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Memento Mori  is Latin for “Remember that you too must die.” This cheerful reminder kicks off a collection of dark fantasy and horror tales with death as the central theme. My contribution is “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” a ghost story set in colonial Newport, Rhode Island.  It was originally published in Sails & Sorcery, an anthology of sea-themed tales by Fantasist Enterprises. The narrator is a pirate of limited intellect, a powerful fighter who perceives far more than he understands. It’s one of my favorite stories.  If you haven’t read it–and if this collection sounds like something you might enjoy–now’s the time to pick it up. For the next several days, the ebook will be on sale for $.99 on Amazon.com.  Here’s a link to the book’s page.


Update: KILLING IT SOFTLY release moved to October 12

killing-it-softly-coverJust in time for Halloween, a collection of dark fantasy tales by women writers. The official release is October 12 for both ebook and trade paperback. The ebook will be on sale for $.99 through November 1, which is a better treat than a full-sized candy bar.

My story, “Ravens” is a reprint tale, a ghost story set in a little New England town.  It’s one of my favorite stories, and I’m delighted that it has found its way into a new collection.

Here’s a link to the book’s page on the publisher website.

Press release for upcoming anthology HATH NO FURY

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 of Aetaltis

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!



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!


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.

Aaron Allston’s STRIKE FORCE

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.

Aaron Allston’s STRIKE FORCE

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. 

Free short fiction

Small press publishing companies are popping up all over these days. Once of my recent favorites is Evil Girlfriend Media, which has a beautifully designed website (suitably evil) and a great feature:  They publish free flash fiction several times a month. The entire archive is available on the EGM Shorts page.  If you like very short fiction and are in the mood for a quick story fix, you’ll find a rather wide variety of speculative fiction.

“Maintenance” will be online this Thursday, July 9.  It’s a story I wrote during my mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s, and it addresses the complications that come with love, memory, and aging.  Long-time readers will recognize a familiar theme in the story twist.

I’ll post a link to the story when it’s online.  Hope you enjoy the story!