It’s official. 

Last night, I emailed Inkshares the manuscript for PrOOF Vol. 1: The Vampire and the Dragon...along with a copy of (hopefully) the cover art, my intended author bio pic, my dedication/thank yous, and lots of other stuff related to the book (marketing stuff). 

I am free, for the first time since 2013. Until Inkshares replies, and then the REAL work starts on this book.

Thank you all for your support! The rubber is about to meet the road in a big way!

Michael James Welch

Work continues on The Vampire and the Dragon, PrOOF Vol. 1.  In order to solidify the trilogy, I’ve skipped ahead to some key points in books 2 and 3.  This will ensure that no ’ret-conning’ becomes necessary if books 2 and 3 should be published as well, which is my hope.

Here’s a taste of what’s going on in PrOOF Vol 3 - The Vampire and the Djinn:


Folks -

Dammit Jim, I’m a writer, not an HTML’er.

Here are the correct links:

The Vampire and the Wendigo, PrOOF Vol. 2


The Vampire and the Djinn, PrOOF Vol. 3



Hi folks - 

In addition to completing The Vampire and the Dragon, PrOOF Vol. 1, I’ve also been at work tweaking the planned sequels to ensure that everything fits together nicely and doesn’t end up contradicting itself.

To this end, I’ve revised the name and plot of the immediate sequel to Vol.1...I’d like to officially announce:

 ;The Vampire and the Wendigo, PrOOF Vol. 2 ;

Any and all follows for this and the 3rd volume, ;The Vampire and the Djinn, PrOOF Vol. 3;, greatly appreciated!


Michael James Welch
Josh Josh M. Parker · Author · added 4 months ago
Solid start thus far. I’m guessing this scene is our framing device, and that most of the story will come from him talking to the recorder. I’d like to read more of this for sure.

If there’s one change I’d make, I feel like the line "for starters, I’d be dead" reads a bit awkward. Maybe consider "Aside from being dead, the bullet would’ve obliterated the affected vertebrae as well as taking my heart, most of my lungs and probably my entire diaphragm along for the ride out of my torso."

That said, I’ll be looking forward to you posting more on this, I’d love to keep reading about Stephen.
Nik flannel Nicolina Torres · Author · added 4 months ago

Well, most of my peers are updating their readers, and I’m terrible when it comes to peer pressure, so...

The Vampire and the Dragon continues. Act 3 is complete.  Act 2 is being revised slightly, and Act 1 simply needs a ’finish’ to be completed.  Once the whole manuscript is done, I’ll be sending it off to Inkshares for them to brutally tear it apart.  ; )

When will that be, you ask?   The easiest answer is - I don’t know. I’ve been trying to write daily, but real life and day jobs have prevented much from happening for the latter half of January and the first half of Feb.  

Happy Valentines Day, by the way.  You know you’re the only one for me.

Long story short, there’s almost no chance of TVatD showing up in 2018. Early 2019 is a much more realistic goal.  This is partially due to me and my inability to press my nose to a grindstone, but is mostly affected by the rampant success of Inkshares as a publisher and media platform; there are simply a LOT of books in the queue ahead of me, regardless of when I submit the manuscript.

Things that might change:   While I will almost certainly fight against most of the following, bear in mind that Inkshares has a huge vested interest in the success of this book, and as such, will exercise some creative controls. So, the title might change, the protagonist might become a woman instead of Stephen (because if him having a penis isn’t central to the plot, then all bets are off), it might have the swearing removed and become a Young Adult title (that’ll probably end up a hard ’no’ from me), or they might tell me that I have to make it a LOT scarier/gorier/suspenseful.  I’m open minded enough to know that I’m not Stephen King/Cormac McCarthy and therefore will very carefully choose the  hill upon which I die.  But I have decent justifications for pretty much everything I’ve done and why I’ve done it, so....we’ll see.

But the point of this long and rambling update is to let you know that I didn’t take your $ and run. TVatD *will* be in your finely manicured hands (omg, I LOVE your nails) at some point during our lifetimes, and that, as always, you guys make my world go ’round. Without you, I am not a published author.

To quote Hall & Oates - you make my dreams come true.

Also, interestingly enough, your kiss *is* on my list of the best things in life.  But I wasn’t going to mention that.

The Vampire and the Dragon (PrOOF Vol. 1) manuscript continues to be added to and refined; the story honed to a sharper edge. Here’s a new excerpt from Act 3. Very much in the home stretch now!
I was dumped unceremoniously on the floor of the kitchen, close to the door that led out onto the rear deck of the house. [spoiler] swore as he rifled through drawers, slamming them each shut before moving on to the next. Finally he found what he was looking for with a satisfied ‘ah ha!’, then flipped me onto my back from the fetal position I’d been left in.
I could tell from my head’s movement that [spoiler] was tugging on something. I saw one of my boots sail across my vision, followed after another few moments by its counterpart. Another brief moment of tugging, and then [spoiler] was straddling my chest. He balled up one of my socks and said, “Open wide!”
I mutely refused.
[spoiler] reached behind himself, then produced a pair of orange-handled scissors. He displayed it to me, then said simply, “Open up or this goes in your eye.”
We stared at each other a moment. I considered that since I was to die in agony anyway, what was the harm in losing my vision now? At least I could scream for help. When I realized my choices were to be rescued but blinded or to keep my vision and die, I aimed my last words carefully and coldly at [spoiler].
“You’d better fucking hope that you kill me, you little bastard. And you’d better hope there’s no such thing as ghosts–“
[spoiler] rolled his eyes and shoved the balled up sock into my mouth as I formed the ‘O’ sound. He shook his head and laughed a small, pitying laugh, then worked my other sock around my head, tying it off painfully tight at the base of my skull. He stood up, admired his work for a moment, then stepped over me toward the door.
He collected the collars of my shirt and jacket and dragged me one-handed out into the grass of the backyard. Cold dew soaked into my hair. The sky above remained dark, but my growing headache told me that the horizon had already started bulging with light. My anger was mutating to terror; a shudder that would’ve normally run up my spine instead started at the back of my neck and dissolved into millions of points of cold on my scalp.
More tugs. I saw [spoiler] working on something in my lower body, but couldn’t see. Once he turned me over on my side, I realized that he was using the scissors to cut all of the clothes from my body. My view fell upon the tall, wooden backyard fence. It had to be at least nine feet with no gaps to see through. There was little chance anyone would see me here, and they certainly wouldn’t hear me. I wondered if they’d smell my flesh as it broke down its constituent atoms, liquefying into a putrescent puddle impossible to identify as ever having been human.
As if in answer to this, [spoiler] carried a small metal fire pit over to my left, about five feet from where I lay. He disappeared, then reappeared with logs of wood, which he stacked carefully in the fire pit, then covered with my tattered clothing. He piled more logs next to the metal legs of the pit, then plopped down a white plastic bottle of lighter fluid. He looked into my eyes to ensure I could see his smile, then removed his hand from the bottle and was gone from my vision.
I closed my eyes and willed myself free; willed my worthless hands and legs to move again, to rip apart this stupid tape and set my curled fingers upon his throat. I envisioned myself pulling the esophagus clear from his bloody neck and tossing it over my shoulder like a useless plastic toy.
My arms and legs ignored my commands.
I screamed into my gag with all of my strength. I heard [spoiler’s] distant laugh once my ragged voice subsided.
The first rays of the sun found me, then, and despite there being no feeling in my extremities, I discovered that the nerves to every cell in my body still worked to transmit pain.
I screamed again, then; an unending scream that spiraled inside my chest like a saw blade set free.

There’s a facebook page for the book! The link is:


Michael James Welch

Fun Fact:   If Susan K. Hamilton had entered The Devil You Don’t in the 2017 Inkshares Horror Contest instead of the 2017 Launchpad Contest, she would’ve won.

Less fun fact:   The Devil You Don’t is still roughly 40 pre-orders away from hitting the Quill publishing milestone.  

We have until 12/31/17 to make this happen!  If you supported The Vampire and the Dragon, please consider supporting Susan’s book - she’s been incredibly supportive of me.


Michael James Welch

12/1/17 has come and (in 2 hours) gone without me finishing the manuscript to submit to Inkshares. I figured this would be a bit of a stretch anyhow, but had to set a goal for myself. Between struggling with unemployment and all the joy it entails and the demands of this holiday season, I’ve been a busy camper.  Still, progress has been made.  I’m at a solid 21k+ words and plan to more than double that before I submit to Oakland.

The good news is - I’ve fully fleshed out the plots and quite a few details for books 2 and 3 of the PrOOF trilogy.  Their pages are below, and they feature the story synopses:
I would love for anyone who’s following The Vampire and the Dragon, PrOOF vol. 1 to also follow these two sequels. Stephen’s tale is only beginning with this first volume. Thank you!

Susan K. Hamilton is a really nice human being. And while that doesn’t automatically make her a good writer, she’s a great one of those as well.  Please consider lending your support to her 2nd novel, which is currently funding and in need of about 30-40 sales. I’ve bought two and my wife has bought one. Time for all the rest of you to discover the splendor of The Devil You Don’t:   https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-devil-you-don-t

Remember - any Inkshares titles that don’t meet minimum funding (in Susan’s case, 250 books) result in a full refund of your money.  This is a low risk, high reward proposition.

Speaking of propositions - Dean Fearce has his button nose to the grindstone out in sunny CA, working on bringing Murder Happens ( https://www.inkshares.com/books/murder-happens ) to full, bloody life. Buy one if you haven’t already.  It’s cheaper now that he won the contest.  Bastard.

Thanks for your time and support, all.  Now I’m going to Shut Up and Write, just like my Twitter ( https://twitter.com/mikexwelch ) cover photo exhorts me to do.


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