An Epic Swords & Sorcery Fantasy Series – Down the Dark Path

Down the Dark Path A four-book fantasy series. When a young woman leaves home in search of a better life, she plunges into a world-ending war. The deeper she falls, the more she senses dark powers rising within her, and the more she realizes she is not so different than… Continue reading

Tyrants of the Dead – An epic fantasy collection

In a far and ancient land, Emperor Chakran dreams of conquest. His desire to resurrect the evil, world-ending Ur casts a dark shadow across an unsuspecting world. But as his army butchers its way across the realm, leaving only a vast, storm-riddled graveyard in its wake, a small band of… Continue reading

Three Dark Fantasy Epics…in One

Deep readers, consumers of dark fantasy, lovers of epic tales… My massive trilogy, Tyrants of the Dead, is now available as a three-book Kindle set. * The Tyrants series contains three epic stories. Each can be read on its own or as part of a larger, darker adventure. * Of course,… Continue reading

The official Tyrants of the Dead glossary

Three Books Six Nations Dozens of Characters One Civilization bent on Mankind’s destruction Welcome to the official Tyrants of the Dead glossary. Herein you’ll find descriptions and blurbs for every major character, place, historical event, and artifact appearing in the Tyrants’ trilogy. This appendix is for all the folks who’ve read the books and… Continue reading

Breaking Dark Fantasy – The Tyrants of the Dead fantasy Trilogy

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… Continue reading

Down the Dark Path – Mini Novella Editions

Not too terribly long ago, I realized that asking my first-time readers to bite into a massive, 300k word, 800-page + epic would be a challenge. I mean…the softcover edition is three inches thick and weighs two lbs. Some people like that kind of thing. But for everyone else, I’ve got a surprise: Down the… Continue reading

Book Blurb-ology

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… Continue reading

Drawings, Darkness, and Death – Down the Dark Path Art

It was long and difficult journey to publish my first three fantasy books. I spent ten years writing them…then another two years in rewrites. Along the way, I created and commissioned a ton of art for the series. Some of it was inspirational. Other pieces were meant as cover art,… Continue reading

Late Night Vid with J – Hecatomb and Dark Paths

In my first video attempt ever, I sat in my soon-to-be-empty house and talked about my latest book, The Hecatomb. Aaaaaaand I ‘splained the reasons behind breaking up Down the Dark Path into four little mini-novellas. I decided against pounding scotch before making the vid. And voila, I managed it… Continue reading

How to write Dark Fiction (and shave decades off your life.)

 Look at these guys. They’re dead, but still having a grand time of it.   Assholes… Ok. Look. This isn’t really a how-to article. I’m in no position to tell anyone how to do anything short of throwing footballs, kicking things, and losing at video games. I’m writing this week… Continue reading

The Study of Darkness

A few weeks ago, I received an encouraging reception for my latest painting, ‘The Emperor’s Vision.‘ Which made me want to share how this dark canvas came to life. When I started working on this one at summer’s beginning, I knew I wanted to paint another companion piece to my fantasy series, Down the Dark Path…. Continue reading

History of the Ur

For those involved in the Tyrants of the Dead series (and those who will be) I present to you: The History of the Ur. Every villain needs an origin story. Every monster needs a little light shined in its direction, so as to cast a darker shadow. The Ur are no… Continue reading

Ten Real-Life Settings For the Tyrants of the Dead Movies

As I sit in the dark and daydream terrible things, my mind wanders to the far-off hope of finishing the screenplay for the Tyrants of the Dead series. It’s ever in my thoughts. It’s not quite a realistic goal, but it’s more than just a dream. Previously, I imagined the cast here and here. But… Continue reading