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On a minor note, that last episode of The Walking Dead Season 3 was a little underwhelming. It didn’t solve a lot, and it didn’t leave much of a cliffhanger. Still a great show, but I personally liked Season 2 better.

On another minor note, and speaking of Season 2, Season 2 of The Killing is available on Netflix now. I’ve started catching up on that, since a latecoming Season 3 will finally debut this year. If you haven’t yet watched The Killing, give it a shot. Once you get past the fact there are practically no recognizable faces in the cast (although the lead actress is starring in World War Z and her onscreen partner plays RoboCop in next year’s remake), you’ll find a great drama. Go now.

On a major note — major for me, anyway — I have it on good authority that  a new book with my name on it will be out by summer. More news to come over the next few weeks.

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My party’s over.

Well, not so much my party, as my January break. Writing and editing a novel takes a lot out of you, and my brain just needed a rest. I struggled through the month of December trying to move forward with some new projects, but by New Year’s I realized that if I didn’t take some time off and recharge, I’d probably crash and burn. So, I decided to spend January watching a lot of movies and tearing through every episode of The West Wing (which, by the way, is something I really should have done a long time ago). But now I’m back.

In some Sewerville news, the novel is available at Morris Book Shop in Lexington, KY and soon will be at Carmichael’s in Louisville (both locations). You can order it through Joseph-Beth and just about any other local store, too, but I honestly don’t know if it’s on the shelf. One way or the other, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BOOKSTORES! I use Amazon and B&N just like everybody else, but there’s something about the atmosphere in the local stores that just can’t be replaced.

Aside from that, I’ve got 3 different projects going right now, in various stages of development. There’s no telling which one will be finished first, but my next book will be one of these:

Sewerville Part II: Tales from the Sewer. It’s a collection of short stories, each centered around a primary character in the Sewerville universe. Some are from Sewerville, while other stories will introduce characters who figure prominently in Sewerville: Part III, including the fictional president of the Kentucky State Senate. Right now I’m resisting the urge to release each story one at a time but I guess it’s more than possible that one or two will leak out before the book is completed.

The Long Dark Run is a horror novel,   and was teased in my short story “The Dead on Black River.”  Right now I’m using the tag line “a horror story for the 99%.” I’m not telling you anything else just yet.

Ripsnorter is another horror novel, this one about ancient evils and modern drug abusers. Like Sewerville before it, Ripsnorter started life as a screenplay; a friend calls it “Sewerville with monsters.” I guess there’s something to that. It’s a bleak gut-punch of a story, with parts that I’ve found deeply disturbing even as I wrote them. We’ll see what other folks think. (If I had to pick one, I’d guess this will be the next novel finished. But no promises.)

Anyway, I just wanted to update folks since I hadn’t posted in a while.

Ravens 27, 49ers 17.  Sorry, Kyle.

JAS

Available now: a bonus chapter of Sewerville!

Sewerville: The Lay of the Land,” is now available on Amazon.com, just in time for all of you lucky kids that received a Kindle or tablet computer for Christmas. (I’d imagine that it will also eventually end up published in traditional formats down the road as part of Sewerville Part II: Tales from the Sewer.)Sewerville The Lay of the Land

This short piece sets up the smalltown world of Sewardville, KY in true smalltown fashion, with some funny/sad anecdotes that shed light on how the town came to be known hither and yon as Sewerville. The meaning behind the novel Sewerville‘s title is clear enough I think, given all the seedy sorts of goings-on, but now you have “The Lay of the Land” for a little extra background color. There are some shoutouts to prominent characters like Boone and Walt Slone, and also some mention of “the Mountain;” as some of you may know, The Mountain was the book’s working title, as in Where you from? I’m from the Mountain.

“The Lay of the Land” was actually written as the first chapter of Sewerville, but fell on the chopping block because I wanted to get right on with the story’s oh-so-important family dynamics. Still, I thought there was a little bonus fun to be had for folks who’ve liked the novel, and this was another way of saying “Thanks!” to all of you.

This bonus section is free through January 1. After that it’s only $0.99, but why pay for something later, when you can get it now for nothing?

Merry Christmas! Better late than never.

JAS

P.S.,

As reported elsewhere on the Internets: there was another war on Christmas but it looks like Christmas survived. I guess that means Fox News won themselves a medal.

Sewerville at Barnes & Noble

Just a quick note today — Sewerville: A Southern Gangster Novel is now available at Barnes & Noble! If they don’t have the book on the shelf at your local store, you can always ask them to order it for you.  You can also order it yourself at barnesandnoble.com. It looks like it’s marked down pretty low right now, so take advantage of that if you’re looking for a paperback copy.

Of course, you can also order the paperback or e-book through Amazon.com. Thanks to everyone who has bought it so far, and more thanks to all of you that are helping spread the word.

Aaron

NEW STORY – The Dead on Black River

Here’s my first new  work since the release of Sewerville.  It’s called “The Dead on Black River” and it’s a horror story.  Period.  Straight up. It’s got all the best trimmings: monsters and blood and gore and fire and snow and ice, which hopefully combine for a short but tasty meal as we head into winter this year.

“The Dead on Black River” is actually a tablesetter for my next yet-unnamed novel (I considered calling the book The Longest Run, but that’s probably a little too generic) .  It’ll be out next year. For what it’s worth, Part I is called “The 1%” so draw your own conclusions.  I’m also considering publishing this one in installments but I ain’t ready to commit just yet.

Check it out by clicking on the link to the right.  And as always, if you are so gracious as to read any of my work, please consider leaving a review on Amazon.

Aaron

New story this weekend.

Folks – new story this weekend!  Sunday, to be exact.  I’m mostly telling you this now to box myself into a corner and burn off the loose ends; I can be quite the procrasinator if I don’t commit to a deadline. Arbitrary or not.

It’s called “The Dead on Black River” and it has nothing to do with the Sewerville world.  It’s actually a gateway into the new novel I’m working on, which will probably be finished before the next Sewerville book.  This is an itch I’ve wanted to scratch for a while.

Here’s the soundtrack:

“The Big Parade” – The Lumineers

“Walk Like a Zombie” – Horrorpops

“Let Me In” – R.E.M.

“Time is Running Out” – Muse

“Nearly Lost You” – Screaming Trees

“Welcome to Your Wedding Day” – The Airborne Toxic Event