The Dead Man

10 Days of Halloween Specials – Day Three: Eater of Souls (A Dead Man Novella)

It’s day three of my 10 Days of Halloween Specials and this time I’ve got a real treat for you – the worldwide release of Eater of Souls, the first Dead Man story in the new Kindle Worlds program for just $1.99!

Around this time last year Lee Goldberg and Bill Rabkin graciously asked me to write a novella for their new series, The Dead Man.  I had an overfull plate – four books to write for three other publishers – and was never able to finish the project in a way that the three of us were happy with.  When my schedule cleared up this past summer I was finally able to do that.  It was right around the same time that Lee announced that The Dead Man would be joining the Kindle Worlds program, so I jumped at the chance to get the project out to the reading public.

What better Halloween special can there be but a story about a man who comes back from the dead to find himself in a battle between good and evil?

The Dead Man: Eater of Souls

THE DEAD MAN: EATER OF SOULS (A Kindle Worlds Novella)

Matt Cahill was an ordinary man leading a simple life until a shocking accident changed everything. Now he can see a nightmarish netherworld that exists within our own. Now he’s on a dangerous quest for the answers to who he is and what he has become…and engaged in an epic battle to save us, and his soul, from the clutches of pure evil.

Matt receives a cryptic warning of an impending school shooting from a fellow subway passenger just seconds before the man steps in front of a speeding train. The incident has Mr. Dark’s hallmarks all over it. Can Matt find the shooter in time to stop a horrific massacre?

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Huge news about The Dead Man series – don’t miss it!

For weeks now Lee Goldberg and Bill Rabkin have been working behind the scenes on a super-secret deal involving The Dead Man series (of which I will be writing an installment or two) and I’ve finally been given permission to share the news.  Since this was Lee’s baby from the very start, I’ll let him do the talking…

Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint has picked up THE DEAD MANseries in a unique and exclusive 12-book digital  print deal … with an option for more. But that’s not all. Brilliance Audio will be also be rolling out their own editions of the books.

The five books that we’ve already published — FACE OF EVIL, RING OF KNIVES, HELL IN HEAVEN, THE DEAD WOMAN, and THE BLOOD MESA — will be re-released in the days leading up to Halloween … so keep your eyes peeled for great offers.

The sixth book in the series will be released in November and will be followed each month by another new adventure in the continuing saga of Matt Cahill, a man resurrected from the dead to battle evil among us that only he can see.

Amazon will also be releasing three-book compilations of THE DEAD MAN series in trade paperback  (as well as in specially priced digital editions). The release dates of the first compilation, and the Brilliance Audio editions, have not been determined yet … but we’re hoping they’ll be ready for Christmas.

Bill Rabkin and I will continue to run the series, which we’re writing with a terrific group of action, horror, mystery, SF and western authors, like James Daniels, David McAfee, James Reasoner, Harry Shannon, Joel Goldman, Mel Odom, Jude Hardin, Lisa Klink, Mark Ellis, Matthew Mayo, Joe Nassise, Bill Crider, Marcus Pelegrimas, Matt Witten, Burl Barer, and Phoef Sutton.

And we couldn’t have hoped for a better partner than Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer. I just returned from meeting with the Thomas & Mercer team (including editors Terry Goodman and Andy Bartlett) in Seattle and was blown away by their creativity, enthusiasm, and eagerness to see THE DEAD MAN reach its full potential. They get exactly what Bill and I are trying to do with this series.

And what is that, you ask? We want to capture the spirit of the “men’s action adventure” paperbacks of the 70s and 80s – short, tightly-written books full of hard-boiled heroes, outrageously sexy women, wild adventure, and gleefully over-the-top plots – and reboot the genre for a new generation that maximizes the potential of the Kindle.

With Thomas & Mercer behind us, I don’t see how we can fail.

I couldn’t agree with Lee more! I’m extremely excited to be a part of this project and urge you to go out and grab the first book in the series, The Dead Man:Face of Evil if you haven’t already done so!