Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Story's a comin!

My dark historical fantasy short, Forge of the Soul, will be published in the September issue of Something Wicked Magazine. It appears on the web site Sept. 6. The cover is below. As usual, the SW covers are awesome. I love their artists. I'll have more thoughts on the story after it appears.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Next Episode is Up!

Episode 37 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero learns some startling information about a long-forgotten case from a conversation between a psychopath and an aging drug lord.

Here's an excerpt:
Multiple Man waited. I held my breath, every bit as anxious. I was only half following what MM was saying, but it seemed like someone had stolen the Whitney Load from the DeMarco’s a long time ago and made some kind of arrangement with them, and now the DeMarco’s were going to get it back. It was incredible hearing him talk about the drug stash that I and a hundred other cops had been chasing for years, finally writing the whole thing off as some urban legend. But who could possibly have the balls or the muscle to take the drugs from the DeMarco’s and force them into some kind of business arrangement?

Enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Check out the cover and TOC to the Pirates & Swashbucklers anthology coming out Sept. 19. It has my story, Voyage of the Hangman, in it. And it is no coincidence that Sept. 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day, which I find hysterical.

Relvan’s Rescue 1... Kameron M. Franklin
Seachild 23... Cynthia Ward
The Mark of the Brotherhood 33... Pam Bitner
Bravo 67... Ken Lizzi
Voyage of the Hangman 80... Jason Kahn
Fang of the Serpent 101... Charles Kyffhausen
Gods of the Sea 114... D.A. Lascelles
Stephen the Swift 131... Alva J. Roberts
The Garden of Pain 138... Teel James Glenn
The Silent Mistress 162... Garrett J. Calcaterra
With Cannon and Cutlass to the Gulf of Darien 167... Vincent Morgan
Ronald 191... Jeremy Bush
The Treasure of the Lost Race 198... Viktor Kowalski
D’Vil Island 240... Travis Hiltz
Blooding of the Black Shark 253... Dixon Hill
Mister Experience 303... Ross Baxter
Pirate Trouble 309... David Perlmutter

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Episode!

Episode 36 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero observes while a friendly neighborhood psychopath prepares to satisfy an old grudge.

Here’s an excerpt:
MM raised an eyebrow. “Did you think I’d let you gun me down after the trouble I took getting in here?” Manny’s arm moved slowly, coming out from under the table and stiffly depositing the las-pistol on the desk, the rest of his body locked in rigid protest. But Manny was a normal, and MM was a tel, so Manny could only watch helplessly while his limb obeyed.

Multiple Man reached over and gently took the gun, tossing it in a corner of the room. “Such a crude instrument,” he said, while Manny sagged in his chair, released from MM’s mental grip.

“What do you want?” Manny asked in a hoarse voice.

MM took out a wicked curved boning knife and idly scratched his chin. “What do I want? I’ve got a score to settle, you know what I’m talking about.”

Enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Almost Story Time!

It's so odd how several things always hit at once. I've been sitting around waiting to hear about when a couple of my stories were going to run. It seemed to be taking a while. Then within days I hear about both of them.

First I get edits back from Something Wicked Magazine, and word that my story Forge of the Soul will run in the September issue, which is totally cool. The edits were very minor, with a question or two that I answered no problem. It's funny seeing different editors' thought processes. They always come up with different things that never even would have occurred to me. I will also be getting some questions for an author interview that will run with the piece. I am so psyched. Something Wicked is a way cool market and will be some awesome exposure .

Next, I got word from the editor at Pulp Empire that he should be launching his Pirates & Swashbucklers anthology, which contains my story Voyage of the Hangman, September 19. How cool is that? And a little bizarre, too, right? I mean I am not prolific by any means when it comes to short stories, and two hitting in the same month? Anyway, I should be getting a proof of my story in another 3 weeks or so to look over.

In the meantime I will rub my hands together in gleeful anticipation. Wheee!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Your DIS Fix!

Episode 35 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero’s confab with the covert operative who’s dating his sis is cut short by a house call to another crime scene.

Here’s an excerpt:
“Jack, I swear this is the truth. If you like, I’ll let you read me, and not just a surface read.”

I sat back, looking at him. He vibed sincere. I didn’t need to read him, the offer was enough. I pursed my lips. “Does Claire know about you and…” I made a vague hand gesture, “… you know.”

Phil shook his head. “Absolutely not, that knowledge would be far too dangerous for her. As far as she knows, I’m simply a paralegal with an unnatural affinity for bowling.”

I snorted. “And that’s all a cover.”

“Not entirely, I really do like bowling.”

Enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/