Pandora’s Box Sets

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti – Pandora – 1869

I’ve opened Pandora’s boxes. Well, not exactly. I’ve organized them. The past two months have been an incredible ride for me as an author but I want to tell you about the deal for readers.

We weren’t the first group of authors to bundle our titles into a single “box set” collection on Amazon and I guarantee you we won’t be the last. The multi-author box set is a collection of individual titles bundled and sold as one “book” on Amazon, usually for a ridiculously low price. For example, the sets I manage sell for $0.99 each which breaks down to about $0.15-$0.20 per title. We take this financial hit in order to reach more readers. I won’t get into the arguments about devaluing one’s work because this post is for readers and readers don’t care about stuff like that. Besides, the boxes are temporary and so we view it more like a sale.

Here’s what some of my fellow authors have to say about being part of the collection:

“It’s great to be able to offer readers a wide selection of authors at a low price.” – Scott Nicholson
“It’s been a pleasure to get ‘boxed in’ with such talent.” – Michael Brentcollings

The reader gets hundreds of pages and hours of entertainment for less than a dollar. In addition, the boxes are genre-specific so you’re not getting a random assortment of stories. You get exactly what you like to read by authors new to you.

The first box, This Is The End published in February and the second, From Darkness Comes in March. This Is The End 2 is coming soon with titles by J.A. Konrath, J.R. Rain, Scott Nicholson, Ed Robertson, Glynn James, T.W. Brown, Jacqueline Druga, Rachel Higginson and yours truly. These collections won’t be around for long. So far, we’ve sold over 34,000 copies combined which tells us readers love them. In fact, many say they enjoy discovering new authors and have subsequently gone on to purchase more of our individual titles.

From Darkness Comes has a Rafflecopter that ends in a few days. The winner gets a signed paperback from each author. Cool, right? You still have time to enter.

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If you’ve purchased one of these boxes please leave us an honest review on Amazon. You don’t have to read every book in the collection and the review can be as few as 20 words. This is in accordance with Amazon’s Terms of Service, so we’re not asking you to do anything underhanded.

Stock up and enjoy. Summer is right around the corner.


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I love weird, twisted, horror stories. Do you?

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As I continue on this crazy journey called life I imagine I’m driving a huge party bus with all of you on it. Every so often we stop and pick up a few more people, a bag of ice and a lighter. Don’t ask me where we’re going because I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter anyways because anyone that’s taken a road trip with a bunch of friends knows that getting there is more than half the fun. It’s at least 76.7% of the fun depending on who gets arrested along the way.

Using that poor metaphor, I feel as though I need to pause every now and then and introduce myself to those getting on the bus. People reading my blog and my books (i.e., those getting on the bus, but you already figured that out) don’t know me that well yet but they’re intrigued by the party.

Those of you in the back–quitting throwing stuff out the windows. Nobody is allowed to use the john unless it’s an extreme emergency. And flush, would ya?

Now that you’ve all settled in, please allow me to reintroduce myself and tell you what you’re in for on this road trip:

I love horror–the kind where the fear comes from inside your own head. I’ve enjoyed my share of gory slasher stories but I don’t write too many of those. Yes, my creatures do some heinous things but not for the sake of the violence. I’m enamored with the evil that’s inside all of us and why some people can keep it contained while others can’t. My books are an escape from reality. They’re odd, esoteric and thoughtful with an economy of language. I front a heavy band in Cleveland, Ohio (Threefold Law) and so my style is very lyrical as well. Being a writer and a musician, I feel as though I have a perspective on storytelling that others might not. My new partnership with Rebecca T. Dickson (interviewed her last week, fyi) means that the updated versions of my books along with the new ones I’m writing will withhold NOTHING from you. I’ve been criticized for not explaining enough and I can promise you that won’t be the case anymore.

If you want to get a sense of the kind of stories I tell, grab this collection. My book, Reversion: The Inevitable Horror (The Portal Arcane Series – Book I) is included along with 6 other phenomenal books and the ENTIRE collection is only $0.99. Some of the best writers in the genre are part of this anthology including Bobby Adair, Craig DiLouie, Glynn James, Stephen Knight, Joe McKinney, T.W. Piperbrook and L.T. Ryan. This is a helluva bargain. The collection will be available only for a limited time.

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Now get on the bus and stop holding up the line.