Yes, Another New Cover

Greetings! Okay, last cover redesign for a while, I promise.

I failed with this book. When Pestilence Rising first came out back in 2014 (wow, has it been that long?), I concentrated most of my promotional efforts on getting reviews. I got a few, nothing crazy. I sold like no copies. Even to this day, it isn’t selling squat. I have literally sold 2 digital copies of this book. 2.

The new cover is an attempt to fix that. I’m also revamping the description, recategorizing it, and implementing advertising.

The first cover was…not that great. This is it.

Pestilence Rising jpg cover

I guess it could’ve been worse. It could’ve been one of those horrible covers I sometimes see that look like someone took a bunch of tiny, random pictures and made a half-ass collage with them. Oh, if you’re wondering why my name is “L. Ryan” on this one, it’s because at the time, I was reading about how people would rather read books by men, so some ladies use initials instead of their first names like JK Rowling.

Ahem.

Anyway, so the second cover was a little better.

new PR cover

Still not fantastic or great for the genre, but at least it looks more…artsy?

With the new push comes the new cover. This is the one I’m going to use from here on out.

new pestilence rising cover

I still might monkey around with the font a bit, but I am pleased with it overall.

Hopefully, this new push will help. I dropped the ball with this book, which is dumb because I really did like it. I still do.

I was also thinking about doing an audiobook version after I finish Beneath Oceans of Sky and Love and the Dark. That might be weird, because the main character is male. My voice isn’t overly girly, though, so I might be able to pull it off.

Tune in tomorrow for a super creepy fish post. The fish is creepy, not the post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black-Eyed Children

Okay, guys. Super exciting day! I’m switching up the blog content a smidge to make things more interesting for both you and me. I’m going to write about some paranormal things, stuff I find weird, strange, and/or spooky, perhaps some bits on myths and various creatures. I spend a lot of time reading about that stuff anyway; might as well slap some up on the blog, right? Right.

Don’t worry, I’ll still post about my books and writing, too. I just wanted to shake it up.

So today, we have the black-eyed children. This falls under the Urban Legend category.

 

black-eyed children

Image from Wikipedia

 

Wikipedia describes these adorable, little demons thus: “Black-eyed children (or black-eyed kids) are an urban legend of supposed paranormal creatures that resemble children between the ages of 6 and 16, with pale skin and black eyes, who are reportedly seen hitchhiking or panhandling, or are encountered on doorsteps of residential homes. Tales of black-eyed children have existed since the 1950s.”

They remind me a little of that movie: The Grudge. Do you remember it? There was a creepy kid that looked like this.

 

grudge

Grudge movie pic

 

 

Anyway, the creepy black-eyed kids in these stories are different. In this case, they run around, bumming rides and begging for change and…showing up on doorsteps, asking to use the phone?

The latter is, of course, the creepiest. According to what I’ve read, they get rather demanding if you try to ignore them.

Personally, I’d love to see who the little creepos would call. I’d totally eavesdrop on that weirdness. I wouldn’t let them in, though. No, thank you.

Some theories as to what they are include: aliens, vampires, or ghosts.

Let us briefly explore the possibilities.

Aliens: hmm. Maybe. I could see it. Say you’re trapped on an alien planet. At some point, you need to find a way to function on said planet. You study a species for a while (preferably the one with the most comfortable lifestyle), figure out what motivates them to share whatever you need (such as maternal instinct), and whip up a disguise that elicits the response you want. I get it.

Vampires: Pale skin, weird eyes, these are some vampire characteristics. Plus, they really want that invitation into your house. A vampire might also require rides, money, and phone calls.

Ghosts: Again, pale skin, dark eyes, ghostly ghostness, for sure. Ghosts are souls who are supposedly stuck here because of unfinished business. I guess, ghostly unfinished business might include needing a ride, money, or a phone call. You’ve got to facilitate that, somehow, amIright?

Basically, this whole urban legend boils down to creepy kids asking for stuff. How scary is that, really? Not very. As long as you don’t let them in your house…

More info

Wikipedia

Stories of black-eyed children