Letters from Selva, Part One

 

Opportunity Knocks

14 July 162 GA

Hi Mom & Dad,

Just had a few seconds free so I’m writing you a letter. I’ve got to get back to work at the Marine base in a couple hours but I wanted to write you and let you know that Scoville really is as hot as the news vids claim. It hasn’t dropped below 35 Celsius here in nearly three weeks and you can cook an egg on the pavement at noon. Over easy isn’t on the menu either. It’s over hard or nothing at all.

The good news, is they have good air conditioning here, and plenty of fresh water to drink. I do miss the oceans from home, but here’s where the research is happening, so he’s where I am.

In other good news, the Colonial Senate is selecting staff for the new expedition very soon, and my boss said I’ve been shortlisted for the botany team, and boy… won’t that be exciting. The head of the botany team is Dr. Margaret Ford, and you know I’ve said her name a thousand times. She’s a legend in our field, and if I get this job to travel to Selva and help map the plant life there… My career is secured.

All the homework, all the schooling, all the long hours… all worth it.

But I gotta get the job first. We all know how split the colonies are about further growth. I don’t know if you heard, but a bunch of marines got into a firefight at White Bay on Sota a month or so ago over it. The terrorists there tried to kill a team of First Expeditionary Marines headed here. All the marines won’t stop talking about it. Luckily, the marines survived, and the terrorists were killed, but there will be more attacks, I’m sure.

The anti-expansionists are willing to die to stop the colonial government from expanding us beyond the moons of Ghara.

Strange that they think they’ll stop deaths by giving up their lives pointlessly. Maybe they’re right. Maybe we should allocate more resources to shoring up the economies of the poorer moons. Make them safer? Get the folks in the backwaters off of their horses, and into electric cars like God intended. Maybe get pocket-sized phones again?

But mom and Dad… the rumor mill says Selva has all the heavy minerals the moons are lacking, and if that’s the case, we’ll experience a technological renaissance not seen since Pioneer 3 left Earth all those centuries ago.

Exciting.

Still not dating anyone, so don’t bother asking in your next letter. If I have any luck getting selected to the Selvan Expedition might mean I’ll find a nice girl I can talk plants with, and then maybe get married, and make babies, and get a land grant to raise them on.

Wish me luck on all of that, and tell little Charlotte I said hello, and to study hard so she can be smart like me.

Love you and miss you all,

-Anatoly

 

Part 1 of 6

Support a good cause, and come say hi this weekend in Philadelphia

This coming weekend, May 19th-21st, Leah, Willow and I will be in Media (#Philadelphia) Pennsylvania for Operation First Response’s Walk for the Wounded 5k.

The last year I attended, I sold books at the walk, met a ton of fans who made the trip, made a bunch more, and donated all of my proceeds straight to the charity to benefit veterans and their families.

If you can make it to Philly for this, please do so. If you can’t, please share the news of the event so others might, or consider sending #OFR a few bucks to help out someone who deserves it.

As far as my stuff goes, I’ll have a tent near the stage/starting area, and I’ll have all of my #books, shirts, and stickers there, including a few of the ultra limited edition OFR signed numbered promo books, plus Leah and Willow will be frolicking about in the park nearby.

Come meet my family, and I mean the vets who are friends of mine too.

We’re still ironing out a meet and greet, so if you’re planning on making it, please let me know ASAP so I get a place big enough.

https://www.operationfirstresponse.org/walk-for-the-wounded-media-2017/

 

-Chris

Me and Mark Tufo in the same place, at the same time?

Drumroll please…

Do you like my books?

Do you like Mark Tufo’s books?

Would you like to meet us, and maybe get some of those books?

At the same time…?

Here’s your chance; Mark Tufo (Zombie Fallout, Lycan Fallout, Indian Hill and more, plus he runs Devil Dog Press) and I will be sharing a booth at the 2017 GraniteCon in Manchester New Hampshire this September!

We’ll both have a metric buttload of merchandise on hand, as well as smart assed humor, more than one episode of flatulence, and a good time.

I’m currently looking into tricking him into doing a panel or two with me, and if I can slip him some booze he and I might do a meet and greet one night on that weekend.

If you have any questions about the show, ask them right here, or you can head over to the convention’s main website or Facebook page.

http://www.granitecon.com/

http://marktufo.com/

Featured on the ACX blog today

So as many of you know, Adrian has been a pretty popular character in the realm of audiobooks for me. The entire AUD series has been released via the ACX audio platform to pretty stellar success, and ACX reached out to see if I’d be willing to be interviewed about the process.

Today they featured my interview. If you’d like to read that interview, here’s a link;

https://blog.acx.com/2017/03/21/acx-storytellers-chris-philbrook/

Enjoy!

 

-Chris

Cincinnati Ohio HorrorHound Weekend signing

Do you live in Ohio? Or Kentucky? Or Indiana?

Would you like to attend a wonderful convention in scenic Cincinnati, and perhaps get some fresh books/discs/shirts/merch from yours truly?

because from March 17th through the 19th, I’ll be at HorrorHound Weekend, signing and selling, shooting the poo.

In attendance with me will be Jeffrey Clare of All Things Zombie, as well as Shannon Walters, my wife, and our little spud Willow (periodically, she’s 11 months old, she has an agenda of her own).

We’ll have like, everything we’ve ever put out, and you are welcome to bring your existing stuff in so we can sign it for you.

The guest list looks fun. A bunch of The Walking Dead cast will be there, as well as a Monster Squad reunion, and Jason (Kane Hodder) plus a ton more.

Here’s a link to the event: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201703/default.shtml

And if you want tickets: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/shows/201703/ticket.shtml

 

As usual, I cannot bring unlimited quantities of product with me. As it turns out, books are heavy and big, and I’ve got a large backlog. I am only bringing 4 complete sets of AUD, so if you want one, speak up and I’ll set one aside for you.

I’m excited to hang out with folks next week!

Resurrections is here

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Have you been waiting for 15 new short stories written by me?

Did you even know you waiting for them? Probabaly not, we’re all busy.

That being said… I’ve just released Resurrections; A Short Story Collection, and it’s got those 15 new short stories in it.

Find it here on Goodreads: Resurrections; A Short Story Collection

There are new AUD stories, new Elmoryn stories, new Reemergence stories, new horror, science fiction and fantasy and best of all, a bunch of behind the scenes stuff about my writing which I think you’ll all get a kick out of.

Here are some long links.

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Resurrections-Short-Collection-Chris-Philbrook-ebook/dp/B06XDV33BS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488743405&sr=1-2&keywords=resurrections+chris&linkCode=ll1&tag=adrsunddia-20&linkId=91dc94c28ba498cc5a464a7d537352f7

Print: https://www.amazon.com/Resurrections-Short-Collection-Chris-Philbrook/dp/1543010709/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488743405&sr=1-3&keywords=resurrections+chris&linkCode=ll1&tag=adrsunddia-20&linkId=a0aa9dcafab0568fc46d95059d343c5d

Valentine’s Day (week) eBook giveaway!

 

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It’s the season of love, and good reason for Hallmark to sell more cards. I’m not sure Saint Valentine would get behind a company mass producing kitschy cards for people, but hey, we all could use a reason to be more romantic.

Love is the fuel that fills our emotional gas tanks.

Speaking of filled gas tanks, I know a lot of you need books to read, and while I’m in the post production of two novels and a short story collection plus writing another, I figured February would be a good time to give you all some free eBooks.

Starting February 13th and running through February 17th, I’m giving away multiple eBooks through Amazon’s US storefront. Feel free to pick them up for free yourself, gift them to friends, family and strangers, or just let folks know about what’s free. Remember too, if you have the eBook, the Audible version is vastly discounted, so in a way, this is like a sale on the audio versions too.

Below are links to the free titles.

Adrian’s Undead Diary #1:  Dark Recollections  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G76PKTC

The Kinless Trilogy #1: The Wrath of the Orphans  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F8YH6QE

The Reemergence #1: Tesser: A Dragon Among Us https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JP5CNN8

At Least He’s Not on Fire, my collection of the above three book’s opening chapters, plus a few short stories. This one is always free, but hey, when you’re telling people about free stuff, tell them about all of it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JSGEKIK

and Alan MacRaffen’s Elmoryn novella: The Doom of Eldrid Cole  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SIGBRIC

I hope some folks can grab a few of these for free to try out something new.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

 

Want to win some zombie swag?

Friend and author Remy Flagg is doing a sweet giveaway of fun post-apoc swag. I’m sharing his raffle for it, because free stuff is cool, and so is he.

He’s giving away:

  • Birchwood Casey Darkotic 12X18 Primal Cut Splatter Target (8 Pack)
  • 6 Inch Cyalume SnapLight Green Glow Sticks
  • Red Cross All Purpose First Aid Kit
  • Emergency Paracord Bracelet (with fire starter & compass)
  • The Zombie Survival Guide

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And if you would like to get in on the free stuff, here’s how:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck, and tell Remy I sent ya!

What comics taught me…

Author and friend Remy Flagg invited me to write a post for his site about comics. I opted to write about what comics taught me growing up.

My father called them funny books.

He was a lot older than my friend’s dads. He grew up as a child of the depression, and I was born late in his life. When he called them funny books I used to chafe at that name. The phrase ‘funny books’ sounded silly and childish to me then but now… I think it’s cute. Of course I’m 40 years old now, married with a daughter, so some things change.

But seriously. Funny books. Pissed me off.

Didn’t he know that the mutants had to fight to preserve their rights in a world that wanted them gone? There’s nothing funny about that. Didn’t he know Frank Castle’s family had been killed, and that Frank couldn’t move on until he found a justice that he never would? Didn’t my dad know The Tick and Arthur needed to be friends to conquer the ninjas?

Read the rest on Remy’s website

Tolkien, and how he affected me.

Audible asked me to share some thoughts about J.R.R. Tolkien, as it would’ve been his 125th birthday this year.

I shared, and alongside some of fantasy’s best names, they made a really nice tribute to the man who arguably launched the entire genre.

Audible’s tribute to Tolkien