The latest edition of Nameless Magazine is available now! With as many Parting Shots Comics as you have fingers on your left hand, if you’re lucky, this full color magazine is a spectacle of the strange and curious. You can get one here, if you dare.
So far it’s been as high as #61, but I only caught the screenshot at #68…
I need you! Buy Exacting Essence on e-book!
Today, the culmination of the biggest literary journey in my life is finally available! In 1996, still in college, I embarked on an epic project with R.A. Baxter. We set about to build a world as thoroughly as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. We didn’t begin with the intent to write it as books. All we wanted to do was create an epic alternate world. Once we had set our task we began searching for a place, time, or idea to base it on. Then one morning, after a particularly vivid dream, I suddenly knew the place and the idea. Later that afternoon I said, “What if dreams are real?” We launched into a cosmic discussion spanning over a decade. We wrote hundreds of pages describing the real world of dreams. We mapped it. We developed rules and brainstormed whole cultures for groups of people. And best of all, we realized that the nightmares, creatures people dream into existence, would be real. Living, breathing friends and predators we create with nothing more than a thought, would be free in a very real place to tempt and hunt us. What about the conspiracy by evil people to control everybody by tricking them into not believing in the reality of their dreams?
Five years into our quest, we knew this idea, this amazing world, had to get out. Neither of us knew how to write for television or movies. Neither of us had any understanding of cartoons. However, we had both written books before in the past. So we set out to write books and stories set in the fantastic world of dreams. We named this world Shroud, because it is hidden from so many of us.
It turns out, it takes more than a good idea to write a good book. After writing several Shroud books, I realized I needed to learn to write books before I tried to write in such a huge setting. I wrote half a dozen other books and a bunch of short stories. One of those books, Theocracide, came out last year. Another one, The Actuator, is coming out later this year. Many of my short stories have been published or are being published soon. Once I started getting published, I could finally return to the great world of dreams we had created. Today, that dream came true. I give you the first Shroud book, Exacting Essence: The Immortal Nightmare Cycle, Book One!
Free Dream Interpretations!
To promote the book, for the first few days anybody who buys the book can ask for a free dream interpretation from the author. Along the way, studying dreams, I learned a little bit about how to interpret them. Do you have a recent dream upsetting or confusing you? Write up everything you saw and felt, including relevant information about people in it. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and get a non-professional opinion on what your dream means!
Exacting Essence expansion for Slapback!
To celebrate the release of this epic Coming of Age Fantasy, I have added five characters from the book to the fast paced battles in Slapback. Print them now and get into the fight!
Today I found the release for the stolen video tapes. I’ve seen the leaked footage… Now I need something to help POKE OUT MY MIND’S EYE! Here’s the release:
Author Stolen Video Footage Hits the Web
Ex-pat Brit/Canadian Author, Andrew Buckley’s computer was recently hacked and video footage of a questionable nature has been leaked to YouTube.
May 13th, 2013 – Eccentric author of the debut novel Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish, Andrew Buckley, was recently accosted by local press in his hometown of Kelowna, BC. After Buckley stated on his social media accounts that his home computer had been hacked reports of ‘questionable stolen video footage’ began to immerge. It took a little less than a week for that footage to finally appear on the web via YouTube.
The contents of the video are disturbing, scandalous, and amusing. The footage runs just over 8 minutes in length and features Buckley, completely naked, reading the prologue from Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish. While private bits are well hidden there is a brief heart-stopping close-call near the end. While the video is definitely homemade it does bring into question the claim that it was ‘stolen’. Many surmise that it’s nothing more than an off-the-wall marketing campaign.
Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish is the debut novel from Buckley, published by Curiosity Quills Press, and takes a seriously satirical look at hard-hitting, real-world issues like nervous ducks, men who used to be penguins, the vacation packing routine of the Devil, and the importance of a clearly marked afterlife.
As stated on his website http://www.planetkibi.com, Buckley is a UK born author who currently resides in the Okanagan Valley, BC with 3 kids, 2 cats, a very needy dog, 1 beautiful wife, and a multitude of voices that live comfortably inside his head.
In May 2012 Buckley signed with Curiosity Quills Press, a small press made up of professional literary marauders whose innovative and progressive publishing methods will one day take over the literary world. Utilizing social media, professional networks, and creative minds on an international scale, Curiosity Quills stands at the front of an ever-changing literary landscape.
With the literary landscape in a constant state of change it’s likely that such marketing techniques will become more common as indie authors put themselves in the spotlight and strive to be noticed by readers. Something that Buckley seems quite prepared to do.
Naked Reading Video – http://youtu.be/X_yyHazeBHU
Original news broadcast – http://youtu.be/1x9hdxEbWeY
Andrew Buckley’s Website – http://www.planetkibi.com
Curiosity Quills Press – http://www.curiosityquills.com
Should we stand for this or come out against it?
As the arrival of Google Glasses nears, it was inevitable that SNL would get in on the fun. See the whole clip on YouTube.
If we don’t do something to stop this, it’s only a matter of time before we end up in the world of Theocracide!
And keep checking back, the new cover is REALLY AWESOME! If you want a collector’s limited edition cover on Theocracide, you should get it soon. Because once the unlimited edition arrives, they will be gone forever…
This morning I found a shocking controversy surrounding an author whose book I recently read and reviewed. Apparently, Andrew Buckly, author of Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish, had run in with the media which upset his most recent book signing.
You can see the video clip here.
I feel personally slighted by this dubious author, having once been dragged into a failed scheme early in his publishing career. Although his podcasts are sometimes nice, I just hate it when authors behave like this. I think it puts all artists into a bad light. People in the spotlight have a moral obligation to set a good example. I hope he gets what’s coming to him when the alleged videos surface on the Internet (as they always do).
What do you think? Should authors and other people in the spotlight be held to a higher standard of behavior?