Thursday, January 28, 2016


It's been a little over a week since A Painted Goddess was published, completing the epic fantasy trilogy A Fire Beneath the Skin, the story of young Rina Veraiin who is gifted with magical tattoos that give her extraordinary powers.  Three novels full of magic, sword stabbings and steamy romantical whatnot.  Check out the trilogy HERE.

The feedback has been awesome so far, and I am hugely grateful to all my readers.  You guys rock and/or roll.

This is the part of the process where I come to you hat in hand and ask, "If you really liked the books, please consider writing a short honest review."  And I hope you do.  Reviews help authors.  You don't have to do this.  Obviously.  That you read the books is already pretty cool.  So I wouldn't put you on the spot to do more.  But if you felt like leaving a review ...

And a few quick updates:  For those asking if I will return to the world of Helva for more books, yes, I'd love to.  I have PLENTY of ideas.  It just depends on how well this trilogy sells.  Ink Mage sold very, very well.  We're waiting to see if the other two books catch up.  Fingers crossed.  For those asking about a paperback version of A Painted Goddess, the answer is yes.  It's coming in March.  Audio book?  Yes, that's on the way too.

I've enjoyed writing these books immensely.  Again, thanks for reading.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

A FIRE BENEATH THE SKIN ... almost finished!

A PAINTED GODDESS hits Kindles Tuesday, January 19, meaning the epic adventure that began with INK MAGE will reach it's exciting conclusion.  Keep in mind, A Fire Beneath the Skin is a trilogy, yes three novels but all one big story.  So if you're not a reader yet then get started HERE with book one.  If you're already caught up with the first two books, then it's time to order A PAINTED GODDESS!

As a writer, it has been a long time dream for me to write a fantasy trilogy.  I'm glad I was able to finally achieve this ambition, and Ink Mage is my most read novel. Readers are still steadily ordering the sequel and pre-ordering the final book.  I'm hugely grateful to all of you out there.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Gischler year in review ... and looking ahead to 2016

It was a busy year.

I published 3 novels this year, and it would have been 4 but the pub date was pushed back to January.

Thomas Dunne published my thriller STAY which has also been optioned for TV by CBS.  Exciting yes, but one never knows what will happen with such things, so don't wait for the TV series.  Buy the book!

47North published THE TATTOOED DUCHESS which is the second book in my fantasy trilogy A Fire Beneath the Skin.  As an adolescent when I was first thinking how cool it would be to be a writer, fantasy was what I wanted to write.  I'm grateful for the chance to bring that dream to reality, and I'm grateful to readers who seem to enjoy the books ... so far.  The 3rd book hits in a few short weeks.  Here is the nifty cover:

The most "Victor Gischler-ish" novel published this year was GESTAPO MARS.  The brave people at Titan put this one out and came up with a swanky cover:

I never really expect to be included on "best of the year" lists, but it was nice to be included HERE and HERE.

And for my comic book work, it was nice to be mentioned HERE.

I've also finished my run as writer for season 10 of Dark Horse's Angel & Faith comic.  At the time of writing this blog post, there are still a few issues to be released, but the scripting is all done.  It was a hell of a ride, and I feel honored to have contributed a small part to Whedon's Buffyverse.

There's a lot more, but the above represent the 2015 highlights.

So .... 2016.

It's going to be another busy year.  Another thriller for Thomas Dunne and the Gestapo Mars sequel for Titan.  Also a few issues of THIS.

And yes, I have a fairly boring new year's resolution.  Somehow I got tricked into running a 5k in April.  (Long story.)  A 5k is not a big deal, but I'm using it as an excuse to "train" meaning I'm trying to trim a few pounds off my fat ass.  A fairly standard and not very interesting new year's resolution.

Which is why I'd rather talk about New Year's WISHES instead of New Year's resolutions.  My wishes:

1. I'd like to be involved with a film project.  Yes, I've had novels optioned, but I want to be hands on and involved.  I've recently written a screenplay draft of my comic Sally of the Wasteland and I'm working with a fellow who does visual effects and we think since the book always had a grindhouse, B-movie vibe anyway, we could do it cheaply and still have a fun good-looking project.  Anyone out there have an extra million bucks?  We'll settle for 500,000.

2. I'd like to write more fantasy.  I'd like to return to the world of A Fire Beneath the Skin, but I have other ideas set in other worlds too.  Now we just need to sell a million copies to show the publisher this is a good idea.  Uh ... you have yours, right?  CLICK.

3. Creator-owned comics.  I'm at various stages with a couple artists on some different projects.  I'd love to find a good publishing home for each.

Okay ... so what about you guys?  Any new year's wishes?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gischler teams with Dark Horse to make 2 "best of 2015" lists!

So, I generally don't hold my breath waiting to be included on "best of" lists each year.  I mean, I'm proud of my work, but there's a lot of competition out there, and ... well ... I just don't expect it.

But 2 of my books made it onto 2 different lists over at  Angel & Faith made it onto Nat's best horror comics of 2015 list.   Check out the entire list HERE.  And Hellbound made it on Fox's best horror comics of 2015 list right HERE.

Thanks Nat and Fox!

Obviously I can't grab all the credit.  Incredible artists, colorists, letterers, editors, etc. went into making these comics awesome.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Epic Fantasy ... no waiting.

Okay ... actually a little waiting.  The final installment in the trilogy A Fire Beneath the Skin hits January 19.  The final chapter of the story which began with Ink Mage is called A Painted Goddess.

BUT ... this time the novel will be offered in its entirety instead of in serialized form.  Conventional thinking seems to be that the serialization thing was a fun experiment, but the fact is that when a reader is really enjoying the story then he/she doesn't want to wait a week for the next episode.

My publisher sold a BUNCH of copies of Ink Mage on Kindle (although paperback and audio book versions are available if that's more your speed), and many readers are still finding their way to book two: The Tattooed Duchess.  We hope you'll join us for the conclusion in A Painted Goddess.  It's a trilogy, so you should consider all three books to be one big story.

What?  You haven't started yet?  Then jump in with Book One: Ink Mage!