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
Remember, if you worked at the Glosser Brothers Department Store in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, we want you to get in the picture at the big reunion photo shoot! Just come to the Glosser Brothers building on the corner of Franklin and Locust Streets in downtown Johnstown on Memorial Day Monday, May 26 at 10:00AM! This will mark the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Glosser Bros. Department Store, and the photos will be featured in my upcoming nonfiction book, Long Live Glosser’s! So come on down and spread the word to anyone who worked at Glosser’s. And get ready to meet our very own Glosser’s celebrities, Bill Glosser and Ruby Shaffer (of the famous “Cafeteria Twins”). Though as far as we’re concerned, anyone who worked at Glosser’s is a famous celebrity, including you! See you Monday morning!
Lately, I’ve been moving full steam ahead on my newest project, a nonfiction book about the Glosser Brothers Department Store in my hometown of Johnstown, PA. The new book is coming along fantastically well…and taking shape just as we honor a very special occasion: the 25th anniversary of the closing of Glosser’s Department Store!
The 25th anniversary of the last day the store was open arrives on Monday, May 26th. Tuesday, May 27th marks the 25th anniversary of the official closing. So the timing of this book, as you can see, is perfect…and I’m including the anniversary celebration in its pages. In fact, you can hear me talk about the big event on a local radio station, WNTJ, 1490 AM. I’ll be interviewed on a show called Johnstown Live! by the show’s host (and local booster) Ralph DeMarco. I hope you’ll tune in on Monday, May 19 from 7:00-9:00AM to hear the interview. If you’re outside the local listening area, I’ll try to post the interview at a later date for your enjoyment.
During the show, I’ll be talking about the Glosser Employee Reunion I’ve set up in honor of the 25th anniversary. If you or someone you know worked at the Glosser Brothers Department Store in Johnstown, please let them know that we’ll have a special reunion get-together and photo shoot on Monday, May 26th at 10:00AM in front of the Glosser’s Building on the corner of Franklin and Locust Streets in downtown Johnstown. Photos from the shoot will be included in my new book, Long Live Glosser’s, which is set for publication in October 2014.
If you come to the big reunion photo shoot, you’ll see some very special guest stars: Bill Glosser himself, plus the one and only Ruby Shaffer, one of the famous Shaffer twins who brought everyone so much joy while working in the Glosser’s cafeteria for many years. So be sure to join us for the big reunion and see some faces from the fabled past of Glosser Brothers Department Store and Johnstown, PA!
Once a week, on Mondays (unless something comes up), I have a guitar lesson with Bob Bretz, a guitar virtuoso who gives lessons in my hometown. I’m not very serious about it, I admit, and I never practice enough, but I still enjoying playing and learning. Bob always manages to come up with something cool for me to work on, and I thought I’d share a bit in case you’re interested. In today’s lesson, he put together a few jazz chording exercises, which are fairly challenging, plus an arrangement of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” which is easier and more fun. Here’s the first page, which I’ve just started practicing:
Yeah, Bob’s got a unique notation style, but it really works after you get used to it. I get a kick out of learning from him…and just listening, when he spontaneously cuts loose on a song, and I’m lucky enough to be there and hear the performance.
Music Monday was extra cool today because a new CD just arrived in the mail–Supermodel by Foster the People. I really liked their first album, Torches, and couldn’t resist ordering the follow-up when it became available. They’ve got a fun, upbeat style, though their lyrics can be pretty dark, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the cuts on this new recording.
Long live Music Monday!
Get ready for one of my wildest stories yet! It’s a crazy scifi tale called “In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns,” and it appears in the latest issue, number 7, of Galaxy’s Edge magazine! Here’s the stunning cover:
You can read the whole story online by clicking right here. You can also support this fine publication, which features new and classic stories by a roster of exciting authors, by clicking here, scrolling down, and following the instructions to order a paper or electronic copy. In this issue alone, you can enjoy tales from Robert Sheckley, Mercedes Lackey, C.J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear, Brad R. Torgersen, and yours truly!
So drop by the Galaxy’s Edge website and see what they have to offer. And be sure to give “In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns” a read. It’s a crazy story about a world in which life is controlled by voting via social media…a process that leads to insane consequences when a media cop confronts the trolls who are ruining people for laughs. I’ll just say this: the title tells you exactly what happens to the hero…though that isn’t necessarily the worst part of his ordeal. If you like wild stories with vivid characters and scifi themes that hit close to home, this story is for you. Enjoy!