Joseph R. Lallo was born in Bayonne, NJ. For most of his life, writing was an interest that he used to fill those spare moments when he should have been studying or doing other more productive activities. This continued all the way through college, graduate school (where he earned a masters of computer engineering), and nearly a decade as an IT specialist. On January 28th 2010, after several dozen failed attempts to have his stories traditionally published, his friends convinced him to self-publish. A year later he had earned $19, so he decided to make the first book in his series free. The following month he made $1900 and was well on his way to a career in self-publishing.

Primarily known for his Book of Deacon fantasy series, Joseph R. Lallo has completed more than a dozen books in five different settings. These include the main Deacon setting and its spinoffs, five science fiction novels in the Big Sigma series, five steampunk novels called the Free-Wrench series, and the new Urban Fantasy series, Shards of Shadow.

Weird Nothing by Joseph R. Lallo

Small towns can be a little weird. In this one, weird is nothing.

Raymond is new in town, and he's not happy about it. Coming from the big city to this backwater burg feels like a punishment. There's just no excitement! But Lewis, a local boy desperate for a new friend, is determined to show him that there's more to this place than it seems. When all else fails, he points out the old abandoned army laboratory called Cobalt Ridge. It looks pretty interesting, and Lewis' grandfather has a key!

Surely there's no harm in taking a little look. What's the worst that could happen…

Weird Nothing is a webcomic collaboration between Joseph R. Lallo and Adam J. Hall. It is an ongoing project with semi-regular updates at This is a collected edition of the first four chapters.


I love artwork. Commissioned art, fan art, and everything in between is a large part of what drives me to create more characters. It's not unusual at all for me to end up commissioning new art from people who simply made some fan art, just because I love their style. That's how I crossed paths with Adam J. Hall. First, he did some Book of Deacon fan art. Then I commissioned some fantasy art. Then I commissioned some character work. Eventually he asked if I had an idea for a webcomic to co-produce. He gave me two characters he'd drawn recently, and I cast them in a sci-fi fantasy adventure. The rest is history. I love how its coming out so much I asked if I could wrap up the story so far for you good folks. – Joseph R. Lallo



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