not likely to turn the sensitive away in disgust, but there’s some touchy material here and it will indeed resonate. Controversial or not, the mechanics of The Harbinger are clearly refined, and the concept is about as alluring as they come.

Yeah. Needless to say, I was punching the air this morning when I read it. Be sure to click through and read the whole thing.

If you’re new here, or if you just haven’t read THE HARBINGER, you should get on that right now. It’s $3. Don’t be a miser.

TK

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Book Chatter #67

April 20, 2014 in Blog by Todd

Last Friday I was invited to an impromptu session of Book Chatter alongside host Stacey Cochran and fellow guests Elisa Lorello, Anthony J. Rapino, and Mercedes M. Yardley. Here’s a recording of the show:

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The Ugly Little Q&A is now available to watch!

April 11, 2014 in Blog by Todd

Many thanks to everyone who tuned in, and a very special thanks to Mercedes for moderating the chat. We had a lot of fun, as I’m sure you’ll see when you watch:

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LIVE Q&A TONIGHT!

April 11, 2014 in Blog by Todd

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This month’s entry in the ULT series brings an end to the first sequence of stories, and to commemorate this milestone, I’ve decided to go live on Google Hangouts to take your questions.

But I won’t be alone. Joining me is my dear friend Mercedes Murdock Yardley, author of NAMELESS and the Hugo-nominated novella, APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU. She has volunteered to be a moderator for the Q&A, an act which is entirely selfless and also incredibly masochistic. Seriously, I don’t think she knows what she’s getting into.

How will this work?

First thing’s first: You need to RSVP for this event. Once you’ve done that, post your question(s) on the event page’s wall. You can ask as many as you like between now and the day of the event. I can’t promise we’ll get to all of them, but I can promise that I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can.

The Q&A will go live this Friday evening, 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. We’ll post a link to the YouTube stream about ten minutes before show time.

But wait! THERE’S MORE!

As an incentive for you to actually show up and participate, I’m going to do something I haven’t done in a while—a giveaway. One lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive Kindle copies of the entire ULT library. I might even throw in some extras. You’ll just have to tune in and find out. :-)

To recap: Friday, April 11th. 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. RSVP and post your questions to the event wall. A link to the YouTube stream will be posted a few minutes before the broadcast.

We hope you’ll join us!

TK

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[REMINDER] Ugly Little Q&A Tomorrow Night!

April 10, 2014 in Blog by Todd

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This month’s entry in the ULT series brings an end to the first sequence of stories, and to commemorate this milestone, I’ve decided to go live on Google Hangouts to take your questions.

But I won’t be alone. Joining me is my dear friend Mercedes Murdock Yardley, author of NAMELESS and the Hugo-nominated novella, APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU. She has volunteered to be a moderator for the Q&A, an act which is entirely selfless and also incredibly masochistic. Seriously, I don’t think she knows what she’s getting into.

How will this work?

First thing’s first: You need to RSVP for this event. Once you’ve done that, post your question(s) on the event page’s wall. You can ask as many as you like between now and the day of the event. I can’t promise we’ll get to all of them, but I can promise that I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can.

The Q&A will go live this Friday evening, 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. We’ll post a link to the YouTube stream about ten minutes before show time.

But wait! THERE’S MORE!

As an incentive for you to actually show up and participate, I’m going to do something I haven’t done in a while—a giveaway. One lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive Kindle copies of the entire ULT library. I might even throw in some extras. You’ll just have to tune in and find out. :-)

To recap: Friday, April 11th. 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. RSVP and post your questions to the event wall. A link to the YouTube stream will be posted a few minutes before the broadcast.

We hope you’ll join us!

TK

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Proof of concept.

April 9, 2014 in Blog by Todd

I decided to invest in some audio equipment last week, and last night, after finally figuring out how to set it all up, I recorded this. It isn’t mastered, I didn’t rehearse the voices, and there are some volume issues, but this will give you an idea of what a Monochrome audio book would sound like if they ever happen. And they may in the future, once I manage to develop a better recording space. In the meantime, listen to this scene from ALT. Listen to what could be:

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DIRTBAGS!

April 7, 2014 in Blog by Todd

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At long last, my good friend Eryk Pruitt’s debut novel DIRTBAGS went on sale this weekend. On my birthday, to be exact, and while I haven’t finished it, I’m far enough along to say that it’s good. Really good. If you like pulpy noir tales with a really dark sense of humor, you should check out this book. Here’s a synopsis:

In the southern town of Lake Castor, the old mill closed, and jobs vanished. But Calvin Cantrell doesn’t care for those jobs anyway. Instead, he dreams of becoming a famous serial killer. When sleazy restauranteur Tom London hires Calvin to kill his ex-wife, Calvin’s dreams begin. And so do Lake Castor’s nightmares.

Check out this hilarious trailer:

Dirtbags by Eryk Pruitt from Nick Karner on Vimeo.

DIRTBAGS is available now in print, on Kindle, and on Nook. Check it out!

TK

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AN UGLY LITTLE Q&A!

April 6, 2014 in Blog by Todd

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This month’s entry in the ULT series brings an end to the first sequence of stories, and to commemorate this milestone, I’ve decided to go live on Google Hangouts to take your questions.

But I won’t be alone. Joining me is my dear friend Mercedes Murdock Yardley, author of NAMELESS and the Hugo-nominated novella, APOCALYPTIC MONTESSA AND NUCLEAR LULU. She has volunteered to be a moderator for the Q&A, an act which is entirely selfless and also incredibly masochistic. Seriously, I don’t think she knows what she’s getting into.

How will this work?

First thing’s first: You need to RSVP for this event. Once you’ve done that, post your question(s) on the event page’s wall. You can ask as many as you like between now and the day of the event. I can’t promise we’ll get to all of them, but I can promise that I’ll do my best to answer as many as I can.

The Q&A will go live this Friday evening, 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. We’ll post a link to the YouTube stream about ten minutes before show time.

But wait! THERE’S MORE!

As an incentive for you to actually show up and participate, I’m going to do something I haven’t done in a while—a giveaway. One lucky participant will be chosen at random to receive Kindle copies of the entire ULT library. I might even throw in some extras. You’ll just have to tune in and find out. :-)

To recap: Friday, April 11th. 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST. RSVP and post your questions to the event wall. A link to the YouTube stream will be posted a few minutes before the broadcast.

We hope you’ll join us!

TK

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ULT #4: THE HARBINGER IS ON SALE NOW!

April 4, 2014 in Blog by Todd

The wait is over.

Welcome to Dalton.

Take a tour of the Dalton Dollworks. Grab a bite to eat at Meyer’s Diner.

Just stay away from the church, and try not to mind the smell . . . 

The Harbinger

 

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A homework assignment.

April 1, 2014 in Blog by Todd

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By the time most of you read this, we’ll have moved forward on the countdown to THE HARBINGER by one day. So with that in mind, I have a little homework assignment for you.

Ready? Okay:

I want you to tell three people about the ULT series. While I’d prefer they be horror fans, they don’t have to be. It can be on Facebook, on Twitter, any other social media outlet, or even better, in person.

The important thing is that you utilize the most important promotional tool in existence: word of mouth.

Let’s get people talking about ULT. Let’s get them as excited for the final ULT entry as you are–because you are, right? (It’s okay, you can lie to me.)

Thanks for your help, folks. More soon.

TK