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Brighteyes - Neal - Nosetouch Press

What we have here is essentially a narrative superhero memoir that could be a graphic novel which is filled with action, adventure and a personal touch that came as a surprise to me.

I found touches of Marvel, DC, Watchmen and The Boys scattered throughout this book and I think superhero fans will enjoy this refreshing take on this genre. It was a fun and engrossing tale that read quickly with bright and vivid world building and characters that were more fully fleshed out than you normally find in superhero stories (and for the female characters didn’t fall on lazy and tired stereotypes).

If you want a superhero tale that feels modern and fresh then I think you won’t go far wrong with this book.

Lydia C., NetGalley review

Okay, this was a complete cover decision to read but I am SO glad I did!! I loved the world building so much, and I genuinely can’t wait to see where the author goes with the story and the series!

meghan-alice h, NetGalley review


After experiencing a personal tragedy, Mitch Paulsen throws himself into solo superhero work as his alter ego—Cameraman—as a way of working through his personal pain. But when Brighteyes, a high-profile member of the Affiliates, the world-class superhero team, starts murdering supervillains, Mitch is thrown into the middle of a far-reaching conspiracy that threatens to upend his world. BRIGHTEYES, Book One of the Shutterclique Series, is a superhero action-adventure comedy thriller sure to leave readers breathless.

Action! Adventure! Romance!

BRIGHTEYES turns the superhero genre on its head with sharp focus and sharper writing!


Born in Missouri, growing up in Ohio, and settling in Chicago, D. T. Neal has always written fiction, but only got really serious about it in the late 90s. He brings a strong Rust Belt perspective to his writing, a kind of “Northern Gothic” aesthetic reflective of his background.

Writing his first novel at 29, he then devoted time to his craft and worked on short stories, occupying a space between genre and literary fiction, with an emphasis on horror, science fiction, and fantasy. He has seen some of his short stories published in “Albedo 1,” Ireland’s premier magazine of speculative fiction, and he won second place in their Aeon Award in 2008 for his short story, “Aegis.” He has lived in Chicago since 1993, and is a passionate fan of music, a student of pop culture, an avid photographer and bicycler, and enjoys cooking.

He has published seven novels, Brighteyes (Shutterclique #1), Saamaanthaa, The Happening, and Norm—collectively known as The Wolfshadow Trilogy—Chosen, Suckage, and the cosmic folk horror-comedy thriller, The Cursed Earth. He has also published three novellas—Relict, Summerville, and The Day of the Nightfish. He has also published two collections— Singularities, a collection of science fiction stories, and The Thing in Yellow, a collection of King in Yellow mythos-based stories.

He co-edited THE FIENDS IN THE FURROWS folk horror anthologies, The Fiends in the Furrows: An Anthology of Folk Horror, The Fiends in the Furrows II: More Tales of Folk Horror, and The Fiends in the Furrows III: Final Harvest.

  • Series: The Shutterclique (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944286-40-8 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944286-50-7 (case laminate)

Also available as an ebook.