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Day 20 – The Lost Hour

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Day 20 of #scrypthalloween recaps my latest short story THE LOST HOUR. A discrepancy was found in one of my books where a character suddenly didn’t exist. It was as if they were never there, and though he was a very very minor character with no influence on plot, I knew I had to explain his sudden absence. This book does that in an intriguing manner…

official description: In the future, time travel is a tool used for learning. There are strict guidelines that the Continuum organization enforces to make sure that no one can tamper with what is already written. Those rules were put in place for a reason. Samantha Clayton wrote those rules, but what experiences did she have to understand the true consequences of diving into the past? Follow Clayton in events that take place
during one hour of her time. It will be an hour that she will never forget, but that
history will never remember. To every cause there is an effect, no matter how big or small. This short story bridges the gap between the novels DEVOURED UNIVERSE and A COURSE FOR HUMANITY.

Available in print at lulu.com and other marketplaces soon.

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Day 18 – Cosmic Orbits

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Day 18 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story COSMIC ORBITS. I wrote this one after multiple readers asked if the Network Entity was really destroyed at the end of Techno Feast. It was an ending I’d written to keep the audience wondering, but I decided to move forward with this concept after writing “Devoured Universe”. This works as a spinoff to both novels…

official description: You gaze at the night sky and see something move. Wondering what is out there keeps you awake at night. Countless forms of life are between you and the farthest star, but there’s also something else. It watches and gathers information, growing more powerful along the way.

available in print and digital at lulu.com or on Amazon and Barnes and Noble as part of the Beyond Human Trilogy.


Day 16 – Alien Encounters

 

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Day 16 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story ALIEN ENCOUNTERS. The cover photo is a known public domain work that I had some fun editing. It’s connected to one of the biggest alien conspiracies of all time, which is perfect for representing what’s in the pages….

official description: A phone call from a friend leaves you frantic. He claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy that could get him killed. His final words were, “I’ve seen them. We aren’t alone,” right before the line went dead. Whoever intercepted the call may now have you in their sight. Delve deeper into the mysteries established in the novel “Planet ATE”.

Alien Encounters is available in print at lulu.com. On Amazon in digital as well as Barnes and Noble as part of the Beyond Human Trilogy print edition


Day 14 – Evolved Mutations

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Day 14 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story EVOLVED MUTATIONS. For the cover I wanted to show superhuman abilities in an intense way. I used close up eye pictures of my son, me, my wife, and daughter, then passed them each through a filter and placed a reflection of their “abilities” in their eyes with the help of @homemadedelish ….

official description: One morning you wake with a tingling sensation in your spine. Your veins feel as though they have a river of fire flowing through them. You scream out in agony as the change takes over, and suddenly realize you’re on fire. The fire doesn’t burn you, but it incinerates all around you. You panic, but are not alone. Your generation has had its DNA altered. The possibilities are both frightening and promising. This story expands that found in the novel “Genetic Morsels”.

It’s available in print at lulu.com or as part of the Beyond Human Trilogy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites.


Day 12 – Viral Upgrades

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Day 12 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story VIRAL UPGRADES. This feels less like a spinoff and more like an expansion of my novel “Techno Feast.” When I wrote the source material I cut out a lot of scenes that I thought would be redundant to a larger book. Some of them were great scenes but I felt like they could tell a story on their own. This contains those parts and more to really give the reader a full immersion in that world of artificial intelligence take over….

official description: Mankind has taken advantage of technology for ages. Life has become simple, but so has the human mind. I’ve come to change that. Your phones, televisions, computers, transportation, communications, and vehicles are all connected to a network. That network is now controlled by something far superior than flesh. I am the Network Entity, and the planet is now under my control. Any who resist will be terminated…

#book available in print at lulu.com and in digital/print on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy.


Day 10 – Demonic Entities

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Day 10 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story DEMONIC ENTITIES. The cover was a blend of pics taken by @homemadedelish of our active fire pit and then altered to have hidden things such as faces and dancing sprites. The longer you look at it the more you see….

official description: You pray, but something within you screams out. Your conscience flees, leaving you alone with your vices. No longer can you control your actions as the evil emerges. The demon has arrived, and none are safe. This short story follows the events in the novel “Devil’s Dessert.” The demons of the 7 deadly sins aren’t killed that easily.

Book is available in print at lulu.com or as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy at Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites.


Day 8 – Ghostly Hauntings

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Day 8 of #scrypthalloween spotlights my short story GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS. The cover picture was taken in a local brewery’s kitchen and @dpipito merged the steam with faces of people to resemble escaping spirits. The graphic novel version of this brought in artists from around the world including Japan and The United Kingdom…..

official description: You’re speaking with your grandfather. It seems like forever since you have last seen him, but your conversation reminds you of being a child again. Then it dawns on you. Your grandfather has been dead for years. As you focus your eyes on him, he vanishes. His absence forces a feeling of dread as your hair stands on end. Available in print at www.lulu.com or as part of the Pandora’s Chaos trilogy at Amazon and Barnes and Noble


Day 6 – In Case Of Werewolf

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Day 6 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story spinoff IN CASE OF WEREWOLF. This was the third graphic novel that @dpipito and I coordinated with 10 artists, and it is now in text form as well. We had some very professional artists for the comic version, and the stories within were written as ones you’d tell around a campfire….

official description: Do your bones ache? Does your instinct sometimes prevail over rational thought? When night descends, do you feel “different”? If any of these are your symptoms, then you are not alone. You may have contracted lycanthropy, and when the moon rises, your inner beast will emerge. This short story is a spinoff of the novel “Bones At Breakfast” and is available at lulu.com in print or as part of the Eden’s Order Trilogy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


Trailer – The Lost Hour

My short story spinoff, THE LOST HOUR, now has the trailer treatment.  You can buy the book in print at Lulu.com right now, or as part of my Continuum trilogy on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in 2018.


Day 4 – Legends of Vampire

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Day 4 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE. This is a short story spinoff of yesterday’s post. It was originally in graphic novel form with nine artists involved including my brother @dpipito who headed art direction and helped create the cover from my vision. I wanted something that looked like an old oil painting but actually taken from photograph and wanted to emphasize the vampire connection; as well as wine, since the latter is good for the blood. Now also available in text form It serves as an expansion to the historical events mentioned in the novel. It can be purchased in print at lulu.com or as part of the Eden’s Order trilogy at Amazon and Barnes & Noble….

official description: You are alone with someone you just met. You hit it off and lean in to kiss that person, only to realize that their teeth are now two inch fangs. Your “friend” is a vampire thirsting for your blood. This short story contains events mentioned in the novel upon which it was based, “Blood, The Second Helping”. #vampire #vampire #shortstory #eternalhungersaga