WOTW:G Nominated For Scribe Award!

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I am pleased to announce that my novelization of the film War of the Worlds: Goliath is a finalist for the 2015 Scribe Award in the Adapted Novel – General and Speculative category.

What are the Scribe Awards?

The Scribe Awards recognize excellence in the field of media tie-in writing, a  craft that is (sadly) often overlooked. The awards are held at San Diego Comic Con in July.

I have some steep competition in my category, as you can see. My fellow nominees are:

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by Alex Irvine

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by Mark Morris

I’m honored to share the ballot with Alex Irvine, being a fan of his. I thoroughly enjoyed Transformers: Exodus and his Pacific Rim novelization, which is a previous Scribe winner. I haven’t read Mark’s work yet, but I have his Doctor Who novel Forever Autumn on my bookshelf. I think  I’ll move that one to the top of my to-read pile.

This evening, the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers sent out the following press release:


The Ninth Annual Scribe Awards

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers is pleased to announce the Scribe Award Nominees for 2015.

Acknowledging excellence in this very competitive field, IAMTW’s Scribe Awards honor licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and cross all genres. Tie-in works run the gamut from westerns to mysteries to procedurals, from science fiction to fantasy to horror, from action and adventure to superheroes. Gunsmoke, Ghost Whisperer, CSI, Star Trek, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Underworld, Man from UNCLE, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, these represent just a few.

The Scribe Award winners will be announced at ComicCon San Diego in July. The exact day, time and location of the Scribes Panel including the award ceremony will be announced shortly.

IAMTW congratulates the following nominees:

24: Deadline by James Swallow
Murder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood by Don Bain
Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
Homeland: Saul’s Game by Andrew Kaplan
The Killing: Uncommon Denominator by Karen Dionne


Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Keith R. A. DeCandido
Grimm: Chopping Block by John Passarella
Star Trek: Disavowed by David Mack
Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise by Greg Cox
Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner
Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine by James Sutter
Fringe: Sins of the Father by Christa Faust

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by Alex Irvine
Noah by Mark Morris
War of the Worlds: Goliath by Adam Whitlach

Spirit Animals: Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident by Jennifer Brozak
Penguins of Madagascar by Tracey West

Pathfinder: Hunter’s Folly by Josh Vogt
Mike Hammer: It’s in the Book by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane
Stargate: Perceptions by Diana Botsford
Pathfinder: Queen Sacrifice by Steven Savile
Tales of Valdemar: Written in the Wind by Jennifer Brozek
AUDIO Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow by Nev Fountain
Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat by Mark Thomas Passmore
Blake’s 7: Fortuitis by George Mann
Doctor Who: Iterations of I by John Dorney
Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders by Cavan Scott

Good luck to all the nominees! Looking forward to hearing the results in July!

CONvergence 2015 Schedule

CVG-2015-Ad-web CONvergence CONvergence 2015 Schedule CVG 2015 Ad webThe programming schedule for CONvergence 2015 in Bloomington, MN has been posted! I’ve listed my scheduled events below, along with a link to the complete schedule. Come find me at CON!

Friday, July 3

2:00 PM – Signing (Autograph Table B) 

5:00 PM – Mad Max Retrospective: Few can think of dystopia without thinking of the Mad Max series, and now 30 years after the last Mad Max movie, Beyond Thunderdome, the fourth in the series has been created, Mad Max: Fury Road. Let’s look back on the original films.

Panelists: Adam Whitlatch, Kyle Dekker, Emmy Jackson, Joel Arnold, Melissa Kaercher (Atrium 7)

Saturday, July 4

12:30 PM – Reading: Adam will read from his work(Room 2201) 

Sunday, July 5

12:30 PM – Planning for the Apocalypse: It’s Not Just for Doomsday Preppers: Planning for the apocalypse can help families prepare for non-zombie-related emergencies (natural disasters, riots, martial law). We’ll discuss zombie survival tips, safety/emergency planning, and fun ways to teach your kids what to do in an emergency.

Panelists: Adam Whitlatch, Steph Montgomery, Matthew Lowry, Raychelle Burks, Sara McAtee (Bloomington Room)

Click here to view the complete CONvergence programming schedule.

Come With Me… To Oceanus

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I have some exciting news for my readers. I have signed a deal with FutureDude Entertainment to pen the novelization to their upcoming film Oceanus, starring Sharif Atkins, Megan Dodds, Bruce Davison, and Malcolm McDowell

This is actually a two-part gig. I’m currently writing a short story to be featured in the Oceanus: Act One graphic novel based on the eponymous short film. The graphic novel will be released in August of this year, and my short story will serve as a bridge/teaser between the short film and the theatrical feature slated for release next year. A full-length novelization will be released alongside the theatrical feature film.

Remember the snafu with my van a few weeks back? I mentioned that we were on our way home from a business trip. Well, that trip was to visit Jeffrey Morris, FutureDude himself, at his home to discuss the novelization. Jeffrey and I watched Oceanus: Act One together and talked about our thoughts on science fiction at length, and to say I found a kindred spirit in Jeffrey is putting it lightly.

I’m very excited about this project, and while I’m contractually sworn to secrecy on the details of the films, I can safely say FutureDude has crafted an incredible story paired with gorgeous visuals. It’s an honor and a pleasure to bring Jeffrey’s vision to the printed page.

Oceanus: Act One teaser trailer

For the latest updates on Oceanus and other FutureDude projects, head on over to their Facebook page.


Demicon 27 Author Guest of Honor!

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Somehow, I made the cut. Yes, that’s right. I’ll be attending Demicon 27 – “Zombies Always Ring Twice” as the Author Guest of Honor. I’m still a bit in shock to tell you the truth. I hear they want me for my braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaains!

Having been born in Des Moines, this honor means a lot to me.

So save the date! Practice your moaning and Thriller dance moves, because the undead will invade Des Moines on April 29, 2016.

I’ll post Demicon 26 photos to the gallery sometime this week.

In other convention news, I’ll be attending my first OSFest on the weekend of July 31st in Omaha this year. Check out the Upcoming Appearances page for a list of cons and signings in 2015 and 2016.