Astute readers have noticed that I seem to be wrapping everything up. What then, of fan-favorite character and ex-Amish occult detective Levi Stoltzfus? Continue reading
A lot of readers have been asking about my recurring character Levi Stoltzfus lately. New readers want to know how many books he appears in. Old readers want to know what’s next for him. So, I thought I’d take a moment to answer those questions.
The correct reading order for Levi’s adventures are Dark Hollow (which serves as a prequel), Ghost Walk, A Gathering of Crows, and Is There A Demon In You (which contains the novella The Witching Tree).
Levi also appears in the short story “House Call” (currently out-of-print), and an alternate reality version of him guest stars in Clickers vs. Zombies.
On deck are two more novellas, and two more novels. Readers of Is There A Demon In You know that Levi has gotten himself into a bad situation, the ramifications of which will be addressed in those final four books, as will his mysterious past, his relationship with his father, the reason he was ostracized from his community, and the identity of the girl in the cornfield. I don’t have titles for any of these yet, except for the final novel, which will be titled Bad Ground.
WARNING: The following Blog entry has what I think is some good advice for new writers, but it also contains spoilers for The Damned Highway, Darkness On the Edge of Town, A Gathering of Crows, Stephen King’s Under the Dome, and Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street. Personally, if you’re a new writer, I’d like you to brave the spoilers and read on, because (as I said above) I think there’s some good advice here for you. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you in advance about the spoilers.
If you’re new to me (or to Maelstrom) PLEASE read this first. It details Maelstrom’s history and mission statement. I give readers notice a month or two before the books go up for pre-order, so that folks have time to save money ($125). Which brings me to:
This is a test of the Maelstrom Early Warning System… If you wish to pre-order Maelstrom Set III when it goes on sale later this summer, you should set aside the money now… This is only a test. If this had been the actual pre-ordering period, you would have been given a link to click so you could buy the books…
MAELSTROM PUBLICATION HISTORY
Set I (2010)
A Gathering of Crows by Brian Keene
The Rising: Deliverance by Brian Keene (no reprint for 5 years)
Six Days by Kelli Owen
Set II (2011)
A Conspiracy of One by Brian Keene (never to be reprinted)
Alone by Brian Keene
Once Upon A Time In Midnight by John Urbancik
Set III (forthcoming Fall of 2012)
Earthworm Gods II: Deluge by Brian Keene
Sundancing by Brian Keene (never to be reprinted)
Answers of Silence by Geoff Cooper
$50. Signed, limited-edition hardcover.
Contains The Witching Tree — a brand-new Levi Stoltzfus novella which bridges the gap between A Gathering of Crows and the forthcoming Bad Ground. Also comes with a free chapbook (while supplies last) and features additional novellas by Nate Southard, Wrath James White, and Mary SanGiovanni.
Ex-Amish occult detective Levi Stolzfus, the star of Ghost Walk and A Gathering of Crows, returns in a brand-new novella called The Witching Tree! The Witching Tree takes place just a few weeks after the events of A Gathering of Crows. Levi returns home to encounter a case of demonic possession that will rock his faith to its core and challenge everything he believes in and has fought for.
The Witching Tree appears in Is There A Demon In You? – a new 303-page limited edition hardcover anthology from Camelot Books that also features all-new demonic possession novellas by Nate Southard (Mr. Gray), Mary SanGiovanni (Possessing Amy), and Wrath James White (Amber Alert). Cover art by Chad Savage. End papers and interior art by Glenn Chadbourne. Limited to 500 signed and numbered hardcover copies. Price: $50. CLICK HERE TO ORDER. Books begin shipping next week.
An important note: It will be at least two years before The Witching Tree (or any of the other novellas) appear in digital, paperback, or any other format. So if you don’t want to miss this next crucial chapter in Levi’s career, buy your copy now.
Customers who purchase the book directly from Camelot Books will also receive one of four free chapbooks featuring original stories. They are: Fast Zombies Suck by Brian Keene, Baby Teeth by Mary SanGiovanni, The Devil Crashed In by Nate Southard, and Tamara’s Last Exorcism by Wrath James White. The chapbooks are limited to 125 signed and numbered softcover copies. Customers will receive one chapbook per one copy of Is There A Demon In You? Please don’t ask for a particular chapbook as they will be included one after the other as books are shipped, while supplies last. What that means is, when they ship out a book, they’ll include “Fast Zombies Suck”, with the next book, they’ll include “Baby Teeth”, then “The Devil Crashed In” with the next book and “Tamara’s Last Exorcism” with the next, and then start the sequence over. This was the only way to be fair with the allocation of the chapbooks. Don’t bitch about it, as this is a free “thank you” from Camelot Books for your support.
So, to recap: The Witching Tree. New Levi novella. Part of Is There A Demon In You?, which also includes novellas by Nate Southard, Mary SanGiovanni, and Wrath James White. Won’t be reprinted in any other format for at least 2 years. $50. Limited to 500 signed and numbered hardcovers. Ships next week. Buy it from Camelot Books and you’ll get a free chapbook, too, while supplies last. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Kindle editions and old-fashioned paperbacks can be found HERE. Go forth and spend your digital money!
How to summarize the last two weeks? Well, the annual World Horror Convention in Austin, Texas was one of the best conventions I’ve ever attended in my life. I posted my thoughts on it (during an unscheduled stay in Memphis) , and also posted a whole bunch of pics from the four-day event.
Meanwhile, Entombed sold out (as predicted) and is shipping now. The Last Zombie trade paperback arrived in stores (snag one tomorrow during Free Comic Book Day). Take The Long Way Home and A Gathering of Crows were released on Kindle (Nook and Sony editions forthcoming later this month). Issue #11 of Shroud Magazine is also available, and contains the latest installment of my Seminal Screams column.
Filming began in Baton Rouge for Ghoul, and Nolan Gould and Barry Corbin joined the cast! I made a new free book soundtrack to accompany Jack’s Magic Beans. Dorchester Publishing continued to be douche-bags, but that’s okay, because now we are armed with attorneys!
Over at The Keenedom, Livia Llewellyn and William Ollie were the latest authors to get forums. Please take a moment to welcome them. Other topics of interest include: “What F.U.K.U. means to you“, the latest nonsense from Borders’ CEO, and the proper use of Brodart book covers.
Mary’s visiting this weekend, and I’m spending time with my boys for a few days next week before heading to the set of Ghoul, so updates will continue to be sporadic. Go read a book!