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

Category Archives: Books!

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 […]

The Door Never Dreamed Of…opens

September 19, 2016 | Books!, Kindle Countdown Sale, Sci fi novella | Permalink

It’s my top-selling book of all time. It’s a glimpse into the darkest corner of humanity’s future. It’s about two young men, each squaring off against an entire world. There is no evil. There is no good. There is only… A Door Never Dreamed Of All I ask is if you pick up A Door Never Dreamed Of, […]

More Questions than Anyone Can Answer

September 7, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Non Fiction | Permalink

Want a little something to ignite a conversation? I thought you might… 444 Questions for the Universe is the ultimate ice-breaker. Put it on your coffee table, invite a few friends over, and watch the night’s discussions catch fire. Meant as a party book, quiz book, and philosophy book rolled all into one, it’ll guide you through […]

The Black Magic Woman

August 1, 2016 | Books!, Dark Moon Daughter, Tyrants of the Dead | Permalink

Andelusia knows she’s not like other girls. More than ever, the night calls to her, the stars grant her serenity, and the shadows of black magic pool within her blood. In the dark spaces between her dreams, she feels the power of the ancient world awakening. And as the enemies of mankind prepare for the […]

What Happens when Quirky, Funny, and Rude Collide

June 30, 2016 | Books!, humor | Permalink

I should probably apologize… I’m a plagiarist. Sort of. Some of the things in my new book, The Funny Things People Say, are words I actually said. As for the rest, well…it’s all from the other people in my life. It’s a fact. People like to talk. A lot. And for the most part, you should let them. […]

A Conversation for every Corner of the World

June 4, 2016 | A Door Never Dreamed Of, Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Non Fiction | Permalink

In the Coffee Table Philosophy series, you’ll find something for everyone. Girls. Guys. Party-throwers. Lonely philosophers. Optimists. Pessimists. Conversation-starters. And deep, dark thinkers. It’s all here. A book for every coffee table in the world. * 10 books. 10 different types of questions. Let’s have a look at all of them: * 101 Questions for […]

If the world ends TODAY, you’ll need this…

May 26, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Non Fiction, Science | Permalink

Ok. Maybe the world ending today is a slight exaggeration. But the final book in the Coffee Table Philosophy series, 101 Questions for the End of the World, is here: It has questions. Plenty of questions. But instead of ice-breaking questions or improve your love life-type questions, it’s full of deadly serious inquiries. Think Socrates meets Stephen Hawking, Plato […]

Book Blurb-ology

May 20, 2016 | Books!, Coffee Table Philosophy, Dark Moon Daughter, Down the Dark Path, humor, Writing! | Permalink

A while back I got mega sarcastic with a list of alternative movie blurbs. And later I roasted myself in public by making fun of all my books. This time I’m keeping it serious. If only to illustrate the pain and suffering that accompany writing blurbs (and query letters…and synopses) I’ve challenged myself to write one-sentence descriptions of all my books. […]