Talking About Whispered Echoes

WEI recently had another opportunity to appear on the Diabolique site, this time to discuss Whispered Echoes. As usual, the questions from Sheila M. Merritt were thought-provoking and fun. I hope my answers were, too! You can find the interview here and see for yourself what I had to say about the collection, the wonderful support I received from people like Chet Williamson and Jill Bauman, the challenge of writing short stories, the excitement of being published by Cemetery Dance, and more.

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Better Weird Interview

BetterWeird-cvr-lowres-2I was honored to do an interview this week with Sheila M. Merritt for Diabolique about the new anthology Better Weird: A Tribute to David B. Silva., forthcoming in April as a Cemetery Dance e-book and in print later this year. Doing the interview was a pleasure, because it gave me a chance to talk about the book and our amazing list of contributors: Kealan Patrick Burke, Brian Hodge, Joe R. Lansdale, Robert R. McCammon, Bentley Little, Elizabeth Massie, Brian Keene, J.F. Gonzalez, Steve Rasnic Tem, Billie Sue Mosiman, Kathryn Ptacek, Thomas F. Monteleone, Gary Raisor, Yvonne Navarro, Robert Swartwood, G. Wayne Miller, and yours truly. But most of all, it gave me a chance to talk about my great friend, the late Dave Silva, and everything he meant to the horror genre.
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You can read the interview in its entirety here: Diabolique Interview



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Ultimate Edition released

The brand new “Ultimate Edition” e-book of my first novel, The Night Prophets, was published by Black Death Books on July 16, 2013, and is now available for Kindle, Nook, and other platforms. I’m calling this version my “preferred edition” of the book. It contains a new introduction, a piece called “Taking Communion With the Night Prophets,” which tells how I came to write the book and explains some of the differences between this edition and the original paperback:

It differs substantially from the novel that was ultimately published by New American Library at the tail end of 1989. Just for starters, the title is different. When I wrote the book, the title was three words: The Night Prophets. NAL later decided to drop the article and call it simply Night Prophets. Why? I wish I knew. That riddle always perplexed me, and the answer is a mystery to me even now. At the time the word was dropped, it seemed like a small change, nothing more than a cosmetic touch-up. But it was only the beginning. Much more important, this version of the book is substantially longer, as it restores a great deal of material that was cut for the original paperback publication. Some things are also in a different order, particularly at the beginning and the end of the story. Many of the changes are minor, some a little more significant. For example – and I don’t think I’ll spoil anything if I tell you this – at least two of the characters meet a different end in this version of the tale than they did in the NAL edition.

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… what you’re getting this time around is much more detail, more background, more depth, a deeper inside look at the religious movement at the heart of the novel, and more time spent getting to know all of the characters – the good guys a little bit and the bad guys a lot. Things that seemed to happen with little or no justification in the original may now make more sense. Questions you may have had while reading the original will now be answered. Things that didn’t quite add up will now be explained. Two plus two will equal four, instead of 3.998. In summary, the book you’re holding now is the tale the way I always wanted to tell it.

Publishing the “complete and uncut” version of this tale is something I always wanted to do — something I had dreamed about for many years but never truly believed would happen. I am grateful beyond words to my editor, the incomparable K.H. Koehler, and the entire crew at KHP Publishers, Inc., for making it happen. They have been insightful, kind, supportive, helpful, enthusiastic, and downright fun to work with throughout the entire process of bringing this long-lost novel back to life.

You can buy the “Ultimate Edition” right now by clicking here!

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Night will fall again!

The original 1989 edition of Night Prophets

The original 1989 edition of Night Prophets

I’m very excited to announce that I have joined the family at KHP Publishers, Inc., who will soon be releasing the first-ever e-book edition of Night Prophets. The book was my first published novel, released by New American Library way back in 1989, and has been out-of-print for years. The upcoming KHP edition will be “complete and uncut,” or to put it another way, “the author’s preferred edition,” restoring all of the material that was altered, rearranged, deleted or otherwise edited for the NAL publication. Look for it to arrive on your favorite e-reading device this summer!

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Excited

We’re not quite ready to release all of the details, but I can say that I’m getting very excited about a forthcoming project from Cemetery Dance Publications. I can also tell you that it’s a collection, and that it will contain lots of old stuff and something brand new. To get the full scoop, keep watching this space, join me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

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Please stand by

After many years, it’s now time to give my website a complete and much-needed overhaul. Please stand by. Changes and improvements coming soon!

Thanks for your patience.

Paul

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