Help Tom Piccirilli Beat Cancer

Help Tom Piccirilli Beat Cancer

You may be familiar with Tom Piccirilli or you may not know him at all. He writes terrific crime fiction and horror. He's a four-time winner of the Bram Stoker Award for fiction and a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award and many others. His stories are dark, gloomy, gory and thoroughly awesome.

A few weeks ago, Tom checked in at the hospital for headaches and vision issues and an MRI revealed he had a baseball sized tumor on his brain. Today he's undergoing emergency surgery to remove the tumor and he will undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next few weeks. It's not gonna be a pleasant Fall for him and his family.

The literary community has already rallied around him. His niece Shannon has set up an IndieGogo Fundraiser that is already doing very well, and you can also buy one of his books from his ePublisher Crossroads Press, who are giving 100% of the royalties to Tom until the end of the year, to help him with his medical bills.

Tom is an incredibly gifted writer. His latest novel, The Last Kind Words, has garnered serious hype (and yours truly can vouch for it). His previous works such as Every Shallow Cut, Shadow Season and A Choir of Ill Children are all considered underground classics in the noir and horror genres. Now is the perfect time to check out his work. Reading a terrific book to help a terrific writer write some more terrific books-- it's a win-win situation.

Benoît Lelièvre

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Benoît Lelièvre is twenty-nine years old and lives in Montreal,Canada. His fiction has been published in Needle Magazine, Crime Factory, Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled, Shotgun Honey and The Flash Fiction Offensive, amongst others. When he's not furiously typing away, he's watching hockey, studying martial arts, consuming pop culture or kicking back with his better half and his dog. He blogs out of Dead End Follies, where he reviews books, movies and chronicles his existence.

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Larry Hill October 1, 2012 - 11:59am

I can't find any contact information to contact them (Crossroads Press).  Do you know how it works?  Do the books of his I buy from Amazon go to this or just from their site? Because I'm only buying books to go on my Kindle PW because I'm about to start traveling and would prefer to help out by buying some of his Ebooks. But want to know if comes from his Amazon books sales as well. If not I'll find another way to try and help.


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Ben666 from Montreal, Canada is reading Scar Tissue, by Marcus Sakey October 1, 2012 - 11:40am

Not too sure how it works. From what I can understand, it doesn't matter from where you buy it, what they do is that they're waving their cut on the book, giving 100% of it to Tom. Maybe someone from Crossroad Press would like to elaborate.

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Larry Hill October 1, 2012 - 11:59am

 I found a way to contact them and they responded quickly.  They do have a way (Mobi) to purchase Kindle compatible books from there.  But every purchase from any vendor still goes to Tom. I assume - though I could be wrong - that proceeds from purchases straight from Crossroads will be greater because they are cutting out the middle man.  But not all of his books are under the Crossroads banner like "Choir of Ill Children" or the aforementioned "The Last Kind Words" so he won't receive all the proceeds from them.

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Ben666 from Montreal, Canada is reading Scar Tissue, by Marcus Sakey October 1, 2012 - 12:30pm

Cool. There's not royalties to him indeed if you don't buy the Crossroads book, but just buying any of his books will help, really. Marketing works on a ripple effect. The more people buy a book, the more people will buy it. There is no best moment for Tom to reach his peak in popularity, which he's been deserving for so many years.

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Christopher from Toronto is reading All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By - John Farris October 1, 2012 - 12:51pm

I am friend with one of the editors at Crossroad. Here is his response:

100% of all sales amounts for Tom's books from the various retailers will go to Tom.  Crossroad Press is waving its normal 20% cut and giving it in addition to the normal 80% cut that Tom and all other Crossroad authors receive on the sale of their books.  Purchases directly at the Crossroad site result in the full sales price of each book sold going to Tom because there are no middleman fees.  For example, a $3.99 Piccirilli book purchased at the Crossroad site would result in the full $3.99 going to Tom.  The full sales amount of Piccirilli books published by Crossroad Press received from other retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble will go to Tom, but will be less than the list price as the retailers each take a  cut of the proceeds.  Whatever is left after their cut, the entire remaining amount will go to Tom.  This is only applicable to Piccirilli books published by Crossroad Press and not those Piccirilli books published by other companies.

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Ben666 from Montreal, Canada is reading Scar Tissue, by Marcus Sakey October 1, 2012 - 1:18pm

Thank you for the clarification, Christopher.

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EdVaughn from Louisville, Ky is reading a whole bunch of different stuff October 1, 2012 - 8:23pm

Man, this horrible news. Tom Piccirilli is one of my favorite authors. I need to do something to help. I'm going to check out the indigogo thing. And your right there is no better time for this guy to explode in popularity. He deserves it.