Sunday, November 27, 2016

Apex Publications announces Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Apex Publications
Contact: Lesley Conner, Managing Editor

Rosewater by Tade Thompson

Apex Publications is proud to announce the release of Rosewater by Tade Thompson. Set in Nigeria, Rosewater is a science fiction novel spanning decades of Kaaro’s life: from when he was a young man and thief through his recruitment into a government agency known as Section 45 to when he must try to figure out why other sensitives like himself are dying. It’s story about love, survival, and a silent alien invasion.

"The story bounces over multiple decades, laying out Kaaro’s sordid past and assorted sins, but it never loses sight of the big picture, in which the machinations of aliens (whom the reader will find both understandable and frightening) and psychics are just the backdrop for a character-driven, morally gray tale of hope and potential redemption."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review:

"One of the most imaginative alien invasion scenarios I have come across ..."
—Aliette de Bodard, Nebula and BSFA award-winning author of THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

"Part thriller, part mystery and part phantasmagoric journey across a strange yet not-too-distant future, and reminiscent at times of both Roger Zelazny and Nnedi Okorafor, Rosewater is the hardboiled, Nigerian alien invasion story you always wanted and now simply couldn't do without!" 
—Lavie Tidhar, author of A MAN LIES DREAMING and CENTRAL STATION

"This thrilling, ambitious novel offers a deftly woven and incisive blend of science fiction, psychology, action, and mystery. Highly recommended."
—Kate Elliott, author of BLACK WOLVES and COLD MAGIC


Between meeting a boy who bursts into flames, alien floaters that want to devour him, and a butterfly woman who he has sex with when he enters the xenosphere, Kaaro's life is far from the simple one he wants. But he left simple behind a long time ago when he was caught stealing and nearly killed by an angry mob. Now he works for a government agency called Section 45, and they want him to find a women known as Bicycle Girl. And that's just the beginning.

An alien entity lives beneath the ground, forming a biodome around which the city of Rosewater thrives. The cities of Rosewater are enamored by the dome, hoping for a chance to meet the beings within or possibly be invited to come in themselves. But Kaaro isn't so enamored. He was in the biodome at one point and decided to leave it behind. When something begins killing off other sensitives like himself, Kaaro defies Section 45 to search for an answer, facing his past and comes to a realization about a horrifying future.

Release date: November 15th, 2016
Price: $16.95 (tradepaper), $6.99 (digital)
ISBN: 978-1-937009-29-8
360 pages

Rosewater is available now direct from Apex ( and through other online retailers.

TADE THOMPSON lives and works in the south of England. His first novel MAKING WOLF won the 2016 Kitschies Golden Tentacle award for best debut novel. He has written a number of short stories including BUDO at Escape Pod. His horror novella GNAW will be released in December from Solaris Books.

APEX PUBLICATIONS ( is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the thrice Hugo Award-nominated Apex Magazine. The Apex catalog contains books by genre luminaries such as Damien Angelica Walters, Catherynne M. Valente, and Brian Keene.

Friday, November 25, 2016


Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce that pulpdom’s sexiest masked adventure is back in a brand new collection of her sexy exploits.  From a gang of corrupt policemen to secret Nazis saboteurs out to destroy the Los Angeles Olympics, the beautiful and wily crime-fighter has her hands full in this new quartet of tales by Gene Moyers, Brad Mengel, Robert Ricci and Paul Findley.

“Volume One of this series was a whopping success for us,” reports Airship 27 Productions’ Managing Editor Ron Fortier.  “We couldn’t keep copies on our tables at the pulp cons.  Our readers, both men and women, are extremely fascinated by this character as there were so few female pulp heroes back in the 30s and 40s.”

Airship 27 Productions was also thrilled to reassemble the art team that made Volume One so beautiful for the fans.  Under the helm of Art Director Rob Davis, artist James Lyle delivered another 12 fantastic black and white interior illustrations while Canadian Ted Hammond offered his second Domino Lady cover; a stunning image that captures the allure and mystery inherent in this great character.

As always, lovely socialite Ellen Patrick weaves her way in and out of trouble, donning her black silk domino mask whenever injustice rears its ugly head. From the time of her father’s murder, Ellen has dedicated herself to righting wrongs.  She just does it in a most peculiar fashion becoming the pulps’ most alluring and deadly hero; the Domino Lady.


Available now from Amazon in paperback and soon on Kindle.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

[Link] It's Show Time, Synergy!

by Ellie Raine

"Hey Ellie, what's the one thing you most love about good stories?"

Thanks for asking, Ellie's internal dialogue! That's an easy answer:


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Airship 27 and Bobby Nash take to the skies with Lance Star Sky Ranger


Great news! Airship 27 Productions has collected my four Lance Star: Sky Ranger stories into one Kindle ebook volume called The Adventures of Lance Star - Sky Ranger on Amazon. In addition to collecting the stories, also look for a sneak peek at the Lance Star: Sky Ranger novel, "Cold Snap" coming in 2017.

You can find The Adventures of Lance Star - Sky Ranger here -


Way back in 2005, Airship 27 Productions launched a new series of pulp adventures featuring aviation hero, Lance Star.  One of the four writers recruited for that first volume was Bobby Nash, who quickly found himself completely enamored with the gutsy World War I veteran flyer.  Enough so that in the subsequent three volumes that would follow, Bobby made sure to provide a new story for each.

“It was clear to us,” admits Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor Ron Fortier, “that Bobby had a special love for this character.  Enough so that we transferred the copyrights to him.  Soon thereafter Bobby wrote and had published the first ever Lance Star comic book.”

When Nash approached Fortier a few years ago about publishing the first ever full length Lance Star novel, both parties were immediately on board with the idea.  That novel, tentatively titled – COLD SNAP, should be out sometime in 2017.  To promote its arrival, Airship 27 Productions has collected all four of Bobby Nash’s previously published Lance Star tales in this Kindle Only Edition.  Besides collecting those great pulp stories, this digital collection also includes the first chapter of Nash’s novel as a special bonus feature.

“We’re excited about Bobby’s plans for Lance Star,” concludes Fortier.  “We hope this collection will spur renewed interest in this great high flying hero.  Believe me, with a rising talent like Bobby Nash, the best is always yet to come.”


Available only on Kindle.

You can find The Adventures of Lance Star - Sky Ranger here -

Just a reminder that is no longer a viable address (thanks again, Google Apps). You can find Lance Star: Sky Ranger news at I will probably migrate this site into for convenience.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Introducing the debut novel from Ellie Raine -- Willow of Ashes!

Willow of Ashes
By Ellie Raine

Reapers vs Demons

When he saves the Death king’s daughter from a yellow-eyed assassin, apprentice Reaper Xavier Devouh is thrown from a cliff and vanishes into the depths of the Ocean realm. His body, which may still be able to house life, is lost for years, while his soul remains trapped inside his twin.

Once the co-existing brothers surface in secret from Grim’s underground caverns to find Xavier’s missing mortal vessel, they find, in their absence, an ancient queen and her horde of demons have invaded. The Reapers find themselves unprepared and horrifically outnumbered in a foreign land that they are now unwelcome in.

One thing has not changed, they are Reapers!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dark Oak presents Make Mine With a Side of Creepy by Herika Raymer!

Brains in boxes, creatures beyond the mirror, monsters from a child’s mind, hero dolls, daring ferrets…

Welcome to the imagination of Herika R. Raymer and discover 21 extraordinary stories ranging from horror to science fiction and steampunk. Lose yourself in the worlds within, and escape reality for a while.

“Welcome to my mind’s eye. Within these pages, you will discover people, places, and things to intrigue, entertain, and shock you. I like to explore many different realms. Come along, and I hope you enjoy.”

-Herika R. Raymer

The Tales:

Don’t Talk To Strangers
Be Careful What You Wish For
Steam Race
Mirror Gate
Monsters From The ID
Cal’s Cutoff
Seventh Degree
Lost Child’s Little Protector
One Way
What Goes Around
The Children of Gennhara
Piasa Remains
Beyond The Mark
Cell Phone
Change Of The Guard

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to announce the release of its second anthology starring the haunted hero of the pulps, the Purple Scar.

When Dr. Miles Murdoch’s brother was murdered by the mobs, he vowed vengeance. In the following weeks, wearing a horrifying death mask, a new avenger appeared on the streets of Akelton, bringing with him righteous retribution. Now the city finds itself under protection of a haunted hero, a mysterious angel of doom who metes out his own brand of permanent justice.

In this second volume featuring this little known classic pulp figure, writers Gene Moyers, Paul Kevin Findley, Erik Franklin and David Noe pit the purple hued Master of Fright against a quartet of villainous opponents from a gang of deadly jewel thieves to a merciless arsonist bent burning down the entire city. In these new tales of the Purple Scar, justice and horror are on a collision course you don’t want to miss.

“The Scar, as he was tagged in the stories, is one of the more obscure second string pulp heroes of them all,” claims Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor, Ron Fortier. “The thing that always fascinated me about the character was how, via his grotesque death mask, he embodied both horror and action pulps blending them together in a truly unique fashion not found in any other hero mag.”

In this second volume, all art is by the talented Marco Santiago, including the cover which was colored by Shannon Hall. Book design provided by Airship 27’s Award Winning Art Director Rob Davis. And all brought to pulp fans just in time for Halloween. So strap on your .38, pull on that ugly purple mask and get ready to enjoy a little Trick or Treating in the gruesome Purple Scar style!


Available from Amazon and soon on Kindle.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Mechanoid Press Presents Star Swarm, Book One of The Chaos Wave!

Man's outer colonies are being destroyed one by one, leaving nothing behind. Suspecting an old enemy, Captain Henry Kuttner, of the Solar Navy rail-gun ship the Onslaught, wants to investigate. 

But the Onslaught is scheduled to be decommissioned, and Captain Kuttner given mandatory retirement on one of the League's pleasure worlds. But this old war dog isn't going down without a fight.

Going against orders, Kuttner leads his crew in search of answers. That search leads straight into the territory of mankind's former enemies, the deadly reptilian Draconi, whose colonies are also being destroyed, and they blame man.

Now the crew of the Onslaught must risk violating a fragile peace treaty and all out war to solve a cosmic mystery before more lives are lost. Only the ship's maverick second in command and a disgraced Draconi scientist can unravel the secret of this enigmatic enemy and its sinister purpose before it's too late. But there are certain factions who want the human-Draconi war to begin anew, and they'll stop at nothing to make it happen.

And meanwhile, in the outer dark, an ancient enemy returns. An enemy known only in the songs of a long-dead alien race. An enemy that leaves chaos in its wake.

A maverick first officer, a misfit crew and an aging vessel are all that stand between humanity and total destruction.

If you like Peter F. Hamilton, David Weber, and Chris Fox's Void Wraith series, you'll love Star Swarm, the first volume in an exciting new space opera trilogy.

“Classic military science fiction in the vein of David Weber, with conspiracies and ancient threats throughout. I want the next book now." --Joseph Cadotte, author of In the Land of Nod

Go ahead and get your copy today!

And before I forget, I also want to tell you about another space opera book you can get right now! I had nothing to do with this one, I'm just doing a friend a solid by mentioning it to you guys, because I think you'll really like it. It's called Broken Worlds: Book One of the Alorian Wars, by my friend Drew Avera, and it's super cool. You can check it out by going here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Nugget #84 -- Why Comics?

The complexity of human nature is expressed in the violence 
of adolescents’ hearts. You know what I mean? You could 
read Shakespeare, which actually does that, too, but it 
becomes very complex and intellectualized. In comic books, characters are like, The surface dwellers have destroyed 
my people and I'm gonna make war against them! 
-- Gary Phillips