News: January 2015

Happy New Year one and all! This year marks the seventh year that I have been published semi-professionally, and I'm ready for all of the great things that 2015 has in store. Of course, my main objectives are to quickly finish the second draft of my latest novel and to continue to promote The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West. As to the latter, I have several workshops planned through March that serve as both great learning opportunities for budding writers and chances to see some of the books I have available. Click the button below to see the latest tour schedule:

In addition to the editing and promotional work, I also have two stories slated for publication, and possibly a third. My story, "Salvage," will appear in the sci-fi anthology All That's Left of Yesterday. And I'm ridiculously pleased to announce that I will be taking part in a world-building anthology called The Lane of Unusual Traders. You can learn more about The Lane and its inhabitants by visiting this great wiki

Finally, here are some stats about the year that's now gone: In 2014 I made 28 short story submissions. Twenty-two of those resulted in rejections. Three were withdrawn. Between 2013-14, "Salvage" was rejected by 22 markets before it finally found a home in All That's Left of Yesterday. The lesson here is the oft-repeated mantra to stick with it, fellow writers. Persistence is what separates authors from people who merely dabble in writing.

Thanks for reading!

Now Available!

I'm proud to announce that my debut book, The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West, is now available from Amazon in KINDLE and PAPERBACK formats. Released by Hazardous Press, the book features cover art by Dwayne Vance.

In an alternate American West both eerily familiar and vastly different from our own, a man’s car is his steed. Years ago, Yoshimitsu Automobiles purchased all the struggling car companies and formed Consolidated Motor Corp or CMC. Any "horse" worth its shoes is made by the conglomerate, which owns "ranches" across the country. With a stranglehold on the market, CMC does what it wants, when it wants, how it wants — all at the direction of the company’s vainglorious president, Darwin E. Hayes 

This is the world where Crawford — a cynical gun-for-hire — lives, works and has learned to survive. It’s not an easy life in the dusty, cutthroat towns of the west, but it’s one where Crawford is fortunate enough to have a roof over his head, a beautiful and willful woman at his side, and a trusty horse on his hitching post — a CMC Colt.

And here's what readers are saying:

"Scalisi’s is a collection worth a leisurely read — unhitch it from its post, jump in the saddle, and take The Horse Thieves out for a ride."

"Americans love their cars, especially the classic muscle cars of yesteryear, and the cowboy is a uniquely American imagine of rugged individuality, so the idea of hard-eyed men riding the range with a roaring V8 instead of a horse fits pretty easily." 

"The Horse Thieves and Other Tales of the New West takes the concept of the Old West and twists it up a bit onto it's ear. The idea of adding in hot rod cars and automotive prowess to the old Western novella gave these tales a new way to go and kept the reader engaged."

About Me

Patrick Scalisi is a journalist, magazine editor and emerging author from Connecticut. He has published fiction in several magazines, including The Willows, Neo-opsis and, among others. His short stories have appeared in a number of fiction anthologies, including An Honest Lie Vol. 2, Shadowplay and Penny Dread Tales Vol. 1. Pat also had the opportunity to serve as the guest editor of The Ghost Is the Machine, a bestselling anthology of steampunk-horror stories from Post Mortem Press. When he's not writing, Pat enjoys watching way too many movies than are good for him, reading more books than he has shelves for and listening to music (his tastes range from classical to classic and modern rock).

For Pat's full bio, click the "About Me" button at the top of this page.

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