Day 21 – Eden’s Order Trilogy
Day 21 of #scrypthalloween shows the cover of my EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY sans text. @dpipito did the art which depicts a tree that represents the tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, but has hints of skin, blood, and bones to signify each novel within. This collection consists of the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, and BONES AT BREAKFAST. It also contains the spinoff short stories: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, and IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, as well as a timeline of events.
It is available in print at lulu.com and Barnes and Noble sites, as well as in digital at Amazon…
Official description: In FLESH AND LEFTOVERS Gordon Lightcap and Moira Donatelli recruit survivors of #zombie incidents in preparation for something much more sinister.
BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING takes the two on separate paths. Gordon seeks answers, assisted by an old flame. As they scour the globe in search of #vampire legends, Moira has aligned herself with Cain, but her goals are in question. BONES AT BREAKFAST places Gordon and Moira reluctantly working for the Russian military. Cases of #werewolf activity become obstacles in stopping Cain from finding the Garden of Eden.
Day 6 – In Case Of Werewolf
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.
Day 5 – Bones At Breakfast
Day 5 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my novel BONES AT BREAKFAST. This book proved to be more of a challenge to write than the prior two because I felt limited by the subject. I thought it was difficult to make it feel grounded, but then decided that by explaining the origins of mythology and fairy tales I could make it work. It became my easiest book to write. @dpipito did this cover art (sans text) to keep with the theme of the trilogy…….
official description: Gordon Lightcap and his team are caught in an uneasy alliance. By working alongside Russian General, Alexander Putski, they hope to stop the forces that Cain left in his wake. Unbeknownst to them however, is the fact that Cain is still alive. In his new form, he is an even greater threat than before and one step closer to his goal. #werewolf #werewolves #novel #novels #eternalhungersaga #scryptpublishing #book
The Short Stories trailer
A new trailer is up for my short story spinoffs.
From top 25 author, Rick Pipito, comes 9 short spinoff stories from the award winning Eternal Hunger Saga. Each book expands upon the world created in the novels. Existing fans and newcomers will love what is brought to life here.
The novels and short stories are available at lulu.com in print. On Amazon the novels are in digital, and the shorts are in the trilogy collections.
Feel free to contact Rick on social media @rickpipito or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Dan Pipito for the artwork, and Roberta Pipito for cover assistance.
The novels are: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST, SOULS 4 SUPPER, DEVIL’S DESSERT, TECHNO FEAST, GENETIC MORSELS, PLANET ATE, and DEVOURED UNIVERSE.
The Short stories are: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, DEMONIC ENTITIES, VIRAL UPGRADES, EVOLVED MUTATIONS, ALIEN ENCOUNTERS, and COSMIC ORBITS
More info is at http://www.scryptcomics.com
Day 9 – Werewolf Influences
While writing BONES AT BREAKFAST and its spinoff IN CASE OF WEREWOLF I was faced with some interesting obstacles. I feared being able to pull it off in a way that would be unique to the lore, but remain truthful as well. I revisited some stories from the past to see what they’d done, and made sure mine was something fresh and new. Some of those influences are listed here.
Stephen King’s Silver Bullet was a great book. It’s one of the first full novels I read at twelve years old, and it gave me nightmares for weeks. I still recall the feeling of dread I had during those long restless nights.
Sega Genesis was a 16 bit gaming system that broke ground with some revolutionary gaming. Its first game was called Altered Beast. In it you were a Greek like god that had the ability to “power up,” and when you did you’d become closer to gaining the were powers of a wolf, bear, dragon, and more. It’s still the coolest werewolf video game of which I know.
The Wolfman 2010 got scathed in the reviews it received, but for someone who is a huge fan of the original Lon Chaney Wolfman movies from the late 30s, it holds a special place in my heart. It was a decent update to an old classic, and to me is highly enjoyable.
While I am writing I like to have a sip of something full of flavor, but relaxing. Werewolf wine was good the first time I tried it, and I actually found this updated art bottle this week at the wine store. It’s semidry with a bold kick.
What are your favorite #werewolf things? Please share and hashtag #scrypthalloween.
Day 8 – In Case Of Werewolf
Have you posted something for #scrypthalloween yet? There are giveaways for those who do. Day 8 continues with the #werewolf theme. For it I’m announcing a revised release of IN CASE OF WEREWOLF. This spinoff from my Bones At Breakfast novel was originally done in graphic comic book form. Now it’s available in text form as a short story on Lulu.com in print, or on Amazon for Kindle in the Eden’s Order Trilogy download.
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.
Day 7 – Bones At Breakfast
Werewolves are the focus for the next 3 days in #scrypthalloween. So, for today I’m taking a look back at my third novel BONES AT BREAKFAST.
Gordon Lightcap and his allies are forced to work with a Russian government, who has their own agenda. Their common goal is to end the goals of a madman once and for all, but the threat has taken a deadlier form. Backed by an army of werewolves, their target Cain employs a plan to uncover the lost Garden of Eden. But at what cost? In a frantic race across the globe, can Lightcap and his team stop Cain from unveiling something humanity was banished from long ago? There are reasons the truth remains buried…
BONES AT BREAKFAST is available in print at lulu.com and in digital form on Amazon.com
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Eden’s Order Trilogy trailer
Zombies, Vampires, & Werewolves are the three threats in the Eden’s Order Trilogy. Here’s a trailer I did for the collection, which is available on Lulu and Amazon.
The Trilogy contains the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST… plus the graphic novel stories from: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, and IN CASE OF WEREWOLF.
There’s also bonus content including 3 extra short stories in the same universe & a timeline.
Bones At Breakfast – Trailer
My werewolf novel gets the trailer treatment. Let me know what you think. What are your favorite werewolf stories and lore?
Day 26: What’s the Deal with the Stick Figures
Back when we were working on the first sCrypt Comics spinoff, my brother and I had been having discussions about how everyone had those window sticker stick families on their cars. It was overkill and I made the comment of “you think they’d do something different.”
A week later, Dan had made sure to have some stickers of his own printed up. The zombie stick family began, and we threw it in the concept art pages as a joke. Now with each installment, we add to the theme another family. I did the ghost one, but still it was fun.
If you’d like your own window sticker, or other merchandise check out our online store at http://www.cafepress.com/scrypt
Day 21: Currently Published Plots and more
I figured since it is getting closer to Halloween, I should make a quick list of the current publications I have and a brief idea as to the summary of them.
FLESH AND LEFTOVERS: While zombie incidents plague the world, the survivors must unite to prepare for a much bigger threat.
BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING: Vampires have been a thing of legend, but throughout history they’ve played an important role. Now a team of humans who have survived horrific incidents must seek out the vampire lord and destroy his clan.
BONES AT BREAKFAST: A sinister villain has evolved into a creature beyond imagination. With his army of werewolf servants and allies, he will attempt to reshape the world in his image.
SOULS 4 SUPPER: The ghosts of countless people roam free in a desperate move toward the afterlife. Can a small group of covert operatives surpass them to prevent the opening of Pandora’s Box?
DEVIL’S DESSERT: Hell’s demons have chosen earth as their final battlefield against the forces of heaven. With humanity caught in the center of this eternal war, they will have to choose their own path toward survival or face extinction.
TECHNO FEAST: A supercomputer has evolved and taken control of all networked technology. With the world at its command, humanity must find a way to combat the threat, by seeking out answers that have been hidden from the public eye.
Non fiction books:
NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS: A lighthearted look at arguing through personal experience will give you a few laughs, might teach you a thing or two, and help better your approach when disagreeing with someone. At the very least, you will know how to deal with certain personalities.
Graphic Comic Books:
ZOMBIE INCIDENTS: spinoff filling in back story of events in Flesh and Leftovers.
LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE: spinoff building on the world of Blood, The Second Helping.
IN CASE OF WEREWOLF: spinoff of events in Bones At Breakfast.
GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS: spinoff stories from Souls 4 Supper
EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY: Collects Flesh and Leftovers, Blood the Second Helping, & Bones and Breakfast, as well as novelized versions of Zombie Incidents, Legends of Vampire, In Case of Werewolf and bonus material.
PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY: Collects Souls 4 Supper, Devil’s Dessert, & Techno Feast, as well as novelized versions of In Case Of Werewolf, Demonic Entities, Final Upgrade, and bonus material.
All of the above listed are available for purchase in multiple formats through the links on the right of this page.
Day 9: The Story Behind the Art
While the stories to the books written by Rick Pipito are the main content, a good cover to the book is what catches the eye. Let’s take a few moments to talk about the ideas behind each cover and the art that Dan Pipito brought to life.
FLESH AND LEFTOVERS has a cover that come into mind over the phone. I pitched my idea for the first book to Dan and he immediately said, “Zombies? Okay, I’ve got it. The cover is a set of teeth tearing into a raw hunk of meat.” He felt that it matched the title of horror and food amalgamation.
For the spinoff comic ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, the concept was mine. I had access to various fake body parts that looked and felt real. In my mind I thought, “What would Hannibal Lecter keep in his fridge?” We set up my spare refrigerator with a bowl of bloody leftovers, through in the fake body parts and snapped a picture. Then Dan put the whole thing through a celophane like filter to give it that artistic touch (after all, leftovers ARE often found wrapped in plastic).
BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING’s vampire theme is evident in the cover. Dan incorporated a lot of the story elements from the book. The city bathed in blood is symbolic, while the shadowy outline of the antagonist’s face is seen behind the large fangs. A pivotal scene from the book is also shown with a reconstructed body rising from the fountain of youth. It’s a very busy (in a great way) cover that keeps with the theme of the teeth from F&L.
LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, the BTSH spinoff comic, was another of my ideas. Wanting to keep the real photograph idea of the first comic, this time we had a friend pose for us holding a glass of wine. The closeup shot of her neck with the wine (which is good for your blood of course) was put through an antique filter to give it an oil painting appearance. Dan added the fang marks and highlighted veins to be more pronounced to give it the “I’ve just been bitten by a vampire” paleness.
BONES AT BREAKFAST is the last in the first trilogy, so it made sense to close it out with a similar theme of teeth. This time Dan had the full snout of a wolf prominent in the foreground. You can notice that the jaw is not as pronounced as a normal wolf, giving it that human likeness of a werewolf in front of a very full moon.
The comic spinoff, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, was another photograph idea. I gave Dan the concept and he took some bones from a medical office skeleton, threw them on a plate with some prop hair, and added a cup of coffee and orange juice to symbolize the bones at breakfast aspect. Again, he passed the photo through a filter before adding text and finalizing the cover.
THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY cover is a simple tree. This is no ordinary tree. Upon second glance, you can see that the bark of the tree is stretched skin like in texture, the branches are in fact shaped like bones, and the red tips where the buds would be is blood. This is to show not just the tree of life from the Garden of Eden (a place we visit in the novels), but also to represent the flesh, blood, and bones from the titles of the included books.
SOULS 4 SUPPER marks the start of a new themed trilogy. Dan went simpler this time. I told him about what my version of Pandora’s Box would look like and that is what we decided for the cover. He added intricate gear and piston layouts, and I told him I wanted souls to be wisping from the top of it like they were escaping. His decision for the textured background and very little color is perfect for focusing on the object depicted.
The comic spinoff, GHOSTLY HAUNTINGS, came as an easier venture. Dan worked in a kitchen at the time, so when I said I had this idea to have ghosts escaping from a pot of stew, he grabbed the biggest deepest pot he could and took a picture of the steaming contents. Then he added ghostly faces into the stew and steam. The even better part of this is that the faces are actually warped and altered photos of famous people and pieces of art. They are altered to the point beyond recognition, but if you look closely, you may just see something you recognize.
DEVIL’S DESSERT has an intriguing cover. The Crown of Thorns, the Spear of Destiny, and the Sword of Eden are all artifacts crucial to the book’s storyline. Those are the items represented in the two tone cover, with a little bit of orangy-yellow fire coming from the blade.
TECHNO FEAST’s cover was another mutual idea. The main threat of this book operates from a satellite. This satellite depicted isn’t necessarily THE antagonist, but it makes sense once you read the novel. Outerspace in the background with the purplish gasses displayed among the deep blue make it a contrast that is eye captivating.
PANDORA’S CHAOS TRILOGY is another combination idea. The Statue is a way of representing the ancient history involved in the story (think roman architecture). It’s one arm has a broken limb. You can see feathers of what is an angel wing, while a dragonfly like demon wing droops to the other side. It’s face is very mechanical looking, while his heart is Pandora’s Box yet again, but with ghostly energy emanating from it. Souls, Demons and angels, & technology (the focus of these 3 books) are represented evenly.
NO, IT’S NOT. YES, IT IS: ARGUMENTS is the only book by me (Rick Pipito) that does not have a cover done by Dan. The idea here was to represent the turmoil of arguing that the non-fiction book’s topic is about. I had wanted to represent the two sides to one’s own psyche. There is a wavering of opinions that often are quite contrasting without facts. So, I had my wife take a picture of me facing one way with my glasses on and a different hairstyle. Then I removed my glasses, and took another shot of me with some facial scruff. By putting the two of them together and filtering them to look like a blueprint of arguments, it seems as if my two selves are in a dispute with each other. It not only symbolizes some of the times that I’ve struggled to decide what is right or wrong, but also gave me the experience of making my own cover for what will eventually be a trilogy of non-fiction.
In addition to these amazing covers, there is also the few pieces of internal art that work with the stories when they are needed, and then there is of course the comic books which have multiple artists representing the plots. All of the above book covers can be seen in closer view through the novels and comics sections of this site. They are also available through purchase links on the right side of this page.
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Day 4: Eden’s Order
31 Days of Halloween: Day 4 is here and we bring the best of all three previous days together.
THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY contains FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, & the BONES AT BREAKFAST novels. Like a boxed set, I wanted to include some extras, so also within are the novelized versions (without pictures) of the comic book spinoffs: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, & IN CASE OF WEREWOLF.
So why is it called that name? Well without giving too much away, the Garden of Eden becomes the central focus of what this trilogy is building to. The antagonist, Cain, believes that finding this lost place will bring his type of order to the planet, while the protagonists feel that the unknown is too risky.
The Garden of Eden was supposed to have been a place of pure nirvana. We didn’t have to work for our food, and life was eternal. Our mistake banned us from there, but what happened to Eden? It had to be somewhere on earth right? And if we found it again, then would the peace and order become ours again?
A problem that is often found with the “truth” is that often the facts lead to more questions, so regardless of what happens as a result of such an action, there would be more that comes with it. Zombies, vampires and werewolves are the focus of the first three novels, but the underlying plot as a whole all boils down to this place. It puts in question everything we know and think we know. Getting people to think of the “what ifs” regardless of their beliefs or lack thereof, was my goal.
Open your mind with THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY, available through links on the right of this page. *Note: on Amazon, the kindle version ONLY contains the extras that you wouldn’t get from buying the novels separately. I did this for those fans who had already purchased the books but wanted the whole saga without rebuying them.
Day 3: Ancient Tales influence BONES AT BREAKFAST
31 Days of Halloween continue with day #3. Here, I talk about the miscellaneous folk lore, fairy tales, mythology, and urban legends that proved to be wonderful material to expand my world of werewolves in my third novel.
1) Classic Fairy tales are entertaining for any boy or girl growing up. Being as they are some of the first stories we ever know as children, they tend to stick with us for a long time. There have been a million takes on them, but what if they really happened, just more reality based? For instance: maybe the 3 little pigs weren’t pigs. Maybe they were chauvenistic men who were womanizing slobs. That’s the approach I took on the classics: The 3 Little Pigs, Peter And The Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, & Beauty And The Beast.
2) Following that line of thinking, by the time I was in 6th grade (which at this point is almost legendary as well) I was fascinated with Greek Mythology. I remember watching Lou Ferrigno as Hercules and enjoying those horribly good cheesy movies and stories. I’m a firm believer that every myth is somewhat based in fact. Something made those stories and beliefs stir. In BAB, I made sure one of the stories follows a very human group of people who were intuitive for their day. These people (Herakles, Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, & Cerberus) may have been so ahead of their time that people perceived them as gods.
3) Gypsies always freaked me out. I have this stereotypical vision of a withery old lady casting curses on someone. Since they are often tied in to werewolf lore, it made sense. But I also wanted it to be in a time that made more sense, so the Civil War era seemed a likely place to plot one of the story arcs.
4) Sasquatch aka Bigfoot, is one of those urban tales that could be believed even by the most skeptic of people. Why then have we never found definitive proof? Is it because the trail goes suddenly cold? Or could the creature actually be something else entirely? I decided with this to create an entirely new take on werewolves by reversing the thought process of the standard idea.
5) Native American Indians are known for many things. Spirit Animals are one of them. I knew I wanted to do a story in this setting, but wanted to respect the source material as well. Like I did with the fairy tale idea, I delved into endless hours of reading Native American tall tales. What did those people in the pre-United States days believe in? What stories were well known throughout their tribes? So, I found a few that really caught my eye, and amalgamated them into something unique.
6) The moon has obviously been the center of many werewolf stories, but for BAB I decided to focus a bit more on the phases of the celestial object, and the power of the moon as believed in ancient times, and even a bit in conspiracy theories today.
7) The story of the Garden of Eden is as well known today as it was thousands of years ago. Something with that much staying power must be of a higher power. Using Eden as a plot device and setting felt right. I mean after all, what ever did happen to the Garden after humanity was cast out? BAB takes that under its wings.
8) Like the second bullet point, I did the same with Norse mythology. Loki, Fenrir, Odin and more have a real human story that inspired the Nors to believe them as gods.
9) Although this was actually a real battle in the American Revolutionary War, there is little known about it. In itself, it is a very unique happening. The battle to which I refer is called the “Moonlight Battle,” and in BAB werewolves are involved in explaining that.
10) Yeti and the Abominable Snowman are distant cousins in a way to the story of Sasquatch. In the spinoff comic, we follow the diary of Admiral Richard Byrd, who in real life was an explorer in pursuit of the creature.
11) Taking the urban legends of Jack the Ripper and adding a few elements from literature, a new tale is incorporated into werewolf lore.
That’s all for this installment. Tomorrow will bring us more 31 Days of halloween with a new article. Stay tuned. BONES AT BREAKFAST and its graphic novel comic spinoff, IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, are available for purchase in multiple formats on the right side of this page.
Halloween Spotlight: Werewolves
Werewolves are creatures even more deadly than vampires. I knew from book 1 that my third novel would entail Werewolves. I am in constant need of upping the stakes with what my characters face. Keeping with the theme, I wanted all aspects of lycanthropy lore to fit in somehow. I took this and expanded upon it to give more depth.
Dan again was a very effective cohort with the comic book spinoff, and of course the cover art for the novel. Like zombies and vampires, werewolves are told in various ways. Whether it be a full moon, having the ability to change at will or something entirely different, there are countless cases of these tales. “Bones At Breakfast” the novel, and its comic book spinoff “In Case Of Werewolf” gather these varying accounts and bring it into the world I’ve established. Check out the breakdown of our werewolves…
1) Cursed by a Gypsy: These are people who have done something to anger a gypsy. Once the curse is upon them, they lose all humanity during a full moon. Unaware of their primal instincts, they go on a killing spree, feasting on the bones of their victims. Once they awake in human form, covered in blood and viscera, they are horrified at their state, but have no recollection of what happened.
2) Legendary Creatures: Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch, the Abominable snowman… these have all been names given to a unique and rare race of beings. Born as a wolf, their DNA alters throughout the years to become more human like. As an infant they are 100% wolf, but by the time they reach an elderly age, they are bipedal and appear as a crossbreed between human and lupine. They are extremely fast, which makes catching a glimpse of them very difficult.
3) Effect of the Moon: Very few people were born during a rare blue moon phenomenon. Those who survived grew into their teenage years as normal humans. Even in their youth they discovered that they had instincts and athletic ability beyond others their age. It is in their teenage years that they begin to experience something new. Each phase of the moon has a different effect on their DNA. A full moon changes them into a werewolf void of all reasoning, and blue moons, harvest moons, and other phases of lunar presence have different effects. One man even dared to make his way through school and by excelling as an astronaut, he was able to make it to the moon’s surface. Ever wonder what happens to a werewolf on the moon itself?
4) Mythological influence: Greeks and the Norse speak of two creatures. Cerberus and Fenrir stray from what is known to common man. In fact, they are abominations. Human male dna impregnating a female wolf created these wolf men. They are deadly and intelligent having the appearance of both parental traits as well as the instinct of an animal and thought/speech of a human. To anger them would be unwise.
5) Stories and Folklore: You may have heard of the fairy tales: The 3 Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and The Wolf, The Strange Cast of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde, and Sleeping Beauty, but they were more than just tales. They were true stories that happened quite differently than you’ve ever heard, and the werewolf is the center of them all.
6) Spirit Guide: Many native American Indians had the ability to channel a spirit guide. Those gifted with that of a wolf were able to summon all of a wolf’s abilities for their own use.
7) Changing at will: Some werewolves, bitten by the Experimental werewolf, can change form at will. They have a craving to feed on bone marrow that can sometimes take away their rationality.
8) Superior Werewolves: By experimenting on a vampire with various animal traits, the vampire takes in this super soldier purposed serum and is permanently changed into an Experimental werewolf. His height changes, he becomes androgenous, and exhibits many other enhanced abilities while fully comprehending his actions. His bite will turn any survivor into a werewolf. When a vampire drinks from this experimantal’s blood, they will exhibit a change. For example: a female vampire drinking the experimental’s blood will become a lycan queen. With six to eight breasts and a hideous look, this queen can telepathically communicate with anyone she changes into her minions.
9) Wargs: These are the Lycan queen’s minions. They were once human who are now oversized wolves. They obey her every command and can communicate telepathically with anyone in their army.
10) Historically: Werewolves have not just influenced tall tales. They have been prominent parts of our history on this planet. Charles Howard Bury chased them, The Garden of Eden was located by them, The Moonlight Battle during the Revolutionary war was won by them, and these are only some of the instances.
11) Latin Gang: Manada de Lobos is a Latino gang of murderers that killed those who disagreed with them in horrendous ways. The bodies of the victims were mutilated in such a way as to mimic that of a lupine attack. Each member of this gang bears at least one tattoo of a wolf, and they stay close to each other like a pack.
12) Silver: It is true that all werewolves can be killed by silver, however there are some types that can be killed my normal means as well.
Now you have an insight into what my werewolves are all about. The books reveal much more. Dan and I kept with our tradition, and celebrated a bottle of wine upon release of our third comic. This time we chose one that captured not just our werewolf, but the fairy tale aspect as well (you know, since werewolves are such an influence on them). Here are our favorites…
Rick’s best pick for werewolf video game is Van Helsing. His movie pick is the classic Lon Cheney WolfMan. Lucian from the Underworld films is his favorite werewolf. When it comes to books, Stephen King’s Silver bullet is his first choice.
Dan’s best pick for werewolf video game is Altered Beast. His movie pick is Teen Wolf with Michael J Fox. Beast from the X-Men is Dan’s pick for best werewolf. For books, Dan enjoys Zenescope Comics’ The Hunger.
What are your favorites? Are you a werewolf fan? Grab yourself a copy of “Bones At Breakfast” the novel. It is available at www.lulu.com in softback book and on www.amazon.com for the Kindle. Also, the spinoff comic book “Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf” is available for purchase at www.indyplanet.com. Help support our bone cracking madness.
“Bones At Breakfast” and its spinoff are (C) 2012 by Rick Pipito. Stay tuned for our ghostly spotlight…
Think about this Episodes 8 and 9
Hey folks, our two newest episodes of the Think About This podcast are available for free listening. Episode 8 has our hosts looking at the legends associated with vampires and werewolves, and a few mentions here and there of the novels by Rick Pipito that tackle those myths.
In Episode 9 (just released) sCrypt Comics cofounder and lead artist, Dan Pipito joins in on the fun as we talk about Comic book movies and castings. Check it out and spread the word.
“Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf” Recap
As we gear up for our 4th sCrypt Comics graphic novel (August 2013), as well as the fifth novel in the Flesh and Leftovers series (Spring 2013), I decided to go back and look at our last comic release. Like our previous graphic novel recap we are now going to take a look at sCrypt Comics’ third issue. This release is by far the best one yet. The process for this is difficult to say the least, but the artists all came through with amazing talent. Here is where you can get your copy of “Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf”
Of course, I highly suggest checking out the full length novels as well, but if you are looking for some interesting and stunning artwork, and something that fits well in with the series, then this is something you don’t want to miss. Check out the gallery below and click on each picture to see a larger version. To grab a copy, check out the link on the name above, and of course you can always get the novels where these comics began at www.lulu.com as well as on www.amazon.com for the Kindle.
Werewolf Story Breakdown
I previously released plot summaries on this blog for my zombie and vampire stories, so now here come the lycans. How does one become a werewolf? Does a werewolf have control over their actions? The list of questions goes on and on. Werewolf lore has been quite different over the years, and with my third novel and third sCrypt comics comic book, I’ve included these differing accounts, plus my own. As the plot continues, this time, our characters are confronted with a werewolf threat.
The following are each of the short stories in my novel “Bones At Breakfast,” plus the spinoff graphic novel, “Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf.” Both of these can be purchased at the links on my sidebar. Find out how all of them tie together into one plot, by grabbing your copy today! Stay tuned for my ghost story breakdown as well.
Bones At Breakfast: (The novel) Gordon Lightcap and his team are caught in an uneasy alliance. By working alongside Russian General, Alexander Putski, they hope to stop the forces that Cain left in his wake. Unbeknownst to them however, is the fact that Cain is still alive. In his new form, he is an even greater threat than before, and one step closer to his goal.
Bones At Breakast: In Case Of Werewolf: (Graphic novel spinoff) 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.
Fairy Tale Wolf: Discover the real story that inspired such fairy tales as “The Three Little Pigs,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Peter and The Wolf.” Join Alison Ridings as she tries to solve a series of grisly murders that puts her family on the wanted list. (Bones At Breakfast)
Man, Monsters & Myths: Long before the Greeks believed in their mythological lore, the gods whom they worshiped were actually humans. Herakles must journey to a dark land to gain his father, Zeus’ honor. The dark land is owned by his brother, Hades, and his three half human and half wolf sons. His sons are known as Cerberus one, two and three. (Bones At Breakfast)
Vicious Cycles: When a teenager checks in to a mental institution the staff believes his is truly mentally unstable. Each phase of the moon has a different effect on the teen, but when he encounters a rare phase phenomenon, he becomes the most powerful werewolf yet. (Bones At Breakfast)
Manada De Lobos: This is a newspaper clipping like story that tells about a Latin gang. This gang is amazed at how wolves are great survivors, and mimic many of those animalistic instincts. (Bones At Breakfast)
Curse Of The Gypsy: In April of 1719 A.D., Jonas Ford and his neighbor confront a band of gypsies for stealing from them. One of the gypsies places a curse on Jonas, who now becomes a werewolf under the light of a full moon. Once he finally realizes the horrible acts of murder he has done during his lycan state, Jonas begins to worry. (Bones At Breakfast)
Role Reversal: The year is 1958, and there have been many sightings of what people call a Sasquatch. What they assume this creature is, and what it actually is are two different things. This is a documentary style story that tells the tale of a wolf who grows to become more manlike with each year of his life. (Bones At Breakfast)
Foresight: In an alternate future, Madame Callisto has taken on the role of lycan queen. After absorbing her former master, Cain’s traits, she controls her lycan army to become the dominant species on the planet. These lycans are large, warg like wolves. The humans aren’t as easy to defeat as she thinks. As Chastity Smith brings Gordon Lightcap out of his sorrows, they team with a rebellion of wolf men and humans to stop the lycan army. (Bones At Breakfast)
Trail To Guidance: Chief Whispering Wolf guides his grandson with a tale of how he discovered his inner spirit guide. Throughout history, their Native American Indian lineage has been tied with wolf spirits, that grant them special abilities. (Bones At Breakfast)
The Hunt Ensues: Picking up after the events of the “Confrontation” story, the Military Underground Tactical Specialists are on the hunt. Their targets are two Russian soldiers who are now werewolves. To help them on their mission is their newest recruit, code named Chameleon, but will the civilians that stand in their way prove to be more of a threat than the werewolves themselves? (Bones At Breakfast)
Eden: Gordon Lightcap, Johnny Chong, and Chastity smith face off in one final battle against Madame Callisto. Time is against them as the frigid arctic air surrounds them. Meanwhile, Moira Donatelli confronts her former lover, Cain. Can she convince him to stop his mad scheme or will he detonate a nuclear weapon that will forever change the face of the planet by revealing the long lost Garden of Eden? (Bones At Breakfast)
Annabelle And The Prince: The fairy tale “Beauty And The Beast” had its flaws. Here is the real story of how it all went down. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
Son OF A Bitch: Loki, jealous of his brothers’ reputations with their father, creates an arcane son. His son has the DNA of a human and a wolf. His name is Fenrir, and his appetite is ever growing. This is where Norse Mythology grew its roots. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
Lunar Loon: The teenager from the “Vicious Cycles” case is now a middle aged man. He has studied all of his life and become one of NASA’s top astronauts. Finally, trying to discover why the moon has so much influence over his werewolf form, he travels there. Did you ever wonder what would happen to a werewolf if it were on the moon itself? Then you don’t want to miss this. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
Salty Dog: A member of a Latin gang has been released on parole, but he uses the opportunity to escape his watchers. Stealing a plane and then crash landing on an island, he must use his knowledge of how a wolf would survive, and apply it to himself. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
War Wolf: During the American Revolutionary War, there was a battle called the “Moonlight Battle.” That was the night that an elderly Jonas Ford, from the “Curse Of The Gypsy” case, turned the tides of the battle at sea. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
Abominable: This is the long lost journal of Charles Howard Bury and his search for the Yeti. What he finds may not be what the legends describe. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
What If?: In the alternate future where a lycan Queen rules the land, the leader of the human resistance confronts her for one violent final showdown. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
Path Of Guidance: A Native American boy has learned to utilize his inner spirit guide, the wolf. He uses his enhanced abilities to chase the trespassers who would threaten the wildlife of his land. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
Marrow Minded: One of the Russian soldiers being hunted in “The Hunt Ensues” case, acts as a predator in the subway beneath Moscow. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
The Hand Of Eden: When the Garden of Eden is discovered, its healing touch cures all disease on the planet, including that of lycanthropy. (BAB: In Case Of Werewolf)
The Doctor Who Hides: All his life Nigel Beckham has had dreams. In these dreams, he is his brother George, who died at birth. By use of various medicines, he induces a long sleep to see if he can discover this alter ego of his. Unfortunately for him, his alter ego becomes more prominent, and this darker half dominates his nightmares. This is the story that loosely inspired “The Strange Case Of Doctor Jekyll And Mister Hyde”. (Flesh And Leftovers: Eden’s Order Trilogy)
short story – In Case Of Werewolf
These are stories that expand upon the novel “Bones At Breakfast.”
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 is the third graphic installment in the world of “Flesh And Leftovers,” where cases of werewolves will shatter your bones. Ten talented artists bring one author’s stories to life in this spinoff of the novel “Bones At Breakfast.
** UPDATE: This is now available as a text short story in print at lulu.com or in digital form as part of the Eden’s Order Trilogy Extras at Amazon
Written by Rick Pipito, with featured art by: Dan Pipito, Joe Parisi, Scott Modrzynski, Ivy Duffy, Kristie Vanderzee, Ken Hensley, Michael Coppolecchia, Jacob Greenawalt, Sakura Jones, and Kelly Swann.
Artist Story Details:
Joe Parisi returns as a sCrypt veteran artist, and this time, he is illustrating the journal of a man in search of the Abominable Snowman. He soon finds out that this creature is not what most people think it is.
Scott Modrzynski takes photography and art to a whole new level in a truly Beautiful and Beastly tale.
Ivy Duffy brings her talent to this issue by showing how animal instincts can take over a man in order to survive being shipwrecked on an island.
Dan Pipito’s watercolor takes us to an alternate future in a dilapidated Philadelphia, where a Lycan queen is hunted by human resistance.
Kristie Vanderzee takes us on a journey through Russia’s underground subways as a rogue soldier gives in to his new werewolf appetite.
Ken Hensley shows us the true story of the historical “Moonlight Battle.” An ancient wolfman turns the tides of this revolutionary event.
Michael Coppolecchia, a veteran Marvel Comics artist, truly channels a native American Indian’s animal spirit as he attempts to interfere with the white man’s plans to build on his people’s ground.
Jacob Greenawalt adds his style to a story where a man cursed with changing into a wolfman during the cycles of the moon, pilots a craft to the lunar body to see why the moon has these powers over him. What would happen to a werewolf on the moon? One man is about to find out.
Sakura Jones enters the Garden Of Eden with us, and what happened once man found it again. Zombies, vampires and werewolves are cured in a healing wave that sweeps the planet.
Kelly Swann tackles Norse mythology and the story of Loki’s half human half wolf son, Fenrir.
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Interview with Author Rick Pipito on Eden’s Order Trilogy
I already posted the questions about the three novels, (Flesh and Leftovers, Blood The Second Helping, and Bones At Breakfast) and there arose a few more when the trilogy was published as a whole. Here are those questions and the answers… Be warned there may be some spoiler material…
Q1: Where did he cover idea come from? It is different from the style of the three included books.
Dan was wrapped up with getting the second graphic novel put together, and I knew I needed something quickly. He had done the covers for all three novels and those concepts were all his ideas. For Eden’s Order, I wanted to have a tree to symbolize the Garden of Eden, but I also wanted to include all three themes. If you look, the bark of the tree is flesh like in texture, the branches are shaped like bones, and the ends are colored red to symbolize blood. I presented that idea to Dan, and he came back to me with the cover a few hours later…
Q2: Is there anything different about the trilogy as a whole than as was previously published separately?
The three novels are the story, but this is like a greatest hits package. I expanded the timeline to cover all three novels and graphic novels. There are also 3 new short stories just to make it something extra. The stories from the graphic novels were also included in a novelized form for those people who aren’t too keen on buying a comic book, but are curious as to those extras. Overall there are 63 short stories plus the main plot. I also went in and edited a few things that weren’t caught in the first book gramatically.
Q3: Why don’t you have your picture on the back like in the original publications?
I was rifling through some pictures that my wife had taken and found that one of the tree. After passing it through an eerie horror looking filter I decided it would be a better addition than seeing my mug again.
Q4: So this is the Eden’s Order Trilogy. Do you have names for the further books and plans to publishe them as trilogies?
As I’ve stated before, there are a total of 9 books and 1 prequel/sequel book. There will also be graphic novels for each of these. All of the novels do have names, but I’m only at liberty to tell you this… Book 4 is called “Souls 4 Supper” and is the first part of the “Pandora’s Chaos” Trilogy.
Q5: Tell me about the new zombie story you added.
When people began giving me feedback from the first novel, they asked if I was going to do more zombie stories. I initially said no, but then decided to do the spinoff comics to appease those who wanted it. Then I got more feedback from multiple sources saying “Rick, you covered everything zombie wise, but didn’t mention Frankenstein.” For the trilogy I wanted that little extra, so I decided to read Mary Shelley’s novel and did research on the actual science of what electricity does to muscles. They actually performed these type of experiments in the early 1800s, so I figured on using that as a way to tell the story my way. It remains distant enough from the Frankenstein that we all know and love to be an entirely unique story that “inspired Mary Shelley’s story.”
Q6: What about the new vampire story?
I had covered every vampire legend out there, but since I was writing the new zombie short I wanted vampires and werewolves to get the same treatment. This story is after the events in the trilogy and through a near death experience contracts a rare condition. He ages rapidly and is able to gain his youth back through draining other’s youth.
Q7: Same question about the new werewolf story.
There was really nothing for me to do new with werewolves, so I thought about another classic. For zombies I had Frankenstein. For vampires I had Dracula. So for werewolves I brought in inspiration from a combination of story and truth. The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde is blended with my own originality and Jack The Ripper’s story. The funny thing about this is I’m not really sure if the main character is really a werewolf or just has animalistic urges. You read it and tell me what you think.
Q8: Are the graphic novel stories true to the visual version?
I did everything I could to make the reader visualize what the artists did so well. The challenge was the words. I had no problem turning novel stories into comic spin offs, but to make those spinoffs translate to novel form was a challenge that in the end was a great success.
Q9: Why publish the trilogy as a whole when all three books are so easy to get?
I honestly did it for selfish reasons. It was easier to carry around 1 book instead of 3 books and 3 comics. It was also for marketing purposes. Some people had felt far behind because I had published 3 novels and they hadn’t read the first one yet. With this available on www.lulu.com they can now get it all in one package that is well worth the price. The extra stories can also be found with the three books for the Kindle at www.amazon.com
Interview with author Rick Pipito about Bones At Breakfast
We are back with a third interview on the series of novels. This one revolves around book 3: “Bones At Breakfast.” The questions are a combination of inquiries I have received from fans as well as a few anticipated ones. I hope you enjoy and find it informative, and if you haven’t purchased the novel yet, then I hope you consider that as well. Finally, if you have not read the book then I must warn you. There are slight spoilers, though I have kept it as minimal as possible. Enjoy and please continue to give me your feedback. – Rick Pipito
Q: Did you follow the same format and layout for this book as your previous two in the series?
A: Yes. Whereas the overall plot is something continuing from both “Flesh”, and “Blood”, “Bones” is similar in that it contains ten short stories that are stand alone. Of course I recommend starting with the first book and reading through to catch up, but the individual cases can be read alone.
Q: What made you pick this type of layout for these stories?
A: My original concept was done in a way that I wanted the reader to visualize everything as if it were a movie. There is so much lore associated with zombies, vampires, and werewolves that it is almost silly. One author says one thing and discredits another. I don’t do that. I wanted to take all of these great and silly ideas and make them all be able to exist in the same universe through my own story telling. So far, it has worked very well.
Q: You’ve done zombies and vampires. Why werewolves this time around?
A: It’s funny. This whole thing started with me getting frustrated because there were so many takes on zombie lore that the entire definition of a zombie changed. So at first I wanted to create a world that merged all of those differences together in different scenarios. That worked quite well, but it also made me come up with this grand plot for multiple books. I wanted each book to be different, so after vampires, and the appearance of how Darius Moon is described, I felt the next logical choice was all of the takes on lycan lore.
Q: What is your favorite werewolf story, that is not your own?
A: “The Wolfman” starring Lon Chaney… definitely, but I really also loved Steven King’s “Silver Bullet” as well as “Wolf” with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Q: Where did you come up with the idea to do the fairy tale story?
A: Most people are familiar with the 3 little pigs, little red riding hood, and peter and the wolf. Werewolves are kind of that creature that gets the back seat a lot of the time to other monsters. I wanted to breathe a bit of fresh air into them by taking something everyone knows and making it an overall thing. But it isn’t done just for the sake of combining the stories, it is more of a “Well, where did these fairy tales originate and how?” My fairy tale story is supposed to be what “inspired” the real fairy tales.
Q: There is also your take on Greek Mythology. I’m assuming that was inspired the same way?
A: I guess, but on a whole other level. I’ve always loved the Greek myths, but the tales have all been overdone in books, movies, video games, that there was no territory for me to cover. Then I decided to talk about the people who may have been an influence in the beliefs. I spent hours researching and reading the stories of many of the characters. I truly believe that all tales have a base in truth, so I wanted to talk about Cerberus, the 3 headed dog. Then I felt a tribute to some of the other characters would be a fun little nod. There is also the relationship between Zeus and his brothers as well as Hercules (Herakles in this story). After the facts were known well, I weaved the story. It might be my favorite one yet.
Q: Are there any of these stories that you had a difficult time working into the continuity?
A: No. As I said, I have had it all mapped out, but honestly, the Native American Indian story was difficult because I wanted to be true to a culture I knew very little about. There was so much research on Native American lore that I didn’t even know where to begin. I found enough and became confident soon after I began that one.
Q: Do you think that some people will become outraged at the whole Garden of Eden concept and the way it is portrayed in your book?
A: I hope not and hope so. If they become outraged, then news will travel and help the book reach an audience (hopefully on a Dan Brown level). At the same time, I don’t want to “mock” anyone’s beliefs. People have to understand that it is a work of fiction. Just because I am writing something a certain way doesn’t mean that that is what I believe or am trying to make people believe. There are a lot of things in the Bible that make you think. I am just adding imagination to it.
Q: M.U.T.S. (Military Underground Tactical Specialists) are back! I love that group of military black ops. What made you add two more members?
A: Actually, I’ve only added one. The Speaker character has been there from the beginning, it was just never a priority. It was time for me to let the readers know who the Speaker really is. As far as Chameleon being added, well, MUTS has its members from all military branches. It didn’t have a CIA member or a spy, so the story with this new person was easier to take in a different direction and still feel like the two from the prior novels.
Q: The “newspaper” stories you’ve done in your novels are the best. Any plans for more?
A: For me it is a separation from fiction with these “articles.” They are inspired by true events, and all though it is still a figment of my imagination, it gives a sort of realism to some of the less realistic chapters. I want everything to be believable and it is fun for me to relate certain real life situations to the horror I am writing. Yes, there will be more of these types in future books.
Q: I noticed that at the end of the book Cain seems to have taken a back seat to the evil which is about to come in your story. What are the plans for the next book?
A: Cain has taken a back seat, but he is not out of the picture yet. The conclusion of this book sets up Cain for being less rational, and all revenge. He is the villain who initially acts on instinct now, while SHANE will be all thought. Granted, SHANE is not really a true villain, he is a computer, so his line of thinking makes him act certain ways, putting him in the category of villain/mediator. This is the end of my first trilogy. Cain was the center there, and so was the Garden of Eden. For the next three books, we will be focusing on SHANE, and his weapon (which I don’t want to spoil for anyone who hasn’t read yet.) Order and Chaos will become a central theme. There is more depth coming to Cain too even though his character is not as prominent.
Q: Did your brother do the artwork again?
A: Yes, Dan did the cover as well as the Indian artwork inside. I wanted to have my cousin, Vince, back for the inside art, but everything was rushing around with the graphic novel. I’m happy either way. Dan’s work always impresses me and has become inspirational to me in my writing.
Q: What will book 4 be about, and do you have a title?
A: Book 4 is called “Souls 4 Supper.” Ghost stories will be the focal point. It will be released early 2013, as I have a couple other books in between.
Q: You’ve included a timeline of events in the back. What made you want to do this?
A: It was done for the fans and for my own sanity in organization. You can now take a look at when everything happened in the order it happened, plus there is some bonus info in there involving things mentioned in some of the stories.
Q: You have The “Zombie Incidents” and “Legends of Vampire” completed. Is there also a plan to have a spin-off graphic novel involving werewolves as well?
A: Yes. I love the “Flesh and Leftovers” and “Blood, The Second Helping” spin-offs. Work has already begun on “Bones At Breakfast: In Case of Werewolf.”
Q: How would you defend yourself if werewolves were real?
A: I’d throw my cat at them and hope that dogs prefer felines better. *laughs* If they are anything like in this book, then I might be shit out of luck.
Q: You did your first story about the future in this book. What was that like?
A: Fun. I didn’t have to stick to my main timeline because it is an alternate future, so I had the freedom to create that “What If…” I may even do more like that at some point, but I think I’ll be sticking to the past and present, for now.
Q: What was the biggest challenge with writing this book?
A: When I started I thought “Shit, what the hell can I write about werewolves and make them as interesting as the previous two?” It took a while, but once I figured out where to go with the stories, and get into the groove, the rest was a piece of cake.
Q: Where can I get the book?
A: Like the other novels, it is available at www.lulu.com in print form or at www.amazon.com for the Kindle.