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ramblings from a mad fedora'd writer
I wrote stuff!
I've got stuff that has been recently released, and stuff that is coming out very soon.........

"William Did It"
in A Baker's Dozen of Magic

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This story originally appeared as the October 2015 story on Story of the Month Club, and has been released this year in SMC's annual compilation of the previous year's tales. It's a tale of Cassie Zukav, weirdness magnet, the latest in that cycle of urban fantasy stories set in Key West. This particular one takes place during Fantasy Fest over Hallowe'en week and is a Cassie take on one of Key West's most entertaining ghost stories, Robert the Doll.

the "Tales of Asgard" trilogy

Marvel's Thor: Dueling with Giants

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Marvel's Sif: Even Dragons Have Their Endings
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Marvel's Warriors Three: Godhood's End'
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Kicking off a new series of YA Marvel novels published by Joe Books, the "Tales of Asgard" trilogy includes the already-released Dueling with Giants, as Thor battles Hrungnir for the life of his stepmother Frigga, with Loki lurking in the background to mess things up behind the scenes; Even Dragons Have Their Endings, out in November, has Sif endeavoring to save the town of Flodbjerge from a dragon that is menacing its people; and Godhood's End, out in December, sends dashing Fandral, grim Hogun, and voluminous Volstagg on a quest to retrieve the Golden Apples of Immortality, which have been stolen by the Frost Giant Thjasse.

Stargate SG-1: Kali's Wrath
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Three of the four members of SG-7 have been wiped out by the Reetou, who have invaded one of Kali's worlds. SG-1 is sent to rescue the survivors, and deal with the renewed Reetou threat -- but Kali has her own agenda, and the System Lord has kidnapped O'Neill, Carter, and Jackson, blackmailing them into doing her bidding. Teal'c must enact a rescue -- and use Kali's First Prime to help. A fifth-season adventure of SG-1 on sale now.

Must-watch episodes of all five Star Trek series
in Entertainment Weekly: The Ultimate Guide to Star Trek

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For the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the good folks at Entertainment Weekly put together this ultimate guide, with tons of articles and pictures and essays and lists and things. My job was to pick the 4-6 essential episodes of each of the five series: the original live-action series, the animated series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.

Super City Cops novellas
Avenging Amethyst
Undercover Blues
Secret Identities

to be serialized via Oolipo

These novellas will be released in late 2016 and early 2017, available in subscription form from the fine folks at Oolipo. Several stories are already available on the platform if you want to check it out at the site, and three Super City Cops novellas will be part of it: Avenging Amethyst, in which Detectives Milewski and Alvarado must solve the murder of one of Super City's most mysterious heroes; Undercover Blues, in which Detective Elias Vondelikos goes undercover as one of Apollo's henchmen; and Secret Identities, in which Lieutenant Therese Zimmerman makes a startling discovery about Spectacular Man.

"Streets of Fire"
in V-Wars: Night Terrors

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Jonathan Maberry's shared-world vampire storyline involves people turning into vampires thanks to a virus -- but not pop-culture vampires, but rather the type of vampire that corresponds to the folklore of their ethnic heritage. It's doing something new by doing something old, going back to the original folklore. In this third V-Wars anthology, we see New York Daily News reporter Mia Fitzsimmons being embedded with the Vampire Crimes Unit of the NYPD, where she gets a front-row seat to a very unique drug war. (I've also got a story entitled "The Ballad of Big Charlie" in the first V-Wars volume; there've been four all together, the others being subtitled Blood and Fire and Shockwave.)

"Right On, Sister!"
in Limbus Inc. Book 3

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Another third-volume-in-a-shared-world-anthology story, though this one is far looser: the common thread is Limbus, a shadowy, powerful, mysterious company that recruits people who are down on their luck and with skills other companies may not value -- or even recognize. My story primarily takes place in 1978 New York, where Wanda Jackson loses both her part-time jobs, and has to go to Limbus for gainful employment, for work that is far more complicated than she could imagine. This one also has stories by masters Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Laird Barron, and David Liss.

"We Seceded Where Others Failed"
in Altered States of the Union

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My contribution to this wonderful alternate-history anthology, which shows different ways the United States could have gone from the ridiculous (Peter David's epic battle between Donald Drumpf of North Alaska and Sarah Palin of South Alaska; David Gerrold's look at California taking over the Earth) to the thought-provoking (Ian Randal Strock's alternate Civil War that starts with Lincoln's death while a prisoner of the South; Meredith Peruzzi's examination of a family in the 51st state of the Philippines). My own contribution has the Florida Keys actually seceding in the 1920s, as opposed to the joke secession in 1983, but the 1983 events that precipitated the fake secession still happened......

adapted from the novel by Gregory A. Wilson, art by Mark Dos Santos and Matt Slay

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Gregory Wilson's novel Icarus is about a Jellinek, a prospector in a harsh volcanic world, who encounters an ethereal creature named Icarus. Having Icarus literally fall from the sky first saves Jellinek's life and then changes it forever, and Icarus's presence is a harbinger for massive change in his previously-very-small world. This is Volume 1 of an adaptation of Greg's novel into graphic novel form, with Volume 2 coming next year. I wrote the script adaptation, with Mark Dos Santos and Matt Slay providing the artwork.

coming in 2017

"Deep Background" in Aliens: Bug Hunt. An anthology of stories about the Colonial Marines, featured prominently in Aliens, it will include my story about a reporter who's embedded with the Marines, and the horrible things she learns. This anthology's official pub date is the day before my 48th birthday.....

"Live and On the Scene" in Nights of the Living Dead. An entire anthology (coedited by Jonathan Maberry and George Romero his own self!) of amazing stories that take place alongside the seminal zombie flick, my story focuses on one of the TV reporters from WIC-TV (the station the folks in the movie were watching) as he sees the world fall to pieces around him.

Mermaid Precinct. Yes, I know it's been a few years since the last "Precinct," but I promise that there will be a fifth novel in the series. I can tell you that the plot of Torin and Danthres's latest case will involve the Pirate Queen.

"Identity" in Baker Street Irregulars. Part of an anthology of alternate Sherlock Holmes stories, in which Holmes can be anything but a detective in Victorian London, my tale is about a brilliant, if awkward, young woman in New York City named Shirley Holmes and an African-American ex-Army medical student named Jack Watson, and how they help a woman locate her fiancé who's disappeared. [Preorder: Amazon | B&N | Indie Bound]

A Furnace Sealed (The Chronicles of Bram Gold Book 1). The first book in a new urban fantasy series about Bram Gold, a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who hunts monsters. Binding spells all over New York City are unravelling, and immortals are turning up dead. Bram has to find out the connection between these two before it literally tears the Bronx apart....

"Behind the Wheel" in TV Gods: Summer Programming. A tale of Cassie Zukav, in which she and several other of the regulars at Mayor Fred's Saloon are interviewed by a sports spotlight show about stock car racer Jamie McIntyre, and she and the others have to keep the fact that he's the Norse god Tyr out of the press.....

"Ganbatte" in Joe Ledger: Unstoppable. Since 2009, Jonathan Maberry has been writing the adventures of Joe Ledger, supernatural thrillers about the Department of Military Sciences, a government organization that deals with paranormal threats. With Unstoppable, Jonathan has opened the DMS to other writers, and I decided to take on one of Joe's teammates, Lydia "Warbride" Ruiz, and provide her background from her misspent youth in south Florida to how she got recruited as one of the first female Navy SEALs to learning a hard lesson in the cliché about how you can't go home again. This is a story I'm extremely proud of, and also a bit nervous about. I hope folks like it, as it means a lot to me.....

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