This spring has been a big one for new fiction from me, and I’m delighted to announce the release of the anthology The Secrets of Harrowgate Valley, which features my short story “Pressure Games.” This anthology also features stories from bestselling author Traci Douglass, Hieronymus Hawkes, Sheri Queen, J. Bigelow, S.R. Brown, Annika Sundberg, and the anthology’s editor Carrie Gessner (who is also my cohost on the podcast PosPop). This project was a long time coming and involved so much collaboration and work from each contributor. I am so honored to be in this collection, which is a shared world anthology set at a university in Pennsylvania where lots of strange things happen! My own story is about a succubus who feeds on her partner’s magic use, which leads then both down a dark path.
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Big publication news, readers! I have released a new Sam Brody novella today. That’s right, a sequel to my urban fantasy series, which began with The Red Eye, is now out as a Kindle exclusive ebook. This novella is available for free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers and for only 99 cents otherwise.
This novella, entitled The Skittering, has been in the works for several years, but during our period of self-isolation and quarantine, I have managed to get a big writing push going and completed it just a couple of weeks ago. The Red Eye and its prequel, The House on Concordia Drive, were originally published by Alliteration Ink, which unfortunately has gone out of business. I had planned to bundle The Skittering with the previous Sam Brody adventures and release an omnibus edition, ideally shopping it around to new publishers. I may indeed still do that at a later date, but I also felt that releasing The Skittering now, while we’re all cloistered and in desperate need of reading material, felt like the right thing to do.
If you have not read the previous Sam Brody pieces, you don’t really need to know much to dive into The Skittering. Sam is a radio show host of a late night program called The Red Eye. His show is about debunking the supernatural, which becomes ironic when he discovers he is actually a telekinetic dragonslayer. His girlfriend, Heather, is the producer for his show, and he has a complicated relationship with a mysterious woman named Bridget, who is a seer and a witch. In The Skittering, Sam and Heather are attending a podcasting convention, when one of the organizers goes missing. Sam is called upon to help the convention investigate the disappearance.
I hope you enjoy this story! It’s definitely for fans of urban fantasy, quippy anti-heroes, and adventure. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!
The Curiosity Killers was released on May 5, and broke Amazon’s top 100 in the Steampunk category. Many thanks to those who pre-ordered! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, it’s now also available not only in paperback but in ebook format. You can find it from the publisher or at your favorite online book retailer. You can also purchase a copy at Blue Jacket Books on May 28th, when I’ll be signing copies and reading excerpts alongside my fellow Dog Star Books authors Matt Betts and J.L. Gribble.
Speaking of other fellow DSB authors, Heidi Ruby Miller has some news about The Curiosity Killers on her blog, and she’ll be appearing at Copyleft Gallery in Pittsburgh tomorrow, along with six other fabulous authors and an editor from Parsec Ink Books. If you’re in that area, you should absolutely attend! Miller’s novel Starrie was released in March.
From now until May 26, you can enter to win a Goodreads Giveaway for The Curiosity Killers, and even if you’ve already secured your own copy, you should still enter! This book makes a great gift, after all! Just hit “Enter Giveaway” from the Goodreads page.
Finally, some big news for Raw Dog Screaming Press: S. Craig Zahler’s Wraiths of the Broken Land will be adapted for film, helmed by Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard, the team behind The Martian. Zahler is also the co-author of the Dog Star title Corpus Chrome and several other titles. I feel very honored to have The Curiosity Killers in the same company as such shiny, successful works! Wraiths of the Broken Land has subsequently zoomed up to the top of the Kindle charts as a result! Way to go!
Dog Star Books authors Matt Betts, J.L. Gribble, and I will be reading and signing our latest releases at Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, Ohio on May 28th, 1-4 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Dog Star Books is the science fiction adventure imprint of Raw Dog Screaming Press, and publishes smart, fun, evocative, and dynamic new voices in SF.
Matt Betts is the author of the steampunk novel Odd Men Out, the dark urban fantasy Indelible Ink, and the brand new collection of subversive poetry, Underwater Fistfight.
J.L. Gribble made her debut with Dog Star with 2015’s urban fantasy Steel Victory. She will have advance copies of the second volume in this epic alternate history world, Steel Magic, available at Blue Jacket.
I’m appearing on the heels of the May 6th release of my steampunk time travel novel The Curiosity Killers, a work set partially in Dayton and featuring appearances by the Wright Brothers.
Blue Jacket Books in Xenia, Ohio, is the premiere Miami Valley retailer for a carefully selected inventory of used, rare, and out-of print books on a variety of subjects, with a new café space and frequent events. For updates and more information, see our Facebook event page, share it, and express interest or RSVP your attendance!
My first science fiction novel, The Curiosity Killers, can now be pre-ordered. Release date is May 5, just 15 days away! I could not be more excited about my debut piece with Dog Star Books, who have been absolutely fabulous to work with.
Writing a time travel novel is no easy feat, and I tackled a lot in this book, but I think there’s really something here for everyone on the SF fan spectrum. What do SF fans like? To lump it all in as one amorphous genre is impossible, of course, but here are some fun trends I’ve seen in popular fiction and media lately that I managed to hit upon, though this is admittedly a bit tongue in cheek.
– Dudes in velvet: CHECK.
The Curiosity Killers is something I’m calling “dystopian steampunk,” stemming from a quasi-Victorian future with limited technology. Other parts are set in 1888 and 1910, so there is certainly more of legitimately Victorian/Edwardian vibe. And dudes in, yes, velvet. And bowler hats. And tweed. And ladies in long skirts. It’s all very fetching fashion, believe me.
– Time travel to stop Jack the Ripper: CHECK.
This is a bit of a trope. If it’s not saving JFK, it’s stopping or figuring out who Jack the Ripper is, right? But in The Curiosity Killers, I’ve taken this to a bit of a different place, and integrated several other famous unsolved murders into the mix.
– The threat of paradoxes: CHECK.
Some of the best time travel novels seem to ignore the concept of paradox problems, whereas I had a beta reader whose sole job was to find paradox problems for me and help me avoid them. Did I succeed? I hope so, and boy was it tough! There’s no Marty McFly getting erased from existence moments here!
– Weird X-Files creatures: CHECK.
Do you like cryptids? Do you wonder what lurks out in the darkness late at night? Do men in black and the thought that maybe–just maybe–the Mothman was an alien tickle at your subconscious? You will be delighted with a subplot that manages to link these mysterious creatures with one of the most famous mass disappearances in American history.
– Tough as cookies heroines: CHECK.
This book features several amazing women, from the Wright Brothers’ sister Katharine to FBI agent Violet Lessep and time travel agency assistants Kris Moto and Alison Keller, ladies hold their own in this novel, and perform admirably.
What else are you looking for in a SF novel? Comment away, and I’ll tell you why The Curiosity Killers is sure to fit your reading needs.
Head over to SF Signal to see Brad Sharp’s absolutely stunning cover for The Curiosity Killers! I’m honored and delighted and couldn’t be happier with this gorgeous depiction of all the crazy elements blending together. The Curiosity Killers is my first science fiction novel and will be out this spring from Dog Star Books. I’ll be at ConCoction in Cleveland in March to discuss it!
I’m hard at work these days on The Girl with Mechanical Wings, the second book in the Jonson’s Exotic Travel series that kicks off this spring with the release of The Curiosity Killers (Dog Star Books). But for 2016, I have a goal of completing at the very least two other works in progress:
- The Lugubrious Unknown is a collection of surreal, speculative poetry; and
- The Kite Bird is my first foray into high fantasy, with crossover appeal in paranormal romance and new adult fiction as well.
Both titles are subject to change. The poetry collection’s first draft is complete and in the editing stage right now, and The Kite Bird is fully outlined and about 20% done in the writing stage. Meanwhile, The Girl with Mechanical Wings is chugging along and should have its first draft done before summer.
All of these works technically represent departures for me, experiments with new forms and genres. Even The Girl with Mechanical Wings is a little different, as it plays with dieselpunk and a different main protagonist than The Curiosity Killers. I look forward to seeing how productive I can be this year. So far, this first month of 2016 has somehow reinvigorated a prolific, energized creative spirit in me.