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!
A real villain gives kids this age sugar and the looming promise of Type II diabetes…
Anyone who’s subscribed to my mailing list should have already gotten a copy of the third story in my Dastard Fantastic series “A Villain’s Patented Approach” in your email. This post is really just to let you know to hit me up if you haven’t received it and provide a place for you to comment if you liked the story or if it made you vomit… or both?
More exclusives are coming down the pipe… but in the meanwhile, enjoy the dastard’s approach!
Sometimes a baddie gotta mull shit over…
In my tradition of not making New Year’s resolutions, I’ve decided to be as I ever was and not blog in a very timely fashion. In the latest installment of “Where’s Beamon?” I was nearing the end of book 3, which of course ran into my real world needs of trying to prepare for a VMware exam. And while both of those things were and are happening, a villain dropped.
I’m speaking of “A Villain Considers His Options,” which subscribers to Daily Science Fiction should have already seen in their inboxes a couple weeks ago. This is the start of a series featuring the villain I call Dastard Fantastic. The second one “A Villain Turns Mad” will also appear at DSF sometime in the near future. And for those who have subscribed to my newsletter, you folks will be the only ones who get the third and (currently) final installment of the series, “A Villain’s Patented Approach.”
That’s how a villain would do it, by holding this delicious carrot over the heads of you folks who’ve yet to sign up. It’s not too late, just sayin…
Of course, that’s sometime in the nearish future. Meanwhile, you folks can enjoy “A Villain Considers His Options” today. Of funny note with this story is the bio. DSF used to ask me for a bio but this time they didn’t. I figured they were just gonna use my last one until I saw it and they were pretty much like “this is his 5th time, y’all already know who this dude is.” Apparently, I’ve hit vet status with DSF! What’s funnier is that this was actually my 6th time at DSF, which is apparently only something I’m keeping track of. Well, me and DSF’s own search database when you type in Beamon, but, you know, it’s a new year.
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.