Author of the forthcoming novel, The Only Living Man With A Hole In His Head, inspired by the true story of Phineas Gage.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Available FREE Kindle download until February 25:

The short story, sci-fi, humorous from the author of The Only Living Man With a Hole in Head


Logline: After extraterrestrials make contact with mankind, can one soon-to-be seminary student come to terms with that they reveal? 

Read it for free today!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

FREE eBook!!
What if Hitler Won? American Reich: Fiction novel available this week for free on Amazon, as an eBook, from author Todd Colby Pliss ("The Only Living Man With A Hole in His Head"). What if you could go back in time to kill Adolf Hitler, only things don't go quite as planned? Find out in this gripping new novel, soon to be a motion picture.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September 13, 1848 - 164 years ago - Phineas Gage experienced the injury that would change medical science forever, when an iron rod blasted through his skull. He recovered physically, but his personality changed. This was the 1st case of a biological basis of personality being observed. After going on to be exhibited as a sideshow "freak" in Barnum's American Museum and working as a stagecoach driver in Chile, Phineas would die 12 years later. This is the story that is told in my historical novel, "The Only Living Man With A Hole in His Head". 

Today is also the birthday of one of my favorite writer's - Roald Dahl, born on this day in 1916. Can't imagine a world without James and The Giant Peach, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to mention just a few of his classics.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

To my fellow writers,

  Thank you for your kind comments and support regarding my novel, "The Only Living Man With a Hole in His Head",  It has been selling and receiving very positive feedback. I am pleased to announce that my newest novel, "American Reich", has been completed and will be published in within the next few months. A synopsis is as follows:

Log Line: A professor sends a graduate student back in time to 1933 to kill Adolf Hitler, only to find her actions have unintended consequences.

Stay tuned fior details!



Monday, March 12, 2012

"The Only Living Man With A Hole in His Head" is officially available....

I am proud to announce that my novel, "The Only Living Man With A Hole in His Head," based on the incredible stranger-than-fiction story of Phineas Gage, has officially been released. If your local bookseller doesn't have it in stock, ask them to order it or you can order it at or (Kindle or paperback edition).

Peace out,
Todd Colby Pliss

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving - giving thanks....

64 years ago - November 25, 1947, A meeting of 48 Hollywood executives results in the firing of the "Hollywood Ten," the group of mostly screenwriters who the day before had been held in contempt for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The next week, the executives release the "Waldorf Statement," which declares they "will not knowingly employ a Communist." Blacklisting will continue until the 1960s. It wasn't until 1997 (yes - 1997!) that the Writer's Guild of America reinstated credit on 24 movies to reflect the actual writers who couldn't publicly use their real names. 

Writers certainly were not the only artists affected. Directors, producers, Actors (Cliff Robertson, for one) and others lost their livelihoods. All because they might have made an off handed comment years earlier that was taken as pro-Communist. When Lucille Ball was accused, because of her Grandfather's involvement years earlier, Desi Arnaz famously quipped, "The only thing red about her is her hair color." 

One of the things we writers should be thankful about this season is that the witch hunts are over. Writers, and all artists, are at liberty to say/write/express what they feel without repercussion. 

"The Only Living Man With A Hole in His Head" arc copies are going out this week. Official publication is February 13th. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Steinbeck anniversary...

October 25, 1962
The Nobel Prize Goes to...
Acclaimed American novelist John Steinbeck is awarded Nobel Prize in Literature for his “realistic and imaginative writing, combining as it does sympathetic humor and keen social perception.” Born and raised in the Salinas Valley region of California, he is perhaps best known for his novels that recount the hardships of the working class during the Great Depression of the 1930s, such as Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath. Over the course of his career, Steinbeck plies his pen as a playwright, screenwriter and war correspondent, and will see musical mavens Rodgers and Hammerstein turn his novel Sweet Thursday into their 1955 show Pipe Dream. Of his Nobel Prize, Steinbeck writes a friend, “This prize business is only different from the Lettuce Queen of Salinas in degree.”