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Brandon M. Herbert

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in Denver, CO, The United States
April 19, 1985




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Brandon M. Herbert is an award-winning author, artist, musician, entrepreneur, and voracious biblioholic. He was born a third generation Colorado native, but his heart and soul belong completely to the Pacific Northwest. He wrote his first short story in fifth grade, and hasn't stopped since. He enjoys writing Urban Fantasy, both for Young Adults (Walking Wolf Road, The Wild) and Horror fans (World of Shadows, Tales of the Underground). He is a passionate wolf supporter, and has spent most his life researching the history, mythology, and reality of werewolves, shapeshifters, and therianthropy. Brandon is also a graphic designer, guitarist, kayaker, and quaffer of inhuman quantities of coffee.
He currently resides in the Seattle area with hi

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Woohoo! Great news from my friend M.K.Sauer, who will in part of a new Anthology coming out next year, which also includes stories by Carrie Vaughn (one of my favorite Urban Fantasy authors) and Jonathan L. Howard! Congratulations! :D

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World of Shadows: Of Wolf and Man - Short Stories (Horror)
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Description: The short-story prequel to Of Wolf & Man, my next horror novel. Even edited down a lot, it still has major spoilers, so don't read it if you want Of Wolf & Man to be a complete suprise. ;)
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Description: "Bell of the Night" is one of the short stories from my "Only the Moon Knows" collection. I'm quite fond of this one, even though it's old and the writing wasn't very good. It was inspired by "Three Pieces After Byzantine Hymns"(Trois morceaux apres des hymnes byzantins) from the album "Chants, Hymns, and Dances" by Vasselis Tsabropoulos and Anja Lechner; and that piece serves as a perfect soundtrack. These were just the images that the music created in my mind. ~B
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“Death never pierces the heart so much as when it takes someone we love; cleaving the heart they held with their passing.”
Brandon M. Herbert, Walking Wolf Road

“Isn't it funny how the moments that define our lives the most are almost always the smallest? A scattering of almost inconsequential seconds that steer our course; the proverbial butterfly wings which produce the hurricane of our lives. Single sentences, concepts, and choices-especially choices-which make or break who you are, and who you will become.”
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“Reality is like a fruitcake; pretty enough to look at but with all sorts of nasty things lurking just beneath the surface.”
A. Lee Martinez, Gil's All Fright Diner

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
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“If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats.”
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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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Brandon Herbert N wrote: "Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had an awesome day :-)"

Thank you, it was pretty good. ^__^

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Na Deela Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had an awesome day :-)

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Na Deela I'm so sorry about Shep, but you know he's in a better place. You'll see him again :-)

message 5: by Brandon (last edited Feb 07, 2012 10:17PM)

Brandon Herbert Today I had to say goodbye to Shep, my first dog.
Took him to the vet to try and see why he's been losing weight and coughing, only to find that cancer had taken over a little over half of his lungs, which was why he was laboring for breath. Given the choice between forcing him to live like he was constantly drowning, and releasing him, I chose the latter.
I'm doing okay all things considered, my intuition had sort of seen this coming, so the shock wasn't too bad. Still, I have the funny feeling that I'm gunna be crying myself to sleep for the next couple nights.
Goodbye my best friend, my wolly mammoth; may you rest in peace until we meet again.
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Brandon Herbert Well, just submitted Walking Wolf Road for the Breakthrough Novel Award... *crosses fingers* Let's see what happens...

Brandon Herbert Melissa wrote: "Yo. FRIEND. >.<"


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M.K. Sauer Yo. FRIEND. >.<

Brandon Herbert Just finished a freaking sweet short story prequel for my next project, World of Shadow: Of Wolf and Man.
A nice dark supernatural horror piece set in the mountains of Colorado. In "Bargain with the Devil", you meet two of the major players behind the scenes and learn their stories from their own points of view. It coincides with the beginning of Of Wolf and Man, and features a couple spoilers, so I don't know if I want to release it as a short story before I finish the main novel or not. :\ Hmmm... delemmas...

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