Joel Eisenberg – update on a new volume in Apocalyptic Novel series

Joel Eisenberg was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May 2015 when he told us about the first book in his epic Fantasy series, The Chronicles of Ara (created with Stephen Hillard). He’s back now to tell us of a new development in writing the storyline of the third novel, the publication of which has just been announced.


The Chronicles of Ara: Inferno
Volume III
by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard
Published by Incorgnito Publishing Press
Genre: Epic Fantasy

From ABC7:
“Candidate” Donald Trump to be Featured in Apocalyptic Novel Series, The Chronicles of Ara

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — “Candidate” Donald Trump is the latest real-life figure portrayed in Joel Eisenberg and Steve Hillard’s acclaimed alt-fantasy series, The Chronicles of Ara. Trump’s arc begins with volume three in the series, subtitled Inferno.

The books follow the journey of Ara, a corrupted muse who has infected man’s artistry to influence the biblical end of days. Trump will be introduced in Inferno as the GOP candidate to whom the country will turn following a catastrophic domestic event.

The Chronicles of Ara is an eight-part series that strives for relevancy,” says Eisenberg. “Trump as a candidate had made his fair share of promises. But campaign promises and reality are two different things, and in the books both prove equally dangerous.”

In the novels, Ara is corrupted following a tragic loss. Using parallel storylines, the characters include some of history’s more renowned “dark authors” – J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, H.G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft – as they are inspired to pen their greatest works. In modern day, within these authors’ books are clues of an impending man-made apocalypse, as has been inspired by the power of their creations.

“Real-world commentary on Trump is not always kind,” says Hillard. “As our future ‘President Trump’ claims that The Bible is his ‘favorite book,’ with this inspiration he assigns a propaganda minister of sorts to disseminate prophetic words and images that will lead to his favor with evangelicals, while framing himself as the only possible savior of the masses. But behind this prophet is a puppet-master, an immortal, with a larger agenda. What then?”

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To purchase books in this series:
Vol. I – Creation
Vol. II – Perdition
Vol. III – Inferno

Joel Eisenberg

Photo02 Joel Eisenberg

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Chronicles of Ara: Creation, Epic Fantasy

Quick description: What are the repercussions if the muse who inspires all of art and invention is corrupted? What is the endgame?


Brief biography:
I am proud to announce that the first of my new book series, The Chronicles of Ara, an epic 8-volume fantasy saga created with Stephen Hillard, has been released by Incorgnito (not a misspelling) Publishing’s Topos Books imprint.

Otherwise, I am a partner in Eisenberg-Fisher Productions and former head of EMO Films@Paramount Studios, feature film production companies. I am the co-founder of All Cities Media, an entertainment industry networking group. Our events have been hosted by Warner Brothers, Paramount Studios, Sunset-Gower Studios and the Law Offices of Greenberg-Traurig, among others. Feature projects include Out of the Black, Unreleased and April Showers, the latter based on the Columbine school shootings tragedy.

Writer of several award-winning independent feature films. Producer of a slate of past and upcoming feature film and television projects, including Mirkwood, based on the bestseller and The Chronicles of Ara fantasy novel series.

For more, check me out on IMDb.

In early 2007, I was fortunate to have received substantial international publicity by locating, identifying, organizing and archiving a long-considered lost handwritten John Steinbeck archive, collectively valued at nearly $1 million.

Author, How to Survive a Day Job, Championship Networking. Blog: You’re Too Smart to Go Down Stupid. Contributor: Tales of the Dead and numerous others.

Links to buy Joel’s book:
Barnes & Noble
For Signed Copies

Joel’s promo links:
Authors’ Website
Book Website
Joel’s Facebook

What are you working on now?
Just completing the second book of The Chronicles of Ara 8-book series, entitled The Chronicles of Ara: Perdition, out in September.

Joel’s reading recommendation:
I’m re-reading Frank Herbert’s original Dune series, and also Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, both sagas being big literary influences. Anything by Anne Rice and Clive Barker is always worthwhile.