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    That's right, we're talking sequel, and I will need characters, so now's your chance to be immortalized between the pages and on kindle monitors everywhere!

    CONTEST RULES: Go to www.SteveAlten.com and click on the LOCH CONTEST link. Upload the trailer to your YouTube page and spread the link around.

    BE SURE to send the link to Stan Tremblay, the contest judge at [email protected] so he can track your views.

    The top 30 viewed uploads will be characters in The LOCH-2.

    It only takes 5 minutes to post the movie on YouTube or a website, but it takes some creativity to NAME THE TITLES to entice people to watch. The contest runs from January 1, 2012 thru April 1, 2012. Anyone whose combined uploads track over 1,000 hits will receive a personalized signed MEG poster.

    GRIM REAPER-2 Winners:
    Lydia Gagnon, Mikhail Kopilevich, Cameron DeLuca, Igor Kopilevich, Jason Snider, Esther Jacobs, Kris Brydges, Josh DeForge, Kevin Read, Austin Horenkamp, Cory Barber, Leslie Lorant.

    DOMAIN-4 Winners:
    Chris Gamble, Sara Jernigan, Gabor Szeifert, Ben Kucmierz, Kevin Read, Edgar Martinez, Cyel Reed, Jason Snider, Esther Jacobs, Lydia Gagnon, Kris Brydges.

    PAY ATTENTION NOW, I need the following two e-mails sent to me at [email protected]  (not as one, but as two separate e-mails)
    SUBJECT LINE: Poster winner
    Send me your name and street mailing address. Also, who to sign the poster to.
    SUBJECT LINE: Character description for GRIM 2 or DOMAIN 4 (Select one) 

    Send me your name and a physical description of yourself, along with any fun trivia or cool info. No pics please. If you have been used as a character before, and your character died, I cannot resurrect the dead (Well, technically I can, but I won't). In that case you are free to send me a friend or relative's name and description.
    January Recipe:

    Hearty Vegetable Lasagna
    Hearty Vegetable Lasagna
    1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles, 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced, 3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 2 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 (15 ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese, 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

    1. Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse with cold water, and drain.

    2. In a large saucepan, cook and stir mushrooms, green peppers, onion, and garlic in oil. Stir in pasta sauce and basil; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.
    3. Mix together ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, and eggs.
    4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread 1 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer 1/2 each, lasagna noodles, ricotta mix, sauce, and Parmesan cheese. Repeat layering, and top with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese.
    5. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
    Nutritional Information: Amount Per Serving 
    Calories: 462.
    Total Fat: 19.5g.
    Cholesterol: 81mg.
    IF YOU HAVE A RECIPE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected] Put RECIPE in the subject line.
    January 2012 Newsletter


    Happy New Year!  

    Back in 1997, when I began the manuscript that would become DOMAIN, I had to project what things would be like in 2012. Read the book and you'll find the receptionist who greets Dominique reading the news from what appears to be an I-Pad:

    A Hispanic woman in her late forties sits behind the information desk, reading the morning news from a clipboard-sized, wafer-thin computer monitor. Without looking up, she asks, "Can I help you?"
    "Yes. I have an appointment with Margaret Reinke."
    "Not today you don't. Dr. Reinke no longer works here." The woman fingers the page-down button, advancing the news monitor to another article.

    So what predictions do I have for 2012?  I fear the nuclear reactors in Japan will meltdown. I predict Obama will win in November. I pray we'll be announcing a MEG and LOCH movie. And most important, there will be a NEW CLINICAL TRIAL TESTING A  POTENTIAL CURE FOR TUMOROUS CANCERS. How do I know this? Because I know the physician involved, have inside information, and will be announcing it for him on Facebook and in a special newsletter sometime in January! This information could someday save the life of yourself or a loved one...and we'll need YOUR HELP in spreading the word! Trust me - you will want to get involved.

    Look for this exciting special announcement in mid-January.


    Your friend,
    Steve Alten

    Scientists re-map the Mariana Trench

    Trench MapUS scientists have mapped the deepest part of the world's oceans in greater detail than ever before.

    Read the story...

    Shark Diving with a MEG Fan
    MEG fan Chris Alstrand is a dive master in San Diego and loves diving with sharks. Here's a video he just completed of a trip in October where he was one of only seven divers allowed to do this dive.
    Shark diving with a MEG Ffan
    Shark diving with a MEG Ffan
     See the video...
    PHOBOS: Mayan Fear First Editions still available!

    PHPBOS - Buy it at Amazon.comPHOBOS: Mayan Fear details some seriously scary scenarios (hopefully not) coming in the next 12 months and beyond. Grab a collector's first edition hardback in bookstores or on Amazon.com before they disappear into the ether.


    Buy PHOBOS at Amazon...

    Debut Movie Trailer for The LOCH (novel)

    Produced by James "Cameron" Gelet:  Spread it around, laddies! 

    New Trailer -  Steve Alten's The Loch
    New Trailer - Steve Alten's The Loch

    Watch the trailer...

    Reader's Corner:
    Meet musicians Brody Hooper and Davis Ballard

    www.raspberryeyes.comThe brainchild of Minnesota music icons Brody Hooper and Davis "The Boogie Man" Ballard, Raspberry Eyes combines the disgustingly dirty sound of old school blues rock with the duo's soulful singer/songwriter roots.  Although their musical origins remain shrouded in darkness and mystery, both Hooper and The Boogie Man have spent a countless number of years painstakingly perfecting their individual artistic crafts, all in an effort to revolutionize the realm of Rock & Roll! After having spent the past year hard-at-work creating the musical masterpieces that would become their debut LP, Arts & Crafts, Raspberry Eyes has enlisted the services of journeyman drummer Jim Mattson and veteran bass player Lucas "Whitey" Weide as they now look towards a future of touring the Midwest in support of the new album.


    Check out their music at


    Do you have an unusual craft or skill you'd like to advertise (free to newsletter recipients) in our monthly newsletter? Send a blurb and link to Steve Alten at [email protected].

    Welcoming our new Webmaster
    MTR Website DevelopmentNotice the difference in my newsletter format? I'm blessed to have found Doug McEntyre at Millennium Technology Resources. If you need a webmaster, I highly recommend MTR for your web needs.
    Contact Doug McEntyre by e-mail at  [email protected] or by phone at 904-733-1447.


    Living Tips: Cut down on the meat
    Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6qi3gfIJRA&feature=related
    Just when you thought you heard it all:

    fake obituaryScott Bennett of Pennsylvania, published a fake obituary for his living mother to get some additional time off work.  Apparently, Bennett did not want to get fired from his job for taking the time off work so he wrote an obituary for his living mother, which was later published. After publication, several relatives called the paper to say that Bennett's mother was alive and well.  Bennett's mother also visited the paper confirming her status among the living.  The editor accepted the obituary after being unable to confirm the funeral arrangements at press time. Bennett has now been fired and charged with disorderly conduct.


    Have you read a story that borders on the ridiculous? Send it to Steve Alten at  [email protected]
    Joke of the Month

    A family is at the dinner table.  The son asks his father, "Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?" The father, surprised, answers... "Well, son, there are three kinds of boobs: In her 20's, a woman's are like melons, round and firm.  In her 30's to 40's, they are like pears, still nice but hanging a bit.  After 50, they are like onions". "Onions?" "Yes, you see them and they make you cry".

    This infuriated his wife and daughter so the daughter said, "Mom, how many kinds of 'willies' are there?" 

    The mother, surprised, smiles and answers, "Well dear, a man goes through three phases: In his 20's, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard.  In his 30's and 40's, it is like a birch, flexible but reliable.

    After his 50's, it is like a Christmas Tree." 

    "A Christmas tree?"

    "Yes - the tree is dead and the balls are just for decoration."

    IF YOU HAVE A JOKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE, please e-mail to me at [email protected] Put JOKE in the subject line.

    Stay well, stay safe and know this author really appreciates you. And please purchase copies of PHOBOS: Mayan Fear & GRIM REAPER: End of Days - I guarantee you will enjoy them!

    Happy New Year,

    Steve Alten, Ed.D.