Seven More Deadly Words and Contest Winners!

Well I’m just about ready to close the door on pushing The Corridors of the Dead for awhile, at least on this site. Expect lots of publicity still to come, but I definitely need a break for a bit. And what better way to take a break than to finally announce the winners of last week’s giveaway? Let’s see who won, from back to front!


  1. Third Place – signed copy of The Corridors of the Dead – Marie Loughin, nrlymrtl, and GStarkeyBooks!
  2. Second Place – $20 Amazon Gift Card – J.C. Martin and RedMojoMama!
  3. First Place – $50 Amazon Gift Card – Shannon Mayer!
Thanks everybody for all the help and love! I will be in touch with the winners shortly.
Now, then. A few weeks back I talked about how, in the course of editing The Corridors of the Dead, I had come across enough words to fill a second list of seven deadly words and phrases (the first part of which can be found here). The concept, of course, was to offer a list of words that can be found in a simple find-and-replace mission in Word. Continue reading

No Myth: The Mythology of The Corridors of the Dead Part 2

Picking up on from yesterday’s post, let’s finish the discussion of the mythology behind this book.

I want to clarify again that I don’t actually believe that a magician or magick allow a person to enter other worlds or dimensions, or anything like that. I think that the magician is simply tapping into some level of collective unconscious, or their own psyche. Just wanted to put that out there.

So, why would someone choose to be a magician and move in slow, plodding movements through the Aethyr when they could be a tunneler and just rip through them all at more or less their own speed? This made me realize that a tunneler had to be something extraordinarily special. A once-in-a-millenium fluke. Perhaps even rarer – perhaps there has only ever been one tunneler who has existed in different times due to the bending of space and time within the Aethyrs. This was the germ of the entire series, not just the first book. Matty, of course, would be that tunneler.

In the Bible, Noah‘s Flood ultimately wiped out the Watchers and the Nephilim. I like the idea; there’s something primal about the great deluge myths. I’ve always been fascinated with crazy theories about a high civiliation that existed before the flood, even if it left no evidence. No evidence – that was the next issue. Obviously this flood couldn’t just be water that wiped everything out. There had to be a reason that they left no evidence. So I came up with my concept of The Flood in Corridors, more of a scourging, or a cleansing by fire by the angels of the Watchtowers, with the intention of completely wiping out any trace of the Watchers’ twisted civilization. Obviously, there were human survivors, and Noah does play into the story, just not until the third book. Continue reading

Maintain the Myth: The Mythology of The Corridors of the Dead Part 1

I’ve talked about the mythology behind The Corridors of the Dead in a few offsite interviews, but I’ve never given the whole story behind the mythology. Buckle in, kids, it’s a long and twisted road to pull all of these influences together.

The story begins back in 1992…or maybe 1993. I’m a little fuzzy on the exact date, but I surely couldn’t have been older than 16. I was an impressionable kid who still hadn’t quite figured out his identity (I think that’s normal for that age). I started talking more to a certain neighbor, who will remain unnamed for his sake. He once told me that he saw something of himself in me, so he took me under his wing, teaching me different ways to think about the world. Through him I learned more about the Socratic Method, Existentialism, Descartes, and comparative religion. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that he had a guiding hand in my development during that time. I know that I wouldn’t be pursuing these ideas in my fiction without his influence. After a time of knowing him, about a year, he revealed to me that he practiced magick. Continue reading

Getting to Know You: The Characters of The Corridors of the Dead, Part 1

Before I get started, just a reminder that today is the first day of our Four Bloggers, Four Books, Two Days promotion. I’ve contributed The Kayson Cycle, and all proceeds from sales of my short story will go to Doctors Without Borders. From yesterday’s post:

Here’s how it works: on November 28 and/or 29, purchase 1 or all 4 of the debut author’s books listed here. Then forward each of your purchase receipts that Amazon emails you, to : and get up to 4 entries into a draw for a $80 Amazon gift card.  That way we have your name and email to let you know when you win!

On top of that, two random commenters picked from two of our participating blogs will receive $5 gift Amazon gift cards . So leave a comment and let us know what you think of the promo, our authors, our works, even just say hi, we’re not too proud to beg. You’d be helping us out and you’d be helping out your favorite blogger, as the blogger with the most comments also wins a prize. 

Now, on with today’s show: introducing you, the reader, to the characters of The Corridors of the Dead. Of course, this isn’t a comprehensive listing; I’m not going to talk about Guard #2, but I think it’s a good idea to get these out there as part of my release week specials. I view these as the equivalent of bonus features on a DVD or Blu-Ray, offering not only information to inform your purchase, but something to deepen your understanding of the story once it’s finished. These will eventually sit up top as part of the Corridors official page. So come with me and learn more about these characters after the jump. Continue reading