Down the Dark Path Books, Paintings, and Delicious Darkness from J Edward Neill

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Are you an author in need of cover art? Look no further.

February 8, 2018 | Art!, Books!, Fantasy, Horror | Permalink

For the modern day self-published author, cover art can be an expensive investment. Artists routinely charge $300-$700 for custom-made art, which can cripple modest budgets and drive authors to empty out their bank accounts. And yet… Every book needs a good cover. To hook readers, it’s crucial. The old saying ‘Never judge a book by its cover’ doesn’t apply anymore. […]

UnCommon Evil – A Dark Anthology

February 2, 2018 | Art!, Books!, Horror, Short Stories | Permalink

In the old world city of Ellerae, one person goes missing every day. Poor little Mia doesn’t stand a chance. Or does she? Let the Bodies – A creepy short story follow-up to chilling tale, Old Man of Tessera. Let the Bodies will appear in anthology book UnCommon Evil – Release date Feb 20th, 2018. Preorder Uncommon Evil […]

Coming Soon – Eaters of the Light

January 24, 2018 | Art!, Books!, Fantasy, Sci Fi | Permalink

My name is Callista Lightbringer. Although I’m not human, I am humanity’s last hope. For a thousand years, I’ve warred against the star-killing Strigoi. I’ve destroyed billions. I’ve snuffed hundreds of their hollow, vampiric planets. It’s not enough. Alone, I must find the source of the Strigoi power. I must venture deeper into space than […]

The Hecatomb gets new cover art

December 14, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Horror | Permalink

Hecatomb – ‘heka’tom/ (noun) – An extensive loss of life for some cause. or… The name of my terrifying novella. In a drowned village, on a dark shore, in a city of white stones, an ancient evil stalks. It has no name, no face, and no desire but to see the death of everything… …and everyone. […]

101 MORE Reasons to Break Up

November 20, 2017 | Books!, humor, Love & Relationships, Relationships | Permalink

Oops, I did it again. Over six weeks during a rainy autumn, I collected hundreds of break-up stories from friends, strangers, Facebook pals, random people on Twitter & Instagram, and several tipsy folks at the local bar. And then…just because…I cleaned the stories up and put them into this book: Every story is true. Some […]

Making Fun of Everything I’ve Ever Done

November 1, 2017 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Hollow Empire, humor, Machina Obscurum, Tyrants of the Dead | Permalink

A few weeks ago I got super sarcastic with my list of alternative movie blurbs. Now that I’ve made fun of everyone else’s artistic work, it’s time I turn the cannon on myself. Here’s everything I’ve ever written, but with smartass descriptions. Have fun… Hollow Empire – Night of Knives – Five homeless people with crappy hygiene do their best to […]

A Door Never Dreamed Of…opens.

October 25, 2017 | Books!, Sci fi novella | Permalink

A thousand years from today, nearly all of humanity is jacked-In. We sleep, connected to machines, dreaming our lives away. For most people, it’s the perfect life. But for the few who never jacked-In, it’s exile. Abandoned, persecuted, and betrayed, the Outs plot their vengeance across the centuries. And when they open the Door, only […]

101 Reasons to Break Up

October 12, 2017 | Books!, humor, Life, Relationships | Permalink

During a blazing hot summer, I interviewed nearly four-hundred people. At bars, on the street, via Facebook. I took their 101 funniest, weirdest, and most off-the-wall break-up stories… …and slammed them all into this book: 101 Reasons to Break Up Read it. Laugh at it. Review the hell out of it. Here’s nine sample break-ups. […]

Why You Should Buy the New Fire HD10 Tablet

October 3, 2017 | Books!, Devices | Permalink

Whoa, whoa, whoa… What’s this? Amazon’s got a new Fire tablet coming out on October 11th. And it looks stunning. As an author and a reader- and a recent convert to using e-readers– it’s fair to say I’m excited. Amazon has always offered killer price points for their tablets, and the new Fire HD10 appears to be […]

101 Questions for Midnight – Coffee Table Philosophy

September 19, 2017 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Non Fiction, Writing! | Permalink

Stay up late. Very late. The best conversations begin while everyone else is sleeping. 101 Questions for Midnight The latest entry in the Coffee Table Philosophy series. Jump starting every conversation with a tendency toward darker topics: death, war, sex, and the dark side of human behavior. Available now on Amazon…   With 101 Questions for Midnight […]

101 Reasons to Break Up

September 5, 2017 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, humor | Permalink

In this unique take on dating and relationships, dozens of real-life strangers sit down for interviews, and all of them provide the true-life tales of their craziest, most unusual break-ups. Every break-up is REAL, and each one is more bizarre than the one before. You think your break-ups have been wild? Think again. Here’s 101 […]

Free Art Contest!

September 5, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Free Stuff, Love & Relationships | Permalink

Here’s what’s up: In my latest book, 101 Reasons to Break Up, I’ve hidden a little Easter egg. It’s true. One of the 101 break-ups is mine. I’ve changed my name, but the story is 100% true. To the first reader who guesses which of the 101 tales is mine, I’m giving away a free […]

Write Sober, Edit Drunk?

September 5, 2017 | Autobiography, Books!, Life, Philosophy, Relationships | Permalink

  In his latest book, J Edward sips scotch, bourbon, and deep, dark whiskey with every chapter. No topic goes untouched. No cocktail is spared.  Life & Dark Liquor A tipsy memoir by J Edward Neill Now available at Amazon. Life & Dark Liquor is the ‘sequel’ to Reality is Best Served with Red Wine.

Reality is Best Served…with Red Wine

August 10, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Philosophy | Permalink

In J Edward’s latest book, he promises to drain one bottle of red wine per chapter. That’s the rule. There’s no breaking it. And while deep in his cups, he takes readers on a sometimes funny, sometimes poignant journey.  Playful yet serious, funny yet honest, the bounce between bottles takes readers on a stroll through everything. Dating. Religion. Politics. That one […]

Life & Dark Liquor

August 2, 2017 | Autobiography, Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Memoir | Permalink

“Sometimes I write drunk and revise sober, and sometimes I write sober and revise drunk. But you have to have both elements in creation — the Apollonian and the Dionysian, or spontaneity and restraint, emotion and discipline.” – Peter De Vries, Reuben, Reuben * And so I shall. At least two cocktails per chapter. …to […]

Lys & the Heart Stopper

July 19, 2017 | Books!, Hollow Empire, Short Stories | Permalink

Lys & the Heart Stopper A new $0.99 short story * * * Imprisoned as a little girl, Lys awakens in the world’s lowest prison. She’s to become a concubine to a faceless noble in a land far from her native home. But when fate intervenes, she seizes her only chance at freedom. To save […]

Shadow of Forever – A preview

May 31, 2017 | Books!, Darkness Between the Stars, Sci fi novella | Permalink

Ghosts *  “She’s getting what? To who?” The rain thundered against my house’s glass walls. Rivers of water slid down the panes, blurring the greyest afternoon I’d ever seen. With her arms crossed, Callista floated above the table while wearing a too-big smile. “You heard what I said.” She feigned a yawn. “Your sister’s getting […]

5 Ways I Just Can’t Sell Myself

April 25, 2017 | Books! | Permalink

Everyone will agree. The hardest part about self-publishing isn’t the writing. Long hours of hammering out words are inevitable no matter what avenue an author takes to launch their books into the market. No…the true challenge lies in an author’s self-presentation to the world. It’s how a writer markets oneself. It’s the image they create, the test of their […]