Lost Haven

losthavenfeaturedGreetings, Dreamers!

Summer has come and as a result I’ve been busy.  But fear not, I have been working on new material, including Book II, The Unkindness.

Today’s post is to remind everyone that there is an interim novella available on Kindle called Lost Haven.  This story happens a few weeks after the Halloween events in Waking Dream: Devlin.  The purpose of this novella was to give my readers a better understanding of my concept of Weirdness.  There are several different forms displayed in this novella, hopefully enough to spur your own creative juices so you can help me build the world.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I created the Waking Dream universe so that others could add to it, long after I am gone — such as Lovecraft fans continue to create new stories around the Cthulhu mythos.

Lost Haven is a fast paced story about a mysterious group of individuals called The Order of Seers.  It features several new characters as well as a couple of characters from the first book.

I had to throw my hat into the Zombie genre, just a tad, and give my take on the phenomenon.  While the story is primarily dark fantasy, it does have horror elements.  I try not to limit the story, because life nor the universe is limited.  Anything can happen in the Waking Dream.

You can buy Lost Haven for a mere .99 cents on Amazon!  It is certainly worth it for anyone who wants to explore the Waking Dream even further.

Soon, I will be releasing another novella, right before Book II.  “Shadows on the Soul” completes my trilogy of terror and my homage to H.P. Lovecraft, which started with “The House of the Dead Timbers” and “The Case Study”.  “Shadows on the Soul” will be available by the end of summer.  Even though they are horror tales, they all related, in some way, to the Waking Dream.  Can you find the connections?

I thank you all again for your wonderful support of my writing.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Books to Dream By

used-booksGreetings, Dreamers!

I have not forgotten about the rest of the story I started, however, lately I have been working on several different projects that have been coordinating.  But, things are moving along nicely.

Before I get into today’s post I did want to mention that there are several things coming out over the next few months that may be of interest to you:

1) The Little Book of Dreams: This is the bible or Necronomicon for the Waking Dream.  It is a major expansion on material that I have already published on The Way of the Weird. I feel its time that you should know more about the Waking Dream.

2) Getting to Devlin:  This is a Waking Dream Young Adult novel, with events leading up to the first novel, Waking Dream: Devlin.  This is a collaborative work.

3) Super Secret Project:  I am collaborating with others on a series and though it is not a Waking Dream novel, it will have elements of the Waking Dream woven within.  I will have more information on this in the coming months.  I am very excited about the project.

4) Waking Dream: The Unkindness:  I have been working diligently on this book, however,  I feel I want to take my time  until others are more familiar with the series.  Fear not, it is coming, and you won’t see it coming.

5) Shadow of the Soul: This is another Lovecraftian piece I am working on for exclusive publication on Kindle and it will be finished by mid summer.

I thank you all for your continued support!  Now, my top 13 books to dream by.  These books were major inspiration to my writing, and I feel everyone interested in my work would find these books equally inspiring:

  1. Illusions by Richard Bach
  2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  3. The Theory of Relativity by Albert Einstein
  4. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  5. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
  6. Experiences by Arnold Toynbee
  7. Dune by Frank Herbert
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  10. The Stand by Stephen King
  11. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  12. The Seekers by Daniel Boorstin
  13. Watership Down by Richard Adams

I mention these particular books because they were instrumental in helping me formulate my ideas about life, spirituality and the universe.  All of these I have read numerous times, and each time, I find something new and noteworthy as a read.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

Happy Exploring!

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The Lovecraft Effect

HP LovecraftGreetings, Dreamers!

Kat over at “The Gore Splattered Corner” blog asked me to write a guest post on how H.P. Lovecraft influenced my writing and my writing style.

Lovecraft and his style have always fascinated me.  I have been a fan since I was very young, and it wasn’t until recently one of my reviewers pointed out the similarity in style and writing.  Creating a mythos for Waking Dream was my goal from the beginning, but not expanding upon the Lovecraftian Mythos.  Since then I’ve tried my hand at a couple Lovecraft inspired stories, and have begun a minor expansion of the Mythos. This article explains how I got where I am as a writer.

You can head over to The Gore Splattered Corner and read my little trip down memory lane.

Thanks Kat for letting me ramble on your page!

The House of the Dead Timbers

HouseOfDeadTimbersGreetings, Dreamers!

I have published The House of the Dead Timbers on Amazon, only on Kindle with some edits and a little bit of expansion in unclear passages.

I wanted to offer it for less than 0.99 cents, but Kindle has a limit unfortunately.  It is novelette length, about 30 pages, and 12,000 words.  I’m very happy with the quality of the work, and all the wonderful support I got while writing it.  The inspiration for the story came from the cover drawing, which I did many years ago.  I always had the story in my head, but Waking Dream became my focus for a very long time.

If you have already read it, please take a moment to pop on Amazon and give it a review.  All reviews, good and bad, help me become a better writer.  I am already working on a second piece that will pick up where the story left off.  I am working with Amazon to get the story into their Kindle Singles Program to gain more exposure for my work.  So any support from you, my friends, would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.amazon.com/House-Dead-Timbers-Michael-Hibbard-ebook/dp/B00GG1TV1Q

Halloween Conspiracy

Greetings, Dreamers!

Its getting close to Halloween and I wanted to give you some information about Waking Dream and upcoming events!

Many reviews are coming in on the book, and they are 5 stars, so in that I am truly humbled.  I wanted to take a moment and give a little more information about the book and hopefully piqué your curiosity in picking up your copy today!

The town of Devlin is at the centre of a conspiracy that has been in motion for centuries.  One dark immortal will begin his plot to take over the world and cloak our planet in eternal twilight, beginning on Halloween — this coming Halloween. Waking Dream: Devlin begins with events on October 26, 2013.  Over the thirteen chapters and six days, the world will be dramatically changed, setting the stage for the next two books in the series.

Writing this book required outlining all nine novels to ensure continuity, and to not expose too much as we move forward on this adventure which will follow our present day time-line.  Waking Dream: Devlin is not easily classifiable in any one genre as it has elements of the paranormal, supernatural, horror and science fiction.  Here are just a few excerpts of the reviews about the series:

“Devlin itself put me in mind of a grown up version of Hogsmeade. Just because you didn’t get your letter from Hogwarts doesn’t mean you can’t be Awakened to your particular ability–that can happen at any time in your life. So take heart!

The events of the book take place in the autumn and there’s magic and the lifting of the veil in a very big way so it’s the perfect book for this time of year.” – V.L Craven (Autodidact in the Attic)

 

“If you like reading about the Paranormal then “Devlin” is a must read and you will deepen your knowledge of the power of weird itself.

Become a Dreamer, embrace your weirdness to break free from a world of sleepers & peer into the truth of your own Waking Dream as I have with this unique author, Michael Hibbard.”  – Thérèse Wood of (Grimnian Promotions)

 

“From start to finish I felt that the Waking Dream was real. This beautiful work of fiction brings not just a story, but a new life philosophy to the table. That coupled with the characters and their real relationships with each other kept the book in my hands until the end. The way the characters interacted with each other was real and not forced or unbelievable like a lot of fantasy. I can’t wait to see what other Weirdness awaits in the next book. Don’t forget to share this book with friends and fellow Dreamers.” – Justin Miller

The book is currently on sale on all  eBook formats for $4.99 (USD) on Amazon, Nook and on iTunes.

I hope you’ll take a chance to read it, and give me feed back so I know what direction you would like me to take with the series.  This is not only my dream, its is all of our dreams.

Be sure to tune in on The Book Report Radio with Elaine Charles to hear my first ever radio interview.  Airing on-line and ten radio markets on October 27th 2013 between 4-5 PM (EST)

I will also be doing a guest blog post on the influences of H.P. Lovecraft on my writing for a horror blog in the UK, so stay tuned for details!