Yes, the spelling on Albert was intentional, as that’s how Nikita once spelled his own middle name on one of his poorly formatted, unreadable pile of printing he calls a book.
I got an email from a friend, a non writer , I might add, asking why it is I keep picking on Pacione. “He’s obviously unstable and mentally unbalanced, it’s a little sad.”
To this I respond: Yes, it is a little sad. However, any sympathy I may have ever felt for him, evaporated when he continually spews his hate. There is a big difference between being mentally ill and a raging asshole. There’s a difference between being someone who needs help and someone who not only doesn’t want it, but thinks you’re persecuting him for offering any assistance. I will always sympathize with someone who has a mental illness, but not with someone who uses that as an excuse to behave the way he does. When he attacks people, calls them names, threatens them-that’s not mental illness. That’s assholism.
In 1993 I was diagnosed with Major Depression Recurrent. I was given a prescription for antidepressants and have taken them since then. That’s 20 years. Not once did I ever blame anything on my depression. I’m fully cognizant of everything I say and do, and so is Nicky. It would be so easy to blame something, anything-for my mistakes, however it all boils down to me knowing what I am doing. I accept responsibility for my actions, and when I can, I try and rectify them. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn’t.
Nikita, on the other hand, will blame everything and everyone, and not look at the real problem-himself. In fact if it was just the rage he exhibits, or the the name calling he loves to use (albeit badly), it might be different.
But he preys on others. He’ll use and abuse unknown writers, those just starting out and don’t know any better. He’ll refuse to pay them, publish their stories without permission and then go after them relentlessly when he gets called out on it.
He calls himself a writer, yet has no clue about grammar, spelling, pacing, plotting, or any of the basic skills one needs to be an effective author. He’ll self publish because no one in their right mind would want their name attached to any of his projects. He’s a parasite. An uncarng, unthinking, untalented blight on the horror community. Google his name and his past doings are there for the perusing. I’ve only had to deal with him for 6 years, others have had to do it for far longer.
He will never change, and as long as he doesn’t, it’s my duty to warn people away from the type of business practices he utilizes.
As my meme above states, Nickolaus Pacione, you are NOT a writer!