Hell’s Glitch Volume 2: The Glitch Fiends (The Hell’s Glitch LitRPG Saga) by Belart Wright
Back of the Book
Fulton Milner’s virtual nightmare continues as he’s overhauled the systems of his death game right before opening a new area called the Stone Valley. And right away Sam faces two of his biggest challenges yet, and those are in addition to the massive system overhaul which makes the game even more realistic and burdensome.
The Stone Valley brings its own vicious new enemies along with a myriad of mysteries to uncover and if that wasn’t enough, a horrifying new development has put game creator and player alike on edge. Something unnatural seems to have infiltrated Heimfall and brought a little hell into Milner’s nightmarish game world.
Sam must fight his way through the valley and beyond if he ever wants to see his family again. Will his desire to survive lead him back to the real world to his mother and sister? And will the memory of his father motivate him to succeed? The Glitch Fiends is the follow-up to the sleeper LitRPG hit, Hell’s Glitch. It stars Sam Nagai, a hapless gamer and artist who’s just looking to make a buck. That’s until he’s sucked into Fulton Milner’s vicious dark fantasy game. Now Sam will do anything to survive including evoking the darker side of his persona.
With a new dark castle on the horizon and mad spirits now claiming the entirety of the fallen kingdom of Misseiji, Sam is forced to improve his skills in order to traverse the former kingdom of magick and combat its savage secret bosses. Not only that, but there’s still the possibility of a Glitch Fiend attack at any moment. Sam must use all the resources at his disposal including servant contracts, weapon augmentations, stat upgrades, enhanced pyromancies, secret techniques, and NPC allies. On the outside, game developer Alex looks for an opportunity to save everyone from Fulton Milner’s mad experiment. Both Sam and Alex work desperately to survive with neither having the time to wonder just how they’ll overcome such dangerous odds.
The Hell’s Glitch series takes a trip through the dark side of the LitRPG and GameLit genres. Read at your peril.
Interview with Belart Wright
1. Can you tell us a little about your publishing journey, please?
It’s a long story but I’ll keep it as short as I can. I’ve been writing books since I was in 6th grade and have been crafting elaborate stories with toys or drawings for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first full novel when I was 18/19 years old and had lofty long-term series plans for it back during the late 2000s which culminated in a ton of work being done to get the book published between 2008 and 2010. I’d even reached out to several publishers such as the Ricia Mainhardt Agency which represented Jim Butcher the author of The Dresden Files. My story was not accepted.
After two years of expanding on my plans for that story, I got the idea, at some point, that I needed to gain more publishing experience before diving into this big epic project and so I took the time to write something lighthearted and fun which pulled from the adventure books I’d read as a kid. That ended up being Average Joe and the Extraordinaires which was the first book that I’d published back on Amazon in December 2014. I had read so much about self-publishing, including A.P.E. Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur by Guy Kawasaki and felt that was the best way to release my work to an audience.
Average Joe wasn’t much of a hit sales-wise but I did manage to give away thousands of copies for free and even got some good reviews for it. I wouldn’t find success with sales until a year and a half later with the initial release of Hell’s Glitch: Into a Dark Adventure back in 2016 which provided five figures in royalties over the course of its initial run.
There’s much more to the story after, but this is already getting pretty long. I’ll be sure to follow up at some point.
2. How do you decide who to dedicate your books to?
I don’t always include a dedication in my books. The ones I’ve included before were to all those who left a positive impression on my life and finally to a friend who passed away many years prior.
3. What was the inspiration behind your latest release?
Hell’s Glitch Volume 1 was inspired by two moments. I was watching an episode of Sword Art Online, season 1. It was a “raid battle” with an enemy called the Gleam Eyes. That battle and a similar one from later in the season brought an interesting question to me. That question was, “What if a player is forced to complete a ‘souls-like’ type game while under harsh survival conditions?” From there, the premise of Hell’s Glitch was fleshed out and eventually became what it is today.
4. Do you find it hard to let your characters go when you finish writing the book?
Not at all. I typically find my way back to them or I move on to the next journey.
5. Who is your favourite author?
J.K. Rowling had a tremendous influence on me which lasts to this day. The world she made in Harry Potter along with each of her characters was thoroughly engrossing during my middle childhood years all the way up to high school. And her struggles to find success as an author were always very inspiring for me even before I knew I wanted to be one. It also helps that I literally grew up with Harry at the same ages his books were releasing since I started Sorceror’s Stone when I was 10/11 and ended Deathly Hallows when I was 18.
6. Was there a point in your life that a book helped you get through, and which one?
My own books helped me get through the toughest period of my life, which I consider my lowest point.
7. Is there anyone that you would like to mention and thank for their support of your writing?
My writing has been such a solitary process for so long and outside of sharing my works and some kind words here and there, I don’t see much in the way of hands-on support. I can’t think of anyone to particularly thank, though I do appreciate the kind words of encouragement here in there.
8. If you had the power to give everyone in the world one book, what would it be and why?
Tough question. I don’t have a good answer. I’d need to think about that one for a nice long time. Off the top of my head, I’d say a digital encyclopedia so people could easily reference all sorts of important and not-so-important information … then again that’s what the internet is for. See, bad answer.
9. What are you working on now?
Hell’s Glitch Volume 1: Into a Dark Adventure is my newest release and now has an audiobook as well. Afterwards there will be Hell’s Glitch Volume 2: The Glitch Fiends followed by Hell’s Glitch Volume 3: Brotherhood and IMMORtAL_Kalika Episode 2, along with another Psy-Hunters book. I also have some free content that’ll be available on Wattpad, Dreame, Royal Road, and other story platforms.
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