Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022 is a go!

The better part of a month later, with close to 400 supporters, and with more than $18,000 raised toward a $10,000 goal, Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022, the third in the series of pulp anthologies edited by Robert Greenberger, is funded! It will be published in December by Crazy 8 Press.

Best of all, we hit all the stretch goals, which means Bob was able to add several more authors to the table of contents, and also is able to have each story be illustrated.

My story is called “Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad,” about a team of adventurers led by Ti Beck who fight for freedom in the late 1930s. Though there’s a lot more to Ti’s Stalwart Squad than meets the eye….

Here’s the full list of authors:

  • Raymond Benson (many James Bond novels)
  • Russ Colchamiro (the “Angela Hardwicke” series)
  • Greg Cox (many Star Trek novels)
  • Kathleen O. David (The Fans are Buried Tales)
  • Peter David (Spider-Man 2099, Star Trek: New Frontier)
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido (many Star Trek and Supernatural novels)
  • Lester Dent (creator of Doc Savage)
  • Lucienne Diver (the “Vamped” series)
  • Diane Duane (the “Young Wizards” series)
  • Mary Fan (Stronger than a Bronze Dragon)
  • Michael Jan Friedman (many Star Trek novels)
  • David Gerrold (Star Trek‘s “The Trouble with Tribbles”)
  • Robert Greenberger (editor of this anthology series, various DC history/encyclopedias)
  • Glenn Hauman (Star Trek: S.C.E.)
  • Paul Kupperberg (creator of Peacemaker)
  • Will Murray (co-creator of Squirrel Girl)
  • Fabian Nicieza (co-creator of Deadpool)
  • Jody Lynn Nye (the “MythAdventures” series)
  • Jean Rabe (many Dragonlance novels)
  • Aaron Rosenberg (the “DuckBob” series)
  • Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg (Bad Ass Moms, Devilish and Divine)
  • Catilin Rozakis (Baker Street Irregulars, Aurealis)
  • Steven Savile (many Warhammer and Torchwood novels)
  • Bart Sears & Michelle Sears (longtime comics artist)
  • Alex Segura (Secret Identity)
  • Hildy Silverman (Space and Time)
  • Geoffrey Thorne (Green Lantern, Leverage)
  • Mark Verheiden (Timecop, Battlestar Galactica)
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans (Legends of Ethshar)

Keep an eye on this here blog for more about the anthology, including ordering information once that becomes available, as well as the final cover and more!

now on Kickstarter: Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022

Robert Greenberger has launched a crowdfund for his third pulp anthology from the fine feathered finks at Crazy 8 Press: Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022. I was honored to be asked to contribute to the inaugural volume (with my science fiction story about an alien invasion of Earth in the 1950s, which I imaginatively titled “Alien Invasion of Earth!”), and Bob asked me back for #3.

My story for it is one that I’m as excited about as any story I’ve written: “Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad,” about a group of adventurers, led by the titular hero, who save the world from evil-doers in the 1930s. He’s aided in his adventures by his bodyguard, former heavyweight boxing champion Secundo Vecchia; his physician, Chow-Ling, who also knows many ancient Oriental combat techniques; his secretary Della Maze; his chauffeur/mechanic Greg Johnson; and Greg’s sister Mary, his cook.

But the Stalwart Squad has a deep secret the general public doesn’t know about.

If you want to find out what that secret is — you’re just gonna have to back the Kickstarter and make sure the book is published!

I really hope this book gets funded, because I actually want to do a ton more with Beck and the Squad.

Also in this book, besides yours truly, is a previously unpublished story by Lester Dent, creator of Doc Savage, as well as tales by:

  • Raymond Benson
  • Russ Colchamiro
  • Greg Cox
  • Kathleen O. David
  • Peter David
  • Lucienne Diver
  • Mary Fan
  • Michael Jan Friedman
  • David Gerrold
  • Glenn Hauman
  • Paul Kupperberg
  • Will Murray
  • Jody Lynn Nye
  • Jean Rabe
  • Aaron Rosenberg
  • Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg
  • Caitlin Rozakis
  • Bart Sears & Michelle Sears
  • Hildy Silverman
  • Geoffrey Thorne
  • Mark Verheiden

Plus, if the crowdfund hits its first four stretch goals, the following authors will be added to the table of contents:

  • Alex Segura (at $11,000)
  • Diane Duane (at $11.500)
  • Steve Savile (at $12,000)
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans (at $13,000)

So what are you waiting for? Click on over to Kickstarter!!!!! Ticonderoga Beck and his Stalwart Squad need your help!!!!!!!

2022: the year of the short story

For whatever reason, this has been a major short-story year for me. With today’s official release of both Zorro’s Exploits and Tales of Capes and Cowls, I now have six stories published this year, with another five planned between now and the end of 2022.

Of the five remaining for this year, I’ve written “The Rat’s Tail,” I’ve outlined “Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad,” I have a basic idea of what both “What Do You Want from Me, I’m Old?” and “Stop Dragon My Heart Around” will be, and I only have a vague idea what the Luminosity story will be, though I can say that it will involve several other characters in the Phenomenons milieu including Sarcastic Fringehead, Red Sky, and La Colosa y La Particula.

By contrast, I haven’t had a novel out this year, and may not unless we get Phoenix Precinct or Feat of Clay out by year’s end, but I’m not entirely optimistic about that. Sigh. Though I guarantee that both will be out before the end of 2023…..

(I still will have a graphic novel — Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness–The Beginning — and a short story collection — Ragnarok and a Hard Place — out this year, at least….)

preorder link and table of contents for Zorro’s Exploits

Bold Venture Press has put up an ordering page for Zorro’s Exploits, the new anthology of stories featuring Johnston McCulley’s swashbuckling creation. Editor Audrey Parente has also revealed the full table of contents:

  • introductions by Audrey Parente, Jan Zbicinski, and Bill Cotter
  • “The Alcalde’s Last Try” by Tekla Cichocka
  • “Courage by Firelight” by Aaron Rosenberg
  • “Fray Felipe’s Dilemma” by Michael Kurland
  • “A Fox in the City” by Jim Beard
  • “Out of the Night” by John L. French
  • “The Shepherd” by Susan Kite
  • “Life and Death” by Scott Cranford
  • “Fox Hunt” by Bobby Nash
  • “Los Hombres Buenos” by Patricia Crumpler
  • “M for Murrieta” by Francisco Silva
  • “The Road to Penance” by Ron Fortier
  • “Zorro and the Red Devil” by Teel James Glenn
  • “The Gold Bell of Canfield Featherstone” by James Mullaney
  • “A Lovely View” by Keith R.A. DeCandido (that’s me!)
  • “A Wolf in the Land” by Don Everett Smith Jr.
  • “The Kindness of Strangers” by Patrick Thomas
  • “Z” by Bret Bouriseau

The book officially goes on sale on Thursday….

buy an eBook and help pooches!

Ludlow Charlington’s Coffee House in Chicago has a nifty decorative feature: eleven ornate portraits of contemporary dogs dressed in historical costumes.

Editor Tina L. Jens has put together a nifty charity anthology, Ludlow Charlington’s Doghouse, which goes on sale today, in which nineteen writers — including me! — have taken one of those eleven portraits and built a story, poem, drabble, or play around it. All proceeds from this anthology go to benefit Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

For my part, I wrote a drabble, based on the pooch in the image below, called “History Lesson for Royal Puppies in the Castle Portrait Gallery.”

The full author list includes:

  • Alexandria Baisden
  • Sue Burke
  • C.B. Channell
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Jaym Gates
  • Tazmania Hayward
  • K. M. Herkes
  • Rhys Hughes
  • Joe Janes
  • Tina L. Jens
  • Lauren A. R. Masterson
  • Charissa Menefee
  • Beth W. Patterson
  • Steven H Silver
  • Jeffrey Thomas
  • Scott Thomas
  • J9 Vaughn
  • Sean Margaret Wagner
  • John Weagly

So buy a doggone good book and do some good for dogs!

just one week left to support Phenomenons: Season of Darkness!

There’s just one week left in the crowdfund for Phenomenons: Season of Darkness, the second volume in the superhero shared-world anthology series created by New York Times best-selling author Michael Jan Friedman.

It’s an alternate present where the U.S. never really recovered from the economic crash of 2008 In the wake of corporate greed more and more taking over the fabric of the nation, the Phenomenons rise to prominence — heroes who fight for the ordinary citizen in a world where they are more and more forgotten and/or oppressed.

Grey Guardsman was the first. He was followed by many others. Better Angel. Black Hat. La Colosa y La Particula. Darya, Benny, Layal, and Qumadah. Lipstick Lilly. Luminosity. <null>. Penny Trouble. Professor Paracelsus. Rascal. Red Sky. Reese & Rodriguez, agents of the CED. Revek. Sarcastic Fringehead. Scopes. Syntax. Torque. Traction. Yoga. And lots more….

Support the Kickstarter and you have access to all kinds of cool rewards, including being a character in one of the stories!

Please check it out and consider supporting this wonderful project. I’ve had so much fun with this one, as Luminosity is a hero I’ve been toying with for years and I’m thrilled to get the chance to finally do something with her in what is turning out to be a fantastic universe to play in.

new on Kickstarter: Phenomenons: Season of Darkness

For a while now, Michael Jan Friedman has been teasing folks on Facebook and Twitter with images from the above artwork — it’s the unique heroes of Phenomenons, the shared-world superhero universe MJF created for last year’s anthology of that title, subtitled Every Human Creature.

The book was such a success that a second volume is now being crowdfunded by the fine feathered finks at Crazy 8 Press: Phenomenons: Season of Darkness.

All the heroes in the artwork will be there. Clockwise from the left, we have Penny Trouble (created by Russ Colchamiro and Hildy Silverman), Better Angel (created by MJF), Syntax (also created by Russ & Hildy), Lipstick Lilly (created by Marie Vibbert), and Luminosity (created by me!!!!).

I’m very much looking forward to writing more stories about Luminosity, her best friend De’Andre, and their adventures defending the people of the Bronx. As I type this, we’re already at $1568 of the $8500 goal, and there’s lots of cool rewards and nifty add-ons and, if we make the funding goal, fabulous stretch goals!

Among the rewards, by the by, are Tuckerizations — you (or someone you care about) can be a character in one of the stories! I’ve got three such slots in my own tale, and they’re still available as of this writing…..

So check it out, and please consider supporting!

now on sale: Unauthorized Offworld Activation: Exploring the Stargate Franchise

The collection of essays about the Stargate franchise (three movies! five TV shows! tons of tie-in stuff!) is now on sale from the silly sods at Sequart! You can order the book in print or eBook form from Amazon at this link.

(You can find the full table of contents, including my essay about the three leaders of the Atlantis expedition on Stargate Atlantis and how the show didn’t do right by any of them, in this prior blog post.)

now on Kickstarter: The Fans are Buried Tales

New on Kickstarter: another nifty anthology from Crazy 8 Press: The Fans are Buried Tales, edited by Peter David & Kathleen O. David.

Nineteen years ago, the Farpoint convention was snowed in by an uncharacteristically-heavy-for-Maryland blizzard that left everyone trapped in the hotel for several days. (The only roads to and from the hotel were completely impassable.) Inspired by that extended weekend (in which Erin Gray taught yoga classes and Armin Shimerman held acting workshops), Peter & Kath have put together this nifty Canterbury Tales-inspired anthology, in which VastiCon 40 is snowed in, and so 38 cosplayers sit in the bar and each tells a story in character for who/whatever they’re cosplaying as.

Here’s the full table of contents:

  • THE GREAT BRITISH DETECTIVE’S TALE By Aaron Rosenberg
  • THE HOUSE STARK FAN’S TALE By Robert Greenberger
  • THE BASEBALL FAN’S TALE By Michael Jan Friedman
  • THE SPACE OPERA FAN’S TALE By Mary Fan
  • THE FANTASY WESTERN FAN’S TALE By Jo Duffy
  • THE AMAZON’S TALE By Rigel Ailur
  • THE CONSPIRACY THEORIST’S TALE By Ian Randal Strock
  • THE OLD TOWNIE’S TALE By Patrick Storck
  • THE BOUNTY HUNTER’S TALE By Susan Hillwig
  • THE PARLIAMENTARIAN FAN’S/OWL’S TALE By Brenda Huettner
  • THE DADAIST’S TALE By Robert Jeschonek
  • THE H.P. LOVECRAFT FAN’S TALE By C.J. Espinoza
  • THE FILMATION FAN’S TALE By Paige Daniels
  • THE QUEER SF DETECTIVE’S TALE By D.M. Rasch
  • THE FANTASY FOOTBALL FAN’S TALE By Eugene Ramos
  • THE SAM BECKETT FAN’S TALE By Steve Nagy
  • THE GROGNARD’S TALE By Ian Harac
  • THE ANIMATED MYSTERY FAN’S TALE By Rande Goodwin
  • THE PULP FICTION FAN’S TALE By Martin A. Perez
  • THE PRO’S TALE By John Trumbull
  • THE CAPED CRUSADER’S TALE
      By Christopher J. Valin and Steve Beaulieu
  • THE GHOST’S TALE By John J. X. Cihon
  • THE SPACE OPERA FAN’S TALE By “Uncle” Wes Nicholson
  • THE FOUR HORSEMEN FAN’S TALE By Raphael Sutton
  • THE EYE OF ARGON FAN’S TALE By Laura VanArendonk Baugh
  • THE PRINCESS’S TALE By Susan Stanelow Olesen
  • THE CYCLIST’S TALE By R.P. Steeves
  • THE CARPET’S TALE By Keith R. A. DeCandido
  • THE RED RANGER’S TALE By Isaac Sher
  • THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST FAN’S TALE By Denise Sutton
  • SANTA’S TALE By Andy Allard
  • THE ZOMBIE FAN’S TALE By Glen Cadigan
  • THE MASH-UP FAN’S TALE By John Peel
  • THE BRITISH INVASION FAN’S TALE By James Ryan
  • THE SUPER-VILLAIN FAN’S TALE By Josh Pritchett
  • THE PARALLEL LIVES FAN’S TALE By Steven L. Rosenhaus
  • THE CAPER FILM FAN’S TALE By Bev Vincent
  • THE ROBIN HOOD FAN’S TALE By Peter David

Yes, I did the carpet. THE CULT OF THE MARRIOTT CARPET LIVES!!!!!!!

Please consider supporting this delightful anthology. You’ll be glad you did…..

nifty new Kickstarter featuring me: Phenomenons

Mighty Michael Jan Friedman has created a wonderful new shared world: Phenomenons: Every Human Creature. He’s funding it on Kickstarter, and it includes a bunch of great authors getting together to do a great new take on superheroes:

  • Ilsa J. Bick
  • Michael A. Burstein
  • Russ Colchamiro
  • Peter David
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
  • Mary Fan
  • Robert Greenberger
  • Glenn Hauman
  • Dan Hernandez
  • Heather E. Hutsell
  • Paul Kupperberg
  • Ron Marz
  • Aaron Rosenberg
  • Hildy Silverman
  • Geoffrey Thorne
  • Marie Vibbert

This anthology is going to be a lot of fun, so please consider funding it!