Joseph Nassise is written a slew of supernatural, dark fantasy thrillers that have all hit my Kindle at one time or another. My mother turned me on to him several years back and I remember vividly reading the Templar Chronicles–which if you haven’t read them I would highly recommend picking up a copy. It is a high-octane thriller that takes the supernatural genre and puts a great new lens on it.
When I started professionally writing I emailed several of my favorite artists and authors for advice, and Nassise was one of the few authors who emailed me back. He was more than willing to chat with me about his work. That alone kicked him up a notch in my book—punned intended.
Earlier this month I attended a virtual launch party for Joseph Nassise’s newest novel, “By the Blood of the Heroes: The Great Undead War: Book 1” A company by the name of Shindig hosted the event, and basically it worked like a traditional launch party except from the comfort of your own home. Mr. Nassise’s video feed was front and center, and he began by reading the first chapter-and-a-half of his novel, and then as people joined the event a smaller video would pop up onto the screen down below in the ‘audience’ section. The whole event was placed over a snazzy a library background and run by a Shindig moderator who ‘pop’ in every once in a while to provide information and direction.
After Joseph Nassise finished his reading, he did a brief Q&A, and then ‘mingled’ with the crowd in private chat sessions. Overall, I was quite impressed. I can definitely picture Shindig’s virtual launch parties taking off. It cuts down on the overhead costs of a traditional book tours and provides people who normally wouldn’t be able to go to a launch party a chance to attend one.
If you get a chance to pick up Nassise’s new novel, or any of his others, definitely snap it up. “The Great Undead War” replaces the invention of Mustard Gas during WWI with the fictional Corpse Gas, and centers around a ‘what-if’ scenario involving zombies. It has already released and is available on Amazon for a scant $10.00. Check it out!
- The Big Idea: Joseph Nassise (whatever.scalzi.com)
- By the Blood of Heroes reviewed by Ian Shone for Alt Hist (althistfiction.com)