collectiveinkwell.com http://collectiveinkwell.com The home of dark fiction writers Sean Platt and David Wright Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:47:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.10 Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage Now Available on Amazon http://collectiveinkwell.com/2016/01/19/dark-crossings-double-feature-rites-of-passage-now-available-on-amazon/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2016/01/19/dark-crossings-double-feature-rites-of-passage-now-available-on-amazon/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:22:31 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3798 We’re HUGE fans of short stories here at Collective Inkwell.

We’ve been reading them since we were kids, and publishing them since 2011.

We started Dark Crossings as our short story moniker to pay homage to shows like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Darkside.

So in 2016, we’re publishing a new Dark Crossings Double Feature every other month. Sean and I will each write a short story and publish them together, with author notes, exclusively at Amazon (find out more on why in this post).

DARK CROSSINGS DOUBLE FEATURE: RITES OF PASSAGE

(Note: One of the stories, Rites of Passage, was available to Sterling and Stone prime members last year. So if you were a member then, you already have the first story. The second story, The Room, is brand new. Both are new to Amazon, though.)

 

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Buy today at Amazon.

Amazon UK

DARK CROSSINGS DOUBLE FEATURE: RITES OF PASSAGE

(TWO SHORT STORIES IN ONE DOUBLE FEATURE!)

From #1 horror and sci-fi authors of the Yesterday’s Gone series and Z 2134, Sean Platt and David Wright, comes two short stories including a return to the world of Z 2134 in Rites of Passage, and a new short story called The Room.

RITES OF PASSAGE

In the year 2138, humans live behind walled Cities under strict government control. For those who refuse the confines of tyranny, there is The Barrens, a harsh land where everything is out to kill you — from the wildlife to zombies to other humans.

A lucky few manage to find some semblance of a normal life living within secret villages, ignored by the government and as yet undiscovered by bandits.

But living in such villages requires you to always be prepared — for anything.

Following the death of her father, 15-year-old Scout knows that it is on her to ensure that her 10-year-0ld brother, Kip, has what it takes to survive in the cruel Barrens.

But Kip is a kind soul, unable to even hunt an animal for survival.

So she takes him out to the woods to toughen him up. But what they find will not only test her brother, but also Scout’s resolve. Will she be forced to give up her humanity in order to protect her family?

Z: Rites of Passage is a standalone short story taking place independent of the Z 2134 trilogy with new characters and locations.

THE ROOM

There is a room in Jimmy Shire’s house that is almost locked.

A room that the babysitter, Taylor has always wondered about.

Why does Jimmy lock the door?

What does he keep in there that could be so secret?

Tonight Jimmy forgot to lock the door.

And Taylor is going to wish she never looked inside.

Buy today at Amazon.

Amazon

Amazon UK

 

 

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Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage http://collectiveinkwell.com/2016/01/12/dark-crossings-double-feature-rites-of-passage/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2016/01/12/dark-crossings-double-feature-rites-of-passage/#comments Tue, 12 Jan 2016 08:26:12 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3789 We’re HUGE fans of short stories here at Collective Inkwell.

We’ve been reading them since we were kids and writing them since 2011.

We started Dark Crossings as our short story moniker to pay homage to shows like The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Outer Limits and Tales from the Darkside.

But they’ve always had a limited audience compared to our series and standalone books.

Part of that, I think, is because of the price.

Three bucks is a bit too much for one short story (save for something novella length).

But .99 knocks us down to a 35% royalty at Amazon.

So we came up with an idea — a Dark Crossings Double Feature.

Two stories, one from Sean and one from me (Dave), along with Authors’ Notes for about $1.50 per story — or $2.99 a book.

But the only way I think this will really work is if we put the short stories into KDP Select (meaning the stories will be exclusive to Amazon for a while). Our shorts haven’t sold well on the other platforms to date, and it makes no sense putting them everywhere for the few people who might want them. Not when we could be getting the promotion that comes with being Amazon exclusive, promotion which might actually earn back the investment we put into the stories (covers, editing, etc).

BUT … we don’t want to alienate our Apple, Kobo, and Nook readers.

So here’s what we’re going to do.

We’re releasing our first double feature on Gumroad FIRST for a LIMITED TIME.

Exclusive until Saturday night (1/16/16). You can pick up Dark Crossings Double Feature: Rites of Passage either the epub (for Apple, Kobo, and Nook readers) or mobi (Amazon’s Kindle readers) files only until then.

In other words, you’re buying directly from us (well, through Gumroad).

After that we’ll be taking the book off sale at Gumroad, making the book exclusive to Amazon for 90 days.

WHY GO EXCLUSIVE TO AMAZON?

While we love being sold in all the major stores, so any reader can read us on any device, we also want to sell books! And while our major series do well elsewhere, the smaller books don’t.

Meanwhile, tons of authors are having success with KDP Select — with the ability to make their books free for periods of time and making them free to borrow for Kindle Unlimited readers! These books also tend to show up a lot more often on searches, and also-boughts, meaning that anytime we don’t publish on KDP Select, we’re hurting our ability to sell on Amazon.

With our larger titles we can afford this — as we’ve built a readership for some titles on other platforms. But for our smaller books, not so much.

Still, it sucks to not have the book available to everyone at every store at the same time.

Which is why we’re doing this experiment. We’ll see how it works, and if it goes well, we may do this with our other short stories and works that will be Amazon exclusive first.

DARK CROSSINGS DOUBLE FEATURE: RITES OF PASSAGE

(Note: One of the stories, Rites of Passage, was available to Sterling and Stone prime members last year. So if you were a member then, you already have the first story. The second story, The Room, is brand new. Both are new to Amazon, though.)

 

Dark-Crossings-RitesofPassage

Buy today at Gumroad.

https://gum.co/HeyA

DARK CROSSINGS DOUBLE FEATURE: RITES OF PASSAGE

(TWO SHORT STORIES IN ONE DOUBLE FEATURE!)

From #1 horror and sci-fi authors of the Yesterday’s Gone series and Z 2134, Sean Platt and David Wright, comes two short stories including a return to the world of Z 2134 in Rites of Passage, and a new short story called The Room.

RITES OF PASSAGE

In the year 2138, humans live behind walled Cities under strict government control. For those who refuse the confines of tyranny, there is The Barrens, a harsh land where everything is out to kill you — from the wildlife to zombies to other humans.

A lucky few manage to find some semblance of a normal life living within secret villages, ignored by the government and as yet undiscovered by bandits.

But living in such villages requires you to always be prepared — for anything.

Following the death of her father, 15-year-old Scout knows that it is on her to ensure that her 10-year-0ld brother, Kip, has what it takes to survive in the cruel Barrens.

But Kip is a kind soul, unable to even hunt an animal for survival.

So she takes him out to the woods to toughen him up. But what they find will not only test her brother, but also Scout’s resolve. Will she be forced to give up her humanity in order to protect her family?

Z: Rites of Passage is a standalone short story taking place independent of the Z 2134 trilogy with new characters and locations.

THE ROOM

There is a room in Jimmy Shire’s house that is almost locked.

A room that babysitter Taylor has always wondered about.

Why does Jimmy lock the door?

What does he keep in there that could be so secret?

Tonight Jimmy forgot to lock the door.

And Taylor is going to wish she never looked inside.

Buy today at Gumroad.

https://gum.co/HeyA

 

If you need help side-loading the book to your device, check out this post here:

http://collectiveinkwell.com/how-to-sideload-onto-your-kindle-device-or-app/

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Collective Inkwell: Season Six http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/07/07/collective-inkwell-season-six/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/07/07/collective-inkwell-season-six/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:30:40 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3782 Yesterday's Gone: Season Six

<<<< SMALL SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU’VE NOT READ SEASON THREE — SO TURN BACK AND DO NOT READ!!>>>>

THE WAIT IS OVER

The stunning series finale to the bestselling Yesterday’s Gone series is here!

On October 15, 2011 a handful of people wake in a post-apocalyptic landscape to find that most of the world’s population has vanished in a mysterious event.

NOW THEY ARE HOME

And they are not alone.

The Darkness has killed nearly everyone on our planet. But it is no longer the biggest threat to humanity.

THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE

Can the survivors of October 15 overcome the new threat before all is lost?

ONE LAST BATTLE

ONE LAST SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD

ONE LAST WTF ENDING

Yesterday’s Gone: Season Six

IS HERE TODAY!!

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WINKP5W/

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00WINKP5W/

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id998672347

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1122096927

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-six

New to the series? Catch up today and get the full FIRST FIVE SERIES in an Apple ExclusiveBundle for just $12.99!!

Apple: Seasons One – Five

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Apple: Seasons One – Five

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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five Available Everywhere (almost) http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/02/24/yesterdays-gone-season-five-available-everywhere-almost/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2015/02/24/yesterdays-gone-season-five-available-everywhere-almost/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:49:35 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3764 Yesterday's Gone: Season FiveYesterday’s Gone: Season Five is now available everywhere (except Apple, which we’re working on).

YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON FIVE (EPISODES 25-30 — THE FULL FIFTH SEASON) 
Time is running out.
There are 11 alien vials left, and whoever has them holds the fate of humanity in their hands. Will the world succumb to The Darkness or be saved by The Light?
Black Island Guardsmen are racing to save the world, but to do so they must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.
What lengths will The Guardsmen go through to get the vials?
Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien that has already destroyed so much?
Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge?
Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his one weakness — an infected Rose?
Find out in this penultimate game changing season leading to the insane final sixth season of Platt & Wright’s bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller.

Here’s links and where to get it:

AMAZON US:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OC9097O/

AMAZON UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OC9097O/

Kobo:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/yesterday-s-gone-season-five

Barnes & Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/yesterdays-gone-sean-platt/1121130947

Apple

(coming soon)

 

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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five is Available Now! http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/13/yesterdays-gone-season-five-is-available-now/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/13/yesterdays-gone-season-five-is-available-now/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:21:14 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3750 YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON FIVE

Yesterday's Gone: Season FiveTime is running out.

There are 11 alien vials left, and whoever has them holds the fate of humanity in their hands. Will the world succumb to The Darkness or be saved by The Light?

Black Island Guardsmen are racing to save the world, but to do so they must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.

What lengths will The Guardsmen go through to get the vials?

Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien that has already destroyed so much?

Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge?

Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his one weakness — an infected Rose?

Find out in this penultimate game changing season leading to the insane final sixth season of Platt & Wright’s bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller.

Get all six episodes now at Amazon.

They’ll be available everywhere else on January 12! For more on why these episodes are a 90 day exclusive with Amazon, you can read about that here.

AMAZON US

EPISODE 25
EPISODE 26
EPISODE 27
EPISODE 28
EPISODE 29
EPISODE 30

AMAZON UK

EPISODE 25

EPISODE 26
EPISODE 27
EPISODE 28
EPISODE 29
EPISODE 30
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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/08/yesterdays-gone-season-five/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/10/08/yesterdays-gone-season-five/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:00:42 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3745 Yesterday's Gone: Season Five
YESTERDAY’S GONE: SEASON FIVE

Time is running out.

There are 11 alien vials left, and whoever has them holds the fate of humanity in their hands. Will the world succumb to The Darkness or be saved by The Light?

Black Island Guardsmen are racing to save the world, but to do so they must put Paola in a danger unlike anything she’s ever faced.

What lengths will The Guardsmen go through to get the vials? 
Can Mary protect her daughter from an insidious alien that has already destroyed so much?
Will Luca be mankind’s savior or its final judge?
Can Boricio overcome his past, or will he succumb to his one weakness — an infected Rose?

Find out in this penultimate game changing season leading to the insane final sixth season of CI’s bestselling post-apocalyptic thriller.

GET SEASON FIVE TODAY!

All six episodes will be available on October 13th at Amazon. And the full season will be available in six weeks at Amazon, and in 90 days everywhere else.

If you’re a Sterling & Stone Platinum Reader, then Yesterday’s Gone Season 5 is already in your Member’s Library.

If you’re not an S&S Platinum Reader, you can click here to become one today!

Or, if you’re not a member, you can also click here to buy it directly from us (but only until this Friday, October 11!).

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Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five Announcement Date and Promo Poster http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/07/30/yesterdays-gone-season-five-announcement-date-and-promo-poster/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/07/30/yesterdays-gone-season-five-announcement-date-and-promo-poster/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:42:19 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3718 We’ve got a date!

Yesterday’s Gone: Season Five will be released on October 15, 2014!

While we’d been planning a spring or summer release, we’ve decided not to rush it and want to spend our time making the book as absolutely amazing as we can.

So the new release date is October 15.

Familiar date?

Yep — the day everyone vanished way back in Season One.

And let me just tell you, if you love this story HALF as much as we do, well, you’re in for one kick ass thrill ride leading to the final season (Six)!

Here’s the promo poster.

Stay tuned as we’ll be blogging some behind the scenes stuff, and more book news including sneak peeks!

Yesterday's Gone: Season Five

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Crash Is Here! http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/30/crash-is-here/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/30/crash-is-here/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:52:58 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3695 crash-cover-new-2Crash is out on Amazon today!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBNI0B6

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LBNI0B6

And as a special thank you for your patience in waiting for Sean and I to finish this book (and for helping us pick the cover design), we’re releasing Crash at a special introductory price of only .99!

That’s this week only, though. After this week, it will go back to its full price of $3.99. (Priced lower than our usual stories as it’s not as long as a typical season.)

If you’ve been reading these emails or following the blog for any amount of time, you know this is a story I’ve been working on for a long time — since the late 80s!

Crash is a story very close to my heart. I talk a bit about its origins in the Author’s Note at the end of the book, though you should read the story first as the note spoils some things that happen!

Here’s the back-of-the-book teaser:

CRASH

Sometimes the ghosts that haunt us most aren’t the dead.

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together.

However, he can’t move on.

In addition to his daughter, there’s something else missing — specifically his memories for six months prior to the accident.

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories.

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him.

Crash is the first non-series book from The Kings of the Serial and bestselling authors, Sean Platt and David Wright.

Crash is approximately 41,000 words and contains a sneak peek at the opening chapters of Threshold, coming Sept. 2, for a total of more than 48,000 words.

EARLY WORD ON CRASH

Here’s some early reviews:

“Absolutely. Brilliant.”

“a gutting, wrenching and disturbing tale”

“Profoundly captivating!”

“When you reach the conclusion of this story, you cannot help but to feel that the time you have invested in reading this was well spent. Gut wrenching.”

“Deeply Depressing”

If that sounds like your kind of book, head on over to Amazon today and pick it up while it’s just .99!

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LBNI0B6

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LBNI0B6

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Crash Covers and Date http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/13/crash-covers-and-date/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/06/13/crash-covers-and-date/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:29:25 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3687 Thanks to everybody who weighed in on the Crash covers in our last post.

I’ve come back with variations of the white cover, including a few with darker textures.

Also, we’ve got a launch date for Crash.

Look for it on June 30!

Here’s the synopsis again:

CRASH

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together.

However, he can’t move on.

In addition to his daughter, there’s something missing — specifically his memories for 6 months prior to the accident.

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories.

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him.

COVER 1 WHITE

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COVER 2 WHITE WITH RED

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COVER 3 MEDIUM

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COVER 4 DARK

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Which one do you like most?

Weigh in below!

Thank you for reading,

Dave & Sean

 

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Crash Covers: Which One Do You Like? http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/05/16/crash-covers-which-one-do-you-like/ http://collectiveinkwell.com/2014/05/16/crash-covers-which-one-do-you-like/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 09:35:52 +0000 http://collectiveinkwell.com/?p=3673 Hey there, Goners. Crash is coming out soon and I’m working on a few different cover ideas. I’d love to know which one(s) you like best.

Here’s the synopsis for the story:

CRASH

It has been nearly a year since writer Thomas Witt lost his daughter in a horrible car accident which nearly killed him. He and his wife are attempting to have another child and put their lives back together.

However, he can’t move on.

In addition to his daughter, there’s something missing — specifically his memories for 6 months prior to the accident.

He finds himself obsessively drawn to accident scenes where he photographs the carnage in attempts to reclaim his memories.

But what he finds in the photographs may just destroy him.

Here’s the cover choices so far. Please leave a comment below.

A – GIRL ON WHITE – BLACK TITLE

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B – GIRL ON WHITE – FIRE TITLE

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C – ROAD WITH DOLL

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D – ROAD WITH CRACKED GLASS BLUE

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E – CRACKED GLASS TITLE

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Leave your choice below, or email me and let me know what you think. Alternatively, if none of them do anything for you, let me know that, too.

As always, thank you for reading,

dave

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