“Grand Teton” was a story that I originally wrote for an anthology called Killer Boobies. Sales of the anthology were supposed to go to breast cancer research. Alas, that anthology did not see the light of day, and so the story has been lying around waiting for takers. Well, if all goes according to Hoyle, it has a new home and may see print either later this year, or 2019. It’s a story about a mountain climber who tries to come to grips with the loss of his father as he scales the Grand Teton Mountain in Wyoming. This story is, for the most part, mainstream fiction. Very little supernatural in this one, though at the very end, there are some traces of the paranormal.
“The Leviathan of Charleston Harbor” was another story I wrote for an anthology that looked dead in the water. But it’s now been reactivated and thus we move forward. It is steampunk and set shortly after the American Civil War. It deals with an attempt by the Ministry of Extraordinary Weapons (a British organization) to search the world for weapons that the British military can use in the upcoming world war. In this story, we have an American ex-slave operative for the MEW seeking the mysterious disappearance of persons off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in and around the mouth of Charleston Harbor. Is it a monster that has been taking these souls, or some hidden secret weapon by a Confederate that refuses to give up the fight?
“Calling” will be released late 2018 or early 2019, and is another horror story. This is my homage to Edgar Allen Poe, the Cask of Amontillado to be exact, with a modern twist.
“Extraction” is a story for the upcoming LOST SIGNALS hard SF anthology set in Charles E Gannon’s Terran Republic/Caine Riordan universe (published by Baen Books). Scheduled for late 2018/early 2019 release, my story deals with unresolved events at the end of novel two in the series, Trial by Fire. That’s all I can say.
1636: CALABAR’S WAR is a novel that I am working on with best-selling author Charles E Gannon for Baen Books, set in Eric Flint’s 1632/Ring of Fire alternative history universe. This novel is set in the New World, and deals with the politics between the Dutch and the Portuguese in Brazil, and the politics of the Dutch and the Spanish in the Caribbean. It also deals with the terrible reality of slavery, as our protagonist, Domingos Fernandes Calabar, a so-called Mameluco (half Brazilian, half Portuguese) turns coat against the Portuguese to support the Dutch instead. We follow his journey through the deadly path of high politics as he tries to find a place for himself in a “white man’s” world.
THE SWORDS OF EL CID is the second novel in my Starybogow (City of the Gods) trilogy, to be published by Winged Hussar Publishing in 2019. Hot off their successes in THE CROSS OF SAINT BONIFACE (see Novels page), Catherine of Aragon and Fymurip Azat venture into Spain, where the fabled swords of El Cid, Colada and Tizona, await. The Hanseatic League has hired Catherine to find those swords and bring them back to Germany, where they can be protected against the evil influences of the Eldar Gods. But the gods always seem one step ahead of our intrepid adventurers, and so their journey is fraught with dangers seemingly insurmountable, and Catherine’s loyalty to the League, to her country, and to her parents (Ferdinand and Isabella), will be tested at every turn. And let’s throw in dragons, biting Cherubims, stone bulls, and the Spanish Inquisition for good measure.
THE LAST HURRAH is a novel set in Mantic Games Warpath universe. It will be based on their boardgame, Dreadball, which is a far future football-style sports event…with lots of blood and violence. That’s all I can say about this one.
But stay tuned for periodic updates…