Spotlight & Creator Interview: The Last Book You’ll Ever Read + Giveaway

THE LAST BOOK YOU'LL EVER READ

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE LAST BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ by Cullen Bunn & Leila Leiz Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: THE LAST BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ: The Complete Series

Author: Cullen Bunn (author), Leila Leiz (Illustrations), Giada Marchisio (Colorist), Jim Campbell (Letterer)

Pub. Date: Se4ptember 20, 2022

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 192

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A supernatural horror thriller for readers of Chuck Palahniuk (Lullaby and Haunted: A Novel),  Marisha Pessl,(Night Film), and Scarlett Thomas (The End of Mr. Y), The Last Book You’ll Ever Read tells the terrifying story of a woman who knows the horrific truth about the past – and future – of humankind, and, when captured in her book SATYR, it becomes the catalyst for worldwide, mind-numbing violence.

Read this book at your own peril.

Olivia Kade wrote the book that ended the world. Now she needs someone who won’t read it.

Civilization is a lie. Hidden deep in our genes is the truth. And it is slowly clawing its way to the surface. Olivia Kade knows the truth, and she has become the prophet of the coming collapse. Her book, SATYR, is an international bestseller, and it is being blamed for acts of senseless violence and bloodshed all over the world. Olivia’s own life is in danger from those who have read her work. Determined to conduct a book tour, she hires security professional Connor Wilson to act as her bodyguard. She only has one requirement: he cannot read her work.

John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness meets Chuck Palahniuk’s Lullaby in this terrifyingly dangerous tale of the descent of humankind where reality and fantasy collide.

Collects the entire smash 8-issue series.


Praise:

“I truly hope this terrific horror comic is in no way prescient or timely.”  – Patton Oswalt

…perfectly disturbing and mysterious.” – The Beat

“It’s creepy stuff… you won’t want to miss it.”  – Kurt Busiek (Eisner Award and Harvey Award-winning comics writer of Astro City, The Avengers, Thor, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and more)


Creators Interview:

What was your inspiration for writing / illustrating your graphic novel?

CULLEN -Sometimes, inspiration sneaks up on you. This book started, or so I thought, with the idea that civilization was a lie that was slowly breaking down, that we were all becoming more feral and wild. And that’s there. It’s baked into the DNA. But the further I dug into the story, the more I realized it was also informed by my thoughts on the creative process and how, once a story is written, I have no real control over how readers will interpret the tale. It wasn’t what I consciously set out to write at the beginning, but it’s there for the world to see.

LEILA -I really like watching movies to get inspired by the atmospheres and framing. I also spend a lot of time researching for reference and documentation ! The more i have, the happier I am!

What would you like readers to know about your book and the characters?

CULLEN -THE LAST BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ is creepy and surreal and sexy and scary and thought-provoking. It’s a look at the collapse of the world as we know it, a look at the birth of whatever is next, and it’s all seen through the eyes of the person who might have caused it all. Olivia Kade is an author at the center of a controversial storm. Because of the book she’s written, some people love her and some people want to see her dead. The problem is, both groups are dangerous. She knows it is risky, but she is embarking on a book tour, and as she travels the country, she sees the world changing in terrifying ways.

LEILA -For the character of Olivia, I had many inspirations from the actresses of the 50s such as Audrey Hepburn and Lauren Bacall ! Also, Coco Chanel who was not an actress, but I love her style. I’ m a huge fan of fashion, and I like to use some references from that world. There are a few in The Last Book You’ll Ever Read !


 

About Cullen Bunn:

Cullen Bunn is a New York Times bestselling author and prolific writer of horror/supernatural comics series and graphic novels including THE SIXTH GUN, HARROW COUNTY, BONE PARISH, THE DAMNED, THE EMPTY MAN, THE GHOUL NEXT DOOR, BASILISK, SHADOWMAN, and many other titles including The Last Book You’ll Ever Read for Vault Comics. He has fought for his life against mountain lions and performed on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

About Leila Leiz:

Born and raised in France now living in Italy, Leila Leiz is a self-taught artist who worked for several years at European publishers including Soleil and Sergio Bonelli before fulfilling her lifelong dream of making the leap to American comics.

Best known for her work on Paul Jenkins’ ALTERS for AfterShock and Horde with Marguerite Bennet, she has also worked on 451 Media’s NVRLND and was a contributor to AfterShock’s SHOCK anthology. She is working on M.O.M with Emila Clark (from Game of Thrones) and Marguerite Bennet for Image Comics and The Last Book You’ll Ever Read with Cullen Bunn for Vault Comics.

Leila has a HUGE Instagram following: 77,200 followers (!) and 9.2K Facebook followers

Website | Twitter | FacebookInstagram | TikTok | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LAST BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ, US Only.

Ends October 7th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post

9/2/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

9/3/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Guest Post

Week Two:

9/4/2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

9/5/2022

@bookstagramofmin

Review/IG Post

9/6/2022

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

9/7/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Post

9/8/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

Excerpt/IG Post

9/9/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Guest Post/IG Post

9/10/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post/IG Post

Week Three:

9/11/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

IG Review

9/12/2022

Fire & Ice

Review/IG Post

9/13/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

9/14/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review/IG Post

9/15/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

Forthenovellovers

Review/IG Post

9/17/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

9/18/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Guest Post/IG Post

9/19/2022

Laurenreads._

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post/IG Post

9/22/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

9/23/2022

The Real World
According to Sam

Review/IG Post

9/24/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

Week Five:

9/25/2022

See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

Tik Tok Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

9/29/2022

brittyoreads

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

hodophile_z

Review/IG Post

 

Spotlight: Flesh-Eating Cheerleaders From Outer Space + Giveaway

FLESH EATING CHEERLEADERS FROM OUTER SPACE

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FLESH-EATING CHEERLEADERS FROM OUTER SPACE by James Mascia & Felipe Obando Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: FLESH EATING CHEERLEADERS FROM OUTER SPACE #1

Author: James Mascia & Felipe Obando (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: June 22, 2022

Publisher: Dren Productions After Dark

Formats: Paperback (only available on the Dren Productions site), eBook

Pages: 29

Find it: GoodreadsDren Productions Website, Amazon

 

When a meteor crashes in the middle of campus, the students at Pullman University didn’t realize that they were being invaded. These space creatures are able to inhabit and take over the human body. So, what happens when a group of cheerleaders are caught in the middle? They become these flesh eating cannibals, of course. Soon, the problem isn’t going to be the creatures, it’s going to be the monsters that these cheerleaders become.


 

About Dren Productions After Dark:

We are a publishing company, specializing in everything fantasy, sci-fi, and horror. We have books, comics and games. Something for everyone. So come on in and check all all the awesomeness!

Website | Kickstarter | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


Giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends September 6th, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

8/22/2022

Bookhounds

Excerpt/IG Post

8/23/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

8/24/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

8/25/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

8/26/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

8/29/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

Tik Tok Review/IG Post

8/30/2022

The Real World According to Sam

Review/IG Post

8/31/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/1/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

9/2/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

 

Spotlight & Guest Post: The Rush + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE RUSH by Si Spurrier & Nathan C. Gooden Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: THE RUSH: This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills (The Rush #1-5)

Author: Si Spurrier, Addison Duke (Colorist), Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrations), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer), Adrian F. Wassel (Editor)

Pub. Date: August 9, 2022

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 136

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

 

Historical horror that chills to the bone, The RUSH. is for fans of Dan Simmons’, The Terror mined with a Northwestern Yukon gold rush edge. Answer the call of the wild north and stampede to the Klondike…

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD. ALL THAT HUNGERS IS NOT HOLY. ALL THAT LIVE
ARE NOT ALIVE.

This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills.

1899, Yukon Territory. A frozen frontier, bloodied and bruised by the last great Gold Rush. But in the lawless wastes to the North, something whispers in the hindbrains of men, drawing them to a blighted valley, where giant spidertracks mark the snow and impossible guns roar in the night.

To Brokehoof, where gold and blood are mined alike. Now, stumbling towards its haunted forests comes a woman gripped not by greed — but the snarling rage of a mother in search of her child…

From Si Spurrier (Way of X, Hellblazer) and Nathan C. Gooden (Barbaric, Dark One) comes THE RUSH, a dark, lyrical delve into the horror and madness of the wild Yukon.

Collects the entire series. For fans of The TerrorFortitudeCoda, and Moonshine.


Reviews:

“The book strikes a wealthy mixed vein of sophisticated psychological chills and monstrous horror.”― Publishers Weekly

“Gritty historical drama meets supernatural horror in this sumptuously drawn tale set during the Yukon Gold Rush.” ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

The Rush is a chilling bit of historical horror. Rugged and raw and thoroughly researched. It’s got such a wonderfully creepy sense of menace but most of all it’s the moving story of a mother searching for her child, that’s its beating heart. Wonderful work.”  — Victor Lavalle (best-selling and award-winning author of he anthology, Slapboxing with Jesus and four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, and The Changeling, the fantasy-horror novella The Ballad of Black Tom, and the comics series Destroyer and Eve)

The Rush is a splendidly savage tale of frontier scum and the doom they’ve brought down upon themselves, and the innocents cursed to suffer alongside them. I for one can’t wait to see more.”  — Garth Ennis (best-selling and award-winning writer, Preacher, and writer/co-creator of The Boys)


Guest Post:

Talk about your favorite kind of character to write about

SS: A bastard will always be more compelling than a boy scout. That’s at least as true for writers as it is for readers.

Listen. If it’s accurate to say that we’re all culturally keyed to hope for positive endings in fiction, and that we enjoy the tension of the journey, then the simplest expression of a satisfying narrative is, simply, whether or not a good person is able to acheive a good thing. On the surface that accounts for a surprisingly huge percentage of all stories. It’s the root of all heroic mythology, right? It’s almost every family-friendly tale you’ve ever encountered. Right? A true believer would call it An Aspirational And Therefore Morally Valuable Trope. The world would be a better place if we all acted a bit more like heroes.

Right?

But it’s a bit fucking boring. Isn’t it? And – I’ll go you one better – it’s not even a very useful lesson.

And, okay, maybe this a product of cynical modernism, maybe it’s my privelege speaking, maybe it’s performatively bourgeoisie, maybe it’s just because I’m a ghastly British malcontent seeped in the decaying disappointments and toxicities of a once mighty (and comphrehensivel abhorrent) Empire, suffering the grouchy-hearted hangover that follows in the wake of lost importance–
–but I’d far rather the stakes of a story relate to whether or not an awful person can be better.

And, y’know what? Look again at those allegedly infantile narratives that defined our formative relationship with story and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it’s been there from the start. It’s there in The Epic of Gilgamesh, with our hero struggling to reconcile his effortless mightiness with the ultimate impotence of mortality. It’s in the squabbles and venalities of the Olympian Gods. It’s there in the violent spasms of Heracles, getting too caught-up in adrenaline and inadvertently pulverising lovers and friends. It’s there in Odin’s all-consuming lust for knowledge and Thor’s bone-headedness. It’s there in every overreaching trick played by Coyote, Maui, Anansi.

Our ancestors understood better than us that a perfect archetype is far less valuable than a flawed one. For all their elevated power and incredible feats, the oldest gods, demigods and heroes were profoundly – even depressingly – human. Yet these are the parts of the myths which nowadays litter the edit-room floor when we recount these tales to our children.

Privately I suspect there’s a little broken switch in our lizard brains. A moral blindspot, refusing to acknowledge our consonance with imperfection. It means more to us, I think, that Darth Vader ultimately returns to the light than that his morally unimpeachable son declines the dark, and yet countless generations of storytellers and story-consumers continue to insist on the Good Person Does Good paradigm. Fans seethe and shriek about boycotts when Superman makes a lapse of judgement or Captain America reveals inner darkness, as if these lofty moral archetypes are somehow irreducible, sacred, hermetically sealed in their hard-won saintliness. As if perfection is a useful aspiration.

It isn’t. If you fuck up, you can make amends. If you are broken you can attempt to repair yourself. And if you are irreparable, you can – at least – own it. These are the axioms that matter to me.

So, yes. Give me a bastard. Let me decide whether to give them knowledge of their own inadequacies or leave them stew in ignorance – both are extraordinarily fertile grounds for stories. Give me a liar. Let me decide whether they’re lying to the world aroud them or to the reader or to themselves. Or all of the above. Give me a coward. Give me a depressive. Give me a lecher or a berserker or an idiot. The journey to self-restraint, or self-improvement, or even the merest glimmer of self-knowledge, is a thousand times more powerful (I think) than the journey to… ohhh, treasure, or slaying a dragon, or kissing a princess, or punching a villain, or whatever the hell our White Hatted Goodie is currently girding his loins at.

The Rush is no different, although our main character’s flaws take a little while to be fully perceived. Nettie Bridger presents as an unstoppable force of motherly duty – because that’s exactly what she is. An obsessive mother. Her love for her missing son takes on the gleam of purity in the context of the darker, uglier flavors of obsession which surround her. Avarice, lust, ambition.

And yet she is just as riddled with self-deceit as anyone around her. She willingly sets aside the evidence of her sons’s demise and chooses a path of forlorn hope, madness and mania just to keep herself going. (An uncharitable critique would position her entire story as an attempt to self-validate and self-motivate.) Her past is a patchwork of social climbing and reinvention. She’s a chameleon. She’s a cheat. She has lustful desires and isn’t afraid to use them to get what she wants. She is, in a word, complex.

Which is to say: human.


About Si Spurrier:

His work in the latter field stretches from award winning creator-owned books such as NumbercruncherSix-Gun Gorilla and The Spire to projects in the U.S. mainstream like HellblazerThe Dreaming, and X-Men. It all began with a series of twist-in-the-tail stories for the UK’s beloved 2000AD, which ignited an enduring love for genre fiction. His latest book, Coda, is being published by Boom! Studios at present.

His prose works range from the beatnik neurosis-noir of Contract to the occult whodunnit A Serpent Uncoiled via various franchise and genre-transgressing titles. In 2016 he took a foray into experimental fiction with the e-novella Unusual Concentrations: a tale of coffee, crime and overhead conversations.

He lives in Margate, regards sushi as part of the plotting process, and
has the fluffiest of cats.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


About Nathan C. Gooden:

An award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, Nathan C. Gooden is Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co founding Vault Comics. Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric (Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and  Killbox (from American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife. 

Website |  Instagram | Goodreads


Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of THE RUSH, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends August 23rd, midnight EST.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/25/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Guest Post

7/26/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post/IG Post

7/27/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

7/28/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Guest Post

7/29/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

7/30/2022

Bookdreamr

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

 Week Two:

7/31/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Guest Post/IG Post

8/1/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

8/2/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

8/3/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

8/4/2022

The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post

8/5/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Post

8/6/2022

See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post

 Week Three:

8/7/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

8/8/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

8/9/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

8/10/2022

The Chatty Bookworm

Tik Tok Review/IG Post

8/11/2022

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post

8/12/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

8/13/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

IG Review

 Week Four:

8/14/2022

The Underground

Review

8/15/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

8/16/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

Review/IG Post

8/17/2022

More Books Please blog

Spotlight

8/18/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

8/19/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

 

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