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….)

read my stuff while you’re stuck at home, part 2: TV tie-ins


So many of us are kinda stuck staying home a lot, and that means more reading time! Or, at least, time spent reading so you don’t go batshit because you’re stuck staying at home a lot……

As one possible thing to read, how about my writing? I’ve already posted about my Star Trek work, and now we move on to other TV show tie-ins, which are listed below in alphabetical order, and include: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI: NY, Doctor Who, Farscape, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, Heroes, Leverage, Orphan Black, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate, Supernatural, The X-Files, Xena, and Young Hercules.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


  • The Xander Years Volume 1 — novelizing three Xander-focused episodes, “Teacher’s Pet,” “Inca Mummy Girl,” and “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered”
  • Blackout — a novel focusing on previous Slayer Nikki Wood, who worked in New York in 1977 and faced off against Spike and Drusilla
  • The Deathless — on Ring Day at Sunnydale High School, an evil Russian sorcerer is attempting to be resurrected




  • Four Walls — Mac Taylor and his team of CSIs have two cases, a murder in a medium-security prison on Staten Island and another one in a café in the Bronx

Doctor Who

Short stories:

  • “UNITed We Fall” in Decalog 3: Consequences — the Fourth Doctor must defuse a time bomb (literally) in the United Nations, aided by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
  • “Life from Lifelessness” in Short Trips: Destination Prague — the First and Fourth Doctor both encounter the Golem of Prague

Anthology editing:




  • House of Cards — taking place during the late second season, the gang goes to a gambling planet where Rygel loses Moya in a card game

Short stories:

Comic books:

  • Farscape Omnibus Volume 1 (written with Rockne S. O’Bannon) — collecting four post-finale storylines, “The Beginning of the End of the Beginning,” “Strange Detractors,” “Gone and Back,” and “Tangled Roots” — Rygel returns home to claim his throne, a vicious disease spreads through the Uncharted Territories, Crichton visits an Unrealized Reality, and Aeryn learns a shocking truth about the Peacekeepers — and the three D’Argo miniseries D’Argo’s Lament, D’Argo’s Trial, and D’Argo’s Quest — which provide D’Argo’s backstory as well as what he did between seasons three and four
  • Red Sky at Morning — Moya returns to the homeworld of the Pilots and learn of a new threat to the Uncharted Territories
  • Compulsions — Moya teams with another Leviathan to deal with a new foe
  • The War for the Uncharted Territories — the Peacekeepers have a surprising new leader, the Kkore are invading, and Crichton must bring the species of the UTs together or risk losing everything

Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda


  • Destruction of Illusions — a prequel to the series, showing what both Tyr Anasazi and Beka Valentine and the crew of the Eureka Maru were doing in the nine months leading up to the discovery of Andromeda Ascendant and the time-frozen Dylan Hunt





  • The Zoo Job — a small zoo in central Massachusetts didn’t get the black rhinos they paid for, leading half the Leverage crew to west Africa and the other half to the world of the uber-rich who illegally purchase wild animals

Orphan Black


Sleepy Hollow


  • Children of the Revolution — toward the end of the first season, Ichabod Crane and Detective Abby Mills must find a series of medals that were issued during the Revolutionary War before they’re used to resurrect Serilda of Abaddon



  • SG-1: Kali’s Wrath — toward the end of the fifth season, Jacob Carter and Bra’tac must team up to help SG-1 face off against Kali and the return of the Reetou

Short Stories:

  • “Time Keeps on Slippin'” in SG-1/Atlantis: Far Horizons — a story that takes place between seasons three and four, explaining Carter’s non-regulation haircut and Teal’c’s soul patch
  • “Sun-Breaker” in SG-1/Atlantis: Homeworlds — on board the General George Hammond, Carter and Teal’c must stop the Lucian Alliance from acquiring a Go’auld weapon




  • Nevermore — in the second season, the boys go to the Bronx to solve some Edgar Allan Poe-themed killings and stop a haunting
  • Bone Key — two demons super-charge the ghosts that haunt Key West, but one becomes too powerful and the Winchester brothers must work with the demons to stop it
  • Heart of the Dragon — a violent spirit appears in 1969 San Francisco and is banished by the Campbell family of Samuel, Deanna, and Mary; it returns in 1989, and is banished again by John Winchester; and it comes back again in 2009 in the midst of the angel-demon war and must be stopped by Sam, Dean, and Castiel


The X-Files

Short stories:

  • “Back in El Paso My Life Would Be Worthless” in Trust No One — a second-season story where Mulder and Scully are to work alongside an FBI agent who’s not thrilled at being stuck with the weirdos in the basement



Short stories:


help me choose what to nominate for the Small Press Awards


Every year, the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) holds the Small Press Awards for short fiction published in the small press. Authors can submit one of their stories.

Here’s the problem — I’ve had six stories out this year in the small press, and I have no idea which one I should submit.

So I put it to you, my loyal blog readers — which of the following should I submit to WSFA for consideration?

    • “The Midwinter of Our Discontent” in Release the Virgins! (Fantastic Books)
    • “Rán for Your Life” in Unearthed (Altrix Books)
    • “The Silent Dust” in Brave New Girls: Adventures of Gals & Gizmos (Brave New Girls)
    • “The Puzzle” in Footprints in the Stars (eSpec Books)
    • “Alien Invasion of Earth!” in Thrilling Adventure Yarns (Crazy 8 Press)
    • “Used To Be” in Across the Universe (Fantastic Books)

Let me know in the comments, please.






I am pleased to say that “The Fall of Iaron” has made its funding goal! Woo! Also: Hoo!

Having said that, don’t let that stop you from pledging. You’re now guaranteed to get a short story out of this, and it’s only two bucks to just get the story! How can you pass that up?

Best of all, for a pledge of $65, you can still have a character in the story named after you! There are eleven named characters in “The Fall of Iaron,” and only one of them — Medinn the Bard, last seen in “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty” — has been seen before. The others are flexible in terms of nomenclature, and only four of the ten Tuckerization slots have been taken. So now’s your chance to be a character in the story!

my newest Kickstarter project: “The Fall of Iaron”–a tale of the Dragon Precinct universe


The Fall of Iaron” is a story I’ve already written, which takes place in the Dragon Precinct universe, but doesn’t involve the Cliff’s End Castle Guard. Instead, it’s about the wider tapestry of life in Flingaria. It’s a story about history being written by the winners, it’s about storytelling, it’s about what makes a villain, what makes a hero, what makes a tyrant.

And it’s my latest Kickstarter project! The response to my last story in the universe that didn’t involve the detectives of the Castle Guard — “Gan Brightblade vs. Mitos the Mighty” — was really good, and people have asked for more stories beyond the scope of Torin and Danthres and the rest of the cops. So here we are.

For two bucks, the story can be yours. (For one buck, you get your name in the acknowledgments.) And for more, there are other nifty rewards, including being a character in the story, some “Precinct” swag, an audio of me reading the story, other books of mine, and best of all, my editorial services!

So please do consider pledging! You’ll be glad you did……