Sunday, August 15, 2021

Summer 2021

These past years I've had several short stories published, which throws me back to my first attempts at writing fiction. Thankfully those early stories remain forever disappeared, like Mafia snitches. This year I signed contracts for three short stories, all horror. The first was "Blucifer" for the StokerCon 2021 Souvenir Anthology, that I wrote about in my last post. The second story "Xipe Totec" was for Shadow Atlas: Dark Escapades of the Americas. Check out the awesome cover below. This tale draws upon Mexican fables that I heard as a kid. I also included a particularly gruesome account of human sacrifice as practiced by the Aztecs. Strange as how we file details in our memory to be repurposed later. The third story I'll explain in my next post. 

This year I had two books published, the Western novel Luther, Wyoming, and Broken Destiny, that I co-wrote with Mark Verwiel. As a WWII armchair historian, I've always wanted to write a novel about that war but never had a good story idea gel. Two such attempts are likewise buried and decomposing with my first short stories. Then as a ghostwriter, some of my clients proposed manuscripts about WWII and off I went. The other stories were about the Pacific, one of which was Forgotten Letters. However, Broken Destiny is not a novel, but a historical account of Sergeant William M. O'Loughlin, who perished when his airplane was shot down over Italy. The setting and events have links to A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller and Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (all three men served on B25s). Both Miller and O'Loughlin were tail gunners and bombed some of the same targets though they were posted to different units so probably never met. Heller served as a bombardier. In the book I mused that had O'Loughlin survived the war, perhaps he too might've penned a literary classic.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Winter 2021

 Lot's of writing going from 2020 to 2021. Here are two big projects that are close to going public.

At long last, here's my Western novel, Luther, Wyoming, that I co-authored with Tomas Alamilla. It's a gritty blend of Frontier drama and pulp fiction from Five Star Publishing. Because of Covid, the pub date has been delayed several times. Keep an eye out for mid-April. Stay tuned. 

In May, the anthology, Blucifer, for Hex Publishers, begins its rampage across the Colorado Front Range. I've got a work of horror short fiction and an interview with Silvia Moreno-Garcia, exclusive for the StockerCon 2021 Con. Sadly, because of Covid, the event will be virtual. Order your copy of Blucifer for the awesome cover alone.