Did I mention how incredibly fast this book has hit the presses? Last Sunday, I had just received the “final” artwork. Two days later, the ebook dropped. A couple of days later? The paperback is now available at Amazon.
If you take a look at the sidebar (or the links below), you’ll see two little amazon logos. The first is for the paperback, the second for the ebook. If you purchase using those links (and yes, you can just copy the damned things) or use them to spread the word, then I get a bigger cut of the profits. Just another way to keep me in scotch.
Thanks to all of you for so much support and help in pimping the release. It’s been a roller-coaster ride and there’s more to come. I’m hard at work on recording the audio/podio book for y’all and hope to have the first episode for you in early October. Unless I decide to release on Halloween. Because who doesn’t love a monster on October 31st?
This has been an insane week. In a matter of days, we’ve gone from not having a book out, to having the ebook out, and now the paperback is about to be released.
Y’all showed up to purchase it and at one point, The Black e-book was selling higher than Stephen F’ing King. Pretty damned amazing for someone who has hardly EVER climbed any charts. So, thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.
Tomorrow or Saturday, The Black will go on sale at Amazon.com. I’ll update the links and etc for you when I get hold of them. Until then, bask in the awesome that is this book cover. I can’t wait to get my paws on it. Hopefully, you’ll feel the same way.
After months of hard work and frantic insanity, it’s finally here. The Black will be released September 16, 2014 in e-book on Amazon and in paperback sometime next week. For now, here’s the cover and the blurb. Hope you’re looking forward to reading it. Thank you Severed Press for making all this happen. I am honored to be in their stable.
Under 30,000 feet of water, the exploration rig Leaguer has discovered
an oil field larger than Saudi Arabia, with oil so sweet and pure,
nations would go to war for the rights to it. But as the team starts
drilling exploration well after exploration well in their race to
claim the sweet crude, a deep rumbling beneath the
ocean floor shakes them all to their core. Something has been living
in the oil and it’s about to give birth to the greatest threat
humanity has ever seen.
“The Black” is a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and
action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thing right into readers’
hands. Ocean exploration will never be the same.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit that Justin Macumber is a friend of mine, but he’s also a damned good writer.
The genre of horror has undergone some pretty serious changes over the last decade or two. I’ve opined about this multiple times and it’s still the case. The massive influx of vampire, werewolf, and zombie tales has flooded the market with less than stellar writing and the same old stories. That’s why when someone writes a book in the vein of what I consider “old school horror,” I get damned excited. Justin Macumber’s Still Water fits the bill.
Still Water has no zombies. It has no vampires. What it does have is a mixture of Stephen King style story-telling with Lovecraftian dread. I was fortunate enough to get an advance reader’s copy of this novel and I devoured it. The characterization is wonderful. The plot is tight and creepy. The feeling of dread and gloom sits on your chest until you can’t breathe. In other words, the book is Fiendmaster approved.
While this story may not be for everyone, it is definitely one you should check out. Still Water was released today for your enjoyment and terror. Go check it out in ebook or paperback and definitely remember to leave the lights on.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m going to admit that Scott Roche is a friend of mine and therefore the opinions below might be somewhat jaded.
First off, I published an essay a month or two ago that riled up a lot of people. I was incensed regarding authors asking their fans to basically pony up an advance to write a book. I still see serious ethical problems with using crowd-funding sites like Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and GoFundMe for this purpose. If you haven’t done the work, why should you get paid? Especially if those same fans are then going to be expected to buy the book they already paid for?
I also said that these crowd-funding sites should be used to raise funds for editing, artwork, and layout. In other words, the story is done. The work has been done. All that’s left is to polish the product for sale.
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