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The Lost Year

Lost YearMy new short story THE LOST YEAR is available today in print at http://www.lulu.com/shop/rick-pipito/the-lost-year/paperback/product-24285594.html

Be sure to grab your copy and spread the word.  Description:

Doctor Erin Vaughn created a virus that could very well cause a worldwide extinction event. As she races against the clock to discover the cure, her travels take her to Mayan ruins in Guatemala. There she uncovers a secret that may explain what happened to the ancient Mayan people, but will she make it out alive? A team of mercenaries on the hunt for Vaughn are hot in pursuit and they are determined to take her dead or alive. This final installment in the Eternal Hunger Saga is a direct follow up to the events closed out in the novel Consumed By War.

 


Day 31: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS

IMG_2730[1]img_e27321.jpgFinal day of #scrypthalloween 2019 looks at my first #graphicnovel turned #book. Here are some facts: 1) it was published as a comic book back on February 2, 2012 and later became a text version. 2) I’d sworn to only create one #zombie novel but when readers began sending me letters to expand upon that threat I decided to do this spinoff. 3) When @dpipito and I began discussing how we could do it in #art form he suggested bringing nine artists plus himself on to do the work. We recruited from Craigslist and this was the official start of sCrypt Publishing. 4) the cover was a photo we took of severed rubber limbs and leftovers in a refrigerator. Then Dan took the image through a Saran Wrap filter and added a retro horror feel to resemble a creepy Hannibal Lecter type movie poster. 5) the undead circus in the book was Dan’s idea because he wanted to illustrate freaky and deformed zombies. It was a creative element that I couldn’t pass up and features a strong female lead that ends up in my novels later on. What are your favorite zombie stories or comics? #authorsofinstagram #book #spinoff


Day 26: GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS

img_26951.pngIMG_E2697[1]Day 26 of #scrypthalloween features my #shortstory GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS. Some facts: 1) it was published in September of 2013. 2) originally it was a graphic novel, but was later released in text format. 3) the cover art was a picture taken in a restaurant kitchen with steam enhanced by graphics of faces to resemble lousy souls. 4) the comic version had us working with artists from the United States, England, and Japan. 5) most of the story aspects were based on my experiences as a kid as well as watching my daughter as an infant and how she reacted to certain scenarios


Day 16: DEMONIC ENTITIES

IMG_2603[1]IMG_E2605[1]Day 16 of #scrypthalloween looks at some facts and an excerpt from my #short story DEMONIC ENTITIES. Here’s some little known info: 1) it was my first spinoff from a novel that was not presented in graphic novel form. 2) publication date 9/13/16. 3) the novel that it spawns from DEVIL’S DESSERT, focuses more on the evils that humans are guilty of with the demons influencing or feeding off of that. The short story allowed me to focus more on the fantastical elements of demonology, presenting the lore to a wider audience. 4) the cover is comprised of multiple photos of my fire pit merged together. In it you can see what appears to be faces and sprites bringing the fire to life in an eerie manner. 5) I studied a list of over 9,000 demon and angel identities to properly portray something from every faith.


Day 14: THE LOST YEAR

Lost YearIMG_E2597[1]Day 14 of #scrypthalloween shows a preview of my upcoming spinoff THE LOST YEAR. Some facts: 1) it will be published on November 5, 2019. 2) this will be the final entry in the Eternal Hunger Saga. It follows the events of CONSUMED BY WAR but stands on its own. 3) the plot involves a deadly virus and search for a cure. This was originally a concept I had for an earlier book that was shelved until reworked. 4) I wanted to bring some closure to Mayan civilization so tying that into the story was tricky at first. I spent so many hours rewriting and replanting the approach that I could have written half of a full length novel with better planning. 5) the story lead is a strong female character inspired by the amazing women in my immediate and extended family. She’s not perfect but dedicates herself to getting the job done. #book #shortstory #spinoff #virus #mayan #ruins #mayanruins #authorsofinstagram


Day 13: ALIEN ENCOUNTERS

img_25941.pngimg_e25961.jpgDay 13 of #scrypthalloween delves into my short story spinoff ALIEN ENCOUNTERS. Some facts: 1) it was published on sept 15, 2016. 2) the cover is a negative of a photo that conspiracy theorists believe is a leaked alien picture from the FBI’s files. 3) though the novel it’s based off of PLANET ATE focuses more on the conspiracy of extra terrestrials living among us, Encounters takes a more outlandish approach. I wanted it to be less grounded to appease to a different audience. 4) beneath the font on the cover as well as hidden in the book are the all seeing eye and a pyramid. 5) people talk about #area51 but the truth may lie at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, so including it seemed just as important as Groom Lake.


Day 11: THE LOST HOUR

img_25861.pngIMG_E2585[1]Day 11 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my short story THE LOST HOUR. Some facts: 1) It was published in print and digital at lulu and amazon on 9/26/2017. 2) The book takes place near the Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Pennsylvania. It is where I wrote the entire scene while enjoying the spectacular view of the gothic structures. 3) The book was written when I realized I’d had a loophole in one of my books. In one novel I’d mentioned that Samantha Clayton had a son, and in the next novel she mentions nothing about him as if he never existed. Since I was writing about time travel I used that as a starting point to explain the discrepancy. 4) Many years take place between #novels 9 and 10, so I place this in that time period to be a bridge of sorts between the two. 5) there are rules and guidelines to time travel in the universe I’ve created so this takes an in depth look at the trial and error of why those laws are in place. What is your favorite #timetravel story? #book #shortstory #authorsofinstagram


Day 10 LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE

IMG_E2583[1]Day 10 of #scrypthalloween goes way back to my spinoff book LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE. Some facts: 1) It was originally published as a graphic novel on February 2, 2012 and later in 2016 converted to text. 2) a day before our final submission was due one of the artists backed out with no warning. We were left scrambling because those pages were an important element. So we ended up using storyboards in the missing pages stead. 3) the story of Sampson and Delilah as well as the reason and how the Great Sphinx of Giza was built get a vampiric twist in the story. 4) for the cover @dpipito took a photo of a friend of ours as if she’s been bitten while sipping wine. Then we passed it through an oil canvas filter to give it a rustic feel. 5) the character of Cory Wright is the only character I’ve created to date where his fate is left unaddressed. I left it up to the reader to ponder and discuss. #book #shortstory #vampire #vampires #wine #dracula #authorsofinstagram #graphicnovel

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Day 9: VIRAL UPGRADES

IMG_2580[1]IMG_E2579[1]Day 9 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short story spinoff VIRAL UPGRADES. Some facts: 1) It was originally published on September 14, 2016. 2) Out of all the covers for my books this one took the least amount of thought. It was pretty self explanatory from the start and perfectly fitting. 3) this is another deleted scenes book where the events within coincide with the plot of TECHNO FEAST and add expand upon that novel. 4) the description of what the virtual cyber world looked like from a computer’s perspective came to me during a baseball game when I was struck in the head with a ball when I was passing by. The lights and vision that I had for a few minutes were a perfect visual for the world I was trying to create. 5) surprisingly there was a lot of research involved in this and the novel it spun from. I had to look into not only what would happen but how the world would react to certain computer and technological glitches. There were so many conflicting thoughts on it that narrowing down what was most likely was a tedious task, but very informative. #book #shortstory #technology


Day 8: EVOLVED MUTATIONS

img_25741.pngimg_e25761.jpgDay 8 of #scrypthalloween looks at my short spinoff #book EVOLVED MUTATIONS. Some facts: 1) It was published on September 15th 2016. 2) the entire contents of the book are deleted scenes from my novel GENETIC MORSELS. I felt they worked better on their own. 3) one of the scenes came to me when I was standing overlooking #Philadelphia from the top of the Comcast building. I thought how horrible it would be if someone jumped, and it instantly became part of the story. 4) because this was based on people with extraordinary abilities I almost brought artists in to do another graphic novel, but decided it would have not made the due date.Instead I wrote it in a way where it could be converted into a comic version at some point if I desire down the line. 5) the cover is comprised of close up photos of my family’s eyes and altered to represent different super abilities. The top left is my son, then clockwise it’s me, my daughter, and my wife @homemadedelish .