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I just finished reading the
new ‘Legacy’ book yesterday, the fourth in the series, and I have to tell you
all to rush out and buy this one. It was great. This is by far my favorite
since the first volume in the series, and may actually surpass it.
In this new addition to the
series we find the children of ‘The Destroyer’ still learning their way in both
Sinanju and their new lives as enforcement arms for CURE. Both are still rough
around the edges and are really in the early phases of their training.
But there is a dangerous
new adversary on the horizon, one who has an inkling of what Sinanju is all
about. He is a man who has spent years as a seasoned foreign spy. Will the young
trainees to Sunny Joe know what to do against this man? Can they possibly
prevail? You’ll have to read it to find out.
‘Trial and Terror’ changes
focus for the most part back to Stone, Remo William’s son with less on Freya,
his daughter, though she definitely gets her fair share of focus throughout. One
of the very few complaints I had was that the last few books seemed to focus
primarily on Freya, and not on Stone as much. This book changes all of that,
and that was much more to my liking.
This to me was the perfect
novel. The length was perfect, the story left you wanting for more, and there was
plenty of action and excitement as well as advancing the overall story. This was just a solid, solid book. I can’t recommend
it enough. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Go out and buy it today!
The 2014 International
Motorcycle show at the Javitts Center in New York City
This past weekend I
attended the International Motorcycle Show, or IMS as it is warmly referred to
in Manhattan. This show every year showcases the newest, the brightest and the most
exciting new motorcycles from every manufacturer in the world. It’s basically like
being a kid walking through a big Manhattan toy store for adults.
You get to see all the newest
machines and all their great new upgrades.
This year I had the
pleasure of talking to the beautiful and intelligent Lorraine from Suzuki who
went out of her way to chat with me about the new bikes Suzuki had coming out
this year. Out of all the manufacturers’ representatives, she was the only one
who saw my press pass and went out of her way to discuss the new models Suzuki
had on tap for the coming season, so Lorraine and Suzuki are going to be the focus
of this blog post.
Suzuki has added a new sub
line to their lineup, the almost naked GSX-S line. These are motorcycles based
on their GSX-R line of sport bikes but with more upright riding positions and
very little fairing coverage. They are basically standards. These new machines
come in two sizes, just like their more sport oriented brethren, 750CC and
1000CC. There is also a 650CC twin with a very similar look based on the old
These new motorcycles are
for the everyday rider who doesn’t want to in a racer’s tuck all day long but
still be able to have some fun on back roads. With versions of the powerful GSX-R750
and GSX-R1000 motors installed in both these machines they should be fun rides
in sensible and more importantly affordable chassis. The GSX-S750 will sell for
$7,999 and the GSX-S1000 price will be announced at a later date as this is a
2016 model and will not be available until sometime in the summer.
Once again I want to thank
the beautiful Lorraine from Suzuki for talking the time out and personally
walking me through the Suzuki display and telling me all about what Suzuki has
in store for the New Year. Job well done!
Other manufacturers including
Yamaha, Honda and Triumph had much to offer at the show this year as well.
Yamaha’s new FJ-09 offers an adventure tourer look with real world ergoes and for
only $10,490 it’s a bargain and destined to be a big motorcycle for this coming
Check out my pictures and
tell me what you think about this year’s IMS.
Hey it's been a while, I know. But there's been a lot happening here in Ralph-land. To summarize: I continue to work on the new 'Cagliostro Chronicles' book which I had hoped to have out by now but its nowhere near ready. Then of course there's new releases I had a hand in. This weekend saw the release of a long awaited project I had a hand in called 'More Blood'. It's an anthology of stories about Remo Williams and his mentor, Chiun, the series is known as 'The Destroyer' for the past 40 years. It's all stories written by fans, of which I'm one. I have a story in those pages and it just went on sale this past weekend in paperback. Kindle version to follow soon.
Next up I had a book come out that I also wrote a story for called 'Sinbad the New Voyages Vol. 4.' This was a fun story I wrote about the iconic sailor and his crew. There are other stories in there by other great authors like I.A. Watson and Joe Bonadonna, It's a really fun book that everyone who enjoys swashbuckling fantasy will enjoy.
Then in late September I had my novel 'Hyperforce' come out. This was probably my favorite book of the year that I wrote. Fledgling superheroes thrown together against impossible odds-it was just fun to write and see come together. I love this book! A young alien prince makes a crash landing on Earth with his terrible enemy right behind him. When he does he triggers an event that will change the face of humanity as several nascent super-hero's-the first of their kind-must band together to stop this deadly threat. But this is just the first of many that will push these young heroes to their limits and beyond!
Another book I had a story in was 'Rat-a-Tat' An anthology of hard hitting short pulp stories. My contribution 'Caliber' is about a female former soldier who discovers her husband's been murdered. She knows who's responsible and she knows what she has to do. It's an action packed thrill ride through a sleazy town named 'Riverburgh' that will feature prominently in future pulp stories I have in mind. Check it out for some tough chick action.
And of course in early July there was the second Cagliostro Chronicles book. My sci-fi Space opera seems to be everyone's favorite of my books, I'm fine with that. I love writing these. They're larger than life and I know it. They are huge space operas written for fun and excitement, and that's the way they are going to remain. The next one coming soon is no exception. This one deals with the Cagliostro making an emergency landing on an uncharted world where an incredible amount of danger is discovered, not just to the Cagliostro and crew, but to Earth's continued survival as well! It's a thrill ride of cosmic proportions!
The first book I had come out this year was the sequel to 'Redemption of the Sorcerer.' 'My Enemy, Myself, the Crystalon Saga, Book Two' is a magic filled journey to other worlds and other universes with the worlds most powerful sorcerer and his all too mortal friends. It's a thrill ride through dangerous worlds to a final confrontation with an all-too familiar evil with the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance.
While I'm toiling away on the new Cagliostro Chronicles novel, I figured I'd give you all links to find me and my books all over the internet.
My Website is http://RLAngeloJr.com You'll find all the latest updates on my novels there. It also has links to purchase all of my books at whatever outlets they are available at. It's the readers first resource to learn about what I have going on including a page dedicated to what I have coming up next.
I'm trudging along through the next 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' novel at this point. It's at its mid way point right now and I hope to have it ready to be edited by the end of November, I hope actually to be done before that. I'm trying very hard to have it ready for Christmas.
In other news I saw 'Dracula Untold' today and cannot recommend it enough. It wasn't a bloody horror movie, but more of an origin story and a great adventure that culminates in the final 30 seconds in today's world. It was brilliantly written and just a really good flick. Go see it, it's well worth the time.
So I was messing around with
Goodeads.com the other night, updating stuff, and I usually stay off of
goodreads. I have a notorious hate/hate relationship with that site. I do not
like the readers there. Many there are pompous asses and wannabe writers as far
as I’m concerned. They get a big thrill out of shooting down authors books
there, for the most part. The average reader there thinks they work for the NY Times
book review or something. They are horrific for the most part, and get a big
thrill out of trashing someone’s novel. So I do not spend much time on
goodreads at all.
But while I was there I did
a few things on my very seldom used authors page there that I started almost
two years ago. I came upon a question about writers block and how I get past
it. My answer is I do not get it, which is true. There may be times when I just
don’t feel like writing,. But that does not mean I’m blocked. Most of the time
I can pick up and write just fine, wherever I am, as long as I have the proper
Content is huge. It is just
something that cannot be underestimated. It may seem like I’m being arbitrary
about this, but believe me I’m not. You have to know where you are going with a
story, and you have to know what happens in-between that is the kicker. It’s
like saying ‘I drove from New York to California.’ Or instead saying ‘I started
in New York and drove though New Jersey where we stopped at a diner off of I-80
for breakfast. Then we continued west for five more hours, before stopping at the
Quaker Steak and Lube. We had the hottest wings I’ve ever tasted there, wow!
They were awesome! After lunch we continued on and after about ten hours of
riding we stopped for the night in Ohio at a really cool hotel. We parked in an
indoor lot and had a great steak dinner that night along with a couple of
libations before calling it a night. That was the end of day one on our cross
Do you see what I’m talking
about? There’s a big difference between the two accounts. The reason is the content
of the second account. Content makes a story flow and garners interest, after all,
you have to be interested in what you are writing as much as what the reader
will be reading.
So writers block may be
something that has more to do with what you want to say, and the way you get that
content across. It’s sort of all about not reading between the lines, but filling
in the blanks that happen there.
Getting distracted as a writer is never a good thing and distractions come in all shapes and sizes. This was evidenced last night in an episode of the 'Big Bang Theory'. While none of the cast are playing writers, they are playing scientists who, in last nights episode, were trying to come up with the 'Next Big Thing.' But due to several things going on around them they continually are distracted and unable to make any progress toward any discoveries.
For me it was a pleasure watching this show last night because I got to see Kaylie Cuoco who plays Penny, in a bikini. While I hate her haircut this year, man does she have a smoking hot body! Wow, just wow!
Oh what was I saying? Something about being distracted? See what I did there? I got lost in a different matter all together. I got distracted by outside stimulus. So guess what? I got no work done last night because that show was on, and several others.
What does all this mean? Well to me, I don't write with the TV on. Or Music or anything that could be distracting. In fact I do my best writing late at night when everyone is asleep, in a silent house. A house or work area without ANY distractions.
So all of you aspiring writers looking for advice, this is a great bit to remember. Concentrate on what you are doing and don't allow yourself to be distracted. If even ina silent , distraction free work area you still can't concentrate then it's time to walk away for a while and come back at a later time to try again, because without any distractions if you still can't get any work done, it's just not the right time to try.
Hyperforce! The new Superhero novel featuring the first adventures of a fledgling group of heroes brought together by destiny to fight enemies no normally powered man would stand a chance against, in a new age of heroes !
Available exclusively at Amazon.com in paperback and kindle
And thus begins the second volume of the Cagliostro Chronicles, The Cagliostro Chronicles II-Conflagration.
What's different this time around? Well, for starters the crew of the Cagliostro is no longer so green or wet behind the ears or whatever. They've been at this two years now. The war with the Agalum is still ongoing, but mankind's fleet is now hyper-warp ready, so Earth has a presence in the stars. That's something the Agalum do not like.
When our story opens up. the Cagliostro is in the midst of a deadly battle in space, and about to lose badly. But if they did it would be one short book. No, instead they defeat the enemy ships but have to put in for repairs on an earth-like planet. Once there they discover not only prehistoric creatures and savage aliens on this strange new world , but a threat that goes beyond anything they have encountered so far. A threat so large it could spell the end of human civilization forever. That's just what the Agalum want.
It's another book filled with high flying deep space action and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat right through the final pages.
And the best news is yet to come, as I'm already writing the next volume in the series. People seem to really like these, as evidenced by a record number of sales for both volumes in the past month. So be on the lookout before Christmas for the third book in The Cagliostro Chronicles series, The Cagliostro Chronicles III-Into the heart of evil
In the meantime you can pick up either of the Cagliostro Chronicles series or any of my other books including 'Redemption of the Sorcerer, the Crystalon Saga, Book One', or 'Torahg the Warrior, Sword of Vengeance', or even the sequel to 'Redemption of the Sorcerer' 'My Enemy, Myself, The Crystalon Saga, Book II' or any of my other books in various formats at http://RLAngeloJr.com . You can also find my books on Amazon's site at http://tinyurl.com/ralphsamazon
Hello everyone, this year I have so far released three novels. You can enjoy them all at the links below.They are:
My Enemy, Myself, The Crystalon Saga, Book Two.
When the mighty sorcerer Crystalon receives an unexpected visitor within the walls of his home he realizes he must return to his home dimension and save it from a threat that dwarfs anything he has ever faced before, The threat of My Enemy, Myself!
From Ralph L. Angelo Jr.,
the winner of the 2014 New Pulp Award for Best New Author comes the second
volume in the ongoing adventure that is The Cagliostro Chronicles!
After a deadly battle
against the enemy Agalum star fighters, the Cagliostro must land on an unknown world for
repairs. But once there the crew quickly discovers far greater dangers awaiting
them. Monsters fill the thick jungle about them as well as the prehistoric
natives. But there is something else lurking there as well. Something decidedly
intelligent and filled with malevolence.
But the greatest danger of
all lies hidden in plain sight on this strange planet, a danger that could
spell disaster for all of mankind.
Join Mark Johnson and the
crew of the Cagliostro on their greatest adventure yet amongst the stars!
Every great adventure must
begin somewhere; Hyperforce’s begins here!
When a young alien prince
crash lands on earth seeking help against a terrible enemy, he sets into motion
a chain of events that will bring together the greatest champions the world has
ever known. Those heroes must band together and battle enemies no normally
powered man could ever hope to face.
‘Hyperforce’ is the first
great adventure of a new generation of super powered heroes!
Hi Mark, how are you? It’s been a while since we chatted. It looks like
busy in the past half year or so, what can you tell us all about it?
Hi Ralph! Glad to be back. It’s
been an interesting, weird, fun, frustrating time, but right now, with the
release of Gunfighter Gothic (Volume 2): Absinthe & Steam,
everything is pretty darn great.
On the professional front, I’ve
termed out of my position in the English Department here at the University of
Nevada, Reno, which means that even though I’ve
done outstanding work in my position (documented by student and departmental
evaluations), the bylaws of the College say I can’t
keep my job, no matter how much my immediate bosses might want to keep me, or
if I’m better
than any potential replacement. So it’s
been a roller coaster of trying to find something else, which isn’t so easy in a
flooded academic job market right now, but all of that sounds worse than it is.
I’m not a
woe-is-me guy, so anything that gets frustrating because it closes one avenue
simply sends me looking for the next opportunity.
With all of that said, professional frustration has been good for
my writing, as the need to escape daily pressures means I’ve been a more
frequent visitor to the worlds I’ve
created. Professional frustration leads to creative outburst, I guess. Ha.
Since January of this year, I’ve
published two full-length collections: Adventures of the Five: The Christmas
Engine and Gunfighter Gothic, Volume 1: Under Zeppelin Skies. I’ve also contributed
stories to several Pro Se collections: To Love and Die, The Many Worlds of
Ulysses King, and Rat-A-Tat: Short Bursts of Pulp.
The two heroines of your Weird West tales seem to be your
favorite creations at the moment is that true?
Yes, definitely. I love Hanna and Jill. I love most of my
characters to varying degrees, but Hanna and Jill are always a joy to write.
More than any other character I’ve
created, they just take over whatever story they’re
in. I keep wanting Gunfighter Gothic to be darker and creepier than it
is, but they have such a positive outlook on the world that no matter the dark
place I put them in, no matter the depravity of the villain they run across,
with a quip to make light of the absurdity of it all.
Heck, I don’t
even know if I can call it a weird western anymore, given this new collection
of stories takes place in England.
What can you tell us about your newest adventure for the
Absinthe & Steam sees them in England, trying to have
a good time, and reborn Celtic gods and alien robots keep getting in the way.
Under Zeppelin Skies was about their dual quests to kill personal (figurative)
demons, and this time around they’ve
decided they don’t
want to go back to their old lives, so they stay in England as professional
investigators of the weird. (As their calling card read, “Gunfighter Gothic:
We Shoot the Weird in the Face.”
The themes of absinthe and steam run through this collection. The
first story, “Thanksgiving
at the House of Absinthe & Steam”
sees them out having a good time at London’s
trendiest new bar, and then pulled into the mad plans of a French botanist and
how exactly he’s
been making these amazing new drinks. The second tale, “God in the Steam,” concentrates on
the steam, as they encounter a Russian scientist who’s been trying to meld human flesh and
metal machine into a new form of life. The third story brings these two stories
together and introduces two new characters, Lady Absinthe and Gentleman Steam,
because I wanted a pair of occult detectives to inhabit this world.
For the two ladies, this time around sees them learning to live
as professional partners. In their pre-Under Zeppelin Skies, Jill was a
daughter and Hanna was her servant, and the first collections was about the two
women learning to become equals. This time around, it’s about figuring out what kind of
partners they are.
Is their new adventure as eclectic and wild as the previous
ones? It always reminded me in a way of the Wild, Wild Westbut taken to the Nth power.
a great description, Ralph. Do you remember the Jeff Mariotte comic, Desperadoes?
I loved that comic, and when I started out writing Gothic, I wanted it
to be like that, a big, serious western full of hard men and demented ghouls,
but Hanna and Jill are just too much fun for that vision to have remained past
the first story. Now, I see it more as my take on The Adventures of Brisco
County, Jr., or what would happen if you took those characters and dropped
them down into a horror plot. I wrote a tribute to Doctor Who for them, since
the Doctor has been such a big influence (it’s
Suited Monsters” and
as an ebook only right now), so maybe it’s
best to think of Gunfighter Gothic as taking any of the modern Doctors
and dropping them down into the middle of Tom Baker’s run.
This has really been a lesson in having your characters tell you
what kind of stories they want to be in. I could force them to adhere to my
original vision, but they’ve
already taken it someplace else. Do you trust your characters to take you
someplace you didn’t
intend, or don’t
you? I’ve let
Hanna and Jill take me someplace unintended.
How many books are going to be in that series? Is it open ended,
or do you have a definite ending in mind?
be able to write them forever. The approach I’m
taking is that each collection will cover a month of their lives, give or take.
Volume 2 is set in November and December, 1866. Volume 3 will be called Black
Christmas, and will take us out of 1866 and into 1867. They’re on this big tour
of Europe and Asia right now, and probably won’t
make it back to the States until Volume 10 or so. They’re having adventures, but there’s room for other
adventures in between my stories, in case I ever want to come back and write a
story with them in England, again.
I have no idea what their ending will be or when it will happen;
I figure they’ll
tell me when it’s
time to ride into the sunset.
What about your series aimed at youngsters, Adventures of the
Five? Anything new coming soon on that front?
Nothing until late 2015, at the earliest. I’ve got so many
other stories in more advanced stages and whenever I write The Five, it takes a
lot out of me emotionally. I love those kids and I hate myself for putting them
through such hell. My other kids’
series, Stuffed Animals for Hire, will have a new book out before
2014 is over. I’m
about 5,000 to 10,000 words from being finished with it.
What else do you have planned besides those two series this
Gunfighter Gothic (Volume 2): Absinthe & Steam is out
now, and I might have as many as 4 other books out by the end of the year:
volume 2 of Stuffed Animals for Hire (my kid’s espionage series), volume 2 of my
cosmic series, the Deep (the universe where Harpsicord and the Wormhole
Witches takes place), a new book of film reviews, Science Fiction and
Fantasy Movies of 2013, and volume 3 of Gunfighter Gothic.
But as I’ve
said, I’ve had
such an outburst, I’ve
got 4 or 5 other novels percolating, and my Pro Se Single Shot series, The
Disintegration of Dragons, will start sometime this fall, too.
also been toying with the idea of stretching into the Way Back Machine and
bringing my original characters from our shared MV1 days into the present. The
main characters I created for my All God’s
Children series have been some of my favorites, and I’m getting the itch to disconnect them
from their fanfic past and see what they can do on their own.
So, creatively, I feel like I’m
in an amazing place right now. Like so many of us, I wish I had the time to
just sit and write all day.
Hrm … that
sounds like a good idea for a story …
a writer who robs banks so he can do nothing but write …
also editing two collections, one set in my Dreamer’s Syndrome universe and another
featuring a supernatural spin on the “cozy
edited by myself and Tom Deja.
You and I are finally in an anthology together, the recently
released ‘Rat-A-Tat Short blasts of pulp’That was a fun book. What’d you think of it?
I just got my copy of Rat-A-Tat today so I haven’t had a chance to
dig into it, yet, but I love the idea. I’m
going to try to read a story a day, last thing at night or first thing in the
morning. I created a new character for the anthology. Her name is Magpie Dark
and she’s a
prisoner at a mental institution who never talks, except by mimicking things
others say (hence, the magpie moniker). The Assistant Warden sends her out on
these missions, and it remains to be seen whether he’s doing this for good or ill, or just
how much Magpie (not her real name, of course) is aware of what’s happening. I
wanted a character who did things but didn’t
reveal anything about herself in the process.
Are you planning on attending any Cons this year?
love to do in the future but it’s
just not in the cards, right now.
So what are we going to see from you in 2015?
I wish I knew! I was having this conversation with someone the
other day about how we plan our future projects and for me, there’s not much advance
planning, other than the fact that I want every other book (or every other
third, at most) that I release to be a Gunfighter Gothic collection.
give you an example - we have a planetarium here on the UNR campus and I
stopped by the other day to watch a movie in their domed theater just to get
out of the heat and see something on that curved roof. I watched a 45-minute
short film about Saturn. I was the only one in the theater and the film was
breaking down all the facts about Saturn and its rings and moons and I was just
hit by the stray thought that as great as it is to know what’s out there in the
universe, I miss the kind of open-eyed speculation of the past. It’s great that we
know the moon isn’t
made of cheese or there aren’t
any little green men on Mars, but it’s
also great to let your imagination run wild.
watching the film, I’m
thinking of how awesome it would be to write a kid’s series that operated on that kind of
wild speculation and fantasy where fire people lived on Mercury and vast
civilizations lived in the clouds of Saturn.
When I got home, I fired up the MacBook and banged out 3,000
words about a monkey and a robot setting up just that kind of story. I do this
often - just get down the opening to a story and let it sit for awhile - and
sometimes I go back to them and sometimes I don’t
and sometimes they end up taking over my writing schedule.
Mark, it’s always
a pleasure to chat with you. Thanks for participating once more and feel free
to leave some links to where our readers can purchase your rather excellent
Thanks, Ralph! Always a
pleasure. If people are so inclined, I welcome them to check out any of the
My personal website: themarkbousquet.com,
which focuses on travel writing and keeps people up to date on my fiction
A small alien spacecraft crash lands in the hills of northern New Jersey. Within it are an alien prince and his mentor and both are seeking aid for their people against a terrible foe. The problem is their enemy followed them to earth. This event will gather the greatest heroes the world has ever seen together in one place and will forge them into the spectacular super-team that will become known as Hyperforce!
Thrill to their first adventures together as they battle foe after deadly foe around the world, within the world and beyond! Join Captain Power, Solaron, Dragonfly, Silver Shadow, Creature, Starbolt and Stryker as they discover what it means to be heroes while trying to save the world they all live on.
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Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release
of the second Challenger Storm adventure as written by creator Don Gates and
illustrated by award winning artist Michael Kaluta.
“Challenger Storm’s debut novel, “The Isle of Blood,” was a
delight to all pulp fans everywhere,” says Airship 27 Managing Editor Ron
Fortier.“In Storm, Don Gates has given
us a classic pulp hero in the grand tradition of Doc Savage, Jim Anthony and
Captain Hazzard.Add illustrations and
covers by one of the finest artists in the world today and you have a recipe
for excellence.With “Curse of
Poisidon,” Gates and Kaluta have amped up the action and thrills that is sure
to thrill our readers.”
When several cargo ships begin disappearing on the waters of
the Aegean Sea rumors begin to spread about
black-armored demons rising up out of the deep.For Challenger Storm and his MARDL team, these events hold no particular
interest until one of Storm’s troubleshooters, Diana St.Clair, informs him that
her former lover, and one-time MARDL scientist, Herbert Chambers is among the
Later a freakish wave wipes out a small Greek fishing
village leaving only a handful of survivors.Is it possible someone has learned how to control the seas to do their
bidding? When Storm and his companions arrive at a mid-ocean refueling station,
they are attacked by saboteurs wielding bizarre rifles that fire sea-water.
Who is the mysterious figure calling himself Poseidon and
what is the secret of his ability to create monstrous tidal waves?Can Challenger Storm find his underwater base
in time to stop this mad genius before he rains down more watery destruction
upon unsuspecting coastal populations?Is
mankind is doomed to be ruled by a new King of the Seas!
Here is high-octane pulp adventure on…and below the waves!
“Curse of Poseidon” was edited by Fortier with book design
by Airship 27 Art Director Rob Davis and is now available in both hard copy and
PRODUCTIONS – PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!
The latest collection of Gunfighter Gothic stories is now available.
Fresh from their battle at the haunted Kraken Moor, Hanna and Jill are
back for more investigations into the dangerously weird and weirdly
The vacationing Americans are hitting Victorian England hard in three
horror stories that pit them against reborn Celtic gods, robots from
outer space, a brilliant French botanist, and an Arthurian wizard.
In “Thanksgiving at the House of Absinthe & Steam,” a wild night of
drinking a new brand of absinthe leads to a disturbing revelation
about just how those drinks are created.
“God in the Steam” sees Hanna & Jill facing off against a Celtic god
trying to break the chains of Hell by murdering his half-human son.
“The Worldly Introduction of Lady Absinthe & Gentleman Steam, Occult
Detectives” ties both stories together, and this time it’s a
brainwashed Jill that needs to hire someone to help her with a case of
the weird: her mistress, Haneul, is determined to bring Merlin back
from the dead to assassinate Queen Victoria!
brings to a mighty climax the galaxy-shattering Gothic SF / Military Space Opera adventure that began with the 2014 Novel of the Year Finalist, LEGION I: LORDS OF FIRE and continued with the critically acclaimed LEGION II: SONS OF TERRA. Futuristic armies clash, godlike beings manipulate empires, alien armadas invade, and the gateway to the Underverse is reopened, unleashing slavering demonic hordes upon an unsuspecting galaxy!
“Intrigue, betrayal, and plenty of action and adventure!” –Doug Dandridge, author of the Exodus: Empires at War series.
"Plexico is the master of Space Opera." -Pulp Fiction Reviews
In the pages of this just released collection of pulse-pounding short stories published by iPulp Fiction you’ll find dangerous and driven heroes and anti-heroes like the Envoy, a high rolling hitman plucked from Hell only if he kills for Heaven; Onyx Adams, a tough, kung-fu’ing Afro-wearing female private eye; and the Silencer, a Vietnam vet who returns to his hometown but finds the war goes on when the woman he loves is killed by gangsters.
"Everything you'd expect from a Gary Phillips story collection-- solid, kick-ass pulp."