Unkind Update 2

UnkindnessGreetings, Dreamers!

I have been asked by several fans  when Book II, The Unkindness, will be available.

At present, I am over a third of the way through the manuscript, and editing has begun chapter by chapter.

I am still on target for February, but I am not ready to set a definitive release date.  However, I will keep you updated as I progress.

As an indication, my editor started reading Chapter 1 and got so involved in the story that they forgot they were supposed to be editing.  So I take that  as a good sign that the story will suck you all in.

In the mean time, you can still get Lost Haven for .99 cents on Amazon Kindle.  I am also preparing it for other devices now.  And the price will be the same across all platforms.  I will also be releasing The Case Study and The House of the Dead Timbers in these formats.

And if you have not read Waking Dream: Devlin, you can read the reviews on Amazon, hear and see interviews about it by selecting one from the Interview menu at the top.  Take a chance and visit the town of Devlin.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Though Lost Haven was meant to be a stand alone story, it is really just Book 1.5 for the series, giving the reader some insight into the more esoteric aspect of the series, and sets up a completely separate plot line that I will explore in other interludes.

Again, thank you all for your support!

Have a wonderful New Year!

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Thank You!

Waking DreamGreetings, Dreamers!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for downloading my free eBooks The Case Study and The House of the Dead Timbers!

It was really quite a success!  The Case Study made it to #5 on the best-selling free short story list and stayed there for 3 days!

The House of the Dead Timbers made it to #8 and stayed there for 2 days!

Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II is basically writing itself.  I am still on schedule for a February release, because I know you’re all dying to find out what happens next!

In the mean time, you can read Lost Haven, a Waking Dream Interlude, which happens between Book I and Book II.

I am very thankful to you all who have been supportive of my work, and have helped me improve my craft with your thoughtful comments, tweets and reviews.

Happy New Year to you all!

Free Stories until Christmas Eve!

The Case StudyHouseOfDeadTimbersGreetings, Dreamers!

As a gift to all my loyal fans, I am making The Case Study and The House of the Dead Timbers free on Kindle until Christmas eve!  Tis the season to be horror filled!  Both are being considered for the Bram Stoker Award!  So help me get them to number #1 on the free store!

And if you do download them, please take a moment to review them on Amazon!  Happy Holidays and stay safe!

Free Books

And if you like those, check out the others!

Other Books

Lost Haven – The Order of Seers

HavenGreetings, Dreamers!

I have released Lost Haven as a Kindle Book, all assembled for your reading pleasure!

Again, it is a novella, and it is a stand alone story that happens between Book I and Book II in the series.

I know that many of you have been reading the story, but I decided to release the book on Kindle to gain a larger audience than my blog.

I have decided to curtail language in my future books so that this series can appeal to both adults and young adults.  Book I has one small section with language, however, it is nothing that young adults have not already been subjected to.  The world is not perfect, and I am not Mary Poppins.

The underlying story of the Waking Dream is about understanding that we all have the power to change the world to what we want.  And I know that will begin with our children.

You can read this novella and decide whether or not the Waking Dream is for you. Its not for everyone!  But, I assure you, you can’t truly be a Dreamer until you see what lies ahead.

Happy reading, my friends!

 

The Ramblings of a Weird Author

MichaelHibbardGreetings, Dreamers!

I wanted to take a moment and talk a bit about who I am and what I write.  I’ve gained quite a few new followers so I though it was time that I gave you a little more insight into me, what I write, and what inspires me to continue.

I am laying it all out there, because I am a communicator, well, online that is.  In real life, I’m a bit of a recluse, and am not really good in social situations, which I am working on.

Who were my inspirations?

I’ve been an avid reader since I was really young.  The first adult book I read was “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.  I’ve always loved the supernatural, so I continued with other authors such as Poe, Lovecraft, King, Bradbury, F. Paul Wilson and many others.  Oddly, my two biggest influences were Lovecraft and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Lovecraft is an inspiration because he loved description, words and his creation of the Cthulhu Mythos.  Fitzgerald is an inspiration for his writing style, his ability to expose the dark underbelly of our society, and for giving us my favorite book, The Great Gatsby.

The Waking Dream is not all that I write, but it is a huge focus on my career because it spans so many genres and deals with many social issues, both for adults and young adults.  I love to write horror, especially Lovecraftian Horror, because I do love a good scary tale, and it seems that there are not enough new ideas coming out.  I have not been scared by anything that has come out lately.  I abhor slasher type books, because the news does a pretty good job of covering that genre.  It’s all too real and close to home.

The inspiration for the Waking Dream truly came from my personal quest to understand the nature of reality.  I am inspired by a variety of things: the change of seasons, weird happenings, interactions between people, philosophy, religion, science and the paranormal.

When Did I Start Writing?

I really started writing stories when I was 12.  I was attending a Catholic School in Woodbury, New Jersey.  It was very old, and the basement was very creepy.  I wrote a screen play about dark rituals happening in the basement at night.  My teacher at the time, Mr. DuBois, fully supported me filming it and got permission for me to do so.  Unfortunately, before we could do the film, my parents moved to Pennsylvania.

I was an avid Role-Player, and I’ve played just about every table-top game there is, and I enjoyed being the storyteller more than the player.  I would write very involved campaigns, which were essentially interactive stories.  Then when I got on the internet, I went crazy in the chat rooms with story lines, and had three channels devoted to different settings.  Castle Nightshade was a high fantasy storyline set in a world I created with over 100 people playing at any given time.  Night City was a vampire based storyline with many of the same people playing back and forth.  And then finally, The Waking Dream which only had 12 players as a private group.

My first novel, which was published by Phantasm Books, is my crowning achievement as an author.  I was very pleased to have my book recognized so quickly without having been published anywhere before.  Waking Dream: Devlin is just the first of many to come.  I enjoyed writing it, hated the editing process, and have stressed the promotion.  But in the end, I am happy with what I have produced.

Here is the list of books I have written to date:

What is the Waking Dream All About?

I do get a lot of people who are very confused about the subject matter contained in the Waking Dream.  I have many journals with all of the particulars about the Waking Dream Universe, because it is quite expansive.  I am trying to create a world that is wholly unique, but emulates Cthulhu Mythos, or Frank Herbert’s Dune.

I am fascinated with the universe.  I rarely watch any non-science shows, because I want to understand the nature of reality.  So, I started the Waking Dream as a synthesis of all the concepts I feel to be true about our universe.  If the universe were just a dream we should be able to control it.  It’s just a matter of learning how to.  We are all children, no matter how old we get.  But, we tend to start to disbelieve that we have the power to change it.  We get wrapped up in politics, our daily jobs, acquiring things, and we stop believing that life really is very magical.  The fact that we exist at all is magical in of itself.

The Waking Dream is targeted to people who want to believe and it is appropriate for young adults, as well as adults.  I explore social issues, so there is a lot of allegory in the novel.  I also explore topics that plague our children today, such as coming of age, self-mutilation, poor self-esteem, dealing with loss, and how to fit in.  On the social level, I address self-sustaining communities, religion, reincarnation, the degradation of society, politics, and the struggle between good vs. evil.

What Do I Do for My Day Job?

Currently, I am a data analyst, and I do enjoy it, because it has helped my ability to market my book, and self-promote.  It all comes down to numbers.  But, on the side, I am a programmer and I can program in 11 different computer languages.  All of it self-taught, as I am a true autodidact.  Structured learning is not my thing.  I tend to learn better when I can move at my own pace.

However, I did not start out in this field.  I have had many many different jobs in my 43 years.  Here are the ones I can remember:

Gardener, Greenhouse Worker, Pastry Chef, Sous Chef, Line Cook, Toy Store Manager, Video Store Manager, Blockbuster Assistant Manager, Medical Sales, Web Designer, Project Manager, Grounds Keeper,  Coder, Software Architect, Business Architect, Graphic Designer, and now Published Author.

All of the jobs I’ve had contributed to my experience as a writer.  I have learned something valuable from each of them, though I wasn’t necessarily happy in each job.  Working at a toy store during Christmas was an absolute nightmare!

What Are My Hobbies?

I am a firm believer in the saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”.  Those of you who frequent my blog know that I try to post at least once a day.  But I also have my facebook pages, my four secret twitter accounts, and my main @arkangyl account.  So I do love social media.  But my other hobbies include:

Drawing/Illustration (I have designed all but one of my book covers), Guitar, Drums, Music in general, Cooking, Console and PC Gaming, Role-playing, Poetry, Reading, Philosophy, Quantum Physics, Mathematics, Programming Apps and Board Games.

Writing I do not consider a hobby.  This is what I ultimately want to do for a full-time job, and I feel confident that I will get there.  As I’ve said to my other fellow authors, who are just starting out, it takes patience.   Everything requires work and honing one’s craft.

Why Did I Do This?

First, I really did this because I wanted you all to know who I really am.  I believe that it is important to engage my friends, (I hate the term followers).  I do no spend all night looking for people to follow.  I tweet and if someone follows me, I’ll follow them back if it seems we’d be friends!  I always respond to everyone who engages me, because I do not want to sit on some pedestal and have people adore me.

Second, I am what I write.  I am not writing to become rich and famous.  I doubt I could deal very well with fame, as I am a recluse, as I mentioned.  If you know who I am, perhaps you’ll be more interested in the stuff I write, and more importantly, you’ll understand why I write the way I do.

Again, thank you for listening, and I am always interested in a good conversation, either here, on Facebook or on Twitter.

If you hit the Interview Menu at the top, you can listen or read about my other interviews.

Happy Friday the 13th, my friends!

Immortal Memories is now on Sale!

Immortal MemoriesGreetings Dreamers!

Immortal Memories is now on sale at an introductory Kindle price of $2.99 and in paperback at $7.99.

You can read all about the book here.

This is a new edition with two new tales!  Also, in addition to the book, we will be doing another batch of custom Blood Dolls, which are featured in the book.  You can order your very own uniquely named and hand-made doll at this link.

MeresinEach doll has a tag with a name assigned by me, and they are all hand-made, each slightly different from the last making them a true collectible! They can sit and stand and measure 13 inches in length.

They take 4-6 weeks to arrive, but they are well worth the wait.  The doll is made exclusively through Southern Gothica.

The Unkindness

UnkindnessGreetings, Dreamers!

I am happy to announce that I am on schedule for releasing Waking Dream: The Unkindness Book II in the Transformation Trilogy.

This is the cover I have designed and I am feeling very good about it.

The Unkindness picks up where Devlin left off, only a few short weeks after the calamity on Halloween Night.

More information to come as we get closer to the release date, but the identity of the Immortal behind the insidious plot set in motion in Devlin will be revealed.  And the world as we know it, will be forever changed.

Auber and the Dreamers of Devlin will gain new allies, and foes, as they rush to uncover the secrets of their nemesis, and trying desperately to arrest control of the Black Heart, before it is too late.

In the mean time, you can read my serial story, Lost Haven, which takes place between Book I and Book II.

And of course, Immortal Memories gives the fans a deeper insight into the lives of the Immortals you met in the first book.

Lost Haven

HavenGreetings, Dreamers!

I have released Lost Haven as a Kindle Book, all assembled for your reading pleasure!

Again, it is a novella, and it is a stand alone story that happens between Book I and Book II in the series.

I know that many of you have been reading the story, but I decided to release the book on Kindle to gain a larger audience than my blog.

I have decided to curtail language in my future books so that this series can appeal to both adults and young adults. Book I has one small section with language, however, it is nothing that young adults have not already been subjected to. The world is not perfect, and I am not Mary Poppins.

The underlying story of the Waking Dream is about understanding that we all have the power to change the world to what we want. And I know that will begin with our children.

You can read this novella and decide whether or not the Waking Dream is for you. Its not for everyone! But, I assure you, you can’t truly be a Dreamer until you see what lies ahead.

Happy reading, my friends!

The Case Study Being Considered for Award!

The Case StudyGreetings, Dreamers!

Thanks to all of you, The Case Study is being considered for recommendation for the Bram Stoker Award!  This will be my second for this year.

If you haven’t read it, the first 12 Sessions are freely available on this blog here : The Case Study

But if you want to read the shocking conclusion, you’ll have to pay for it on Amazon Kindle for .99 cents!

It has already gotten one 5 star review!

TSullivan – Amazon Purchase

“I highly recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of dark psychological horror.

Find a quiet spot, preferably at night, turn off the lights and settle in. But you should be warned, something read cannot be unread.”

Thank you all for your continued support of my work!

 

 

Immortal Memories

Immortal MemoriesGreetings, Dreamers!

Immortal Memories is now available!  It contains nine stories, each a single moment in the life of an Immortal, throughout history.

It is available on Amazon here.

This is a re-release with two new stories.  The paperback will be $7.99 and the Kindle version will be offered at an introductory $2.99 for a limited time!

All of the stories in this collection are related to the Waking Dream, and will give you a deeper insight into the characters you met in Waking Dream: Devlin

Each story is a different genre, to appeal to a wide range of readers:

One – The story of the beginning of the Waking Dream Universe told by the first Immortal One — formatted as a biblical story.

The Black Heart in Madness – This is the story of the final days of Ludwig II of Bavaria, and is an alternate history story with my take on his mysterious death, as well as explaining the importance of the artifact known as The Black Heart — mentioned in Devlin.

The Fairy In Red – A paranormal romance set in 1920’s New Orleans about a writer obsessed with an ethereal beauty, as he tirelessly waits night after night for her to return to a pub so he can get just one last glimpse of her.  Can you guess who the narrator is?

So Long But Never Good Bye – Another paranormal romance, set in during World War II.  This story chronicles the beginnings of a long-standing love affair between Olivia and Grigor.

The Place of the Sisters – A folk-lore tale spun by Grandfather Maxwell at one of the earlier Halloween celebrations in Devlin.  It is the tale of three strange girls and their plight after being ejected from their home town.  This story is woven into Devlin as well, and is a key to the next book in the series, The Unkindness.

What Rough Beast – This is my attempt at tasteful erotica.  It is the story of a man who is inhabited by an entity known as The Beast — the Eater of Sins.  In exchange, our narrator is given limited immortality to indulge his darker passions, keeping women as pets — of their own free will.  This story explores the depths of human depravity, and further examines the role of the Beast in the series.  Not recommended for those who are easily offended. It has been called a paranormal 50 Shades of Grey.

Vacant Eyes on the Eternal Sea – This is a new addition to the collection.  It is a paranormal tale of a failed writer who finds himself obsessed with a hotel in Virginia Beach.  He quickly discovers that his obsession was for reasons beyond his control.

The Charnel House – This is a horror/paranormal story about three adventurous gamers who have decided to become paranormal investigators.  However, the house they chose to investigate turns out to be more than they could have ever bargained for.

The Blood Dolls – This is a  magical tale about Virgil the blood doll maker, and how one night a stranger comes to him and teaches him how to animate his friends to assist him in the days to come, following the Transformation of the Waking Dream.

Here are some reviews from the previous edition:

Anne Synder – Amazon Review – 5 Stars

“This is a fascinating set of stories by a, in my opinion, brilliant author and philosopher. What a fascinating new world I have discovered thanks to him.”

M Woisard – Amazon Review – 4 stars

“Waking Dreams – Immortal Memories
I enjoyed the collection of short stories in this series and can’t wait for more. The characters are memorable, and the stories unique and intriguing. The timelines for many of the tales give a good sense of the longevity of the Immortals, and their pivotal roles in the Waking Dream universe slowly being revealed. As a new writer on the scene Mr. Hibbard shows great promise. From the Blood Dolls with their cotton hearts, to the whispery, sensual, Fairy in Red, these tales capture the imagination, and leave you with new friends you’d like to meet again, and dark, powerful enemies you’re safer only reading about. Whether Dreamer, Sleeper, or an ancient Immortal, there is something for everyone in these dark, inventive tales. It is refreshing to see a new take on the horror/occult/paranormal genre. I look forward to the first full-length novel in this series. Write on Mr. Hibbard write on!”

Justin Miller – Amazon Review – 5 stars

“I loved each story in its own way. They all left me wanting more, and when I got to the last page on my kindle app I was sad it was over. I purchased a physical copy as well to lend to friends so they could enjoy every page as I did. I encourage all readers to share this book with at least one friend.”

Sheri Smith – Amazon Review – 5 stars

“Immortal Memories: Volume 1 by E. Michael Hibbard is extremely well written and definitely appeals to a wide range of audiences. As a result, I enjoyed all of the stories each for different reasons.

My two favorite stories are “The Fairy in Red” and “So Long, But Never Say Good-Bye” due to the aspect of romance. However, be sure to note that the stories contained in this volume are definitely not that of romance. There are tales of torture, darkness, violence, rituals, and even hapless ghost hunters. All of which certainly make this an extraordinary read!

Since some of these characters transcend time, I am eagerly awaiting additional stories to see what new adventures await them whether past, present, or future!”

You can read more at http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Memories-Vol-Waking-Dream/product-reviews/1480277584