Short Story Anthologies, Coming Soon!

Panthera Press will be releasing two short story anthologies in early 2018. One contains 11 general literary fiction short stories and novelettes, and the other is 8 stories in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Look out for them!

Ajay Rogers and the Vampire Bunnies, Part 2

Experimentation Log – 26 October – Rabbit Study, Ajay Rogers, Just a Kid First of all, it’s not my fault. I was just trying to make the rabbits tamer. It’s not my fault I can understand what they’re thinking. So, when Charlie first started catching the rabbits, I thought if I mixed them with normal…

Excerpt from Awakening: The Backwards Man

I’m almost through my revision/tightening of Awakening, the 2nd book of The Stream, which I’ve tentatively retitled Grandfather Time. Since I’ve reached it, I thought I’d share my favorite scene. Behind them, approaching from the lighted room, was a bizarre vision of a man being led by twin horrors. The man was tall and thin,…

Excerpt from Awakening

Here’s a quick excerpt from Awakening, in Chapter 22, “Henchen Henceforth Penchen.” The chapter’s title is the name of a pet rooster, named after my mom’s own pet rooster from her childhood. Fortunately, her childhood was different from my characters’. The family stopped at a dingy, little shop off the main highway to pick up…

Dragon Quest

From Discovery. Charlie awoke to a damp, cool morning. He was lying on the frosted grass of a plateau, overlooking a series of rambling hills that curved into the distance. A deep pass, once a river, carved its way through the base of the mountains. Over untold millennia, the river had deepened the valley and…

Dragon, Shall I Slay Thee with Mine Pen?

Here’s a little excerpt from Chapter 1 of Awakening  (which I probably should have titled Let Sleeping Dragons Lie). In the book’s opening, our two heroes, Charlie and Robin, are in the world beyond reality. Robin is attempting to teach her friend to unleash his imagination, and with it, the power of the dream world….

Dragon Love

I wrote the first two books of The Stream in 2009 and published them in 2011, before I knew anything about marketing. I’ve been told what I’ve long known, that the titles are terrible and the marketing campaign wrong. At some point in the near future, after I’ve put the first draft of my current…

Good Morning Is an Oxymoron

I awoke this morning in the midst of one of my many dreams wherein I need to use a bathroom and cannot find them. Unlike most such mornings, I didn’t actually have to go. It was my subconscious’ idea of a joke. However, it did remind me of the opening to my 1st book, Discovery,…

The Heaven Plane

Another extract from my favorite book: Emprise. Hit “play,” then read. Since you haven’t read the book, Richie will set the mood for you. The sand had long-since turned to glass. At some distant point, here in the place beyond time, the hills and valleys of desert sand had been heated to above 1,700 degrees…

There Be Dragons Afoot

Posting this for Ishaiya, with whom I had an interesting exchange regarding the efficacy of ice breathing in dragons. (Yes, writers have better conversations than most people.) 🙂 “You see dragons lie beneath the surface of awareness, waiting for you to see them in the corner of your eye, in the whisper of the summer…

If Thine Eye Offends Thee

Edit it. I started re-reading Emprise, in order to understand where I went awry. I quickly decided it would be impossible to tell, as my writing style has changed so dramatically in the last year to be unrecognizable as compared to my first three books. In a word, the opening to Emprise stinks. That left…

Emprise Excerpt: Math Nerds Suck

This is the month I was supposed to start my next book, Jeanne Dark. Meh. Don’t feel like it. To be honest, current sales are so shitty weak they aren’t worth the time it takes me to crank out new books. Instead, I’m writing short stories as the mood hits me. I may even let…