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“Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device” Has Been Published!

Dead Jack and the Pandemonium DeviceIt’s here! My first novel, Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device, has been published.

It’s been a long journey. I wrote the first Dead Jack story way back in 2006, and immediately filed it away. It sat on my computer for six years before I submitted it for publication — and what do you know?  It got accepted on the first try. (It was also my first story acceptance.) Still, another two years went by before it saw publication in the pages of Weird Tales magazine in 2014, which is also when I began work on the first Dead Jack novel.

This summer I ran a Kickstarter for the book and eded up raising more than $5300.

Now you can finally read it! The print book looks amazing. There are three interior illustrations and other, little illustrations on every page. You really need to own this book! Here’s the book description:

THE DEAD DICK RISES…

Pandemonium: a twilight dimension of nightmare creatures, mythical beings, the undead, and everything in between. To Dead Jack, it’s hell sweet hell. In the first book of the series, the tortured, drug-addicted detective stumbles upon his most dangerous case yet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can the zombie P.I. and his associate, the homunculus Oswald, save the day? It won’t be easy. The duo must face rogue leprechauns, ghost pirates, a sex-obsessed shark woman, sycophantic ghouls, an insecure fire demon, and a goateed maniac who calls himself the Duke of Pandemonium. Good thing Jack’s getting paid in a ton of fairy dust!

Also includes the first Dead Jack story, “The Case of the Amorous Ogre,” as well as a bonus scene from the warped perspective of the homunculus Oswald.

The paperback edition features three interior illustrations by artist Ed Watson.

For more info and a look at the illustrations go to DeadJack.com

Or you can just buy the book here:

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Dead Jack Kickstarter Has Launched!

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The Kickstarter campaign for my first novel, Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device, has launched and it’s off to a great start. It’s been the No. 1 publishing project on the site for much of the first week and was named a “Project We Love” by the Kickstarter staff.

And to let you know how busy I’ve been with it…this is the first chance I’ve gotten to write about the campaign on my own website!

Through the campaign, which ends August 11th, you can buy an ebook or paperback of the novel, as well as posters, bookmarks, copies of Weird Tales Magazine, and a chance to be a character in the novel (sorry, they’re all taken now). We already hit the first stretch goal, which means everyone in the U.S. who buys the paperback in any reward level also gets a 6-by-9-inch postcard of the Map of Pandemonium. (International backers get an ebook bundle). Other stretch goals include illustrations and an audiobook.

Click to visit the Dead Jack Kickstarter campaign here

New_DeadJack_Cover_WebSo What’s the Book About?

Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device  (cover by Ed Watson to the right) is the first in a series of short novels following an egotistical, drug-addicted zombie detective and his homunculus sidekick as they solve mysteries in a hellish alternate New York City (known as Pandemonium).

The Dead Jack stories are a mix of “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” and “The Maltese Falcon.”

The first book follows Jack and Oswald across Pandemonium as they battle gangster leprechauns, ghost pirates, goblins, demons and the lunatic Duke of Pandemonium with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Read the first chapter of Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device here

But wait! There’s more!

FREE DEAD JACK EBOOK!

As a gift to my loyal fans, I made the first Dead Jack short story free.

You can download Dead Jack and the Amorous Ogre at Smashwords. (You don’t need to have an account or to sign in.)

It’s available in epub (Nook), mobi (Kindle), PDF and a few other formats.

The ebook also contains the first chapter of Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device.