Monday, January 19, 2009

Phobophobia - now on sale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMike Watt hopes you contract Phobophobia this winter.

“The only thing we have to fear, we’re told, is fear itself…”

In Phobophobia, the first short-fiction collection from award-winning journalist and screenwriter Mike Watt (The Resurrection Game, Dead Men Walking, editor Sirens of Cinema Magazine), readers will find plenty of reasons to leave the light on.

Thirteen (triskaidekaphobia) tales, six appearing in print in this collection for the first time, tell of ordinary people caught up in decidedly unordinary events where nothing is what it seems—

—Not classic red Mustangs…

— Not “typical” art exhibits…

— Christmas Morning…

— Not even your “average” hard boiled mystery.

In her introduction, author and star of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Amber Benson, writes, “What I love most about this collection is that Mike takes every day, normal scenarios and infuses them with a pinch of fear, making the reader want to turn around just to check that they’re alone before embarking on the next story.”

“Once upon a time, I made a very meager living as a fiction writer before I moved on to the ‘flashy’ world of professional journalism,” says Watt. “Recently, I went back to the digital desk drawer and dusted off a handful of stories that always made me proud, some published, some not. Phobophobia is the result.”

Boasting a haunting cover by artist Romik Safarian (, Phobophobia is available by the author himself through’s Createspace.

“The entertainment marketplace has become completely democratized and Createspace emulates that idea. Artists no longer have to fight and scrape against the mainstream to make their work available. Books, movies, art—everything and anything can be created inexpensively and made available to the audience. There’s no difference between self-publishing and self-distributing your own DVDs, which my company Happy Cloud Pictures has done for years.”

Interested readers may purchase the trade paperback through, Createspace at or, alternatively, an autographed copy from the author himself at his website,

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