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Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex
There's a moment when you can close your eyes and see a world of your own making.
It might start from a grain of sand, the way light filters through the trees, the feel of satin robes, the smell of cooking soup, or simply a wish for somewhere, somewhen else. It happens for different reasons for different people. Something, anything can pull your mind from the boundaries of our mundane world and set it to creating somewhere else.
Featuring Maurice Broaddus, Tim Waggoner, Matthew Wayne Selznick, Donald J. Bingle, Janine Spendlove, Bryan Young, and fifteen more authors, these essays range from crafting believable ecosystems, creatures, and legal systems to the ways you can most effectively share your world with your audience.
Eighth Day Genesis is meant to help writers with their worlds. The depth of your world is important…even essential. Worlds should be able to be touched, smelled, seen, and heard. Each of these things is vital to creating reality. The smallest details can illuminate volumes. It is surprising what details with bring forth entire feelings, associations, and images. Stereotypes can be broken, archetypes deviated from, and wonder spilled forth like gossip from an old friend.
This book will help you fill in those details and create the world you've always imagined.
Edited by Sabrina Klein - US$4.99 eBook
So You Want to Make an eBook?
You’ll often hear people talk about using an automated program to convert to eBooks, and say it’s good enough. Heck, I thought that too. What I - and so many others - have found, is that no automated converter is perfect. We’ve found that knowing how to make an eBook by hand gives us control when the programs don’t co-operate.
Whether you use another converter or an automated system (like Smashwords), I think it’s vital that authors have a reference in order to maintain control over their own work.
It’s like having the manual for doing an oil change on your car. Even if you always go to SpeedyWombatLube, having that choice - and the knowledge on how to fix your car if they screw up or go out of business - is real power.
I wrote this book to be accessible to a computer-literate (but not guru, wizard, or sysadmin) level. I avoid lots of obscure technical details, but walk you through the steps to do a basic conversion using free tools - and show you where references are to find out more yourself.
By Steven Saus US$9.99 eBook
Redefining Our Relationships
Loving openly and freely in this day and age, whether you are straight or queer, is a political act. Put together your own vision of an ideal relationship, re-sculpt your own belief system, redefine the potential of a friendship, imagine a thousand ways to make love to yourself and to anyone you care about. Radicalize your relationship by imagining your wildest ideal partnership together. Avoid stagnancy by challenging your old familiar routine and re-inventing new levels of commitment. Face your true desires in life by asking yourself what you really want from all your connections.
Make no mistake, Redefining Our Relationships is not about the pros and cons of monogamy versus non-monogamy. This is a daring and provocative how-to guide book on radically defined relationships and alternative lifestyles. Wendy-O Matik writes about what she has lived and experienced: open relationships. She believes that open relationships reduce the hazards that accompany unhealthy co-dependency. Open relationships challenge us to confront our jealousy and possessiveness. Committing to a relationship not mapped out by our parents or society or Hollywood means tearing down the very foundation of status quo and conformity. It means redefining and rebuilding your own version of an alternative relationship based on your needs and your values.
By Wendy-O Matik US$7.99 eBook
The most important characters don't always get top billing.
Sidekicks: We know them, and we ignore them. They sit courtside, they wait in the shadows, they ride on the coattails. They have nothing to offer.
Or do they?
Heroes and heroines perform world shaking deeds, but sidekicks? Sidekicks are the unseen glue holding those powerhouses together. They are the backbones. They are the voices of reason.
It's long past time for them to shine.
Here, the fangirls, the trusted associates, the loyal assistants, and the imperiled wards have their moment in the spotlight. Join them as they shake up the world in unexpected and understated ways.
Let the heroes sit this one out. Celebrate the Sidekick!
Edited by Sarah Hans - US$4.99 digital, US$14.99 print
Kicking The Habit and Other Stories
This collection contains the following:
Zombies looking for love.
Robots looking for redemption.
Time traveling honeymooners.
Slaveowners summoning demons.
The last scion of an alien empire hiding in the Old West.
Vampires that don't sparkle.
Fairies that don't sing.
Other unnatural colors and flavors.
Side effects may include: emotion.
By Steven Saus - US$4.99 digital, US$9.99 print
“We think a monster can at least be killed; it’s flesh and blood.
Therefore it can die.
If it doesn’t die, it will always be there—lurking in our shadows.”
Dangers Untold isn’t your normal horror anthology; not a vampire, zombie or werewolf to be found. Filled with unusual monsters and unexpected terror, Dangers Untold is a series of seventeen short stories from horror industry professionals who have a different take on what makes for good horror. From a legend come true to hidden artifacts in the ice to a child’s playmate, these tales will creep in through the cracks when you aren’t looking to linger in your mind long after you have closed the book. Keep the lights on because you’re about to read Dangers Untold.
This anthology, presented by The Horror Society and edited by award-winning editor Jennifer Brozek, Dangers Untold features stories by Gary Braunbeck, Erik Scott de Bie, Jason V Brock, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Nathan Crowder, and Ryan Macklin. Cover art by Shane Tyree.
Edited by Jennifer Brozek - US$4.99 digital, US$14.99 print
See No Evil, Say No Evil
Killer Shark? Check.
What more could you want in your poetry? Rhymes?
This chapbook of poetry avoids pretension and tugs on your heartstrings while making you smile with titles like "Instructions for Converting your Deathbot to a Gardenbot", "Werewolf by Night, Farmers Market Patron by Day", "Poem for a Bar I May Have Frequented in My Youth On the Occasion of it Burning Down", and "Concerning the Fire in Lab 53".
"...some fine examples of speculative poetry that manage to cut a razor's edge between funny and poignant without alienating a reader." - Aaron Polson, SkullSaladReviews
"There is good poetry out there. Poetry that does not have its head inserted rectally, yet still possessing the intellect and heart to provide continued interest. Case in point: Matt Betts." - Anton Cancre, HorrorNewsNet
Hear the author read "Instructions for Converting Your Deathbot to a Gardenbot" here!
By Matt Betts - US$2.99 digital, US$5.99 print
The Crimson Pact Volume One
The moment of the demons’ defeat became their greatest victory.
In the carnage after the last great battle against the demons, a doomed general discovers their hidden victory. Instead of being annihilated, unspeakable evil escaped into many unsuspecting worlds. To fight them, the men and women of the Crimson Pact must sacrifice everything—including their own lives.
In volume one, explore 26 stories (over 500 pages in print!) based on the worlds of The Crimson Pact about the valiant men and women who refuse to let the demons win, and those unfortunate souls caught in the epic struggle raging across the multiverse. New York Times Bestselling author and Campbell award nominee, Larry Correia and many urban fantasy, steampunk, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy writers tell the tales in this diverse collection of short stories, flash fiction, and novellas. Volume One has stories by Patrick M. Tracy, Richard Lee Byers, Jess Hartley, Donald J. Bingle, Chris Pierson, Barbara J. Webb, Kelly Swails, Sarah Hans, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Sarah Kanning, Isaac Bell, Elaine Blose, Kathy Watness, Daniel Myers, Justin Swapp, Rebecca L. Brown, Gloria Weber, Garrett Piglia, T.S. Rhodes, Lester Smith, Chanté McCoy, Suzzane Myers, EA Younker, Craig Nybo, and Larry Correia.
Only $4.99 as an eBook, $17.99 print.
Join the pact. Fight the demons now.*
*Note: The proceeds from the sale of this book go to the continued eradication of every red-eyed, soul-stealing, shadow-lurking, flesh-eating, baby-stealing demon in the entire multiverse.
The Crimson Pact Volume Two
The Pact is back and demons are as devious as ever in The Crimson Pact Volume 2.
Read 28 original stories (over 500 pages in print!), including many sequels to stories in volume one. Suzzanne Myers’s powerful flash fiction piece, “Withered Tree” continues with the exceptional short story, “Seven Dogs.” Chanté McCoy’s “Inside Monastic Walls” is followed by the literally gut-wrenching follow-up short story, “Body and Soul.” Urban fantasy mayhem is off the charts with rising star Patrick Tomlinson’s “Monsters in the Closet” and D. Robert Hamm’s “Karma.” Steampunk your thing? EA Younker’s steampunk apocalypse tale “Stand,” Sarah Hans’ sequel about professor Campion, “A More Ideal Vessel,” and Elaine Blose’s steampunk Western “Wayward Brother” will whet your appetite.
The dark fantasy and adventure continues in “Dark Archive,” Sarah Kanning writes how Danielle from “Hidden Collection” must deal with the lingering effects of being possessed by a demon. Volume two mixes sequels from Gloria Weber, Justin Swapp, and Isaac Bell with new stories from Lester Smith, K.E. McGee, Adam Israel, Valerie Dircks, T.S. Rhodes, Elizabeth Shack, Daniel Alonso, and Nayad Monroe.
New York Times Bestselling author and Campbell award nominee Larry Correia presents an exclusive short story, “Son of Fire, Son of Thunder” co-authored by Steven Diamond, about an FBI paranormal investigator and a bad ass marine who knows the exact moment of his own death. Travel to the alternate history Earth of the “Red Bandanna Boys” by Patrick M. Tracy and find out how ruthless you have to be to survive the slums of St. Nikolayev. Follow “The Trail of Blood” by Alex Haig, a horrifying Western about a bounty hunter who wants vengeance, not money. Hunt for Nazis in a disturbing 1950’s America in “Hunters Incorporated” by Kelly Swails. Patrol the steaming jungles of Vietnam with a squad of soldiers in Lon Prater’s “Last Rites in the Big Green Empty.” Then enter the mind of a godlike demon in Donald J. Bingle’s ambitions tale, “Dark Garden,” or visit the creepy shadow world created by Richard Lee Byers in “Light and Dark.”
Only $4.99 as an eBook, print editions $17.99.
The Crimson Pact Volume Three
We set them free, now we have to take them down.
The battle against the demonic horde rages on with fifteen blistering new stories, including many sequels from volumes one and two, from all across the multiverse. Make your mark in blood and join the Crimson Pact!
The Crimson Pact Volume 3 features fifteen action packed and frightening short stories, including, “That Which We Fear” by New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia, and Steven Diamond, which features Diego Santos, a bad ass marine who knows the exact time of his death, and Jarvis “Lazarus” Tombs, a federal agent who investigates the paranormal, and has the strange habit of coming come back from the dead. “The Ronin’s Mark” by Donald Darling is a story from an arch demon’s point of view and provides a fascinating study of what happens when a demon becomes too close to the world he is trying to destroy. “Whispers in the Code” by Patrick M. Tracy uncovers the sinister truth about the secrets found inside the internet, and those trying to stop the end of days. “Stumble and Fall” by Isaac Bell tells a tale of his famous character, John Olshoe, who recalls a time when he failed to be the hero. “Singe, Smolder, Torch, Whither” by Eric M. Bosarge is a creepy tale Stephen King could have written if he decided to write a story with a more literary style. “The Jar of Needs” by Patrick M. Tracy is about a depraved customer who will do anything for the sullen barrista he’s fallen in lust with. “Monsters on the Trail” by Patrick S. Tomlinson shows us what happens when investigators find out a demon may be involved with a political campaign. “David in Disguise” by Kelly Swails takes us to a 1960’s Chicago protest march where a young woman, who wants to be a journalist, finds out she may have to join the family business after all . . . and hunt demons. “Fallout from My Former Life” by Valerie Dircks proves that a young woman can never escape her past, especially at her high school prom. “The Recruit” by Craig Nybo profiles the boxing champion, Micky Atlas, in what may be his last fight . . . on Earth. EA Younker gives us a steampunk apocalypse story, “Fight” where the rebels steal an airship and take the battle to the demon-possessed bots who have destroyed their world. “The Third Eye” by Chanté McCoy tells the tragic story of a failed Greek Orthodox priest in the early 1900’s, who is unable to convince his countrymen that the demons are indeed coming. “A Contract Between Thieves” by Stephanie M. Lorée is one of the most entertaining stories in the anthology and is set in a “Italian Renaissance steampunk meets traditional sword & sorcery world” and features a rogue named Feni, and her lover, Raf, and their travails after Feni accepts the absolutely wrong job—that feels so right. “Shen Llamo’s Daughters,” takes us on a trip to Tibet in a time when the old customs of the mountain people, typified by pragmatic Yumi, battle with the new religion of Buddhism, and demonic spirits roam a haunted valley in the Himalayas. “The Scarlet Cloak” by Karen Bovenmyer, which book-ends this collection and will not soon be forgotten, is about a young woman who takes revenge on her enemies by using an artifact of terrible power that may consume her in the end, or perhaps it will set her true self free.
Only $4.99 as an eBook, $14.99 print.
The Crimson Pact Volume Four
By a bullet or a blade, the Pact will have justice.
A gunslinger rides down a dark road in an alternate history Old West . . .
A lone woman tries to save a distant planet from a diabolical invasion . . .
A rogue demon seeks vengeance on his former queen . . .
Read the supernatural Western, “Darkness of the Sun,” a novella by Patrick M. Tracy, and sixteen other action packed and terrifying stories that run the gamut of urban fantasy, horror, science fiction and fantasy, with stories by Michaele Jordan, Usman T. Malik Brett Peterson, Sarah Hans, Daniel Myers, Kelly Swails, Sarah Kanning, Valerie Dircks, John Perkins, Elizabeth Shack, Leigh Dragoon, Donald Darling, Steven Diamond, and Suzzanne Myers.
Make your mark in blood and join the Crimson Pact!
Only $4.99 as an eBook, print due late August.
Annals of the Immortyls
Forget the fairytale vampire romance…
Mia Disantini thought she found the man of her dreams, but is trapped in a nightmare from which she can’t wake up.
Kurt Eisen makes a monstrous bargain to survive a Nazi concentration camp and begins to understand what a monster truly is.
Cedric MacKinnon was once a celebrated vampire courtesan. Now he’s a deadly assassin, who has cheated death too many times.
A trio of Dark Urban Fantasy tales featuring characters from Denise Verrico’s Immortyl Revolution series.
By Denise Verrico - US$0.99 eBook
Pencils Made This Scar
We only see glimpses of other people’s lives.
In this collection of over 60 works of flash fiction, you will see into the lives of monsters and saints, homemakers, warriors, and astronauts.
Nearly every page is a complete story, a brief glimpse into the things and events that make us who and what we are.
By Steven Saus - US$1.99 eBook, US$5.95 print
Bought Love is a Salaried Position
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a story is worth a thousand pictures. This second collection of flash fiction from Steven Saus delivers on that promise with flash fiction both old and new. It lets us peek into the lives of monsters, balloon animals, saints, sinners, and the occasional normal person. Each story, each paragraph is intended to be savored as its own separate entity. Journey with us, won’t you?
By Steven Saus - US$1.99 eBook, US$5.95 print
Dick Thornby is not Hollywood’s idea of a spy.
In his rough and tumble job there are no tailored Italian suits, no bimbos eager to please, and no massive underground fortresses built by evil overlords seeking world domination—just an endless series of sinister threats to the safety and security of the billions of mundane citizens of the planet. Sure, Dick’s tough and he knows a few tricks to help him get out of a tight spot, even if his boss accuses him of over-reliance on an abundance of explosives. But he’s also got a mortgage, a wife upset by his frequent absences on "business" trips, and an increasingly alienated teen-age son who spends way too much time playing in gaming worlds on the computer.
When a mission to bust up an arms exchange in New Zealand goes spectacularly bad, ending with the showy destruction of the Dunedin port facility, Dick is thrown into a maze of conflict involving Hong Kong arms dealers, cyber-criminals, Chinese government goons attempting to suppress computer access by dissidents, and even militant Maoris seeking rocket launchers to shoot down tourist-laden jumbo jets. Then a young computer expert back at the Philadelphia headquarters for The Subsidiary, an international espionage agency created in the aftermath of 9/11, discovers that the bad guys are involved in a vast conspiracy. Dick is forced to partner with the espionage neophyte to battle evil on multiple fronts, leading to a final confrontation that incorporates real-world conspiracy theories and cutting-edge technology.
In the end, Dick Thornby can save his partner, save his marriage, save his son, or save the world, but he can’t do it all.
By Donald J. Bingle - US$4.99 eBook, $15.99 paper
Her Majesty’s Wizard
WANTED: A SUPERWIZARD! Matt didn’t know the scrap of parchment was a trap. So he read the lines--and found himself on a world where reciting verses worked magic.
His first effort got him locked in a dungeon by the evil sorcerer Malingo. Trying for light, he brought forth a fire-breathing. drunken dragon, who told him Princess Alisande, rightful ruler, was also held in the dungeon. Naturally, he had to free her. himself, and the dragon, using poetry lifted from Shakespeare. And because she was young and beautiful, he swore to serve as her wizard. Then he learned that his job as wizard was to fix it so the three of them could overcome all the dark magic and armies of Malingo! The addition to the party of a lust witch and a priest who became a werewolf now and then didn’t seem much help.
Matt figured he had got himself into quite a predicament. For once, he was right!
By Christopher Stasheff - $4.99 eBook
The Oathbound Wizard
Matt Mandrell, unsuspecting graduate student, never imagined his research would lead him to a strange scrap of parchment that would change his life forever...
Crossing the void of time and space, Matt is whisked away to an enchanted world where speaking in rhymes works the most dazzling magic. There he wins not only fame and power as the Lord High Wizard, but the heart of the beautiful Queen Alisande. His dreams are shattered, though, when he learns that he can?t marry his true love; wizard or not, Matt is just a commoner in this bizarre land.
So Matt makes a foolish vow: to conquer a kingdom, any kingdom, if that?s what it takes to claim his bride. But, as Matt discovers, in this world of enchantment, such an oath cannot be broken. He has truly committed himself to win a crown or die trying.
In search of lands to conquer, Matt sets his sights on neighboring Ibile, where the evil Gordorgrosso rules with an iron fist and sinister magic. Matt marches off against the tyrant, gathering a small band of unlikely allies, including a surly dracogriff, a well-spoken cyclops, and a damsel in distress. But against Gordogrosso's foul genius, Matt is going to need much more than a few stout-hearted companions and some clever rhymes...
By Christopher Stasheff - $4.99 eBook
The Templar’s Bowl
In 1942, German submarines prowled the Canadian coastline, searching for the lost Templar treasure... and its most powerful spiritual object, the Holy Grail. All that stands between Hitler and world domination are three ghosts of long-dead Templar Knights... and their newest recruit: the sickly, wheelchair-bound child Richard.
As his body lies in a coma, the Templar ghosts take Richard's spirit on journey through time as they train him for knighthood. Richard meets Crusaders and Hospitlars, Vikings and Saracens, Pirates... and, ultimately, Nazis.
Sailing a wooden longship, armed only with swords and catapults, can Richard and his ghostly allies protect the Grail from enemy U-Boats bearing gun-toting stormtroopers?
By Peter D'Alessio, US$2.99 eBook
Uncle Merl’s Bar and Grill
Welcome to a comedic urban fantasy about dragons and demons, mortals and magic, vampires and… baseball? Yes, baseball! You’d be surprised how much baseball has to do with human history - and you can hear it all from the dragons hanging out at Uncle Merl’s Bar and Grill in Newark! But as Merlin the bartender will tell you, don’t try to talk to them when they’re watching a Mets game.
Yes, supernatural sports fans, welcome to the opening game of the End-of-the-World Series! From the depths of the underworld, from the ninth circle of hell, please welcome the visiting team – Satan and the REAL Hell’s Angels!
And now, from across all of time and space, from every season of every team in every city, please welcome the home team—the Hall of Fame Heroes! That’s right, sports fans—all the baseball legends, from Georgia Peach Ty Cobb to Jiltin’ Joe DiMaggio, have returned from their graves to duel the demons on the diamond! So grab some peanuts and head to the bleachers with a few beered-up dragons to watch the best of humanity play the worst of hell! The stakes are high, and the winner takes all—all the world, that is!
By by Peter D'Alessio, Edward Stasheff, Christopher Stasheff and Bob Petillo, US$2.99 eBook
Mind Out of Time
The whole thing probably wouldn’t have happened if Angus MacAran had been born like other kids. But he was a breech birth, came out feet first. It set a precedent—the rest of his life, he went at everything bass-ackwards. His whole personality was built around perversity; maybe that’s why he could understand people so well.
Also, he was born of Halloween. That might have had something to do with it.
This collection tells the origin story of Dr. Angus McAran and his time-travelling organization, G.R.I.P.E.
By Christopher Stasheff, US$2.99 eBook
The Glass Marines
Light-years into deep space aboard an alien cargo freighter, Marine Sergeant Christopher receives a bizarre order: Make 185 Malacan aliens into United States Marines.
But the Malacans aliens are so... alien. Their culture, psychology, even physiology is so very, very different. What physical training standards do you use for a race that can do 200 push-ups with breaking a sweat, but can't do a single squat-thrust? Worse yet, the Malacans are a passive and docile species, with little or no sense of independence, ambition, or aggression. But the Corps don't want sheep - they want Marines!
With only three fellow Drill Instructors, century-old surplus weapons and equipment, and just eighteen weeks for Boot Camp, can Sergeant Christopher teach these meek and submissive aliens what it means to be one of the few and the proud?
By Peter D’Alessio - US$2.99 eBook
The Burning Servant
"Mrs. Freeman," Dr. Montegro said, "I believe there was a tale in the offering. While your observations of old age are … fascinating… they are not the coin of the realm. So to speak." The doctor looked down through his glasses at her. "We trade stories here, madam, and your grandson was going to tell one."
The smile creased her face even further. "Why, yes, yes, he was." Jonathan tried to guide his grandmother to an armchair, but she waved him off, settling onto a barstool. "You fine educated men know of General Sherman, don’t you? The Union commander who burned his way from Atlanta to Savannah?" Several men nodded; a few, who had betrayed Southern accents earlier in the evening, frowned. Montegro’s hand touched the silver chestpiece of his stethoscope.
Sarah looked up at the paneled ceiling for a moment, then back at the listening men. "What you don’t know is that Sherman didn’t do it all himself."
By Steven Saus - US$0.99
Memories of Light and Sound
Even when you can go anywhere, anywhen on your honeymoon, sometimes you have to backward to move on.
Set in 1920’s New York City, it takes us from fancy hotels to immigrant landings, to speakeasies. This short story about family, love, and time travel originally appeared in the DAW anthology "Timeshares".
By Steven Saus - US$0.99 eBook
Dig up the Vote
It's common knowledge that in Chicago, the dead vote too.
Stacy Hammond was an ordinary college student with a passion for politics. But she gets more than she bargained for when she volunteers for a Senator's reelection campaign, and is assigned as a chaperon to the undead.
A heart warming tale mixing dirty politics, civil rights, and zombies, Dig up the Vote is sure to tickle your funny bone.
By Patrick Tomlinson - US$1.99 eBook