Katia is an accomplished thief. She accepted a job with a heavy price for failure; her life.
Popalia, is the acolyte priestess who has vowed to return her church’s stolen treasure. Ambitious and impetuous, she’ll go to any lengths and pay whatever cost.
Wynkkur is a self-taught sorcerer who miscasts as much as he evokes. He’s been conscripted as a bodyguard and sent on a hopeless mission.
This is not the path to their victories, but the story of their fall. This is The Wrong Way Down.
(The first four reviews are of edition one. New reviews are coming.)
Review #1 Portland Book Review
Review #2 author D. Robert Grixti (Sun Bleached Winter)
Review #3 Fantasy Book Review
Review #4 Author, Jeremy Kline (Lazarus Cane series)
Book II: Crossing Mother’s Grave, (Released on September 1st, 2012 and published by Damnation Books.)
With angry mercenaries pursuing them, Popalia and her fateful group locate the merchant caravan they’ve sought, now looted and abandoned along the forest road. By the lack of bodies, Popalia hopes for survivors. Desperate to reclaim her churches stolen relic, she convinces her team to make a daring rescue. What they find instead is the place Wynkkur calls Mother’s Grave, a realm of madness, shame, and hopelessness. Can they save the abducted merchants, and if so, can they still save themselves from the madness of Lo’lyth’s Grave?
Review #1 Portland Book Review
Review #2 Author D. Robert Grixti
Review #3 Author Jeremy Kline
Review #4 Fantasy Book Review
Rituals have always been a powerful part of human life, from the ancient Aztec nation’s human sacrifices to the simple act of brushing one’s teeth in the morning. They can impart a sense of history, comfort, community, stability and at other times, power, mystery and horror. Some are grounded in centuries of tradition or superstition, while others are unique, individual creations.
In this collection of 22 stories, you’ll find the darker side of ritual in all the various forms you can imagine–from the ancient and ceremonial to the simple and homegrown. Some have real power, while others simply exist in the convoluted recesses of someone’s mind. Some produce the desired effect, while others have an entirely different result. What binds them all together is the simple truth of any good ritual. Their practitioners — and you, the reader — just might be unalterably changed by them.
(My story, Late Payment is about Lucifer making a payment for teenager’s lost soul—twenty years after the ritual took place. This is dark humor at it’s darkest.)
What does “underground” mean to you? This anthology from the Northwest Independent Writers Association presents fourteen “underground” stories, each with a different interpretation of the titular theme. In these pages, you will visit a murderer’s hideout, walk the road to the afterlife, plunder a dragon’s lair, uncover a mysterious archaeological artifact, glimpse human existence after an environmental apocalypse, and delve deep into dark secretes, crime syndicates, and forbidden worlds.
(My story, Best Friends, is a collaboration written with suspense/thriller author Pam Cowan. Ours is a story about two ex-cons, a young girl, and her dog.)
An unnerving anthology featuring tales of psychological decline and murderous frenzy! These 26 stories span a multitude of genres and themes to both alarm and amuse you, as events spiral rapidly out of control, and mankind, monsters and minds go terribly, catastrophically, AMOK!
(My story is Joy Ride. In a twisted and warped way, the story is about a pirate of sorts.)
OLDER TITLES and INDEPENDENT SHORT STORIES;
Fading Light; Anthology of the Monstrous Released on Sept. 1st 2012 by Angelic Knight Press
The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.
Born of darkness, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun fading into memory, they’ve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity; as its masters.
Fading Light collects 30 monstrous stories by authors new and experienced, in the genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy, each bringing their own interpretation of what lurks in the dark.
My story contribution is ‘Rurik’s Frozen Bones,‘ a story about Vikings, and what hunts them in the sea.
Review #1 The Troubled Scribe Book Reviewer
Review #2 Fantasy Book Critic, Mihir Wanchoo
Review #3 The Founding Fields
Review #4 Michael R. Collings
Review #5 Tyson Mauermann
What’s sexy about zombies? 51 authors answered that question with wild, weird, and titillating tales. From love during the apocalypse, to love that goes beyond the grave and back again, to love that well, never dies, you’ll find these pages filled with desires demanding to be fulfilled, hungers to be slaked, and lovers who won’t let a little thing like death (or undeath) come between them. Do zombies need sex as much as they need brains? What would you do to bring a lover back from the dead? What if you survived the apocalypse only to find yourself alone and sexually frustrated? Light some candles, put on some mood music, and cozy up with 50 Shades of Decay. The zombie sexpocalypse has begun…
My story ‘I was Legend‘ is a satirical play on Richard Matheson’s rich novella, ‘I am Legend.‘
Review #1 Becca Butcher’s Blog
Review #2 Booze and Books
Reviews at Goodreads
From angels to vampires, dragons to wizards, Manifesto brings together twenty-three stories full of action, snark, and unadulterated badassery.
Featuring stories from Lucy A. Snyder, Jeff Salyards, William Meikle, Teresa Frohock, Zachary Jernigan, Betsy Dornbusch, and more.
The time has come to make a statement, to define a genre. This is our manifesto.
(My contribution is Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic LA, a colorful story of what happens when an angel meets a demon in Hollywood California.)
Only the Best (sci-fi/fantasy blog)
Reviews at Goodreads
Rurik’s Frozen Bones (a self-published short story first printed in Fading Light, Anthology of The Monstrous)
Hundested, Denmark—819 A.D.
Rurik sits at the hearth in the old mead hall. With eyes on the fire, he’s trapped within himself, mumbling about the past. A flagon twitches between two shaky hands. Bring him another flagon of mead, and he might tell how he’d sailed upon the Windward Mare, a well-built ship commanded by a good captain. For one more quart, he’ll tell of the Mare’s fateful last voyage, of danger from the deep…the hungry beast from below…
This tale can be found on Kobo, Amazon, and Smashwords.
Bloody Red Sun of Fantastic L.A. (First appeared in Manifesto: UF)
Hollywood, city of the stars, now a spiritual battleground. Archangel Michael arrives in Hollywood to confront the demon, Ba’al. Meeting in the crossroad of Hollywood Blvd and Vine St, spectators learn too late this isn’t a movie. This is an intense, high energy fantasy story with strong elements of horror.
This tale can also be found on Kobo, Amazon, and Smashwords.