My birthday is September 19. Okay, I'm a day early. How old are you, JC? I am, as I like to say, borrowing this quote from Neil Peart of Rush, "Old enough to know what's right, but young enough not to choose it." (From the song, "New World Man.") Either that or I am ancient, which is my other most used response.
Below I have some blurbs from three writers who deserve your attention with their own amazing work. I'm hoping these blurbs either:
1) inspire you to pre-order a copy of my second novel, The Wilderness Within (coming from Trepidatio/JournalStone)...for my birthday (a gift for me--sales, y'know?!!! [yeah, well, I had to work the reason for the birthday reference in here somewhere]--but more of a gift for you, ahem, once you read the novel, because you Will Not Believe where it all ends up) (really, you won't believe some of what happens in the novel; I don't, and I wrote it!), just because you're intrigued or
B) REVIEWERS & BLOGGERS interested in receiving a pdf, mobi, or epub copy, perhaps these will inspire you to get in touch with me (email@example.com) and I'll hit you up with a digital copy. I've sent out copies for potential reviews and blurbs already, of course--part of the pre-publication deal--but more is always a good thing.
What? Why, yes, that might be the most parenthesis I've ever used in a sentence.
Here's my Amazon author page, just in case you want to purchase anything else by your humble, rambling host...
I'm honored to have these blurbs!
“Enthralling, surreal, mystical, and evocative, John Claude Smith’s The Wilderness Within is a mind-warping tale for devotees of weird fiction, written by a master of the form. I loved it!” – Tim Waggoner, author of Dark and Distant Voices <--out in December
"With each new work John Claude Smith combines the psychological, physical and supernatural in ever more subtle configurations. You will lose your bearings in this fictional world of Lovecraftian noir where everything is alive with sounds, sensations and an eerie suspicion that our hero would be much better off if he had never answered the call of a lifelong friend. Marvelously evocative writing." - S.P. Miskowski, author of I WishI Was Like You & Strange is the Night
"John Claude Smith's fiction is consistently out of this world, and with The Wilderness Within, his second novel, he continues reaching new literary heights. Written in gorgeous, gripping prose, this twisted tale blends music, the surreal, and hints of nostalgia to pull readers deeper into the darkness of the woods until, like protagonist Derek Gray, the forest closes in around them, and there's no chance of escape."—Gwendolyn Kiste, author of And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe
Check the hyperlinks for stuff by moi, and stuff by these talented writers, too!
Here's a birthday cake that seems appropriate for the festive occasion.
Art courtesy of Flavio Greco.