Tarnished Kickstarter Successfully Funds!

We did it, folks! (Or rather, you did it!). The Tarnished Kickstarter was a resounding success. Now with the project fully funded and the campaign complete, our team will finish the last 1/3 of the book and get it off to the printer.

The first Gods and Men Cycle Graphic Novel will finally release in a few short months (shooting for Jan/Feb 2020). This has been an amazing journey, and we have all of our wonderful fans to thank for that.


Last 24 hours for Tarnished Kickstarter!

The time has finally come! We are in the last 24 hours. It has been a wild ride, and I want to thank all of you for getting us this far.

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We are currently 73% funded at $3309 with 59 backers. That means we need $1191 today to make this happen.

I know that we can pull this off! Keep sharing the facebook posts. Send the link to friends and family that you think might be willing to help. 

Fingers crossed my next update will be a celebratory one!


A Voice from the Darkness out on Amazon!

A new Gods and Men cycle story is live on Amazon. If you are planning to back the Tarnished Kickstarter, like and share the announcement post on our Facebook page to get this story added to your pledge for free if we get 50 shares and likes.

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The description:

Ever since the Pact was formed between the gods over a thousand years ago, the Gods of Darkness have been allowed one Herald to carry out their bidding on the Mortal Plane. But what happens if the Herald fails his mission and is forsaken by his gods? Who does he turn to then in his time of need?

Defeated and broken, the Herald fights for survival against a superior foe, all the while remembering the events of his human childhood that set him on the path of evil. Will he give in to despair and defeat, or find a way to regain his place as the rightful leader of the Forces of Darkness?

Set twenty years before Wrath of the Fallen, a Voice from the Darkness sheds a sympathetic light on one of the Mortal Plane’s most wicked foes.

Check it out on Amazon now!

Rose City Comic Con

This weekend Patrick will be hosting a booth at Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon. I will be joining him there on Sunday! Patrick will have printed comics of the first half of Tarnished available, as well as a sneak peak of our ongoing horror comic: Discordia.


We will be at booth JJ12. If you live in the area stop by and chat us up!


Tarnished Kickstarter Goes Live!

The time has finally arrived! The Kickstarter campaign for Tarnished, the first original Graphic Novel of the Gods and Men Cycle launched this morning. That means we have 30 days to raise the final $4,500 needed to complete this project, and we can’t do it without your support!

For those who don’t know, Tarnished follows a Paladin named Broderick in the years just before the Prologue of Wrath of the Fallen. Broderick is tasked by the Seraph Jerrok to hunt down Cecilia, a Paladin whom he was initiated with (and was in love with) who has gone rogue. Once Cecilia and her bandits raze an entire village, Broderick will stop at nothing to bring her to justice!

Check out the Kickstarter here and become a backer today.

A Grave On Deacon's Peak Out Now!

We are please to announce that A Grave On Deacon’s Peak by Bryan Babel released today, July 25th! Here is the blurb:

After the disappearance of their father, Bob Bellamy and his sister Daisy move with their mother to an abandoned property in the Northwest Territory. The place has an ominous reputation due to its previous inhabitant, a mysterious man known as the Deacon. After their mother is forced to leave them overnight while she journeys down the mountain for supplies, Bob and Daisy have to fend for themselves against bandits, spirits, and the forest itself. Will the grave on Deacon’s Peak be theirs?

Buy it on Amazon now!

Announcing TIME OF THE PHOENIX MAN by Ricardo L. Garcia

Dark Tidings Press is proud to announce another new title releasing later this year: Time of the Phoenix Man by Ricardo L. Garcia.

Time of the Phoenix Man is a hard science fiction novel set in the near future during a time of political and religious unrest in the United States. From the back cover:

The first unmanned probe orbiting Alpha Centauri A’s Mars twin--a solar sail craft with a lander carrying nanobots intended to build a modest rover and science station using local resources--is officially defunded and cancelled due to an alleged lack of public interest. Then the whole mission is quietly chucked over to the military, and the project goes on steroids. Instead of its humble original tasks, the nanobots in the lander, under new and way more powerful software, are directed to replicate human beings...A young Dr. John Austin Gutierrez was among the small group of Army reservists with scientific and technical degrees whose information was beamed to ACA5 for the nanobots to recreate them from local resources. Some twenty years later he is sitting in a car, listening to his FBI handler and trying to wrap his head around what is going on now--or rather, his ACA self is. The good news is, of course, the Earth won't perish yet. The bad news is, he is the Messiah....


Ricardo L. Garcia (Havana, 1955) broke into print in 1985 as one of the authors in what is considered by many the Golden Age of science fiction in his country of birth, Cuba. His work has appeared in English, Spanish, Galician, Italian, Bulgarian, and Esperanto. A selection of his short stories can be found in  QUANTITATIVE FACTOR (2015)

Time of the Phoenix Man will release mid-2019!


Dark Tidings Press is pleased to announce that they will be publishing A Grave on Deacon’s Peak by author Bryan Babel.

A Grave on Deacon’s Peak is a horror novel targeted at Middle Grade readers that will be enjoyable to readers of all ages. The novel follows a brother and sister who inherit a remote cabin on the American Frontier. What they don’t realize is that the woods hold a secret from the previous owner darker than any wilderness night.

Bryan Babel was born in the Southwest Texas town of Seguin. In 1975, at eleven years old, he read The Hobbit and the road went ever on from there. A Grave on Deacon's Peak began as an actual dream he had two decades ago, and tinkered with on and off. It just wouldn't let him be. He shares his little house with two thousand books or so, an aging cat, and a miraculously refilling jug of sun-brewed tea.

A Grave on Deacon’s Peak will release mid-2019!

New Year, New Projects

Wow, what a crazy year 2018 was at Dark Tidings Press (which you would know if I actually posted updates consistently…more on that below). We did our first convention, several author appearances, and launched A MEMORY OF SOLSTICE.

What didn’t happen was the release of CRIES OF THE FORSAKEN, though that is cooking at the editor right now, and should be out in Feb-March. We also have started welcoming a few more authors into our ranks, though all that is hush until we get more details hammered out. Wrapping up CRIES and reading some new manuscripts has really slowed down the blogging part of this site, which I hope to get a better balance for this year.

Really. I promise.

The best news I currently have to tease you with is the beginning on an ongoing horror comic from Patrick and myself:


I won’t spoil too much at this time, but the general gist is that it is a secondary-world horror series set in a quasi-Europe during the Second World War. More details, including Kickstarter information, will be coming soon. We also have several Webtoon shorts to tie into the main series planned, the first of which is already in production. Once TARNISHED wraps up later this year expect to see a whole lot more of DISCORDIA.

Until next time.


Shirts, Art, and Updates

I've been quiet lately, due to a variety of factors. One of the bigger ones is the looming specter of Wizard World Comic Con coming up next weekend. Dark Tidings Press will have a booth there, selling books and giving away sample comics of Tarnished. The preperation and mental strain of this has taken a small toll on my productivity.

Last month, I also spoke at schools in Umatilla, OR about being a young writer. This trip took a lot out me because it also included the funeral for my grandfather. Losing him hit me really hard, and I'm only just now working through that. My activity and general writing speed will be picking up again following the Con next week. I'll probably have another post or two about the experience, and lots of pictures!

I haven't been completely hibernating, however. The next two chapters of The Northern Campaign should be out shortly, and I got some new artwork made for merchandise. First up is a series of Chibi-inspired artwork of some of the Divine Beasts from the Gods and Men Cycle that were made by the incredibly talented DarkMoon Dancer Designs. These will probably end up on mugs and shirts, maybe stickers too!

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Check out her website here: darkmoondancer.com 

Next up is a design that I had Patrick whip up specifically for a T-Shirt. I love the image so much that I'm sure it'll find its way into a variety of places. It depicts Devin's confrontation with Akklor in the later half of Wrath of the Fallen. Enjoy.

Cover Reveal: Tarnished

The cover for Tarnished is done! Like the rest of the book, pencils were by Patrick Buermeyer. Colors for the cover were done by John Rauch. I gotta say that these two make a pretty solid team, going off of the cover for this and The Northern Campaign.

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Based on our current pace, Tarnished should be done by late 2018 or early 2019. Once it is, you guys are in for one helluva ride.

Site Changes and Wiki Launch

With the upcoming release of A Memory of Solstice, it seemed time to make some adjustments to the website to reflect our growing catalog. Previously, there has been a Gods and Men Cycle tab in the navigation bar. This would take you to a drop-down menu where you could find all of the books, some information about the world, a bestiary, suggested reading order and the timeline.

This all existed because The Gods and Men Cycle is a huge series with lots of interesting information and worldbuilding that I wanted to be able to share on the website. The issue is that Dark Ocean is another series that debuts with A Memory of Solstice, and it needs room to breath too. But adding another drop-down menu to the navigation bar felt cumbersome and unwieldy. It was poor site design. And this doesn't even take into account the several other series that we have planned down the road. Something had to be done.

To clean up the clutter, there is a new drop-down in the navigation bar, which has replaced the Gods and Men one, titled: "Our Worlds". This lists ever series currently published by Dark Tidings Press (if it isn't a series it isn't listed). Now, when clicking on the Gods and Men Cycle tab, for instance, you are taking to a unique landing page that talks a little about the series and includes links to several of the previously mentioned pages.

The background even rotates through the artwork!

The background even rotates through the artwork!

These landing pages are not only a functional way to cut down on the navigation bar clutter, but they are also prettier to look at thanks to the way Squarespace treats them as a microsite with their own design templates. Each series will now get a landing page that will serve as the home base for all of the links and other miscellaneous pages connected to them.

You'll also notice that in this process the Artwork page that previously fell under the Gods and Men tab is now in the main navigation bar. This is because I ran out of link space on the landing page, and I decided that this page should showcase all of the amazing artwork that we get commissioned at Dark Tidings Press, not just for The Gods and Men Cycle. Other changes include changing the blog title to "New & Updates" which is more appropriate and doesn't carry the same promise of regular content that a blog does, and the addition of a submission form under the About tab. That's right, we are open to submissions now!

Playing off of the same theme, I launched the Realms of Creation wiki today as well. This will replace the Bestiary and World pages for The Gods and Men Cycle, as well as contain dozens of other articles and pages covering characters, items, events, and places throughout the saga. While creating the pages for the website, I often struggled to strike the right balance of information on the pages. I didn't want to include spoilers outside of the timeline, but sometimes that left certain entries feeling lifeless. With a wiki, I can include all of the details that I want, on as many topics as I want, and readers can sift through it at their own peril. Keeping all of that separate from the main site will be very helpful overall. As to why its called the Realms of Creation wiki and not the Gods and Men Cycle wiki...well, let's just say that the High God was busy creating other worlds while on hiatus after Lio killed Xyxax. 

Hopefully, these changes lead to a stronger website and a more pleasant experience for all of our fans.


The Blight of Piracy (or, I'm Big Now, I Guess?)

This past week it was brought to my attention that the audiobook for Wrath of the Fallen was uploaded to Youtube. I did a quick search, and sure enough, there it is. And it has been up since 2016! In that amount of time, it has had 377 views. For a 10-hour audiobook that's not a lot, since its safe to guess that none of those 377 finished it in one sitting, so the reality is a lower number of people participating in the piracy.

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Image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Even so, I went through a few stages of disbelief and anger. On the one hand, this is somewhat flattering. I mean, someone bought the audiobook from Audible, listened to it, and thought, "this is good enough that I'm going to take the time to pirate it." However, that also means that they stole from me in some capacity. Who knows how many sales (if any) I missed as a result of this, and ultimately that's not what bothers me about it. It's the principle over the money. Hours went into writing this story. Hours went into recording it. Finn deserves his cut of each sale just as much as I do.

I did a little more digging and found the audiobook up on a file-sharing site as well. Great. More pirates. What do I do now? I've considered ignoring it and looking at it as free publicity. I've considered taking the time to try and get it taken down. I've mostly spent a lot of time pondering how the hell this happened to someone so small.

Ultimately, whatever I do will be the right choice for me and Dark Tidings Press. If you ever have the urge to pirate something, don't be a dick. Especially if it's from a new author/small press. If you legitimately can't afford it, just ask, and we will probably give it to you for free for a review or something. If you can afford it and just don't want to pay for it, you're a dick and don't deserve to read it anyway.

Anyway, that's enough about that. If you did find my work through illicit means, I hope you liked it.

The Northern Campaign Launches on Wattpad

Our new web-serial The Northern Campaign launched on Wattpad a few days ago. For those who don't know, Wattpad is a website where readers can engage with writers and read tons of fiction for free. 

I decided that I needed to start a web-serial for two reasons: 1. It will force me to write something regularly, which will only help my output on my traditional novels, because I will be in the writing "mode" more often. 2. It will serve a great way to get people into the world of the Gods and Men Cycle without asking them to pony up any money. "Hey, you like The Northern Campaign, why don't you check out Wrath of the Fallen or The Nightbreaker?"


Did I mention the cover art is by the same guy illustrating Tarnished? And that the color work was done by the guy who colors Batwoman?

Did I mention the cover art is by the same guy illustrating Tarnished? And that the color work was done by the guy who colors Batwoman?

The Northern Campaign is set in the early years of the Gods and Men universe. For those who have read The Nightbreaker, this should be familiar territory. While Daniel was mucking around at Siltstone tower as "punishment" for his initial failure against Rexin the Blasted, the Northern Campaign had begun in earnest in the Rim of Paradise.

The serial picks up a year or two after the end of The Nightbreaker, with Daniel now cemented into his role as a Hero of the Light. It will follow the adventures of the gang from The Nightbreaker under the command of Daniel, as well as followup more on the secret affair that he is having with Lio, one of the Gods of Light. However, the main characters of The Northern Campaign are the newly formed Ash Company, a group of Paladins led by Daniel's best friend Merek, who was name-dropped in The Nightbreaker. (Merek also has a larger role in things to come, check out the timeline if you want some spoilers...)

Wattpad is designed to have illustrations as well, so each chapter of The Northern Campaign will have an illustration from Patrick Buerymeyer, who is the artist for Tarnished. Expect a new release for this every few weeks or so. I'm trying to get ahead so that chapters come out in regular intervals (they are somewhere between 1st and 2nd draft in quality, so that helps) but as usual, life takes hold and I can't make any promises. The story itself is split into several smaller story arcs, so expect each 3-4 chapters to tell smaller stories that tie into the whole. The first arc, titled "Ash Company" is done, with chapters 2 and 3 coming in the next few days.

Check it out on Wattpad here.

First Colored Pages for Tarnished

I just got back some of the first colored pages for our upcoming graphic novel Tarnished. You'll recognize the imagery as the creation story as pieced together throughout Wrath of the Fallen.

The lettering isn't done yet, so just sit back and enjoy some awesome art!


Announcing A Memory of Solstice by Caleb Chandler

Dark Tidings Press is pleased to announce that we will be publishing A Memory of Solstice by author Caleb Chandler. A Memory of Solstice will be the first volume of the five-part Dark Ocean series following a group of extraordinary individuals who learn of secret abilities whose origin lie in a planet that is connected to Earth in mysterious and dangerous ways.


Caleb Chandler is a junior at Oregon State University from Anchorage, Alaska who is studying Digital Communications and Business. His passion is with the cinematography arts but lately he has been fascinated with writing when he decided to create a story from his childhood. The Dark Ocean: A Memory of Solstice is his first major written work. He does not see himself so much as an author, but an individual with a big imagination who wants to share an adventure with the world. Much of his inspiration comes from staring endlessly into the night sky and hoping an idea comes across his chaotic mind.

Expect A Memory of Solstice to publish in early 2018!

Updates, Delays, and What the Future Holds

Well...So much for posting weekly. Or monthly.

Turns out this whole working dad thing cut into more of my creative time than I had anticipated (which had been a bunch). That being said, I have been working on several projects, though not all of them are getting done as quickly as I had hoped.

First and foremost, THE THINGS THAT WALKED BEFORE, my Lovecraftian novel that is an adaptation of a film script I wrote in College is being tabled for the moment. The cover is done, and adapting my own screenplay feels like I am second drafting rather than first drafting, so the project should be moving on at a good clip. It isn't. Its not the story, I really like it and want to share it with the world. Its the timeline that I planned to have it finished in. THINGS was slated for an October release, and that isn't even close to being a reality. I think its a combination of the looming deadline combined with my desire to finish CRIES OF THE FORSAKEN first that ended up slowing my pace to a crawl. So, for the immediate future I am delaying this one. Its still coming, the story is mostly complete, I'm just adding some connecting prose and refining some details. When it does get done (next year?) prepare to get scared.

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Secondly, CRIES OF THE FORSAKEN is right on schedule. First draft is done, and Im starting my re-read/edit and then on to the second draft. It should be out by December. Milica has the cover order and should be starting on that in a month or so.

Now to the more secretive projects...

The one that will come to fruition first is an original novel by a new author to the Dark Tidings Press team. I can't share too much detail on this yet as we are still in early days for the process. I am excited for this novel to say the least, and it's about time for us to publish more professional liars than just myself.

The second project, which I can talk about in more detail though it wont be out for considerably longer (irony?) is a graphic novel set in the Gods and Men Cycle. Patrick Buermeyer who has been doing some monster art for us (check out the bestiary) is doing the pencils and inks. The book is tentatively titled TARNISHED. It follows the adventures of the Paladin who trained Trent, Devin, and Gil prior to the events of WRATH OF THE FALLEN as he hunts down a rogue Paladin who has started burning villages. The book will most likely be released as a single volume graphic novel in a casewrap hardcover. There is no projected date for release, at this time.

Thats it for now. Stay tuned!

Stray From Your Outline, or, Why I Deleted a Chapter Before I Wrote It

The first draft of Cries of the Forsaken is almost done. And its even closer now that I didn't write the next chapter that I was going to write today. Don't worry, I'm making actual writing progress too, I wrote a chapter just before I didn't write a chapter. Cool?

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See, my writing process follows a very specific process that works for me, but may not work for everyone else. First, I come up with my story concept, which usually happens spontaneously and while I am planning or writing something else. Then, when I decide that it is time to write said story, I start with a somewhat detailed outline. After finishing the outline I write the story, following along the outline as best I can, taking a few minor detours along the way (the point of this post). After the first draft is finished, I put the manuscript away for a few weeks (or in the case of Wrath of the Fallen, a few months) before I come back to it. I do a complete read-through, marking up the draft with a red pen before I dive back in and write the second draft. This is always completely from the ground up, with the printed and marked up copy of the first draft on my desk in front of me. When I'm writing the second draft I change some of my wording, add more detailed descriptions, fix clunky dialogue, etc. After that I do a final edit, and send the manuscript to my editor and beta readers. After that it's ready for you!

Some authors don't outline, they prefer for the story to grow organically. George RR Martin is famous for this gardener (vs. architect) style. Others are strict about outlining. Terry Brooks used to be a big outliner, but recently he has moved away from that to give himself more of a challenge (I can't remember where I saw him say this...). Some authors don't do a second draft either. Mark Lawrence writes a first draft and then makes a few edits and he has a best seller on his desk. I am not that fortunate.

This brings me back around to my experience today. My outlines are somewhat detailed, but not to the minute detail. Mostly, I write a single paragraph per chapter, giving me a roadmap to follow, but I don't plan chapters in advance down to ever story beat. This gives me the freedom to have individual chapters grow organically, while still keeping the story on track. However, this means that sometimes the story takes its own path, and the outline has to change. When this happens, I go back and add the changes in red, preserving the original outline so that I can refer back to it. From time to time the changes in one chapter mean that a later chapter needs even more changes, because now events that may have played out later happened earlier, or an entire plot point has evolved. 

The chapter that I did write today had an ending that felt completely organic based on the characters and the situation. This was not what was in the outline. Originally, the chapter would have ended on a relatively boring note, because we are building toward the climax, but not quite there yet. As I was writing though, several opposing forces felt like they would finally come to a head, and as a result one of the characters would get imprisoned. Then, I realized that the other major character in the scene wouldn't allow such a thing, and a battle ensued. It was great. So I needed to stray from the outline and the story was better for it.

Then I tried to start the next chapter, and I realized that this chapter was from a weaker POV and spoiled a twist that is going to happen in a few chapters. I tried and tried to figure out a way to still use this character to create another chapter here, to give them something "on camera" to do, but I decided that nothing felt natural here. Everything that this character could do in this situation would either be redundant to something that came before, or it would be redundant or spoil what would come later. So, I ignored the outline and cut the whole thing, moving right on to the next one (now affectionately called Chapter 19). Not only will this save readers from slogging through a redundant chapter, but it saves the narrative from slowing down just before the climax.

Thankfully, I realized that this chapter wouldn't work before I spent the time writing it, only to cut it during the editing process. This is why I outline. So that I can make the story the best that it can be before I even put pen to paper.