Too quiet.

November 29, 2014 in Blog

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Yes, things have been too quiet around here. At my editor’s suggestion, I’ve stepped back from all writing projects to clear my head and catch up on my reading. This means no blogging as well. Unfortunately this means I’m behind schedule with . . . well, everything. Monochrome and ULT, specifically. In taking on so many different projects, I inadvertently overwhelmed myself, and the result was a complete block. Stepping away from everything was a necessary evil.

The good news is that I’ve knocked out a few reads in the last few weeks, including King’s latest, REVIVAL, which you should all go read right now. Speaking of which, my goal for this coming week is to put together a massive “holiday buying guide” comprised of books you should consider buying and reading.

There’s also a big holiday broadcast coming up from The Geeky Writer gang on December 18th, during which I’ll be giving away a Christmas stocking full of goodies, so you don’t want to miss that one. I’ll post details in a separate entry.

That’s about it for now, I think. I hope my American readers had a great Thanksgiving; I hope my international friends are having a great weekend!

See you next week,

TK

Flotsam.

October 20, 2014 in Blog

Hello, folks.

I know I’ve been lax with updates these last few weeks. Like always, I’ve been busy with things both writing- and life-related. I’m generally more active on social media these days, although I’ve tried to limit my time there as well. I’ll get to why in a few paragraphs.

First, some news:

The Geeky Writer Gang is having a rare mid-week broadcast tomorrow night at 8 PM EST (October 21st). This will happen just like previous broadcasts, so if you want to participate, join the Facebook event page here. Some of us will probably be in costume of some variety.

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My stories & novels are slowly being rolled out to the NOOK platform, as well as Kobo and Scribd. ALT and ULT #1 & #2 are now on sale; ULT #3 follows on this Friday, 10/24; TLM follows on 10/30; and ULT #4 follows on 10/31. Prices will be the same as they are on the Kindle platform.

A new anthology curated by Terry West, titled “Journals of Horror: Found Fiction,” also goes on sale on 10/31, and is currently available for pre-order. It contains my flash fiction story, HUMAN RESOURCES, as
well as the work of Glenn Rolfe, D.S. Ullery, Stuart Keene, and more.

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I’m working on a novel. Yes, you read that correctly. A story I started writing a couple of weeks ago surprised me by revealing many links to something I started—and abandoned—years ago. The working title for now is DEVIL’S CREEK, and it centers around a local legend from my hometown of Corbin, Kentucky. Yes, this means NONENTITY is on hold for now. No, I’m not abandoning it—Mr. Candle’s story is very much alive and well. I’m just not ready to write it yet. When I’m ready, I’ll let you know.

Going back to something I mentioned above, if you follow me on social media and I seem distant, I assure you it’s nothing personal. Truth is, I’ve been dealing with some drama behind the scenes related to an upcoming anthology which contains my work. I’m hesitant to say anything else, but I will say this: I will not be promoting it. If you want to read the story that’s in said anthology, I recommend you wait until next year when the exclusivity term has lapsed. The story in question will be released as an ULT once rights revert.

Naturally, all of the bullshit going on behind the scenes has sapped most of my motivation, and for the last several nights I’ve busied myself with catching up on my reading (currently Stephen King’s IT) and playing The Evil Within (which is pretty awesome, by the way). I’ve also been doing a little research into ritual magic, burial practices, and probate law for the aforementioned novel-in-progress. But that’s a conversation for another time.

So yeah, that’s what I’m up to right now.

More soon,

TK

Irons in the fire.

September 20, 2014 in Blog

I just got back from mailing the last two copies of ULT. One was erroneously flagged “return to sender;” the other I held because its recipient was in the process of moving. Now that the final two copies are out of my hands again, I thought it best to jot down a few words here.

Normally, I write a long post in which I reflect on the journey to releasing a book, but this time I don’t think I’m going to. ULT was a reflective journey from start to finish, and to be perfectly honest, I’d rather look forward right now.

If you follow me on social media (and I don’t see why you wouldn’t), you’ve probably seen me mention different works in progress once or twice. The truth is, I have six different WIPs at the moment–not including the final Monochrome book.

We’re also working on launching my back catalog on other platforms now that the exclusivity arrangement with Amazon has lapsed. To that point, A LIFE TRANSPARENT goes on sale on the NOOK platform on September 29th. It’ll also be available on Kobo, Scribd, etc. Probably not iTunes, though, because Apple has an issue with me linking to the print versions on B&N, and because “Apple can go fuck itself.” (He said with a grin while checking email from his iPhone.)

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THE LIMINAL MAN will probably follow at the end of October, on the two-year anniversary of its initial release. The back catalog of ULT stories will also follow in October as well.

Now, back to those irons in the fire. I’ve got a tentative list of stories that will make up the next round of ULT releases. Only two of them are done, and have been published–or are being published–this year, so I can’t lead with them.

Here’s the list:

  • HOUSE OF NETTLE AND THORN – This was originally going to be ULT #5, but I set it aside because I needed to rework it. I eventually did, but not until earlier this summer, and its since been purchased for publication in the forthcoming DEAD HARVEST anthology (release date pending). The contract stipulates a six-month rights term from the date of publication, so once that’s cleared, this one will be prepped for an ULT release.
  • THE OTHER LAND EXPRESS – This was published in ROBBED OF SLEEP: VOLUME ONE earlier this year. Rights are wide open, but I want to lead the second round with something entirely new.
  • THE DARKNESS BETWEEN DEAD STARS – My current WIP and one I’m determined to finish within the next couple of weeks. It’s about a civilian who volunteers for a one-way mission to Mars–and when he’s about 50 million km away from Earth, someone/something knocks on the door. Obviously there’s a lot more to it than that . . .
  • MR. McOGGLE’S GUMDROP PANDEMONIUM – This one is my ode to H.F. Arnold’s The Night Wire. It’s written in a similar style, from the perspective of a night security guard who’s hired to keep an eye on Moon Hill, PA’s only toy store. Yes, it takes place in Anthony J. Rapino’s fictional town of Moon Hill (with his permission, of course).
  • WE WHO WHISPER YOUR DREAMS – This is another leftover from the original ULT sessions last year. I didn’t get very far, but I’m hoping to bring this one to completion in the next couple of months. Tentatively, it’s about lucid dreaming, “Old Hag” syndrome, and sleep apnea; it’s also based on a weird dream I had in which I hard a voice speaking to me from inside my mattress.
  • WHEN THE DEAD RUN – One more leftover from last year that never went beyond the early stages of conception. The premise is simple: a recently-divorced middle-aged guy is trying to get back into shape by going for nightly jogs. One night while he’s out for his job, he glimpses a beautiful woman who is also out for a fun–except she’s glowing, and there’s a cluster of shadows chasing her. Hilarity ensues.
  • THE FINAL RECONCILIATION – This one may or may not end up being an ULT story when it’s finished. I haven’t decided yet. It’s shaping up to be a slow burn and may become a full-fledged novella. Anyway, it’s about an aging rock star recounting his progressive metal band’s rise to stardom–and the last show that effectively ended their careers. They’re the Yellow Kings, and their album, “The Final Reconciliation” is driving their fans mad . . .
  • THIS WON’T END WELL – An idea I had as recently as yesterday that won’t release its grip from my imagination. This one’s about two warring neighbors whose unhappiness with one another reaches hilariously violent, depraved, supernatural heights.

Like I said above, these are tentative. Anything could change between now and . . . whenever these are published. This is what I’ll be working on for the next few months.

And no, before you ask, I haven’t forgotten about the last Monochrome novel. I have lots of notes and a dry-erase board next to my desk filled with all sorts of things to remind me that I have an obligation to keep. And because I’m sadistic, here’s a teaser: “The Ungod is the absence of creativity and ambition.”

Have a good weekend, everyone.

TK

An update concerning ULT: Volume One.

August 28, 2014 in Blog

I just sent this out to folks who pre-ordered UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, but if you’re one of those people and the email didn’t go through, you’ll want to read this:

Good afternoon, folks.

I’m writing to give you a short update concerning the status of UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE.

An order was placed with the printer on Tuesday, 8/19, following the close of the pre-order window. Yesterday, 8/27, the books were delivered.

Unfortunately, there was a manufacturing problem with this batch of books. As you will see in the attached photos, the jackets were not folded properly, resulting in some severe misalignment. I want these books to be perfect for you, and in their current state, I can’t justify mailing them to you at this point in time.

I’ve contacted the printer and submitted a claim for the issue, and I expect to hear from my sales rep shortly. The books themselves appear to be fine, so I suspect they will be sending me new jackets to fold myself.

This means there will be a slight delay in the mailing of your books. I’d hoped to have them ready to mail by next weekend, on schedule for the mid-September estimate, but with this setback, there’s simply no way I can meet that.

I’m so sorry for this delay. I know many of you are excited to receive this book, and I feel horrible having to do this. I hope you all understand.

I will update you once I’ve received word from the sales rep on how they intend to rectify this error.

Kind regards,

TK

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August 23, 2014 in Blog

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I wanted to post this earlier in the week but time got away from me as usual. Last weekend was the pre-order deadline for UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, and to say that my expectations were exceeded is an understatement. I didn’t want to talk numbers during the pre-order period because, frankly, I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing until just a couple of weeks ago

I mean, I had every reason to be. Up until this edition, everything that Precipice has put out has been for fair market value. This was our first “premium” item, and I wasn’t sure how well it would go over with readers. Did the first four ULT stories carry enough momentum to propel this print edition to a successful number?

Yes, they did.

My goal for pre-orders was 25; my dream was 50. We hit 25 about a week before the deadline, and by the deadline, we reached 45—which is closer to 50 than I ever expected to get.

Technically there will be 46 copies if you count the galley proof, but I’m not numbering that one. The rest will be signed, numbered, and personalized as advertised. An order was placed with the printer earlier this week, and I expect to have books in hand within another week or two. “The Harbinger” audio book is complete, as is the special website we set up for those who pre-ordered.

As with every project, I’m at that point where I look back to see the road traveled. Just a year ago, I was in a pretty dark place—the ULT stories are a reflection of that—and I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to keep writing. Releasing a short story collection in print seemed like a costly pipe dream. Hitting the bottom of my issues last year put a lot in perspective and forced me to change the way I look at things. The decision to release the ULT stories digitally as separate entries was born from that change, enabling the eventual production of the hardcover which will be in your hands around the middle of next month. And now here we are.

So where to from here?

Two future ULT releases are already in the can, and you’ve possibly already read one of them as it appeared in Robbed of Sleep. Another ULT story will appear in Dead Harvest later this year. I’m also working on a project that I’m calling THE FINAL RECONCILIATION about a prog rock band called The Yellow Kings. I’m not sure what that one wants to be, but it certainly has my attention for now. It may become an ULT entry; it may become something else altogether. I won’t know until it’s finished.

Of course, there’s also the final Monochrome novel. I’m still plotting, still sorting everything out. You know I don’t want to rush this one. I want to do it right, and it will be done when it’s done.

I’ll post an update here once I receive the ULT copies. In the meantime, I hope you all have a great weekend.

TK

P.S. I almost forgot: My back catalog, including the individual ULT stories, are slowly being prepped for launch in other formats, the largest being the Nook. I’ll post here once we get closer to launching those. No time frame as of yet.

FYI: 13 Days To Go.

August 3, 2014 in Blog

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Heads up, folks. There are only 13 days left to pre-order UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE. If you’ve been holding off, now would be a good time to decide. And in case you’re still on the fence, maybe this audio sample of THE HARBINGER will persuade you:

Get those pre-orders in by August 16th!

TK

Addressing Misconceptions + Announcements

July 15, 2014 in Blog

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Hey folks. I received some messages from folks recently on my FB author page, asking questions about what’s in the ULT hardcover package. Considering this information is already available elsewhere, I’m just going to copy & paste it for you here:

Each copy of ULT LE will be signed, numbered, and personalized. The book is 296 pages and contains the following:

  • A foreword written by Anthony J. Rapino, author of Reality Engineers and Welcome to Moon Hill.
  • The four original ULT stories.
  • A separate section titled “Skeletons in my Closet,” which contains an additional twelve stories from Keisling’s archives. These are stories that have been out of print, or in some cases, have never been published before, including Keisling’s award-winning novella, “Migration of the Butterfly.”
  • An entire section titled “Story Notes,” in which Keisling discusses the origins behind every story in this volume—even the old stuff.
  • “For the Fans,” a special surprise for readers of the Monochrome Trilogy. If you’re following Donovan Candle, you do not want to miss this.

Each book will come with an ULT-themed bookmark and a 4 x 6 print of an ULT Kindle cover design, signed by the author’s wife and designer, Erica Keisling.

Oh, and one more thing: In each book will be a second 4 x 6 card with instructions. What sort of instructions? We’re glad you asked . . .

Each instruction card (lavender-scented, just like Maggie Eloquence from The Harbinger) comes with a password and address to a website set up exclusively for those of you who pre-order this book. On this website you’ll find a ton of extras, including:

  • “The Harbinger” in audio book format (and free to download).

  • Scans of the editor’s notes.

  • Early and unfinished story drafts.

  • Concept & design sketches for the covers.

  • Early access to the next release in the ULT series–available to you free of charge before it hits Amazon.

Remember, the deadline for preorders is August 16th, which leaves you just a little over a month to place your order. This edition is NOT going to be available anywhere else, so if you don’t preorder, you will not be able to get a copy later on. It’s an exclusive one-time thing.

In other news . . .

I had two stories accepted for publication last Friday. Yeah, two in one day. Insane.

The second ULT story, WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN, will appear in WIDOWMAKERS, an anthology being put together to help out author James Newman who suffered severe injuries earlier this year when a tree branch fell on him. All proceeds will go to helping cover his medical bills. Other authors in this anthology include Brian Keene, Paul Anderson, Tim Marquitz, Mercedes M. Yardley, and many more. Here’s the full TOC.

My new story HOUSE OF NETTLE & THORN (yeah, the one that gave me so much trouble last year) will appear in DEAD HARVEST, a new anthology by Scarlet Galleon Publications. I don’t have a full TOC for that one yet. I know Mark over at Scarlet Galleon is still sorting out everything since the anthology will be released in two volumes. I’ll post more info on that when I have it.

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The Geeky Writer gang is getting together again next Monday, July 21st @ 9 PM EST. I’ll post details for that in a separate entry, but you can get a head start by joining the FB event.

Work slowly stumbles forward with NONENTITY. ULT is taking up most of my time right now, but I’m chipping away at the book when I can. I hit a road block yesterday, and I may have to jump to a different place in the storyline for a while so I can overcome it. Which is fine, I guess, considering I’ve never written these novels chronologically anyway. Not really.

That’s all I’ve got for now. More soon.

TK

Mark your calendars: ULT goes up for pre-order July 2nd!

June 30, 2014 in Blog

The galley proof for the ULT hardcover showed up on Friday. It’s beautiful:

 

But this post isn’t about photos. It’s about announcing details on how to get your hands on this beautiful edition–and what it contains. In fact, Precipice Books already announced it this morning, so I’m just going to copy & paste from there.

Each copy of ULT LE will be signed, numbered, and personalized. The book is 296 pages and contains the following:

  • A foreword written by Anthony J. Rapino, author of Reality Engineers and Welcome to Moon Hill.
  • The four original ULT stories.
  • A separate section titled “Skeletons in my Closet,” which contains an additional twelve stories from Keisling’s archives. These are stories that have been out of print, or in some cases, have never been published before, including Keisling’s award-winning novella, “Migration of the Butterfly.”
  • An entire section titled “Story Notes,” in which Keisling discusses the origins behind every story in this volume—even the old stuff.
  • “For the Fans,” a special surprise for readers of the Monochrome Trilogy. If you’re following Donovan Candle, you do not want to miss this.

Each book will come with an ULT-themed bookmark and a 4 x 6 print of an ULT Kindle cover design, signed by the author’s wife and designer, Erica Keisling.

Oh, and one more thing: In each book will be a second 4 x 6 card with instructions. What sort of instructions? We’re glad you asked . . .

Each instruction card (lavender-scented, just like Maggie Eloquence from The Harbinger) comes with a password and address to a website set up exclusively for those of you who pre-order this book. On this website you’ll find a ton of extras, including:

  • “The Harbinger” in audio book format (and free to download).
  • Scans of the editor’s notes.
  • Early and unfinished story drafts.
  • Concept & design sketches for the covers.
  • Early access to the next release in the ULT series–available to you free of charge before it hits Amazon.

We wanted to make the book special to readers, and it’s become a labor of love for everyone involved. As a result, the book will NOT be available through Amazon, B&N, or any other retailer. The only place to order this book is through our pre-order page.

Take note: The pre-orders window will not remain open forever. In fact, it will close on August 16th, and once it closes, we will not be taking any more orders. In other words, only those who order a copy will receive one! This is an exclusive, one-time deal. If only 50 people order, then only 50 copies of this book will ever exist–making the book a true collector’s item for fans of Keisling’s work.

The price for the ULT LE package will be $50 domestic / $65 international. These prices include shipping. Payments will be processed via PayPal until August 16th. After that, the window closes and no more orders will be taken. We’ll place an order with the printer, ship them to Mr. Keisling for signing & personalization, and then he will ship them out to you.

The pre-order window opens on 12:00 AM Wednesday, July 2nd. Bookmark this page and prepare yourself. Things are going to get ugly.

And there you have it. Midnight, July 2nd. We’ve worked very hard to make this book something special for the fans, and I think you won’t be disappointed. Now, I’m going to go back to my cave so I can finish editing the audio for The Harbinger audio book . . .

TK

ULT Cover Reveal!

June 24, 2014 in Blog

Yesterday I promised followers on my Facebook page that I’d reveal the cover spread for the ULT limited edition hardcover if I reached 600 likes before Friday. Well, we hit that number, so I’m owning up to my part of the bargain. I’m not quite ready to announce details (I’m waiting for a proof copy to arrive first), but for the time being, here’s what the ULT hardcover will look like:

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Stay tuned.

TK

So this showed up yesterday . . .

June 20, 2014 in Blog

My paperback copy of Robbed of Sleep arrived! Check it out:

 

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The Other Land Express

Also, I apologize for the radio silence these last few weeks. I’ve been working in Erica to finalize the ULT hardcover. The interior is done, and she’s working on the cover spread now. I’ve also got some other goodies planned, but those are a surprise for now. I do think you’ll be pleased, though!

Stay tuned,

TK