Monday, October 22, 2012

Extended Holiday, I've been on this sort of extended holiday, that's taken us from Helsinki to Detroit to New York, back to Detroit, and finally back to Helsinki...whew! And as a consequence, I've completely forgotten about my blog and website...somehow I've still managed to do quite a bit of writing on the prequel to the Ark Of The Witch, as well as the post production CGI for the feature film, updates coming...soon!

Ah, but The Ark Of The Witch is Free for one more day on Kindle...that's October 23rd:
The Ark Of The Witch - Kindle Edition

And also on iBookstore:
Ark of the Witch - Robert Seppälä

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

AOW is now on Amazon! I've been terrible at keeping up with my blog here, we're just about finished with the film now, so I'll be posting updates here, and at our main website: very soon.


So... Ark Of The Witch ebook is now on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Diesel eBook store, Ebooks eros, Baker&Taylor, and Amazon.... All of this, represents 32 countries of worldwide distribution... a nice prelude to the coming feature I must say.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Ark Of The Witch - The Novella

And that's a wrap on the novella, Ark Of The Witch. Currently you can find it here on smashwords: Now for some much needed sleep! Well, a few hours anyway, my website is atrocious right now so please bear with me. We're currently on the last lap of post production for the feature, Ark Of The Witch, starring Tiffany Shepis by the way. And, I should be posting some American tour dates for my favorite Finnish band, Gjallarhorn!


Ark Of The Witch, is a contemporary dark fantasy that bridges the modern world with the ancient underworld of Finland, Tuonela.


Ailing from a bitter divorce settlement, the foreclosure on his home, and the loss of his job, Karl's just received the break he's been waiting for. He's inherited the family farm in northern Michigan, but first he must confront an ex-business partner in an attempt to cover up his misappropriations and the shoddy business practices that have come back to haunt him.

In the sleepy town of Toivola, Michigan, Karl's brief respite is soon shattered by the dire need of his cousin, Maki, and a menacing town sheriff. Resigned to his fate, Karl leaves nothing to chance, save but one tiny heirloom that has beset his family for generations.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012



Gjallarhorn features world music that is firmly rooted in the Swedish folk music of Finland, as well as the Norwegian and the Swedish traditions. Its talented performers offer the listener a personal, punchy, and yet nuanced, sound-world which rings to the echoes of the ancient Scandinavian folk traditions.

What a great band, I frequently have their music rolling for some ambient sounds while I'm writing, which is quite often. One of things I really admire about Gjallarhorn aside from their great sound, is the stories they tell in their songs. Hymn, as the story goes was a preserved form of church song, exported by a group of Swedish speaking peoples that lived on some islands near Estonia in the 1780's. For whatever political reasons, they were deported by the queen of Sweden to the Ukraine. The entire population forced to walk for one year with half of them dying in the process. Their fate really sort of reminded me in a way, of the Trail Of Tears, as we know to be one of the well documented cases of forced relocations of the Native Americans by the U.S. government in the 1800's. It's really quite amazing that these people managed to save some of their traditions and have their story retold and performed today by Jenny Wilhelms and Gjallarhorn.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ark Of The Witch

 It's like "There and back again", having started up this blogspot a couple years ago and then practically forgetting about it all together. So, a lot has happened since the last time I was here contemplating something to blog about. 

Well it's been just about 4 months since we, Evertell, wrapped up production on Ark Of The Witch, and we're plodding along in post-production at the moment with a significant amount of CGI to complete.

It's certainly been quite a journey thus far, and I'm pleased to say that I've nearly completed the counterpart to the film, which is the novel, and that I intend to e-publish in the very near future, Kindle, iBooks etc.. Let me back up for just a moment, since it's likely 99.99% of the people that may come across this blog have absolutely no idea of what I'm talking about.

I have been for the better part of the last 15 years, pretty much consumed with Finnish mythology and her national epic, The Kalevala. Being of Finnish ancestry myself I thought it really opened up a treasure trove into the identity of the Finns and their pre-Christian beliefs and stories.

From my perspective, The Kalevala and her myths were in a sense my myths as well, as well as anyone else of Finnish ancestry. Understanding this was key to connecting my families migration from Finland to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Minnesota.

When I wrote the first outline and draft for Ark Of The Witch , it was like weaving together an elaborate textile of ancient Finnish myth within the Finnish Christian mindset of the 19th century, and their migrations to America, with a contemporary theme(s) of our modern era. An era where many of us Americans have forgotten, or simply don't care to know, of the migratory paths nor the plight our ancestors endured to get here. An era where sacrifice for ones family and fellow man, and doing the right thing, is often lost in our pursuit of the status quo, excess, and lines of extended credit.

Anyway, this post is becoming another novel in itself, or novella perhaps. To anyone interested, thank you for reading, and I'll keep you posted on the publish date for Ark Of The Witch, which I believe will be in the latter part of January or early February.