Thank You (and I’m Sorry)

Hello peeps.

I have some fantastic news and some less-fantastic news.

First off, the Thunderstorm Books deluxe-edition hardcover of BAY’S END, Volume One in the All Things Lead to the End series, has sold out pre-public sale. This is a first for me, and I wanted to write a post thanking everyone who bought a copy. Not sure how many of you collectors follow me, but yeah, here you go.

Thank you so much. I am deeply honored that you would spend that kinda money on me. Here I was, worried the book might not move every single copy (there’s still copies of The Sound of Broken Ribs regular edition on sale HERE) and you guys succeeded in buying them all before the damn thing even went public. Good on ya. You have my and my family’s unending gratitude.

Secondly, I’m sorry to anyone whom I promised I would inform the minute the book went on sale. Because the book never technically went on sale, there was nothing to announce. I know quite a few of you expressed your disappointment at not being able to buy this version of the book and wish there was something I could do, but there is not. I’m not sure how many author copies I’ll be getting (was supposed to get two of the last one and got three, and then I ended up with six copies of Fog Warning, so there’s no telling with this one.) It is a much more expensive product, so I’m expecting no more than what’s stated in my contract, which is two, but if I get more than two copies, I will definitely do a giveaway. Sorry, but the other two are spoken for.

There’s a damn good chance that the deluxe-edition of The Sound of Broken Ribs, Volume Two in the All Things Lead to the End series, and the three books after it will sell out pre-public announcement as well. I suggest that, if you want a limited version of Ribs, that you buy a copy of the regular edition, which I linked to above.

So, yeah, this is kinda bittersweet. I’m stoked that it sold out so quickly, but I’m bummed that not everyone who wanted one got one. I can’t even say “Maybe next time” because there will be no next time.

Thank you for all your support.

With love,

E.

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The Future of SLASHER LIVE

Hello peeps. Been one fucker of a month. First Darkfuse’s collapse, and then today I get a couple messages asking me if I’d seen the news about the upcoming Stephen Kozeniewski and Stevie Kopas book, SLASHVIVOR. I had not. Huh… Let’s talk about that, shall we?

Some of you will remember my over-sharing regarding my project SLASHER LIVE because I was so fuckin’ stoked. Some of you definitely remember, because I was messaged four times today regarding how much their new collab reminded people of my yet-to-be-published novel. One of my Facebook posts, one from March of 2016 in particular, was brought to my attention, one that went into great detail about the titular show having seasons with a killer clown… a killer doctor… a killer named Machine… a kid that kills… and so on. The blurb on the back of their book and my post are eerily similar. Is it all a crazy coinky-dink? Probably. Who the fuck knows, right? I’m not inside either of these authors’ heads. Kozeniewski and I shared a publisher once upon a when. I reviewed his zombie detective novel Braineater Jones on this very blog! Oops, I mean THIS BRAINEATER JONES. I even met the dude in person. Seems like a good enough chap.

So I’m entirely comfortable saying it’s a coincidence that my highly-public concept just so happened to pop into his and her head, too. Let’s run with that. Forget that both titles start with SLASH. Forget that we have the same kinda killers. I mean, they’re all common tropes, right? Easily explained away. They’re both about a tv show that blends slasher films and reality Tv. Hell, EVERYONE owns a television, am I right?! Forget all that. What I want to talk about today is whether or not I’m scrapping the project in light of recent revelations.

The answer is no. This will have to be a redux of ARMAGEDDON vs DEEP IMPACT. Remember those movies? There are more instances of this happening in pop culture, so no big deal. Carry on, my wayward son! One thing’s 100% certain, I will continue to polish this book until it is ready for publication. I’m not letting anyone, or anything, coincidental or not, make me rush this.

And to the people out there that beta read my version over a year ago and felt the need to message me, I thank you, but there’s nothing to see here.

E.

Dear Shane Staley, Go Fuck Yourself

Hello peeps. I want to start this blog post by extending heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the douchebaggery of Shane Staley. I only had one book with him. To those of you who had loads of books with him, I cannot imagine how much time and money you’re losing with the bankruptcy of Darkfuse. I can imagine, however, that you are far more upset than I am. I also know that there are still people out there defending him. That’s on you, buttercup. There is way too much evidence to backup everything I say in this post. If I didn’t have proof, I wouldn’t put it out there. He’s screwed a lot of people, both this time, and the last time he pulled this shit.

Shane Staley, former owner/operator of Darkfuse and Darkfuse Magazine sent out an email this morning. You can read that pile of shit HERE. Many people took offense at this letter, and I’ll go over why. But first, I’d like to share my story of dealing with this fucking liar.

My first interaction with Darkfuse was with their Twitter games. I forget what they’re called now, but Shane requested people write the most disgusting thing they could think of in a tweet and submit it to him. I played along. That won me a subscription to the magazine. I then submitted a story, and it was accepted, I was paid within hours of acceptance, and then given a link to submit longer works. I had a novella sitting around, so I threw it at the wall to see if it would stick. Shane accepted it, gave me a detailed payment/publishing schedule, which I agreed to, then I signed the contract.

In that initial email, I was told the book would be released as a serial on the website in November, with a hardcover release in December, and then an ebook release in March. I was suppose to receive my advance before the publication of the hardcover, so in my mind, that was to be before the end of December. When I didn’t receive payment by the first week of December (I was hoping for extra Christmas money), I emailed Shane and he said that he “might be able to pay early.” I didn’t question the “early” part. Maybe the book wasn’t going to be published until after Christmas. Fair deal.

Then January came and still no word of my advance. I will make this long story short by saying Shane Staley did not respond well, nor professionally, to my inquiries of payment. He said, “Since this is such a problem for you, I will go ahead and pay you.” A month late, mind you, and only because I was seemingly bothering him. The novella didn’t even come out until March, and from what I hear, I’m glad I fought to be paid my advance, or else I might never have seen a penny for my book. Remember, it was up on the website since November. Had I not argued Shane down in January, I’d likely have a theft of services on my hands.

So, if you’ve read the letter he sent out, you will see that the money issues began before January reporting. That’s the first lie. I can only assume he paid me my advance out of his own pocket. Which goes against everything he’s been saying for the past few years about how profitable his company was. That’s the second lie. I’m not sure if the posts are still up, but Shane published several articles called “Son of a Niche” which promoted a false narrative. In these blog posts, he bragged about how respected in the community he was, and how he was a businessman to be revered, and that the publishing world should bow down before him. I like people who talk like that. Confidence is an attractive quality, and I wanted to be a part of this “movement” he was talking about. But let me be clear. I like braggarts as long as they can back it up. Shane Staley is a bloviating liar.

“But E.! But E.! He only recently started having problems!”

Ahem. No. No he didn’t only recently start having problems. Anyone remember Delirium Books? I didn’t even know about this myself until after I signed my contract with Darkfuse. I still don’t know all the details, but I’ve since spoken with numerous authors and readers who were royally fucked by Shane Staley and his first foray into the publishing business. I also received some hate mail after signing with Darkfuse because I’d signed with them, one person even going as far as saying, “I thought you were better than this.”

Even in his farewell letter, Shane brags and lies and screws people over. Notice that authors who hung around will be paid by November, but those of us who asked for a reversion of rights, because the ship was most-obviously sinking, have to deal with the courts. Having a positive history of paying authors only when times are good does not make you a good businessman. Especially not when you’ve been coming out of pocket to keep things running. That’s the exact opposite of a good businessman. It means you profited at one point but couldn’t manage the company when sales were down. You even admit to this in the goddamn letter. You blame authors for your own failures and inadequacies. You blame consumers for liking cheap products. You blame everyone but yourself. You fucked up. You. No one else. This was your ship, and just like the first boat you captained, you sank the motherfucker.

I love that little part about how all companies fail. What a load of horseshit. There are companies around today that began in the 1800s. Those companies were run by great businessmen. Men and women who were the exact opposite of Shane Staley.

To Shane Staley, personally, should he ever read this, I will do everything in my power to warn people about you, should you resurface like you did after Delirium Books. You may now return to your tennis lessons, asshole.

Oh, and go fuck yourself. smooches

E.