Kickstarter Update: Make your own characters! Only 36 hours to go.

There are only 36 hours left before the MHI Employee Handbook and RPG Kickstarter is over, so we have just added more sweet perks, including cheaper additional books and  adding another supplement made up of characters and monsters created by YOU.

164% funded, $73,971, 36 hours left.

The PDF of additional characters will be free for everybody who pledged $25 or more. For the folks who pledged more than $500, they get to put a character concept into the book as an extra perk, and anybody else who wants to will just need to up their pledge. Here is the annoucement:

As you may recall, we’re already going to produce a PDF of 13 monsters and Non-Player Characters inspired by Larry and written by Steve, called The Devil’s Dozen. Now we’ve got another PDF of monsters, villains, and NPCs in mind — and you can help us create it!

For an additional $100 added to any pledge, you can help Larry and Steve create a character for the MHI RPG! It could be a monster, a villain, a member of MHI or the MCB, some other sort of NPC, or just about anything else that would fit into the MHI Universe. You tell Larry and Steve what sort of character you have in mind, Larry will review and approve the idea to make sure it works with the MHI setting, and then Steve will write up the character. You’ll get to review the character and make suggestions. However, all the final decisions (such as the character’s name, abilities, and place/role within the MHI setting) are up to Larry and Steve — but of course you’ll get credit for inspiring the character in the PDF!
All backers at the $500 and higher reward tiers automatically get to take advantage of this reward as part of their existing pledges.

All backers at the $25 and higher reward tiers will receive a copy of this bonus PDF for free as part of their existing pledges!

PLUS THERE IS MORE! (when will the madness stop? In 36 hours, that’s when)

First, we have decided to implement the stretch goal we announced for $75,000 — reducing the cost of extra books — as of right now! Here’s how that works. The first copy of the MHIEHRPG that you pledge for still costs the full $60 cover price (and of course, some higher tiers get signed and/or numbered books for a larger pledge). Up until today each additional copy was also $60, but as of now each additional (unsigned, un-numbered) copy will only cost you $50!

If you’ve already pledged $60 apiece for one or more extras, you can now reduce your pledge accordingly. (Make sure you’ve still got the correct reward selected after you change your pledge.) When we send out the post-project surveys you’ll be able to tell us how many additional books you pledged for.
If the first book you pledged for is at the $80 reward tier, your second and later books at $50 each will also be signed.
If the first book you pledged for is at the $140 or higher reward tier, your additional books will be signed, and you’ll get a remaining numbered book while supplies last (from whatever numbers are left after everyone’s first numbered book is accounted for). If supplies run out, you’ll get a signed but un-numbered book.
Each individual book pledged for will include a PDF of the book, as usual.
Second, if we reach $75,000, we will add a fifth adventure to the adventures PDF! In fact, for each full $5,000 the project brings in beyond that, we’ll add another adventure (so the sixth at $80,000, the seventh at $85,000, and so on). In short, the better we do, the more adventures you get!
So we are getting pretty crazy up in here with lots of cool extras. We’ve got patches, dice, PDFs of extra adventures, two PDFs of extra characters, and I’ve been going over some of the artists we’re looking at so the artwork is going to be amazing. Time is almost up. Please tell your friends.
What better way to celebrate Halloween? Why, telling all of your friends about the MHI RPG Kickstarter, of course? Is there anything possibly more awesome? Well, dressing as Destro and the Baroness for Halloween is a little more awesome, but not by much.
I had to shave my head and paint myself silver. All my wife had to do was buy a new coat. So this was pretty easy to talk her into doing. (and because Destro was Scottish, I got to break out my British L1A1).

MHL nominated for best horror on Good Reads

Check it out.   Anybody that is registered on Good Reads can vote. I’m up against some pretty awesome competitors on there too, like Jonathan Mayberry, Scott Sigler, Mira Grant, Joe Freaking Lansdale!, and Dean Koontz.

This is for the best of 2012, so go forth and vote!  And yes, I’m a fan of those listed. Lansdale is brilliant, though I haven’t read this one. Mayberry is a great writer and most of my fans would probably really like his Joe Ledger books.

Kickstarter Update: Only 60 hours to go

The MHI Employee Handbook and RPG has entered the home stretch.

156% funded, $70,366, 60 hours remaining.

We just broke our $70K strech goal, so we will now be including an additional PDF of MHI adventures. All of the upper tier pledges have been claimed and there is only one of the $250 level left.

If you’ve been procrastinating jumping in, now is the time. We’ve already reached a bunch of stretch goals. The upper tier folks get all of this stuff added on automatically, but these others can be added to your order. We’ve got MHI dice, we’ve got the infamous Luska patch. Everybody gets an additional PDF of 13 bad guys and monsters and an additional PDF of 4 MHI adventures.

Our next goal is at $75k, and that one will lower the cost of any additional books you want to put on your order. And we’ve got more stuff planned after that.

So we’re down to the very end and you guys have made this project a huge success. Please tell your friends and spread the word. Thanks.

BOOK BOMB today! Space Eldritch!

Okay everybody it is that time again. Today we are going to Book Bomb the anthology of science fiction horror, SPACE ELDRITCH.  Here is the Amazon link.

Okay, this is how a Book Bomb works. The goal is to get as many people to buy it in the same day on Amazon, and that will make the ratings go up higher and higher. The higher it gets, the better it will do, the more people see it, the better it sells.

Space Eldritch is already off to a great start:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

My goal today is to get this baby as high up as we can. There is no reason we can’t get to number one in some of these subcategories. And Space Eldritch deserves it because the stories are awesome. I thought it was such a nifty idea that I wrote the foreward.

I put up an excerpt from Howard Tayler’s awesome Flight of the Runewright the other day. If you want to read excerpts from all of the stories, you can go here:

I know most of these guys. They are friends of mine, and they are great writers. Brad Torgersen is in my game group, and was Hugo/Campbell/Nebula nominated this year. He and Bob Defendi were both Writers of the Future finalists. Nathan Shumate has forgotten more about Lovecraftian horror than most folks will ever know. David J. West and Michael Collings are both extremely solid writers. And Dave Butler is taller than me and has possibly the finest mustache since Tom Selleck. Howard Tayler wears large boots! You really can’t go wrong.

Please tell your friends, MyTweetFacePage, you blog, your coworkers, whatever. Why do these guys deserve a book bomb? Because every one of them is a darn good writer, the stories in here are awesome across the board, and many of them are friends of mine, who I want to see have great success, get legions of fans, and go on to write lots more cool stuff. 🙂

So buy Space Eldritch today! If we make that number go up through out the day I will post more fun (absolutely true) facts about the authors of Space Eldritch.

EDIT #1:  There will be a print version, but it will not be available for a few more weeks.

EDIT #2:

on Best Sellers Rank: #1,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

SPACE ELDRITCH FUN FACT! While mighty Cthulu lays dead but dreaming in sunken R’yleh, the thing he dreams about is Dave Butler’s mustache.

EDIT #3:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

SPACE ELDRITCH FUN FACT! Howard Tayler was once sued for copyright infringement by a shoggoth over his unauthorized use of eyeball trees.

 EDIT #4:  Woot! Big gains over lunch time!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

SPACE ELDRITCH FUN FACT!  Michael Collings once told The Black Goat of the Woods with its Thousand Young to STAY OFF HIS LAWN. And it did…

EDIT 5: Now in the top 10 in horror. Taking a shot at the title and going after Ender’s Game in Space Opera.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

SPACE ELDRITCH FUN FACT: If the Elder Things posted pictures of themselves in skimpy bikinis, Brad Torgersen would Like them on Facebook.

EDIT 6: #2 in Space Opera, which means we’re only being beaten by Ender Wiggins.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

SPACE ELDRITCH FUN FACT: Despite his gills, shrine to Dagon, and abnormal fascination with fishsticks, Bob Defendi swears he was not born in Innsmouth.

A independant bookstore in need of help

From My Shelf bookstore is a small indy shop in Pennsylvania. They’ve been fans of mine since I originally started. They are the only bookstore in their area, and they are in danger of getting shut down so the landlord can make room for some other stuff. They are asking for help.

We have been served an eviction notice by our landlord. Although we are not exactly sure yet how we will handle this, it would be extremely helpful to us — personally, and to the bookstore, and our community — if you would write a short note telling our landlord, David Zavetsky, how much the bookstore means to you, your family, your kids, the school, our community, etc. We need to show him how much we’ve been doing here, and what a mistake he’s making. By the way, he has NOT given an eviction notice to Pop’s Culture.

Here is David’s address: David Zavetsky, c/o LYDA Properties, LLC PO Box 246, Wellsboro, PA 16901

Thank you, and bless you for all the support you’ve given us.