Pathfinder Chronicler Vol. 4

I’m happy to have another short story, The Orphan Crusade, published in the pages of Pathfinder Chronicler which was released at this year’s PaizoCon. PFC is a fan fiction publication featuring fantasy stories set in Golarion, the home world setting for Pathfinder adventures. The cover art for this volume is the best yet, I think.

 

 

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Pathfinder Chronicler Availabe On Paizo

You can now download the fan fiction inspired works published in the Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology Volumes I – III on Paizo! Especially volumes II & III, since they have tales by yours truly in them. Check it out here:

http://paizo.com/products/btpy90io?Pathfinder-Chronicler-Anthology-Vol-2-Download

http://paizo.com/products/btpy98dj?Pathfinder-Chronicler-Anthology-Vol-3-Download

http://paizo.com/products/btpy8lcz?Pathfinder-Chronicler-Anthology-Vol-1-Download

 

 

Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology, Vol. 2 Download

Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology, Vol. 3 Download

Pathfinder Chronicler Anthology Vol. III

My copies of PFC vol. 3 arrived late last week. Like the previous volume, it’s a nice looking book with more fantastic cover art by Carolina Eade. My story Monsters in the Attic kicks off on page 91, and takes place in that most wonderful of places, Nidal (Hellraiser, meet Pathfinder).

Before now, about the only way you could pick up one of these fan fiction packed anthologies was to attend a convention–but no more! If you would like to have one of these for youself, you can secure it by making a donation to Pathfinder Chronicler. Visit the site at http://pathfinderchronicler.net/ to find out how to get that, art posters, or to submit your own story. The next fiction contest is underway right now!

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Dice Are Rolling

Had a good time rolling dice this past weekend with free RPG and Worldwide D&D days going. It looks as if D&D Next has greatly solidified itself as a game, but with lots of tweaking still in the works. I’ve seen a lot of people still adjusting to a game that doesn’t require a 1-inch gridded battlemat in order to play. Pathfinder remains my game of choice, but I do like the “theater of the mind” free-flow feel you can get with games like World of Darkness and now D&D Next. This is a much improved step beyond the horror (and failure) of D&D 4E. And then We Be Goblins Too! was released for Pathfinder, because who doesn’t want to play a goblin?? And everybody knows Pathfinder has the best, most fun goblins around. There were some great takeaways from the event, including materials from some of my favorite settings–World of Darkness, Shadowrun, and Star Wars. It looks like both World of Darkness and Shadowrun are working on a little revamping (pun intended, WoD) to their game mechanics.

What else? It’s another year to wait for the next season of Game of Thrones, which remains my favorite program. True Blood kicked off this past weekend, and at this point I can take it or leave it. There are some initial indicators that this season might be interesting, but they’ve got some ground to make up to catch mine. I think it was the whole faerie thing that turned me off. I’ve been catching up on Grimm, as the DVR has been throwing out threatening signs like “!” and “4% space left.” Grimm didn’t turn out to be the show I expected it to be, but I enjoy it as a campy sort of fairy tale. Kind of in the same way I like the movie Lake Placid

I should have in my hands a copy of Pathfinder Chronicler Vol. 3 next month, which will have a short story I wrote within it called Monsters in the Attic.  Although it took a deal of time for them to get volume 2 out, it’s a nice looking book, so I’m looking forward to seeing volume 3. Unfortunately the only way to lay your hands on one of these books is by attending a convention like PaizoCon. Hopefully that will change in the future, as they’re making a lot of good changes to this fan fiction site.

Liebster Blog Award

So there’s this Liebster Blog Award chain making the rounds. I was picked by Marzio Ombra who shares a beautifully rendered web page with my good online acquantaince Narcisse Navarre at http://www.khajj.com/liebster-blog-award/. If you enjoy dark fantasy/erotica, you should go check them out.

So here are the Liebster Award rules as passed on to me:

1. Each nominee must answer the 11 questions passed on to them by the person who nominated them. (If you liked the questions they were asked by their nominator better, that’s just too bad for you!)

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Create 11 questions for the next nominees to answer.

4. Choose 11 people and link them to your post.

5. No tag backs! (This rule was presented with an exclamation point, so I take it to be important.)

So, without further ado, here are Marzio’s questions and my answers.

1) Bad News! You were accidentally killed in a ridiculous stunt while partying with a drunken God. Good News! He feels terrible about the whole mess and has offered to return you to life. Bad News! Due to the complex and arcane rules dictating what the Gods and Goddesses can and cannot do, you cannot be revived as a human being! Good News! You can be brought back as any non-human race from fiction! Which race do you choose and why?

My first inclination is to say dragon, but some might quibble that dragons are a mythological creature, not a race. So, barring that, I would say a fey changeling creature as the Changelings of the World of Darkness setting or something similar. I’d rather be imbued with magic as opposed to having to study it like some wizard. Given a fey tie to a particular season I would, of course, choose Autumn.

2) Tomorrow at dawn you will be executed, but tonight you dine. What is your last meal?

BBQ ribs, a medium rare bacon-wrapped filet mignon, a fine Merlot, cheesecake, two Twix bars, and a wafer-thin mint.

3) Enough of Death, let’s try Life. Would you prefer mortality or immortality? If you choose mortality, how long would you like to live? Why?

Thing about “immortality” is that it is seldom immortal. Ask that Achilles fellow or the last vampire staked through the heart. So I’ll take immortal with the option of voluntarily snorting a wasabi pea up my nose as a way to end my existence, should things get too boring.

4) Someone who knows you quite well told me that you are like an animal but I forgot which one. What animal do you think they said and why on earth would they say such a thing?

I’ve been called a mouse, because I’m smallish, quiet, and sneaky. #rogue

5) What is the best prize you ever received and what did you do to win it?

Life. Nothing.

6) Hot damn! They are making a movie of your life! Due to the complex and arcane rules dictating what Hollywood Gods can and cannot do, they have asked you to name who will direct this epic film and which actor/actress will play you. Who are they?

Johnny Depp/Scott Bakula. It’ll be the true story of a pirate who stumbled into a quantum flux and leaped into the body of a guy driving a Dodge truck. We’ll call it a tragedy with comedic appeal.

7) You have been banished! What in the Nine Hells did you do to deserve Exile and where will you go?

You see, that’s just it. I’m innocent. I had nothing to do with all… this. But I’m being sent to the Halo Sleep detention centre anyway.

8) We all have our moments. What is the absolute smartest and/or dumbest thing you have ever done?

I’m going to plead the fifth on this one.

9) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

Off the top of my head, I thought The Green Mile was an excellent adaptation of the serial series by Stephen King. Lord of the Rings ranks high, too, even with the story changes.

10) The Sphinx owes you a boon for services rendered. She has agreed to answer one question with complete honesty & accuracy. What question would you ask?

So, what about those GMOs, anyway??

11) For some crazy reason, you decided to let the party God from Question 1 borrow your house last weekend and the nut completely trashed the place! While he did agree to have it cleaned up, he feels awful all the same. To patch up your friendship he hands you a “Re-Do” coin. It grants you one free “do-over” for any one event in your life. Do you use it right away or hold onto it for future needs?

Assuming a few things about this, I would choose to sleep in two hours later on May 28, 1989. Thus refreshed, I would use what knowledge I retain of the future to meet some people sooner, and meet others not at all. There are quite a few other things I will do, too, since this makes for a pretty good makeover. Such that you will not recognize your world at all. Of course, you won’t know that, but you’ll know me. Oh, and I’ve changed my name to Zod.

Now for my questions, which no doubt will shed much insight into the human condition and meaning of life.

1. This morning when you woke up, your brain was functioning differently. It may have been from eating all that GMO wheat all your life, bacon & eggs, or that time your mom washed your scalp with toxic chemicals. It’s hard to tell. But, more than likely, it was the wheat. The point is, today you’re different. You have either the mental ability of telekinesis, pyrokinesis, or telepathy. Which do you have, and why that one?

2. Imagine the animal you would describe yourself as. Now imagine the animal your friends would describe you as. Morph them together. What is this creature called?

3. Your uncle, who has always been a bit of a mad chemist after being released from that pharmaceutical company, has left a concoction on his basement workbench. The label on the side reads Inviso, and his notes nearby claim the effects last about 4 hours. Shrugging and imbibing the potion, you turn invisible. What do you do for the next 4 hours?

4. After drinking that potion and later watching Kick-Ass, you feel pretty damn inspired to go kick some ass yourself. So you create your own costume and get ready to set out and beat some butt. What does your do-gooder outfit look like?

5. When you wake next, you find yourself living in Westeros, sitting on the Iron Throne. Knowing that you’re probably going to need a bit of help if you want to keep that seat (and your head), which great House do you pick to aid you in your cause? Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy, Martell, Baratheon, or Targaryen? (You’re still going to die, though.)

6. The Gaming Gods smile upon you, and with all the power at their command have decided to let you alter reality to resemble any one RPG game setting. What setting do you pick?

7. The mischievous god Loki has decided to grant you one small boon. Every time someone carries out a pet peeve of yours that you witness, they experience a mild shock that increases in intensity with repetition. That should stop that pretty soon, eh? What pet peeve do you pick?

8. You’re offered your choice of a functional light sabre or an honest-to-gosh living fire-breathing pet dragon. Which do you choose?

9. Who is your favorite author?

10. You wake up one day and it suddenly hits you–if L. Ron Hubbard can create a brand-spanking new religion, why can’t you?? People are bound to flock to your faith, and think of all the tax exempt money! What’s the name of your new religion and its major tenet(s)?

11. You’ve died a rather gruesome death. Now your spirit haunts the earth. What act by those left behind will send you to your final rest?

As far as listing eleven nominees…I don’t follow that many, and I’ve never been a huge fan of chain emails etc. (which this is kind of like). But this one was a bit of fun. So if YOU, dear reader, want to answer those questions, jump right in. Consider yourself nominated. Post them to your blog, and pop me a link so I can read your answers.

As far as checking out some other interesting peeps, and depending on your interests, in addition to Khajj above, consider these folks. I don’t know if they’ll play the game, but they’re worth a follow on Twitter.

Brian Rathbone

Action Chick

K. Jean King

Amy Ratcliffe

James L. Sutter

Rebellicious Red

The Gorgon’s Love

Love fantasy? Steampunk? Then you should check out the latest collection of short stories from Nevermet Press in Stories in the Ether Vol. 4. It’s an ePub, and should be compatible with all readers. It is my honor to have my story featured on the cover, and kudos to Paul Hagwood for the outstanding Medusa art he created to compliment the tale. Follow the link below to check it out, and while you’re at it give a look at A Feast of Frights if you haven’t already, which holds within it my short story Midnight Passage.

With two works available on Amazon now, it seemed appropriate to start an author profile there, although that is still a work in progress when it comes to the finer deatails.

I continue to hone away at my novel. I’ve discovered as a writer that perhaps my greatest weakness is a penchant for long-ass paragraphs. So a lot has been going back and breaking those babies up with the word hammer. Plus I’ve had several ideas that add some layers of complexity and depth to the story. In the mean time, I’ve also had a short story tickling the back of my brain that I’m probably going to have to spill onto paper here soon.

http://www.amazon.com/Feast-Frights-The-Horror-Zine/dp/0615594476/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1337181761&sr=1-1-catcorr

http://www.amazon.com/Stories-Ether-Storytelling-Quarterly-ebook/dp/B0082CIA0U/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1354592444&sr=8-8&keywords=stories+in+the+ether

 

 

Feast in Hand

Today I was finally able to put my hands on my own copy of A Feast of Frights from The Horror Zine.  It’s a good-sized book, has a great cover and feel to it. Weighing in at 473 pages, it’s a big chunk of dark horror and fantasy. If you love the genre at all, there is bound to be something in it for you. And there is my story, right on page 223. But since there is so much more to the book, I don’t feel a bit narcissistic. But there’s a nice warm fuzzy from seeing my work in such a well-presented attractive volume. My thanks to Jeani Rector at The Horror Zine for all her hard work and dedication to bringing this book to print, and including me within its pages. You can find A Feast of Frights on Amazon here:

http://www.amazon.com/Feast-Frights-The-Horror-Zine/dp/0615594476/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335205677&sr=8-1

It should be available in both print and kindle format. If it isn’t available on kindle yet, it will be very soon. The only thing better than seeing your name in print is hearing that other people enjoyed your work, so give it a read and come back and tell us what you thought!