Fiction

2018

“Philology: The Real Professional Bag of Tricks”

Stranger Tales of the City
Obverse Books
Edited by Elizabeth Evershed

OBVERSE STORE

The knights hospitaller have just woken to a second life in a City the size of a galaxy. 

Two strangers from a far-distant future are flung together on Resurrection Day. 

A window-seller visits a claustrophobic suburb and finds it full of mystery. 

A Remake gunslinger seeks a new role from the one he was  always meant to play… 

In this, the sixth anthology in the City of the Saved series, we meet a host of human and not-so-human characters getting to grips with life in the afterlife: alien adoptees with no previous experience of human cultures; Citizens permanently missing and not merely misplaced; priestesses of long-forgotten religions; posthumans with their own baffling version of the Civil Tongue; a viral strain of humankind that has never known community… 

The City is full of strangers and these are their tales.

Children of Time
kOZMIC Press
Edited by R. Alan Siler & Drew Meyer

AMAZON | AMAZON UK

The Doctor’s Companions

They’ve been through Dalek Invasions, Android Invasions, Zygon Invasions and Christmas Invasions.

They ask questions, get in trouble, get out of trouble, and challenge the Doctor to think and act in new (usually better) ways.

Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who features profiles of companions from all formats of Doctor Who: television, novels, comics and audio dramas. Our contributors include well-known authors, four librarians, two ukelelists, a playwright, podcasters, publishers, students, and the writers and artists behind some of the Doctor’s companions.

2017

“Doppelgangers (and Other Artistic Piffle)”

All the Petty Myths
18thWall Productions
Curated by M.H. Norris

18thWall Productions Store

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK

Lurking in your hometown and countless others, urban legends and folklore are all around us. To many, they exist solely as myth. But not for all. Sometimes a body is found, apparently killed by something from stories. Sometimes someone goes missing, all the clues pointing to something only spoken of around campfires. Then the police are called, or a detective, who must discover if there really is something in those stories…

Featuring M.H. Norris’ “Midnight,” which debuts her new series. Dr. Rosella Tassoni, a Forensic Mythologist, is hired by the FBI to consult on a case where seeming old world folklore is cross-contaminated by internet fauxlore. High school students are being murdered. Will the experience break her?

A detective who wishes to write his own mysteries, but can’t bring his words to life, is now trapped in a “Locked Room” mystery by Marc Sorondo. Is the killer a ghost, or a clever human?

Sherlock Holmes and his partner’s partner, Mary Watson, investigate a mad artists. He insists his doppelganger has replaced him, and that he himself is locked away in his painting. How can he see a painting which no-one else can see? James Bojaciuk answers this question in “Doppelgangers (and Other Artistic Piffle).”

A mournful soul on a lonely highway, calling for death, is the center of a murder case in D.J. Tyrer’s “Tuttle and Gretel.” What is the Vanishing Hitchhiker?

Presented by award-winning mystery author M.H. Norris, All the Petty Myths confronts folklore and urban legends with detectives, FBI agents, and private investigators.

“Imposture, Coincidence, or Mistake”

Speakeasies and Spiritualists
18thWall Productions
Curated by Nicole Petit

18thWall Productions Store

AMAZON | AMAZON UK

“Most mediums with their spurious and specious methods, with their ghostly trumpets and spectral hands, hold few secrets–and fewer terrors.”
– Rose Mackenberg, “Exposing the Weird Secrets of ‘Mediums’ and ‘Spirits’”

Rose Mackenberg is unjustly forgotten.

She was Harry Houdini’s chief investigator. She testified before congress about psychic fraud, and discovered all the tricks of the seance trade.

We proudly present the first fiction featuring Rose Mackenberg and her spook-busting career by award-winning mystery author M.H. Norris and James Bojaciuk.

Speakeasies and Spiritualists also presents eight stories inspired by Rose Mackenberg and the spiritualists Jazz Age milieu.

Psychic investigators on the trail of the trail of a jazz musician who seems to have crawled from the grave. Amateur, livingroom seances going very wrong when mixed with grief for those who died in the war. Strange men warning out of Florida storms. Dream Demons stalking Chicago, feeding off bar-dwellers, and floors painted with mystic stars.

FEATURING STORIES BY M.H. Norris, James Bojaciuk, Peter Rawlik, Josh Reynolds, John Linwood Grant, Jon Black, Donald J. Bingle, Aaron Smith, Brendan Foley, and William J. Martin. As well as original articles by Rose Mackenberg herself.

Earlier

Those Who Live Long Forgotten Final Cover

Those Who Live Long Forgotten

Edited by Ben Kasson and James Bojaciuk

Cover by Jason Behnke

AMAZON | SMASHWORDS

GOOGLE PLAY

Myths never die.

They cough away into obscurity, and settle into the comfortable spot just beyond our vision.

You would never believe the little girl with the too-big smile is the queen of vampires, no, no. Nor would you believe that the two semi-homeless women who list around New York in time with the tide are the remains of the two great monsters, out for revenge. You certainly wouldn’t believe the master detective spent his final days in a cramped, black-ops prison.

No, you wouldn’t believe a word of it.

I have my story “Imprisoned, Half-Dead: a Syllogism” in this collection. It’s one of my favorite stories: a tale of Sherlock Holmes in the post-war era, where his continued survival is the problem he’s turned his great brain toward solving.

 

Rat-A-Tat Short Blasts of Pulp

Rat-A-Tat: Short Blasts of Pulp

AMAZON

Cover by David Russell

Like Bullets from a Tommy Gun, Pro Se Productions delivers Pulp like no one else in Rat-A-Tat: Short Blasts of Pulp! Today’s best Genre Fiction authors pull their fedoras down tight, charge their laser blasters, and barrel full speed ahead into Rat-A-Tat. This two fisted collection features short short fiction designed to illicit the same emotions, the same edge of the seat thrill, the same action and adventure as classic Pulp stories and New Pulp novels. Thrill to Pulp delivered in quick, sharp blasts from a rogues’ gallery of authors! Rat-A-Tat: Short Blasts of Pulp from Pro Se Productions.

One of my favorite stories, “Cemetery Games,” appears in this collection. You can read about its origins in the Sherlockian canon right here.

Sargasso 2

Sargasso #2

 

AMAZON

Edited by Sam Gafford

Cover by Robert H. Knox

The second issue of SARGASSO: The Journal of William Hope Hodgson Studies is now available. This issue includes more articles about Hodgson’s life and work as well as fiction, poetry and art inspired by this legendary writer.

 

This, again, contains one of my favorite pieces. A metafictional essay which examines Hodgson’s Carnacki stories and novel The House on the Borderland in light of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It’s a good time, and is the most amount of fun–and least amount of stress–I’ve had on a piece.

 

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