One Reader’s Thoughts on B&S

I’ve finished reading The Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries, Volumes I and II.

Ms. Koehler has done a very good job with the Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries. Her character development was such that I alternately wanted to cheer on, or smack her protagonists in frustration. I often got the feeling that her protagonists felt the same way about each other.

The series starts off with a dhampir from the Vatican’s secret coven, Dorian Scarletti, and a human FBI agent, January Blackburn. They’re not unlike Mulder and Scully; indeed, reference to The X-Files is made a few times in the series. Along the way, Blackburn becomes a ghoul.
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Not Again

Ms. Koehler is back in Mr. Pacione’s crosshairs. He can’t tell the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Can we trust him to tell the difference between real life and his invisible pink bunny friends? Obviously not.

The bitch been adding my real life friends and tryin to chase me around from forum to forum.

Has Mr. Pacione ever met any of his “real life friends” face to face?

What if someone was to create a site about her like that — yeah I know what I am thinking, it is time to have Encyclopedia Dramatica rip on her for a little while too.

I would hope Pacione knows what he’s thinking, because nobody else can fathom it.

She went out and called me a snail oil salesman . . .

False. Ms. Koehler wouldn’t have butchered the expression in that manner, if, in fact, it had been directed at anyone in particular. However, I do recall Pacione butchering it in just that way when referring to her. He’s been making heavy use of malapropisms lately. I predict this one will go down in history along with descent (for decent).

Mr. Nice Drops A Turd

Between the time I left the office and arrived home, Mr. Pacione posted a new rant on his Blogspot. Wondering what the furor was about (topic du jour = Karen Koehler), I took a look at Covenhouse. Karen didn’t even mention Pacione by name; she was speaking in general about shysters in the publishing industry. He left her this comment:

  1. Nickolaus Pacione

    BURN IN HELL! You will burn in hell for this — have you even read TABLOID PURPOSES IV. Or have you gained a pirated copy from one your asshole friends. You have no right to go around sabotaging my projects or anthologies. I don’t fucking care if you died by your own hand tomorrow and your works died with you. This is war cunt. You waged war — you got a war. You wanted a jihad, you got one.

I felt compelled to leave a comment taking Nicky to task for jumping to conclusions. Here’s my feeling on that: generally speaking, comments that have nothing to do with the entry have no place on someone’s personal blog. Comments that are antagonistic toward the owner of a blog have no place being left there unless the blog owner specifically criticized the commenter. Mine was the former of the two. On one hand I feel guilty for not commenting about the issue of agents, but I’m not a writer, and wouldn’t be able to intelligently comment about them. On the other hand, Pacione deserved a slap-down for his unwarranted attack on Ms. Koehler. (Sorry, Karen)

This is my assessment of Pacione’s Blogspot entry:

I guess it is clear now you really hate my guts, the fact you don’t mention me by name but I know you’re mentioning me by the fact my myspace profile is private.

Having a private profile has nothing to do with whether Pacione is mentioned by name. Having a shitty-looking profile page, which Pacione does, is common among emo-type teens, or even gamers, but is not the norm for someone in his or her 30s who purports to run a legitimate business.

You’re coming on here to start a war, yeah that will happen and your career will be the casuality of it.

Nobody can go on Mr. Pacione’s Blogspot to start anything, given that comments are disabled. The feedback form at the bottom of the main page is a friggin’ joke the way it’s worded. Continue reading

Repost on Blogspot of Associated Content

Mr. Pacione reposted this Associated Content article of his in its entirety on his Blogspot.

Guess what? His Associated Content article is “temporarily unavailable.” Gee, I wonder why.

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I think that means his article was yanked. It’d be alright with me if someone there sent him a warning; in the meantime, making the article unavailable is a step in the right direction.

Has Pacione violated AC’s forever-copyright to his article by reposting it on his own blog?

This has to be the strangest thing I’ve ever seen Mr. Pacione write.

It seems like Koehler just committed an act of Jihad on my ass. Yep she’s the type that would ram a pair of jets into someone’s business like that. That is a fuck you rant of fuck you rants right there, Koehler you’re the one who is holding writers hostage bitch!

I’m still trying to decipher that last sentence.

He links to a five page article he posted on Associated Content.  He rated his own article a 4.0 of 5.0.  I think the article is nothing but a huge rant against Ms. Koehler in particular, and mid-list horror authors in general, but it’s really hard to tell.

The only snail oil sales lady is the person trying to put a hex on the series and succeeded to get one author stabbing in the back in the process.

What on earth is snail oil?  Is it a hot commodity?

Rivalries like this do go on for years and I am trying to avoid it in the sense that I am just trying to get the authors discovered and paid along the way.

First, he’s the one who drags out imaginary rivalries.  Second, paying authors if and when he feels pressured to do so isn’t exactly considered professional.

Doing Tabloid Purposes is always been something to get an author out there – either new or established alike, but always had that small bunch of mid-list assholes going around making their lives difficult for that reason.

For what reason?  I don’t buy into the premise that mid-list authors waste their time and energy discouraging aspiring writers.  What would be their reason?  Because they contributed to one of the Toilet Paper anthologies, or because they are new authors?  Either way, a TP contributor has a long way to go to become a rival to any mid-list author.

From what I can tell, any “rivalry” among mid-list authors tends to be rather friendly.  Authors aren’t really competing for readers.  It’s not as if a reader will toss a coin and decide to read Author A instead of Author B if it lands heads-up.

I am going to use her own words against here, don’t be afraid to use the internet to learn more about the author – there are three sides to the story, theirs – yours, and the truth.

I beg to differ — slightly.  The third side of the story is the one that can be documented, and not easily electronically altered.

I am not going to blow sunshine up someone’s ass when I don’t like a story that I read, and when I like the story a lot I will e-mail the author asking if they would want to be part of the magazine or part of an anthology

If I don’t like a story I read, I normally will point out in a review, politely, what I think is wrong with it:  grammar, spelling, plot, story flow, dialog, etc.  If I like it, I will say what I like about it.  Since almost every book I buy is professionally edited, I don’t expect to find much more than a few typos that escaped proofreading.

Be lucky this isn’t the century of Andrew Jackson. Otherwise I’d be drawing a duel – two guns, take ten paces turn around and open fire at each other.

I envision Hamilton vs. Burr, with Pacione playing the role of Aaron Burr.

When I see online names like I think when I see something that is good in my eyes – I will do everything I can to get the author discovered. I pay them yes, but also the bigger payout is when they see their story on the big screen.

So, when does “TP, the Movie” come to a Clearview or Loews near me?

So being a print on demand author has a few strikes against me and working with lulu.com has the natives restless.

Lulu.com appears to be the kiss of death unless you want to print calendars or greeting cards.  It’s a printer, perhaps a notch above Kinko’s in quality, but a printer nonetheless — not a publisher.

Stalking me on Reunion.com and going around digging all the dirt you can about me. I will say this right now – there is a war waiting to brew and she’s starting the jihad, a holy war.

What’s up with “jihad” other than it’s become Pacione’s latest verbal tic?  “Stalking me on reunion.com” is what throws me for a loop.  If his tirade is about Ms. Koehler, where would stalking and some reunion website fit into the puzzle?

People like this one person calling me the snail oil salesman will fail, they’re designed to fail.

Anyone who attempts to sell “snail oil” will indeed fail.

I think when someone like that is trying to force hiatus on someone – that’s a jihad waiting to happen.

He’s got the definition of jihad wrong, but he did finally manage to spell hiatus correctly.  Mr. Pacione is making progress!

If you want to know what I am talking about look no further than her rant the blog she made on November 19, 2007.

Pacione didn’t link to it, but I believe he’s referring to this entry.  The comments are amusing.  Personally, I think Ms. Koehler’s entry about Googling everything and everyone is right on the mark.

First Thoughts

I’m far from ready to give even a lame review of “The Blackburn & Scarletti Mysteries,” but I have finished “Sins of the Father” and am about halfway through “The Hyde Effect.”

My first thought is that I am amazed at how likeable Ms. Koehler makes Scarletti, even though Blackburn gets the creeps and dislikes him initially. I found Scarletti to be strange, but not creepy. His personality, while icy, calm, and cool, was what made me like him — not his ethereal glamour.

The story flows quite well. Ms. Koehler packs in an awful lot of description, physical and otherwise, but none of the words seem wasted.

This is my absolute favorite quote:

The relationship between a vampire and a ghoul is too complex to unravel. You cannot simply kill a vampire and release a ghoul — such easy outs only happen in the movies and books, Blackburn.

I very much enjoyed this story. The next one is off to a good start as well. More on that later.