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WHC 2011

whc Oh. My. God. Did I (we) need that weekend!

It was absolutely amazing and Lee Thomas, Nate Southard, Wrath James White, Nick Mamatas, Rhodi Hawks, and everyone else involved should receive some sort of award for not only putting on the BEST whc we’ve seen in a loooooooong time, but giving the con its couth back.

I heard no complaints, I saw nothing to complain about, everything was organized and executed perfectly. The hotel was absolutely stunning. The weather was sublime. The food amazing. And the people… well, the people were…

I’m always afraid to forget someone when I post names, so we’ll just do this… It was GREAT to get to hang with old friends, I love those quiet moments in the corner of the party when you get to finish a conversation… and you all know who you are. It was lovely to reunite with old faces and get introduced to new ones… you not only know who you are, you know you want my book *wink wink nudge nudge and i’ll leave your jacket alone*. New faces, old faces, and a con that ends with a world-changing event no one anticipated.

On the writing end of things, I have lots of exciting announcements to come. Almost none of them have been made public, but… the things I “can” share include:

  • “the end” on the new novel while Tod Clark and Bob stayed outside the room while I paced and ranted and zoned and finished.
  • officially sold my “children’s book not meant for children” and the publisher said so in front of others, but it’s not “officially” announced yet
  • sold another novella, with a twist… which you’ll have to wait for
  • invited to a private antho
  • something that was a collector’s edition only will be coming out in ebook
  • helped birth the idea of a wicked collection that i truly hope comes to fruition because it would just ROCK

Between the work and the play, and the post-tax season vacation, it was a damn good weekend. Big hugs to everyone there. Hope to see you all again soon… (pics are posted on facebook)

Upcoming Appearances:

Horrible Saturday – York Emporium, York, PA – July 16

Necon – Bristol, RI – July 21-24

Horrorfind Weekend – Gettysburg, PA – Sept 2-4

SIX DAYS: Annnd go!

From Maelstrom/Thunderstorm Books… pre-order NOW!

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SIX DAYS: Final Word

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We’re down to the wire. Pre-orders begin tomorrow! (Midnight Pacific time) Set your alarms, get your credit cards and hover over the purchase key, kids. It’s time to be one of the few that will get a copy of this Signed Limited Edition of “Six Days.”

So how are we going to celebrate? Easy!

1. Tomorrow I’ll be online all day. I’ll have updates on how many are ordered/left occasionally through the day, which I’ll post to twitter, so you may want to follow me there: @kelli_owen

2. Tomorrow night, I will be live on the Funky Werepig… promoting my novel, telling a few stories, giving some history and possibly sharing some secrets. And there may be a few special guests that call in, so you won’t want to miss it!!

3. I will also be preparing a very special package for one very lucky winner. Yep, there it is. I hinted at it on day one of this adventure, here are the details… As you order your copy of this set, come post here in the comments section that your order is complete. Not on twitter, not on facebook and not on the message board. Only those on THIS PAGE will be eligible. Of those posted here, I will randomly draw one winner as soon as we’re sold out. That one winner will receive a hard copy of the original, unedited manuscript that was turned into Thunderstorm Books—complete with errors and all the original names that I was asked to change. That’s right, one person will know who was supposed to be who in the original text! The manuscript will come with a letter of authenticity, as well as a copy of the acceptance letter from Thunderstorm Books. I wasn’t kidding when I said I planned on taking over and becoming collectible… one lucky winner gets to have the one thing that will outweigh everything else, the original manuscript for the first novel.

So… that’s my friday, what’s yours?

There’s only ever one first novel. This is mine. I’d like to share it with you. If you like horror and/or thrillers, you’ll like it. If you’re a collector, you’re going to want to start with the first one.  And if you’ve got $125 in a cookie jar somewhere, well, I have an idea where you can spend it.

“Six Days”… coming tomorrow!

(yet another graphic from my amazing cover artist—Russ Dickerson! *applause!!*)

ps: See the retweet & f-share below this? Click them! Retweet this! Share with friends, family and enemies!!

SIX DAYS: Partners in Crime

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Okay, enough about me (me, ME!). How about we talk about the other reasons to grab this set before they’re sold out? There are lots of reasons, but three really good ones…

Maelstrom, a line of Thunderstorm Books. Even before I stumbled into the stable, I loved these books. They’re beautiful. They’re well made. And they’re from authors you actually want to read. They choose their authors and the lines they will appear in carefully. Nate Southard‘s “Just Like Hell” was part of the Elemental series—pocket books that pack a punch! I did an introduction for Brett McBean‘s “The Mother” from the Black Voltage series—gorgeous hardcovers with artistic dust jackets. And the man behind the curtain, Paul Goblirsch, is not only amazing to work with as an author, but an outstanding publisher for customers to deal with… as seen here.

Russ Dickerson, cover artist for not just Six Days, but the whole first installment. He also did the countdown graphics for me, created a Six Days twitter background for me, and made wallpapers for the books in the series. He has done interior illustrations for Cemetery Dance, Subterranean Press, Apex and many more. He’s done covers for Simmons, Melniczek, Braunbeck and Keene. And true to small press, he’s an artist that gives more than hands on a cover or a photoshopped stock image. For the collectors that enjoy the artwork, Russ is a great reason to buy this set! Check out his site here.

Two words. Brian Keene. Do I need more? Okay fine. The mid-list monster of the genre is up to no good. He’s gone and started a book line with Thunderstorm Books. A little thing he calls Maelstrom. And in the first installment, you get not only my “Six Days” but also his “The Rising: Deliverance” and “A Gathering of Crows”. That’s two Keene books in one swoop! His fans will love these books for the exclusive material, long awaited zombies, cover art and production. And did I mention? Brian. Keene.

There’s only ever one first novel. This is mine. I’d like to share it with you. If you like horror and/or thrillers, you’ll like it. If you’re a fan of beautiful small press, gorgeous art and/or some zombie guy named Keene, then you should order this set. And if you’ve got $125 in a cookie jar somewhere, well, I have an idea where you can spend it.

“Six Days”… coming in two days!

(yet another graphic from my amazing cover artist—Russ Dickerson! *applause!!*)

ps: See the retweet & f-share below this? Click them! Retweet this! Share with friends, family and enemies!!

SIX DAYS: Dear John

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Who the hell is Kelli Owen?!!

If that question popped into your head upon seeing the Maelstrom announcement and lineup, then this post is for you! Never heard of me? Never read my work? Wondering why you should throw your money at some unknown writer’s first novel? Here are some good reasons… none of them mine:

This is one HELL of macabre, psychological mystery. Owen has a terrifying talent for pushing the reader’s buttons, one right after another, until you’re trapped in the same lightless, inescapable cloak of HORROR as the main character. One of the most suspenseful books I’ve read in long time, and a stellar debut.

~ Edward Lee, author of… a ton of great horror novels!

I’ve heard multiple people (some of whom should have known better) who genuinely believe that women can’t write horror or suspense or anything stronger than a romance or a good cook-book. I’ve never believed that. There’s far too much evidence to the contrary, but even if there weren’t evidence to disprove that asinine theory, the volume you hold right now would make a joke of the very notion.

~ James Moore, author of… tons of stuff (snippet from the novel’s introduction)

This is the best debut novel that I have read in years.  It truly is a brilliant work and I am proud that Thunderstorm gets to be a part of it.

~ Paul Goblirsch, Thunderstorm Books (snippet from acceptance letter)

There’s only ever one first novel. This is mine. I’d like to share it with you. If you like horror and/or thrillers, you’ll like it. Hell, even these guys (and several others) think you’ll like it.  And if you’ve got $125 in a cookie jar somewhere, well, I have an idea where you can spend it.

“Six Days”… coming in three days!

(yet another graphic from my amazing cover artist—Russ Dickerson! *applause!!*)

ps: See the retweet & f-share below this? Click them! Retweet this! Share with friends, family and enemies!!

Important Announcement (6 Days/Maelstrom)

MaelstomLogoFrom the Publisher (Thunderstorm/Maelstrom):

Everyone,

First off I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for all the excitement that is buzzing around for the Maelstrom line.  Brian and Kelli have done an excellent job marketing the books.

Back when Brian and I first started discussing the idea and agenda of this line, it didn’t take long for both of us to agree that one of the primary purposes was to create something that was not only successful, profitable, and cherished, but also something that was economically-friendly in today’s tough environment.  And I think this is catching on…big time.  So much so that much of the original excitement over the books is now turning into fear of not being online the exact moment they go on sale and missing out on this awesome offer.  And although I am extremely grateful for this high demand, it isn’t 100% coessive with the original agenda.

So, with both Brian and Kelli’s approval, the I have decided to honor ALL direct orders taken on October 1st.  You do not need to call into or miss work.  You do not need to wake up early or stay up extra late.  You do not need to worry if 250 other people get in line ahead of you.  In fact, you do not need to worry about anyone else at all.  It is entirely in your hands.  All you have to do is commit to taking a few minutes out of your day and placing the order sometime between midnight (AZ/Pacific time) October 1st and 11:59 PM (AZ/Pacific time) October 1st.

This isn’t motivated by wanting more orders.  I am entirely happy if we end up with 250.  This is about doing what is best for the customer.

So, many collectors by now want to know the specifics of what happens on October 2nd.  Simple:  if we have not reached 250 orders, the books will remain up for sale until we do so and the final print run will be 250 (and the above is moot).   if we do reach 250 or more orders, the print run will be set to that specific amount and the books will be SOLD OUT and OUT OF PRINT at that point.  So even if there ends up being more than 250, collectors are getting books that sold out within 24 hours.    Note, this is not a long preorder period…not months, not weeks, not days.  This is only valid that ONE day.

Also, just in case you are curious and such… Yes, Brian and Kelli will receive royalties on whatever amount is sold…  And no, bookstore allotments will not be adjusted, this offer is for direct customers.

Questions or comments…post here.

Paul

To follow along or post questions/concerns, see the message board link here. And I would like to thank everyone for their support… which is what caused all this =)))

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