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.

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

"The Open Window" - author's copies received

The paperback copies arrived today!

There's nothing like holding your own book in your hands.


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.

Friday, January 3, 2020

"ORBIS PERPETUI MENTIS: The World of the Endless Mind" PUBLISHED!

I wrote this collection of essays as an attempt to formulate my own theory of the human mind, well, at least the theory of my mind, after finding many existing ones lacking.
I’ve scoured the literature; philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis and many other disciplines, but most of all – I’ve racked my own brain in search of answers.
What I’ve found are many interesting theories, some of them similar to existing ones, some very different – but in the end – all of them true to who I am and to the philosophy of life that I live and live by.
The result is this collection of essays.
I give you:
ORBIS PERPETUI MENTIS – The World of the Endless Mind

AVAILABLE IN THE AMAZON STORE HERE!


FROM LETTERS ON FREEDOM - LETTER 3
Freedom is a paradoxical thing. It takes so much work to attain it only to realize that you've always had it.
This translates easily to spending a lifetime looking for happiness only to realize that you were happy, or at least could have been happy, exactly where you were.
There is an entire culture, and an industry to boot, based on keeping you busy because it has you thinking that there is something wrong with you, or the things you do, or the things you have, or the things you don’t have – all in all – there is something wrong with you and you need to do something about it. Now!
It’s gotten worse in the past two decades, at least that is my impression. I like to say that you can’t even have a butterfly fart in Madagascar without a global movement starting about it (I’ve read about the flatulent butterflies in Madagascar, it’s a propulsion thing, trust me). You can’t even buy a stick of gum (I know that nobody sells sticks of gum anymore, I just like to say “stick of gum”) without some “call to action” statement attached to it.
The world, as it operates right now seems to be awash with problems and misery. And it’s you – superhero number 6,013,275 that has been given a mission to solve all of it. Just like the 6,013,274 superheroes before you that have the same job right now.
I’ve read so many texts – philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis – and it’s nothing short of depressing to realize that for a century of psychoanalysis and psychology, for millennia of philosophy – people have been extremely efficient in describing what’s wrong with the human condition. Even the term “human condition” sounds like a disease.
And then some will suggest very precise things that you need to do right now to fix your problem and some will just give you a lot to think about and by the time you’re done thinking about it you’ll realize that you have no solution at all.
I don’t want to join that club and I have a different suggestion:
Would it be so bad for everything to be just fine, to have no problems, to have no worries, no fears – just for one single moment?
Tomorrow, you can go and buy the next in the series of smartphones that can run a small space station, and have Botox injected into your nose to straighten out your nose hair, and apply for all those 17 jobs that are so much better than the one you have now (just like this one is so much better than the 17 you’ve had before, but here you are looking for a new job again). Tomorrow. You can start that new training regime that will make you lose the 767 grams your doctors said you needed to lose to get those 0.15 points off of your BMI. Tomorrow. You can put your superhero outfit on tomorrow, have the damn thing dry-cleaned for once. Tomorrow.
My grandfather used to tell me, when I was being lazy: “Cras, cras, semper cras et sic dilabitur vita!”. First of all, what kind of grandfather speaks Latin to a little kid? A good one, he was a great guy. Secondly, what kind of grandfather remembers the Latin proverb incorrectly (it’s aetas instead of vita, but it means the same thing, little did he know that I’d end up studying Latin in school too – hah!). Well, he was pretty old, so he’s forgiven. This also tells me that the old Romans had a work ethic similar to our modern one. Go and do something! Now!
But just a moment, grandpa, just one second, just one millisecond, okay?
How about if everything was fine – just for now, just for a little bit?
In this moment, just now, just for a little while, what if I could just – live?
I suppose I have to write just one more sentence to not end this with a question mark.
How liberating it is to know that the only person standing in your way – is you!
How beautiful life is when you just get out of your own way and let life happen!
How beautiful it is to…
Just live!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Wonderful review of "Flesh Machine: The Story"

"David (he prefers Dave), is a disagreeable and self-obsessed lawyer looking for his big break when he learns of a recent and gruesome murder. The crime turns out to be something quite different from a simple disagreement over money or drugs, as it reveals itself to be something way more disturbing. Excited about getting the case, Dave meets the murderer face to face. The murderer is not just any regular murderer and comes to affect Dave more deeply than he would ever anticipate.
Most of the story is told from inside the skull of Dave, where the reader endures every offensive (and highly amusing) thought that manifests itself; be it deeply perverted or just profoundly trivial.  Being stuck in Dave’s never-resting mind is a disturbing experience. The book is filled with subtle messages that hint towards the hilarious, tragic and horrible twists and turns of later chapters. The Story of the Flesh Machine will make you rethink crucial parts about your own mind, thoughts and the relationship between the two. The book is about different yearnings and perspectives on freedom, and the different means used to try and obtain it.
Flesh Machine - The Story will make you laugh, confront you with disturbing realizations and then it will make you laugh once again. I highly recommend reading the book if you are not frightened about peering into your own skull; just a little bit."

--Michael Kay Hoffmann




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I’ve enrolled the e-book edition of my latest novel “𝐅𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐇 𝐌𝐀𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐄: 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐭 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐨𝐧 𝐔𝐒.

As soon as I’d done that – I felt all tingly inside and decided to enroll ALL of my books in a Countdown Deal!

I don’t know what’s wrong with me – all these twinkly lights must be getting to me…

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟑𝐫𝐝, 𝟏𝟐 𝐀𝐌 (𝐏𝐒𝐓) – 𝐀𝐋𝐋 𝐦𝐲 𝐞-𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐭 $𝟎.𝟗𝟗!

THAT’S MORE THAN 90% OFF for "Flesh Machine: The Story"!

Off the price, not off the flesh.
I can't help you with discounts for Christmas dinner grocery shopping.
Sorry about that... 

SO, GET THEM CHEAP WHILE YOU STILL CAN!

𝐅𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐇 𝐌𝐀𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐍𝐄: 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘

𝐕𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐈𝐑𝐄 𝐆𝐑𝐈𝐌𝐎𝐈𝐑𝐄

𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐋 𝐄𝐂𝐋𝐈𝐏𝐒𝐄: 𝐏𝐎𝐄𝐓𝐑𝐘 𝐂𝐎𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍

TIME REMAINING:

Friday, December 13, 2019

"FLESH MACHINE: THE STORY" finally published!

So, after my endless rain of posts about writing my new book and doing this and that with it - it is finally done.
For a moment, I thought that Amazon would refuse to publish my book.

Why?

Well, it is the most obscenely inappropriate, but also the most senselessly hilarious collection of text that I've not only written but also - read - in my entire life.

I should really be profusely ashamed of myself. Honestly, I should. But instead, I am immensely proud. Something must be wrong with me; I promise to get that checked out.

I had made it a mission to ridicule that which is forbidden to ridicule, and I succeeded in ridiculing comedy for being funny. It’s scary, actually…

As a consequence of my insubordination, Humor called me the other day and said that it would be pressing charges for defamation. I riposted: “That’s not funny!” to which Humor broke out in tears and hung up on me.
The day after, Horror called to tell me that Humor was committed to a psychiatric ward as a result of our conversation. Horror swore revenge and amidst all the growling I could only make out "Your soul is mine!". To that I replied that I was already happily married, and Horror began laughing. We're going to visit Humor in the hospital later this week and go for drinks afterwards.

Ah, enough of the rambling...

MY BOOK IS FINALLY PUBLISHED!

The monster is out, and the man who wrote it pales in comparison while offering nothing but a mention of an unnecessarily long name on the cover. For the long name – I blame my parents, but for the monster – I have no excuse!

I give you:
"FLESH MACHINE: THE STORY"


Available on Amazon here:



Saturday, November 30, 2019

A wonderful pre-release review of my novel "Flesh Machine: The Story" by Team Golfwell

I've submitted the paperback version just now, but the e-book version is available for pre-order on Amazon HERE!

The official release date is December 13th, 2019!



In the meantime - here is a very nice pre-release review by the crew at Team Golfwell:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

"I enjoyed “Flesh Machine: The Story” by Stjepan Krešimir Kračun which was an interesting and intense read by this very creative and brilliant writer.  I liked the way the book began with a poem by the author giving a prelude to the author’s writing ability and the things to come,

 “Once there was a man I saw,
In a dream, a nightmare, I don’t really know,
He stopped me on the street, casually, to ask a question,
Little did I know that this encounter would confirm my long-forgotten suspicion” 

The author tells this gripping story in the first person which put me right into some of the very creative and unique terrifying scenes.  I like to read a horror story now and then, but after reading a few it takes a stronger more horrific story to catch my interest and this story did indeed catch my interest immediately as I liked the new creativity, horror, suspense, thrills, and much more which this author brings out. In my opinion, I also felt he brought in everyday life which makes the story more realistic and horrific. 

I liked the way the author writes in a very descriptive, fast-paced and easy to read manner. An excerpt, 

“To be perfectly honest – I just didn’t know who I was anymore. It felt as if all of my energy had been sucked out of me. No, that’s not right – it felt as if all of ‘me’ had been sucked out of me. It felt as if I felt nothing at all but then also everything at the same time. Everything just seemed empty, dreary and pointless.  I thought I was coming down with some kind of depression, the thought did cross my mind, but it was not that. It was everything and nothing at the same time. I felt as if I was getting swallowed by a black hole that sat right at the core of who I was, eating me up – piece by piece.”

I felt the story had many twists and turns and the author continues to increase the thrills and emotions as the story progresses which is what I enjoy in a good horror story. I think anyone who likes to read a thriller on a dark and stormy night should read this book. In my opinion, I liked this very well done, graphic, thrilling story. Very well done and highly recommended."

--Team Golfwell