Down the Dark Path Books, Paintings, and delicious darkness from J Edward Neill

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Life & Dark Liquor

August 17, 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 […]

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 […]

A Door Never Dreamed Of…opens.

August 8, 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 […]

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 […]

The Hecatomb – An Extensive Loss of Life

March 23, 2017 | Books!, Horror | Permalink

Hecatomb – ‘heka’tom/ (noun) – An extensive loss of life for some cause. or… The name of my terrifying new novella, NOW available. 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 […]

Remember

February 26, 2017 | Books!, Darkness Between the Stars, Sci fi novella | Permalink

Remember  It was always hot beneath Sumer’s two suns. At night, when the blue and crimson stars slid beneath the horizon, the heat had a way of lingering. The high green grass beyond my house soaked up the day’s warmth, and the rains that had fallen each day became a nightly fume, blanketing the fields […]

Preview – Darkness Between the Stars

February 20, 2017 | Books!, Sci fi novella | Permalink

It’s true. I’m done writing philosophical books for now. I’ve got no plans to publish anything else like this weird little thing. And I’m pretty much out of horror ideas. So it’s like this. I’m getting back to my roots. It’s time for more darkness, more shadows, and more end-of-the-universe type books. It’s my bread and butter. It’s […]

How many buttons will you push?

February 6, 2017 | Books!, Non Fiction | Permalink

In Big Shiny Red Buttons, a variety of fun, serious, and absurd scenarios awaits you. More than a hundred buttons are just dying to be pushed. The only question is: will you push them? Suppose something terrible will happen if you don’t? What if pushing a button would bring you great prosperity, but cause harm to someone else? Every scenario is […]

Chatting about books while drinking scotch

February 2, 2017 | Books!, Hollow Empire, Sci fi novella | Permalink

Hey there. I decided to plunk down in my kitchen late one night and make a little video about my books, Hollow Empire and Darkness Between the Stars. …while pounding some Balvenie 21-year scotch. Click my goofy face to watch the video: Ignore my derp expression. It’s the scotch…I swear. 🙂 Catch you later. J Edward […]

Ashes for Ande – Sketching a pretty girl

January 10, 2017 | Art!, Books! | Permalink

Sometimes…every once in a while, I decide to step up my art. Usually I work on abstract paintings with lots of deep, dark color, like these. But lately I’ve set my sights on something realistic. I’m calling my newest painting Ashes for Ande. It’ll eventually (hopefully) be a book cover for my next series, Ashes of Everything. For […]

Darkness Between the Stars – Cover Art Reveal

January 10, 2017 | Art!, Books!, Sci fi novella | Permalink

A new brand of sci-fi fantasy has touched down. A young boy will journey into the Darkness Between the Stars.  And he may never return… I 20 softcover editions to give away as ARC’s (advance review copies.)  If you’d like one, and if you’re willing write an honest Amazon review, look me up on Facebook, Twitter, or via email. And […]

Breaking Dark Fantasy – The Tyrants of the Dead fantasy Trilogy

December 21, 2016 | Books!, Dark Moon Daughter, Down the Dark Path, Nether Kingdom, Tyrants of the Dead | Permalink

Many years have passed… And many books have I written… And yet none are as sacred as these first three…   * It’s dark now. It’s raining in cold sheets. Thunder shakes the earth. Lightning tears away the night, at least for a half-breath. It was on one such night, long ago, I dreamed of writing a story so […]

The Ultimate Video Game Quiz

December 16, 2016 | Books!, Video Games! | Permalink

So you think you know video games? Or maybe you know someone who claims to be a video game god(dess)? In my new book, The Ultimate Video Game Quiz, I put gaming know-it-alls to the test. The idea came from my son, who proudly proclaimed he knew everything there was to know about video games. Only…when […]

The Ultimate Get to Know Someone Quiz!

November 21, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, humor | Permalink

Available now… The very first book with cover art straight from the paintbrush of my five-year old son. (That’s actually true ^^^) The Ultimate Get to Know Someone Quiz It’s the most entertainment you can squeeze into 101 pages. Pass it around to friends and family. Bring a copy to your breakroom at work. Crash […]

These little books make perfect gifts

November 10, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Life, Non Fiction | Permalink

Got a few stockings to stuff? Have a friend you have no idea what to get for the holidays (or a birthday?) Need something for under $10? Solutions await thee. Welcome to the Coffee Table Philosophy series. These slim, sexy coffee table books are full of fun questions and quizzes to keep anyone (or any gathering) entertained for hours. There’s […]

From Dungeon Master to Starving Artist.

November 8, 2016 | Books!, Life, Role Playing | Permalink

Christmas Eve 1987. I was eleven years old. As far as gift-hauls go, 1987 was a reasonable year. I raked in some fresh NES games, unwrapped a new pile of GI Joe action figures, and rolled my eyes at the requisite stack of clothes for school. I would’ve been satisfied if that’s all it had been. Toys, games, and clothes…what more could […]