Hey, all. This is more of a nuts-and-bolts update than anything else, mostly regarding the menu. Regular visitors will notice I swapped some things out and have made the titles of my books prominent features in the menu. The most important addition to this part of the menu is permanent excerpts of each, including the first three chapters (7500+ words!) of The Disappeared (A Silo Story). So if you’re new here and wondering what I’m all about, you’ve come to the right place. For everyone else, this isn’t quite the end of the updates, but it’s as much as I can manage in one day juggling the site, the day job, and writing. Look for more soon!
Remember when I said a few posts back that as soon as I knew anything worth passing on about the upcoming WOOL Gathering anthology I would let you know ASAP? Well, here’s something definitely worth passing on: the anthology now has an official blurb. How did I happen to come by this news, you might be wondering? Why, because I’m the one who wrote it! Without further ado, here it is:
Long after the dust has settled and the survivors of the Silo Saga have gone to seed, Hugh Howey’s bestselling WOOL trilogy continues to captivate readers worldwide. The power of Hugh’s story is underscored all the more by the number of authors who have embraced the invitation to tell their own stories in his ever-expanding world. The first of its kind, this gathering brings together nine of the Silo Saga’s most acclaimed authors to further expand upon the groundbreaking world first laid forth in WOOL, SHIFT, and DUST. From the power struggles of the Up Top to the darkest depths of the mines and everything in between, this anthology promises something for everyone bold enough to venture another journey deep below the surface of the best and worst humanity has to offer.
And there you have it. We’re in the home stretch now, folks. Hopefully the next big news I can pass along is the release date. Until then, fingers crossed!
Hey everybody! I know it’s been a while since I last checked in, but I’ve been hard at work the last few weeks getting the final draft of This Mortal Coil ready for you. And now that it is, I can say with confidence that it will be out and available for download this very weekend! Whoo! I can’t tell you how excited I am to put this out there, especially after the early positive feedback it’s been getting.
In other news, the WOOL Gathering anthology is moving along nicely. Still no official date for when to expect it, but it shouldn’t be long now!
I’m also practically bursting to announce that I’m working on a new franchise series of paranormal noir novels set in 1940′s Miami. I’d love to say more, but I’m still in that nebulous developmental stage where things change quickly and without warning. Suffice it to say, I have the seeds of ideas for five books in this series already, which I think can safely be considered the real deal as far as that goes.
And that’s it for now! Check back over the next few days for updates on the publication of This Mortal Coil and a few other things that, for now, shall go unnamed. Until then!
What time would that be, you’re no doubt wondering? Why, Awesome Cover Reveal Time, of course! Check out this cover by the incredibly talented Jason Gurley for the upcoming WOOL Gathering anthology:
POW! How amazing is that cover? Hell, how amazing is that line-up? David Adams, Ann Christy, WJ Davies, Carol Davis, Lyndon Perry, Thomas Robins, Fredric Shernoff, Will Swardstrom and, of course, yours truly all in one volume! Oh, and let’s not forget about that last little line at the bottom. All in all, this is shaping up to be one—wait for it—amazing anthology. There’s no official release date yet, but trust me, as soon as I know something, you will, too. Until then, readers!
At long last, the omnibus edition of The Disappeared (A Silo Story) is here and LIVE on Amazon.com! Just check the sidebar to the right and follow the appropriate link!
For those of you who bought the series in parts, I don’t expect you to buy it again just to read the 2500+ word excerpt of my original novella This Mortal Coil (though you’re more than welcome to if you’d like!), so just click this link and you’ll be good to go!
And once again, thanks to all of you. A good story is nothing without great readers, and you all are the best.
Howdy, folks! Here’s a little update on my new Silo short story “Turning The Earth.” This teaser comes from the about the author segment following the story itself:
Ultimately, Turning The Earth is a story about love and loss, two simple but extraordinarily powerful themes. Frankie and Jules may have been thrown together by circumstance, but they live and die for each other every time they set foot in the mines. Theirs is an unshakable bond, even in the face of the worst their world has to offer.
I know it’s not much, but it won’t be long now. Keep checking back for more news and updates!
I know I’ve been a little quiet lately, readers, and I apologize, but I’m about to drop a good-news bomb on you. Duck and cover!
At the beginning of the week, I was approached by good friends and fellow WOOL authors Ann Christy and Will Swardstrom about contributing to an anthology of WOOL-themed short stories benefitting NaNoWriMo.
Like I was going to say no to that?!
Five days later, and I’m so proud and excited to announce my new Silo short story “Turning The Earth” is going to be featured among a host of amazing WOOL authors. The story is completey indepedent of the events of The Disappeared, and I hope you’ll give it as well as the rest of the anthology a chance. It’s going to be amazing, that much I can guarantee based on the line-up alone. More details coming soon.
Okay, this is the last one of these for a while (promise), but I think you’ll agree it’s a good one to go out on.
After taking a long look at the cover treatment for my original novella This Mortal Coil, I decided it was too rough, too unfinished. So I poked around the Web a bit for a new image editing suite (I decided on Pixelmator, for the curious) and spent the last day or so learning some of the ins and outs by using the TMC cover as a platform for experimentation. The result? See for yourself!
Not bad, right? (Especially if you scroll down and compare it with the original cover reveal.) The most obvious change is the treatment of the text itself, but I also lightened up the background image and applied some blurring effects so that it’s less busy and draws the eye more toward the center and that mysterious lone figure. Who is he? Why is he running? Who or what is he running from? Soon all shall be revealed! Anyway, the point is I’m tremendously pleased with the upgrade. What do you think? Did I nail it? I think I nailed it.
That’s it for now! This week I’ll be working hard on putting the final touches on the omnibus edition of The Disappeared (including the thirteen-page excerpt of This Mortal Coil!) due out in early February. Until then, stay tuned for further details and have a great weekend, everybody!
And so it’s come to this.
This being the cover for the omnibus edition of The Disappeared (A Silo Story)! I’ve been keeping this cover to myself for literally six months now, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally put a face to the whole thing.
Before we go any further, however, I want to give another mega-huge shoutout to Aaron Blackman, who designed all four of the incredible covers for this series, from parts one through three to this new omnibus edition. Thank you once again, good sir, for your contribution.
That said, here it is!
I have to say, as much as I love the first three covers, this is my favorite.
And that’s it, readers! Look for the omnibus edition (including a thirteen-page excerpt from my original novella This Mortal Coil) on February 2nd! Until then, be good to each other.
I promised you two cover reveals this week, readers, and I am a man of my word—sort of. Here, at long last, is the cover for my original novella This Mortal Coil; you get the second cover after you make the drop. No, but seriously, though, here’s the cover:
Okay, so technically it isn’t really at long last. Observant readers will have seen this cover mock-up pinned to my Twitter account for a few months now, but today I’m making it official. This is the cover as it will appear when the novella is published in March, as well as the thirteen-page excerpt due to be published with the omnibus edition of The Disappeared (A Silo Story).
And that’s the news for tonight, folks. Stay tuned for the next big cover reveal in a few days. Until then!