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 Yarns2022, 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)
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:
Kathleen O. David
Michael Jan Friedman
Jody Lynn Nye
Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg
Bart Sears & Michelle Sears
Plus, if the crowdfund hits its first four stretch goals, the following authors will be added to the table of contents:
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.
“What Do You Want from Me, I’m Old?” in The Four ???? of the Apocalypse
“The Rat’s Tail” in The Further Adventures of Grignr
“Ticonderoga Beck and the Stalwart Squad” in Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2022
“Stop Dragon My Heart Around” in Ragnarok and a Hard Place: More Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet
as-yet-untitled Luminosity story in Phenomenons: Season of Darkness
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….)
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!
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.
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…..
(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.)
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!!!!!!!
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: