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Possibly the Coolest Thing Ever

How cool is this? It’s the Chinese edition of Nightmare! I knew this was in the works, but I didn’t know when it would be finished. The Chinese publisher that licensed the Chinese language rights, “Gobooks & Sitak Group,” was kind enough to send me a copy of the finished book, and it looking through it is mind-blowing. (Click on any of these images for larger versions.)

Above you can see the cover. Chinese books are read in reverse order to how we read, so the spine is on the right instead of the left. Speaking of the spine, here’s a closer look.

And here’s the back cover.

First page.

Chinese readers read vertically, right to left. It’s fascinating to turn the pages and try to wrap my mind around reading this way.

Check out this closeup of a page. Instead of a straight line to divide up sections of a chapter, like what’s used in the English version, someone at the Chinese publishing house apparently had the idea to use the three alchemical symbols as section dividers. You can see them here in the center of the image. Genius! I wish we’d thought to do this in the English version!

Another interesting feature are the footnotes. Sporadically throughout the book are these footnotes for cultural references and other things that Chinese readers might not be familiar with. Flipping through the first few chapters, I see footnotes for “Grinch,” “cold spot,” “Agnostic,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Linda Blair.”

The Chinese publisher kept the formatting we used for the flashback chapters, with the surrounding journal-style page frames around it. They also used the opening pages of those chapters where there are photos and descriptions of the real-world locations described. Here’s how one of those pages looks in Chinese.

The one thing I can say for certain about the Chinese version of Nightmare is that it wasn’t easy to make. My thanks to Gobooks & Sitak Group for putting a tremendous amount of thought and attention to detail into this. I couldn’t be happier!


Talking About the Paranormal

Last night, I had the honor of being a guest on Crossroad Radio, a hard rock/hip-hop show that airs on Friday nights, on Christian radio station WBFJ-FM in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Between songs, the Crossroad crew and I talked about Nightmare and my views on the paranormal. It was a lively two hours, where a lot of listeners called in with questions about ghosts, souls, and hauntings.

I’m working on getting a recording of the show, which I’d like to edit down so you don’t have to sit through the music and whatnot. But in the meantime, here are a pair of hour-long videos that show everything that went on in the studio. Crossroad Radio also does a live webcast via Ustream, you see, where fans can watch and listen in to everything that goes on in the studio — even while the music is playing. It’s raw and completely unedited, so my stuff is sandwiched between station business and radio singles, but if you’d like to see it, I’m embedding the vids below.

Oh, and by the way: Relentless is STILL FREE! Download it while you can! Alert the media! Tell your friends!


Alchemical Symbols

Warning: there are minor spoilers for Nightmare in this post.

A number of people have asked me about the three alchemical symbols that play an all-important role in my novel Nightmare. I won’t reveal what that role is here, for those who haven’t read the book, but they’re real symbols from the ancient protoscience called Alchemy. And here they are.

The first symbol, as described in the book:

The first looked like a lower-case ‘m’ with a strange little curl at the end. “This one is commonly known as the Zodiac sign for Virgo. In alchemical terms, it essentially stands for distillation or separation,” he explained.

The second symbol:

He pointed at the second one, which was a circle with a vertical line running down its center. Breaking off from that line to the right was a horizontal line, which was looped with a second circle. “This one is less common than the other two. It appears to be a representation of lodestone. Lodestone is a natural magnet, so I believe that in this context, it represents the magnet’s ability to bind one thing to another.”

The third and final symbol:

Eccleston’s finger hovered over the final symbol. It was the simplest of the three, merely an inverted triangle with a horizontal line passing through it. “This is the alchemical symbol for Earth.”

Now to answer the inevitable question: No, I don’t have a version of the combined symbol as it’s depicted in the book. I did attempt to combine the three into one while I was writing Nightmare, but I couldn’t do it justice. In my mind, the combined symbol is a very elaborate, overlapping thing, that looks like a tiny, textured, three-dimensional labyrinth, and that’s beyond my graphical abilities to produce.


I write like…

Apparently, in Nightmare, I write like Stephen King.

I write like
Stephen King

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And in Offworld, I write like Arthur C. Clarke.

I write like
Arthur C. Clarke

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I don’t put any stock in these results — the algorithm seems to analyze the text for certain keywords — but it’s silly fun. Who do you write like?


All 5 novels now available as eBooks

I’m pleased to announce that all 5 of my novels are now available in ebook format!

I get asked rather often about which of my novels are available as ebooks. Here’s a definitive answer.

Nightmare you can find now almost anywhere ebooks are sold. Barnes & Noble has it here. But if you’re in the market for all five, you’ll need to head over to Amazon.com, where they’re available for Kindle. (Even if you don’t own a Kindle device, software that makes your device able to read Kindle ebooks is available to download for free.) Also, Sony’s Reader Store has Relentless, Fearless, Merciless, and Offworld, but not Nightmare (hopefully it’s on its way).

eBooks are generally less expensive their print counterparts; mine are all listed at approximately $9.99.

The biggest holdouts are Borders, Books-A-Million, and Apple’s iBooks Store, none of which carry my books in ebook format at the time of this writing. If you’d like to request them for these stores, you can click here to request my ebooks at Borders, here for Books-A-Million, and here for Apple iBooks.


Sidenote: Google is launching its own ebook store in the near future called Google Editions, which some are saying could be a game-changer. Hopefully, my books will land there at some point as well.