C. Bilici

Author of horror, dark urban fantasy and other awesomeness

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Ward – Live on Amazon

Howdy folks.

The time has come. The planets and stars have aligned, the great conjunction is upon us!

That or Ward has finally hit the Amazon virtual shelves.

Give you a hint, despite however much Trump may resemble a Skeksis in body and spirit, it’s the second one.

Not much more I can say about this to be honest. No fanfare. No party. It’s taken me this long to get here I’m just relieved. I’ll figure something out in a bit.

So, for now, have a nice day and…

Oh, yeah.



What more is there to say?

Oh, you want more…? Fine!

So I had to ink up the image of Stacey for the new cover of Ward. Tattoos play a pretty big part in the world, but Stacey had tatts before she got into things, though they are definitely form over function.

I knew in my mind that she would have a few, a sleeve and her shoulder at least. What I didn’t know was what form they would take. I knew they wouldn’t be tribal, but that’s about it. Then I was listening to Dead Robots’ Society (I think) and Terry Mixon (again, I think) spoke about a book series where each cover had different tattoos on the cover character pertaining to events in the book. I thought that was a pretty cool idea so I stole that, though the artwork is barely visible.

Part of that is because I just don’t trust my artistic ability not to look too shit that people won’t even consider buying the damn book when it’s out. I think it’s sufficient to at least avoid that in most part. Another reason is I just don’t have the time to do more on it. Lastly, it was also a stylistic choice, which serendipitously aided my design — or lack thereof.

But then when I finished, I was pretty happy with it. I mean, it’s definitely not going to win me any awards and I shouldn’t give up my day job, but I think I’m allowed to be a little proud.

So here she is, folks.

It’s pretty rough, I know, but at the size it will be when printed it won’t make too much of a difference, especially when all the darkness and stuff is layered on, like so:

A bit of a shame, regardless of the shoddiness of my work.

Oh well, maybe in book 2?

Ward of the South – Book Trailer and Inkshares

Tale of a Book Trailer

On September first – American something or other time – a new competition will be launched on novel crowdfunding site Inkshares. This new competition focuses on horror, so I decided to toss my hat in the ring with Ward of the South and made a book trailer.

Book trailers are funny beasts – and not in a that-funny-hobgoblin-in-your-granny’s-spooky-outhouse way. That shit just scars you for life.

I’ve wanted to do a book trailer for a while now, and was just waiting for the right chance to do so. Given the Inkshares competition, I thought now would be a good time so I fired up Blender (no, not a Blendtech). Then ditched Blender and downloaded the trial for Adobe After Effects.

Before we get to the video though (yeah I’m totally going to make you wait till after the commercials!)…

The Competition

… is associated with Crypt TV, and the focus seems to be on supporting horror books and potentially picking something up for film or television. I’ve often imagined Ward of the South as both. I’m sure most writers must. Sitting and idly picking the cast list for your creation can be as frustrating and satisfying as the writing, our not having any choice in the matter in real life notwithstanding. But if I could, I would totally get Daniel Craig, Marina Sirtis, Kimiko Glenn, and Aussie model and blogger Teer Wayde for my main character, Stacey, because she is the SPITTING IMAGE of what I had in my head.

Yeah. I may have thought about this a few times.

Anywho. I wasn’t sure who Crypt TV were, so I went a-Googling and found their interesting site. From said site, they describe themselves as follows:

CryptTV creates original genre content guided by its motto #WeirdIsGood. Together we create and share the dark, edgy and different stories that bind us.

To be honest, after watching some of the stuff on there I don’t think WotS is weird enough. Well most of it. But there’s no harm in trying, right? If nothing else I might get some exposure for WotS.


Without Further Ado…

Well maybe a little ado.

Check out the sample chapters for Ward of the South on Inkshares.

If you like it, please share.

If you love it please share and support on Inkshares so it can be published and you will get a copy of the eBook, or paperback AND ebook, along with drafts and other swag.

I may even send you a random dick pic. Could be Dick Tracy, Dick Van Dyke, Dick York or Sargent, Spotted Dick… I’ll totally surprise you!


The Trailer


DISCLAIMER: Spotted Dick is not a person so I have no idea why this was made into a proper noun. Other than it’s kinda funny.

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