Zombies Versus Comicon FREE extended through Tuesday

My domain registrar was attacked over the weekend, which delayed notice of the sale on Zombies Versus Comicon, so I’ve decided to extend the free period for Zombies Versus Comicon through Tuesday. The book has turned out to be popular on the free charts at Amazon, so please tell your friends about it, and let’s see if we can get it into the top ten on a list. Don’t miss it!

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And also, read what happens the next year, when Vance and his family return for an awards luncheon and people start dropping from some kind of heat rash—except that heat stroke doesn’t leave bite marks on your neck. Don’t miss it!

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Zombies Versus Comicon FREE This Weekend

 [Cover of Zombies Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] It’s time for the event formerly known as Phoenix Comicon again, and Vampires Versus Comicon is hot off the presses. To celebrate, I’m making Zombies Versus Comicon, my absurd horror story of brain-hungry zombies attacking a bunch of nerds at Phoenix Comicon, FREE through Sunday, only at Amazon. Read the original adventure where a freak earthquake trapped 13 souls on the mezzanine level at the Convention Center and unleased a horde of brain-eating zombies. Get it FREE this weekend.

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And also, read what happens the next year, when Vance and his family return for an awards luncheon and people start dropping from some kind of heat rash—except that heat stroke doesn’t leave bite marks on your neck. Don’t miss it!

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Finally, if you’ve read and enjoyed my Comicon books, please leave a review of it at Amazon, to make it easier for others to find, read, and enjoy. Thanks!

Vampires Versus Comicon Released


Finally Here: Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Comicon Novel by T.F. Torrey] I’m thrilled to announce that Vampires Versus Comicon is available to read and enjoy.

Vampires Versus Comicon tells the story of Vance Campbell returning to Comicon the year after the zombie outbreak for an awards luncheon. At first, things go well, with happy reunions with Allison and some others. Things take a dark turn, however, when people start dropping. And heat stroke doesn’t put bite marks on people’s necks. Before long, Vance and Allison are careening around Comicon, trying to find the source of the trouble before it’s too late. Along the way, they have to endure an insulting theatrical rendition of their Zombies Versus Comicon adventure, hordes of insulting staff, Red-State medical care, the regular crushing mobs of Comicon attendees, and a growing legion of vampires. Whew!

It’s taken much longer to create this book than I hoped for, but two things about that make me happy: First, the structure and style of the series has been created, so future books will be quicker to create (hopefully). And second, it turned out really good.

If you’ve liked any of my work in the past, I highly recommend that you get Vampires Versus Comicon. It’s a lot of fun.

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On Sale

To celebrate the release of Vampires Versus Comicon, Zombies Versus Comicon is FREE this weekend. Get both Comicon books for five bucks!

Q and A

Q. Do I have to read Zombies Versus Comicon before I read Vampires Versus Comicon?

A. No, but it would be a good start. For one thing, Zombies is free right now, so you should get it and read it. For another thing, reading the Vampires book first will spoil certain elements of the plot of Zombies, such as who’s alive at the end.

Q. Is this at Phoenix Comicon again?

A. Kind of. Square Egg Entertainment, the company that puts on the event, changed the name of the event to Phoenix Comic Fest this year, to avoid conflicts with a litigious party. In my books, however, the event is still called Phoenix Comicon, because that’s what the name should be. Remember: my books were never supposed to represent the real Phoenix Comicon, anyway.

Q. How long will it be until the next Comicon story comes out?

A. I don’t know. Theoretically, I have my ducks in a row now, so I’ll be able to crank out my important projects, and I can’t wait to get to the next Comicon book. I don’t have a firm date, but if it isn’t by the 2019 event, I will feel I have failed.

Q. What do I do if I like it?

A. As always, a personal note to me would be nice. You should also write a nice review at Amazon, and where you bought it if you bought it somewhere else. Also, tell all your friends.

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It’s all happening

Well, that took a long time.

I don’t remember where, but I heard a while ago that ‘no one wants to hear what you’re going to do.’ That struck a chord with me, or rang a bell, or something. I remember it was a cliche, anyway. At any rate, I agreed with the point: Don’t post about things you intend to do, no matter how sincere your intentions. Do something interesting, and then post about it. That makes good sense to me.

I used to do that a lot. I haven’t now in a long time.

Hence, silence.

But, here I am tonight, so something is afoot, right?

Right. In fact, many things are afoot. Like it says on the tin: It’s all happening.

All what? You might ask. That is a good question.

As you may recall, the Great Silence started when I decided to reassess the operation of my writing business. I was going to change my marketing approach, my cover strategy, my print edition plans, and so on. Ultimately, doing that analysis and making those decisions took a lot longer than I expected, and frankly, I wonder if I might have been better off not doing it at all.

I don’t have that option now, though. All I can do is go with what I’ve got. What that means, simply, is that everything is changing. Some things are changing a little, others are changing a lot. But in total, it’s everything.

And it starts now.

Well, not right now. The changes will go book by book, and it will take a little while to roll out everything. Not terribly long, though. A week or so.

But wait, you might say, aren’t I just posting now about what I’m going to do?

Not exactly.

The changes are kicking off with a new book: Vampires Versus Comicon: A Comicon Novel. My opinion is surely more than a little biased, but I think it’s a great book. When I can’t get through a proofreading session without laughing myself to tears, I feel like I’m on to something. I hope so (though it’s probably not good for the proofreading), but at any rate, I’m mostly just thrilled that it’s finally done. And just in time for Comicon.

Unfortunately, you can’t click through and get it right now. It will be sent to production within a few hours, however, together with the new edition of Zombies Versus Comicon, and they will both be available a few hours after that. And Zombies will be available for free for a while, and there will be a big advertising push, and so on.

So anyway, things are about to take off, and hopefully catch fire. We’ll know soon.

The next thing I post will be the announcement that Vampires Versus Comicon is finally available.

Better wear something that covers your neck.

Man, it’s good to be back.

WIP: Friday Spinning Wheels

Hey, wow—a shiny thing.


There are books that I have written but not published. For a long time, I’ve thought of making them public. This week, I came up with a really good reason to publish them and more like them, and I could do it soon. It would mean some changes to the structure of my website, though, because they are unlike my existing books. Today, I got stuck exploring all the options for adding them to my website. I found the Publisher theme and loved it. Then I spent a long time trying to figure out if I could make it work with my existing tools, or clone it. After a while, I broke down what it was doing and found that I am already doing almost all of that, in the way that works best for me. So, lots of running around to get where I currently am. Not a good use of time. I did discover author videos, though, and now I want to do them. Right away. I think I’m also going to publish those books, too. I’ll decide for sure soon, but probably yes.

In there, too, I did get in 10K steps. However, I got stuck in Vampires Versus Comicon in a place where the action and place of the people and plot parts don’t seem to be working. In the end, I still didn’t have it all worked out. Secret Project #1 good some good work in, and I think that’s ready to take off.

Must go faster.

But I’m having fun.

WIP: Another Good Day

Things are coming together.


Morning routine. Daughter off to school. And even though it was her short school day and we were by ourselves for the rest of the afternoon and evening, I got some good work done.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] In working to resolve the incompatible plots, I realized I was misreading my plan (spreadsheet, actually), jamming the action from two planned chapters into one. When I got that sorted out, I discovered not only that I was further along than I thought I was, but also that the book is on track to be 60 – 70 thousand words, not 100+ thousand. That’s a relief! I still need to crank up my output, but that brings the end a lot closer. And, I had another good day of productivity, not quite pulp speed, but enough to feel good.

I’ll take it.

WIP: A Good Day For Vampires

But not for Trump.


Off to a good start. Morning routine, daughter off to school. Spent too much time distracted by Trump’s debate debacle, but what are you going to do. Had my daughter to myself for the evening, but managed to get back to work after getting her to bed, then worked very late.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I had a good day with this book. I didn’t quite make pulp speed, but I got back on track, and I feel good about the next few days, though I’m not sure what will happen. A while back I noted that I had the plot worked out for this book. I was wrong about that. Looking at my notes now, I see that I have two incompatible plots for this part of the book. In addition, my sense of what happens may be different from either of them. No matter. Tomorrow I will figure out what is right and keep on writing.

Now, though, I sleep.

WIP: Still Going Forward

A short day, but on it goes.


Started strong: Morning routine. Daughter off to school without rushing for a nice change. Spent about an hour writing an e-mail to Elizabeth’s school to handle a complicated situation. Got to writing about ten.

Had to stop at one, though. Elizabeth’s class was having a planting day event at school, and they had invited all the parents to help. I was the only one who showed up, and it seemed as though they didn’t expect anyone. The one-hour planting day event was actually only five minutes of dropping seeds in a hole, which seems like a small benefit for suspending work from one to five.

After dinner, endured some distractions trying to combat spam and to stay efficient without compromising my values. More work late, but I was tired. To bed not too late.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] In word count, it was not a great day for this book, but at least it’s still going forward. I looked over the work done so far with the idea of maybe breaking things out into scenes that fit and flow better, but I’m not sure that can be done without significant rewriting. As always, I remember the work I’ve done as clunky and awkward and lame, but when I actually read it, I think it’s really good. That’s a nice problem to have, I suppose.

If this book does not break out significantly in the next few days, I may have to put it on the back burner to meet the significant deadline I have coming up. I really don’t want to do that, but this is not actually the critical book, and time is flying.

Ever onward.

WIP: Better Again

I seem to be pointed in the right direction again. That’s good.


It was close to a perfect day: Morning routine. Daughter to school. Writing. Picked up daughter. Dinner. Homework. Little more work. Didn’t stay up late like an idiot. Nice.

Vampires Versus Comicon

 [Cover of Vampires Versus Comicon: A Novel by T.F. Torrey] I had a good day with this book. Not great, but good. I didn’t quite make pulp speed, but I got close.

One challenge right now is the constant flow of ideas I have for making things more detailed and fun, and though the book keeps running long already, I can’t resist packing more in when I can. I sure do have a lot of subplots going on in this story. I’ve been trying to keep the book’s construction firmly in the Scene/Sequel structure, but I’m wondering of the whole thing will flow better if I let that go and just write scenes that feel like Scene/Sequel. I think I will give it a try. It would cost me some time to make the changes to what I’ve already done (and even more if I don’t like the change and change back), but it will give me much more flexibility for arranging the subplots and ret-conning all the good ideas I keep getting in the middle of things.

Good problems to have. For a change.