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Closet Treats


Reality is a slippery slope for Trey Leger, but he's managed to carve out a somewhat normal existence in spite of his mental illness.  But when an ice cream truck starts making the rounds of his neighborhood, Trey can no longer tell reality from his delusions.

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Q&A Episode

Tattoo--New Cover Design

New Tattoo Ebook Cover

Ask anyone who's read and listened to my work, and they'll probably tell you Tattoo was the gateway drug into my fictional worlds. There's a reason for that. It's a quick, nasty ride that rushes through your blood like adrenalin and leaves you gasping.

Since Tattoo was first podcast, I have put out volumes of other stories, but it still remains a fan favorite, as well as one of mine.

This is actually the third cover attempt for the story. I once again put my work in the capable hands of Starla Huchton to make it right. This is the result.

EBook covers are much like the paperback covers of old--they tend to be more important than the words contained within. Great writers can create great worlds, great words, and still manage to sell absolute squat if they have a crap cover. Here's hoping the new cover grabs more folks and inducts them into my worlds, for better or worse.

 

Closet Treats--New Cover

Here it is, Fiendlings. The new cover for the Closet Treats ebook and podcast. The great Starla Huchton got this together for me. I'm pretty happy with it. She's also going to be doing an alternate cover Tattoo in the near future before I saddle her with the final cover of the Garaaga's Children: Ancients Volume. 

Hope you like. And if you don't? Tough. You probably already bought the damned thing.

Cheers.

 

Mimes--WTF Made You Write This?

If you've listened to Mimes, you might be wondering...WHERE THE HELL DID THAT COME FROM?

I don't normally write to prompts. It's one of the reasons I guess I'll never be part of those Iron Chef writing competitions. When I spend so much time wandering around the four series I have going, how could I possibly write something that came from someone else?

At Mile-Hi Con last year, I was having a drink with Amanda Kimmerly and Robert Stikmanz of Confabule.com. I can't remember what led to the discussion, but we were talking about traffic and clowns and what not. Rob finally stared me in the eye and dared me to write a story about mimes. Psychotic nasty mimes.

The story lay in my brain for quite some time. All sorts of crazed ideas festered and rotted. I spent time researching the history of clowns and the art of pantomime. The more I looked at things, the less sense they made. I put the story in the back of my mind and forgot about it.

When Rob and Amanda approached me about the 3000 Weeks Project, the first thing that jumped to my mind was the story about mimes. They wanted something new and original from me. And what the hell, I wanted to write a new Fiends-like tale. So I buckled down and started working on it.

I was interrupted by Scrolls, by my work on The Rider, and some really crazy weeks at work. But the story finally came around and smashed me in the head. Until I needed to find an ending... Sigh.

One fateful night, I told the Fiendmistress I was stuck. I told her the basic gist of the story and then...fireworks. "It's a Paul Cooley tale. Obviously, he's going to turn into a mime."

Bang. Boom. Cue nuclear explosion.

The story wrote itself after that. And I finished the last 2200 words in a blinding sprint. It's been years since I've felt that crazed about finishing a story. It was wonderful.

I don't write stories about zombies, or infections, or whatever you want to call it. But I loved the idea of crowds of creepy things chasing a person. Mimes is a one-off. It's not a fiends tale, really. It's more of a horror story that I've written out of love and lust for trying something new. Hopefully you enjoyed listening to it as much as I enjoyed producing it.

So do me a favor. Go visit Confabule.com and check out the rest of the artists and writers involved in the 3000 Weeks Project. Give some cash and get some good stuff. After all, inspiration comes from strange places. And Rob and Amanda are two of the most wonderfully strange people I know.

Cheers.

Fiends--Mimes

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It's Xmas time. That means it's time for me to start delivering your presents. The first is a Fiends tale called "Mimes." And no clowning around, it's pretty nasty. It's also part of the Confabule.com 3000 Weeks Project and will be included in the book of collected stories and artwork for the project.

Hope y'all enjoy.

 

This presentation is copyright 2012 by Paul Elard Cooley.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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Essay-- Enter Tony Downs

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A few thoughts about Tony Downs and my most recent e-book releases "The Hunt" and "After Image".

The ebooks are available from Amazon, Smashwords, and BN.com

The Hunt:

After Image:

Music by Nine Nails from their album "The Slip." Please visit their site at NIN.com

A Call to Fiendlings! Write Reviews and Get Something Special

This is a call to arms! For all you Fiendlings that have listened to my free podcasts, enjoyed them, bought and read the books, I ask you to help me get some traction in the ebook markets. Here's what we need to do to spread the gospel of the Fiendmaster far and wide.

I need you to write reviews for Closet Treats, TattooFiendlettes, and the Garaaga's Children series. Now here's the thing. I'm going to reward you. For each book review you write, send me a link to the review to storiesATshadowpublications.com. For each review, you will get that ebook, personalized and autographed via MyWrite straight to your in-box.

You read the book. You know better than anyone else if you liked it, or didn't, and what you'd tell someone to get them interested in it. If you liked Closet Treats? Write a review for the ebook and you'll get the autographed ebook in your in-box FOR FREE!

Now, I want you fiendlings to be honest. If you didn't read the book, don't review it.

In addition to getting those books for FREE, I'll also send you a personalized copy of Garaaga's Children: Legends. Legends was just released so I doubt many of you have purchased it yet. But I also need your help to get that one on track.

I'll sign/personalize these ebooks any way you want (within reason) and it'll be a nice thang for your e-reader to have. In addition, I enccourage you to SHARE your e-books! Help others find the gospel according to the Fiendmaster.

I appreciate everything my readers/listeners have done for me. Don't want to participate? No harm, no foul. Any help you can give me in getting some  traction is greatly appreciated.

Take care. Your Xmas gift is in being written right now...

Cheers.

 

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BN Books (ignore the River Witch)

SMASHWORDS

 

 

Smashwords.com July MADNESS!

 It's July and in conjunction with a special Smashwords.com offering, I've made all my ebooks 50% off. That's right, you go here, select any/all of my ebooks you like, and use the code "SSW50" to save 50% off the cover price. So if you've been waiting to get your grubby little claws on ebook copies of any of my works, go to Smashwords.com and getcha some.

Cheers.

Scrolls--Progress Report

 It's time for a little update.

Those of you who listened to the "Marker" reading from Balticon know that I hoped to have "Scrolls" done in June. Well, I've finished the first draft and I'm doing my best to get the tome ready for professional editing by the end of the month. As soon as it's somewhat put to bed, I'll start working on the last of the Garaaga's Children: Ancients volume with "Ama".

I expect "Ama" will write itself fairly quickly and it should be a treat for those of you familiar with The Fiends universe. I will keep you up to date on progress and I promise to get back to podcasting on a more regular basis assuming I get my voice back under control.

My offer for free e-book copies of my work in exchange for reviews is on-going. And, in fact, this will probably be the norm from now until doomsday. Bascially, I'll always show my appreciation for your time and patronage. If you have other ideas for contests and giveaways, please leave comments in the blog. Also, if you have questions about what's going on, feel free to add 'em. I'll respond to them best I can.

In the meantime, try and take care of yourselves. We'll talk again real soon.

Cheers.

The FiendMaster Gets Clipped

Well, it's been a little over 3 years since I got clipped. No, my HAIR you dirty fiendling. The FiendMistress and I documented the process and here the pics to prove it.

 

BEFORE...

 

DURING...

 

AFTER...

Flames...

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FiendMaster: Flames

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The Street--Deep Fried-04

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Here's the 4th episode of Deep Fried. Thank you Anthony Epp for handling the narration so my voice can continue its recovery.

This presentation is copyright 2012 by Paul Elard Cooley.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Visit shadowpublications.com for more free stories as well as my rant casts.

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The Street--Deep Fried-01

Merry Christmas, Fiendlings! As promised, here's part 1 of "Deep Fried," the sequel to Stuffing.

This presentation is copyright 2011 by Paul Elard Cooley.

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Fiendy Claus Came To Town!

That's right. The FiendMaster put on a red sock cap, jumped down the internet chimney, and reduced the price of the Fiends: Vol1 hardcover to $25.00! What do you get for that? "Canvas," Tattoo, and Closet Treats as well as the FiendMaster Scrapbook with bonus material that gives hints to future stories. But that's not all. If you purchase the hardcover, you'll also get your greedy little digital paws on a signed, personalized FREE copy of the e-book in Kindle/Epub format.

INFOCAST--2011-09-20

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A short explanation of how recent events have affected some book plans...

Store is LIVE!

That's right, Fiendlings. The great folks at BackMyBook.com have put together a store for me. It looks great. All future limited edition books will be sold straight from the store and if you want the trade paperbacks, they'll be shipped immediately upon ordering and I'll make more money on them than if you purchase them from Amazon.com or BN.com.

Be on the lookout for future deals, including bundles and promo codes. You never know, you might even be able to win something very soon...

Cheers.

Lessons from the book launch

I did a book launch. Yes, Blue Moose Press is my publisher, but it's essentially an author co-op. They provided fantastic resources and experience in getting a book from editing phase into layout, graphics, and the like. Basically, without their help, Fiends: Vol1 would never have happened.

Now, I was absolutely certain I was going to screw this up big time, and I did. Just not in the way I thought. So here's some lessons if you're going to self-publish.

1.  Have an on-going work to keep your fans interested.

One of the biggest problems with this book launch has been getting the word out. Since I've had no new fiction out there on the podiobook circuit, much of my listening public has taken a vacation from my podcast feed. That vacation from the feed has really been detrimental to building interest and excitement for the book.

Without a new title streaming through the internet, folks have little reason to even pay attention. Although I've been fairly good about providing infocasts, essays, interviews, and even some guest content, it's simply not enough to keep listeners involved, except, of course, for the die hards (and I LOVE you folks).

So if you're a podcast author and you have a book release coming up, make sure you TIME it with the release of another novel or story collection. I feel this is key to keeping things going.

2. Coordinate with your social media buddies.  COORDINATE DAMMIT!

I have been a guest on many many podcasts over the past year. However, I didn't time this properly with the book release. Instead of being on a massive PR run on the circuit, as well as getting folks tuned in to the promo, I sought those resources at the last moment. In fact, I didn't go out of my way to ask the big folk for help. That's assistance they were willing to give, I was just too bashful to ask. This too put a nail in the coffin for good results.

3. Pre-sales are tough...and when you're niche player, they're even tougher

As a writer of psychological horror, my audience is quite a bit smaller than say a Scott Sigler or a Phil Rossi. And that's fine. I don't have a problem with that. But that also means that with that many less listeners, there are that many less buyers out there for a $35 hardcover. I believe I greatly over-estimated the demand for the book. Also, I have had a lot of my die-hard fans tell me they just couldn't afford a $35 book. I completely understand that and I'm not disappointed, per se. This was a learning experience dammit.

If you're a niche player like myself, it might make more sense to learn to crawl before you go to a full run. If I was smart I would have known this and only done maybe a 100 copy run for the hardcover. They'll selll out eventually, but I had convinced myself they would sell out more quickly. Mea culpa.

I priced the book according to the fact it's a limited edition and that it also comes with the free e-book. I thought that was a pretty good deal. Next time? I'll make it more affordable and print fewer of 'em.

4. Have the ebook ready to go...

If I had really done this right, I would have had the ebook ready to ship immediately. In other words, you buy the book on pre-sale, and you get the ebook via email same day. This would have given people the feeling of instant gratification. I had talked myself out of doing the ebook formatting myself (although I know how) and I believe that hurt me. Again. If you are going to use a service like Ebook Architects or similar, check well ahead of time to see how long it will take them to format and make your book available. If you don't you're going to have problems.

5. Have an actual damned store

We used the paypal store for this run. We shant be doing that again. Calculating shipping (expecially for intl) is a mess. The paypal system is slow, clunky, and a bitch and a half to use. I can't tell you how many hours I spent trying to get the damned thing working properly. If you're using it for digital items, it's perfect. But anything that has to be shipped? Well, if you have plenty of time on your hands, it'll work. If not, it's a serious pain in the ass.

 

Those are the big lessons I've learned. I have a long way to go in selling the hardcovers. The con circuit is coming up, so I'm hopeful I'll be able to move a few of those as well as the trade paperbacks at impromptu and formal book signings. Also, I have another revenue method up my sleeve, but we'll talk about that when it's ready.

The idea for this was not to make a whole lot of money. If I manage to break even on everything, I'll be damned happy. We have a ways to go before that happens, but we'll get there. I made all this happen because my fans wanted books. And I wanted to give 'em to you. On that, we were successful.

Once Garaaga's Children starts up, hopefully more listeners will travel to my site and take a chance on purchasing the book. If so, then we'll clear things out in a hurry and all will be well. If not? Well, there's going to be some serious bundling opportunities in the future.

Pay attention, oh fellow authors. These are the lessons I learned. Please make sure you heed them so you're more successful than I and suffer a LOT less stress.

 

Cheers.

On the Podcast Teardown With John Mierau

John Mierau invited me on his Podcast Teardown show where we babbled about writing, podcasting, pimping, and etc. Give it a listen.

Thank you, John, for having me on the show, mate.

THIS is how to grovel

Fiendlings! I received this note after a purchase of the hardcover. I want you to know: THIS is how to grovel!
FiendMaster,

I beseech you on this day, that should the vessel of your words, Paul Elard Cooley, fail to insult this lowly fiendling on your most glorious day, through written word, upon the pages of your Fiends Collection, it is not because of his own lack of foresight. For, THE Mother Fucker, Paul Cooley does fully understand that he faces your wrath in not carrying out your demands. He does not insult or command this fiendling in written word on this date because the request has been made that your words not pass upon the page as of yet so that I might bask in the horror that is your inspiration upon the vessel, Mr. Cooley, at a later date, during a convention, so that I might be present to see your the fruits of your terrible inspiration in action. I ask this, knowing full-well I am not worthy to ask anything of your greatness, but perhaps you could find it in the darkness that is your soul to postpone the horrors you would carry out upon me until a later date, Balticon or DragonCon perchance, when you could exact your terrible vengeance upon me and allow the anticipation and fear to build to a point where it is no longer be bearable by this fiendling.

A note to Mr. Cooley,

Should the FiendMaster allow it, I would like to have you personalize the Fiends Vol 1 at Balticon (if I'm able to attend) or DragonCon. And a great big fucking congratulations on this day arriving. You, sir, are an inspiration.

Order Fiends: Vol1 Limited Edition Hardcover!

Purchase A Piece of FiendMaster History

This $35.00 limited edition hardcover contains:

  • Canvas (2010 Parsec Nominee)
  • Tattoo (2010 Parsec Finalist)
  • Closet Treats
  • The FiendMaster Scrapbook
    bonus materials about the tales and future stories

 

All purchasers of the hardcover will receive a free e-book version as soon as hardcover is ordered!

BOOKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

 

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Fiends: Vol 1 Limited Edition Hardcover OUT OF STOCK!!!

Sorry! We're sold out!

But please check for the trade paperback release in April and the e-book rush to follow.

Thanks you again for visiting the site and your interest in the Fiends collection.

Paul Elard Cooley

Thank you for purchasing Fiends: Vol 1 Limited Edition Hardcover

Thank you for your purchase

If you forgot to enter your personalization information when you placed your order, or if you need to leave the FiendMaster special instructions, please send him an email (storiesATshadowpublications.com).

Shadowpublications.com will send notifications when the books are ready to ship.

Again thank you for your purchase and please stay in touch.

Cheers.

Paul Elard Cooley

"The FiendMaster"

Fiends: Vol 1 Limited Edition Hardcover

Purchase A Piece of FiendMaster History

This limited edition hardcover contains:

  • Canvas (2010 Parsec Nominee)
  • Tattoo (2010 Parsec Finalist)
  • Closet Treats
  • The FiendMaster Scrapbook
    bonus materials about the tales and future stories

All purchasers of the hardcover will receive a free e-book version as soon it's available.

The books will be printed at the end of February and should be in your sharp little claws in March.

International Shipping

If you are outside the territorial US, please choose the "international" option, choose your country and enter the address as per normal. We will have to send you back an email with details on shipping and how much it will cost.

Orders will be taken at noon CST on February 14th. Please come back soon...

The FiendMaster on Geekout With Mainframe!

Fiendling Richard Green had me on his great podcast "Geek Out With Mainframe." We had way too much fun and talked about writing, horror, podcasting, and, of course, the imminent Fiends presale.

Thanks Richard for having me on!

The FiendMaster State of the FiendDom Address

My Fiendlings: Please join me for the FiendMaster State of the FiendDom Address, including a rebuttal from Big Publishing.

Fiends: Volume 1 Promo

Here's the promo for the February 14th Presale of Fiends: Vol 1. Please feel free to spread it like a damned virus. Hope to see you on Valentine's Day! Cheers.

"Bitch? Shut up! Puppets Be Talkin'!"

What happens when you turn 40? Well, lots of craziness, actually. Friends you've had for years turn up to tell you how fucking old you are. Instead of commiserating with you, they make jokes and buy you more and more drinks. Last night, they definitely tried to kill me by feeding me way too many shots of alcohol. I believe they were attempting to ensure I wouldn't make it to 41. I digress. My good friend Brent, the b-man, my hetero life-mate, brought the most wicked gifts to the party. Absolutely hellacool. He is a big fan of my story "Stuffing" and thought he would honor it and my 40 by giving me two new mascots for the FiendCave. I present to you: "Bust a cap in yo ass Elmo" and "Cookiemonster OD Playset".

Once again, this proves I have the most awesome friends and fans in the world. Thank you, BMan, this fucking rocked. Cheers.

Essay--The Subconscious and Dean Corll

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Fiendlings! A little essay for your earhole, guaranteed to give you a shiver. Links:

This essay was written and read by Paul Elard Cooley and is protected under a creative commons, non-commercial, attribution, no derivatives 3.5 license.  Music by nine inch nails from their album ghosts.  Please visit their site

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Fiends--Stuffing

Heya, Fiendlings. Sorry for the long bout of silence. In case you weren't paying attention to the last blog post, my site experience some technical difficulties. So for your patience, here's a brand new Fiends' tale for your ear-holes Be afraid. This one will destroy what's left of your childhood.

FIENDS--Stuffing

Written and performed by Paul Elard Cooley

This presentation is copyright 2010 by Paul Elard Cooley.

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