Thursday, August 20, 2015

Celebrate H.P. Lovecraft's Birthday with the Parted Veil Series--And Get a FREE Story!

Today would have been the 125th birthday of Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft. Like many creators, Lovecraft's fame came mainly after his death, but today he is considered by many to be one of the two most influential horror writers of all time (Edgar Allan Poe being the other). Pretty much every modern horror writer, artist and filmmaker has been influenced in some way by Lovecraft, from Stephen King and Clive Barker to H.R. Giger and Guillermo Del Toro.

If you have not familiarized yourself with the works of H.P. Lovecraft, it's never been easier to do so. Thanks to public domain, you can find almost every single one of Lovecraft's works online. Open Culture has a great collection of his works, as does the H.P. Lovecraft Archive, which also features a comprehensive amount of information on his life and influence.

While he is most well-known for his Cthulhu Mythos, I have always been a bigger fan of his Dream Cycle stories. In fact, it's the Dream Cycle--and the Dreamlands in particular--that books two and three of my Parted Veil series are centered around.

 

In Lovecraft's Curse, a young woman named Fela Barton discovers that she has a direct connection to H.P. Lovecraft, and to the Dreamlands themselves. That connection brings danger, madness and unspeakable evil along with it. Lovecraft's Pupil continues Fela's story, as she learns more about her legacy and the scope of the danger she is facing.

So, in celebration of Lovecraft's birthday, if you purchase any of the Parted Veil books from either Amazon (digital) or Drive Thru Fiction (print/digital), I will send you s short story for FREE. The short story--Private Showing--tells the origin of a character that appears in all three of the books.

All you have to do is email me at brian@seebrianwrite.com with proof of purchase (your confirmation email), and I will send you a PDF of Private Showing.


And for those wondering about the first book in the series--Courting the King in Yellow--you do not have to read it to understand or enjoy books two and three. Courting the King in Yellow is very Robert Chambers-inspired, and while it connects to the overall series, it is a standalone story that is not directly continued in books two and three. If you're planning on following the whole series however--I'd check that out too.

The free story offer will run until the end of the month. Enjoy!