Based in the East Bay Area of sunny California, Ben Monroe is a writer and communications consultant. He is interested in the ways that traditional storytelling methods can be used in advertising, corporate communications, and other non-traditional ways.

So, I'm a novelist now?

So, I'm a novelist now?

The cosmic horror novel I worked on earlier this year is poised for release. It's really sort of a surreal feeling. When I started the project, I was admittedly terrified. I'd never written any fiction longer than a short story here or there. But when I started on it, the project just flowed. The writing was smooth and fun, and I learned a heck of a lot about the process of writing fiction while doing it.

The publisher (Petersen Games) has started advertising the book, with an eye toward an ebook release via Amazon late in September. I'm of the understanding that a print edition will follow after that.

What's funny, is though I've written and published half a dozen game books, a few short stories, won awards for copywriting, and done lots of corporate/technical writing stuff over the past 30 years, my first long-form fiction release has me more excited than anything else I've ever worked on.

What's next for me? Well, I'm writing a script for a graphic novel for Petersen Games' "Planet Apocalypse" boardgame IP. And I'll be working on another novel, and another graphic novel for them after that. And I'm about 10k words into another novel that I've been working on for myself. Something to chill the bones and curdle the blood. A haunted house story, with a Lovecraftian "cosmic horror" twist to it.

I'll leave you with the update from the latest Petersen Games newsletter:

In the Belly of the Beast is inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft and the epic tabletop game Cthulhu Wars, published by Petersen Games.
 
The novel, In the Belly of the Beast, tells the story of a small group of human survivors trying to find a safe haven amidst the ruins of civilization. While traveling through a treacherous mountain pass, they find themselves caught between rival cults, and discover there are worse things in the cold places of the world than frostbite.

We plan on launching our first novel as an e-book on Amazon, and we'll be giving everyone a 2-day opportunity to download it for FREE! What's in it for us? We want you to help us create an Amazon e-book Best Seller! 

Look for more details in the coming weeks!

 

 

My Novel Is Out!

My Novel Is Out!

Writing (Cosmic) Horror Is Fun!

Writing (Cosmic) Horror Is Fun!