News: February-March 2015

The great thing about writing is that even if it's the dead of winter in Connecticut (with a bazillion feet of snow on the ground), you can write yourself someplace warmer. Perhaps a spy thriller set in the Caribbean or a steamy romance on the Mediterranean Coast. And while you're in the zone, I guarantee you'll forget all about the cold. 

If you're interested in warming those creative juices, I have a number of workshops planned for February and March. Want to hear about the pros and cons of self-publishing versus traditional publising? Or perhaps you're struggling to find markets for your work? Click the button below to see the latest tour schedule, where you'll have an opportunity to learn and even support a local author:

In addition to my workshop tour, I'm also going to be appearing on Cavaliere’s Cabaret at Lyric Hall in New Haven, Conn., on Friday, March 20. Hosted by award-winning Cabaret performer Anne Tofflemire, the event begins with a song, dance and arts variety show, followed by an open mic.

Finally, I've had the great fortune to be able to do some freelance writing for Art of, a website that celebrates the artwork and artists of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. If you like fantasy art or would like to hear insights from artists working in the business, head on over to the site to read my interviews with Eric Deschamps and Raymond Swanland.

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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