My new story, “In All Your Sparkling Raiment Soar,” appears in the latest Postscripts anthology from PS Publishing. Postscripts #34-35, titled Breakout, is now on sale right here at Amazon and here at PS Publishing’s online store. Here’s the awesome cover:
“In All Your Sparkling Raiment Soar” is an experimental scifi tale mixing prose and poetry to tell a twisted story of the very early days of humankind. Ever wonder why humans and bees are so closely entwined in the ecosystem of Earth? This story of love, alien science, and death provides the answers. It’s sad, romantic, and joyful all at once, and might make you look at life, the world, and the creatures in it in a whole new way. I hope you’ll give it a read, and support PS Publishing–one of the world’s great small presses for fantasy, horror, and science fiction–in the bargain.
What will leisure time be like on Mars? That’s the question I try to answer in my latest essay, “A Canvas as Big as a World,” which is featured in the new book, Mars One, Humanity’s Next Great Adventure. Here’s the awesome cover by Bryan Versteeg, the Mission Concept Artist for the Mars One mission:
You can order a copy right now from Amazon right here, from Barnes and Noble right here, or search for it by name on your Kindle, Nook, or other e-reading device or app. It’s a great book, an in-depth exploration of the many technological and human implications and complications of the upcoming Mars One mission to place a colony on the Red Planet. Many of the essays are written by scientists and experts in fields related to the mission, and all of them provide fascinating insights into what the mission might be like when it finally happens. If you love dreaming of interplanetary exploration and witnessing (or being a part of) the first landing of humans on Mars, you’re going to love this book!
My science fiction tale, “The Little Robot’s Bedtime Prayer,” appears in the new issue of Galaxy’s Edge magazine, now on sale! This story looks at what happens in a future world in which robots’ relationships with the humans they worship as gods move in a strange and frightening new direction. What happens when our creations rethink their religious devotion to humanity and seek new ways to express their faith? Here’s the cover of Galaxy’s Edge #18, which features some awesome scifi artwork:
You can order a copy of the magazine right here at the Galaxy’s Edge website. You can order a paper copy of the magazine from Amazon right here. You can also read my story online for free right here.
Ready to listen to some action-packed crime stories read by a top vocal narrator? Then check out my brand-new audiobook, Six Crime Stories. You can order a copy right here on Amazon or right here on Audible.com, then listen to these six cool stories on your favorite computer or mobile device. It’s the perfect way to put those holiday gift certificates to good use and get the new year off to a bang. Take a gander at the dynamite cover:
The narrator, Ben Gorman, has done an amazing job with this collection of stories. I can’t wait for you to hear his work. Here’s a bit more about this edgy and compelling new audiobook: Witness some of the most twisted, mysterious, and thrilling stories ever to bloody a crime scene. Meet Johnny Murder, the baddest bad guy ever to rise from the dead on Bourbon Street (or did he?)…Jean-Claude, a waiter who’ll do anything to turn the tables on the competition…Buddy, the nastiest home invader ever to cross a threshold with knife in hand…Sister Mayhem, nun turned crime fighter…Mr. Mayflower, who’ll trade the cure for cancer in exchange for dirty deeds done at his command…and Eve, the first detective in history on the trail of the killer of her son, Abel.
Do you dig The Walking Dead? How about a different and much freakier kind of apocalypse, in which the only way to stay alive is to keep dancing? You can read all about it in my new story, The Dancing Dead, which is now on sale for the Kindle. Just search for it by name on your Kindle device or app or click right here. Meanwhile, get a load of the groovy cover by Britain’s one and only Blazin’ Ben Baldwin his own bad self!
Here’s a bit more about the story, to whet your appetite: Dance or die! That’s the choice faced by victims of the Dance/Drop plague raging through the United States of tomorrow. Everyone in the nation dances nonstop, knowing all the while that as soon as they quit moving, they will die an agonizing and senseless death. What triggered this nightmarish marathon remains unknown…at least until Laurette, a dancer with a dark past, is swept to the West Coast as part of a mysterious migration that reveals the secret behind the plague. Can she survive attacks by brutal fanatics and disease-control warriors long enough to embrace her twisted destiny at the end of the biggest, and deadliest, dance number of all time?
This story is just as crazy as it sounds…but it’s also unlike anything you’re likely to read in the scifi aisle just now. So boogie on down to your Kindle and check it out! Coming soon to other formats near you…
If you like Mad Max, The Walking Dead, or postapocalyptic action in general, check out my new novel in the Deathlands series, Child of Slaughter. It’s published under the name “James Axler,” but it’s definitely my work, so check it out. Here’s the awesome cover:
You can pick up or order a copy at your local bookstore, or order one from your favorite online bookseller. Click here to find it at Amazon. Click here to find a copy at Barnes and Noble. And you can pick up the ebook right here on iTunes or right here for your Kobo e-reader device.
Here’s a description of the action-packed story, to whet your appetite: Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present. When Doc is taken captive by a band of marauders in what was once Nebraska, Ryan and the companions rally to get him back. But they aren’t just fighting the local muties. They’re also up against the area’s terrifying terrain, which shifts and morphs at a moment’s notice. With their options dwindling in this mazelike region that doesn’t obey the laws of physics, the team joins forces with a beautiful and deadly woman who evens the odds on the battlefield. But while this warrior seems to be on their side, she has a secret agenda that could spell the end for them all…
Time for a very cool milestone! One of my stories leads off the latest issue of a magazine…Galaxy’s Edge #12. The story, “A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Apocalypse Down Your Pants,” takes a look at what becomes of comedy in a far future universe. When humanity can work miracles and anything is possible, what does it take to make people laugh? The answer to that question gets pretty insane, to say the least. Here’s the front cover of Galaxy’s Edge #12, edited by legendary scifi luminary Mike Resnick:
You can order a copy of the magazine right here at the Galaxy’s Edge website. You can order the Kindle edition right here or by searching for it on your Kindle device, and you can order a paper copy of the magazine from Amazon right here. You can also read my story online for free right here.
This is the first time that one of my stories has led off an issue of a fiction magazine. I’m especially glad because this particular story is straight from “Planet Bob,” the crazy, edgy side of my fiction universe. Best of all, it was a comeback story for me, written to recover from a bumpy period in my creative life. I’m thrilled that it came out like it did, and that Mike and Galaxy’s Edge had faith enough to give it the lead slot in this issue.
My science fiction tale of a journey through the dark side of the funny pages–“The Spinach Can’s Son”–appears in The Best of Galaxy’s Edge 2013-2014, now on sale from Phoenix Pick. Here’s the way cool cover of the book:
You can order the Kindle edition right here, or the paperback right here from Amazon. You can also order the paperback right here from Barnes and Noble.
“The Spinach Can’s Son” originally appeared in print in the first issue of Galaxy’s Edge, edited by mighty Mike Resnick. It’s a fun story about a “panelnaut” exploring the “Underfunnies”…a mysterious realm where comic strips come to life, though they don’t always work the way they should. The hero’s wife, also a panelnaut, chases him from one comic strip world to the next, fighting to bring him home…but he has other ideas that could change their lives forever.
It’s a great honor to have this story appear in The Best of Galaxy’s Edge 2013-2014, among so many wonderful stories by accomplished science fiction authors. I hope you’ll check it out. The book will make a great gift for the science fiction fan on your Christmas shopping list.
In the mood for some cool science fiction stories, but don’t have time to sit down and read? Now you can listen to 18 scifi shockers in my new audiobook, Scifi Motherlode. Check it out here on Amazon and here on Audible, with an Apple edition coming soon on iTunes. Feast your eyes on this lovely, spaced out cover:
Scifi Motherlode brings you over 12 hours of listening pleasure, read by one of the top narrators in the field, Bill Lord. Trust me, when you hear this guy perform, you’ll know instantly that you’re listening to one of the greats.
This audiobook includes the following 18 stories by yours truly, every one a science fiction tale with my typical twists and craziness:
- The Greatest Serial Killer in the Universe
- The Love Quest of Smidgen the Snack Cake
- Playing Doctor
- Serial Killer vs. E-Merica
- My Cannibal Lover
- One Awake in All the World
- Give the Hippo What He Wants
- Teacher of the Century
- Off the Face of the Earth
- Something Borrowed, Something Doomed
- The Cross-Dressing Cosmic Cortez Rubs Off
- Star Sex
- Messiah 2.0
- Lenin of the Stars
- The Shrooms of Benares
- Beware the Black Battlenaut
- Killer Bod
I hope you’ll order a copy of this brand-new audiobook and spread the word to other science fiction readers that it’s available in a galaxy near you (and them).
Long Live Glosser’s! The Glosser Brothers Department Store employee reunion was a big success! Seventy people showed up in front of the former Glosser Brothers Department Store in downtown Johnstown on Memorial Day, and a great time was had by all. Folks shared memories, caught up on each other’s lives, and posed for photos for my upcoming nonfiction book, Long Live Glosser’s. Plus, we got some excellent media coverage courtesy of WJAC-TV, Johnstown’s own Channel 6. Here’s a link to the online edition of the story: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/-former-glosser-bros-employees-reunite-photo-shoot-2784.shtml