Thursday 8 November 2012


I am super excited to show off Michael Offutt's second book, OCULUS in the series "A Crisis of Two Worlds." I love the cover because it's got spiders on it that are anatomically correct and I think they are pretty. Plus, it goes well with the first book in his series, Slipstream. You can read my review of Slipstream, HERE. And be sure to check out Michael's blog, it's a fun place to hang out, his posts are entertaining, he's a genuinely nice guy AND you can see some of his art work, because not only does he write awesome speculative fiction, he's also an incredible artist. *glance at my stick figure, sighs* :P 

Here's a quick synopsis:

Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon attends his first classes as a freshman at Cornell. Born with a brilliant mathematical mind, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.

But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.

October finds Jordan earning a starting position with the Cornell hockey team. But a dark cloud gathers over his rookie season. Unexplained deaths, whispers of a cannibal cult, a prophecy, and a stone known only as the Oculus, cast a shadow over his athletic ambitions. It is the start of a terrifying journey down a path of mystery, murder, and to a confrontation with an Evil more ancient than the stars.

But wait! You can also read a super creepy scene that reflects the cover HEREfilled with spiders and murder! Yeah, it's awesome. (: 

Additional Information:

Paperback and eBook available.
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing (November 2012).

Paperback Product Dimensions 6" x 9" (considered large print/trade paperback). This version will ONLY be available as a Print On Demand book from LULU. The paperback and ebook will share the same ISBN number as there has not been enough of a demand for paperback to warrant mass distribution online.

For ordering information click HERE:


  1. You were fast on the draw with this post! I just read Michael's not thirty minutes ago.

  2. I love your stick figures, Elise.

    A huge congrats to Michael. With a cover and a premise like that, Oculus is sure to be a hit. :)

  3. SUCH a creepy cover!!!!!!!! But beautiful. I'm proud of Michael. I think he's one of those brilliant people who doesn't know how brilliant he is!

  4. Elise,
    Your stick figure and Michael's cover are in good company!

  5. mike IS a nice guy, and a multi-talent... go, read ALL his stuff!

  6. I love to see Michael's books coming out! Great cover art :)

  7. That artwork is STUNNING!! I always admire the Slipstream cover, and this one is just as gorgeous!
    Congrats to Michael!
    Hey, I love your stick E-girl... she's a cutie-tootie...

  8. Michael has the best covers! And I love your art too! So creative. :)

  9. reminds me of one of the boss battles from zelda ocarina of time!


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