As many of you may have realized, I stopped
mentioning GRIM REAPER: End of Days about four
months ago. The reason is that my literary agent and I
were debating whether to sell it to a major publishing
house under a pseudonym. Many authors do this
when debuting a new series, and GRIM REAPER is
entirely new. Its also the BEST novel I have ever
written, it is my STAND. Two long years of research
and writing went into these 650 pages, and in the end,
it is a read youll finish, then want to read again,
simply because you cannot catch everything in one
read. I had a few publishing options, but in the end I
decided that Variance Books, the independent
publisher who sold MEG: Hells Aquarium would be
best. First, they can give the novel the attention it
deserves. Second, after all the toil I put into these
pages I really wanted it to be under my name. Third,
they can launch the book October 1st -- far ahead of a
larger publisher. With PHOBOS going so well, I
needed to space my releases so PHOBOS can be a
summer 2011 release.
The concept for GRIM REAPER began four
years ago when my friend, producer and CHUD.com
founder Nick Nunziata and I decided to co-write a dark
thriller screenplay together. Though the story was
solid, the limitations of a script held the story back.
Two years ago we decided it would work better as a
fully fleshed out novel and I set to work, not realizing
the extent of the endeavor. Over the coming months
Nick and I will be announcing some cutting edge
contests and ways for you to be involved. Heres a
small taste of the story:
Dante's Inferno, written by Dante Alighieri between
1308 and 1321, is widely considered one of the
greatest and most revered works of world literature.
Divided into three distinct parts (Hell, Purgatory, and
Heaven), the poem describes Dante's journey through
Hell, depicted as nine circles of suffering. Allegorically,
the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul
towards God, with Inferno describing the recognition
and rejection of sin. Dante composed his lifes work
while Europe was suffering through war, famine, the
corruption of the Church, and the evils of the pogrom
murderous acts that brutally massacred tens of
thousands of Jews. Shortly after Dantes passing, the
Black Plague would strike Europe and Asia a
near End of Days event that killed off half the world's
population while giving birth to a new legend depicted
in paintings and dance: The Grim Reaper. What few
people know is that Dante Aligheri was a student of
Kabbalah, a guarded wisdom that dates back 4,000
years to Abraham, the patriarch of Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam. Dantes poem draws
inspiration from the Zohar, an ancient text that reveals
the spiritual heritage of all humankind. The Zohar also
warns of the End of Days, a supernal event brought on
by the corruption of man that will be the modern-day
equivalent of Noahs Flood. According to the Zohar,
the event will follow the destruction of strongholds
belonging to the future Rome" on the 23rd day of
Elul...a date equating to September 11th, 2001. In
GRIM REAPER: End of Days, author Steve Alten takes
us on a classic heros journey of good versus evil,
transformation and redemption. Far more than it
seems, the story draws frightening parallels between
the lack of morality that corrupted Europe preceding
the Black Death and the present-day greed that has
mired our own society in economic collapse, two
endless wars -- and a very real covert biological
program, exposed by the author, which could lead to
global pandemic and our own self-destruction. End of
Days is the first book in a planned series that
Hollywood might best describe as the Stand meets
Dantes Inferno. Adding to the storys literary feel are
nine original drawings commissioned by an artist who
invokes the style of Dante illustrator Gustave Doré.
The book will be released October 1st, 2010 by
Free chapters and far more to come so stay tuned!!
Enjoy the rest of the newsletter.
Alten wins Scriptapalooza contest (reality category)
Well, its not an Oscar, but twelve hundred people
entered and its always nice to be recognized. The
concept is actually a pet project of mine I wrote a few
years ago that I truly believe would be a big hit and do
some good. The show is called HOUSE OF BABEL.
Twelve contestants from twelve different nations, all of
whom speak twelve different languages, are forced to
live under one roof. Divided into two groups, the
contestants must learn to live together, communicate,
function, and work as a team in order to win the Grand
Prize. Sound like something youd enjoy? Click the link
Parkinsons Disease report: Symptoms lessened!
As many of you know, I have been diagnosed with PD.
Four months ago, a fan of mine, Dr. Chuck Gerlach, e-
mailed me about a natural food science product that
he swore was helping people suffering with ailments
from low energy, mood instability, fibromyalgia and
migraines to Parkinson's, MS, cancer and various
auto-immune diseases including arthritis. I told him
thanks, but no thanks. Everyone is always trying to sell
me something, and I saw no logical in how his
product could possibly work. He kept at me, and I kept
saying no. About a week later I had a very rough night.
My leg was spasming and my throat was very tight.
Unable to sleep, growing anxious, I stayed up and
prayed and wrote and finally fell asleep around 4 AM.
The next day Chuck sent me another e-mail with
Parkinsons patients who were using the product to
alleviate their symptoms. I called two people. I gave
them the third degree. I believed them. (No one can
fake this to someone who really has the disease).
Chuck wanted no money, he just sent me product. I
told him I wouldnt say a word to my fan base unless I
was 100% convinced it was working.
IM CONVINCED. The products come in a powder
form used in a quick shake and they have eased MY
shakes with zero side effects. It makes no sense to
me WHY they work, they just do. I am NOT selling the
products, I am just someone who is grateful and
wants to help others, as Chuck did for me. If you are
suffering from any of these ailments, I urge you to
contact Dr. Gerlach (he is a psychologist, not a
medical doctor) at [email protected] and include
your name, your phone number, the best time to
contact you and a description of your health concern.
Chuck can arrange for you to hear from people who
had experienced similar health concerns but are now
active and pain-free.
PHOBOS (Domain 3) Update:
Phobos means fear. Tracing back to the Mayan roots
of Domain, the storyline is blowing me away. After you
read it, you will be afraid.
Living Tips: Bet I can get you to stick out your Tongue
In Eastern philosophy, they believe that the tongue
offers a map to our organs, said Jonathan Levine,
DMD. The tongue can tell you a lot about your overall
health. If the tongue is white with a cracked coating,
you may have a digestive disorder. Gray or brownish
gray you may have stomach or intestinal problems.
Yellow or yellow green, you may have liver or
gallbladder issues. White with a reddish border, you
may have a toxic colon. Coated with red spots, it could
be an indicator of heart problems. Turning from white
to yellow at the root you may have kidney problems.
White you may be releasing toxins. A healthy tongue is
pink with a little bit of texture to it. A white-coated
tongue indicates a lot of dead bacteria in the mouth,
Levine said. The coating represents the death of what
was once live bacteria living above the tongue.
Frequent dry mouth and a lack of oxygen can cause
these bacteria to die and end up coating the
tongue. This can cause volatile sulfa compounds to
release in the mouth and, 90 percent of the time, its
these compounds that are the cause of bad breath,
said Levine. It also puts the mouth out of balance
causing gum disease and can lead to a fungal
infection called candida. Problems with the tongue
can also indicate oral cancer, of which early detection
is necessary, Levine said. If you have a sore on the
tongue that is not going away, or a sore that bleeds
and does not heal, or notice blue or black spots on the
tongue, you need to see a dentist right away because
it could be oral cancer, he said. There are 30,000
new cases of oral cancer in the U.S. every year and
7,400 deaths. And 25 percent of oral cancer cases are
not linked to smoking cigarettes. Its a very common
cancer, but its also very curable, thats why early
detection is important. Levine suggests regularly
checking the tongue for signs of discoloration and odd
coatings. To do this, stand in front of a mirror, stick out
the tongue and check the top, underneath and sides
of the tongue.
Living Tips: The ZEN of SARCASM
1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not
walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk
beside me either. Just pretty much leave me alone.
2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a
broken fan belt and leaky tire.
3. It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going
to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to
4. Don't be irreplaceable. If you can't be replaced, you
can't be promoted.
5. Always remember that you're unique. Just like
6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
7. If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a
couple of car payments.
8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a
mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them,
you're a mile away and you have their shoes.
9. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is probably not
10 Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach
him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer
11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that
person again, it was probably a wise investment.
12. If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember
13. Some days you're the bug; some days you're the
14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know
15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it
in half and put it back in your pocket.
16. A closed mouth gathers no foot.
17. Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and
a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
18. There are two theories to arguing with women.
Neither one works.
19. Generally speaking, you aren't learning much
when your lips are moving.
20. Experience is something you don't get until just
after you need it.
*IF YOU HAVE A LIVING TIP YOU WOULD LIKE TO
SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected]
Put LIVING TIP in the subject line.
Bet I Can Make You Smile!
Three minutes from the funniest three guys who ever
lived. See link below.
IF YOU HAVE A JOKE OR FUNNY VIDEO YOU WOULD
LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at
MEG[email protected] Put JOKE in the subject line.
RECIPE of the Month: Tropical Guacamole
An amazing recipe from an amazing lady in Mexico.
For the guacamole, 1 ripe mango peeled and diced in
small cubes. ¼ cup of jicama cubed. ¼ cup purple
onion, ¼ tsp. finely chopped, 2 spoons of lime juice,
½ tsp. salt, 2 or 3 ripe avocados. GARNISH: A tbsp.
pomegranate grains, Corn chips
In a large bowl mix the mango, jícama, onion garlic
and lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cut the avocados in
halves and with a spoon remove the pulp and seed.
Mash it and mix with the remaining ingredients. Taste
and season. Serve the guacamole with the
pomegranate seeds as garnish and corn chips.
*IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO
SHARE, please e-mail to me at MEG8215[email protected]
Put RECIPE in the subject line.