One year ago yesterday, on December 21, 2012, “Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales” was first published in eBook format!
There’s no better time than this to extend my sincerest thanks to those who have supported and brought this incredible endeavor to life.
To those who attended the book signing, wrote insightful reviews to help potential readers, suggested the book to others, or read the book out of morbid curiosity, I thank you! I could’ve never imagined how successful this bizarre collection of short stories would become.
I’ve learned more than I could’ve imagined on this yearlong roller coaster ride and it’s made me as passionate about story telling as ever!
Thank you again for creeping along with me, dear reader. I look forward to many more years of success. Stay tuned.
Photo of review pictured above. Read on for text taken from The Weekender Newspaper review.
BOOK REVIEW: Local author spins 13 ‘Wicked’ tales
October 31. 2013 1:37PM
By Sara Pokorny
It’s that time of year for things that are delightfully twisted – and a local author’s 13-story compilation falls nothing short of that description. Continue reading »
“Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales” was written by Harveys Lake resident Christian Baloga. The book was published in e-form late last year and recently hit the shelves as a compact paperback, complete with illustrations to highlight some of the gorier [sic] images conjured up by some of the tales.
“Wicked” doesn’t quite fit under the horror genre – bizarro fiction seems to fit the bill more. In the tales, we meet a vengeful hive of wasps, as well as some birds who are not too pleased with humans, split Siamese twins with a connection unlike any other, and a doll that’s the total opposite of cuddly.
Baloga’s stories each start off as somewhat normal – a situation you could picture yourself in on any given day – and then veer off into totally different territory. It’s startling, and it leaves readers with a feeling of unease and questions of, “Did that just really happen?”
Such stories that induce this frame of mind for the reader are “Unraveling the Nest,” where a pregnancy goes terribly awry, and “Birds of Prey,” where Baloga proves that absolutely no one is safe from an ill fate.
Though it can be argued that leaving some things left to the imagination is the way to go when playing with horrific thoughts, there’s also something to be said about spelling it out plainly for the reader – which is exactly what Baloga does. Every little detail is put forth . . . it mostly throws the reader right into the middle of the action. (I dare you to try and not pay attention to every single shadow you see flit across a dimly lit room after reading “Poison Ivy.”) . . .
“Wake the Wicked” delivers on giving readers a sense of uncomfortable terror, keeping them looking over their shoulders long after the book is shut.
I’m so thankful for this Wake the Wicked book review by Victoria Craven from The Autodidact In The Attic. It’s substantive, sincere, and thought-provoking—everything an author could dream of!
A review of Wake the Wicked by Christian Baloga. http://t.co/6O6CBLMuHw It’s excellent for fans of Stephen King or Clive Barker.
— Victoria Craven (@vlcraven) December 2, 2013
Want more? Check out the author interview between her and me here.
Thursday November 07, 2013 6:00 PM
The Arena Hub, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, 570-829-4210
My literary agent worked his magic and hooked me up with a last minute book signing at Barnes & Noble this coming Thursday at The Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA where I will be signing the Wake the Wicked. Click here for complete details.
Note: Because it was booked at the last moment, you might notice my name is missing from the panel and promotional material, but I’ll be there.
Hope to see you!
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I’m thrilled to announce The Strange and the Curious, “Showcasing the best of weird fiction,” accepted my short story “Poison Ivy,” which can be read for free on their website here.
— Strange and Curious (@strangencurious) October 17, 2013
So delighted to be included with this mix of talented story tellers. Enjoy!
This story is the first of thirteen in the collection Wake the Wicked: Thirteen Twisted Tales.