Tuesday, October 30, 2012
In THE BLACK DEATH, Matt Cahill is stranded in small, Indiana town in the grip of a horrible plague…not a disease, but a deadly new form of crystal meth that is turning its users into black-eyed, blood-crazed monsters and that could be even more virulently evil than the touch of Mr. Dark. So Matt embarks on a harrowing quest, a journey into darkness and depravity, to find the source of the black death and destroy its makers before the drug, and the homicidal madness it creates, can spread to the entire nation.
Monday, October 8, 2012
One of the things that appealed to me about the Dead Man series was that it wasn't just empty meaningless gore. Sure it's violent, but it also explores the psychological repercussions of that violence, delving into the darker side of love, loyalty, and friendship. With that in mind, I wanted to use my own uniquely female perspective to highlight the complex emotional depth in the character of Matt Cahill without sacrificing the kind of gripping action that the series is also known for. And combining emotion with action has always been at the heart of my own hardboiled crime fiction. It was a perfect fit.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Our 13th tale, THE DEATH MATCH, by Christa Faust was published on Sept. 18th and is one of our fastest selling books yet. Readers are gobbling this one up, and for good r
Monday, September 17, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
DEAD MAN co-creator Lee Goldberg had the pleasure of calling writer Barry Napier to let him know that he'd won the "You Can Write a DEAD MAN Novel" contest. Today, he writes on the Kindle Daily Post about the call and his reaction to the news. Here's an excerpt:
I was stopped at a red light on a Thursday afternoon at a busy intersection with my family. As a mini-meltdown from my son in the back seat rose to a thundering level, my phone rings.
“Hi,” comes an unfamiliar voice on the other end. “This is Lee Goldberg and I’m calling to let you know that you’ve won the Write a Dead Man contest!”
I paused for a minute. My son kept screaming. With the look of shock on my face, I think my wife must have thought there was bad news on the other end.
“Oh, hi,” I said rather stupidly.
For the next thirty seconds, Lee went through some details, most of which I only caught fragments of. Feeling like an idiot, I could hardly speak when he was done. The light turned green. A good thing, too; it’s likely the only thing that unfroze me from the amazing news that I had yet to digest.
We're looking forward to working with him on his DEAD MAN tale, which will be published in early 2013.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Barry has published more than 40 short stories and poems in print and online. He is the author of the Everything Theory series, The Hollows, The Masks of Our Fathers, and Broken Nightlights, a short story collection. He has also had work published thought various small presses, including his novel The Bleeding Room, and two poetry collections. He has served as guest poetry editor of Inkspill Magazine and has recently completed compiling and editing the poetry anthology I Know What I Saw: poems of the unexplained.
You'll be seeing his book in the DEAD MAN series in early 2013. But you can get a sneak peek right now. His winning chapter is below.
Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest.
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
So we asked him about the book...and his writing career.
You're a two-time, Emmy award winner for your work writing & producing CHEERS, and you've written for such shows as BOSTON LEGAL, NEWHART and TERRIERS. You're one of the few TV writers who has been able to move between comedy and drama. Why is that so uncommon and how have you been able to pull it off with such apparent ease?
It’s just that I approach them all in the same way. As stories about characters involved in compelling situations. When you think of it like that, the specific genre or style doesn’t become paramount. The character’s journey is what matters.
How did your first novel come about? What did you think about the experience?
Writing is my work and my hobby, I wrote my first novel in my spare time, just to see if I could do it.
Not only are you a TV writer and novelist, but you've also written several feature films, like THE FAN and MRS. WINTERBOURNE. What kind of writing are you most comfortable doing? Or is it just enough to be writing?
I like all of it. Doing different things helps keep me interested; that’s one of the reasons I keep branching out. But of the three, screenwriting is the least friendly to the writer. In TV, the writer can be the boss, at least if he’s the showrunner, up to a point. In the novels, of course, the writer is the boss of everybody. Because he makes everybody up!
What attracted you to THE DEAD MAN series?
I’ve always wanted to write horror. I’m huge fan of that genre. Richard Matheson was one of my boyhood idols. For whatever reason, I’ve never gone in that direction professionally, so when Lee Goldberg mentioned this series to me, I jumped at the chance. Of course, Lee was himself another attraction – we’ve been trying to work together for years and this is first time we’ve had the chance.
What did you get out of writing THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL that you don't get from writing sitcoms, dramas, and movies?
There is one obvious thing you get out of writing novels that sets them apart from other forms of writing – no network or studio notes. You’re writing this mostly the way you want to write it. The other thing I love about fiction is the way it’s so easy to get inside your characters heads. You want to let the reader know what he’s thinking? You just write it. No need to resort to voice-over or character foils or narrative tricks. I revel in that!
What sets your book apart from the others in the series?
Some say it’s the humor. I can’t help but find comedy – in even the most dire circumstances. Not that the book’s laugh riot, but there is humor between the lines. Let’s say the narrator of the book has a wry sense of macabre humor. I also liked the narrative trick they used in the first book of flashing forward in time and I tried to use that as well. I think the narrative voice of this book is closest in the series to the original.
What were some of the challenges you faced writing the book?
Action scenes. I’ve never really done them before. And writing them is a real bear. Try writing “he threw a punch” in seventeen different ways. But I’m learning!
What's next for you?
I’m finishing a new novel – a bit of hard-boiled action called CRUSH. And I’m producing a comedy for TVLand, THE SOUL MAN. That should keep me busy through the summer.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Now's your chance to win a $500 advance, a $500 Amazon gift card, and a publishing contract to write your own tale in the DEAD MAN saga, which will be published in early 2013 by Amazon's 47North imprint.
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