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Jared GriegoBy Jared Griego
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Jared GriegoBy Jared Griego
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Imagine a world where regular house cats use magic to defend their neighborhood from monsters… that’s the world of The Cats of Arkham. 

This book follows the adventures of Howard a tabby kitten as he gets introduced to the mysterious Circle of Cats. Howard teams up with the cats of the neighborhood to battle a monster that starts stalking around the town at night. In the process of defending the neighborhood he learns magic and fights for his nine lives against a nearly unstoppable Deep One. This is a fun filled adventure with horror elements featuring creatures from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories. 

This is a middle grade chapter book aimed at kids age 8-12, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The book may be too scary for younger children, but if read with a parent/guardian there shouldn’t be any nightmares that night. While I want to keep in line with Lovecraft’s work I have also made sure that the darker elements of the story will not be overwhelming for younger readers. My goal is to give kids a fun introduction to classic horror and to also inspire a generation of kids to eventually explore the works of Lovecraft and other writers from the early 20th century. 

 I completed the book last year and submitted it to several publishers. I came close to publication, however the deal fell through. After the frustration and run around I decided I would be better off self-publishing. After doing some research I found that there are several companies that assist authors with self-publishing. While it is possible to do some of this work on my own I feel that there is so much more a company could do for me as an author. This includes editing services, getting my book into ordering catalogs, and making sure all registration/copyright aspects are handled. I have yet to choose a service, however, when I have selected a company I will post the information for my backers.

 About the Author: 

I am a first time author, but I have been writing for years. I have worked as a journalist, copy editor, and tutor. I earned my master’s degree in 2008 and my life has taken me all over the United States. Despite my visual impairment I have earned awards for my writing and I have hosted presentations on numerous subjects around the country at different conventions. I’ve been a big fan of horror ever since I was a child when I was introduced to the classic Universal monsters by my mom. My whole family is filled with horror fans and I’ve shared my love of horror with my little brother and several significant others over the years. I was inspired to be a storyteller by the books I read in my youth and I hope that my work can likewise inspire others into becoming great storytellers.

 Notes:

The works of H.P. Lovecraft are public domain therefore all characters, locations, and monsters require no secondary rights in order to be part of my story.  

All cat photos belong to their respective cat owners who donated their pictures to add flair to this project.

Thanks go out to: Diana Divine, Cleo Di Benedetto, Jessica Dillard, Michaela Rumbaoa, Erica Espejo, and Deb Lo

Risks and challenges

The book has already been written and requires professional editing as well as a cover and chapter art. The editing and publishing process can be time consuming and even with a professional self-publishing house assisting me it may still take several months for the book to be ready. As for the art I am hiring a contractor to create the artwork. The art may also take time, but I will share the cover art once it is settled. Despite all possible time challenges I am still hoping to get the book out prior to May of 2019. Ideally, I would like to have the book in your hands by mid-March of next year.

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