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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!

I’m headed for Aetaltis. Want to come with?

Cover, Heroes of ThornwallHappy Book Birthday to Marc Tassin and the Heroes of Thornwall!

This is his first adventure set in Aetaltis, a Pathfinder-compatible RPG setting. It’s classic sword and sorcery, done very well.

Here’s a press release with more info.

 

This is a beautiful book. The art is striking, and fantasy cartography doesn’t get much better than this:

Thornwall mapGreenbriarTavern Map

Champions of Aetaltis

And fiction is not far behind!

On May 11th, Marc is launching a Kickstarter to fund an anthology of tales set in Aetaltis.  If you’ve read shared-world fantasy, you’ve probably heard of some of the contributors:  Richard Lee Byers, Larry Correia, Erin Evans, David Farland, Ed Greenwood, Dave Gross, John Helfers, Steve Long, Mel Odom, Jean Rabe, Cat Rambo, Aaron Rosenberg, Lucy Snyder, Beth Vaughan, and Bill Willingham.

Madness!

COVER, Madness on the Orient ExpressLast week I receive two author copies, dead tree format,  of the anthology Madness on the Orient Express.  While I love ebooks for convenience, adjustable font size, and lightweight delivery system, a digital publication just can’t reproduce that moment of New Book Bliss.

 

Review of MADNESS ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

COVER, Madness on the Orient ExpressIf you’ve been thinking about picking up this anthology but wanted to get more info first, this detailed, story-by-story review ought to do it.    Here’s a link.

The reviewer commented on the anthology’s diversity. This is a hallmark of Jim Lowder’s projects, all the more impressive when you consider the ven diagram suggested by TWO very specific themes: the Cthulhu mythos and the Orient Express luxury train.

Looking forward to Jim’s next project, whatever that may be!

 

ToC for “Madness on the Orient Express”

A few days back, the contributors to this upcoming Cthulhu-inpired anthology received this Table of Contents and the go-ahead to share it.

Introduction by James Lowder
“There is a Book” by Dennis Detwiller
“The Lost Station Horror” by Geoff Gillan
“Bitter Shadows” by Lisa Morton
“La Musique de l’Ennui” by Kenneth Hite
“A Great and Terrible Hunger” by Elaine Cunningham
“Inscrutable” by Robin D. Laws
“Engineered” by Ari Marmell
“Black Cat of the Orient” by Lucien Soulban
“The Face of the Deep” by C.A. Suleiman
“Demons Dreaming” by Cody Goodfellow
“A Finger’s Worth of Coal” by Richard Dansky
“Bound for Home” by Christopher Golden
“Stained Windows” by Joshua Alan Doetsch
“On the Eastbound Train” by Darrell Schweitzer
“The God Beneath the Mountain” by James L. Sutter
“Daddy, Daddy” by Penelope Love

Cthulhu Haiku 2

Because clearly, one book of Mythos-inspired poetry is not enough.

Poet and editor Lester Smith is a man with a mission. He believes that poetry should be a part of everyone’s life, an everyday occurrence rather than a rare event.  Popcorn, not caviar.  This is the reasoning behind Popcorn Press, a micro-press devoted to poetry and to stories that don’t necessarily fit conventional publishing lengths and genres. For several years, he has been publishing an annualHalloween poetry anthology. This year’s book is a little late in coming, due to Life, but it’s now available in ebook and paperback at Amazon.com or throughout the Popcorn Press website.

In addition to haiku, Cthulhu Haiku 2 has other forms of poetry and several pieces of short fiction, including a story by Robert J. King, who is one of my all-time favorite authors of short fiction.

If you’d like to sample the contents, the Amazon.com ebook has the Look Inside! option.  Here’s a link. If you’re already convinced that you MUST HAVE this collection in particular or MUST SUPPORT Lester’s mission in general, some handy links follow.

Buy the Kindle ebook version

Buy the Paperback from Amazon.com

Buy the Paperback directly from Popcorn Press