Imaginarium is Coming

Louisville’s self-described “geek family reunion” is less than two weeks away. I’ve been hearing about Imaginarium for years, and while other commitments will keep me from attending this year, it’s something I plan to check out in future years.

Imaginarium is the place for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and other geek-related fandoms to gather, share ideas, and have fun. It’s less a place to go buy and sell books and more a place to hang out with like-minded creative people – although they have added a free admission book market this year as part of the convention featuring some incredible independent authors from around the region including Tony Acree, Lynn Tincher, Stephen Zimmer, Lydia Sherrer, and Atty Eve. I recently got hooked into Atty’s book My Beautiful Suicide, and she’s written two sequels so far. You better believe I’ll be hitting the bookstore if nothing else!

 

Imaginarium also includes a film festival, and festival favorite “Out of My Mind” will be screening for the second time in less than a month in Louisville. This is a MUST-SEE for writers and aspiring writers who are 18 and over (due to adult content), an incredible horror piece that Cindy Maples created based on my short story, “Drip Drip.”

 

For more information on Imaginarium, visit their website by clicking here.

Indie Author Day at the LFPL

Indie Author Day is coming up on October 14 at the Louisville Free Public Library. It’s a great opportunity to find a new favorite author, shop for Christmas, and support local artists.

I’ll be on hand with my wrestling books as well as Robot/Girlfriend and Frank Jordan: Evil Snowman, but if pro wrestlers and evil snowmen aren’t to your taste, you’ll find plenty of other incredible writers and genres to choose from.

Indie Author day will be at the South Central branch of the LFPL located at 7300 Jefferson Blvd. from 1 to 3 PM.

Out of My Mind Coming to Louisville

My remarkable friend Cindy Maples continues to make headway in the world of independent film. This September, you can catch two of her award-winning shorts at the Louisville International Festival of Film.

Out of My Mind (based on my short story “Drip Drip” in the book Robot/Girlfriend) and Random will both be screening on Friday, September 15 at the Muhammed Ali Center Auditorium. These thrillers are recommended for mature audiences, and both are guaranteed to leave you with chills.

Cindy has always given her fans a thrill with her on-camera work. She’s proving to be an amazing director as well. Congrats to her and the cast and crew of both films for this well-deserved recognition.

And PS, Cindy: Clive the Zombie misses you.

What Did You Read This Summer?

I’m going to try to start chronicling my reading here on this web page. Playing some catch up because summer’s over, but here’s a quick run down of some of the books I’ve read:

Sisterhood of the Squared Circle by Pat LaPrade and Dan Murphy

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Liar, Temptresss, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott

Space Drifters: The Iron Gauntlet by Paul Regnier

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War by Joseph LoConte

A Wrestling Life by Dan Gable

Ali vs. Inoki by Josh Gross

Hillbilly Jim: The Incredible Life of a Wrestling Superstar by Gary P. West

Currently Reading: 

Groucho and Me by Groucho Marx

The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers by Amy Hollingsworth

On Deck: 

The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming

You Only Live Once: Memories of Ian Fleming by Ivar Bryce

What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell

Current Wish List:

The Toughest Man Alive by Gene LeBell

Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace

Hail to the Chin by Bruce Campbell (releasing August 15)

Download Cave World for free!

Now through Thursday, Cave World is a free download on Amazon Kindle. (It was supposed to have been free all weekend, but something didn’t quite pan out. Live and learn.) Cave World is book one in a series now two books deep about a boy who invents his own science-fi universe and finds himself gifted with the powers of an all-powerful creator when he accidentally travels there.

Watch the trailer below, then download the book for free on Kindle.

Three Free Books This Weekend

Three novels will all be available for FREE on Kindle this weekend, starting with the exciting follow up to the Fluffy trilogy, Trish Angel!

Trish Angel saved the world not once, but four times from a fluffy alien menace. She had seen enough carnage for four lifetimes, and after four terrible wars, she took a vow never to kill again. Then one day, her old commanding officer showed up on her doorstep, offering her a seat on a spaceship bound for the stars. It almost seems too good to be true: a chance to get away from Earth and live her life in solitude. But the alien planet has secrets, and Trish finds herself facing the terrible choice to keep her vow – or kick a little more alien butt and save the day.

Incidentally, the Trish Angel novel has one of the coolest book covers I’ve ever designed. The physical paperback looks amazing.

Also available: Zorana: Confessions of a Small Town Super-Villain (as self-explanatory a title as you’ll ever see!) and Cave World, the first in a (now two part) series about a world where ever cave is a portal to another world.

Download all three books this weekend, only on Kindle!

MayDay Film Festival Official Selections

The MayDay Film Festival has become a great tradition in Evansville, Indiana. It’s been a few years since I had a film screened there, but I’m very proud to announce that I had a hand in producing four films screening at the film festival.

Two of the short films are based on short stories from the book Robot/Girlfriend. Cindy Maples’ horror short “Out of My Mind” has been tearing up the film festival scene and will screen in front of her hometown crowd. “I Almost Married a Man from Outer Space,” a short I directed and co-produced with my good friend Giavanna Signorelli, will also be shown at MayDay.

The Bowling Green Massacre,” a parody inspired by a gaffe made by a certain political figure a few months back, will make its film festival debut at MayDay. Claude D. Miles and I produced this poignant and ridiculous send up of the greatest tragedy that never happened on American soil.

Finally, my friend Giavanna’s short film “Species Survival Plan” will also be shown at MayDay. Gia and I co-write this little sci-fi comedy that captures an alien civilization’s attempt to save mankind by transplanting an unlikely “mating” pair to an intergalactic zoo.

The MayDay Film Festival takes place May 19-20 in Evansville, Indiana. For event information visit their Facebook page or the official website.

Upcoming Events

Jeffersonville Library Author Fair

Saturday April 8, 11 pm to 12 pm

Jeffersonville, IN

I will be signing copies of wrestling books as well as my kids books and science fiction at this local author’s event.

Heroes and Legends Fan Fest

Sunday, April 9

Ft Wayne, Indiana

Signing wrestling books at a huge fan fest featuring two wrestling programs and special guests Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Jerry Lawler, and more.

WBKI FANatic

Friday, April 14, 2 pm

Making my first appearance on this exciting new local program hosted by George Buehler to discuss Louisville’s wrestling history as well as the new book, Louisville’s Greatest Show.

New Release Now Available: ZORANA!

The latest fiction release is now available in paperback!

After suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of her arch nemesis War Eagle, Zorana, the world’s most terrifying super-villain decides to do the one thing she never thought she would do again: head home for the holidays.

Home, in this case, is a small town in Iowa called Smalltown, Iowa. The woman formerly known as Monica Deluna finds comfort in a familiar place as she reconnects with family and friends, but the joyous reunion is bittersweet as she also comes face to face with the faith she left behind.

Monica’s guilt only grows worse when the sins of her past follow her home. War Eagle, rival villains, and other enemies begin to converge on Monica’s hometown, hoping to make her pay for her crimes. Will Zorana meet a bitter end, or is there any chance a former super-villain can find redemption?

Zorana was first released in 2009 under the name “Demonica” and has undergone many changes in the years since. It was originally planned as a comic book series, then as a short film series. It evolved into a short novella with twelve chapters – six written by the main character, six written by her arch-nemesis, the hapless super hero War Eagle.

I’ve expanded the story several times over the years, and I’ve also written two short pieces as off-shoots from the main story. The newest version of the book includes these two stories, several new chapters, and one more brand new story written by my copy editor Austin Nichols.

I will be donating $1.00 from every book sold between now and February 28 to Waterstep, a Louisville based charity that provides clean water resources where they are needed around the world. Please help me to support this amazing organization by purchasing a book, or by making your own donation on their website.

Zorana is available to order on Amazon.com.