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One Author for the Rest of Your Life

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Imagine, if you will, being allowed to read only one author for the rest of you natural life. Who would you choose? What criteria would you use to make the best choice?

This was the very question I posed to a group of speculative fiction writers for SF Signal’s latest Mind Meld feature. Interestingly, not one of them chose the same author. For the record, I’d take Stephen King.

You can check it out the Mind Meld here.

So who would be your forever author…?

THE BURNING QUESTION #3

Where's his junk?

Fact: Chewbacca is seven and a half feet tall. Fact: Chewbacca doesn’t wear any clothes.

So, how come no one’s ever seen any Wookiee twigs and berries?

He’s hairy but not that hairy.

Are Wookiee’s not anatomically correct? Could this account for their short tempers? I need to know!

“Hart House” Is Live on Horror D’oeuvres!

Horror d'oeuvres

“Hart House” was my first attempt at a haunted house story. It was also the first story that gave me the creeps while I was writing it. It probably didn’t help that I was writing late at night in the basement, and if you read the story you’ll see that bad things happen in the Harts’ basement. Several times I had to throw on the lights and check for house monsters. This is one of the occupational hazards to being a horror writer. The other is that most people who hear you’re a horror writer think you’re a complete sicko. Which is not a problem for me, because people thought that about me well before I became a horror writer.

You’ll need a subscription to read the entire story on the Horror d’oeuvres site. (Kindle subscriptions are available for only 99 cents a month. You get about four flash stories a month. Or you can pay $29.99 and get a lifetime subscription to the site. A pretty good deal, if you ask me.)

If you don’t have a subscription you can check out a preview of my story here.

“The League of Lame Superheroes” Published in Third Flatiron’s Spring Anthology!

My short story “The League of Lame Superheroes” has been published in Third Flatiron’s Spring anthology “Astronomical Odds.”

This is my first published superhero story. But I have a feeling there are many more to come :)

Here’s the synopsis: The beleaguered League of Superheroes has failed to save the world 17 times in the past year alone. But when Professor Edison destroys the All-Star Champions of the Multiverse, the League is the world’s only hope. Will they overcome the odds and defeat the supervillain or will they prove to everyone that they truly are lame?

Here’s the Table of Contents for “Astronomical Odds”:

“In the Blood” by Ken Altabef
“Garden of Fog and Monsters” by Michelle Ann King
“From Here to the Northern Line” by Edoardo Albert
“Mother of All” by John A. McColley
“The Shamrock Award” by Jennifer R. Povey
“The League of Lame Superheroes” by James Aquilone
“Casualties” by Martin Clark
“Good Odds for Murder” by Iain Ishbel
“A Clone Called Slick” by Garry McNulty
“Time’s Elastic String” by Nick Slosser
“Lost in the Mail” by Benjamin T. Smith
“Birth Lottery” by Susan Nance Carhart
“The Olinauts” by Adele Gardner

Full ebook price: $2.99 USD. Print paperback available soon.

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Available soon from iTunes, Barnes and Noble, and other online distributors.

THE BURNING QUESTION #2

If you can't trust John Kennedy with your secret identity, who can you trust?Why the hell do superheroes need secret identities?

Supposedly, the secret identities protect the superheroes’ loved ones. Because, god forbid, if Lex Luthor knew that Lois Lane is really married to Superman, then she’d be in terrible danger. Oh, wait, Lois Lane is in danger in every freakin’ Superman story.

Name a superhero movie in which the superhero’s significant other wasn’t kipnapped or threatened by the villain. In “Spider-Man 2″ even poor Aunt May was almost killed by Doc Ock. So, let’s can the secret identities already.

Flash Gordon never needed a damn secret identity.

“Bad Poets Society” Is on Cast of Wonders!

Cast of Wonders has done an amazing reading of my story “Bad Poets Society” on its podcast.

Check it out here.

SHORT STORY SALE: “The League of Lame Superheroes” to Third Flatiron

Superheroes are what probably got me into speculative fiction. I pretty much only read comic books until I was 12, with the occasional Choose Your Own Adventure thrown in there.

So I’m stoked to be having a superhero story (my first of hopefully many) in Third Flatiron‘s spring 2014 anthology. The theme is “Astronomical Odds.”

Here’s the synopsis: The beleaguered League of Superheroes has failed to save the world 17 times in the past year alone. But when Professor Edison destroys the All-Star Champions of the Multiverse, the League is the world’s only hope. Will they overcome the odds and defeat the supervillain or will they prove to everyone that they truly are lame?

The anthology should be out on March 15.

Link-O-Rama

I’ve been a busy, busy boy as of late. Here are links to some of the things I’ve done online in the past few weeks:

And the Winner Is…Me!

My story “The Zombie Who Had a Name” was among the winners of Bards and Sages Quarterly’s 2013 Readers Choice Awards!

The story appearned in the October 2013 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly and will be reprinted, along with the other winning stories, in next year’s Bardic Tales and Sage Advice anthology.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: Bards and Sages’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting is now open for Bards and Sages’ 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. My story, “The Zombie Who Had a Name,” was in the October issue.

You don’t have to vote for me, of course. There are a bunch of great stories in the October issue as well as the other issues from 2013.

If you want to vote responsibly — follow the links below to get a copy of the October issue, and, you know, read the stories.

Amazon Kindle

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Smashwords (EPUB, PDF, MOBI, LRF, PDB)

VOTE HERE: Readers’ Choice Awards