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Patreonage


I’ve finally broken down and put together a Patreon page. It’s just a beginning — I don’t know exactly what to do yet…so I’m offering a story or a piece of a wip each week, plus access to music that then public won’t see for a while and the opportunity to have me write something from your story prompt.
Just part of an overall effort to organize and focus. I’d welcome participation and suggestions. Thanks for reading!

The Furking Leer


Gillian's Marsh (first edition / out of print)Gillian’s Marsh by Michael Faun

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blood in the water, blood in the land. Southern Gothic crossed with B-Movie, like John Farris and Flannery O’Connor wrote a script to be directed by Jim and Artie Mitchell. Lurid and mesmerizing, festooned with horrors taken for granted flowing into each other like water under the mangrove trees overhung with Spanish moss in little old New Alabama…the narrator’s camera eye does not shrink from depicting each gross and engrossing incident in this catalogue of terror.
It’s just past the Civil War in the American south. Luann Lee escapes the preacher only to be “rescued” by Red, who should probably be played by Rory Calhoun if you can’t get Kurtwood Smith, in the movie, when someone like Brian Yuzna or Stuart Gordon directs it.
I can just imagine Red’s face, with a furking leer on it and the blood running from his mouth. Michael Faun depicts him so expertly, draws the environment so clearly, evokes crawling horror so well, that you’ll never get the taste out of your mouth.

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Highly recommended. Also recommended-Drugula, by the same author.

No Longer VagueBook


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TEST PATTERNS is the name of the book. We’re collecting the money to get the thing out to the public.

“When the regular programming ends, the Test Patterns begin…

The concept; a collection of short speculative fictions written with classic television shows such as The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, and The Night Gallery, in mind. These will be the dreams and nightmares one finds themselves waking from after watching that eerie midnight movie, only to find themselves bathed in the gray glow of the test pattern on the TV screen. A collection richly varied stories which might impart a moral, inspire thought, offer meaning, inspire hope, or instill dread. Tales told in unique ways, employing provocative twists and surprises, and exploring the universal themes of humanity and self-discovery through the lenses of horror, fantasy, and science fiction.

This will be the premier publication and flagship anthology of Planet X Publications, a new press founded in California in 2017 by Michael Adams. Author and musician Duane Pesice of Planet Moderan Press is serving as editor-in-chief of this volume, bringing in diverse talent from (literally) around the world to delight and disturb our readers with brand new tales of the weird and otherworldly. If successful, we hope to make Test Patterns an annual series, showcasing the best and brightest writers working in weird fiction today, and the emerging talents who will become household names in the years to come.

This volume of Test Patterns is currently slated to include new works by:
Arinn Dembo,
Ashley Dioses,
Jordan Krall,
J.B. Lee,
Frederick J. Mayer,
K.A. Opperman,
Duane Pesice,
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.,
Christopher Ropes,
John Claude Smith,
Jeffrey Thomas,
Scott Thomas,
Sarah Walker,
Can Wiggins
(TOC is subject to change)

The proceeds of this Go Fund Me campaign will go directly to the publication of this book by providing funds to pay our authors, cover artist, and printing costs.

Rewards for donors will be as follows;

Those who make a contribution of $5 will receive an eBook, in the format of your choice, Mobi, ePub, or PDF, of Test Patterns when it is available.

Those who make a contribution of $20 will receive a paperback copy of Test Patterns, plus an eBook version.

Those who make a contribution of $40 will receive a limited edition hardcover edition of Test Patterns, plus an eBook version.

Anyone seeking multiple copies or combinations of rewards, may donate the amount covering multiple rewards and email planetxpublications@gmail.com to specify reward types.

We hope to fulfill rewards and publish Test Patterns by Fall 2017, in time for Halloween.

Help spread the word!”

In the mighty mighty water


before Crazytown

My book before Crazytownbefore Crazytown has gone live on Amazon, to  no great fanfare. I have an author page now. Not much danger of it going to my head.

But still a necessary step in the journey. The first big one–many more to come. The first POD book will be coming in a few weeks (the novel Fear and Loathing in Innsmouth), and the Crazytown collection not long after that.

Letters from Outside will be going live starting tomorrow. I’ll start copying and pasting the material, in reverse alphabetical order, as soon as I am physically able to do so. Dunno how many stories I’ll put up. Depends on how the day goes–there are several possible scenarios where I may not get much done, depending on the results of phone calls. But it’ll get started, only a couple days after I predicted. Continue reading

Fund and Games


elder_sign_lovecraft_green_1200As an independent publisher, one of my chief joys and major headaches is in manufacturing or locating art appropriate for my books. I’ve been fortunate and have found talented artists who can and will create astonishing visuals for my front/back covers.
I combed through deviantart first, but nobody ever responded to contact attempts. Did some of my own art/covers, but I’d like to gain exposure for some people along with myself.0b8da-jimi-sunny
So I started looking at semiprofessionals and professionals. The issue is that people like that like to be paid, and I’m on the Federal tit. I write for pocket money.
Low overhead…bang for the buck.

Conundrum.
But it turns out to be okay. I just can’t front the money. The costs will be recouped fairly quickly-for example, 25 copies of Fear and Loathing In Innsmouth (@9.99 each) will pay the overhead.

So….raise the money.lfologo

The successful campaign to raise the funds for hosting/consulting for Letters from Outside now folds in to the Duane’s Books campaign. I’ve added a couple of cool incentives, to wit: free ebooks and autographed copies of books.
I’ve already paid artists Candra Hope and JB Lee for their outstanding work. Ian Sidlow was generous enough to donate a photograph for another cover, for a book that isn’t listed on the publication schedule for the campaign. (Surprises!) Killer stylists Will Jacques and Ryan Case remain to be paid. I’m still looking for one more piece, and I’ve made/am making the rest of the material, plus promo videos, audio versions, and other gizmos and gimcracks.
Whatever I can’t do myself will be crowdfunded, and others will be able to win too. That seems the best way to go about things, to me.searchers

 

In the Air


I’m still working on the jukebox utility for my website proper, but I have a lot of new music and I thought I’d share the Reverbnation url so you can hear some of it. Unfortunately this version of wordpress doesn’t have the ability to share the html5 widget. Currently, “moderan” is #14 in the rock genre in Tucson. I broke into the top 20 two months ago and haven’t left it yet. Weird. I had a couple of songs with a lot of pageviews–Blood Will Have Its Season, inspired by and named after the Joseph Pulver, Sr. book, and Nostalgia, which I did a Facebook test-promotion on. For five bucks (one day’s promo)  I got 941 impressions, 44 clickthroughs, 18 listens, and two positive email comments. Joe Pulver shared the tune on his timeline, and a lot of his fans went to the page afterward.

The newest track is called Don’t Let Me Down. It isn’t a Beatles or Bad Co. cover, but an original quasiballad. Some of my best guitar-wielding and some mighty sax-sounds (which were originally guitar).

I’ve also published an ebook at Smashwords this week. I’m finding Smashwords to be tricky to satisfy as far as format, but 3/4 of the people that click the teaser are buying it, and that’s damn good. Go ahead, check it out. You know you wanna…before Crazytown. It includes the original versions of some of the stories from Crazytown.

Fear and Loathing In Innsmouth will be next. I’m doing the cover myself, and a complete rewrite, saving maybe ten k from the original. I’ve abandoned plans to do a full webcomic for now, but that’s never dead. Just dormant.

Sorry to both of my fans about not posting for a year or so. I’ll be good, I promise.

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