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The Battle for the Control of Reality

DevlinI am pleased to share the final cover for my upcoming novel in the The Waking Dream Series:  Devlin.

This cover represents a scene from the novel itself, the Church of St. Michael’s which serves as the town hall and focal point for the Dreamers of Devlin.

The battle for the control of reality will begin on the first day of Autumn, September 22, 2013. It’s time for you to Awaken your own Weirdness and prepare to change the world.

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The Unkind Update III

Greetings Dreamers,

I just wanted to give you a status update on where we are with release of the books, and the progress of Book II The Unkindness — for those of you who had the opportunity to read the first edition of Devlin.

Tentatively, we will be releasing the illustrated version of Devlin in Late August or Early September.  After that we will be releasing the illustrated version of Immoral Memories with an additional story and illustrations on Halloween.  Soon after — assuming my creative streak continues — Book II The Unkindness will be ready for January of 2014.

The Unkindness is coming along much better than I expected and I guarantee, you will be shocked at the end of the book.  New characters will be revealed, the identity of the immortal traitor will be revealed, and the world will be changed forever.

For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit http://wayoftheweird.com you might want to take a chance to read the stories there.  All of the additions to the Libellus Somnium are there, and I have been blogging the new stories of The Crier at Twilight on a weekly basis.  (Sometimes daily because, well, you know how the voices in your head do sometimes)

I’m getting the final edits for Devlin next week, so we will be on our way to getting the book out to reviewers before the release.  If you are a dark fantasy reviewer, blog or otherwise,  and have a large following on twitter or your blog, feel free to contact me for an eBook version as soon as it becomes available.

The Weirdness is coming!

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The Ocularim

This has been re-blogged from my fiction site Way of the Weird

Howdy Dreamers.

With our recent tussle with a beastie from the Spaces Between, we’ve decided to start doing a little more research into the subject — wouldn’t want to be caught with our pants down again, now would we? You all ain’t heard from me since we started this whole, bloggin’ thing, so I’m gonna tell the story — I’m Jack.

Today, I’m gonna talk about the Ocularim. We only know about this thing because we was in Philly over the long weekend and we came across this little hole in the wall called, Reverend Jim’s Spiritual and Occult Shop — right off an alley near South Street. It was obvious from the minute we stepped ‘cross the threshold that this weren’t any normal store — Weirdness hung in the air, almost like a wet blanket out in a summer storm. We could almost see the crackle of energy, like lightning ripples across black waterlogged clouds, threatening to strike at your feet.

The shop was choked with every item one would ever need to start explorin’ their own Weirdness, everything from Angelic Charms to a mummified Zombie hand. We found it odd that everyone else who passed the store seemed to ignore it — but later we found that only Dreamers could see it, otherwise it appeared to be a boarded up building. Obviously Reverend Jim was a master of the Weird and I wish we coulda stayed longer.

Now Reverend Jim hisself was an interestin’ thing in the story, and that’s sayin’ a lot given the things he had packed in that tiny little shop.

“Greetin’s my friend,” The middle aged black man said sittin’ hunched behind a glass counter, filled with herbs, incense, pipes and a variety of hand-made jewelry and charms. “I ain’t had a customer in a few days. Good ta see a fellow, Dreamer.” He smiled toothily, genuinely.

I started to walk towards him, with a quick wave of the hand. “Afternoon, hoss,” I said. “Name’s Jack,” I took over because it was my idea to go in. Justin and the others were a bit spooked by the place. I reckon they had a reason, but I ain’t gonna let one bad experience put the fear in my chest.

“Imma stand up,” he said, gripping the counter, and smiling at me again. I was a bit confused as to why someone would announce they’s gonna stand up. But then he did, and it was all clear. Reverend Jim was, by me eyeballin’ him, just shy of seven foot tall. I don’t get spooked, but I’ll tell you this much, he’d put a hurtin’ on some one, if he were so obliged.

I stepped over unaffected, the others tellin’ me we oughta go, but I weren’t listening. I stepped right up to that giant and offered a hand. “You Reverend Jim,” I asked as he took my hand in his, lookin’ more like a baby’s hand against his.

“Sho nuff,” Jim replied. “I ain’t no Reverend, tho. I just like the way it sounds.” He winked at me then smiled that big ol’ smile once more. I’m not much for smilin’, ain’t got much to smile about I reckon. But somethin’ about Jim kinda forced me too.

“Quite a stash you got here,” I said, looking around.

“You lookin’ for something in particular?” Jim asked, steadying himself against the counter. He was an older gent, prolly in his late 60′s.

“Yeah,” I said, the others still whinin’ in the background about wantin’ to leave. “We jus’ recently had a run in with something from the Spaces Between — kinda got me wonderin’ iffn there’s other things we oughta be thinkin about?” I explained the story to Jim, who proceeded to grimace and frown at us for flirtin’ with things we ain’t supposed to, or don’ know any better. The Gtthak seemed to bother him.

“Well,” Jim took a few minutes to consider his words, “I ain’t never heard of what you jus’ described. But there’s so much floatin’ around in that realm, you’d hafta live a thousand lifetimes to even see just a few of them. There’s all kinds of things, good and bad. Sounds like you just ran into something best left alone in the Weird.” He offered a consoling smile, “Sorry about Mr. Giggles, tho.”

I shrugged, “They’s a million cats out there iffn I want another.” Not being a cat kinda man — ‘sides, the cat is Justin’s — I didn’t really care much about the cat bein’ gone. Plus, I gotta tell you, every time that cat got to hollerin’ about wantin’ to be fed or let out, I wanted to put my foot square up his tail.

“Sho nuff,” he replied. “But, I do have somethin’ i can show you. Somethin’ I’ve had a long time, but its not like your beastie. This’n is something special.”

He leaned down behind the counter, sliding a panel open somewhere. After a few grunts and a bit of a struggle, he set a glass jar on the counter, kinda like what you’d see in a horror movie with a brain swimmin’ around inside. But instead of a brain, there was a strange lookin’ eye floating lifelessly at the bottom of the jar. If it were an eye, it didn’t have no iris, jus’ the pupil — and it had a long optic nerve that was curled up behind it.

“This here is an Ocularim,” Jim proceeded to explain. “This is one useful little creature, an’ I wish it hadn’t died.”

“Whatsit do?” I asked. The others were just as curious, I could tell because they stopped their complainin’.

“This is a symbiotic life-form. When it ain’t floating around in the Weird of the Spaces Between, it searches for a host. It feeds on Weirdness, and they ain’t no stronger source of Weirdness in the Waking Dream, than in a Dreamer or Immortal.” He poked the jar, making the liquid and creature jiggle a bit.

“Why would anyone wanna put something that’s creepy in they eye,” I asked with a bit of a grimace.

“Because its gives you the ability to see,” Jim said motioning with his hands in a wide gesture. “It allows you to see the things you can’t normally see, which can be very useful. ‘Specially since things ain’t been goin’ so well. Sleeper’s losing their minds, killin’ up people at random. We are on the edge of twilight, my friend.”

“Yep,” I nodded in agreement. “Things ain’t been fun, but this ain’t my first rodeo.”

“An’ this here,” Jim motioned to the jar, “is prolly one of the most useful things you can come across. But I ain’t found another one since this one died. It was my dad’s and he tole me to take it outta him when he died. Unfortunately, we didn’t know it couldn’t be removed without bein’ killed.”

“How’s it get in your head in the first place?” I asked, already known the answer. I peered in at the strange eye, jus’ so I’d recognize it iffn I ever came across one.

“It’ll eat your other eye, then replace it,” Jim said unaffected by the grotesqueness of the statement. I mean, I’ve had my share of pain — been shot and stabbed and they weren’t fun. But the thought of something eatin’ my eye out sounded just a bit more than I’m willin’ to sacrifice.

“Well,” I responded. “That’s sounds terrifying and painful.”

“Gotta make sacrifices to understand things, son,” He replied as I knew he would. Seems the older one gets, and more experienced with their Weirdness, they tend to be mostly unaffected by anything they come across. We ain’t been awake very long, so we ain’t had a lot of experience with the craziness out there.

“I reckon you’re right,” I replied and quickly changed the subject.

We spoke for a spell about the Weirdness and other things we’ve already talked about over the course of the months, so I ain’t gonna recap it. ‘Sides, my time is up for today and Justin’ll prolly be pissed I took over today. But, it ain’t no nevermind to me what he thinks. He still ain’t come to grips with what’s goin’ on.

So if you see a creepy eye that looks like it wants to be your friend, you might jus’ wanna take it up on its offer. Can’t be any worse than that crazy stuff Justin let out into the world the other day. Well, the eyeball eatin’ is pretty terrible, but like Jim said, gotta make sacrifices and take risks to explore the universe.

We’ll be seein’ ya soon.

Jack

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Novel Philosophy

Series Synopsis

I’ve posted a synopsis of the Waking Dream Series because I have been getting many questions on the series and the re-release of the books.  The Synopsis link is on the menu at the top.

The Waking Dream Series is in the same type of genre as The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King, or The Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony.  However, unlike those series, I have plans for many many books and short stories.  While the main series is three trilogies, there will be much more to the Waking Dream Universe.

You’ll also want to visit The Way of the Weird website as it is an ongoing work of fiction, aimed at explaining the philosophy and mythos of the Waking Dream.

Follow me on this journey and help me mold the story to keep you engaged and wanting more.

I thank you all for your continued support!

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The Ageless Scholar

While I am waiting for my book Waking Dream: Devlin to be edited and republished, I’ve decided to start another novel, but this time explore a whole new genre — Southern Gothic.  My Waking Dream series is dark fantasy, and though it is packed with philosophical exploration, it is fantasy. My new project, which is moving along rapidly, is called The Ageless Scholar.  I’ve chose this particular genre because it seems fitting, given the state the world is in.  It is time to explore the darkness that has pervaded our entire world, and perhaps by exposure, we can look at and within ourselves and try to change course, before its too late.

The story is that of a man born in 1867 on a plantation south of New Orleans who has discovered that he has stopped aging at 25 —  It is a chronicle of his journey’s through time as he explores his own self, as well as tries to use his gift to impart wisdom  through his writings and teachings, to stop the endless cycle of violence, racism, poverty and crime that has halted our social evolution.

Being motherless and essentially fatherless — having been taken from the womb of his mother moments after her death due to complications of the Yellow Fever epidemic that ravaged the Mississippi Valley in the mid to late 1800’s — he was raised by a servant who teaches him not only how to be a good man, but also the secrets of Louisiana Voodoo, and how he can use it to survive a fractured post-Civil War America — and his strange ageless condition.

I hope to have the book finished before the end of the summer.  Anyone who enjoys a good tale with smatterings of the supernatural, as well as exploring social issues that plague our world, will hopefully enjoy this tale.

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Amazing News!

I’m beyond excited to tell you that my book is going to be published by Assent Publishing/Phantasm Books.  So I am finally saying good-bye to indie publishing!

They are currently picking up both my books for distribution so they will be re-edited, reformatted, and illustrated.

The original first additions will be available on Amazon until the ink is dry on the contract.  So if you’re interested in a new way of thinking, and a journey into a dark fantasy world, you should definitely check them out. These are now collector’s editions.  The new versions will be in hardback and paperback.  Thank you all for your continued support!

Waking Dream: Devlin Book I

Immortal Memories: Volume I

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Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II

The UnkindnessI thought I would take a moment to talk about the next novel in the series.

Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II picks up where Devlin left off and thrusts the reader into a fast-paced story of deception, redemption and transformation.

The architect behind the end of the world will be exposed. New characters will be introduced to help the Dreamers of Devlin, and Dreams across the world, survive the storm brewing in the depths of shadow and transgression.

I have already begun writing Book II and I expect to release it towards the end of this year. But as a solace, many stories and ancillary information will be available on both the websites. Waking Dream and Way of the Weird

I also have some exciting news. I have been contacted by real publishers to read my manuscript. It looks like there is a very good chance that I will have a publisher within the next month. Those of you who purchased the original first editions are fortunate because those versions will be discontinued, and become collector’s items as first editions — assuming this series gains any steam in the Dark Fantasy community. So when I return to the Spaces Between, you’ll have the first ever copies of my work.

Again, I thank you all for your continued support and interest in my universe. I hope it brings you as much enjoyment reading as I enjoy writing it. There are so many places we can explore together. I hope that you will stay on the path with me, and see how the world is inevitably transformed, which is what is really happening in our world today. Perhaps, if we work together, we can awaken our weirdness’ and change the world before it’s too late.

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Book of One Immortal Memories Philosophy Stories

The Book of Awakening

[by Laertes of Crete]

I.

If you are reading this Libellus, you are a Dreamer, whether you have recognized this or not. Being a Dreamer carries responsibility, one most people are not willing to accept. Responsibility implies that one cannot blame another person for their actions, effectively avoiding causality. However, this is futile and childish to consider. If you are a Dreamer, you are creating the Waking Dream around you. If you’re life is good, it is because you have made it so and if it is bad, it is because you have made it so. No one else is responsible for your life other than you.

II.

Before you can begin to manipulate the Waking Dream, using your inherent Weirdness, you must Awaken. The body in which you live in was previously an empty Sleeper. This is because you have chosen to inhabit this body by observing their existence, much as one chooses a character in a role-playing game. When you are not participating in the Waking Dream, you roam the vast domain of the Weird known as The Spaces Between — which is mistakenly labeled as the Afterlife, it is the InBetweenLife. You have the ability to see into the Dream, and remember all of your past lives — unless you have only recently coalesced into a conscious soul, therefore you have chosen your first body, and you will have countless others.

III.

When the body dies, you will return to the Spaces Between and be allowed to choose another body. You assume the life of the Sleeper that you choose, and in this process, you forget all of your past lives except through residual memories that slowly seep into your sub-conscious through your tether to the Spaces Between known as the Somnambula — known in other cultures as the silver cord. This is the way of the Waking Dream, and you will not understand this amnesia until you attain Immortality.

IV.

The mere act of reading this book, the Libellus Somnium, will allow you to Awaken — given that you can overcome the disbelief imbedded in the soul of all Sleepers and realize that you are now in control of your future through the use of your Weirdness. You have only found this book, because you are a Dreamer, and if you can believe and understand everything within, you will then begin the journey of understanding your own variety of Weirdness — or magick — and then you may start the long journey of attaining Immortality.

V.

The Creator has initiated the Waking Dream, and in that created One — the first Immortal. It is he who has asked that we other Immortals expand on his first book, The Book of One, to assist the Dreamers in Awakening. A time of great transformation is upon us, and Dreamers and Immortals must unite and ensure that the Sleeper population is not eliminated. This would be disastrous as it will take centuries for new Sleepers to be created to allow the reincarnation cycle to continue, allowing interaction with the Dream once more.

VI.

To begin, you must understand — and you must realize that you will never understand the nature of the Waking Dream, because you, I and the others are not meant to understand it. This is the Will of the Creator, The Will of the Weird. This Dream is a gift, an adventure, an experience. Your soul coalesced from the Weird over eons, just as the gases coalesce into stars. And the moment you began to glisten in the darkness of the Spaces Between, you inhabited your first Sleeper. And you will continue to do so until all Dreamers in the universe have attained immortality and then the Dream will reset. This is the solution to the equation that governs the universe.

VII.

I urge you now to look deep within, and understand your role in the Waking Dream. You may simply decide to ignore this as a work of fiction and continue blissfully ignorant to the things that are going on that threaten the Dream. But I assure you, the struggle for the control of reality has already begun. Awaken your Weirdness and Change the World.

VIII

References:

Immortal Memories: Volume I are stories about the Immortals.
Waking Dream: Devlin chronicles the beginning of the transformation of the Dream.

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Waking Dream: Devlin Plot

Now that Waking Dream: Devlin has been released, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the plot. Many of you have downloaded the Immortal Memories book, which was a collection of short stories about the Immortals. All of the Immortals in Immortal Memories make their appearance in the new novel, which is just the first in a series of 9 novels.

The town of Devlin is a town hidden by a force called The Weirdness. And the focus of the novel is the inhabitants trying to understand the visions of the elder of the town, Jonathan Weir. His powerful visions, a manifestation of his Weirdness or magick, have made him aware that an apocalypse is on the horizon, threatening all the world.

The novel takes the reader on a phantasmagorical journey between fantasy and reality, sanity and insanity, culminating with the realization that they have been unwitting pawns in an insidious plot that has been architected over a millennium.

I feel that once you read the first book, you will be hooked, and want to read. I have many stories to tell. And I can assure you, I will continue to build the Waking Dream until it is indistinguishable from the real world. Because, it only takes a leap of faith to embrace your weirdness, and change the world.

Available now on Nook and Kindle for $6.99 — 355 pages and 70,000 words of weirdness.

Immortal Memories: Volume II will be available in spring, and Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II will be available on Halloween 2013. The struggle for the control of reality has begun.

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Waking Dream: Devlin Released

Devlin CoverWhat if the entire universe was nothing more than a Waking Dream?

Michael Hibbard explores this question with the released of his first novel in a new epic dark fantasy series called the Waking Dream. The first book is Waking Dream: Devlin Book I and is the first a series of 9 novels, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality – fiction and non-fiction.

High up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, a small town filled with strange inhabitants will decide the fate of our entire future. The town of Devlin had remained hidden from the rest of the world for centuries through a strange, ill-understood force known as the Weird — the fundamental force which allows our reality to be manipulated and molded to the will of those who can understand it.

Devlin is where the Great Transformation will begin, a cycle that has repeated itself since the Hadean period of our small planet. The truth will be exposed that all of reality is nothing more than a Waking Dream. It has been known for the last several centuries that our world will face another transformation so profound that nothing will be left untouched, unchanged or unaffected. For thousands of years, the five prime immortals who inhabit our planet have been at war with humans and each other, driven by seditious plans centered on one primary goal – complete control of the Waking Dream. Though they each have their own plans for dominance, four of them will unite against the one who aims to destroy all life as we know it — the Lord of Shadow, Gabryal.

The struggle for the control of reality has begun — Embrace your Weirdness and change the world.

Available for Kindle, Nook and in Trade Paperback

About the Author

Michael Hibbard (1970 – ) was born in New Jersey and has lived up and down the east coast. For 15 years he has been researching, illustrating and writing about an alternate version of our reality called the Waking Dream Universe. The ideas for the Waking Dream came from many years of role-playing, philosophical study, theological study and trying to understand the weird world of Quantum Mechanics. The Waking Dream series is his only focus as a writer. Immortal Memories, a collection of stories related to the series is available now in Trade Paperback and on Kindle. Free stories and additional bonus content are available on his website — http://www.wakingdreamonline.com You can also follow him on twitter @arkangyl