Gristlers! July is starting off in epic fashion. Epic as in atmospheric steampunk war story featuring killer cyborg monkeys on an airship. Yes, people, my story “A Song of Home, the Organ Grinds” is finally out in the latest issue of Lightspeed! And they really gave the story and yours truly the royal treatment. Lightspeed made the story this month’s feature and the issue’s cover art, illustrated by the very talented Saleha Chowdhury, is derived from the story. They also podcasted the story, which makes for the second time a story of mine’s been narrated. It’s pretty cool hearing your words spoken back to you, and Stefan Rudnicki did a wonderful job creating atmosphere and also has a real knack for sound effects… he has a killer killer monkey impression!
Lightspeed didn’t stop there. They also gave me an Author Spotlight interview, where Gordon White asks me how I came up with this story and some of the aspects and psychology of the characters and their motivations. It’s definitely worth checking out after you read the story and want to know the behind the scenes. You guys will never guess how this idea of attack monkeys spawned.
Lotta links, right? Ok, let’s recap.
Want to read the story? Click here.
Want to listen to it instead? Click here.
Want to know why the monkeys straight from the source? Click here.
And as always, feel free to come back to the gristle and let me know what you thought about this or anything else. Happy July folks!
Pendulum Heroes became live today. The “Look Inside” feature is now active, so now you can see the first few chapters. No need for me to try to describe it, you can watch Mike Morrow vex about how he looks like a chupacabra lizard dude and Richard Bates go from fifteen to fifty and catch a Carrie-style shower. Watch Jason Streible figure out life as a one armed archer and see Melvin Morrow become mortified at the sight of a beautiful brown skinned warrior maiden in a chainmail bikini… mortified because he is that sight now!
Some of you have preordered it already and I appreciate it. Everybody else, go check it out on Amazon or the platform of your choice. Look inside and enjoy the start of a crazy awesome adventure!
I had to take a break from all the murdering I’m doing on Bloodborne to tell you guys to check out A Villain Turns Mad over at Daily Science Fiction. For those of you who follow me, this is the second one of the series involving the self-professed villain named Dastard Fantastic. The third one in the series is only available for those who’ve signed up for my mailing list… because that’s what a villain would do! It’s not too late, sign up here if you like my comedy or dig Dastard Fantastic’s exploits or both!
For those of you who just found me out of some random webz stuff, welcome. You may be lacking context. You’ll want to start with A Villain Considers His Options. Then you’ll be near caught up and ready for A Villain Turns Mad.
That’s it! See you guys in whatever spaces we’ll congregate in the near future!
I WANT YOU – to read my book!
So here we are, years of selling shorts to better and better markets, blogging across continents, 80 war journals documenting life in these trenches, and we’ve finally arrived at a public release of my novel.
I’m gonna keep this extra short and teaser free. You folks who’ve read me kinda know how I story and the folks that may be new to me, whether because you’ve stumbled upon this post from LinkedIn or Twitter or my Amazon Author Page, well here’s the perfect opportunity for y’all to get to know me. There’s about 95 copies left for free and then the site takes it down, so grab one before they’re gone.
You can find my debut novel Pendulum Heroes here.