Friday, July 24, 2015

Release Day Freebies For A NIGHT AT OLD WEBB

Hello, all! Today marks the release of my Clifton Heights novella A Night at Old Webb, published through Apokrupha. It's not horror, really - more like a supernatural coming of age story...

“A Night at Old Webb” is an intimate tale of youth, wonder, attraction, and exploration of mystical places. Blurring the lines between memoir and fiction, it’s an unsettlingly sweet and sad story about friends, new and old, standing around being young together.”
  • Mercedes M. Yardley, author of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu
And, as I've done in the past, I'm giving away the following titles free for the weekend! (two titles only for two days, because I only have two free days remaining for this period).  This blog will auto-post while I'm on the road to Scares that Care, so hopefully all the titles will be free by then. Feel free to share with your friends!

FREE Clifton Heights Tales:

The Gate and the Way
The Sliding
Way Station
Bassler Road
A Brother's Keeper
Strange Days
The Way of Ah-Tzenul (July 24th - July 25th)

Other Titles (also free):

Hiram Grange & The Chosen One
American Horror Cinema (July 24th - July 25th)

Non-Fiction (and yep, free):

Sacrifice: A Season is A Lifetime

Saturday, July 11, 2015

On Looking Back These Four Years; And Resisting the Urge to Just Churn Stuff Out

This past Thursday the kids and I hit one of the local elementary school playgrounds we frequent over the summer. Of course, things have changed from when I used to take them. Zack no longer requires me monitor his every move, because over the past four years he's been downgraded from "severely" autistic to "moderately" autistic. While he still struggles with his emotional control, I no longer have the same safety concerns I used to. Also, Thursday we split time between the playground and kicking the soccer ball around, as Madi prepares for her fourth year of youth soccer.

Sitting and reading while watching them play, I remembered a similar summer outing to the same playground, four years ago. I was reading (a little more nervously, one eye on the book, and one eye on my then six year old daughter), an ARC for Cemetery Dance's THE HORROR HALL OF FAME. I was reading those wonderful stories, marveling at masterpieces of speculative fiction and horror, and wondering where my career was going.

The previous May (2010), my first book, Hiram Grange & The Chosen One had been released. It got great reviews, and I was sure big things were on the horizon. But a little over a year later?


No short story sales. Two novels had fallen apart.  I couldn't seem to complete any projects. I had run into a wall, and had no idea where to go. But, that was also the summer I discovered both the WHISPERS and SHADOWS anthology series, and Charles L. Grant, T. M. Wright, Al Sarrantino and so many others, and I realized the two best things I could do, the ONLY things I had any control over: read as much as I possibly could, and keep writing.

Sitting on that same playground a few days ago, I thought about how much has changed over the past four years. My fifth book - A Night at Old Webb - went up for pre-order this week. My novella quartet, Through A Mirror, Darkly, has been my most commercial and critical success yet, one that has caused increased sales across the board. In fact, in the month of June, it was Crystal Lake's number one bestseller, with my short story collection, Things Slip Through taking the number 2 spot, which is amazing to me, nearly two and half years after its release.

I've also had some moderate success in self-publishing, most notably with my little novelette,  The Way of Ah-Tzenul. And more good things are on the way. I signed a contract with a fabulous (unnamed for now) publisher for a novella, and another fabulous publisher wants to look at my first novel. I'm now receiving solicitations for short stories, occasionally. Things are better than they've ever been.

Which presents me with a temptation I didn't expect I'd ever have to face: the temptation to start churning stuff out as fast as I can.

Since I first settled into my morning writing schedule seven years ago, I've written every single day. Sometimes also before bed, and during lunch breaks. I've always produced lots of words; that's nothing new. But it's only been the last three years that those words have coalesced into finished works, and the last year that those finished works have found homes so quickly. The upside? The words I've been prolific in producing the last seven years are becoming far more...productive. I've got works stored up. So, instead of seeing submission calls and wracking my brains to come up with stuff before their deadlines, I can look through my finished stuff and say: "Hey, I've got a story for that."

The downside?

Impatience.  Which is odd, because patience has been my strongest trait through all of this.

I noticed this last week. I finished up final touches to another novella, and was looking for places to submit it to. To be fair, it's more speculative/Twilight Zone than horror, so that was making my search harder. But after spending a whole day looking for markets and getting frustrated, flirting with the idea of self-pubbing it so I could get it out there without waiting, I stopped myself and thought: "Wait. WHAT is your hurry? You just saw TWO BOOKS come out in the space of two months. Why do you need to publish this NOW?"

This put the brakes on in a hurry. (And ironically, I found a great publisher, queried, they requested, and now I'm waiting to hear back). Even so, the whole thing made me realize: I need to be very, very careful right now. 

Things are going great. I've got more readers than I ever have. The review are awesome, sales are good verging on great, and of course it's natural to want to capitalize on my momentum...but I need to not lose sight of the thing that's been my greatest asset so far: my patience. In writing. In drafting. In cutting out every single word that's extraneous. In waiting for beta readers to get back to me. Waiting for the right publisher.  And yes - self-publishing offers me some options for works that don't quite fit anywhere, or to fill gaps in publishing schedules...

But...patience. Self-pubbing a ton of "okay" stuff isn't going to help my momentum. Rushing manuscripts out into the market won't help, either.


I always write every day, and hopefully, will always produce lots of words. But spewing a bunch of "okay" stories into the market isn't going to help my career at all. Remaining patient, however? Making sure that everything I produce and submit and even self-publish is of the highest quality possible?

That's the best way I know of sustaining momentum. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015


You can now pre-order my newest release, a novella from Apokrupha, A NIGHT AT OLD WEBB, for .99 until its release day, July 24th. It's NOT HORROR by any means. In some ways, it's also very personal. And in every sense, it's kind of a love story...
Old Webb, an abandoned grammar school just outside Clifton Heights, is the place to be late summer nights in Webb County. A gathering place for friends to be themselves, away from grownups who have forgotten what it means to be young and free. 
The summer of 1992, Kevin Ellison spent his Saturday nights there like everyone else. Everything was running according to plan: a college basketball scholarship, school, all the things everyone expected of him. 
Then he met a girl named Michelle Titchner, and everything changed...
“A Night at Old Webb” is an intimate tale of youth, wonder, attraction, and exploration of mystical places. Blurring the lines between memoir and fiction, it’s an unsettlingly sweet and sad story about friends, new and old. - Mercedes Murdock Yardley, author of Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu

Order now, mail your receipt to kevin AT kevinlucia dot com, and I'll send you a free copy of Things Slip Through!

Monday, July 6, 2015

On Parting Ways with Ragnarok Publications; Devourer of Souls Finds a New Home

After much discussion and deliberation, as of this past Friday, I parted ways with Ragnarok Publications. Though Devourer of Souls' sales has been decent, both myself and the publisher feel the work would be better suited at a more horror-focused publisher. 

So at this time, both the ebook and the paperback are out-of-print (there are some hideously over-priced paperbacks being sold through third-party vendors; please don't buy them). The audiobook, produced by Audible, is still available, and will be for the foreseeable future. 

It should be noted that all accounts have been settled between myself and Ragnarok, and we part amicably. 

The great news is Devourer of Souls will eventually come back to life through Crystal Lake Publishing, joining my other two Clifton Heights books, Things Slip Through, and Through A Mirror, Darkly. This also means it won't be long before we see another great Clifton Heights cover from the inimitable Ben Baldwin. 

Friday, June 5, 2015


Today is the release day for my new book, Through A Mirror, Darkly, a novella quartet set in the small Adirondack town of Clifton Heights, New York. In celebration, I offer you the following titles free on Kindle for the weekend. I'll be on the road when this posts, so hopefully the free period will have kicked in by then...

Clifton Heights Tales:
Strange Days
The Way of Ah-Tzenul
The Gate and the Way
Bassler Road 
Way Station
The Sliding
A Brother's Keeper

Hiram Grange & The Chosen One
American Horror Cinema

As always, thanks so much to those who have picked up a copy, and I can't express in words how thankful I am for all the wonderful things that have been said so far about Through A Mirror, Darkly. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype.

Monday, April 27, 2015

On Readers Getting Who I Am

An early review of Through A Mirror, Darkly - my novella quartet due from Crystal Lake Publishing, June 5th - has popped up on Indiebration​. I'm a little flustered, as always, to be mentioned with these names. Honestly, I just hope folks dig it, like everything else.

"Lucia certainly has a knack with words and a clipped economic style that hints and intimates things in the corner of our mind’s eye rather than wave them in our faces. What I really think makes this writer’s fiction is that he has learned from the masters of the genre but is not imitative of them. There are elements of Stephen King, Thomas Ligotti and H.P. Lovecraft in this fiction, but Lucia is very much a writer with his own voice." 

There's a lot to like in this interview. As many authors have said in response to reviews of their work - both formal like this, and from everyday readers - is how awesome it feels when readers get it. And by that, I don't mean that they get how smart we writers are, (because that can be debatable, especially in my case) but they get who we. I'm very gratified to see folks who enjoy what I feel like is my voice, emerging from all the influences I've poured into my brain over the years.

Of course, I don't aim at a distinct style or anything like that. Did a bit of that in my early days, trying to be "stylish." That changed, however, when  - ironically, when he was visiting  with one of my students - horror author and friend Dan Keohane once remarked that the best stories are the ones in which the author disappears, in favor of the story. Since then, I've always tried my best to get out of the story's way (though I'm sure I'm not always successful). All I can say about writing in my voice is this: more and more, I just try to write the stories I want to, and that's all. And it's nice to know that folks dig my voice. Helps me get up every morning, in effort to hone that voice, and tell more stories that only I could tell.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Today is the release of a novelette I've chosen to self-publish, THE WAY OF AH-TZENUL. Here's the particulars:

June 5th, THROUGH A MIRROR DARKLY will release from Crystal Lake Publishing. In it, Kevin Ellison, new owner of Arcane Delights, receives a mysterious box full of books. One of them is an old journal entitled THE WAY OF AH-TZENUL. Luckily, he doesn't read it. Others, however, have not been so fortunate....

"A farmer desperate to improve on last year's poor crops discovers a box of old books at the landfill, and among them an ancient journal offering planting advice not found in any Farmer's Almanac known to modern man... " 

This one is a bit....different from what I usually write. Definitely weirder.  Way weirder. In any case, check it out for .99 today.