Welcome to the online home of Chris Philbrook

Amazon and Audible bestselling author Chris Philbrook first put his writing out on a website in 2010, for free. Since then, he’s transitioned from the internet to print, ebook, and audiobook, publishing over a dozen novels in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres, selling several hundred thousand copies and racking up thousands of five star reviews along the way.

Chris has protected the famous, wealthy and paranoid as a bodyguard, survived as a mental health counselor for adolescents, developed some games, delivered pizza, operated several kinds of printings presses, and now uses all that experience to write books that feature extensive and colorful uses of profanity. Sometimes a zombie appears, or a dragon. One day, perhaps a zombie-dragon.

He resides in rural New Hampshire in a house by a river with his family, and their dog and cat.

 

To novella, or not to novella?

That is the question.

So I ran this huge sale awhile back where I dropped the price on the anthologies in the Tales of AUD series, while simultaneously GIVING AWAY all three of the novellas in that series.

I’m a generous soul, to give away thousands of dollars of free books like that, eh?

I’m sure you’re wondering why I did that.

I’m also wondering why I did that.

Eureka! It was to gauge public response!

Of all the things I’ve written, the novellas are unpredictable. They sell at a steady pace, but they’re streaky, and I don’t make much money on them. They’re a great way for me to continue to tell stories in the AUD universe, have some new releases as I wait for major deals with publishers, and they’re a terrific outlet for creativity. Novel length releases I’m contractually bound to let my agent try and sell for a period (which is good, as he has gotten me some very helpful deals), but novellas I can just indie release to y’all immediately.

Here’s my dilemma: they cost almost as much to publish as a novel (still needs artwork and formatting, and narration too) and I charge less than half for them. So they’re a dangerous potential money pit if they don’t sell, and I got a kid, a wife, and another kid on the way, so I need to avoid money pits like the black frigging plague.

So here we are, awkwardly staring at each other, wondering where this is going.

Now that several hundred of each novella has gone out to you, what did you think of them? Are they good? Are you willing to buy more if I write more? Are you willing to review them on Amazon or Goodreads?

If I write more, what subjects do you want to see covered? What will you part with your precious $1.99 to read in novella format?

Chime in please, and help me make a good decision about what I should write. To novella, or not to novella? Please be frank in your answers.

-Chris

The Tales are on Sale!!! No seriously, it’s a big sale.

I’ve gone bananas. Apples at least.

To celebrate the Holidays, and give your  gift cards a fat target, I’ve tossed all five entries of the Tales from the World of Adrian’s Undead Diary series on sale.

Some are free, some are 61% off. No matter how you slice it, it’s a good deal. US Links to each title are below. UK readers… sorry. Takes a long time to build these links.

Unhappy Endings 61% off!

London Burns Free!

Only the Light we Make 61% off!

The Shed Free!

An Ill Wind Free!

All five titles are on sale from December 30th through January 3rd. Snag ’em, even if only to get the discount on the  version. Don’t forget to leave reviews on them when you’re done, as my mortgage company actually takes reviews in lieu of cash or check payment.

For realsies.

Enjoy the expanded undead world of Adrian Ring everyone!

-Chris

The #2’s on Tuesday Sale!

It’s here.

Actually not yet, but this coming Tuesday, October 3rd of the grand year 2017, I’m running a Kindle MEGA SALE!

Mega might be an exaggeration, but technically, it’s the most amount of free titles I’ve ever had at once. After running a poll over on Facebook, I just couldn’t decide on what to put on sale, so I took several of the recommendations and made them all on sale.

It’s the second books in my running series. Alone No More, Ambryn & the Cheaters of Death, The Motive for Massacre, and London Burns.

They’re all free starting Tuesday, and will remain free until Friday the 6th. To give you links to all the titles in one spot, here they are below:

 

Adrian’s Undead Diary #2: Alone No More

Click here for Alone No More on the Kindle

 

Tales from the World of Adrian’s Undead Diary #2: London Burns

Click here for London Burns on the Kindle

 

The Reemergence #2: Ambryn & the Cheaters of Death

Click here for Ambryn on the Kindle

 

The Kinless Trilogy #2: The Motive for Massacre

Click here for The Motive for Massacre on the Kindle

 

So tell a friend, tell an enemy, give them a chance at getting into a series (or continuing one) on the super-cheap. Thank you so much, and I hope some of you can capitalize on this, and enjoy some new books!

 

-Chris

David Price’s Lightbringers

Good friend and local horror/fantasy author David Price wrote a sweet book, and I was privileged to get my hands on an ARC copy of it for an editorial review.

I really liked it. Dave’s novel is a mixture of Tolkein, Gaiman, and Lovecraft, and I mean that when I say it. It’s a unique post-apocalyptic novel and I would highly recommend it if you want a demolished world filled with magic and monsters.

Here’s a link, and please give it a shot.

Find it here on Amazon

Granite State Comic Con next weekend with Mark Tufo? YES!

Next weekend is Granite State Comic Con. That means… the wondrous Mark Tufo (Zombie Fallout, Lycan Fallout, Indian Hill and on good sources I can report his new book Assageddon) and I will be holding court, side by each, causing mayhem and discontent.

He and I are trying to set up a meet and greet at the hotel bar Saturday evening after the show’s end. We’ll share more as we get things closer to finalization.

We’ve entered into a bit of challenge with fellow authors Remy Flagg and Scott Goudsward. They’re in section J, we’re in section B. Reference the sweet map I made.

Both of our booths will have tickets. Get a ticket from them, bring it to us. Get a ticket from us, bring it to them. Whichever booth winds up with the most tickets…. wins.

We don’t have like, prizes for ourselves or anything, it’s mostly just so we can talk trash.

We do have prizes for you. On Sunday, we’re pulling one ticket from the jars, and the winner gets a free signed book from all four of us.

Holy. Guacamole.

Check out the convention’s website right here: http://www.granitecon.com/

 

Would love to see you folks there.

-Chris

A free taste of Colony Lost narrated by Kevin Stillwell

So as many of you have heard, my first military science fiction novel released this year. Very exciting stuff to embark on a literary journey in a new genre. I love the book I wrote; it has my sense of humor, the camaraderie I like, a little bit of horror, and a whole lot of imagination. It’s very much me.

Audible Studios hired actor Kevin Stillwell to narrate the title, and I think he did a stellar job. His pacing and cadence and pronunciations are all wonderful, and I’m happy with his work.

Audible has been very kind to me and given us a free chapter from the book. Here’s Chapter 15. It’s a pivotal moment in the story where a threat imagined becomes a threat in reality.

Enjoy.

 

Get it here on Amazon/Audible.

Resurrections has arrived on Audible!

Narrated by James Anderson Foster, this collection of my own short stories spans almost 20 years of work.

From game developer days to features set in Adrian’s Undead Diary, Elmoryn and The Reemergence the stories of Resurrections cover the gamut of all things I like to write. There’s filler in the AUD world like never before, fleshing out characters that many readers have been asking about for years, as well as speculative stories I might later turn into novels.

Please check the book out on Audible, Amazon or iTunes, and leave a review to let me know what you think.

Thanks,
-Chris

Colony Lost has arrived!

COLONY LOST

To buy the Kindle Version please click here.

To buy the print version via Amazon click click here.

I’m also giving away a signed proof copy (one of three in existence) to a random Amazon reviewer. Once Colony Lost gets to 25 reviews on Amazon.com I’ll select one of the reviewers at random, and they’ll win the signed proof. So if this interests you…. read, review, and profit.

Enjoy Selva.

More than the Marines did.

Letters from Selva Part Six

Episode 6

Bury Me Deep

I don’t know the date anymore.

Every time one of these things walks within 50 meters of our habitat, the ground shakes. The floor thrums against our feet, and our weary backs are jolted.

It hurts.

Not as much as my empty belly, but it hurts.

Sarah died from her wounds two days ago. Her body is in the airlock where we can’t smell her rotting. Two of the others opened the airlock door yesterday and bolted out into the night. They wanted food and water more than safety. I don’t think they made it twenty meters before one of the spitters got them.

Their screams stopped when the change hit their brains. Then they went silent, and became obedient little monsters with too many teeth, too many arms, and no sense of who they were, like all the others outside.

If the last of us are silent, I can hear them fighting over scraps.

How long until they remember how to open a door?

I got a good look at the one who came close to the airlock. I’ll draw it. Here’s my nightmare;

I won’t be coming home. I don’t see how. I’ll never survive until the fleet returns and there aren’t enough marines remaining or bullets for them to turn the tide.

No mansion, no Sarah, no mom and dad, and no little sister Charlotte. Just hunger, and thirst for something other than our own piss, and this metal coffin we’ve locked ourselves inside.

If anyone finds these letters and drawings, I hope they find me too.

If I’m not alive, please bury me deep enough that the monsters won’t find me. I don’t want to be a meal like everyone else.

Love and miss you all,

-Anatoly

 

COLONY LOST releases in print and ebook format tomorrow, July 10th, 2017.

Letters From Selva, Part Five

Locked In, Blood Everywhere

5 October 163 GA 

I am, I was, covered in blood. I don’t…

The rock bugs. There are many of them. There must have been a colony in the peninsula, and we disturbed it. They’ve been coming out of the jungle up the hill towards the colony for what seems like weeks. The marine snipers were killing them off, and as they grew bolder the major in charge of the marines moved the one tank we have over towards the peninsula. They started shooting the big tank gun when more than one beast came out of the tree line. The sound of the heavy rail gun going off… like a hole being ripped in the sky. It vibrates your chest and….

But a couple days ago…

These things charged through the grasses with the rock bugs;

But some of them were different. Bigger, stronger… mutated. The marines had formed a defensive line. Sandbags, the tank, plus the armored vehicles they used for transport. The little ones… they’re faster. And savage. Jumping and stabbing. They moved so fast…
I don’t know how many marines died. Most of them. Maybe all. I think some of the first expeds might’ve gotten away. I think I saw some of them crawling in their black armor, but I can’t be sure. So much happened so fast.

The grasshoppers in the plains? I don’t know how, or why, but some of them joined in. Big as city buildings they used their legs to pick up the real boulders and throw them. Just like catapults from the old-Earth history books. More accurate though. Much more destructive too.

Behind them all were another species. Something… something in charge. Larger than a man, and smart. And… I don’t know how to describe it.

They could… excrete something. Spit it. And whatever they spit on… it changed. Mutated. I watched it happen to the bugs they led, and when they broke the marine lines and got inside the colony, I watched it happen to the marines.

This is what their spit did to the little ones:

I watched it happen to us.

But faster. So much faster.

The change in the alien flesh came slow, like a log burning in a fire. But human bodies changed like kindling coated in petrol. Immediate, and horrible.
Carapaces grew, arms spouted claws and faces grew eyes. In seconds friends became mindless savages and… I can’t draw what they look like. I just can’t.
Sarah and I happened to be near each other when it happened. I won’t lie, I searched her out. She had a broken leg from a giant rock thrown by the grasshopper monsters. I had to carry her. We’re locked inside the botany lab with everything powered down. There are seven of us. I don’t know how long we’ll be in here. I don’t know who will rescue us. I can hear screaming outside.

The fleet won’t return for months and the marines are all dead.

Tell Charlotte…

None of you are never going to get this letter, are you?

-Anatoly