Free Story for Halloween


Happy Halloween!

To celebrate, I have a new short story FREE right here for you. And if you prefer not to read it, you can watch me read it live with the Gangrene Band jamming in the background.

Or you can get the album FREE from Craig Nybo!


And if that’s not enough Halloween fun, go¬†get Immortal Works Press’s premiere¬†book by Jason King and Jon Grundvig for just 99 cents (this week only): Thomas Destiny!

Not enough awesome for you? Go read another short story for FREE on IW’s site.

I love Halloween!

Cover Reveal: Windows into Hell


This amazing cover art by Eugene Teplitsky and Curiosity Quills Press. I’m particularly excited about this anthology, because I think it has a powerful message. Based on A Short Stay in Hell by Steven L. Peck, this collection is different authors’ ideas about what hell might be like. In the very obscure genre we are calling “religious horror,” it includes work by a Lifetime Stoker Award winning Grand Master, an #1 International Horror Bestseller, the originating book’s author, and yours truly (among others).

It’s available for pre-order now!

If you can’t wait, start with A Short Stay in Hell now. Windows into Hell will be out in three weeks, but you can enter now to win a free copy on Goodreads! Just go to:

The Big Fandom Debates

Daniel Swenson hits a panel of high powered fans (Robert J. Defendi, R. A. Baxter, Nathan Croft, and yours truly) with some of the hardest questions to plague sci-fi fans for decades. It felt like a convention panel gone off the rails!

Also, Immortal Works just opened an imprint with a new logo! What do you think?


Immortal Works Press on Dungeon Crawlers Radio at Paragon City Games

I think that title says it all. I just did a fun podcast interview with Daniel Swenson. If you want to here more about Immortal Works Press, listen to the podcast at:

Is Sci-fi More Optimistic than Fantasy?

In a recent discussion with my friend, R. A. Baxter, I casually mentioned that magic and future tech were fundamentally the same thing in different settings. In some ways science fiction and fantasy are the same, which is why they are often shelved together in stores and libraries. Fans of both often prefer the term “speculative fiction,” since the lines between them have been blurred so much.

He pointed out that one big difference between them is that readers often assume future technology will be possible some day, whereas most of the time nobody believes magic is real. What I realized when I heard this, was that sci-fi seems fundamentally more optimistic than fantasy for that reason.

Traditional sci-fi is full of ideas for inventions that would make life better. It is set in the future, and as real time catches up with the imagined worlds of past authors we are amazed that so many were correct. In many cases, the inventions presented as fiction inspire later engineers to invent them, thus fulfilling a kind of techno-prophecy.

Medieval fantasy is set in the past, and tends to include a longing for bygone ways. The magic changes the balance of power and often alters the course of lives or worlds. However, the overall statement seems to be that life would be better with magic.

Based on these stereotypical genre descriptions, fantasy is more pessimistic. In reality, there are many dystopian futures and fantasies that include a positive ideal of humanity (which is about the characters more than the magic). Indeed my own fantasy novel, Salvation, is much more socially positive than my science fiction book, Theocracide.

What do you think? Does one of these genres represent a more positive view of humanity in general?


Double Blogging

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Now that I’m managing acquisitions for Immortal Works Press, I will be writing blog posts for their website about once a month. The first one is up! It’s about the audience IW is looking for and what we mean by “general audiences” in our submissions guidelines. Occasionally I might re-blog articles here, but if you want to get them all, you should sign up to follow IW’s blog.

And if you’re going to Comic Con in Salt Lake City this weekend, come see the IW booth at table number 2220.

Have a great day!

cyoa Marvel

Announcing: Immortal Works Press

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I’m pleased to announce that a brand new publishing company is officially open for submissions: IMMORTAL WORKS. I have accepted a position as the ACQUISITIONS MANAGER for this new press. You can find more information at:

Needless to say, I’m very excited about this new prospect. I will¬†continue to¬†have my books published through Curiosity Quills Press,¬†but I have not been¬†working as an acquisitions editor for them for some time. This will be a new adventure! I’m thrilled to be part of the team.

For those interested in submitting a book to Immortal Works Press, please check the submissions page. We are accepting queries at now!