List time!

Item One: The cover art for Wollstone is here, and it be a beauty:

And here’s the blurb:

The moment Emil Gogean sets foot inside Wollstone Academy’s fairy tale-like campus, he realizes his freshman year in high school is bound to be a very strange one. The school itself, a uniquely romanticized boarding school for boys, boasts remarkable elements that appear to be deliberate—as though a hidden power has chosen woodland details, a chapel ruin, and school masters who seem to hearken back to a long-gone age, with a clear purpose in mind.

When strange things begin to happen to Emil, an unnerving warning from his late grandmother returns to haunt him. A warning about Emil attracting the attention of the king of the dead.

Strange faces in wood patterns and mullioned windows. The apparition of a boy among the trees. The unfathomable feeling of sadness permeating the idyllic environment. Emil gradually learns that Wollstone is more than just a school, that the answers to a three-hundred-year-old mystery surrounding a tragic romance lie in the ruined stones of a small chapel and in Nature itself. And that Emil, whose appearance in school has set certain wheels in motion, will have to place himself at the mercy of three mysterious students if he wishes to learn the truth about Wollstone, the boy lost in the woods, and himself.

Item Two: Masks: Ordinary Champions is now officially out of print, and I’ve noted that down on my Contemporary Fiction page. It’s also officially slated for re-release on September of this year, only a couple of months after Masks: Evolution. So you’re definitely getting the second edition of the entire trilogy within a year after the first book was put out. No need to wait too long.

Item Three: Banshee will be out this coming weekend, and I’ll be doing an e-book giveaway over at The Novel Approach on Tuesday. As always, watch this space.

As I’m currently feeling under the weather, fighting off a sudden bad cold (which includes a sore throat), I might be posting an excerpt for this giveaway. If I get over this ickiness before the weekend, I’d be able to put together a guest blog, but for now, I’m keeping my options open. :S

Item Four: I love short films, animated or otherwise. I saw this posted over at io9 (my current favorite internet hangout, ayup, ayup!), and it’s too delicious not to share.

Love the build up of tension, made even freakier with the lack of ongoing / sustained background music. I’ll admit I prefer it not to have any at all like The Birds. If I remember that movie correctly, there wasn’t a note of music played during any of the film’s terrifying moments. Come to think of it, there might not be a single note of music played throughout that film. I’ll have to go back and watch it again – not that I need an excuse to do so. It’s always been one of my favorite Hitchcock films.

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Egad, I wish I knew where this cold came from. How annoying. I was feeling fine and dandy till I woke up Tuesday morning, suddenly congested with my throat on fire. I’ve got one last dose of Alka Seltzer this evening before I hit the sack. That stuff’s been helping me, and hopefully things’ll be even more improved tomorrow.