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Fans of the podcast have no doubt noted we took a little break from production after our first 15 chapters (episodes) of Mysterious Goings On. This was due mostly to stuff you would file under "life" and "am writing".  I hope you will stay subscribed (what? you're not subscribed? HURRY and click here!) and that way you'll get an automatic download of the next chapter.

When will that be? Well...some things must remain a mystery...

In the meantime, I am writing and will be back to podcasting as soon as I can. (You'll hear from me soon!) Thanks for reading...and listening.

--Alex

New Podcast Episode Up!

Chapter 8: The Keys Go Viral is available now!

I have the stomach virus, so you get the Key!

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Intro music Mary Celeste by Incompetech.

What's New

Hello and a belated happy New Year to you. I hope you East Coast readers are weathering the blizzard okay. Probably best to stay in and read a good book. (!)

A quick update on what's happening here:

I've spent the past few weeks getting back to normal pace at the day job since the relative inactivity of the holidays. I'm on month four of a kickboxing exercise regimen and I love it--as hard as it has been to get in shape, it's definitely worth it. I wonder if John Pilate will try it, too?

Been catching up on my reading, also...if you have not read Jason McIntyre's Zed you're missing out on a hell of a good book.

The new collection of Stephen King short stories has been a bit of a chore, frankly, and a letdown compared to the masterpiece that is Full Dark, No StarsBut hey, he's King. Even his average stuff is usually worth a read. In the case of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, I mostly enjoy his introductions, which illuminate the backstory behind writing each piece, 

If you're reading this, however, chances are you're more interested in when you might hear from our friends in Cross Township again, right?

Well, I have some things that are working...and some things that are not. I have been working (struggling may be a better word) on a project that involves a completely new direction for my "brand" as a writer, and must confess it's not catching fire. More on that as it develops (or doesn't, for that matter).

Back to John Pilate. 

The surprise success of Pilate's 7 with the breezier short story format is intriguing. I enjoyed writing those stories immensely, and sales have been fairly brisk. That said, I'm contemplating another round of short stories, then returning to the novel format. I'd love your thoughts on that--just plug 'em in in the comments section.

Otherwise, I am putting thoughts together on a novel that is more of a mainstream affair--something different from the mystery/thriller/horror stuff. I'm not saying it will be out anytime soon, but it takes up some mental real estate that I usually devote to the Pilate Mysteries. 

I'm very excited about the return of a show I literally watched from the beginning: The X-Files. I am a huge fan and am looking forward to seeing what Mulder and Scully are up to these days. 

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope if you have not done so already you will write a quick review of my stuff on Amazon. Just click here to find the books. Thanks so much...stay warm!


"Pilate's Blood" Named 2015 Top 100 Notable Book

I'm honored that Shelf Unbound Magazine named Pilate's Blood #45 on its list of 100 Notable Books for 2015. This recognition of Blood, the fourth in the John Pilate Series, means a lot to me as it is in part an homage to my late grandfather, the writer Robert E. Trevathan. 

If you'd like to read the feature about my book online, it's free. Just click here and go to page 105. If you haven't read Pilate's Blood yet (and why haven't you?) you can order an autographed copy right here on this website, or go to Amazon.com and virtually all the other online ebook and paperback retailers. 


About the book:

John Pilate reluctantly returns to tiny Cross Township…a mutated Mayberry packed with guns, a serious lack of anti-depression meds, a rampaging crime boss and an imaginary "friend" who won't shut the hell up. 

Once a hero, now Pilate is broke, bored and forced to take a job imbued with more authority than the town dogcatcher but far less respect. What's worse is there's criminality afoot, and nobody to deal with it but Pilate and a ragtag band of oddballs, friends and family. 

Sure, things could work out just fine...then again, it may come down to spilling Pilate's Blood...Thicker Than Water, Twice As Deadly.