Reading from a Dead & Weirdo Novel | Throwback: 2015

On April 6, 2015, I read from a work in progress at Noir at the Bar – Baltimore, held at Mi Ranchito in the Hollins Market neighborhood. Fellow readers included Nik Korpon, Phillip Thompson, Damien Walters, Jessica McHugh, Eryk Pruitt and Michael Hughes.

This reading was memorable and special to me as I read from a novel I wrote over the course of 2 years–a strange book, a bizarre book, a difficult and devilish books about organ harvesting and gladiators. See what I mean?

In the end, the book died, but I still love it for the weirdo it wanted to be and, ultimately, became.

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Angelella Editorial: Providing Professional, In-Depth, Honest Critiques


Last week my wife Kate Angelella and I launched the website for our full-service craft-based editorial service agency, Angelella Editorial or AE. If you are a writer and in-need of content and/or developmental feedback on your work–be it big picture revisions or simple proofreading–check out our list of services to see what best fits your needs. It hasn’t been a week and we are already booked up through mid-August, so send us your requests for quotes via the Contact Page  of our website ASAP. We have testimonials and sample edits as well as detailed contracts to provide protect for both our clients and editors, alike.

Furthermore, I am thrilled to announce that Kate has also been accepted as a participating editor in the #PitchToPublication twitter contest. Kate’s interview on her editorial influences and history in the editorial field went live today on Samantha Fountain’s blog, so go check it out.

Finally, Angelella Editorial has also been invited to Orlando in September to present and participate at the Speculative Fiction: Southeast Convention 2015 (SFSE2015Con). Kate Angelella will be giving a lecture on the importance of the first 10 pages of your novel.

The first ten pages of your novel are all you get to convince your reader to come with you on your literary journey. And when you’re writing anything that incorporates fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, or urban fantasy, your task in those ten pages is even more challenging, because you must convince your reader that the unique world you’ve created is as real as our own. In this workshop, we will discuss how to hook your reader in these first pages, look at & discuss successful examples, and workshop some of your own first ten pages.

In addition to this, Kate is scheduling one-on-one 30 minutes conferences with writers to discuss their work and give developmental feedback at SFSE2015. If you plan on attending, register for your time-slot today. Limited spaces are available.

More soon.


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Noir @ the Bar: Baltimore


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Sniperlit | Donald Ray Pollock


“Four hundred or so people lived in Knockemstiff in 1957, nearly all of them connected by blood through one godforsaken calamity or another, be it lust or necessity or just plain ignorance.”

  ~ The Devil All The Time 

BIO | Donald Ray Pollock grew up in Knockemstiff, Ohio, and quit high school at seventeeen to work in a meatpacking plant. He then spent thirty-two years employed as a laborer at the Mead Paper Corporation in Chillicothe, Ohio, before enrolling in the MFA program at Ohio State University. His first book, a collection of stories called Knockemstiff, won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. His novel, The Devil All The Time, is forthcoming from Doubleday in July, 2011. Though pretty much a Luddite when it comes to most computer stuff, he is now on Facebook ( and also has a website at

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“I Would Recommend It To The Whole World”


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I can’t speak for all writers, but I find that when it comes to my novel ZOMBIE the reviews and reader responses are quite often polarized: some loving the book, some hating the book. After a while I find I am not surprised by these opinions. I embrace both genuinely as everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion and that’s the beauty of this weird path that writers choose to travel. All we can do is inhabit the worlds that matter to us and hope that our fictitious worlds matters to others too.

I am a writer who writes for myself, never writing for others, or towards what I believe readers want to read. I write what I would want to read. I write about all of the darkness in my life to make it light.

In the spirit of honest opinions and the many literary critiques, I would like to share the following: a book report written by a young man. It is funny, honest, endearing, heartfelt and inspiring. More than anything though, it reminded me that for every hundred people who think negative thoughts about me or my book, that there are readers out there that connect to the material in ways I could never have imagined.


J.R. Angelella’s purpose in writing the book, Zombie a Novel, is to show the reader that even though you get scared of something, the reader should not let that overcome them. The reader should stand with his head high and face the problem no matter what the cost.The book shows how scary things can get in a person’s way, but we have to fight it. The zombies in the story can represent the reader’s problems. When the main character, Jeremy, defeats the zombie, this can represent the reader overcoming his/her problem. Zombie a Novel is a really funny book too. All the jokes that are mentioned in the book will make the reader die laughing.

Zombie a Novel was well written. The author knew when to make a joke and when not to. The book levels the funniness, meaning that the book is not always jokes. The book gets tense sometimes. For example there is a point in the book where Jeremy mentions two boys “punching each other in the arm hard, screaming Dead Arm” (Angelella 27). Even though the book included curse words, it was still well written. The curse words make this book more for mature people that can handle it. The part that made me laugh the most was when the father of Jeremy, the main character said “the size of a man’s knot. His bastion of strength” (Angelella 3). The story knows know to entertain people.

The book was extremely captivating. There is no other book in the world that can make a person laugh as much as this one. This story knows how to make the reader laugh his butt off. I related to Jeremy so much. It’s was like we both had the same life. His father in the story is always trying to make jokes just like my mother. This book was not boring at all. There will never be a chapter where I would not laugh. This book was funny. The impact that this book can have on its audience is indescribable. This book will never be forgotten by any of its readers, that how much this book can impact the reader. This book will have a lasting value because it sticks in the readers like glue on paper. This book makes the reader feel like he is in a movie. The way the author wrote this book can be compared with the best movie out there.

This book is just so mind blowing that the reader will want to read it again and again. I would recommend this book to the whole world if I could. I would recommend it to the whole world because it just makes the reader laugh so much that it starts hurting their cheek bones. For example when Dirtbag Boy, one of the characters in the book, doesn’t know how to swim he tells his coach and his coach says “Don’t care. Show me that you’re not some artsy, fartsy, ballshwank. Show me you got a pair of stones. Now dive” (Angelella 191). This book is really one of a kind. I think the greatest strength of this story is that it never stops making the reader laugh. There is not one page that won’t make the reader laugh. This book makes a connection with the reader. I think that this book doesn’t really have a weakness unless the reader hates laughing. This story really doesn’t show any type of problem.

The book, Zombie a Novel, written by J.R. Angelella is a phenomenal book. If you have not read it I beg you to. There is really no excuse for you not to read this. If you want to laugh then this is the book for you. This book has nothing wrong with it. It is really well written. Also, the book is captivating. This book will astonish the reader in so many ways, I can’t even count them. This story is truly amazing. J.R. Angelella sure does know how to right a hysterical book.


For every budding writers out there, here is some advice: write what you want to read and you’ll be just fine. Promise.


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