Welcome To The Screwed Up World Of Michael Louis Calvillo Must Be Destroyed! (Round 1…)

I think I’ll use today’s post to begin highlighting some of my works while at the same time explaining myself. Let’s put the blog to work and see if I can’t get one of you to buy some books. I aim to entertain, Loyal Reader. But since I’m an author and not a musician, or a filmmaker, it takes a commitment on your part to get what I’m trying to say. You can’t quickly watch me, or bob your head to the beat (which feels as good as any of the small pleasures afforded us human beings). To truly appreciate what I have going on here, you have to…engage.


(This your brain. You only have one. Feed it well!)

Which sucks.

I know, I know. In this day and age – we are all SO BUSY!!! This reading thing takes time. As a writer, it’s even worse. When reading for enjoyment I keep thinking that I should be writing (as you non-writers keep thinking there are other things that need to be done). I feel far more productive with an 80,000 word manuscript in my lap than another author’s work playing out behind my eyes. But, as everybody on the face of the Earth surely knows – to write, and to write well, you have to read. You have to. There is no other choice. You have to study your own craft by studying someone else’s literary rhythms. Reading and writing – for us writers, they’re not mutually exclusive.

So then, without further fanfare, here is a little bit on one of my creations.

Read at your own risk!

Let the weirdness begin!


(Rock it, Calvillo!)
(Thanks, Kanye! I’ll do my very best!
)

Welcome to the screwed up world of Michael Louis Calvillo Must Be Destroyed! My mission statement goes something like this: MLC has been put on this Earth to accomplish a specific number of feats. The first of them – to love, to live, to self actualize – to continue to process wisdom – are running smoothly. So far, so good. I am currently on track with my spiritual and emotional ascension. The next feats – philosophy, entertainment, stimulation – are presently in progress and well-represented in my existing body of work. When I write I try to freak folks out, but, at the same time, I also want them to come away from my stuff with something to mull over. I’m not content with writing standard thrillers. Plot and forward momentum are as important as anything else, but then, so is a good, strong theme. Like anything else in life, it’s all about balance, baby.


(Oh how I love it when these suckers tip in my favor.)

What else? Hmmm. You’re not likely to find car chases or detective work in my stuff. I usually favor the bad guy. Things can get…ethereal. Writing fiction, I never forget that anything can happen and oftentimes, anything will.

Where to begin?

How about at the beginning?

I WILL RISE, my first published novel (my second written novel), nabbed itself a Bram Stoker Award nomination. I didn’t win one of those fabulous haunted houses, but the exposure really helped me to establish myself within the horror writing community. The book is currently out of print (I plan on selling it to a new publisher soon and creating a second, definitive edition). You can find it on Amazon for about forty-bucks (+) which is crazy because it’s only a trade paperback and the original price of $16.95 is printed right there on the back cover! I guess since there are a finite number of physical copies of this particular edition (first edition, first printing) they are worth a bit more. If I manage to build a bigger name for myself in the future, this batch of books will accrue an even greater value.


(My least favorite of all my covers. I can’t wait to see a new one as done by a professional…)

In any case, I love I WILL RISE. Pardon my conceit, but hot damn! I wrote the little sucker and I am extremely proud of how things turned out. It is by far my weirdest novel. It’s uncompromising. It’s polarizing (I can think of at least three authors who have told me that they didn’t like it!). It’s unique. If you can give yourself over to the funky, stylized ramblings, and get with the rhythmic flow of the punky prose, you’re bound to have a good time with anti-hero Charles Baxter and his devastating touch.

The book is about a thirty-three year old loser who hates the world and for the first forty pages that’s basically what he does. The novel has been attacked for taking too long to get moving, but if you pay the right amount of attention, you’ll see that every few pages, from #1 on, there are bits and pieces, an aside here, a dream there, that are super crucial to the overall end-game. The plot works on about five different levels (supporting characters have their own perspectives whether it’s spoon-fed to you or not) and the stuff I dole out as the voice of Charles Baxter isn’t always the stuff you should believe. I had a lot of fun writing as an unreliable narrator. It’s irksome that some folks seem to be too literal to vibe along with it.

     
(Early I WILL RISE promotional materials.)

In my humble opinion, I WILL RISE works so well because of the very things that certain reviewers slammed. You want a trippy adventure about an undead slacker who is tasked with destroying the world (yet another job he sucks at no matter how much he tries to convince you otherwise)? Then give I WILL RISE a shot. Psychic talk show hosts, and their dead wives, and five-year old telepathic geniuses, and the bitter blind, and lethal samurai swords, and wriggly worms, and undead Hollywood, all thank you for your time and effort.

Oh, and feel free to e-mail with your pressing questions. I’d be happy to clue you in on pieces of the puzzle that aren’t so easily apparent.

Okay, Loyal Reader, stay tuned. We will discuss more of my work in another post.

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