Guest Blog: Emerian Rich’s book Dusk’s Warriors

My writer friend Emerian Rich asked me to post for her book today. I did a reading at a kid’s birthday party this evening, or I would have posted earlier. But it ain’t midnight yet! Take it away, Emerian! (P.S. I feel for her. I also get the ‘It’s a book not a comic’ thing.)

With all the excitement over comics and their spinoffs like The Walking Dead and Preacher, I’ve recently been asked what comic my vampire series is most like. Well, for now let’s leave the issue with how wrong this is to ask a fiction writer (It’s a book not a comic damnit!) and go on to the pressing question.

Of all the comics I’ve read over the years, I would say it’s most like a hybrid of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Garth Ennis’s Preacher: Gone to Texas, and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire comic-zations.

My vampires start in the real world: San Francisco, England, Rio, Texas, and Alaska. They drink blood, but they aren’t overly gorey. At the end of the first book, they find out about their origin and end up in a world much like ours which they refer to as Heaven.

In this new sequel, they start out in the Heaven as gods who can conjure, create, and affect the lives of people here on Earth. Dusk—the goddess of the time between Day and Night—sends her warriors to Earth to battle the devil, whom they thought was dead for good. They were wrong.

So if you like dark urban fantasy with a splash of heaven, hell, and conjurers, you will like Dusk’s Warriors. Are their vampires? Yes! And four different kinds, but there is also a trip into Hell, a look into Heaven, and a race around Earth in this action-packed fiction book. And hey, if you know a good comic artist, send them my way.

Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich

Heaven has opened up and welcomed the vampires of Night’s Knights into a new reality. As they struggle to find their place in their new world, trouble brews on Earth.

Demon servant, Ridge, is causing havoc by gathering up all the souls on Earth that have been touched by immortality. When he injures one of the Night’s Knights crew, he launches a war between the vampires of Heaven, the Big Bad in Hell, and a mortal street gang of vigilante misfits.

Will Julien, Markham, and Reidar be able to defeat the evil that’s returned, or will they once again need Jespa’s help?

Praise for Dusk’s Warriors:

“All hail, the queen of Night’s Knights has returned! Emerian Rich’s unique take on vampires delights my black little heart.” ~Dan Shuarette, Lilith’s Love

“A world of horror with realistic characters in a fast paced thriller you won’t be able to put down.” ~David Watson, The All Night Library

Praise for Night’s Knights:

“Fresh, original, and thoroughly entertaining.” ~Mark Eller, Traitor

“Emerian brought the Vampire Novel back from the dead.” ~C. E. Dorsett, Shine Like Thunder

Available now at in print and eBook

Emerian Rich is an artist, horror host, and author of the vampire series, Night’s Knights. She is the hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast, Under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal, she writes the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams and she’s the Editorial Director for the Bay Area magazine, SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.


Trump kicked my butt and I liked it!

trump-frankensteinMy money-eating, Trump-inspired supervillain, Billington Stumpfinger, has given my novel storylines a much-needed kick in the butt. I was gonna go easy on the not-always-nice Amurricans. But they elected a bully. So how about those sexists/racists/other-rotten-ists are conned into electing Stumpfinger president and he fills the White House with supervillains! This is likely to be in the story I’ve wanted to write for a long time: civil war with a cowboy theme! Except this time, the rebels will be the good guys. I think. Sort of. I got outlining to do! (It’ll be fun! The main con man, Flim Flam Shrub, will be a combination of Davros and J.R. Ewing. But I got so much more writing to lead up to that, and real life moves faster. Sigh.)

I was gonna do a vampire/werewolf/Frankenstein’s monster novel. Now, I think more of a novella. Who needs monsters in books when we got them in the White House?

NOT the Comic Book Code for Nanowrimo?

nanowrimo-300x184I have been working on my novel, The Comic Book Code, for years. Years learning what description and internal monologue and three act story structure were. Then learning what close third person point of view was. Then writing short stories to tighten my writing style. Then trimming the bloated 80 chapter outline to under 40. I want that first draft off my back!

For the past several years, every November (my favorite month of the year: Nanowrimo, write a novel in a month) I’d work on the Comic Book Code. Next month I want to Nanowrimo another book: the sequel to The Comic Book Code, working title Like Teeth In The Night. Super Holly Hansson visits her relatives in her home town: Cowpatch, a dairy/farming town much like where I grew up. (Yeah, a shout-out to Lil Abner.) And she faces vampires, werewolves, a Frankenstein monster inspired by the movie Bride of Frankenstein. And her boyfriend Cal “The Intellectual” Critbert faces the right moment to pop the question. And the main villains from The Comic Book Code regain their powers, and decide on their paths. And Holly finds it is not so easy to go home again.

So will I nano Like Teeth In The Night? Or my children’s book, which would be three stories: my Kittygirl and Puppy Brothers stories, and the super kids team-up to help Super Holly (c’mon, kids love when kids save the adults), there is plenty of writing to do for that super kids story.

Or maybe I’ll rewrite rough chapter from The Comic Book Code. You know, that novel I’ve been working on…

99 cent book sale from a writer friend, Sept 2-5!

I copied this email into this blog post. I used to go to an open mic hosted by excellent writer James Hanna. Click the book covers for the Sand Hill Press 99 cent sale, especially A Second Less Capable Head (smart shorts) and Call Me Pomeroy (profanely funny!).
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Resistance is futile. You will be evolved.

(CHILDHOOD’S END SPOILER ALERT! But the book came out in the 1950s, and the SyFy miniseries came out last week. So I ain’t really spoiling anything.)

I read Clarke’s Childhood’s End in high school, back in the 1970s, when mammoths ruled the Earth. I enjoyed the book, it got me reading Arthur C. Clarke. It is worth reading. But I think for me, maybe this story has not aged well.

The SyFy miniseries earlier this month points out the obvious: the adults would not be happy about dying out, as in given an offer they cannot refuse. As in being tossed into the trash while the kids are assimilated by the Borg.

In the book, humanity dies out because they no longer have children once the kids start to slowly evolve into one mind. The writing in the mini-series had a different spin. Humanity, but only after the kids are suddenly taken away by the little girl leading all the children to the Pied Piper (oops, I mean the Overmind) with that most tired and rude of cliches, “There is no need to be afraid.”

Spoken like a true Borg, kid. I am not supposed to be scared if you are going to BLOW UP THE ENTIRE FRICKING PLANET? An interviewer asked The Tick if he can destroy the Earth, and The Tick answered, “Egad, I hope not, that’s where I keep all my stuff!”

See below for how Worf of Star Trek Next Generation feels about this kind of improvement. Start at about 3:05.

It’s my Happy 60th Birthday!

And thanks to my Facebook posters!

20131226-154718.jpgI had promised myself that I’d have the entire first draft of my novel done today. (Keef Knight did this shirt for me.) I did not make that goal, although much is filled in, and every chapter that is not written is outlined and inserted into the current draft. So writing the outlined chapters will be a lot easier, now that I have a bunch of short stories under my belt.

To make up for the above, I have two stories coming out in two local anthologies: The Sinister Soul Surfer in Fault Zone, and The terror of the Twisted Tonguester in Scripting Change. I will post links when they are available.

I will be at the San Jose Short Film Festival this weekend. I hope to meet indie film makers. I’ll bring my Holly cards.

Blast from the past: here is my old WordPress photo with Dev-Em, and yes, I remember reading that comic as a kid.


Wizard World: Hollyweird directors and 12 ideas for a dime

happy-hobbit-sisters-and-meAt San Jose’s Wizard World Comic Con last week, I was lucky enough to have dinner with a bunch of fellow nerds and geeks. I had sliders (yum) and nice conversation (yes!). This was a dinner for the Happy Hobbit sisters. Check out their websiteYoutube, and Facebook. One of the sisters talked about working with a Hollywood director to get her screenplay produced. The guy got crazier and crazier during production, ending with him taking a rock with the word “trust” painted on it out of his pocket, stiff-arming it toward an actor, staring with eyes that showed a soul lost in a far-off alternate dimension, and yelling, “This is my trust! You’ve broken my trust!” I asked if I could steal that. I can imagine Super Holly taking the rock, “This isn’t broken,” and then crushing it an inch from the flaky director’s nose, “NOW it’s broken!”

happy-hobbit-dinnerThe guy across the table from me had concerns about the Marvel movies. He felt that the Civil War theme from the upcoming Captain America movie means that the franchise is running out of ideas.

I disagree. First, the Mavel movie machine is riffing off storylines from the comics: that is called respecting the source material. As I think was said on Adventure Time, that’s the opposite of a problem!

Second, ideas are a dime a dozen. At writer clubs, I have found a few (and fortunately rare) aspiring writers who think they have a great idea for a novel or screenplay. Hint: if you refuse to share when I ask, “What’s it about?”, your idea is not worth stealing. Ideas are cheap, it’s what you create from them that counts. After you aspire, you have to perspire!

Alfred Hitchcock said it best. He did not care about content, what his movies were about; he was only interested in how to use that content to evoke an emotional response. Listen to Hitchcock. You’ll write better.