Mental Eclipse

This blog site is dedicated to published novels, poetry and short stories by Stjepan Krešimir Kračun updated regularly with release dates and other news regarding any published works.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Invited interview for NFReads.com

It was my honor to be invited for an email interview with the guys and gals from NFReads.com.

They even published everything I had to say without censorship - that's amazing - and unusual for me!

Either way, while both the kind people from NFReads and myself are free to roam before our inevitable arrest for public indecency, verbal abuse, and defamation (the charges will all be dropped due to an insanity plea from my side), you can find the entire interview here:

Interview With Author Dr. Stjepan K. Kračun

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Major update of "Vampire Grimoire"

I have recently updated Vampire Grimoire with corrections (grammar and punctuation), rephrasing of sentences and sentence fragments, as well as with the introduction of some newly written material: totaling 1273 combined changes.

Amazon, as it appears, considers 1273 changes a "minor update", so, for Kindle users and those who purchased the ebook version of the book - the update will not happen automatically.

Here is a Microsoft Word comparison screenshot (yes, you can use Microsoft Word for text file comparison and stats) of the "minor" changes:

So, in order to update your ebook version of Vampire Grimoire, please visit Amazon's Manage Your Content and Devices - find the list of books you own - find Vampire Grimoire - and you will see that there is a button saying "Update Available" visible. Make sure your Kindle is connected to WiFi and then press the button - and within seconds the update should be pushed to your device.

I apologize for the inconvenience. 

Enjoy!




Monday, December 14, 2020

Amazing review of "Flesh Machine: The Story"

 A fantastic review of "Flesh Machine: The Story" by my dear friend Gerrit J. Gerwig:

"A cruel murder happens and the crime is captured on security cameras. The perpetrator is quickly caught and does not deny committing the crime. Lawyer Dave sees a great opportunity to promote himself and obtain endless world fame by defending Sam, the criminal, in court. So, he tries to find out his client’s motive(s). The story that unfolds is completely absurd. That is why, when you read this book, you will probably have to read it twice. Sam calls himself a “flesh machine with a mind” that is completely constructed and regularly renewed by himself. The “hows” and “whys” are mind-blowing. Bizarre meanings of life and death pass by. Tragedy, comedy, horror, logic and irrationality succeed each other in a hilarious way. The end is unexpected. If you are in for reading something exceptional, then this is your book."

--Gerrit J. Gerwig, PhD




Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Another fantastic review of "Flesh Machine: The Story"

“Flesh Machine will take you on a ride through dark, deep, mundane, and profound corners of the human mind. Set in the tone of a grimy crime novel with accompanying profanity in all its forms, you get to follow the journey of an ambitious defense attorney with an inflated ego and a damning sense of superiority to his surroundings. His world is turned upside down, however, when he faces a mysterious new client, the perpetrator of an unspeakable crime that turns everything on its head to the point where all you once thought was true has to be reconsidered. Your own reality included.

Stjepan Kracun is not afraid to portray the mind for what it really is. He asks hard questions and provides even harder answers. This book is for everyone that enjoys blunt humor, imaginative plot twists, and existential discussions at a depth that will make you want to read the book, again and again, to make sure you didn’t miss a single detail - it can’t be recommended highly enough.”

--Mark Bjerregaard





Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Update on new book in writing: 470 pages and still going strong...

Just a small update about my new book “The CRAZY BOOK about NORMAL THINGS: The Story of Jimmy Pebbel and Ferdinand Rock”.

I have a new – and even longer title for it – as you may have noticed in the sentence above. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any longer – it did.

I also have a new cover design, posted below, and 470 pages (!) written – and the end is not yet in sight.

This might very well end up being my Magnum Opus. With the emphasis on “Magnum” – Latin for BIG!



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Saturday, March 14, 2020

New novel in writing: "The Story of Jimmy Pebbel and Ferdinand Rock"


Yep, I’m writing a new novel.

This one is going to be very special.

For now, I give you the provisional cover of:

“The Story of Jimmy Pebbel and Ferdinand Rock”



Thursday, March 5, 2020

"The Open Window" published

Today, I am happy to announce the publishing of my fifth book - The Open Window - as both an e-book and a paperback.

Available on Amazon now!


FROM THE PREFACE
This is a story about a man.
He is just an ordinary man, no different from you and me.
But he finds himself in a predicament.
And as our story begins, he happens to find himself in a prison cell. 
However, due to the nature of his story, he might as well be in his living room, or somewhere out on the street.
Still, he finds himself held captive but he is no less free than you and me are right now.
And all that he ever wished for was to be free and happy.
Isn’t that what we all wish for?
If freedom and happiness are what he wished for – how did this man manage to end up in a prison cell?
He seems to have succeeded in doing the exact opposite of what he wanted. He can’t be very clever then.
But let’s not be too hasty.
The lofty peaks he wanted to climb were easy to see from the foot of the mountain, but the road was winding.
The simplest things in life are the most important ones and they come quickly to mind, yet even when the story of our life is reaching its final chapters we can still see how far we’ve gone astray and how we’ll never reach them in our lifetime. Yet we’ve professed during our entire lifetime that those were the only things we really wanted. The only things that we really needed. How is it that we’ve gone so far astray?
Oh, we will have an abundance of excuses. But in our final moments, we will remember. We will remember our regrets. We will remember our dreams that we’ve forgotten to pursue, but it will be too late then.
So we hope that in death – we will find them there.
And maybe we will.
And maybe we won’t.
But this man whose story we are about to tell – he did get what he wished for.
Not in the way he thought he would, though – but he did get what he wished for. But that is life – it happens regardless of when and how we want it to happen. We all have our own stories and the lives we would like to live. And then we have the lives that we actually live. And these two things are rarely one and the same story.
But sometimes they are.
And that is exactly what happened to the man we are about to meet. 
This is his story.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

"The Open Window" available for pre-order on Amazon

So, a new book is on the horizon!
And I will release it on the 8th of March, 2020!
Right now, the e-book is on pre-order in the Amazon store here!
But now, instead of me getting carried away here, you can have a look at the cover page and read the book description below:



FROM THE PREFACE
This is a story about a man.
He is just an ordinary man, no different from you and me.
But he finds himself in a predicament.
And as our story begins, he happens to find himself in a prison cell.
However, due to the nature of his story, he might as well be in his living room, or somewhere out on the street.
Still, he finds himself held captive but he is no less free than you and me are right now.
And all that he ever wished for was to be free and happy.
Isn’t that what we all wish for?
If freedom and happiness are what he wished for – how did this man manage to end up in a prison cell?
He seems to have succeeded in doing the exact opposite of what he wanted. He can’t be very clever then.
But let’s not be too hasty.
The lofty peaks he wanted to climb were easy to see from the foot of the mountain, but the road was winding.
The simplest things in life are the most important ones and they come quickly to mind, yet even when the story of our life is reaching its final chapters we can still see how far we’ve gone astray and how we’ll never reach them in our lifetime. Yet we’ve professed during our entire lifetime that those were the only things we really wanted. The only things that we really needed. How is it that we’ve gone so far astray?
Oh, we will have an abundance of excuses. But in our final moments, we will remember. We will remember our regrets. We will remember our dreams that we’ve forgotten to pursue, but it will be too late then.
So we hope that in death – we will find them there.
And maybe we will.
And maybe we won’t.
But this man whose story we are about to tell – he did get what he wished for.
Not in the way he thought he would, though – but he did get what he wished for. But that is life – it happens regardless of when and how we want it to happen. We all have our own stories and the lives we would like to live. And then we have the lives that we actually live. And these two things are rarely one and the same story.
But sometimes they are.
And that is exactly what happened to the man we are about to meet.
This is his story.