How much crazier can my short stories get? Find out when you read “In A Green Dress, Surrounded By Exploding Clowns,” now available in WORDS magazine from Hex Publishers. You can check it out for free right here. It is definitely one of my wilder science fiction tales, and it’s a lot of fun…with a point. It’s set in a future world where social media have gotten out of control, and everyone’s life is crowd-sourced–as if, instead of just liking or commenting on Facebook, folks could dictate exactly what you do every day. A social media cop investigates a case of extreme hacking, in which people’s lives are maliciously ruined…and ends up in an insane and deadly situation of his own. And yes, exploding clowns are a big part of this situation! So if you like crazy stories, or shows like Black Mirror that reflect the effects technology has on our lives, be sure to check out this tale at the very cool online WORDS magazine from Hex!
Talk about nice surprises! A way-out science fiction story of mine, “Time, Expressed as an Entree,” has a new lease on life! The story originally appeared in Fiction River: Time Streams a while ago…and now it’s back! If you missed it the first time around, check out the reprint in the brand new collection Fiction River Presents: The Unexpected from WMG Publishing. The cover looks like this:
This anthology also features awesome stories by Kevin J. Anderson, Steve Perry, Ray Vukcevich, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joe Cron, Lee Allred, Louisa Swann, and David Hendrickson.
My story’s about a great beast that devours all time across parallel universes, until he meets up with a stranger in a strange reality, a woman from our own homeworld who’s been to hell and back–and has a thing or two to teach him about the true nature of the time he’s been gobbling up. As mentioned in the introduction to my story, I wrote it “to play with the nature of time itself, exploring the perception of time versus the reality of it.” I also wanted to pit a multi-cosmic, omni-powerful leviathan against an Earth woman and see who ended up winning the day. I hope you’ll check it out! I can tell you this much: the story–and the whole book–live up to the title The Unexpected.
You can order copies here from WMG…and here in paperback and here in e-book from Amazon.
What if you had to choose between your life’s work and your memory? What matters most: what you leave behind, or what you remember? These questions are at the heart of my new story, “As If My Every Word Has Turned To Glass.” You can read it in the latest issue of Pulp Literature, a fiction magazine now available for pre-order. Here’s a look at the cover:
You can pre-order the paper copy or e-book from the Pulp Literature folks right here. You will also be able to order the magazine soon on Amazon.com.
In “As If My Every Word Has Turned To Glass,” a renowned fiction writer suffers from Alzheimer’s disease…but his memories return when a special doctor reads the writer’s famous works aloud. It’s a miracle cure–but the writer’s books and stories vanish from the face of the Earth after each memory comes back to him. Will he sacrifice everything he’s ever written to regain his past in full? Or will he choose the magic of the written word over the memories that make him who he is?
Be sure to check out this twisty dark fantasy in the spirit of The Twilight Zone, plus the rest of the very cool lineup of tales in this collection of unique and thought-provoking short fiction.
My new story, “In All Your Sparkling Raiment Soar,” appears in the latest Postscripts anthology from PS Publishing. Postscripts #34-35, titled Breakout, is now on sale right here at Amazon and here at PS Publishing’s online store. Here’s the awesome cover:
“In All Your Sparkling Raiment Soar” is an experimental scifi tale mixing prose and poetry to tell a twisted story of the very early days of humankind. Ever wonder why humans and bees are so closely entwined in the ecosystem of Earth? This story of love, alien science, and death provides the answers. It’s sad, romantic, and joyful all at once, and might make you look at life, the world, and the creatures in it in a whole new way. I hope you’ll give it a read, and support PS Publishing–one of the world’s great small presses for fantasy, horror, and science fiction–in the bargain.
What will leisure time be like on Mars? That’s the question I try to answer in my latest essay, “A Canvas as Big as a World,” which is featured in the new book, Mars One, Humanity’s Next Great Adventure. Here’s the awesome cover by Bryan Versteeg, the Mission Concept Artist for the Mars One mission:
You can order a copy right now from Amazon right here, from Barnes and Noble right here, or search for it by name on your Kindle, Nook, or other e-reading device or app. It’s a great book, an in-depth exploration of the many technological and human implications and complications of the upcoming Mars One mission to place a colony on the Red Planet. Many of the essays are written by scientists and experts in fields related to the mission, and all of them provide fascinating insights into what the mission might be like when it finally happens. If you love dreaming of interplanetary exploration and witnessing (or being a part of) the first landing of humans on Mars, you’re going to love this book!
My science fiction tale, “The Little Robot’s Bedtime Prayer,” appears in the new issue of Galaxy’s Edge magazine, now on sale! This story looks at what happens in a future world in which robots’ relationships with the humans they worship as gods move in a strange and frightening new direction. What happens when our creations rethink their religious devotion to humanity and seek new ways to express their faith? Here’s the cover of Galaxy’s Edge #18, which features some awesome scifi artwork:
You can order a copy of the magazine right here at the Galaxy’s Edge website. You can order a paper copy of the magazine from Amazon right here. You can also read my story online for free right here.
Ready to listen to some action-packed crime stories read by a top vocal narrator? Then check out my brand-new audiobook, Six Crime Stories. You can order a copy right here on Amazon or right here on Audible.com, then listen to these six cool stories on your favorite computer or mobile device. It’s the perfect way to put those holiday gift certificates to good use and get the new year off to a bang. Take a gander at the dynamite cover:
The narrator, Ben Gorman, has done an amazing job with this collection of stories. I can’t wait for you to hear his work. Here’s a bit more about this edgy and compelling new audiobook: Witness some of the most twisted, mysterious, and thrilling stories ever to bloody a crime scene. Meet Johnny Murder, the baddest bad guy ever to rise from the dead on Bourbon Street (or did he?)…Jean-Claude, a waiter who’ll do anything to turn the tables on the competition…Buddy, the nastiest home invader ever to cross a threshold with knife in hand…Sister Mayhem, nun turned crime fighter…Mr. Mayflower, who’ll trade the cure for cancer in exchange for dirty deeds done at his command…and Eve, the first detective in history on the trail of the killer of her son, Abel.
Do you dig The Walking Dead? How about a different and much freakier kind of apocalypse, in which the only way to stay alive is to keep dancing? You can read all about it in my new story, The Dancing Dead, which is now on sale for the Kindle. Just search for it by name on your Kindle device or app or click right here. Meanwhile, get a load of the groovy cover by Britain’s one and only Blazin’ Ben Baldwin his own bad self!
Here’s a bit more about the story, to whet your appetite: Dance or die! That’s the choice faced by victims of the Dance/Drop plague raging through the United States of tomorrow. Everyone in the nation dances nonstop, knowing all the while that as soon as they quit moving, they will die an agonizing and senseless death. What triggered this nightmarish marathon remains unknown…at least until Laurette, a dancer with a dark past, is swept to the West Coast as part of a mysterious migration that reveals the secret behind the plague. Can she survive attacks by brutal fanatics and disease-control warriors long enough to embrace her twisted destiny at the end of the biggest, and deadliest, dance number of all time?
This story is just as crazy as it sounds…but it’s also unlike anything you’re likely to read in the scifi aisle just now. So boogie on down to your Kindle and check it out! Coming soon to other formats near you…
If you like Mad Max, The Walking Dead, or postapocalyptic action in general, check out my new novel in the Deathlands series, Child of Slaughter. It’s published under the name “James Axler,” but it’s definitely my work, so check it out. Here’s the awesome cover:
You can pick up or order a copy at your local bookstore, or order one from your favorite online bookseller. Click here to find it at Amazon. Click here to find a copy at Barnes and Noble. And you can pick up the ebook right here on iTunes or right here for your Kobo e-reader device.
Here’s a description of the action-packed story, to whet your appetite: Since the nukecaust, the American dream has been reduced to a daily fight for survival. In the hellish landscape of Deathlands, few dare to dream of a better tomorrow. But Ryan Cawdor and his companions press on, driven by the need for a future less treacherous than the present. When Doc is taken captive by a band of marauders in what was once Nebraska, Ryan and the companions rally to get him back. But they aren’t just fighting the local muties. They’re also up against the area’s terrifying terrain, which shifts and morphs at a moment’s notice. With their options dwindling in this mazelike region that doesn’t obey the laws of physics, the team joins forces with a beautiful and deadly woman who evens the odds on the battlefield. But while this warrior seems to be on their side, she has a secret agenda that could spell the end for them all…
Time for a very cool milestone! One of my stories leads off the latest issue of a magazine…Galaxy’s Edge #12. The story, “A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Apocalypse Down Your Pants,” takes a look at what becomes of comedy in a far future universe. When humanity can work miracles and anything is possible, what does it take to make people laugh? The answer to that question gets pretty insane, to say the least. Here’s the front cover of Galaxy’s Edge #12, edited by legendary scifi luminary Mike Resnick:
You can order a copy of the magazine right here at the Galaxy’s Edge website. You can order the Kindle edition right here or by searching for it on your Kindle device, and you can order a paper copy of the magazine from Amazon right here. You can also read my story online for free right here.
This is the first time that one of my stories has led off an issue of a fiction magazine. I’m especially glad because this particular story is straight from “Planet Bob,” the crazy, edgy side of my fiction universe. Best of all, it was a comeback story for me, written to recover from a bumpy period in my creative life. I’m thrilled that it came out like it did, and that Mike and Galaxy’s Edge had faith enough to give it the lead slot in this issue.