Category: Update (page 1 of 2)

Members Only

As promised, I’ve removed a handful of digital chapbooks from distribution and made them available only on Brian-Knight.com, and only to members of the Knightmares list. Oh, and they’re free.

The Berserkers 1 and 2, The Beast Inside and Blood Rage are the first two in a series of four or five planned novellas that I will make available only to Knightmares list members (and did I mention, all for free?). Once I’ve completed the series, I will most likely collect them into an omnibus edition like They Call Us Monsters for wider distribution, but the chapbooks are for you guys.


Children of Filth was originally a bonus novella for the original lettered edition of Sex, Death, & Honey. It’s a fun little Cthulhu Mythos story full of little monsters, both human and non-human. The audio version of Children of Filth is available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.

Death is Blind was originally published as Blinding Death in the apocalypse themed collection And Hell Followed With Them, with Brian Keene, Geoff Cooper, and Tim Lebbon. The audio version of Death is Blind is available on Audible, iTunes, and Amazon.


These members only digital chapbooks are available in Kindle, ePub, and PDF right here on Brian-Knight.com, but the files are password protected. If you’re a member of the Knightmares list, you’ll get the password in the email. If you’re not a member but you want the password, just join and your password will be in the welcome email.

Wintertime Blues

Hi friends and stalkers.

Well, fall is here, and winter is coming. As usual, I’m feeling the urge to withdraw entirely from social media, the Knightmares blog/list, and life as it exists outside of my own head. Part of that urge to shrink away from interaction is the increased workload and hours of the day job. I drive a propane truck for a living, and when it gets cold, I get busy. It hasn’t been as bad this year as most, at least so far. The larger part is just plain old wintertime blues. I get them every year, and they make me antisocial as hell.

I can’t let that happen this winter, at least not to the extent that it usually does. I’m trying to treat my writing as a business now, and while I’m still not entirely sure what that means, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t mean ignoring my readers and subscribers until the sun comes back out next spring.

So, here’s what I’m gonna do to keep myself, and hopefully you, engaged.


First, I’m gonna take some of my digital chapbooks off the market and make them available only to members of the Knightmares list. Two of the members only chapbooks are part of a series of stories called The Berserkers, and I will release future installments only to the Knightmares list until the series is complete. Look for those free download links in an upcoming Knightmares.

 

 


Second, I’m going to try to start some conversations with you. I have a few topics in mind already, but you should feel free to recommend your own topics to me. Reply right here on this post or email me at thinkingbar@gmail.com. Seriously, conversations are so much more interesting than monologues. I want to make it worth your trouble to sign up or stay if you already are signed up.

Talk to you again soon.

Brian Knight

Sex, Death, & Other Stuff

Hi friends and stalkers.

Sorry it’s been so long since the last update. It has been a challenging summer. I won’t bore you with it, but I do want to take a minute to thank all of you who donated to the GoFundMe for my mother-in-law and father-in-law. You all helped make it possible for a dedicated and loving husband, my father-in-law Rocky, to travel the long distances required for him to visit his wife, my mother-in-law and one of my oldest friends, Judi, while she recovered from a massive and debilitating stroke.

She’s not back home yet, but she has been transferred much closer to home, and is recovering very rapidly. She’s not back to 100% yet, but is much closer than any of us had a right to expect, and getting better every day.

Now on to some writing and horror related shit!

I have a few more books back in print since our last little visit.


Sex, Death, & Honey, the action/crime novel I brought back to digital life earlier this year is now also available in print and audio, narrated by one of my favorites, Roberto Scarlato.

They Call Us Monsters is now back in digital and print, as well as the previously available audio version.

 

 


 

Two more of my digital chapbooks are now available in audio, also narrated by Roberto Scarlato. If you’re in the mood for a bite size story, then Heart of the Monster and Death is Blind might be what you’re looking for.

 

 


I have great news on some new work that I can’t share quite yet. This will be of special interest to collectors and people who love books for the physical works of art they can sometimes be, as well as for the stories between the covers. Stay tuned!

This next bit is only for subscribers to the Knightmares newsletter, so if you’re reading this on Brian-Knight.com please cover your eyes until we’ve reached the next paragraph.

Okay, now that all the non-subscribers are looking away … I’ve got some free shit for you subscribers! I have ten free audio copies of Sex, Death, & Honey for the first ten people who want one. Just email me at thinkingbar@gmail.com and say that you would like a copy, and I’ll send you the free download code for Audible. I’m also giving away digital copies of anything you want on Brian-Knight.com, except for the Phoenix Girls books. Just reply to this email and tell me which one you’d like (limit one per subscriber per offer).

Okay, all you non-subscribers can open your eyes now. If you did happen to peek (shame on you!) and see that subscribers are getting goodies denied to you, don’t worry, you can remedy that shit. Just subscribe and you’ll be eligible for free goodies next time.

Stay tuned for flash fiction, news, and occasional free stuff!

Brian Knight

Free Short Story / Mother of Kitties

A few months ago, Brian Keene and Dave Thomas were talking about my novel, Hacks, on their weekly podcast, The Horror Show with Brian Keene, because I was bringing it back into print and offering free digital copies to Horror Show listeners. Mostly it was shameless self promotion, but partly it was because many of the book’s main characters are based on real writers I know, one of them Brian Keene.

Dave suggested that someone should put him and co-host Phoebe in a story, then offered up a premise that had a lot of possibility.

“What are you waiting for, Knight? It writes itself!”

I’m pretty sure he was kidding, and pretty sure he was still kidding when he mentioned the idea again a few weeks ago, but I liked the idea, and he called me out by name, so what the hell.

It was supposed to be a flash piece but evolved into a full-grown short story. I’m publishing it with Dave and Phoebe’s permission in my upcoming collection Dangerous Toys, but I wanted you guys to have a chance to read it for free before Dangerous Toys comes out, so I’m posting it here for the next few weeks.

I hope you all dig it!

Brian Knight

*Mother of Kitties has been removed from Brian-Knight.com, but will be available soon in my new collection, Dangerous Toys.*

Everyone Loves A Sample

Hi friends and stalkers!

Those of you who have been paying attention know this digital sampler isn’t a new thing, but when the two complete (and completely free) novellas included in this sampler went to Kindle Unlimited, I had to take it down to avoid violating Amazon’s terms of service, and potentially screwing myself out of a vendor. Both of those novellas are now out of KU and widely available for the low, low cost of 99 cents.

Or, as I’ve already mentioned, you can get them for free right here.

The Fiction of Brian Knight: Stories and Excerpts – A Sampler also includes two short stories, and fairly meaty excerpts from four of my novels, Feral, Broken Angel, Hacks, and Sex, Death, & Honey. The work in this sampler spans my nearly twenty years writing for publication, and is a great way for you, dear stalker, to try before you buy.


The Fiction of Brian Knight: Stories and Excerpts – A Sampler
Fiction: Sampler, Horror
List Price: FREE
Publisher: Tulpa Books (2018)
Download: Kindle, ePub, PDF

Fiction spanning Brian Knight’s nearly two decades publishing horror and crime fiction. Includes excerpts of Feral, Broken Angel, Hacks, and Sex, Death, & Honey. The Fiction of Brian Knight: Stories and Excerpts – A Sampler also includes two complete novellas, Big Trouble in Little Boots and Midnight Blues, and two short stories, Don’t Toy With Me and Night of the Dog.

 


While you’re in a sampling mood, I am encouraging you to sample the fiction of my friend, Khaliela Wright, and her creative writing club, Dystopia.

This is not free, but worth the $9.99 (or $2.99 digital) price of admission, and the profits benefit the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Campus’s Creative Writing Club. Discover new talent as it develops, and help support the creators who will bring the horror genre into the future.

If you’re local to the Lewiston/Clarkston Valley, you can find Dystopia, and signed copies of my work, at And BOOKS, Too! in Clarkston, Washington.

Dystopia
Fiction: Anthology, Horror
Print List Price: $9.99
Digital List Price: $2.99
Publisher: Spokane Falls Community College (2018)
Purchase: Amazon

Dystopia is a collection of short stories and poetry written, edited, and compiled by students at Spokane Falls Community College, Pullman Center. The 2017-2018 Bigfoot Review is the Creative Writing Club’s revival anthology. The club’s advisor, and short story author, Khaliela Wright, welcomes you into the diverse and vibrant fiction and poetry created by the 10 writers presenting their work in the anthology. Enter their worlds. Linger over their stories. Let their prose delight, unsettle, and entertain.


That’s all for now, but there will be more news, and new releases, soon!

Brian Knight

Fear and Dread in the Pacific Northwest

Hello, friends and stalkers!

I don’t do many events. It’s been about two years since I’ve done a signing, and six years since I’ve been to a convention (WHC 2012 in Salt Lake City). Partly it’s the high price of traveling to conventions, which I love attending, but have never paid off in a substantial way for my career. Mostly it’s because I was semi-retired from writing for the past five of those years, working only to fulfill a contract for my fantasy trilogy, The Phoenix Girls, and to write a few short stories I absolutely could not ignore. I did try for a novel following the final Phoenix Girls book, but I’d lost my motivation, my ability to sit and focus for hours at a time, and the idea spoiled.

Last summer I began again, preparing reissues of some of my old work under my own publishing imprint, Tulpa Books, and writing a few original short stories. Mostly a lot of editing and rewriting old stuff.

Now that most of my backlist is in print again, I’m working on a new novel, an extreme horror novel currently titled The Girl’s Got Guts (this will almost certainly change, but I have to call it something). I have decided to shoot for a traditional publishing deal for this novel instead immediately releasing it under my imprint. Sorry for this digression from the main topic, but you never know when someone from Deadite Press might read a post and take an interest.

Now that I’m getting back into it, I’ve scheduled my first event to launch, though somewhat belatedly, the new Tulpa paperback editions of Dragonfly, Feral, Broken Angel, and Hacks. This will be of limited interest to anyone not in easy driving distance of Clarkston, Washington, but is still post-worthy, IMO, because even if you can’t make it to the signing, you can still … you know … buy the books. I’ll even sign and inscribe them for you if you send them to me. If you are close to me but can’t make it to next Saturday’s (June 16, 2008) signing, don’t worry, there will be other signings now that I’m out of semi-retirement.

Now if I could just get someone to make me a guest of some upcoming horror convention so I could justify the trip. Man, I miss attending conventions and mingling with the other freaks and geeks.

For now, I give you Fear & Dread In the Pacific Northwest, brought to you by The Fiction of Brian Knight and …and BOOKS, too! in Clarkston, Washington. This is a multi-author signing featuring four authors from Washington and Idaho: T.J. Tranchell, Al Halsey, Khaliela Wright, and little ol’ me.

Come by if you can! I look forward to seeing you.

Brian Knight

I See Who Opens Me!

So, you all tired of seeing Privacy Policy updates yet?

For those of you who aren’t aware, Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) went into effect yesterday (May 25, 2018). While I’m not writing this from Europe, I have no idea who might be reading this from Europe. I think it’s always best to comply with the strictest regulations to keep yourself safe. If you’re curious about the new GDPR, I found a very informative article about it on https://www.popsci.com/gdpr-privacy-policy-update-notices Popular Science.

As a regular internet user, you probably should be concerned about your privacy. The Facebook / Cambridge Analytica debacle is only the latest example of data mining. By now we all know you can’t go online without leaving a trail of data behind like breadcrumbs, but some sites and companies are worse than others when it comes to information hoarding … or selling.

So, here’s the short version of the Brian-Knight.com Privacy Policy:

The only personal information I save are the email addresses and names of my Knightmares subscribers, and I only use that information for the purpose they were given to me. I do not share, sell, or make available in any other way, the names or email addresses of my Knightmares subscribers.

For the long version, just keep reading. You can also find the Brian-Knight.com Privacy Policy under Contact on the main menu.

PS. Bonus points to anyone who got the Dark Tower reference in the title of this post. The line seemed somehow perfect. A little creepy, a little topical, and the tiniest of nods to everyone’s favorite Uncle Stevie.


 

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To Free, or Not to Free?

Much of my research into digital book promotion suggested that freebies are a great way to get new readers to take a chance on your work, inspire good will with a potential long term readership, and create buzz for your work as a whole and you as an author.  It’s also very easy to do with digital work, simple as giving away ones and zeros.

Is it effective?  I’ve given away over 1,500 digital copies this year between Amazon and my website, and I’ve yet to see it pay off for me … at least in the short term.

The opposing theory about freebies is that they devalue your work and foster a sense entitlement in your readership.  I think this is true to a point.  I know some readers who never pay for books because they never have to.  There are so many free books available (not even counting piracy sites) that they could read non-stop for the rest of their lives and never run out of free books.  I also know readers who will go on to buy your other work after reading and liking something of yours they got for free.

I will continue to offer freebies for a while, at least until all of my digital chaps are out of Kindle Unlimited.  After that I’m going to reevaluate the practice.  The free flash fiction on Knightmares is another thing.  I happen to enjoy doing them and don’t mind giving those away, so they will continue indefinitely.

That said, my digital Humor/Crime chapbook Big Trouble in Little Boots is free on Amazon from May 17th (today) until May 21st.  Get it while the gettin’s free!

May Day! May Day!

Hello friends and stalkers!

No, I am not sending out an international radio distress signal, just letting you know that May 1st is going to be kind of a big day for me. Not only are the digital editions of Hacks and Sex, Death, & Honey going to be available for download this coming May Day, my first Tulpa Books paperback will be available too.

Feral was first released in December of 2003 as a library bound hardcover from Gail/Five Star Books in their Speculative Fiction line. I retained the paperback rights thinking I could sell it to Leisure Books. Well, that’s what I get for thinking. It went out of print a year or two later, though you can still find copies of the old hardcover for sale online.

It came back in 2011 as a digital book from Crossroads Press, and after a brief stint in the phantom zone, returned to digital as one of my first Tulpa Books releases.

Now, for the first time ever, Feral is available in paperback! The Tulpa Books paperback edition of Feral is available for preorder now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can also get a copy via your favorite brick and mortar bookstore. They can order it from Ingram with the standard retail discount.

Of course, Feral is only the first Tulpa Paperback. My collection Dragonfly is coming soon, as well as my novels Broken Angel, Hacks, and Sex, Death, & Honey.

And that is only the beginning. I have more backlist still waiting to to return, and new stuff in the works. I look forward to sharing it all with you.

Brian Knight

The First Quarter

The first quarter of Tulpa’s first year in business is over. I am not raking in the dough, burning up the charts, making a killing, or even a strong showing. What I have done is get ten chapbooks, four novels, and one collection back into print, digitally speaking. I am now working on getting the novels and collection back into actual print.

I told myself at the beginning to manage my expectations, and for the most part I have. I’d like to see more pages read on my Kindle Unlimited titles (the digital chapbooks), or more sales for the other titles, but I’m still learning the business. I still need to learn how to write better book descriptions and perfect my keywords and categories. I might even have to replace a cover or two, even though I happen to love the ones I have. I need to fine-tune my meta-data, and probably a dozen other things I don’t even know yet. Advice from other literary do-it-yourselfers is welcome.

My plan for this next quarter is to turn Tulpa’s four digital novels and one digital collection into paperbacks, fine-tune the meta-data, and learn how successful indie authors sell a lot of books. One of these days I have to be able to justify my Tulpa Books expenses to my better half.

So, a few things I’m changing here at Brian-Knight.com …

The Free Stuff page is going away April 13th. The five free digital chapbooks are going to Amazon. The main purpose of the Free Stuff page was to attract readers to my Knightmares newsletter, and to reward them with free stuff. I pimped the hell out of the Free Stuff page, but it wasn’t much of a draw, and the download numbers did not inspire me to leave it up.

Knightmares subscribers will continue to get free fiction in the form of flash fiction or very short shorts included in the newsletter emails. I will also continue to offer free digital copies to interested readers in exchange for honest reviews.

I have two new novels going on sale May 1st at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play, etc. Both are reissues of old novels, one my personal favorite.

You can preorder them now through my Digital page.

Before I go I want to thank Lisa Lee Tone and H Casper for everything they’ve done for me over the past several months. I could not have done this without them.

I look forward to the Second Quarter. I hope you’ll be a part of it.

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