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Mon Jan 30, 2012, 2:53 PM


3-21-12: The Horror Suicide Show and Diary of a Madman now available on Amazon.

www.amazon.com/L.-Vera/e/B007I…



2-9-10
Two new finds for books still up on Amazon. Both from :iconhellbunny:

:thumb144536211: by :iconuilliam444888:

This one is from Dead Rising from Capcom.
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Hopefully the last update:
The infamous profile pic of Giovanni Gelati, is now considered to be stolen as well from this man's flickr account.

www.flickr.com/photos/andregus…

It's like almost every image was stolen. We found two covers out of all the others that may be bought stock. But I have a feeling he probably stole those too. :)

Here are many other stolen picture from that I looked hard for but couldn't find until :iconsjm001: helped me out.

Lilith - The face of the Sin by eclipsy :iconeclipsy:


Mount Olympus by andyparkart :iconandyparkart:










Read below to 1-31-12 , for the older story and original information.
Stay informed by following LVeraWrites

Also, these are the books he currently list as trestlepress. www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&r…

2-3-12 New day, new updates.

Trestle Press has removed their statement. (Probably because it admits to stealing basically.)
Here's the cache version: sarahandmom.wordpress.com/2012…

Last night one man defended Giovanni, Stephen H. King. (Which I always hated that name. He even uses the other Stephen King to help promote himself by calling himself "The other Stephen King". Serious, get your own writing identity.) My little crack team of investigators and I found two more artist and one of them was on Stephen H. King's book "Catactlysm".

I also want to thank everyone who has helped, and Lit Reactor for bringing more eyes to our issue. Special thanks to

Julie Morrigan
The NameLess Horror, who goes by too many names to begin with
Luca Vesta
and to everyone who has helped.

Also, the topping of the cake today.



Even though we have been informed it may be a stock picture,. it's still kinds funny. :) Especially since we kinda assume if 90% are stolen they all must be.

Also, search for microphone on google and you'll find this little treasure.



tomgehrke


Thanks to one of our found artist for this one, even though it looks like they changed this one already.


The image is way to big to display here.
konachan.com/post/show/73307/a…


2-2-12
Today's update: B. R. Stateham leaves trestle press.

Earlier today: Read below to 1-31-12 , for the older story and original information.
Stay informed by following LVeraWrites

Also, these are the books he currently list as trestlepress. www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&r…


There are two author's who are staying with TrestlePress who believe in Giovanni's statement. The most vocal is B.R. Stateham.

Here are there blogs in case you want to read what they have said. Stateman's noirtaketurner-frank.blogspot.… Dusk's whithowlandsthreeringcircus.bl…

And here are more stolen images:
Ghost Rider by kominosai by :iconkominosai:

This one is a wallpaper for this company's logo.


Here's another one with B.R. Stateham. This one is from the anime Hellsing.


Stolen from Artfulplayground old wordpress account


Stolen from a band's album



Smoke by Libudas by :iconlibudas:




Tortured Soul by Deathmonkey7 by :icondeathmonkey7:





2-1-12
Newest of the newest updates:  I finally sent Giovanni "Garbageman" Gelati an email and it's posted on my Wordpress Blog because this journal is already getting messy. :)  lverawrites.wordpress.com/2012…


Newest update today: Trestle Press responds: www.trestlepresspublishing.com…

I think we need to make a MEME out of his profile picture.



I'll give 470 dA points to the best one. I'd offer more if I could. :)




I've been reading another blog where my journal has become part of a topic. absolutewrite.com/forums/showt… Thanks to :iconsjm001:

So today, I have more finds and more people to contact including Giovanni Gelati, the mastermind behind all this. Okay, mastermind sounds to good for what he is how about: poopy mind, or asshole. Yeah, asshole will do. Anyways . . . here are some new pieces that have been found.


broken me by anaRasha by :iconanarasha: and the book www.amazon.com/Misery-Unleashe… (Sta.sh refuses to put the picture up correctly. Sorry)


This one was found by the author himself. here


This is from detective conan.
 


Oh and this is my new favorite and I can't believe i couldn't find it yesterday.

is from the movie Ghost Rider



Update: :iconjjasso: responded and told me he didn't give anyone permission. So with his permission I'm going to ask Giovanni to remove the "Brit Grit" books. If he refuses, we are going to take it up with amazon and kindle. Fun.

1-31-12 Here's a link to all the books he publishes: www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&r…

It would be awesome if we could find where he has stolen the others from.



Stolen from flickr (I think this the last for today, I'll look for more tomorrow)
  

Stolen from a movie's wallpaper


by :iconbleed-black-sheep:

CIGAR CITY by JJasso from :iconjjasso:  and  


dance me to eternal sleep by Princess-of-Shadows from :iconprincess-of-shadows:

Black dream by Gloom82 from :icongloom82:   

and

I recognized this one as soon as I saw it. It's from the game Hitman.   I have no idea who to contact here.

Here's another one stolen from a video game.   


here


This one is from an ad campaign www.csulb.edu/divisions/studen…


  


Look at this one. Bill and Ted. Wow.



) and his book



I love the way he butchers the resolution on these pictures. 



The story I first posted:
1-30-12
The publication Trestle Press, which promised to publish The Horror Suicide Show really disappointed me. They offered me a chance to publish my story online on amazon and kindle stores and they would provide editing and a new cover. I knew I could do it myself but they said they would help promote it.

First of all, the editor did nothing but run spell check, which caused more problems then it fixed. He missed tons of small errors, i caught on my first read through of the piece he had of mine. So, the work was sloppy but I fixed it. Even though at that point I should have just sent the piece to my personal editor but I had already waited three months with them to get this piece out.

Now for the worst part - Trestle Press is an art thief. That's right an ART THIEF. They sent me this picture by the wonderful :iconandycap:   


Shot update by Andycap


They put my title and my name in horrible font and size on it and I said yes, that looks good. But it looked awfully familiar. Was it coincidence? But I knew I seen it before and I was right. AndyCap from deviantArt created it. So I tracked him down and asked him if he gave anyone permission to use his image. He said no and this was the first he had heard.

So now, I fell like I was had - and I was. I even went on to find out a lot of the pictures he uses on his books are stolen. It's sad because he has other clients who don't even know. And I wouldn't have said anything until I found out myself. And when I did I was wondering what would happen to my work.

So without raising any flags I wanted my works to revert back to me, I did sign a contract giving them publishing rights for two years so I had to be careful. So he gave them back to me after a couple of emails and said good luck. Now it's time for me to tell you my story.

AndyCap, the original creator of the cover image, has given me permission to use his artwork. And now that I have rights to publish "The Horror Suicide Show", I'm going to do it the right way, the way I should have from the beginning. I'm going to list it myself on amazon and kindle for FREE. I actually gave this collection away for two days before they offered to make money off it for me. I also plan on adding two-three more stories and offering a paperback at a super low price of - that's right - Free.

So thanks Trestle Press for wasting my time and at least teaching me a lesson, and hopefully others as well.


BTW, I also just started writing the "Monolith" and I think you are going to like it. :)




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cabin-goddess Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012   Photographer
OMG I about busted a gut. I think my dad represents Narrows Construction. You may want to have someone call them and ask for the number for their lawyer. My father is currently out of the country but if I Am right it will be to Morton and McGoldrick. HOWEVER, the Tacoma legal community is TIGHT knit and I bet they would be happy to give you the name of the graphic artist who came up with their logo. OMG!
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
really. That's a crazy coincidence. :)
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abominablewhelk Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
In the "entertaining peculiarities" department, it also seems Trestle's legal boilerplate is a copy 'n paste job from the one on Smashwords books. He swaps "Amazon" for "Smashwords" in the text, but otherwise it's word for word.

On a sidenote, I hadn't realised Smashwords were such dicks about no one but the buyer so much as glancing at their books.
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   General Artist
Oh, one more. [link] is using artwork posted here: [link]
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abominablewhelk Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Last contribution on the topic from me unless something staggering happens, but iStockphoto tell me they're looking into his use of the stock 'Hot Button' graphic on the 'Hot Button Issues' book a couple of entries down on the TP blog, and do whatever it is they do if he turns out not to have paid for usage. (What are the odds, etc.)
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
ha, wow. There's other instances where I gave up when I found it at a stock site for sale. I assumed that it could have been purchased. I know Julie Morrigan found one or two like that.
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abominablewhelk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thing is, I suspect he's lifted them from sites which have purchased them; I found the image googling for 'hot button' and tineye took me to iStockphoto. I'd be genuinely staggered if Gelati had done more than the googling part, given how he's behaved with the others...

I also found the font he uses for most of his, ahem, "work" via MyFonts: On Stage Serial Heavy. Needs a commercial license, but since it's harder to nab paying fonts for free, I guess that one must have come with whatever software he uses to throw things together.
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AuthorLisaTaylor Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Hey, do you know what flickr account the Shana Black cover was taken from? (The smoking gun). That picture is also for sale on photos.com and asks for no credit as long as its paid for. I want to make sure that the person running the flickr account knows that a stock photo site is selling their picture, because a month ago before all this came to light I bought it from photos.com for a book trailer. I want to get rid of it if it is on stock sites illegitimately.

[link]
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SJM001 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Lisa, there are a number of similar photos available on various stock photo sites (for example: [link])

Most of those sites are fairly reputable and if you paid for the image, I suspect you're probably OK. If you have any concerns, I'd query it with photos.com who will hopefully be able to put your concerns to rest.
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SJM001 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
(Just to clarify, some photographers will put their pictures up on Flickr and also sell the rights to stock photo sites).
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
no clue. Sorry, a lot of the newer finds weren't from me. I've been getting a lot of help now.
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
They recently changed the kindle edition image of Without Notice, but their facebook page still had the original coverart posted. I posted a comment to it suggesting that they should update their image so there's no further confusion, and was told to go kill myself. lawls.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
ha. Really? Send me a link to it. :)
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
I have a screencap on my facebook. I'll post it in my scraps and send you a link.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
ha, thanks. :)
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
[link]

There you go!
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
"The Horror Suicide Show" free till Sunday. [link]
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   General Artist
Thankya, much! Got it just now and will be reading it after I finish studying for my math exam! :)
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
I would love it if you also posted a good review when you had the time to finish the book. Thanks you are awesome.
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abominablewhelk Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
The new new image on that page (minus the TP logo, but still using the classic TP "look, here is a stack of books" format and font) is stock: [link]

What are the odds TP paid for it? Given, especially, how jaggy it is compared to the overlaid text...
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   General Artist
TP would have paid for it, but the 'G-Man' was too busy prowling online for 'free' art and telling people he doesn't like to go kill themselves.

I do love how crappy the covers look. Honestly, it would be better if they just used that generic font that they use over solid colors on their covers. It would keep them out of trouble AND their covers would look cleaner and less jumbled.
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abominablewhelk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
There's something deeply wrong with someone capable of thinking, "Hey, that's an image I can use on a book! Now I'll just shrink it horizontally about 50-60% to fit and save it as a minimal quality jpg and we're good to go!" I agree. There are primary school children with more sense.
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Deathmonkey7 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So my art has been removed pretty much everywhere but on the blog. Thanks again guys.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
Awesome. Sorry this happened. But it has brought attention to many artist and writers. :)
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
Apparently, when threatened by the artist with legal action, they've been playing hardcore kiss-ass. At least that's what we've seen so far. I feel bad for the authors who deal with this company, unaware of their tendency towards theft. If they're not willing to take the time and hard work someone put into the pretty little picture they steal for their cover art, who's to say they care any more for the authors? Clearly in many of these instances, the story was just skimmed over at best.

They don't have anyone's best interest at heart aside from their own.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I agree completely. :)
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eclipsy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Its a shame how people dont respect our copyrights, its ridiculous.. Thanks for notify me, I'm contacting amazon support.. hope they take it out..
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
the writer actually defended here publisher in an email to me. I told her that since her book isn't out she has time to change it. Instead she wants me to never contact her again. So, I'll keep an eye out to see if the book gets published so that you can report it. The way amazon works, the original artist must report it.
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
I agree about the shame for lack of respect for copyrights, Eclipsy. Unfortunately--or fortunately, depending on how you look at it--you'll probably just receive a confused look from Amazon. Tanya's book wasn't published yet, and from what I understand they're working on a new cover. I think--though I'm not directly involved, so I'm not certain--your beautiful picture only made it into the "proof" stage, which is the multi-book picture shown at the top of this page, before it was removed.

That said, I'd invite you to contact Tanya directly to confirm. She's a wonderful person and a great writer; I've been corresponding with her online since well before Trestle came into the picture. You can find her on Facebook at [link] if you're interested.
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SJM001 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
And just for good measure, another taken from deviantART. It looks like mention of this title has been removed from the Trestle Press website over the past couple of days, so perhaps it has been withdrawn from the release schedule and/or is having a new cover done.

Book cover: [link]

Original art: [link]
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jstevo2008 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
This Amish book. [link]

Image here? [link]

Not sure if it's another one.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
thanks, but i followed that even furthur back and it looks like it can be bought as stock. So I'm going to leave off all possible "Bought" art off. Even though he probably stole those too. :)
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
I don't see anything on the "Top 50 States" page you linked to suggest they own rights to the picture there, either. I also don't see anything on the photo quiz page found elsewhere on their site. They're generating ad revenue based on pictures of questionable ownership, so perhaps once y'all are done dragging Giovanni down you should relocate your witch hunting to there?

Seriously, folks--I'm a writer, not an artist. My daughter is an artist; she is the one who designed one of my cover pages. I don't ask Giovanni where he gets his images from; that's the way the author-publisher relationship works. If you want to go after Giovanni, that's up to you. But please leave us writers out of it. Stop trolling anonymous comments across our blogs and Amazon pages, for the love of all that's holy and honest.
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
Wouldn't you be upset if you watched your daughter spend hours on a piece that meant the world to her only to have it taken and used to sell something completely unrelated to her work without so much as a simple 'may I use this?' inquiry? I bet she'd be hurt by that, and I would hope that as a father, you'd be, at the least, a little pissed that someone stole from your girl. What if your daughter wanted to make a profession out of her art, only to find out that she can't feed or clothe herself down the road because, while nobody wants to pay for her work, publishing companies think it's A-OK to use her hours-long work freely?

Even if this isn't the most tactful way of doing so, we are defending fellow artists in our community and ourselves by association. You, as a writer, should be upset about this, too. You should be turning your back on a company that clearly doesn't care for the hard work others do, not defending them on someone's DA page because you think they may or may not be harassing you. Did you stop and think that maybe, just maybe all this person did was make a journal to draw attention to the fact that someone was stealing? That other DA members and fellow artists were upset and offended by the fact that someone has been profiting off of stolen labor?

I think you're getting as reactionary as some of us admittedly have been, but you really need to stop defending someone from the consequences of their poorly thought-out actions.

Off-topic, have you thought about using your first two initials and your last name instead of going with this 'Other Stephen King' gimmick?
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I'm NOT defending Giovanni. I'm defending myself, and my own name. I broke away from Trestle Press this morning, in fact. And no, you're not choosing the most professional way to go about it, and this scuttlebutt hurts the Independent Writers group more than the original scandal did, I think. Before, it was a disreputable publisher. Now, it's a disreputable publisher and a bunch of screaming children.

Off-topic, yes. But I was advised by two different agents and a well-published author to continue with this "Other Stephen King" gimmick. Sorry you don't like it.
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
So we're not supposed to defend fellow artists by drawing attention to a business that thinks its okay to steal? What if it were your writing that someone had stolen? You would want support in getting the situation resolved, I'm sure. You'd want to be informed by someone who is concerned for you as a fellow artist. I fail to see how drawing attention to a company that is practicing some disgusting behavior like Trestle Press is doing anything to hurt independent authors, either. Wouldn't you have liked to know what you were getting yourself into before you signed a contract with these people in the beginning? And honestly, I doubt anyone is going to, or would have ever attached your name to this whole thing had you not made this DA account to argue with 'screaming children' as you've dubbed us.
As far as I can see, the only thing you were ever guilty of in this situation was having some bad luck regarding the publishing company that picked up your story. That and taking the time to make a DA account for what appears to be the specific purpose of arguing with some not-so-veiled name calling. I hope things work out for you and you're able to learn from this and move on as an author, but this association with this company was only harmful to you.

And off topic, I didn't say that I didn't like it, but I don't know if going with 'the other Stephen King' would be helping you or your work stand on its own. But if a well-published author and two agents told you to keep it that way, I suppose that's what's best for you right now.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
A real writer can take rejection/ hurtful comments. I've been rejected numerous times but I'm man enough to keep tryig. I give 95% of my stories for free. All but three are listed here on my deviantart page. On the side, I'm a paid blogger and that makes more money for me a month then you probably made with Giovanni.

I'm a writer who believes his work is art. If someone stole my artwork, I would be upset and that's how I felt.

You already know the truth. Two of your images were stolen. Giovanni hasn't fixed that. Matter of fact, no one has heard from him since he had taken down the statement he posted the other day on the website.

Trestle Press is ruined. So stay and maybe he'll convince other new authors to buy your book. :)
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
No, I don't already know the truth. That's the problem with the kids on the Internet these days; you think somebody posting under handles like "doodle777" must be telling the truth. No, that's why I've contacted the artists you've pointed out directly. Because, you know what? If what you're alleging is true, then the artists have already been harmed. And if you've "ruined" Trestle Press as you claim, you and I both know that the artists will NEVER get compensation for the harm done them. That's why I've been going behind trying to contact them, learn the truth, find a way to compensate them through acknowledgement and even payment. The artist whose work went on Cataclysm? That work was beautiful. I'd like to find a way to see it get out there. It wasn't my fault if it was used without his permission, but it does both him and me the most good if we can find a way to have it be used WITH his permission rather than not used at all.

I don't understand why you don't get that. No, actually, I do--you're out for vengeance, and don't care who you take down.

Have fun.
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hellbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   General Artist
Is it really in his best interest at this point to deal with a clearly disreputable company willingly? Do you think it's just about the compensation? It's the fact that they came onto these artists' gallery pages and took from them without the slightest hint of respect, thinking, I suppose, that these artists they stole from are just incapable of figuring anything out. This can't be weaseled out of, the company can't just toss money at someone and hope that they'll still work for them, despite that they have already made their opinions of the artist quite clear.Nobody in their right mind is going to want to work for them. Your publishing company got busted for being scummy and now you know that a bunch of shady characters are responsible for the production and sell of your hard work. Deal with it.
I'm sorry, but you said that you, as an author have no say-so what goes on the cover of your books. If that's the case, why are you so damned concerned about smoothing over a situation that is not your responsibility, as you've stated? And, for that matter, if you're graciously taking on the responsibility of smoothing things over with the artist and making things right, surely you saw this coverart before we did, since... It's -your- work. Did you think to look into this yourself? Maybe make sure your work wasn't being diminished by a dishonest company? Why did this have to be pointed out to you after several people had already seen it, and why would we contact the authors if they have no say so in what's slapped onto their books? Why wouldn't we do what we can, from emailing amazon to leaving remarks on the book's amazon page saying that the work is stolen to keep the publisher from benefiting from their theft?
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
In answer to your first two questions: no, and no. What I do think is right is between the artist and me, and we are proceeding as such. Thank you for your concern, though.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Yeah but trust a guy named Giovanni Gelati. Nice.

:)
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
If I trusted Giovanni would I be querying the artists? Your black and white world is alarmingly two-dimensional.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Or maybe I realized it's easy to get a rise out of you? Ha. And I already contacted the artist and left him instructions on reported it to amazon.
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Yeah, insulting mine and my father's name is a childish as hell way to get a rise out of me. Thanks, kids. I know you already contacted the artist, because, you know, God forbid you contact the author first and give him a chance to do so first. Like I said--you're after vengeance, not justice. The artist has contacted Amazon just as he should have. The book is still there, which doesn't surprise anyone who's worked with Amazon. You're so effective.
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
"Last night one man defended Giovanni, Stephen H. King. (Which I always hated that name. He even uses the other Stephen King to help promote himself by calling himself "The other Stephen King". Serious, get your own writing identity.) My little crack team of investigators and I found two more artist and one of them was on Stephen H. King's book "Catactlysm"."

I'm curious how you found anything in my post to be defending Giovanni. My post, which was responded to by someone hiding behind "Anonymous"--I presume that was you?--was discussing my happiness over receiving a fairly small amount that represented the first time I'd ever been paid for my writing.

Sorry you "always hated" my name. My parents liked it enough to give it to me, especially since it's also my late father's name also. I started using a pseudonym but was advised by several agents to go with my given name. If you'd actually read my blog, perhaps, you'd know that.

-Stephen H. King www.TheOtherStephenKing.com
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Nope, I'm pretty vocal. I don't hide and I'm glad to see you respond. My writing name is L. Vera, I've also been told to change it, but I refused as well.

I only speak for myself, but I've associated all of the people who stayed with Trestle Press as accomplices. I use to b e a graphic artist and understand that stealing could have gotten me fired and ruined my career. It's a big thing, and to hear that some people don't understand makes me upset.

I still don't like your writing name. :) But you can't please everyone. But I would like to give you a clean start in your writing.

Are you still with Trestle Press?
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Accomplices? Try authors. Same as you. Only difference between me and those who ducked and ran is that I don't duck out of contracts I've signed at the first indication of allegations. Thanks to someone's detective work above, I'm thinking there may be something to them, and I'm doing my best to make it right in a way that doesn't involve betraying my own word.

So for the time being, yes, I am still with Trestle. That may change in the near future, but whether it does or not will be on my terms, not yours or your little party of art vigilantes.
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Art vigilantes? For uncovering the truth? Fine. I kinda like that name. And I think we e done an amazing job uncovering the truth, finding owners to the stolen art.

I hope you've contacted the owner of the image on "Cataclysm" and tried to make things right. I have all his information if you needed.

I ducked out of my contract because he lied and steals. I got nothing he promised to me in my contract, besides and edited version that was ran through spellcheck, that butchered the whole thing. The main reason I left was because I was afraid he would steal my stories too.
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StephenHKing Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
"I kinda like that name." - Yes, somehow I figured you would. But like I said, is this JUST a witch hunt to take down Giovanni (and, in so doing, all of the authors who signed on with him) or are you going to go after anyone else?
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LVeraWrites Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Witch hunt? Giovanni ruined your "writing career" not me. I think you have displaced your blame. :)
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