It’s been a month and you probably enjoyed the quiet time, but wanted to let you know things are progressing well with Murder Happens. Gave myself a 4-month deadline, now one-month into it since the contest ended, and got a solid 40K done in that time. It’s all revisions, rewrites and new material. When draft two is done, will hand it off to Joan the Editor before putting it into the queue for the Inkshares dev/editing process.

Joan has another freebie for your kindle. The Dolls is my favorite horror short of hers. It’s really creepy. We tried to have it for Halloween, but some kind of crazy life thing happened.

Mike and I are still together, btw. It was tough, but he forgave me for that last minute pre-order that jumped MRDR HPPNS into 1st place…one ahead of The Vampire and the Dragon. He’s been sharing the plot premise of the trilogy which is a complete spoiler for me, but they’re going to be awesome for the rest of you. Guess that’s my payback.

Check out @deanfearce or my Facebook for the hell of it. 

Lou A Craig won the MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS giveaway. The random generator delivered 44 and it was Lou’s number. It’s ordered and shipped and although i overpaid for my copy at the tiny bookstore where I live, the Amazon version was about half the cost. That’s all I got to say tonight. Fancy that. Oh, wait, why you’re waiting for your copy of Murder Happens to get published, go check out GLAM and follow it. That’s all the huckstering you’re gonna get out of me tonight.


That was one hell of a finish!
The good news is we won the Inkshares Horror Contest by one pre-order (138).
My bro Michael Welch came in 2nd with 137.
The bad news is no one is getting a refund.
I’m in awe of all you wonderful people. Thank you for your support.
Big shout out to Amy who called Alyssa who tossed the Hail Mary at 4:56 p.m. PDT, and pushed Murder Happens to the top for, what was it, the 8th time today?
Thank you all so much for making this happen for me.
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Way to go, Dean!!! 😘

20 minutes to go...we’re tied at 137...one order can determine the outcome


This day has come at last. The final hours of the Inkshares Horror contest. My Facebook friends are exhausted. Sorry folks. It has been a carnival thrill ride and it’s almost over. You all have to be done with me by now too!

And whatever happens at the end, thank you all for your support. And to the other contestants, I’m proud to be included with such esteemed company. Thank you for pushing so hard…I guess. And best of luck…starting tomorrow.


Let the writing time arise again and the huckstering time scab over to a distant painful memory. Looking forward to burying my introverted self into the bowels of Murder Happens, as crappy as that sounds. Amen

The End is Near…
The competition for the top 3 spots in the Inkshares Horror contest is intense. I don’t anticipate this will sway you if you haven’t bought a pre-order for Murder Happens, but I said there would be a giveaway for Emil Ferris’ MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS. It will be Tuesday evening once the contest winds up. If you do decide to support MH, you will be entered onto the list. I really enjoyed the graphic novel, and wanted to share it with you all. $40 value. Just saying.

50 (Ink)shares of Grey

Mike’s V&D and Dean’s MH are clinging together at the top, but the bromance is under threat of being torn apart. We need your support to keep it together.

Pre-order Murder Happens to keep Dean as Mike’s wingman:

Pre-order Vampire & the Dragon to keep Mike in first because he’s the hero we all want to be:

Check this out, isn’t it the sweetest thing ever? 

follow @mikexwelch & @deanfearce for bromance updates!

Doing something really scary now!

I want to pass along this Halloween treat from Joan Reginaldo. It’s a FREE story download on Amazon this weekend. The Skin is super creepy in the way of things that threaten to obliterate ones self completely.


The scary part is Joan is my editor. She’s like a bright shiny jewel that’s my secret alone. Accepting that she’s not a finite bit of magic, but an unlimited fount of creative inspiration is a hard edge I’m leaning into. It’s said that when the student is ready to ascend to the next level, the teacher will come. Here’s to Joan, my teacher and friend. Happy Halloween!


Oh, and go pre-order Murder Happens NOW!  This is not your final warning, but we’re getting close...


Murder Happens scored the Staff Syndicate for October on Inkshares which propelled the project into 1st place and gave it some cushion. Many thanks for your support! Mike’s Vampire and the Dragon is likely going to catch us, but either way, right now we own the top 2 spots. Let’s keep up the momentum. If you have any inkling to support Murder Happens, don’t be shy and pre-order today.


If we hit 110 preorders, I will raffle off a copy of Emil Ferris’ graphic novel: MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS ($39.99 value). Sometimes you just have to throw money at a challenge.

And don’t forget to get your FREE copy of GLAMS vs RED PLAIDS. Free until Sunday midnight.


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