So I’m officially kind of a big deal these days, given that I’ve just put out the second book of the Persephone “Science Fiction meets Zombies” series. There is no need to grovel in my presence, but it certainly is appreciated.
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- @Chilling Tales for Dark Nights: “My Last Camping Trip” by Dustin Koski [Horror – also available on YouTube]
- @The Colored Lens: “The Darkness Below” by Bria Burton [Science Fiction]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “The Queen’s Aviary” by Yoon Ha Lee [Fairy Tale]
- @Nightmare Magazine: “Blessed Be the Bound” by Lucy Taylor [Horror]
- @Tor: “The Sound of Useless Wings” by Cecil Castellucci [YA Science Fiction]
- @Author’s Site:
Written – Flash
- @365 tomorrows:
- @Daily Science Fiction:
- “I’m lonely”: Immune to Apraxia, Toronto doctor refuses to give up on a cure by Kate Heartfield [Science Fiction Flash]
- “Stay” by gn ball [Science Fiction Flash]
- @Every Day Fiction:
- @Farther Stars Than These: “Evolution” by Lela Marie De La Garza [Science Fiction Flash]
- @Nature: “The puppet” by Michael Adam Robson [Science Fiction Flash]
Written – Serialized
- @Calamities Press: DOL 39 by Patrick W. Marsh – Reaction 27 [Dystopian Horror Serialization]
- @Paizo: The Patch Man by Adam Heine – Chapter Three: Human Problems [Shared World Fantasy Serialization]
- @Author’s Site: Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts – Part 36 – “Sexting the Enemy” [Space Opera Serialization]
- Beware the Hairy Mango #252 – “The Thrace Race” by Matthew Sanborn Smith [Not Exactly Mycenaean Mangoes]
- @Clarkesworld Magazine: “An Exile of the Heart” by Jay Lake [Science Fiction]
- Tales To Terrify #158 – “Boys Will Be Boys” by David Williamson [Horror]
Audio – Radio Dramas
- @Boxcars711 Old Time Radio Pod:
- @Relic Radio: Lights Out –“Come To The Bank” [Horror Radio Drama – from 1942]
- @SFFaudio: X Minus One –“Junkyard”, Adapted from the story by Clifford D. Simak [Science Fiction Radio Drama – from 1956]
Audio – Serialized
- The Classic Tales Podcast #403 – Sinbad the Sailor (The Arabian Nights) [Fantasy Serialization]
- @Author’s Site: Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty – Episode 14 [Urban Fantasy Novel Serialization]
Free eBooks – Science Fiction
“2012: Winter Harvest” by Linda Andrews
Out of the galactic equator comes a race intent on harvesting every last human on Earth. Now on the longest night one man and one woman will find the key to prevent the human race’s extinction.
[Dark Science Fiction Short Story – Amazon]
“Beneath the Surface” by Milo James Fowler
Twenty years after the end of the world, the earth is a desolate, alien place. For Willard and his people, their bunker has provided everything they’ve needed over the past decades; but now it’s time to strike out into the unknown and rebuild civilization. The problem: Willard doesn’t want to risk contamination on the surface, and everyone who’s left the bunker on a scouting mission has returned…changed.
[Science Fiction / Horror Short Story – Amazon]
Connected by Simon Denman
Beginning with the funeral of a renowned classical violinist in a sleepy rural hamlet in the Lake District, a former theoretical physicist tries to make sense of his brother’s suicide. Across the country, a university student, enjoying the unexpected attentions of an enigmatic seductress, is disturbed when his best friend falls to his death from the thirteenth floor of a neighbouring campus tower block.
As each tries to unravel the mystery behind the apparent suicides, they are drawn into an obsessive search for a computer-generated fractal video sequence, with startling effects on human consciousness, and which might just pave the way for discovery of the ultimate Theory of Everything.
However, they are not the only ones to have seen the potential of this mind-altering video, and soon find themselves in a desperate race against time with gangsters from the shadowy worlds of sex, drugs, cyber-crime, and massively multi-player on-line gaming.
[Hard Science Fiction Novel – Amazon]
Dawn of Destiny (Epic #1) by Lee Stephen
Some men go to war for the glory. Some men go to war to escape. For Scott Remington, war is entirely different. It is a belief. It is a calling. It is a destiny. Leaving everything behind-his fiancée, his future, his life-he embarks on a mission of faith into a battle he can barely understand. This is his story. This is his war. This is only the beginning.
[Military Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Eden M51 by G. R. Paskoff
Eden exists, tucked away in a remote corner of the universe.
In the year 2083, overpopulation, resource depletion, and climate change have pushed global civilization to the brink of collapse. Colonies on the moon and beneath the oceans, despite years of development, are struggling to survive.As international tensions escalate, and humanity faces an impending crisis for subsistence, a new race has quietly begun, one to find a habitable planet for human expansion outside the solar system.Thus far, however, every expedition sent has resulted in monumental disappointment, and occasionally, tragedy.
But all is not lost.
A U.S. interstellar probe, launched decades earlier, unexpectedly transmits a burst of tantalizing figures on a remote alien world in the M51 galaxy, yielding the first promising data scientists have seen in years.In response, an international team of experts is hastily assembled to investigate the prospective planet over thirty million light years away.Each with their own set of hopes and agendas, what they discover upon arrival is more than any of them imagined – something that forces them to confront the shadows of their past and to reevaluate their choices for Man’s future.
Commander Nathaniel Hawke, a renowned pilot in the United States Department of Space Defense, is selected to lead the mission.Seven years after the controversial death of his best friend, he views the expedition to M51 as one last opportunity for redemption.But in the end, will the journey offer the salvation he seeks, or cast him further into despair?
[Metaphysical Space Opera Novel – Amazon]
Fried Windows: In a Light White Sauce by Elgon Williams
When Brent Woods, a middle-aged computer technician delivers a new computer system to an eccentric woman who lives in a strange house with no windows, she offers to reconnect him with his childhood dreams and fantastic imagination. Alongside his best friend Lucy, Brent explores the seemingly infinite possibilities of the “Inworld” where she lives, a place where everything about anything can change with a thought. Nevertheless, in the process of remembering his past as Carlos, Lord of Bartoul in the Interrealm, Brent exposes a dark potential that threatens his family and his life as he knows it.
When his youngest daughter is attacked in her dreams by the same forces that took away his kingdom, and Lucy’s. Brent seeks answers that lie somewhere in the truth of what happened in his past, and how he lost his connection to the Interrealm. He must find a way to correct his mistakes and solve the puzzle of his best friend’s life.
[Science Fiction Novel – Amazon]
Jett Smith and The Alien Grave by Andy Orr
On a bleak stretch of desert near the Martian equator lies Colony X, home to over three thousand colonists. Colony X is a technological triumph that extends humanity’s reach in the solar system. But living on Mars comes at a cost. Life is cruel and harsh on the Red Planet frontier. Survival demands hard work, scientific know-how, and dauntless courage.
Twelve-year-old Samuel “Jett” Smith lives on Colony X with his dad. A Martian-born with strong survival instincts, Jett is no stranger to adventure and hardship. However, Jett faces the ultimate test of will when he and his dad embark on a dangerous expedition to the South Pole of Mars. There, a shocking discovery threatens Jett’s sanity–and survival.
[Middle Years Science Fiction Novel – Amazon]
Love Conquers All (Annihilation #1) by Saxon Andrew
A young boy born with unique psychic abilities.
An ancient alien artifact he accidently discovers.
Now Earth is targeted for total annihilation by 50,000 warships.
[Space Opera Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Rogue Alliance (The Rogue Saga #1) by Michelle Bellon
While still a child in Redding, California, Shyla Ericson killed her father to end years of abuse. She’d left town shortly thereafter, changed her name, and started a new life, eventually becoming a highly decorated DEA agent.
But some history doesn’t stay buried.
When Shyla goes undercover to bring down drug kingpin Victor Champlain, the case takes her back to a town that hasn’t forgotten her, and to a past she thought she’d left behind.
[Science Fiction Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian – Young Adult
Free eBooks – Fantasy
Atlas (The Atlas Series #1) by Becca C Smith
Every four days. Commit one act of atrocity. Keep the balance or the planet dies.
At least, that’s what Special Ops soldier Kala Hicks is told by the Titan god, Atlas, after blacking out when she shoots the President of the United States. Even though killing the president had been sanctioned by the government, Kala wonders if the whole ordeal had fried her brain cells.
Kala is thrown into a world of demons, angels, and gods, each with their own agenda of whether or not they want her to live or die. She faces off against creatures of legend, all trying to sway her, use her, or kill her. There’s the annoyingly attractive demon who is determined to get into her pants as well as make her fail and plunge the world into chaos. Then there’s the stunningly beautiful Grigorian angel who is convinced he’s Kala’s soul mate, but to Kala he’s a supernatural stalker. Not to mention her own boyfriend – who may be the key to ending it all.
Pitted against the forces of good and evil, Kala must choose whether to save the world by doing the unthinkable, or sit back and let it burn.
Four days later, she’ll have to do it again.
[Mythological Contemporary Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Dual Existence by J. D. Knutson
Within our universe, certain individuals can step out of existence; they step into a different world, one that parallels ours, but eerily resembles medieval Europe.
Rachel has just dropped out of law school; unfortunately, she has no clue what else to do with her life – using her fencing skills isn’t an option. She’s been evicted from her apartment, and, after a history of struggling with her father’s expectations, has no other prospects outside of moving back in with her parents – until her elusive Uncle Jack calls with an unexpected offer: a job at his bookstore while he temporarily disappears.
Upon her arrival at the bookshop, Rachel inexplicably begins traveling to another dimension while she sleeps. This other dimension gives her a sense of purpose: she’s been hired as the Queen’s personal guard, a position which puts her right in the middle of diplomatic compromise and revolutionary threats. There’s also the Queen’s son, Prince David, who neither wants the throne, nor wants to marry. His atypical views on life give him something in common with Rachel, the girl who secretly belongs to another world. Together, they begin to tackle the reasons behind Rachel’s dual existent abilities, just in time for the revolution against David’s crown to explode.
All the while, the true threat spans both the castle and Rachel’s modern world. When this threat comes to light, Rachel will realize what’s really at stake – not only David’s throne, and not her nonexistent career, but both Rachel and David’s entire existence.
[YA Sword & Sorcery Novel – Amazon]
Heart of a Traitor by Aaron Yeager
When the peaceful world of Correll came under attack, from the brutal and savage Gunoi, everyone expected the Confederacy to come to their aid. But help never came. Years of fighting backed them into a corner, and facing complete annihilation their leaders made the greatest mistake imaginable. They stuck a deal with the demonic entity Drak’Nal, trading the souls of their soldiers in return for the power to defeat their enemies.
Three hundred years later, Nariko and the other survivors of Corell are still searching for a way to free themselves from their involuntary enslavement to Drak’Nal, but they are running out of time. Every time they die, their curse brings them forcibly back to life. Every day they lose more of their humanity, lose more of their true selves, and darkness takes its place.
Nariko had always clung to her faith to give her strength, but now the Luminarch no longer answers her prayers and a second, darker persona is growing within her threatening to swallow her whole and claim her cursed body for itself. All she had left was her pride as a soldier, and now, even that is stripped away from her as she is transferred in disgrace to the Seventh Division, whose leader Inami has gone completely mad from the curse. Inami believes that she has found the key to end their crusade and claim their freedom, but how can Nariko place her faith in a madwoman?
[Dark Fantasy Novel – Amazon]
Isle of Wysteria: Make Like a Tree and Leaf (Book One) by Aaron Yeager
The day has finally arrived. After years of scheming, Athel is finally ready to sneak away from her island to join the federal navy. But before her feet hit the deck her mother arrives with the worst condition possible. She can only leave if she takes her new fiancé with her.
Alder is everything she didn’t want in a house-husband. Short and pale, and infuriatingly formal, his presence sabotages every chance she gets to wallow in her new found freedom. And yet, he seems to understand her in a way no one else ever has. While having a personal chef who knows what you want before you want it is certainly flattering, how could she ever accept someone who is so different from what she imagined she wanted in a man?
The world they explore together is vast and magical, just filled with people waiting to be offended. In giant airships the federal navy patrols the skies above the wild acidic seas. Each island is home to a different race, each of whom specialize in their own unique kind of magic.
But after centuries of peace, the world is changing, and when Athel’s island mysteriously withdraws itself from the League, she becomes the target of kidnappers, pirates, and a shape-shifting assassin. Even the crew of her own ship are tempted by the price on her head.
As the world of Aetria teeters on the brink of war, it is going to take a lot more than luck to get her and her bony fiancé out of this one.
[Fantasy Adventure / Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Isle of Wysteria: The Reluctant Queen (Book Two) by Aaron Yeager
Athel and Alder are deeply in love, newly married, and all Athel wants to do is live out the life she has always dreamed about; sailing the skies, discovering new places, meeting new people, and sampling foreign delicacies. But the world won’t allow it, war has come to Aetria.
A massive invasion fleet of ten-thousand airships has been dispatched to the Isle of Wysteria in response to the tiny forest island withdrawing from the League. Queen Hazel, Athel’s mother and ruler of Wysteria, meets the fleet with a startling revelation: the curse placed on the seas by the Stonemasters has grown beyond anyone’s control and it’s eroding away the islands of the world.If the spell isn’t stopped, eventually all dry land will be gone.
Trapped behind the blockade, Athel and the crew of the Dreadnaught search for a way to aid Wysteria against the hopelessly long odds they face.Yet, Athel and her mother know there is more than one way to win a war and so they seek out new allies in the most unlikely of places. As the darkness deepens, Athel realizes that there is only one way to save her homeland. The price will be steep indeed, maybe everything she has.
Torn between finally living out her dreams and saving the forest home she loves, Athel struggles with the most difficult decision of her entire life in the second installment of the Isle of Wysteria series.
[Fantasy Adventure / Romance Novel – Second of Series – Amazon]
Lightning Strikes (Andromeda Spencer #1) by Theresa Parker
As if being struck by lightning wasn’t bad enough.I spent a month in a coma.Of course that was when I was a teenager.It left me with some pretty unusual abilities.For instance, I can find just about anything or anyone.Oh, and I can see ghosts, too!
[Paranormal Fantasy Adventure / Romance Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
“Prince Charming” by Harma-Mae Smit
The prince is an irresponsible flirt who won’t settle down. The king needs an heir who will grow up and take care of the kingdom. What’s the solution? A royal ball, of course.
[Fairy Tale Short Story – Amazon]
The Awakening (The Judas Curse #1) by Angella Graff
The Awakening is a tale of immortals, ancient gods, and a Detective who doesn’t believe in any of it.Detective Ben Stanford is forced to come face to face with theology, mythos and everything he refused to believe in as his world is turned upside down by Mark, the immortal Gospel writer, who requests the detective’s help in finding his missing companion, Judas Iscariot.
As Ben dives deeper into the world of broken Theology, ancient religions and terrifying Greek gods, he’s forced to come to terms with the world where vast forces struggle in their endless game of power.He must make his way, with the help of companions he doesn’t believe in or trust, to try and stop a potential global disaster.
[Mythological Contemporary Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
The Sword and the Flame: The Forging by CP Bialois
In a world where magic and the sword rule and dragons are forgotten, a band of friends find each other but can they overcome their own fears and trials in time to fulfill their destiny? Their adventure begins in The Sword and the Flame: The Forging. Before a weapon can be used, it must be forged in the fires of life.
[Epic Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult
Nightblade: Episode One by Garrett Robinson
Meet Loren, a forester’s daughter from a small village in Selvan. Born to mean, spiteful parents, she’s always hoped to escape and make a name for herself. When she meets Xain, a fugitive wizard, she thinks her dream may finally come true. But the nine kingdoms are more complicated and dangerous than she could have imagined…
[YA Sword & Sorcery Serial – First Episode – Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]
Free eBooks – Vampires
Reign of Blood (Reign of Blood #1) by Alexia Purdy
In a post-apocalyptic world, a viral epidemic has wiped out most of the earth’s population, leaving behind few humans but untold numbers of mutated vampires. April is a seventeen-year-old girl who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after the outbreak. She has become a ferocious vampire killer and after her family is abducted, she goes searching for them. What she finds is a new breed of vampire, unlike any she has seen before. Unsure of whom she can trust, she discovers that her view of the world is not as black and white as she once thought, and she’s willing to bend the rules to rescue her family. But in trying to save them, she may only succeed in bringing her fragile world crashing down around her.
[YA Vampire / Post-Apocalyptic Novel – First of Series – Amazon]
Free eBooks – Horror
Attic Clowns: Complete Collection by Jeremy C. Shipp
Angels and demons, husbands and wives, tormented ghosts and an army of men made of soap–all of them trapped in attics of the mind, attics of heaven or hell, the attics we make for ourselves or with which we ensnare others.
[Humorous Dark Fantasy Collection – Amazon]