Free Audio Short & Good News


I always like going to conventions. I’ve been going for years and I have quite a line up for 2017 already on my appearances page. Usually I split a table with several authors to cut costs and do several panels in trade for a free ticket and some food. Today, for the first time, a convention offered to pay me! That’s a big step! There’s usually a hierarchy of guests at these things, so breaking into the next level is really exciting. So my new favorite convention is Snake River ComicCon in Pocatello!

If you are anywhere in the West, I recommend it. Especially since pre-registration tickets are just $35… so get them quick! The Space Balrogs are all heading to Idaho to run three game panels and have a lot of other fun.

If that’s not enough good news for one day, Immortal Works also published the audiobook of one of my short stories for Flash Fiction Friday! It’s short, just 7 minutes. They’ve been doing some amazing short stories every week for months. If you have iTunes, go to the store under podcasts and search for Immortal Works. Subscribe and download a bunch of great stories. You won’t regret it. If you don’t have iTunes, you can go to YouTube and subscribe there. If you just want this one, find it HERE on the IW website.



Panel Panelist List

Just a quick heads up, I’ll be at several events over the next few weeks and I wanted to make sure you all know about it. All these links are in my appearances page… please check it out!

TONIGHT, I recorded live with the Space Balrogs on Dungeon Crawlers Radio. You can catch it as a podcast. My last podcast with them was hilarious, and this was just as much fun!

I’ll be the Gangrene Film Festival and Symposium next weekend (end of August), and Salt Lake Comic Con the weekend after that. We have tons of Space Balrogs audience participation games and much fun will be had by all. So come play! 🙂

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Steamfest Victors!

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There was a lot of fun and fancy this weekend at Salt City Steamfest. In particular, I want to take the time to congratulate some of the winners of the various events.

First, a big round of applause for NICK LOFTHOUSE! His short story, VACANT, won the SALTY DOG writing contest and will be published by Curiosity Quills Press in an upcoming anthology. It was a thought-provoking story in the dystopian Steampunk vein that is all the rage these days.

We had several games hosted by the Space Balrogs at Steamfest, too. (You can get all the names, links, and details on my CYOA page.) It began with Steampunk Smack-down: Airship Pirates vs. Clockwork Tinkers vs. Mole People. David West drew the audience in, and the Airship Pirates conquered the Steampunk world!

Next we played Steampunk Super-villain Idol! This was the premiere of a new Space Balrogs panel game, and it couldn’t have been any funnier. Featuring acting, singing, and hijinks by Herr Shrap Hamneir, a pirate captain seeking revenge on the world, Dr. Oberon Malieux, famous for using clock-work to “fix” his patients into Steampunk cyborgs, Lord Shadington, the necromantic artist, Anti-halo, the acid blasting land shark, and Mayor/Governor/President/Emperor Jamison, the business mogul pimp of coffee. The judges and audience were brutal, but Dr. Malieux took home the prize of reigning Super-villain Idol.

Finally, we ended with The Science of Steampunk. We were favored by the sudden guest appearance of Howard Taylor, creator of Schlock Mercenary, whom we immediately press-ganged into participating with no prep-time. It was a battle of artists as Carter Reid, creator of Zombie Nation, and Sean Ricks, fantastic painter, all vied to win the loyalty of the audience minions. In the end, Howard Taylor won the day with his clockwork nano-control-virus pudding.

We had a blast! Thanks to everyone who shared their talents!

Space Balrogs!

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So I’m one of the founders of a semi-interactive speculative fiction live performance troupe, the Space Balrogs. What does that mean? It means Zombie Rock Opera, it means Choose Your Own Apocalypse, it means Supervillain Idol — you know, science fiction convention performances that are funny and exciting, and an end to those dry as dust panels with writers talking about the mechanics of prose.

We’ll be doing a few things at Salt City Steamfest this weekend. We’ll also be at SLC Comic Con, and Tree City Comic Con this fall in Boise!

Check us out at our awesome website (still under construction). Use the form to sign up for regular updates on our appearances, and also to get choice snippets emailed to you for your personal amusement. Go check:
Space Balrogs Website

(But definitely don’t sign up if you’re one of those people who likes listening to lengthy panel debates about whether one should use dialog tags other than the word “said.”)

If you haven’t already, please go like us on FB:
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You can check-out my fellow Space Balrogs, too:

Dave Butler
Jason King
David West
Craig Nybo

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