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

Category Archives: Writing!

The official Tyrants of the Dead glossary

December 27, 2016 | Dark Moon Daughter, Down the Dark Path, Nether Kingdom, Writing! | Permalink

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 for those who are thinking about […]

The Case for and Against Social Media

September 18, 2016 | Life, Writing! | Permalink

    It’s an antisocial world. There, I said it. I’m old enough to remember when life was different. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not complaining about the way it is now. I’m sitting here on my couch, laptop in lap, using my iPad as a mouse pad, streaming Hans Zimmer through my Bose Bluetooth mobile […]

Seven Ways to Advance Your Writing Career

August 14, 2016 | Life, Writing! | Permalink

For many months, I’ve resisted writing this. Author advice columns and ‘do-it-better’ blogs often come off as pretentious. And that’s the last thing I want to do. Even so… After swimming in the shark-infested waters of self-publishing for many years, I feel it’s time I share a few nuggets of wisdom. About writing. About marketing. About […]

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. […]

Rejecting Indie

February 11, 2016 | Art!, humor, Life, Writing! | Permalink

Disclaimer: This article was written with artists, authors, and musicians in mind, but I think it applies to everyone… …. Humility – A modest or low view of one’s importance; diffidence Confidence – The feeling or belief that one can rely on something; especially one’s self …. There’s a famous saying. It goes something like: “Confidence without […]

Put the Keyboard down and walk the F away

November 17, 2015 | Books!, humor, Life, Writing! | Permalink

Write well. Write often. But never write for more than a hobby.   It’s a saying I made up ages ago. And now I believe it more than ever. And yes, I know. It sounds hypocritical. I don’t apply the saying to myself. I’m just trying to help the rest of the world. As in […]

The Sleepers – A dark sci-fi short

November 5, 2015 | Art!, Books!, The Sleepers, Writing! | Permalink

  Ladies and gents… …out now for Kindles and e-readers worldwide… …with amazing cover art by Amanda Makepeace… …my sci-fi short, The Sleepers. In the far distant future, a privileged young man dreams of traveling between the stars. He’s the brightest, the best, and a firm believer in the dogma of Universal Human Supremacy. But […]

I am Jon Snow!

September 10, 2015 | humor, Life, Writing! | Permalink

The older I get, the more I realize that…much like Jon Snow…I know nothing. Absolutely nothing. Age, experience, intuition…all out the window. Want a few good examples of my know-nothingness? Glad you asked: * * * I don’t understand why anyone gets offended by anything. Ever. I don’t know a damn thing about women. Or men, […]

The Write or Die Project – Machina Obscurum

August 21, 2015 | Books!, Old Man of Tessera, The Sleepers, Writing! | Permalink

Writers.  Indie Authors.  Web-Spinners.  Tombstone-Engravers… I propose we work together.   This year (2015) I want to publish a short-story/flash-pic/excerpt compilation. Softcover AND Kindle versions. Createspace AND Amazon. I’m gonna call it Machina Obscurum – A Dark Short Collection. The catch is: I want YOU to contribute to it. For this compilation, I already have 3 short stories, […]

5 Sexy Questions

July 9, 2015 | Coffee Table Philosophy, Non Fiction, Writing! | Permalink

Without sex…  …hot sex, boring sex, sex so good you need oxygen afterward…  …none of us would be here. The following is a tease from my latest Coffee Table Philosophy entry, 101 Sex Questions. These 5 questions are among the tamest in the book…by far. 18+ only. Have fun. * * * Ambush  Suppose you’re planning a Sex Trap for […]

Creepy Prequel – Old Man of Tessera

June 30, 2015 | Books!, Darkness!, Old Man of Tessera, Writing! | Permalink

In six days, I’ll have a creepy short-story surprise for everyone. While you’re waiting, you might want to snatch up the prequel, a haunting little tale: Old Man of Tessera In Tessera, nothing and no one are as they seem.  One goes missing…every day… …forever.   Now available. Only $0.99 for Kindles and e-readers underworld-wide. J Edward Neill

No Delusions of Grandeur

March 8, 2015 | Dark Moon Daughter, Down the Dark Path, Nether Kingdom, Writing! | Permalink

Skulls. Sand. Shadows. Three of my favorite things. As I near the release of this, and thus slam the door shut on a too-long writing project, I sit in a rotting leather chair, my feet propped on a destroyed-by-cats ottoman, and reflect on my existence. I should be happier, I think. I should shimmer like Twilight’s vampires and bounce like Barney the fucking […]

Summer sucks for writing

July 2, 2014 | Tessera Guild!, Writing! | Permalink

North Georgia. Circa the dead of summer. It’s hot out there. It’s sunny, muggy, steamy. My insides are cooked. My skull is melting… I’m more or less taking a vacation from writing this weekend, but before I dump ice over my head, shut my laptop down, and take my long-awaited rum runner/margarita bath, I have a few […]

New release – Dark Moon Daughter

May 24, 2014 | Books!, Dark Moon Daughter, Writing! | Permalink

        Tonight, I’m reminded of one of my favorite literary quotes: “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.” “See what?” “White shores, and beyond, a […]

The Monster Mash

April 5, 2014 | Books!, Dark Moon Daughter, Tessera Guild!, Writing! | Permalink

   He was three-thousand winters dead, as deaf to Andelusia’s bleating as a coffin full of bones. His very presence was evil, his breaths curling like smoke from beneath his iron mask. As he dragged her through Midnon, his passing withered moths and turned bowlfuls of red apples to ash… – Reference to Mogru, Servant […]