Bones Are Made to be Broken is up for pre-order

So go buy it already.  What are you waiting for?

Today, it was officially announced, via newsletter and social media blasts that a lot of people seem to be “like”-ing, that my first book, Bones Are Made to be Broken is up for pre-order over at Dark Regions Press’s current campaign for the anthologies Return of the Old Ones: Apocalyptic Lovecraftian Fiction, The Children of Gla’aki: A Tribute to Ramsey Campbell’s Great Old One, and You, Human.  The paperback will be released, officially, on October 18, 2016, the day before my wife’s birthday (and picked because of that, actually).

I’m just going to simplify the whole thing: Go here to pick up the paperback/eBook (it’s set at $22.00) and here to pick up the deluxe, slipcased hardcover (it’s set at $150.00).  You have options, then; once you make your…donation? contribution? sacrifice to the ink-blood demon?..you select the book you want–in this case, Bones Are Made to be Broken.  Go now.  I’ll wait.

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Oh, so now you’re waiting yourself, are you?  Perhaps wondering what’s in the book?  Weighing whether it’s worth some of that hard-earned cash of yours?

Okay, then.

Well, first, the book collects 14 pieces from the past 5 years (15 pieces in the hardcover–I’ll explain).  2 of the pieces are original to the collection, including the title story, a 38,000 novella I wrote specifically for the book.  The other piece was supposed to be published–in 2012, I think–but the project fell through after the story was sold.  All stories are illustrated by Pat R. Steiner, who also designed the glorious masthead for my website (for which I’m eternally grateful), not to mention the cover(s).

Oh, and Damien Angelica Walters, writer of hands-down my favorite novel of the year (Paper Tigers) is writing the foreword.  So, y’know, that’s a thing that’s happening.

As for the meat of the book, with two different editions come two different versions–not just with material but also the cover.  When it comes to the paperback, you’ll be getting this:

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  1. Foreword – Damien Angelica Walters
  2. Introduction – Where You Find Yourself When You’re Nowhere
  3. “Crawling Back to You”
  4. “Survivor’s Debt”
  5. “Baby Grows a Conscience”
  6. “A Nice Town with Very Clean Streets”
  7. “The Doorway Man”
  8. “Love Song for the Rejected”
  9. “The Universe Is Dying”
  10. “Surviving the River Styx”
  11. “The Agonizing Guilt of Relief (Last Days of a Ready-Made Victim)”
  12. “Reflecting the Heart’s Desire” **
  13. “To Touch the Dead”
  14. “In the Nothing-Space, I Am What You Made Me”
  15. “Bones Are Made to be Broken” **
  16. “All That You Leave Behind”
  17. Acknowledgements

** – never-before-released

The book, in paperback/eBook, is a mighty tome, but the hardcover’s got more weight to it.  When editor Michael Bailey and I were discussing the book, I wanted to make sure any limited edition had as much bang for the buck as possible.  Yes, Dark Regions produces some wonderful hardcover editions, truly beautiful, but what’s between those oh-so-sexy covers has to match up, right?

So, in the end, all the illustrations will be rendered in glorious color, and we added roughly an additional 19,000 words of bonus material for your eyeballs to go with all that color.  Also, a cover you might be familiar with if you follow me, or Michael Bailey, or Pat R. Steiner (designer extraordinaire), or Written Backwards on social media:

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  1. Foreword – Damien Angelica Walters
  2. Introduction – Where You Find Yourself When You’re Nowhere
  3. “Crawling Back to You”
    1. Notes
  4. “Survivor’s Debt”
    1. Notes
  5. “Baby Grows a Conscience”
    1. Notes
  6. “A Nice Town with Very Clean Streets”
    1. Notes
  7. “The Doorway Man”
    1. Notes
  8. “Love Song for the Rejected”
    1. Notes
  9. “The Universe Is Dying”
    1. Notes
  10. “Grownups”
    1. Notes
  11. “Surviving the River Styx”
    1. Notes
  12. “The Agonizing Guilt of Relief (Last Days of a Ready-Made Victim)”
    1. Notes
  13. “Reflecting the Heart’s Desire” **
    1. Notes
  14. “To Touch the Dead”
    1. Notes
  15. “In the Nothing-Space, I Am What You Made Me”
    1. Notes
  16. “Bones Are Made to be Broken” **
    1. Notes
  17. “All That You Leave Behind”
    1. Notes
  18. Acknowledgements

** – never-before-released

Like I said, a little meatier.

I have to say a few words about two things before I get to the ego-stroking of awesome people saying nice things about me: first about Pat R. Steiner and, second, about Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing.

First, Pat fucking outdid himself on these illustrations.  Some have trickled out onto the interwebs, like this one:

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“The Universe Is Dying” (Pat R. Steiner) – also, you have to see this thing in goddamn color.

However, I cannot wait until the others see the light of day. Right now, my favorites are the illustrations for “Survivor’s Debt” and “Baby Grows a Conscience.”  Sweet goddamn Jee-zus, they’re good.  However, my favorites switch roughly weekly at this point.

On Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing – The last story in the collection is “All That You Leave Behind”, which was just published in the anthology Lost Signals, edited by Max Booth III and Lori Michelle.  And I mean, just.  My initial story-lists didn’t include the story because it was so new and, as anyone in the business knows, typically there’s a bit of a wait a writer’s gotta do between original publication and reprint.  However, I fucking loved the story, Michael fucking loved the story, and I thought it would’ve been the perfect capstone to my collection (especially coming after the title-novella; just wait, you’ll see).

So, I talked to Max and, thank Christ, he was on-board and cool.  “Actually,” he told me, “I was hoping you’d put it in your book.”

It’s easy to vilify small press–there are enough charlatans out there to populate a mid-sized European country–but when there’s a good one doing good work, you need to recognize.  PMMP does great work.

(I glorify PMMP and another press, Grey Matter Press, in the book’s acknowledgements, but–y’know, spread the good word and all that.  Also, go pick up Lost Signals.)

Finally, blurbs are starting to trickle in; two of which that are publicly available right now–because Dark Regions published them–come from two Bram Stoker Award winners:

“Anderson’s style is tensely exciting. This collection is a treasure for any horror or dark SF fan’s library.” – Marge Simon

“Paul Michael Anderson writes like no other writer in dark fiction. Simply, he writes a Paul Michael Anderson story—the highest compliment any serious writer can hope to achieve.” – Gene O’Neill

There are others, and goddamn are they nice, but that’ll do for now.  Also, it’s two a.m. and I’m tired.

So, I’ll close with a final shout-out to Justin Courtney Pierre, lead singer of the band Motion City Soundtrack.  He did a song by himself recently, “Everything That Hurts,” and I fell in love with it.  As I was rewriting “Bones”, I put the chorus at the top of page 1 as an epigraph, to get to the heart of what I was trying to write in the story itself.  When the book began to inch towards publication, I went, “What the hell” and asked Justin if I could use the chorus.  And he said, “Yes.”

Check out the song below and, if you like it, go to his linked page and pick it up.  It’ll cost you the princely sum of $1, but it’s worth way more.

(Also, thanks, Justin.)

Now, go pre-order Bones Are Made to be Broken.

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