stuff what I’m writing in 2021

This is not a complete list, partly due to one project that I signed an NDA about and therefore can’t mention yet, partly due to the fact that new projects are always showing up, and partly due to one particular project that I’m not ready to talk about in public yet, but which we should be announcing by the end of the month when the Kickstarter launches.

But here’s what I know of mine that will come out in the new year.

Feat of Clay (The Bram Gold Adventures Book 2)

The second novel in my urban fantasy series about a guy from the Bronx who hunts monsters, this sequel to 2019’s A Furnace Sealed will see Bram Gold recovering from the events of the first book while having to relive a tragedy from his past and also battle a dragon. I’m hoping to have this out by the late summer from WordFire Press.

Systema Paradoxa Volume 4: All-the-Way House

This novella is part of a series of stories about cryptids. This should be out in the summer from NeoParadoxa. More details to come, but I can say that it takes place in the same universe as the Bram Gold Adventures.

“Unguarded” in Horns and Halos, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail & John L. French

Another story in the Bram Gold Adventures setting, this features another supernatural hunter-for-hire Yolanda Rodriguez (first seen in “Materfamilias” in 2020’s Bad Ass Moms) dealing with a set of Muslim angels who are being kept from their appointed task. This should be out some time in the spring from eSpec Books.

“Ragnarok and a Hard Place”

This is a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, that I crowdfunded (alongside “The Gorvangin Rampages”) in late 2019, and which I really do intend to write before too long. Hoping to have that out to supporters in the spring as well. This story will have both Loki and Odin returning to Key West just in time for the end of the world.

“Transcript of the Mayoral Debate Between Batman and the Penguin: ‘Hizzoner the Penguin’/’Dizzoner the Penguin'” in BIFF! BAM! EEE-YOW!: The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66–Season Two, edited by Jim Beard

Having done the first appearance of the Penguin in the season one volume, I turn my attention to one of Batman ’66’s best satires, when Penguin ran for mayor and Batman ran against him. In this case, I provide commentary on the episode by showing the full text of the candidates’ make-up debate, after the first was postponed in the episode in question. This should be out in the spring from Crazy 8 Press.

Phoenix Precinct

This is more a hope than a definitive statement, but I really do want to get the sixth novel in my fantasy/police procedure series out from eSpec Books in 2021. This may not happen — it will depend on a lot of other outside factors — but I’m going to do my damnedest. This novel will see unrest in the Albinton section of Cliff’s End, the neighborhood that was constructed to accommodate refugees from Barlin after that city-state suffered a catastrophic fire.

Down These Mean Streets in Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours Omnibus

In the spring of 2021, Titan will put out The Darkest Hours, an omnibus that will reprint three Spider-Man novels from the mid-2000s: the titular book by Jim Butcher, Drowned in Thunder by Christopher L. Bennett, and my own Down These Mean Streets, as Spider-Man must deal with a new designer drug that not only gets people high, it temporarily gives them super-powers…

“Incident at Kraav III” in Star Trek Adventures

I’m not 100% sure this will come out this year from Modiphius, or that this will remain the title, but I have written the first draft of this Klingon-focused game module for STA and I’m hoping that it will come together this year.

The Lone Gunmen: ‘The Lying Game’—Mitch Pileggi Gets a Call from His Agent in 2000,” Outside In Wants to Believe: 158 Unique Perspectives on 158 Ten Thirteen Stories by 158 Authors, edited by Stacey Smith?

This is the second of the Outside In volumes to cover the “Chris Carter”-verse, following Outside In Trusts No One, which covered the first six seasons of The X-Files, as well as its spiritual prequel Kolchak the Night Stalker. This followup will cover seasons seven forward of The X-Files, as well as The Lone Gunmen, Millennium, and Harsh Realm. I’ll be doing the episode of TLG that Mitch Pileggi appeared in as Assistant Director Skinner.

Animal (written with Munish K. Batra, M.D., FACS)

Technically, this is already out, but it came out on the 5th of January, so it’s a 2021 book: my collaboration with Dr. Batra is a thriller about a serial killer who targets people who harm animals. It’s already gotten lots of good notices and you can get it right now from WordFire Press.

“In Earth and Sky and Sea Strange Things There Be” in Turning the Tied, edited by Jean Rabe & Robert Greenberger

This story will be in a charity anthology published by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers in April to benefit the International Literacy Association, and will feature Ayesha, a.k.a. “she who must be obeyed,” from H. Rider Haggard’s She.

Tor.com and Patreon

My nonfiction writing for both these sources will continue. For Tor.com, I will be continuing the Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch every Monday and Thursday, plus if any new Trek TV shows hit the air this year, I will review them. (I expect there might be a Short Treks or two, not to mention the likely launch of Prodigy.) I have a think piece or two in mind for WandaVision and hope to be reviewing both Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Justice League: The Snyder Cut in March (though right now that’s just a hope), plus in both June and December, I’ll be reviving “4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch” to cover those superhero movies released in the prior six months.

On Patreon, I still have sixteen TV series to review that I’ve watched and still haven’t written up, and there are some others I’m still in the middle of that will be added to that list. January’s movie review will be Batman: Son of the Dragon, and I will likely be reviewing Big Night and The Princess and the Frog at some point. And the monthly vignettes will definitely continue….

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