Here's lookin' at you, sweetheart. Feast your eyes on the cover for our upcoming title, The Secret Files of Hugo & Victoria, by Buck Buchanan.
Laugh out loud comedy meets noir mystery and paranormal action within The Secret Files of Hugo & Victoria.
Hugo is a hardboiled private eye writer with wits as sharp as a switchblade. Victoria is a vampiress in denial of her mystic heritage. The duo solve the most outlandish crimes and write novels about their experiences as only private eye writers can.
Together, this unlikely pair face off against a mob of crazed coin collectors, a terrorist attack by the international criminal Ibn Etin Salami, a coven of evil vampigs and hampires (like vampires, but with more oinks and grunts), and more absurd and amazing scenarios than you can shake a vampire bat at.
Will they survive? Can the unlikely pair find love? And will Hugo ever fix his rust-bucket “classic” Yugo? Find out in The Secret Files of Hugo & Victoria.
The book will be released February 28, 2019, but pre-order your copy today so you can the first on your block to own a copy!
Darkwater Syndicate is pleased to announce two new members to its growing family of authors. Keep your eyes peeled for their books, coming a little later this year.
Dr. Julio A. Varela: Alma Mutters
Julio A. Varela teaches undergraduate literature, humanities, and philosophy courses in South Florida, where he began teaching in 1993. Dr. Varela’s writing credits include Vortex to Virus, Myth to Meme: The Literary Evolution of Nihilism and Chaos in Modernism and Postmodernism, published in 2009 by VDM Verlag, as well as a number of book reviews for Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science.
He received his doctoral degree in humanities from Florida State University in 2004. Dr. Varela lives in Miami, Florida. Darkwater Syndicate will publish his first novel, Alma Mutters, in early 2019. The book is a satirical look at high school education, recreational drugs, contemporary memes, rock & roll, and the overall degeneracy of the human race from one generation to the next.
Buck Buchanan: The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria
Judging by the characters in his book, you might think the author, J.E. “Buck” Buchanan, is out there around the third ring of Saturn. In reality, he’s firmly grounded, which is where the mystery side of his novel, The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria, comes in. Buck conducted and supervised major criminal investigations (homicide, smuggling, official corruption, fraud, etc.) for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for a good chunk of his life. The secret files in his novel aren’t based on those experiences because according to him, they were much weirder than mutant vampires, werewolves, and witches.
He wasn’t born into a life of crime (writing). After he escaped high school with minimal scars from sports and young love, he studied and worked at engineering and business before settling into crime fighting. Since then, in addition to consulting, he has focused on writing, winning several short story contests and conducting a writers’ workshop for the Palm Beach County Library. He lives in South Florida with his wife Susan and every stray dog and cat she can drag in. He says he can’t complain about it because she dragged him in too.
The Secret Files of Hugo and Victoria blends laugh-out-loud comedy with noir mystery and paranormal action. Catch it February 28, 2019.
In this same spirit, Darkwater Syndicate is developing an anthology of automotive horror.
Gearheads, rejoice! We've titled this collection: It Came From The Garage! It'll feature an eclectic mix of iconic cars in horror and dark fantasy settings that are sure to rev your panic throttles and send your nerves into redline. See below for the so-far confirmed list of authors and their contributions. Since we're still putting this one together, this list is by no means final. Indeed, you can expect new additions, and maybe even a few surprises in the coming weeks.
1) M.A.D. Mobile - Antonio Simon, Jr.
2) Ugly Joyride - R. Perez de Pereda
3) A Moment In Time With Black Shadow Tess - Richard Ayre
4) The Driver - Alana Turner
5) Out on Arrowhead Road - Sarah Cannavo
6) Special Delivery - David Owain Hughes
7) The Horseman Comes Riding - Stephanie Kelley
8) The Cavalier Cavalier - Jonathan Edward Ondrashek
Alone, with only a few dollars in his pocket and a decent grasp on English, he struggles to make ends meet. Eventually, Ramiro is recruited into a counterrevolutionary movement formed in Miami to oppose Castro's regime. In a blink, young Ramiro goes from penniless immigrant to soldier of fortune with a weekly paycheck. There's just one problem: he's a staunch pacifist, but he doesn't let this fact keep him from spending the money he's given.
Mr. Perez's memoirs will be chock full of anecdotes, some heartbreaking, others laugh-out-loud funny.
The release date is January 31, 2019, but you can pre-order today.
We'll be at the weekend street fair from Friday to Sunday, November 16th through the 18th. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Antonio Simon, Jr. will be in attendance to sign autographs, speak with the media, and ensure a memorable time will be had by all who pass by Darkwater's booth.
Be sure to swing by! We are the best in Miami's independent fiction!
Nicholas Paschall's hitting the road again! This time, he's bringing with him the latest in his Broken Gods series: Travails For Teyuna, released earlier this year. Come out to see him November 10th at Half Price Books, located at 125 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio TX 78216. A big thank-you to Half Price Books for hosting this event!
It was bound to happen eventually. We're just surprised it didn't happen sooner.
In case you haven't been following along, the two head honchos here at Darkwater Syndicate are fantasy authors. Dragons feature prominently in their works, and the dragons in their stories couldn't be any more different. Over the years, this difference of opinion has led to heated discussions, near-fistfights, and the errant thrown shoe.
Today, the two seek to resolve their differences in a debate over whose depiction of dragons is the most accurate. But before we get into that discussion, let's introduce the debaters.
[MODERATOR]: Mr. Simon will begin the discussion. If you would...
[ASJ]: Gladly. If you're going to talk about dragons as a viable race, you need to take a page from science and see what works and what doesn't, from an evolutionary standpoint. Dragons can't be big, lumbering, cold-blooded brutes for the same reason dinosaurs aren't alive today. Why? Much as that fiery death-comet helped speed things along, any creature designed along the same lines as dinosaurs would be inefficient, and nature has a way of making inefficient creatures go extinct.
That's why I put forth that dragons: (1) are warm-blooded, (2) small, (3) intelligent, and (4) social.
Warm-blooded animals can live in almost any environment. What's more, their level of activity isn't dependent on their body temperature. An iguana caught in a freak cold snap will likely become so sluggish as to fall out of its tree, where it will lie helpless, unable to move until the temperature rises.
The dragons in my fantasy books have built a country of their own that is jockeying for advantage on the world stage. The series is set in the age of sail—massive trade fleets exploit foreign markets, dodging pirates to bring home a wealth of cargo.
The dragons' culture is unique in a world largely inhabited by humans, but it's also fragile because of all the new ideas they're being exposed to from foreign sources. Dria, a dragon princess and the female lead, understands that sticking to tradition will only stagnate her people; but leading her people into the modern day will introduce new ways of thinking that risks forever destroying their heritage.
[MODERATOR]: Mr. Perez, you have the floor.
[RPP]: Thank you. Maybe it's because I'm old, but I'm a traditionalist. For me, dragons are: (1) big, (2) ferocious, and (3) exist to make a point. That last one topic may sound a bit esoteric, but I'll explain fully when I get there.
Why big? Why not? What you have to keep in mind, at all times, is that you are writing fantasy. Fantasy is not constrained (or often concerned with) such real world concepts as true-to-life physics. Maybe, if you were writing hard science fiction a la Asimov, you would be obliged to "show your work," as my grade-school math teachers used to say in our long division lessons. Otherwise, the genre allows you to magically do away with such things, so far as you can push the reader's suspension of disbelief. Thus, if you want big dragons, you can have them, because you're writing the story.
Why ferocious? For the same reason the dragon exists in your story in the first place. Let's look at the technical aspects of writing a story. You need to ensure that every character serves a purpose. If you're writing a story where a knight must save a princess from her nasty dragon captor, the audience expects that at some point there's going to be a big, bloody fight between these two characters. How better to ramp up the drama and show off your hero's prowess than by having him vanquish a mighty opponent? Here, the dragon character serves a discrete purpose—to make the hero look good. That's its purpose, the point you're trying to get across. The dragon is there because it reminds you to cheer for the good guy. Why else do you think St. George and the Dragon has been painted so many times across the Renaissance by so many different artists?
Each of the dragons encountered serves a purpose in the overall story. Cyan, the main character, is an impulsive jerk who'd sooner lop off heads with his battle-ax than shake your hand. He's on a quest, only, he doesn't actually know that what he seeks is something far greater than what he's set his sights on. Without spoiling the biggest twist in the book, through battling the dragons, Cyan comes to grips with the most negative parts of his life, and—however inadvertently—learns why he's been wrong for so long.
[MODERATOR]: Thank you, Mr. Perez. And now, to Mr. Simon for the rebuttal...
[???]: Stop! Stop right his minute!
[MODERATOR]: Ladies and gentlemen, please stand by as there's been an unforeseen interruption to today's discussion. Someone's approaching the microphone table... And who might you be?
[MODERATOR]: This is a discussion of dragons in fiction. Simon describes dragons as being small and social, while Perez describes them as big and scary. Whose book are you in?
[AM]: I don't think you thought that through completely before speaking.
[MODERATOR]: So... then how are you here?
[AM]: I walked. My office is two doors down the hall. Look, I'd really appreciate it if you could keep it down in here—I've got a stack of submissions I need to get through by this Friday...
[MODERATOR]: Well, I... I mean, yes, I... I'm sorry. We'll try to be a little quieter. Oh, but before you go—would you consider yourself small, lightweight, and warm-blooded; or huge and ferocious?
[AM]: My coffee's getting cold.
[MODERATOR]: Well, that's all the time we have, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for tuning in to our discussion, and good bye for now. Please keep the discussion going and let us know what you think in the comments!
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