Ragnarok Publications is pleased to announce the latest in their anthology lineup, Hath No Fury, is coming to Kickstarter this summer!

Hath No Fury will be an epic collection of fantasy, science fiction, and urban fantasy stories by some of the strongest proponents of strong female characters in the industry. These stories feature strong and fearless female leads inspired by women from literature, history, and film—exciting and intriguing characters in the vein of Ellen Ripley, Lara Croft, Joan of Arc, Marvel’s Black Widow, La Femme Nikita, Katniss Everdeen, Hermione Granger, and Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road.

This anthology will contain around twenty stories from the movers and shakers of the industry, whose characters defy the stereotypes with which the genre is rife. A few male authors are also included in the contents, specifically chosen because of their works involving realistic and inspiring female characters. With that said, expect to find super-smart, purpose-driven, ultra-confident heroines behind the wheels of all of these tales. Whether they are strong warriors, the silent but powerful type, or the timid who muster up the bravery needed to face down evil to protect the ones they love, the female leads in Hath No Fury will make their indelible marks on readers.

Authors included in this anthology are:
Seanan McGuire,
Lian Hearn,
Elaine Cunningham,
Carol Berg,
Gail Z. Martin,
William C. Dietz,
Nisi Shawl,
Dana Cameron,
Django Wexler,
Delilah S. Dawson,
Philippa Ballantine,
Anton Strout,
Bradley P. Beaulieu,
M.L. Brennan,
Michael R. Underwood,
Erin M. Evans,
Eloise J. Knapp,
S.R. Cambridge,

Other authors as stretch goals.

There will also be stretch goals for essays by influencers within the industry.

The introduction for Hath No Fury will be written by none other than the great Margaret Weis, who has influenced more than her fair share of female authors and has done great work for women in the publishing and gaming worlds.

Hath No Fury will be co-edited by J.M. Martin (editor of the best-selling, award-winning Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues, owner and Creative Manager of Ragnarok Publications) and Melanie R. Meadors (fantasy author, blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and Publicity/Marketing Director for Ragnarok Publications and Mechanical Muse). Both have extensive experience working in fiction and publishing, and have worked on many successful fiction Kickstarters, including Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues, Genius Loci, and MECH: Age of Steel.

Hath No Fury will be on Kickstarter this summer, and readers will not want to miss this collection of glass-ceiling shattering, ground-breaking tales from a publisher who has mastered the art of delivering awesome anthologies to readers around the world.

Champions_Aetaltis-Cover900pxThis anthology--a hefty tome with 470 pages-- is now out in the wild.  Copies are going out to Kickstarter supporters now and the drop date for the general populace is April 12.  Here's the pre-order page on Amazon.com.  It woill be available as a trade paperback and ebook.

I'm very enthusiastic about the world of Aetaltis. It's a fun, old-school fantasy setting, and I think fans of Thieves World, Greyhawk, and Forgotten Realms (2nd ed) will feel right at home here. If you're considering the anthology but aren't yet sold on the idea, check out the table of contents. Some of these names are bound to be familiar.

 

Table of Contents 

  • Mother of Catastrophes by Erin M. Evans
  • My Doom May Come Soon by Ed Greenwood
  • The Bridge by Larry Correia
  • Ashes of Victory by Elizabeth A. Vaughan
  • Tower of the Golden God by Steven S. Long
  • Bellar’s Thorn by Jean Rabe
  • The Warlady’s Daughter by Lucy A. Snyder
  • Upon Reflection by Aaron Rosenberg
  • A Whole Hearted Halfling by Melanie Meadors
  • Vendetta by Richard Lee Byers
  • True Monsters by John Helfers
  • Books Are No Good by Cat Rambo
  • The Secret of the Holy Crystal by Marc Tassin
  • The Undercity Job by Dave Gross
  • A Deeper Darkness by David Farland
  • Never a Moon So Bright by Elaine Cunningham
  • The Wailing Temple by Mel Odom

Here's the first page of my story.  The last sentence, which is cut off by the page break, finishes with "...and they'll make a lot more sense to you."  This insight, which gets to the heart of my depiction of elves, came to me several years ago when I was watching a frustrated Siamese attempt to play my harp. "Damn these paws!  In ages past, my kind had slender, dexterous fingers and opposable thumbs..."

Hope you enjoy these tales!

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The Kickstarter for the updated release of Aaron Allston's STRIKE FORCE was successful, and a couple of the stretch goals have been met. The RPG will be released with full-color art and in hardcover format. Congratulations to the creative team!

However.

The next stretch goal, which would have been the anthology of short fiction, was not met. So it appears that there will be no superhero storytelling--at least, not at this point.

The first superhero RPG, Aaron Allston's STRIKE FORCE, is being rebooted for the 21st century. Here's the pitch for the Kickstarter, which launched today and is already about half funded.

One of the stretch goals is an anthology of short fiction. I'm delighted by the prospect of participating in this tribute to Aaron and the contribution he made to the fantasy genre.

Here's a link to the Kickstarter page. 

Writing short fiction is a good way to experiment with new voices, styles, even genres.
"Plot Problems" is a little hard to classify, but let's call it urban fantasy chick lit.  Very short, very frenetic, and lots of fun to write.
Plot ProblemsIt's available free on the EGM Shorts feature of Evil Girlfriend Media, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite micro-press houses.

Here's a link.

 

In celebration of the season, here's a poem that was published in Lester Smith's 2014 anthology Halloween Haiku II.

HAUNTED

Do come in, my dear. I suppose the light has faded?
Ah, well. What can't be cured must be endured.
We'll wait together.
Tea? I suppose there's some hereabouts.
No, not the kitchen!
Well, yes--that is the logical place for it.
But we don't go into that room.
At least, not at this hour.

We're not alone here, you see.

Oh, it's nothing to fret over.
Sometimes, just out of the corner of my eye,
I see these shadows--strange, shining things.
And sometimes, quite unexpectedly,
I find myself moving through a warm spot
Full of all these feelings--so busy, so loud.
So alive.

Here's an interesting article about Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken:"

The famous Robert Frost poem we've read wrong forever

I memorized this poem in 8th grade, and even back then I caught the wry, self-deprecating tone of the last two lines. My father was given to shoulda-coulda-woulda revisionism, so by an early age I'd absorbed the habit of reflecting upon mighta-beens and mentally editing my life. This was a familiar concept, and it seemed to me that Frost nailed it in a sly, sideways fashion. Also, Frost had a pitch-black sense of humor that appealed to me, and I read his poetry attuned to that vibe.

The story of the British poet, however, adds an interesting new dimension.