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Art by James Ayers

Art by James Ayers

The past few weeks has been a real whirlwind of psychic, creative, and personal energies. I have finished the first draft of the new book, SON OF TALL EAGLE, which continues the story of The People after their migration to Ispiris, the Land Beyond the Sun.

Taking a few days away from the manuscript right now before I dive into the revising/editing phase. This is when I get the story and the words and everything else ready for the world to see. Finishing the first draft is an endurance race, then it’s time to slow down and refine that raw energy that I’ve captured on the page.

Art by James Ayers

Art by James Ayers

Getting back into the TALL EAGLE universe after six years was NOT easy, but it turned out to be extremely rewarding. I had been “carrying” this story around in my head for years, and yet it still surprised me in the writing of it. There was one character who wasn’t even in my outline/notes who came out of nowhere and became vital to the story, taking on a central role and driving the action in a way I had never expected.

That’s the great thing about writing: It’s always a process of discovery. When I wrote THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE, I didn’t use an outline at all. For this sequel (which is also a standalone book) I did start with an outline, but halfway through I realized that the outline wasn’t complete–there was now more to the story than I had planned. It grew organically, like a sacred herb in rich earth.

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Art by SanJulian

The story takes place 22 years after Tall Eagle broke the Circle of War by leading his people into the Land Beyond the Sun (with the help of the Gray Ones known as the Myktu). The People were changed not only by their transition to a new world, but also by the mental bonding they experienced with the Dreamers of Mharinu. Now Gray Ones and humans have blended into a sub-society sharing River Village with Tall Eagle’s transplanted tribe.

I don’t want to give way any of the plot details, but the story is told from the point-of-view of Kai, the Son of Tall Eagle. He is twenty-two years old, having been inside his pregnant mother’s belly during The Crossing, and is about to begin his adult life as a husband and father. Like his own father, Kai has been trained to ride the great Opyds of Mharinu–the giant eagles who willingly serve the Gray Ones. This sets him apart from the other men of River Village as a sky-riding hunter.

Art by Enrich

Art by Enrich

The appeal of making this a series was the thrill of exploring Ispiris, a world with many fantastical aspects that were barely touched on in the first book. THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE was firmly grounded in actual Amerindian history and culture–whereas SON OF TALL EAGLE sprouts from strong fantasy-based roots. It’s the “other side of the coin,” so to speak. Once I got comfortable with the world and its rules again, it was full speed ahead. When the new lead characters came to life, the story took on a shape and a form all its own.

As soon as I’m finished with revisions and edits, the manuscript goes to Ragnarok Publications, who will hopefully have it in stores sometime next year.

Upcoming Tales…

bf9edf12606bea940f7fb335240f9cde_originalThe second issue of SKELOS is set for release this fall.  My sword-and-sorcery tale “Ten Thousand Drops of Holy Blood” is slated to appear in the issue, along with a whole bunch of other cool stuff (including a new Howard Andrew Jones story!).  SKELOS #1 drops in July.

weirdbook-32WEIRDBOOK #33 will also feature a story of mine–a slice of Weird Noir called “The River Flows to Nowhere.” This one slides more toward the horror side of the dark fantasy spectrum, but the neo-contemporary setting did not limit the potential for deep weirdness. WB #33 is slated for an October 2016 release (#31 and #32 are both available now).

13239199_1255059254506076_4924653734446977298_nAlso coming this fall, THE AUDIENT VOID #2 will feature my “long-lost” Zang tale “The Penitence of the Blade.” Set in the universe of THE REVELATIONS OF ZANG, this tale was accepted at three different markets over the years—all of which went bust before they could publish it. So it’s great to finally find a home for “Blade,” and one that supports a great new dark fiction mag. “Blade” is loosely connected to “Yael of the Strings” from the SHATTERED SHIELDS anthology, as it stars a Knight of Sharoc who has forsaken the ways of war. Yet it’s not so easy to leave one’s past behind, especially in the corrupt streets of Emeran Thah, City of the Dragon’s Breath. Look for it in September/October.

 

To Write Or Not To Write…

Art by Alex Raspad

I know–I haven’t posted anything here in quite awhile. Why? Haven’t had much to say.

So what’ve I been up to?

A period of soul-searching and contemplation. Another year of full-time teaching—this makes 10! Now summer approaches with its blessed late mornings and the siren call of a writing project humming in my brain.

Wasn’t sure what I wanted to write next. Or if I wanted to write anything at all.

THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE has been out a whole year now. During that time its publisher Ragnarok signed a big distribution deal with IPG. What does that mean? It means Ragnarok books now get major-league distribution in bookstores across the world. Ragnarok stepped up its game.

TE-CoverWithLogoI had a dream when I wrote the first TALL EAGLE book–a vision of a series that could be read in any order. Together each novel would form part of a bigger picture, but each one would also be a stand-alone saga. TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE ends with the People living in the Land Beyond the Sun—the land of the Myktu, the Sesthi, and the Opyds. So there is literally a whole new world to explore and discover in a second book.

This is how SON OF TALL EAGLE was born. I’ve pondered the possibility of writing it for several years. Now it’s official: This summer I’m writing a second book in the TALL EAGLE series–pursuing that dream of a series of standalone novels. A sequel, yes, but also far more than that. A fresh perspective and a broadening of vision.

Art by Enrich Torres

Art by Enrich Torres

It took awhile to make up my mind; a while for the stars to align; an even longer while for me to figure out the right path. I always thought I could do way more than four books in the TALL EAGLE series. And maybe I will.

The trick is to do them one at a time.

Take your time, do it right.

So TALL EAGLE is now officially more than just a novel, at least in my mind. It’s a series. The first one I’ve done since the Books of the Shaper. Here’s a new chance to do a series the way I’ve always wanted to do it—thanks to the support of Tim Marquitz and Team Ragnarok.

Now is the time for SON OF TALL EAGLE.

 

 

DTW3“The Rude Mechanicals and the Highwayman” is the third Urbille story. Springing from the pages of FUNGI magazine like wicked mushrooms, all three stories have now been audio-adapted by Far Fetched Fables.

Here are the links:

“The Key To Your Heart Is Made Of Brass” – Urbille 1

“Flesh of the City, Bones of the World” – Urbille 2

“The Rude Mechanicals and the Highwayman” – Urbille 3

I have finished the Urbille novel A FEW ODD SOULS. It is currently in my agent’s hands and will reach the public when the stars are right, the cosmos is in balance, and the proper contracts have been signed.🙂

These three Urbille stories are only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg. The novel is an epic Weird Fantasy that spans hundreds of alternate realities, yet the core of the odyssey was born in these three short stories. It’s great to have all three of them adapted by the talented team at Far Fetched Fables, who always do spectacular work.

Potential

levels-of-consciousness“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu

 

SSConan29Third entry in a series running now at BlackGate.com

It was Big John Buscema’s house, but giants named DeZuniga and Chan came to play in it.

The third volume of Dark Horse’s collections of Marvel’s SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN covers the late 70s, when the magazine was being driven to knew heights by John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Tony DeZuniga, and Ernie Chan, all under the leadership of writer/editor Roy Thomas.

This third volume contains several all-time classic issues…

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SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN was the grooviest 70s sword-and-sorcery magazine–and possibly the greatest such magazine or comic of all time. Stellar work from Roy Thomas, John Buscema, Alfredo Alcala, Neal Adams, and more…

I’m re-living this series that I started reading when I was 8 years old in 1978. It’s as fun to write about these first 24 issues as it is to read them.

 

SSConan28Over at BlackGate.com I’ve posted the first in a series of articles exploring/celebrating the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, as collected by Dark Horse in the past few years.

This first post takes an in-depth look at Volume One, where the unmatched art team of John Buscema and Alfredo Alcala began weaving their pencil-and-ink magic with the help of writer/editor Roy Thomas.

Sword and Sorcery doesn’t get any better…

Some Heads Are Gonna Roll…

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Cover of HEAD LOPPER #2

Reading Andrew MacLean’s new comic HEAD LOPPER was an exhilarating experience. It’s great to have a new fantasy-adventure comic–or Sword-and-Sorcery if you prefer–and this book is the best book of its kind since James Stokoe’s gonzo-brilliant ORC STAIN.

As you might expect from the title, HEAD LOPPER involves a lot of decapitations. Yet its cartoon-art style is so colorful and brilliant the gore factor never overwhelms the narrative. If Jack Kirby had done a CONAN comic, it might have been a lot like this. There’s a whole lotta Mike Mignola influence here too–which is always a good thing.

HEAD LOPPER also reminded me of the infamous fantasy tradition of the Severed Head. Reaching all the way back to the story of Perseus and the Medusa, perhaps even farther, this gruesome scene shows up again and again. Perhaps it has something to do with how our ancestors lopped off the heads of their enemies with great pride, often displaying them as trophies that eroded to skulls over time. Hell, the French lopped off so many heads at one point that they built a machine to do it faster! And yet they seem so civilized today…

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Artwork by Enrich Torres.

It’s no coincidence that the climax of CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982)–probably the single best Sword-and-Sorcery movie ever made–is when Conan takes the head of the evil Thulsa Doom and brandishes it before the brainwashed masses. That moment of revenge breaks the wizard’s dark spell, but it’s really just payback for Doom’s beheading of Conan’s mother in the film’s first act.

I saw the movie as a 12-year-old, and I was shocked at the violence of that scene. But I’d already seen my share of severed heads on the covers of fantasy magazines and even a few novels. As early as 7 or 8 years old I was grabbing copies of SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN directly from the local convenience store rack. There were also mags like CREEPY, EERIE, and 1994–from the twisted geniuses at Warren Publishing. Thankfully Dark Horse Publishing has brought all of this great stuff back into print in terrific collections.

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Artwork by the great Ernie Chan.

Enjoy these classic covers featuring the grand tradition of the Severed Head motif. Nothing says “Sword-and-Sorcery” or “Savage Tales” more than this particular pose. In this type of artwork horror and fantasy meet, mingle, and combine to form a chilling effect. Even Shakespeare did the Severed Head in MACBETH, and he kinda did it in HAMLET with Yorick’s skull.

This weekend I watched the first two episodes of BBC America’s THE LAST KINGDOM–a terrific historical drama based on the works of Bernard Cornwell–and there it was again at the end of ep one: The Severed Head motif. What better way to taunt your enemy than to display the head of his slain cohort? What single image says “conquest” more than the Severed Head shot?

Call it Dark Fantasy, Sword-and-Sorcery, or Grimdark. Doesn’t really matter.

Whatever you wanna call it, one thing’s for sure: Heads will roll.

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Artwork by Sanjulian.

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Artwork by Big John Buscema.

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Artwork by Enrich Torres.

 

WEIRDBOOK #31: Get Yer Weird On

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Front Cover

The huge new issue of WEIRDBOOK (first issue since 1997!) is now available on Kindle  for only $3.99. The paperback version is also available for $12 + S&H. It’s a massive eldritch tome, as you can see from the Table of Contents below.

I’m honored to have a new dark fantasy tale, “Chivaine”,  appearing in the issue. The front cover is a painting by Dusan Kostic, while the back cover features work from the great Stephen E. Fabian, who did all the covers for the original WB run.

Editor Doug Draa calls this new issue ” a bridge between the magazine’s past and it’s future.” Doug has moved Heaven and Earth to bring Paul Ganley’s classic weird fantasy magazine back to life. Doug has partnered with John Betancourt at Wildside Press to make it possible. Get your weird on…

WEIRDBOOK #31
Full Table of Contents

-FICTION-
Chivaine by John R. Fultz
Give Me the Daggers by Adrian Cole
The Music of Bleak Entrainment
by Gary A. Braunbeck 
Into The Mountains with Mother Old Growth
by Christian Riley
The Grimlorn Under the Mountain
by James Aquilone 
Dolls
by Paul Dale Anderson 
Gut Punch
by Jason A. Wyckoff 
Educational Upgrade
by Bret McCormick
Boxes of Dead Children
by Darrell Schweitzer 
The Forgotten
by D.C. Lozar
Coffee with Dad’s Ghost
by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Missed It By That Much
by Gregg Chamberlain 
A Clockwork Muse
by Erica Ruppert 
The Rookery
by Kurt Newton 
Wolf of Hunger Wolf of Shame 
by J. T. Glover
Zucchini Season
by Janet Harriett
The Jewels That Were Their Eyes
by Llanwyre Laish 
The Twins
by Kevin Strange
Princess or Warrior?
by S.W. Lauden
-POETRY-
The City in the Sands
by Ann K. Schwader
NecRomance
by Frederick J. Mayer
Walpurgis Eve
by Kyle Opperman 
Sonnets of an Eldritch Bent
by W. H. Pugmire
Castle Csejthe
by Ashley Dioses
The Shrine
by Wade German
Bride of Death
by Dave Reeder
Modern Primitive
by Chad Hensley

 Visit the WEIRDBOOK homepage.
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Art by Bruce Pennington

Sometimes you finish a novel, but the novel isn’t finished with you.

Last week I completed the revisions on my latest novel, a Big Weird Fantasy (title to be revealed later). I’ve been working so hard on this novel for so long (started in January then hit full-speed in June) that I hardly know what to do with myself now that my time is freed up again.

I went back to school in mid-August (I’m a high school teacher), so I had to go back to revising only during weekends and spare hours. But that was okay–I finish my first drafts during the summer, then do revisions. So for the past month-and-a-half I’ve been revising 2 or 3 chapters per week. It feels great to finally be done with the book and have it in my agent’s hands at last.

And yet…

Art by Zdzislaw Beksinski

Art by Zdzislaw Beksinski

Last night I couldn’t stop dreaming about the society of mechanical people that is the centerpiece of the novel. These “clockwork people” live primarily in a city called The Urbille, which is the center of a multi-dimensional Nexus connecting thousands of parallel earths. This novel is lingering in my consciousness longer than any other book I’ve written. Could it be due to the fact that it’s the best book I’ve ever written?

I have a theory (based on empirical evidence) that each project a writer completes makes him or her a better writer. This new book is my 5th novel, and I’m convinced at this point that it’s the best. The most ambitious. The most genre-blending. And possibly the most philosophical. But these are simply my thoughts about the novel as the writer who just completed writing it.

Art by Les Edwards

Art by Les Edwards

Writers tend to vacillate between thinking their latest work is the greatest thing ever and the conviction that it’s utterly worthless. I’m sure the day will come when my confidence in this novel as my “best ever” will begin to wane. Writers are often their own worst critics, and we’re far more sensitive about our work than we gladly admit.

Today I’ve got time to do this blog post–the first one since I dedicated all my time to finishing the Urbille novel–and I find myself wondering: Why can’t I stop thinking/dreaming about the clockwork people in my novel? Is my subconscious trying to send me a message? Or am I having literary withdrawal symptoms?

When I’m writing a novel I literally can’t stop. Even when I’m not at the keyboard my mind is constantly turning over concepts, characters, ideas, and details. This happens whether I’m awake or asleep. Indeed, some of my best ideas come from my half-awake mind. I chalk this up to the dream-state being a direct line to my subconscious. Sometimes the conscious mind can get in the way of what’s trying to bubble up from the pool of the subconscious mind. When I’m sleeping, that barrier no longer exists.

Art by Zdzislaw Beksinski

Art by Zdzislaw Beksinski

Writing a novel (at least for me) is all-consuming. It takes over my thoughts, actions, sleep patterns, dreams, musical choices, reading choices, entertainment choices. It’s hard to get “away” from the novel when you’re in the middle of crafting it. The only way out of that tunnel is through the far end, i.e. finishing the novel.

I imagine it’s a lot like giving birth. While a woman has the baby inside her, she changes her entire lifestyle to accommodate it and make it as healthy as possible. By the ninth month, she’s usually more-than-ready for it to come out of her body–the natural result of everything she’s been doing for the better part of a year. Yet after the baby is out in the world, there often comes a postpartum depression. That’s kind of how it is finishing a novel…

Art by Richard Corben

Art by Richard Corben

First there’s elation. “It’s done! By the Bones of Odin, it’s finally done!” Then there’s the come-down. “Oh, wow, it’s done. What do I do now? I’ve actually got free time.” You might think it would be the perfect time to start another novel, but that usually doesn’t happen right away. Think about it: Does a woman usually get pregnant again right after she’s given birth? Not if she has anything to say about it.

The last thing I want to do right now is start another novel. First, I’m working full-time so there’s no time to dedicate to it. Second, before you can write a novel you have to come up with an IDEA for it–and that can take months or years. Third, it takes a TREMENDOUS amount of ENERGY to conceive, draft, and perfect a novel. It wears you out. You need time to recover, just like a woman who has given birth.

Art by Bruce Pennington

Art by Bruce Pennington

The obvious choice would be to write a few short stories. Focus on short-form works until the next Big Idea for a novel comes along. For me, that usually doesn’t come until the beginning of the new year (or sometimes during the last couple weeks of the outgoing year). Writing short stories involves using different muscles than writing novels, although there are some commonalities.

Yet here’s the problem with writing short stories, at least the way I see it: In order to sell a story (i.e. get it published) you generally have to meet the editorial tastes of whomever is running the magazine you’re submitting the story to. That is, you have to write something that will “fit in” with what a publication usually publishes. However, the best short stories don’t come from following a publisher’s guidelines, they come from a writer’s personal inspiration and private conception. In other words, a writer of short stories has to make a choice: Are you going to write FOR a particular market? Or are you going to write exactly what you WANT to write?

Doing the second choice is where I am drawn to short stories. I’m not interested in “writing to the guidelines”–which is why I don’t sell many short stories. I spent 15 years trying to write something worthy of being published in WEIRD TALES. It was the Holy Grail of fiction magazines, and I started submitting stories back in college circa ’88/’89. I came back every few years with a new story and got a new rejection. But I also got amazing advice and critiques from the WT editors (mostly Darrell Schweitzer).

Weird Tales #340 Cover by Les Edwards

Weird Tales #340
Cover by Les Edwards

Eventually, in 2004, I managed to sell my first professional short story, “The Persecution of Artifice the Quill” in WEIRD TALES #340. (I actually sold two more Artifice stories to WT after that, but they never saw publication there because the magazine came under new management.) So after spending 15 years as an unofficial “apprentice” to one of the greatest living fantasy writers (Mr. Schweitzer), I’m not all that interested in honing my short story craft to meet the dictates of other editors. I learned from one of the best there is.

What I AM interested in is following my muse–creating stories that please ME, not an editor. Writing isn’t my primary source of income, which gives me the freedom to write only what I’m really interested in writing. It’s a great freedom to have.

I still sell short stories now and then. I’d sell a LOT more if I was willing to “write to the guidelines.” But I have a day job–I follow other peoples’ rules all day. I don’t want to follow anyone else’s rules when I write short stories. Especially rules that aren’t rules at all, but actually lists of editorial preferences. These preferences vary from editor to editor, and from publication to publication.

Art by Bruce Pennington

Art by Bruce Pennington

I have to admit, I wish there were more magazines out there (online and offline) that would let writers do their own thing. But most of them are looking for VERY PRECISE qualities in the fiction they publish. If you don’t write with those qualities in mind, you’re not going to get published in those mags. 

So I may crank out some short stories over the next few months. Or not. It depends on if I have any worthy IDEAS for short stories. And if I do have a worthy idea, if I do write a story, it may not find a market for months, years, or never. Seriously, I no longer have the patience or stamina to write story after story and send them out to magazine after magazine, rotating them in an endless cycle. Been there, done that–for two decades. I’d much rather write novels. 

Often I’ll write a story because there’s a themed anthology coming out and I’ve been invited into it–such as Schweitzer’s THAT IS NOT DEAD and CTHULHU’S REIGN. But for the most part I’m only writing the stories that fascinate me, that have to be told, that I can’t stand NOT to write. I regret the fact that I was so consumed with revisions on my new novel that I actually missed the window for the latest Schweitzer anthology.

Art by Bruce Pennington

Art by Bruce Pennington

It’s doing this–writing exactly what I feel most powerful about–that’s landed me my greatest success. For example, when Laird Barron picked “The Key To Your Heart Is Made Of Brass” for YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION Vol. 1, I was very pleased because this is a story that no mainstream publishers wanted to take a chance on. It was rejected 9 times, then wound up as “Best of the Year.” I’ve written two more stories set in the Urbille universe, and now this new novel that blows the roof off that universe and expands it in fantastic ways.

So I find myself wondering two things in my newfound quiet time:

Why am I still dreaming about the clockwork people of The Urbille?

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Art by Stephen E. Fabian

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What am I going to write next?

 

UrbilleYe Gods, they’ve done it again!

The fine folks at the FAR-FETCHED FABLES podcast have audio-adapted another of my stories: “Flesh of the City, Bones of the World”.

“Flesh” is the second story set in the weird universe of The Urbille. The first was “The Key To Your Heart Is Made Of Brass,” which appeared in Laird Barron’s YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION Vol 1.

FFF adapted “Key” a few short months ago. These stories are stand-alone tales, so it’s not necessary to read one to understand the other. However, you can hear both of them at FFF:

“The Key To Your Heart Is Made Of Brass” – Urbille 1

“Flesh of the City, Bones of the World” – Urbille 2

Both stories were originally published in FUNGI magazine. There is a third Urbille story, “The Rude Mechanicals and the Highwayman,” appearing in the newest issue of FUNGI (#22).  Eventually I’m hoping FFF will audio-adapt “Rude Mechanicals” as well.

I’m also in the process of finishing an Urbille novel—a Big Weird Fantasy that mashes genres together and spans hundreds of alternate dimensions. I don’t have an official title for it yet, but I should be done with the revisions and ready to send it to my agent by September. (Fingers firmly crossed.)

The Urbille novel features some of the characters from these stories, but it will also be entirely stand-alone. You won’t have to read any of the Urbille stories to pick up and enjoy the novel. But don’t let that stop you…

 

Sanctum Sanctorum

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I really love this classic Bob Larkin painting of Marvel’s DR. STRANGE because it’s a perfect metaphor for writers and the writing process. He’s sitting in a contemplative position physically, but his spirit–his astral self–is roaming free. That’s exactly what it feels like to write a novel…your body sits in one place but your mind is roaming free, exploring realms of imagination…and making cosmic connections with the truth of existence, if you’re lucky.

I’m working on a Big Weird Fantasy novel right now, hence the lack of posts on this blog the last couple of months. It’s the most ambitious project I’ve ever attempted, and I feel like Stephen Strange exploring bizarre, Ditko-esque realms of psychedelic fantasy. Watch me crush these Mindless Ones, y’all.

Here’s to you, Dr. Strange. I look forward to your impending cinematic debut.

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Front Cover

My story “Chivaine” will be appearing in the new issue of WEIRDBOOK (#31) from Wildside Press. Here’s a look at the front cover by Dusan Kostic. The back cover will be a piece by the great Stephen E. Fabian, who did all the covers for the original WB run. This issue is sort of a bridge between the magazine’s past and it’s future.

Doug Draa has done an immense job of resurrecting Paul Ganley’s classic weird fantasy mag, and it’s great to be a part of the first issue since 1997. The new issue is slated for an October release.

A brief excerpt: “Chivaine with his silver sword and gleaming mail. Chivaine with his lion eyes and quick limbs. Chivaine on his white horse strung with chains of gold and jewels. Chivaine. Bane of Invaders.”

THE WEIRD MUST FLOW…

UPDATE: Here’s the Table of Contents for WEIRDBOOK #31:

FICTION
Chivaine by John R. Fultz
Give Me the Daggers by Adrian Cole
The Music of Bleak Entrainment by Gary A. Braunbeck
Into the Mountains with Mother Old Growth by Christian Riley
The Grimlorn Under the Mountain by James Aquilone
Dolls by Paul Dale Anderson
Gut Punch by Jason A. Wyckoff
Educational Upgrade by Bret McCormick
Boxes of Dead Children by Darrell Schweitzer
The Forgotten by D.C. Lozar
Coffee with Dad’s Ghost by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Missed It By That Much by Gregg Chamberlain
A Clockwork Muse by Erica Ruppert
The Rookery by Kurt Newton
Wolf of Hunger, Wolf of Shame by J.T. Glover
Zucchini Season by Janet Harriett
The Jewels That Were Their Eyes by Llanwyre Laish
The Twins by Kevin Strange
Princess or Warrior? by S.W. Lauden

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Back Cover

POETRY
The City in the Sands by Ann K. Schwader
NecRomance by Frederick J. Mayer
The Shrine by Wade German
Bride of Death by Dave Reeder
Modern Primitive by Chad Hensley

UPDATE: There will also be a sonnet from Wilum Pugmire, as well as pieces from Ashley Dioses and Kyle Opperman, in #31.

Visit the WEIRDBOOK homepage.

TE-CoverWithLogoThe softcover -AND- eBook versions of
THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE
are now available!!!

Click HERE to order .

 

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Far-Fetched FablesThe fine folks at the FAR-FETCHED FABLES Podcast interviewed me about TALL EAGLE.

They’ve also produced an excellent audio adaptation of my story “The Key To Your Heart Is Made Of Brass” (from YEAR’S BEST WEIRD FICTION), read by the talented Eric Luke. I’m currently working on a novel set in the same world as this story, the weird world of the Potentates of Urbille.

Click over to Far-Fetched Fables, Ep. 60 and enjoy the weirdness…

TALL EAGLE on sale NOW

TE-CoverWithLogoIt’s here!

Amazon.com now has THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE available in Kindle format for only $4.99.

I’ll post an update as soon as the print version of the book goes on sale.

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TE-PartyPromoThe Grim Tidings Podcast did a Tribal Fantasy episode wherein we talked about THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE, the craft and business of writing fantasy, grimdark authors, and much more.

Check it out and give us a listen!

Read the complete Chapter 1: “On the Spirit Trail” now at BlackGate.com

Read an excerpt from Chapter 4: “On the Blood Trail” at Grimdark Magazine.

THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE goes on sale June 8th.

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TALL EAGLE: Reviews

TE-CoverWithLogo“TALL EAGLE is myth-making of epic scope. Fultz has rapidly matured into a major fantasist.” — Laird Barron​ (Author of THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL)
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“…vivid characterizations and thrilling action scenes…plays against the traditional faux-European inspirations of so many fantasy writers. A thrilling rollercoaster of a read!” — Mark Smylie​ (Author of THE BARROW)
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“Fultz delivers the goods.” — Howard Andrew Jones​ (Author of DESERT OF SOULS)
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“An addictively readable blend of adventure fantasy a la Edgar Rice Burroughs and Michael Moorcock with classic western pulp from authors like Max Brand. 4 OUT OF 4 STARS”– Paul Goat Allen​ (FULL REVIEW HERE)

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Cover art by Alex Raspad

Cover art by Alex Raspad

A brand-new excerpt from THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE is now available for reading at the Grimdark Magazine website.

This excerpt comes from Chapter 4 – “On the Blood Trail”, wherein Tall Eagle takes the warpath alongside Bear Killer. Here’s a sample:

“We painted our faces death-black, with two red lines on forehead and chin representing the spilled blood of our enemies. We consecrated our shields, arrows, bows, axes, and spears while the women urged us on with the high song of their screaming. In the cool wind of midnight we left the Winter Village and followed Bear Killer into the mountains, moving quiet as snakes through mounds of fallen leaves. The glow of the village fires faded as we marched toward the mountainous country of the Urkis.”

Read the full excerpt right HERE. 

And the complete Chapter 1: “On the Spirit Trail” is still available at BlackGate.com

THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE goes on sale June 8th.

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