Hello faithful readers, I wanted to give you all a heads up that the fourth Winston & Baum book, Winston & Baum and the Trials of the Baba Yaga is now available for pre-order on the Kindle. The Kindle version will be available on May 23rd, just in time for summer!
You can pre-order now, and it will be automatically delivered to your Kindle on Tuesday May 23rd. I know a lot of you are going to be busy getting ready for your Memorial Day plans next week, so go ahead and order this book to read on the beach. Just click on the cover below to pre-order your new copy. We are working on having print editions available within the next two weeks.
Curious about what this book is about? Read the synopsis below.
“As the war between Britain and Prussia continues to rage on, Baba Yaga, the legendary witch of Prussia, takes a firm stand against the foreign army with all of her supernatural allies. Dan and Lee are pulled apart as Lee is drafted into a special unit of hunters being sent to deal with the monstrous menace. With his ship lost behind enemy lines and most of his unit captured, Lee and the Scottish hunter, Brogan, must attempt to make their way back towards friendly territory, but it won’t be an easy task as the Baba Yaga’s forces hound their every step.
When word that Lee is missing reaches home, Dan and Brackish set out on a dangerous mission to save their friend. Following Lee’s path, the two hunters soon learn that the dangers their friend faces are even greater than they imagined. As they race through the Prussian countryside, Dan and Brackish try to reach Lee before the Baba Yaga can get him in her clutches.
As they fight to survive, can the exterminators of the strange and weird endure the trials of the Baba Yaga?”
Keep checking back for updates on our print edition and all the latest on where I’ll be appearing this summer.
We started this panel last year, and everyone had such a good time that they brought it back for another go-round. A fun panel discussing different elements of horror in scifi or scifi in horror, it’s tough to tell which is which honestly. Just listen and enjoy. I was joined on this panel by Alan Gilbreath, editor in chief of Dark Oak Press, Tim Green, operator of Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern, and Chad Sides, the Master of Horror for Connooga. Sit back and enjoy!
Hello everyone. If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, come out to the New Georgia Library. I will be there at 1pm. You can come by while I discuss my writing process, my books, and go into a little bit about what steampunk is. I will also have copies of the Winston & Baum Steampunk Adventures for sale.
So, if you can please drop by and say hello. If not, don’t worry, you can find me at C1 Comicon on November 12th. Hope to see you at one of these events.
Winston & Baum and the Secret of the Stone Circle received a 4-star review from Amazon reviewer ZapJ who wrote: “This Victorian steampunk adventure tale starring a tough as nails American fighter (with a heart of gold) and an Englishman inventor (equally adventurous and endearing). They make their living traveling the countryside ridding human habitations of elves, goblins and other various boggles. Queen Victoria calls on them to assist in a great undertaking and the story flies from there (not on wings, but by dirrigible airship). Great characters; great story; and for those new to the steampunk millieu – an easy introduction to this inventive little corner of sci-fi. This is the first of a series and I will defiantly be reading the others.”
Thanks ZapJ! If any of you have read my books or short stories, leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.com. You can click on the cover below to pick up your copy of Winston & Baum and the Secret of the Stone Circle and keep checking back to see what else I’m up to.
It’s summer, and a lot of people will be flocking to the sandy beaches. I am no exception. Recently, my wife and I took just such a trip. This was the week before Memorial Day, and the beaches were not too crowded. At sunset staring out at the surf, watching the foam tops of the waves break, I can’t help but think about the untold fathoms that cover so much of the planet.
Given the mysteries that cover three quarters of the planet, is there any wonder that so many works of fiction are driven by the oceans? Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick is set entirely on the ocean and tells the story of the whaling ship the Pequod and her doomed crew led by Captain Ahab. While this book used the isolation from the middle of the ocean as a plot point, it did not deal as well with what’s going on under the waves. Of course, Peter Benchley’s Jaws forced a lot of people to think twice before wading into the water. After the success of the film, a myriad of knock-offs followed: Orca (Jaws with a killer whale), Piranha (seeing the Amazonian predators released in a Texas river) being two of the better known, and we still have shark movies being made today.
It is no small wonder that science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers have used the deepness in their creative processes. H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most famous to have done so. His sleeping deity C’thulhu was housed on an island that had sunken deep beneath the waves. Lovecraft also populated the waters of imagination with Dagon, an old Philistine god and Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in fabulous underwater cities. Jules Verne took us Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea where we met Captain Nemo and saw some of the fantastic wildlife found within.
C’thulhu up from the depths
Fiction writers were not the first to theorize what might have lived in the oceans. Myths and legends have often told tales of fearsome creatures. We had mermaids, sirens, sea serpents, krakens.
From the early days of mankind, humanity has stood looking at the watery abyss and created creatures to explain the tragedies that occurred. Our modern writers have maintained this tradition of dreaming what lie beneath. So, while you are basking in the sun and enjoying the surf, take a moment to appreciate the vast unknowns before you.
Hey everyone, I hope your first month of 2016 has gone well. I’ve been busy and just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about what’s been happening.
The short story that I promised will be released between Winston & Baum books 3 & 4 is finished (first draft only). It is part of a series that started with Brackish’s story in the back of Winston & Baum and the Disk of Night. I am calling them the Tales of the Hunters. Each of them will focus on hunters from the Winston & Baum world. They are characters that you’ve met, but I wanted to explore other hunters and adventures set in this world. So, the first of these is drafted. I’ve finished the rough draft of the fourth Winston & Baum steampunk adventure (still no title yet). I’m mostly done with the rough drafts of the other two stories in the hunters series, which will follow book 4.
Last year was a steam-driven adventure for sure. I was able to go to more conventions and meet more people. I’ll be going back to Connooga in February. I’ll post my panel schedule when the show is closer, but if you can, please come out and see my talented wife & cover artist and myself. It’s always nice to meet you wonderful people.
Once I’m done with the other two hunter shorts, I’m going to write something else. I don’t know what yet, but just something to cleanse my palette before I head back to the world of Winston & Baum for the fifth novel.
Thanks for reading and keep stopping by to see what I’ll be up to next.
I’m back from Dragoncon 2015. This was another fun year with lots of great costumes, guests, and attendees. I got to meet a lot of new people and sell some books, which is always nice. My wife, Caralyn, had a phenomenal year in the art show. A big thank you to everyone that came out, met us, and took one of her little guys home.
Caralyn at our Dragoncon booth
It was also my pleasure to meet author Bobby Nash. I was able to sit in on several of his panels and even had the opportunity to pick up his Domino Lady novel: Money Shot.
Me & Bobby McGee…Nash, I mean Bobby Nash
If you get a chance please visit his website or author’s page, and pick up Domino Lady: Money Shot by clicking the cover below.
As I’m sure most of you know, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away on July 31. While most people are aware of his reputation inside the ring, I encourage you to check out his endeavors in film.
First, I would have to insist that you check out John Carpenter’s They Live. A wonderful film about creatures hidden in plain sight, and their methods of controlling the human race. It also happens to feature the longest streetfight scene in movie history. Here’s the trailer:
Second, I am a huge fan of Hell Comes to Frogtown. It is a low-budget post-apocalyptic film with Roddy Piper as Sam Hell, a man that has to go save a group of women from the frogs. This film is still a fun watch. Check out the trailer below.
Recently, Roddy had been working on a film where he fought C’Thulhu. I know they finished the short film, but I don’t know about the feature. Either way, it is sure to be a good experience. Farewell “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
In Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror part of the story comes from the military trying to capture the legendary creature to experiment on it for weapons purpose. The government weaponizing a creature like this might seem far-fetched, but when you consider that the first applications looked at for any new technology are military it makes a certain amount of sense. Don’t believe me? Remember when we learned to split the atom and the first thing we did was power cities with the energy . . . oh wait, I mean we levelled an entire city with it. Most modern advancements in technology have come through military developments or were first engineered for military purposes.
So why wouldn’t they do the same with supernatural opportunities? This is some of the thoughts that went into crafting the military experience that is part of Friedkin’s Curse and more explored in Friedkin’s Legacy (working title), the next book in the Friedkin’s Horror series. Larry Correia has some similar ideas about the government’s harvesting of supernatural weapons (explored in both his Monster Hunter International and Grimnoir Chronicles). I recently had the pleasure of serving on a panel with Kimberly Richardson (the Goth Librarian), she stated that we shared a favorite werewolf film: Dog Soldiers, which pits soldiers against werewolves when a capture operation goes wrong. There is also Project: Metalbeast, a direct-to-video classic from the 90s, which has a genetically altered werewolf super-soldier wreaking havoc in a bunker. The military industrial complex isn’t the only government office to get into the werewolf enhancement department, Full Eclipse is a film where a special Los Angeles Police Squad is augmented using werewolf serum to combat crime.
All of these are great examples of the government “investigating” new and experimental procedures to help further the combat effectiveness of new creatures. I’ve provided a list of these works below, so just click on the pictures if you are interested. Next time the moon is full and you hear howling and sirens, just tell yourself that they are unrelated.
I wanted to let everyone know that I will be at Connooga this weekend. You can find me in the dealer’s section with my cover artist. We’ll have copies of both Winston & Baum books as well as Friedkin’s Curse: A Werewolf Tale of Terror, books are $10 so stop by and pick up your copies today. Also, I will be a panelist for several of their events. Below is a list of my schedule for panels (you can use the Connooga app to verify the locations for these events).
YA – What is it?
Saturday 10:00 AM
Blogging, Platforming, and Online Marketing for Writers
Ghost Stories Event
Sunday 11:00 AM
Story Structure – multiple approaches introduced and discussed
Sunday 1:00 PM
The Gory Details of Writing Horror
I look forward to getting to meet some of you awesome people this weekend.