The Devil made me do it! Here I am with The Book of Paul, all decked out for Halloween. Now, I’ve shown you mine, it’s time to show me yours!
Time to get creative and compete for huge prizes! Grab your copy of The Book of Paul (either paperback or digital) and take a picture to enter in our themed photo contest. A Kindle Fire goes to the overall most creative entry, while the most Irish and best impression of a tarot card categories win a look into their future by a custom tarot reading performed by yours truly. One more tarot reading goes to one of my random mailing list subscribers, so click here to subscribe if you haven’t already. This contest runs from right now (yes, this very minute) to Sunday, September 30th, at 12 noon EST. Send your entries to email@example.com, and don’t forget to be creative!
- Brand new Kindle Fire for the most creative photo submission
- Tarot reading performed for you by ME!, one to the most Irish photo and one to the best tarot dress-up
- A $50 Amazon gift card to one random Book of Paul mailing list subscribers
- For the photo contest, a copy of The Book of Paul MUST BE VISIBLE in your photo in order for your entry to be eligible
- Submissions to the most Irish or best tarot dress-up may still win the overall most creative prize, or you can be uber creative and do something completely different
- You may send in as many submissions as you’d like—one, one for each category, ten million, whatever
- Send your photo submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By submitting entries to this contest, you give me permission to use the photos as I see fit for marketing and hype-building and what not
- A minimum of 10 entrants are required in order to declare a winner. The contest ends at 12 noon EST Sunday, provided 10 people have entered. Otherwise, the contest will be extended until this benchmark is met.
- Questions? Leave a comment below or email email@example.com
Think Silence of the Lambs with the biting humor of Pulp Fiction.
Kirkus Reviews says, “Long’s prose is deft and clear, transporting the reader from one character’s psyche to the next…this tale is a compelling one. A psychological thriller for readers who are bored with run-of-the-mill horror…Those who embrace the genre will eagerly anticipate a second installment in the series.”
The tarot knows…so strike a pose!
Pick a card…any tarot card. Then throw on your favorite robe, shroud, crown, laurel wreath, helmet, lion mane or whatever you think will stand out in a crowd of Mad Magicians, Proud Priestesses, Hangdog Hermits, Dastardly Devils, Awesome Angels, Well-Hanged Men and Flustered Fools. Pick a pose take some pics. Pick a pic and picture yourself winning a tarot card from the “Mad? You think me mad?” author of The Book of Paul.
There’s another Skype tarot reading being dealt out to the best Irish pose – whatever that might mean to you – I’m guessing the color green will be involved in some way. And for the most creative photo – Paul as a woman? Tattooing your back with The Book of Paul cover art? – you could win a Kindle Fire. Or a Kindle on fire. YEAHHHH!
I got to pick these nutty ideas, because, well because I’m shelling out for the gifts, natch, and because I wanted to see who might get way too obsessed with the tarot, since getting way too obsessed with the tarot is a major part of our dear, disturbed narrator William’s road to ruin – or redemption?
Only the cards (and the sequels) will solve that mystery, but as far as the lucky winner of the reading is concerned, I’ve planned something really different – something I’ve never done before. Since the story behind The Book of Paul is a creation-to-apocalypse narrative concealed in the twenty-two trump cards, I’m going to do a “trumps-only” reading. The winners will send me their questions in advance and then, while we are Skyping, I’ll pass my hand (always the left hand) over the downturned cards and you’ll tell me when to stop and pick six cards. They will be placed in a special shape and the answer to your question will be revealed.
Or not. Who the hell knows? At the very least, we’ll have some laughs and you’ll get all excited when I tell you that your book, screenplay, invention, money-laundering scheme will rake in the big bucks, or your heartthrob will in fact throb and not just go pffffft!
And just to lower that bar of entry so far down you can walk right over it – you don’t need to dress up or strike a pose — you can just take a pic, or find one, or Photoshop it, or make a collage or The Devil knows what and submit that instead.
Case in point? Here’s my entry, coming at you direct from the Ultra-Fab-So-Out-There-Its-In-Here UFO WATCHTOWER! The tarot card it represents? I don’t think a caption is required, but here you go, behold:
THE CHARIOT (of the Gods)!
Good luck! Not that it’ll make any difference—these things are always quantum synchronistic and the winners already won three centuries from now and travelled back in time to collect.
Thank you for all your support, enthusiasm and kind words! It’s been a really great week. Make sure to tell all your friends, lovers, spouses, creditors, mortal enemies, malcontents and disinterested observers to buy a copy of The Book of Paul (I mean, c’mon, it’s on sale for just 99 cents) and get a peek into a very, very disturbing past, present and future!
Unrelated, but creepy inspiring prose, from the first and perhaps still supreme master of macabre, the opening paragraph of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart:
TRUE! — nervous — very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses — not destroyed — not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily — how calmly I can tell you the whole story.
William, eat your heart out.
Don’t forget that signing up for my mailing list gives you the chance at a $50 gift card. One random signer-upper will make some bank this Sunday afternoon, and it could be you!
To sign-up, just head on over to this nice little page here, enter your name and email, and et voila, you are signed-up and entered to win. Get a move on, already!
Oh, yes, there’s more! Visit the main tour page over at Novel Publicity for even more freaking prizes. Crazy, right?!
Yeah, there’s a nice little Rafflecopter thingy over there where you can win more dough—two $50 Amazon gift cards—or autographed copies of The Book of Paul.
OMFG, what are you going to do? There’s so much going on! Don’t be immobilized by the awesomeness!
Go get you some – http://www.novelpublicity.com/whirlwind-tour/paul/
The Note of Luck-Wishing