Suexliegh would be very disappointed, very disappointed indeed, to hear that a book about him, the world's richest man, is being discounted for the holidays. "The Success of Suexliegh" is a story about money, money, and Christmas, in that order, so it's the perfect book to cuddle up with in front of a roaring fire. Critics might be calling it "the best book ever written" or "definitely worth buying" or even "I can't pronounce the title." And you might possibly agree with those fake reviews too. Maybe. But you'll DEFINITELY never know unless you jet on over to Amazon and pick up your copy for only $0.99.
After working in the film industry for years, how could I not make a trailer for my comic? Especially since several of the locations in Death Head—the cemetery sewer, an abandoned town in the woods—are actual haunted places near where I grew up. My brother Nick, the co-creator of the series, and I wanted to make a book trailer that set the mood for the comic in a visually stunning way.
About a month ago, I braved my childhood fears and ventured out to these locations in ideal horror movie weather: an intense rainstorm. I shot the footage on a Canon 5D Mark 3 and edited/sound designed/color-graded the trailer in Premiere Pro CC. Nick, who is a composer by day, created the terrifying music, and my friend Eli Levine did the visual effects. From start to finish, the whole production took about three weeks, including a trip to Good Will to find a long black cloak. You really can find everything there.
I recommend that you turn out the lights, turn up the sound and watch this at full 1080p resolution. Oh, and just to make things extra creepy, we hid the Plague Doctor in three shots of the trailer. Can you find him before he finds you?
WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Please share this video with your friends and follow the comic at www.deathheadcomic.com.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! - Zack
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I have been absolutely terrible about updating lately. Sorry, ladies and gents. But here's why: my brother, Nick, and I just signed a deal to do SOMETHING COOL and have been working with DELETED to finish the first REDACTED. Gah, that is annoying, but someday soon I'll be filling in those blanks with something actually cool. It's a project we've been working on for the last year and are VERY excited to tell everyone about it. Also, I'm writing a new animated series which will be announced shortly. Jeez, such a tease these days. Alas, that is why I've been silent...I'm a working man who can't say anything about what he's working on!
Oh well. That will change very soon.
Halloween is but two weeks away. It's a holiday I used to hate, but have strangely grown to love now that I'm past the It's-Halloween-So-Everyone-Dress-Slutty-And-Get-Drunk Party phase of college / post-college life. Unfortunately, living in a big city doesn't give the right Halloween spooks so I'm often tasked with creating that dread for myself. As such, I've finally gotten around to reading some truly scary stories. which I recommend to you all.
IT by Stephen King. I'm almost 30 years late on this one. I couldn't understand how a book about a clown haunting the sewers could be 1,138 pages long...until I started reading. Though IT is mostly a horror story, the heart and soul is about a group of friends who have nothing but each other. The story is beautiful...and keeps me up at night.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll. This is a new collection of dark folktales. They feel classic, like Edgar Allen Poe or the Brother's Grimm, but with strange, horrifying turns that feel like a genre all their own. There is some unnatural haunting in the way Emily Carroll paints that I've found perfect for late October. Oh, and her blog is filled with lots of unique comics too...
And finally, I had so much fun writing Dead Man's Ditch last year that I wanted to make a tradition out of writing a new horror story every Halloween. I'm halfway done with this year's submission, temporarily (and lamely) titled The Cut Above, so I hope to publish it here soon!
Since I released The Success of Suexliegh last year for Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Paperback, I've gotten several requests for signed copies. I truly appreciate all of the fan support I've gotten for this book (and other stories) and really do listen whenever you guys contact me on twitter and tumblr. Your support means everything.
In an effort to give back to you all, I will now be offering autographed copies of The Success of Suexliegh paperback right from my site. Just click the Paypal button below, let me know your name and address and I'll send you a signed, personalized copy straight to your front door, anywhere in the world, via butler-express mail.
I, and Suexleigh, thank you.
If you like post-apocalyptic/science-fiction stories then you're in luck: I'm pleased to announce a new five-part serial that authors John Dusenberry, Ben Tuller and myself are writing together called:
Meet Me At The Falls
The story follows the Murphy family, Alan (the father), Charlotte (the mother), Edwin & Tricia (brother & sister), and Wiley (the youngest son) who survive the end of the world only to become hopelessly separated hundreds of miles apart. They must journey through devastated wilderness, evade roving bands of armed militias and figure out exactly what happened when every city on Earth fell apart at the same time. It's a story of humanity when humans have no future, of love when there is little to love anymore and of sacrifice when dying for what you believe is all you have left.
Follow the Murphys on their saga of survival to find one another and reach their family's old campsite at the Falls. Available now on Amazon for only $0.99!
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It's like a fog has finally lifted. After 92,852 words, my new book Penwell is ready for editors.
Initially, I envisioned the book topping out around 60,000 words, though at one point it reached over 100,000 before I took the delete key to it. At 250 words per page, that's nearly 370 pages, much longer than my first book The Success of Suexliegh which was 63,000.
The story of Penwell has been locked away inside by brain for five years and it wasn't until recently that the tumblers began slowly turning. It's a mystery that unravels as I write; the unexpected twists and inevitable connections surprise me as if I were experiencing them like a reader. Turning each page unlocks a new door... stumbles you down a dangerous fork in the forest path. I want the reader to feel as if they're solving the puzzle right alongside the book's main character, Peter Penwell.
While I'm still a few months away from actually releasing Penwell (editing, final polish, and cover design [/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"][the one on this site is temporary]), I can say that the novel is set in modern day San Francisco, my hometown, on the last Winter Solstice the world may ever see...
Thanks for the review, Justine! Everyone should definitely check out her blog and sci-fi novel "Chronovisor".
Today, my book "The Success of Suexliegh" became an Award Winning Finalist in the 'Humor' category of the 2013 International Books Awards. The news came as quite a surprise and I feel truly honored by the recognition. Without the vast-distribution arm of a publisher and marketing team, self-published books live or die by their merit. There are no release parties. There are no sponsored book tours or readings. It is often tiring and thankless. But, venues like the International Book Awards are wonderful because it allows so many great books, and their authors, to receive a well-deserved pat on the spine. I'm very thankful "Suexliegh" made it to Finalist and look forward to reading the work of the other winners and other finalists.
My novel, The Success of Suexliegh, received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival in the General Fiction category. Congratulations to the winner, John Irving, and all the other entrants, honorable mentions, runners-up and winners as well. Quite an honor indeed to be listed amongst such talented writers and wonderful books.