Bind Her Foul Sorcery!

promo_2_ninja_bitch_jpg“The man with the sign kept it trained on me, while the other four rushed forwards, fists swinging. I stepped to the side as the first man reached me. He tripped over his long robe as he advanced, falling flat on his face. The second man tripped over him, piling on top of the first, on the hard concrete walkway. The two other men managed to step to either side of their tangled brethren. One attacked from the left and the other from the right, and I felt an irresistible urge to duck. Both fists passed just over my head, each connecting with the face of the man opposite. They both fell back, stunned, and landed in the grass to either side of the trail. All four attackers now lay on the ground, moaning. Meanwhile, the man with the meme folded up his Pepe the Frog poster and ran for it. Kek had lost the day.”

Coming Soon. Watch this space for details…

The Road of Trials

promo_kek_expect_usThe scene that followed was surreal. Five figures dressed in ugly green robes emerged from the woods that lined one side of the path. They were men in their early twenties, and a chill ran through me as I recognized one as the Nazi who had attacked me a week ago. His nose was still bandaged. One of the men pulled a poster from inside his robe and unfurled it. The sign bore a large image of Pepe, the cartoon frog, and a design that looked like a cross between a corporate logo and a kindergarten squiggle.”

Coming Soon. Watch this space for details…

The Resistance Will Never Be The Same

promo_1_the_resistance_jpg“I never set out to become a hero or a symbol of the Resistance. I practically stumbled into it, actually. And as it turns out, I wasn’t such a normal kid after all. But I’ll get to that in a minute.”

Coming Soon. Watch this space for details…

Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore

On Sunday, August 6th I will be participating in the Books and Beer Pop-up Bookstore event at BlackStack Brewing in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The event runs from 1 pm to 6 pm, and I’ll be there selling print copies of my published books. The address is:

  BlackStack Brewing
  755 Prior Ave N
  St Paul, MN 55104

This should be a fun event. Hope to see you there!

New Cover for Cthulhu Unbound

Book cover design is one of those areas where I’m still learning. Over the last couple of months I’ve been working on getting better at it. The first cover that I did myself was for Cthulhu Unbound, my first self-published ebook. If you don’t have a copy, I highly recommend picking one up. It’s a satirical Lovecraftian tale that pretty much reads like the real thing until you get to the twist at the end.

At any rate, the old cover used the same image as the current one, but the difference was that when I put it together I tried to employ the flashing color method to make it look cool by using red letters on a green background. As a lossless PNG it looked great, but when rendered as a JPG it turned into a mess and looked kind of terrible. And unfortunately, JPG is the standard that gets used everywhere. I spent awhile trying to fix it so that the JPG would still look good, but eventually I gave up.

More recently, I decided to redo the cover. I put together a new version that uses white text instead of red on the green background. As you can see it looks a lot better with the white, especially as a JPG. I did like the red lettering, but one of the things you learn producing books is that some things just don’t work. You need to experiment, and keep at it until you get something that really works. The covers I’ve done since then have been better, including the one for The Pathless Void that I posted a week ago. That one is minimalistic, but it really looks great and I can’t think of anything that would improve it.

Anyway, I haven’t talked about Cthulhu Unbound in awhile but it’s still out there, and now it has a cool new cover for you to check out. The ebook includes the short story and a sample from the beginning of my novel Arcana for your reading pleasure.

That Was Quick!

My new science fiction novella The Pathless Void is now available to buy from Amazon and Smashwords. If you’re a fan of old-school science fiction, check it out. I think you will like it.

As an aside, I think this is the first story I’ve ever published anywhere that doesn’t have anything paranormal in it whatsoever, unless you count speculative future technology and a salvaged alien spacecraft. But there are no spells or psychic powers or anything like that, just aliens and tech. Enjoy!

Upcoming New Release – The Pathless Void

For years my Welcome page has said that I write science fiction, but up until now I’ve never actually published any.

The Pathless Void was an unofficial NaNoWriMo project from years ago. It was my first attempt at writing anything so quickly, and I was happy with how the first forty thousand words turned out. But while I did clear fifty thousand words during the month, I decided that the last ten or twelve thousand were not very good. So the project has languished since that time.

What I’ve decided to do is go ahead and publish the first forty thousand words as a novella in ebook format. The original book was intended to consist of two sections about that length, each a mostly self-contained narrative, and what I’ve published now is the first of those two. Down the road I plan on serializing the story in order to continue it, but the second section will go in a very different direction from what I wrote the first time around.

The upside is that you will be able to get the ebook and read and the story as soon as it’s reviewed and accepted on Smashwords and Amazon – at least the first installment. It reminds me a lot of some of the “Golden Age” sci-fi that I read when I was younger, with speculative space travel technology based on our current scientific understanding but extrapolated into the future. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did when I was writing it.

As soon as I have links where you can order the new ebook of The Pathless Void, I’ll post them here. Watch this space for updates!