Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: The Legion of Flame by Anthony Ryan


The Legion of Flame
Author:  Anthony Ryan
Series:  The Draconis Memoria 2
Publisher:  Ace, June 27, 2017
Format:  Hardcover and eBook,  576 pages
List Price:  US$28.00 (print); US$11.99 (eBook)
ISBN:  9781101987896 (print); 9781101987902 (eBook)

Empires clash and a fell power stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.

For centuries, the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood—and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed—to fuel and protect its empire. But now, a fearsome power has arisen—a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it.

Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. As the world burns around them, and the fires of revolution are ignited, these few are the last hope for the empire and for all of civilization.



Trinitytwo's / Tracey's Review

Review for The Waking Fire (Draconis Memoria 1) here.

The Legion of Flame, the second book in the Draconis Memoria series, picks up in the aftermath of the destruction wreaked upon the people of the Corvantine Empire by the ruthless White Drake and its army of lesser drakes and Spoiled humans. Unlike its kin, this legendary dragon is enormously powerful and has the ability to transform the humans it takes as captives into slaves by compelling them to stare into mysterious crystals. The slaves, called the Spoiled, remain humanoid in appearance but their yellow eyes and the scaled ridges on their faces make their presence easy to identify. The White is able to command the Spoiled nonverbally, and although a portion of their individuality remains, they are largely a collective mind. As the Spoiled army systematically wipes out settlement after settlement, it also amasses more recruits. Their assimilation results in shared knowledge and abilities that the White plans to use to for its goal of permanently subjugating humankind.

In this action-packed, quest-driven sequel to The Waking Fire, author Anthony Ryan focuses each chapter on the exploits of one of the four main characters. Each POV storyline successfully navigates the balance of adrenaline-filled action with eye-opening exposition. Sirus, a new POV character, gives the reader the opportunity to understand the mutated Spoiled's perspective. Sirus' quick intellect and ability to lead make him a valuable asset. And although he is filled with self-loathing, he is consistent and very successful in furthering the White's plans. Sirus' chapters were the most difficult for me to read. It was unsettling to watch him devise ingenious methods to kill and capture humans. But although it was uncomfortable, I also found it illuminating and fascinating. Through Sirus, Ryan is able to share the very alien nature of the drakes and the White in particular, in a very natural and uncontrived setting.

Corrick Hilemore and Clay Torcreek set sail to the frigid southern isles with the purpose of discovering the true nature of their enemy and perhaps a means to destroy it. Although Hilemore and Clay begin their journey together, they soon become separated, which leads both protagonists through harrowing experiences. Though Hilemore has an important role to play, it is Clay that provides the back-story of the White's origins. Similar to The Waking Fire, Hilemore is relegated to the position of secondary character and although he is extremely earnest and likeable, I'm beginning to wonder if his sole purpose is to fill in some of the series' blanks. Clay's travels are much more vital and quickly take an unexpected turn. His subterranean passage is especially exhilarating and extremely informative.

Lizanne Lethridge and her mission engaged me the most. Seeking a fabled weapons inventor, she must infiltrate the virtually impenetrable prison city of Scorazin. Lizanne's skill set as a spy and assassin are sorely tested in a fortress city whose only inhabitants are hardened criminals. Most admirably, Lizanne never quits no matter how many obstacles are thrown in her path or how many detours she is forced to endure. Hands down my favorite character, her foray in Scorazin and her interactions with its denizens kept me turning pages late into the night.

Always impeccable, Anthony Ryan's world building skills do not fail to amaze. In the Draconis Memoria series, he completely immerses his readers in a steampunk-esque world where the struggle for survival is palpable against an emerging army of ferocious drakes. I especially appreciated the premise of short-sightedness by the power-hungry. Mirroring current world events, this theme is resoundingly appropriate.

The Legion of Flame pits human perseverance and ingenuity against the brute force and intellect of a race vying for its own place in history. Pure and simple, it is brilliant story-telling. This series is top notch and not to be missed.

Horror Adventure Gasolina #1 Rushed Back to Print

BUZZ FUELS DEMAND FOR GASOLINA,
DEBUT SENT BACK TO PRINT 

“A gritty and gruesome tale you’ll be hooked on.” —Geek.com

PORTLAND, OR, 09/20/2017 — Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that GASOLINA #1—by creators Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter with colorist Mat Lopes and letterer Rus Wooton—will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

Fans of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s THE WALKING DEAD in search of a new horror/adventure series to jump onto burned through GASOLINA #1.

“Retailer support for Gasolina #1 has been tremendous, and thanks to all the readers riding shotgun with Amalia and Randy. Their lives are about to become a full-blown horror movie,” said Mackiewicz. “Next issue: fast cars, danger, fire and knives!”

Set south of the border, GASOLINA #1 follows newlywed fugitives Amalia and Randy on their journey south from El Norte. They have played many roles in order to survive, but now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico—and the world—has ever seen.

MAESTROS #1 Limited Variant Cover Revealed

PIA GUERRA MAESTROS #1 VARIANT COVER REVEALED

Special limited variant cover from the co-creator/artist of Y: The Last Man

PORTLAND, OR, 09/20/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal a special limited variant cover of MAESTROS #1 by Y: The Last Man co-creator and series artist Pia Guerra.

In MAESTROS, Willy Little is granted an unlimited and ultimate power by sheer force of luck when his god-like wizard-king father is murdered—along with the rest of the royal family. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? And will he still be a nice guy when nobody ever says no to him anymore?

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Covers Revealed - Recent and Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the recently released and upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Ann Leckie (2013)

Provenance
Orbit, September 26, 2017
Hardcover and eBook, 448 pages

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright.

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.

Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.



The Imperial Radch Boxed Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy
Orbit, September 19, 2017
Trade Paperback, 1248 pages

About Ancillary Justice

The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie’s New York Times bestselling trilogy.

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.


About Ancillary Sword

The sequel to Ancillary Justice, the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the second book in Ann Leckie’s New York Times bestselling series.

Breq is a soldier who used to be a warship. Once a weapon of conquest controlling thousands of minds, now she has only a single body and serves the emperor.

With a new ship and a troublesome crew, Breq is ordered to go to the only place in the galaxy she would agree to go: to Athoek Station to protect the family of a lieutenant she once knew – a lieutenant she murdered in cold blood


About Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy is the stunning conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

For a moment, things seemed to be under control for Breq, the soldier who used to be a warship. Then a search of Athoek Station’s slums turns up someone who shouldn’t exist, and a messenger from the mysterious Presger empire arrives, as does Breq’s enemy, the divided and quite possibly insane Anaander Mianaai – ruler of an empire at war with itself.

Breq refuses to flee with her ship and crew, because that would leave the people of Athoek in terrible danger. The odds aren’t good, but that’s never stopped her before.

[Note: the publisher does not provide a description for the boxed set. Description are the publisher's for each volume.]





Cecy Robson (2012)

Of Flame And Light
Weird Girls Flame 1
Cecy Robson, October 18, 2016
Trade Paperback and eBooks, 346 pages

Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightning. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran’s insecurities have driven them apart.

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don’t come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .





Jamie Sawyer (2016)

The Eternity War: Pariah
The Eternity War 1
Orbit, September 26, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 480 pages

The first novel in a brand-new series from rising SF star Jamie Sawyer, The Eternity War: Pariah is an action-packed adventure set in the same universe as his acclaimed Lazarus War novels.

The soldiers of the Simulant Operations Programme are mankind’s elite warriors. Veterans of a thousand battles across a hundred worlds, they undertake suicidal missions to protect humanity from the insidious Krell Empire and the mysterious machine race known as the Shard.

Lieutenant Keira Jenkins is an experienced simulant operative and leader of the Jackals, a team of raw recruits keen to taste battle. They soon get their chance when the Black Spiral terrorist network seizes control of a space station.

Yet no amount of training could have prepared the Jackals for the deadly conspiracy they soon find themselves drawn into – a conspiracy that is set to spark a furious new war across the galaxy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Covers Revealed - Upcoming Works by DAC Authors


Here are some of the upcoming works by formerly featured DAC Authors! The year in parentheses is the year the author was featured in the DAC.


Genevieve Cogman (2016)

The Lost Plot
An Invisible Library Novel 4
Ace, January 9, 2018
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

After being commissioned to find a rare book, Librarian Irene and her assistant, Kai, head to Prohibition-era New York and are thrust into the middle of a political fight with dragons, mobsters, and Fae.

In a 1920s-esque New York, Prohibition is in force; fedoras, flapper dresses, and tommy guns are in fashion: and intrigue is afoot. Intrepid Librarians Irene and Kai find themselves caught in the middle of a dragon political contest. It seems a young Librarian has become tangled in this conflict, and if they can’t extricate him, there could be serious repercussions for the mysterious Library. And, as the balance of power across mighty factions hangs in the balance, this could even trigger war.

Irene and Kai are locked in a race against time (and dragons) to procure a rare book. They’ll face gangsters, blackmail, and the Library’s own Internal Affairs department. And if it doesn’t end well, it could have dire consequences on Irene’s job. And, incidentally, on her life…





Jon Skovron (2016)

Blood and Tempest
The Empire of Storms 3
Orbit, November 28, 2017
Mass Market and eBook, 464 pages

The thrilling conclusion to Jon Skovron's adventure fantasy series, two young people from a fracturing empire spread across savage seas must find a way to keep their nation together.

Still reeling from the events at Dawn's Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.

Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he's been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.

Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.





Simone St. James (2012)

The Broken Girls
Berkley, March 20, 2018
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

A breakout suspense novel from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare.

Vermont, 1950. There’s a place for the girls whom no one wants–the troublemakers, the illegitimate, the too smart for their own good. It’s called Idlewild Hall. And in the small town where it’s located, there are rumors that the boarding school is haunted. Four roommates bond over their whispered fears, their budding friendship blossoming–until one of them mysteriously disappears. . . .

Vermont, 2014. As much as she’s tried, journalist Fiona Sheridan cannot stop revisiting the events surrounding her older sister’s death. Twenty years ago, her body was found lying in the overgrown fields near the ruins of Idlewild Hall. And though her sister’s boyfriend was tried and convicted of murder, Fiona can’t shake the suspicion that something was never right about the case.

When Fiona discovers that Idlewild Hall is being restored by an anonymous benefactor, she decides to write a story about it. But a shocking discovery during the renovations will link the loss of her sister to secrets that were meant to stay hidden in the past–and a voice that won’t be silenced. . . .

Monday, September 18, 2017

Caitlin Kittredge and Roberta Ingranata Take on Witchblade

KITTREDGE & INGRANATA TAKE ON THE WITCHBLADE

PORTLAND, OR, 09/18/2017 — All-female creative team—writer Caitlin Kittredge (THROWAWAYS, Coffin Hill) and artist Roberta Ingranata—join forces for an all-new story about one Alex Underwood, a journalist who thinks she’s seen it all… until she becomes the unlikely host to an ancient and powerful artifact known as the WITCHBLADE. The ongoing series—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—is set to launch this December.

The View From Monday - September 18, 2017

Happy Monday!

There is one debut this week -

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz.


Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.


From formerly featured DAC Authors:

Of Sand and Malice Made (A Shattered Sands Novel) by Bradley P. Beaulieu is out in Trade Paperback;

Wickedly Spirited (A Baba Yaga Novella ) by Deborah Blake

Danger's Halo (Holly Danger 1) by Amanda Carlson

Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians 7) by Dianne Duvall

Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex (Demon Hunter 5) by Lexi George

Light of the the Spirit (Muse Chronicles 4) by Lisa Kessler

The Imperial Radch Boxed Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy by Anne Leckie;

Null States (The Centenal Cycle 2) by Malka Older

Into the Woods (Bookburners Season 3 #10) by Andrea Phillips;

The Exiled King (Bone Magic 4) by Sarah Remy


Clicking on a novel's cover will take you to its Amazon page.






Debut novels are highlighted in blue. Novels, etc. by formerly featured DAC Authors are highlighted in green.

September 18, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Danger's Halo (e) Amanda Carlson SF/AP/PA - Holly Danger 1
An Orchard in the Street (e) Reginald Gibbons LF/VM/SS - American Readers Series
Witches Brew: Stories for the Season Paula Guran (Ed) F - Anthology
Light of the Spirit (e) Lisa Kessler FR - Muse Chronicles 4
An Unkindness of Ghosts (e) Rivers Solomon SF/SO/LF/AP/PA



September 19, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Of Sand and Malice Made (h2tp) Bradley P. Beaulieu F/DF - A Shattered Sands Novel
Wickedly Spirited (e) Deborah Blake PNR - A Baba Yaga Novella
Successor's Promise Trudi Canavan F - Millennium's Rule 3
House on the Forgotten Coast Ruth Coe Chambers M/PNR/RSus
Wicked Abyss (h2mm) Kresley Cole PNR - Immortals After Dark 17
Trinity (ri)(e) Lauren Dane PNR - de La Vega Cats 1
Blade of Darkness Dianne Duvall PNR - Immortal Guardians 7
Whispers of Warning Jessica Estevao Hist/M - A Change of Fortune Mystery 2
Kung Fu High School (ri) Ryan Gattis Cr/Dys
Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex Lexi George PNR - Demon Hunter 5
Wicked Deeds Heather Graham SupTh - Krewe of Hunters 23
Grave Danger S.K. Gregory PNR - Aurelia Graves
A Dream Given Form: The Unofficial Guide to the Universe of Babylon 5 Ensley F. Guffey
K. Dale Koontz
LC/SF
Dark Debts (h2tp) Karen Hall Th
The Wicked (e) Thea Harrison PNR - Elder Races Novella
Strangers of the Night and Witch's Hunger Megan Hart
Deborah LeBlanc
PNR
Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction Grady Hendrix LC/H/Sup
Blood of Sanguinius Darius Hinks SF - Mephiston 1
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2017 Edition Rich Horton (Ed) SF - Anthology
The Legion Prophecy Mark A. Latham UF - Lazarus Gate 3
The Imperial Radch Boxed Trilogy: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy Ann Leckie SF - Imperial Radch
Stranger of Tempest Tom Lloyd F - God Fragments 1
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld Patricia A. McKillip F/MR/HistF/FR
New Fears - New horror stories by masters of the genre Mark Morris (Ed) H - Anthology
Autonomous (D) Annalee Newitz SF
Null States Malka Older SF/CyP/TechTh/Pol - The Centenal Cycle 2
The Two of Swords: Part Eighteen (e) K. J. Parker F - Two of Swords
Poison Sarah Pinborough DF - Fairy Tales 1
The Exiled King (e) Sarah Remy F - Bone Magic 4
A Small Charred Face Kazuki Sakuraba Gothic
Words of Radiance (ri) Brandon Sanderson F - Stormlight Archive 2
Zero-G: Green Space William Shatner
Jeff Rovin
SF - Samuel Lord 2
Sisters of Battle: The Omnibus James Swallow SF - Sisters of Battle
Desert Wolf and Protector Wolf Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
Linda O. Johnston
PNR



September 20, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
Into the Woods (e) Andrea Phillips UF/M - Bookburners Season 3 #10



September 22, 2017
TITLEAUTHORSERIES
The Runabout (e) Kristine Kathryn Rusch SF - Diving 6



D - Debut
e - eBook
Ed - Editor
h2mm - Hardcover to Mass Market Paperback
h2tp - Hardcover to Trade Paperback
Illus - Illustrator
ri - reissue or reprint
tp2mm - Trade to Mass Market Paperback
Tr - Translator



Absurdist - Absurdist
AC - Alien Contact
AH - Alternate History
AP - Apocalyptic
CB - Coloring Book
CF - Contemporary Fantasy
CoA - Coming of Age
CW - Contemporary Women
CulH - Cultural Heritage
CyP - CyberPunk
DF - Dark Fantasy
Dys - Dystopian
F - Fantasy
FairyT - Fairy Tales
FolkT - Folk Tales
FR - Fantasy Romance
GenEng - Genetic Engineering
GH - Ghost(s)
Gothic - Gothic
H - Horror
Hist - Historical
HistF - Historical Fantasy
HU - Humor
LC - Literary Criticism
LF - Literary Fiction
LM - Legends and Mythology
M - Mystery
MR - Magical Realism
MTI - Media Tie-In
Occ - Occult
P - Paranormal
PA - Post Apocalyptic
PI - Private Investigator
PM - Paranormal Mystery
PNR - Paranormal Romance
Pol - Political
PopCul - Popular Culture
PRS - Paranormal Romantic Suspense
PsyTh - Psychological Thriller
R - Romance
RSus - Romantic Suspense
Satire - Satire
Sc - Science
SH -Superheroes
SF - Science Fiction
SO - Space Opera
SP - Steampunk
SpecFic - Speculative Fiction
SS - Short Stories
Sup - Supernatural
SupM - Supernatural Mystery
SupTh - Supernatural Thriller
Sus - Suspense
TechTh - Technological Thriller
Th - Thriller
TT - Time Travel
UF - Urban Fantasy
UFR - Urban Fantasy Romance
VM - Visionary and Metaphysical

Note: Not all genres and formats are found in the books, etc. listed above.

New YA Fantasy Sleepless Coming in December

DREAMY NEW YA FANTASY SLEEPLESS ARRIVES THIS DECEMBER

“SLEEPLESS is the fairy tale I’ve apparently been missing all my life. I love this world that feels familiar but also equally original.” —Amy Reeder (ROCKET GIRL, Madame Xanadu)

PORTLAND, OR, 09/15/2017 — Writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA, ETERNAL EMPIRE) teams up with artist Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR), editor/colorist Alissa Sallah, and letterer Deron Bennett for the fantasy romance series SLEEPLESS this December.

Lady “Poppy” Pyppenia, daughter of a king, is ever guarded by the devoted Sleepless Knight Cyrenic. But a new king has just been crowned—and danger lurks anew around each and every corner.

Bonehead Coming in December from Image / Top Cow

DIVE INTO A MEGALITHIC SUPERCITY IN BONEHEAD THIS DECEMBER

PORTLAND, OR, 09/15/2017 — Writer Bryan Hill (ROMULUS, POSTAL) and Rhoald Marcellius (Marvel: Contest of Champions) unite for BONEHEAD, a gritty new techno-thriller from Image/Top Cow this December.

In a near future, a sprawling megalopolis sees the rise of “Boneheads,” parkour gangs who use neuro-linked helmets to augment their abilities and live for the thrill of physical risk. As a gang war threatens to tear the city apart, a mysterious Bonehead rises—a man with no past who might be the key to saving the city's future.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

CT Horrorfest

Just a quick post about CT HorrorFest which is being held today at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, CT. I admit I hadn't paid much attention to guests and vendors at the show. I was delighted to find that some terrific authors were there.

My first wonderful surprise was spotting John L. Campbell. John writes the terrific Omega Days series.


I picked up a signed set of the Omega Day novels (so far). John's most recent novel is

Cannibal Kingdom
September 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 460 pages

Deep in an Indonesian jungle, a careless tourist releases an ancient evil that has lain dormant for centuries. Appearing as a virus, completely without symptoms and seemingly benign, Trident quickly infects the world's population. Silently it waits, counting down to the moment when it will reveal its true, terrifying nature.

It is only weeks before the presidential elections, and Garrison Fox, a decorated Marine and devoted husband and father, is almost assured of a return to the White House for a second term. As the campaign nears its final days, the First Family finds itself scattered across the U.S.

At an Ohio rally and across the globe, Trident suddenly unleashes its horrible power, transforming unsuspecting people into merciless killers driven to feed. When an infected Secret Service turns on him, President Fox is forced to flee across an America plunging deeper into savagery with each passing hour.

In Atlanta, a CDC researcher will work against her own mortality in an effort to stop an extinction-level event. In Pennsylvania, a newly commissioned second lieutenant is hurled into a war for which he was never trained. And moving east toward a secure mountain bunker, President Fox must find a way to save his family, his country and his own life...if he's not already too late.






I also saw authors Robert J. Stava, Tim Meyer, Chuck Buda, and Hunter Shea:



And of course, I picked up some autographed books!

Nightmare from World's End
Severed Press, October 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 246 pages

In the aftermath of a major hurricane, a massive antique crate washes up on the shore of Raadsel Point. It’s smuggled cargo from the wreck of the Edmund Wood, an unregistered transport returning from a very unusual expedition. . . a ship that went down in the deepest and most dangerous part of the Hudson known as 'The World’s End'. The nightmare creature it contains is about to unleash havoc on the citizens of the sleepy river village of Wyvern Falls and inadvertently draw to it a predator thought extinct a millennia ago. It will come down to two people to figure out what both these creatures are and how to stop them: expat CID Detective John Easton and American Indian anthropologist Sarah Ramhorne. The two of them will have to unravel local Indian myths, outmaneuver a corrupt mayor, a failing Ancient Astronaut Theorist TV show and an overzealous Green Folk Festival if they are to stand any chance of saving the day.





The Thin Veil
May  8, 2017
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 152 pages

Something strange is happening in the small town of Pleasant Plains, New Jersey. People are getting sick. Peculiar noises can be heard from inside their homes. Some of them are acting weird, speaking in unknown languages. Then there are the butterflies. And the green pulsating light coming through the cracks in the walls. Oh, and the hunger. Yes, the people of Pleasant Plains are starving and nothing seems to satisfy their primary desire.

Except for the children. The kids have proven to be quite filling...

The Thin Veil is a 35,000 word horror/science fiction novella.

Contains two previously unpublished short stories: PURPLE CHEESE and NO MAKEUP.





Curse of the Ancients
Son of Earp 1
May 26, 2016
Trade Paperback and Kindle eBook, 188 pages

1870’s. A peaceful town in Iowa territory. The townspeople dislike their new visitor. An Indian man. But they are about to find out that the color of his skin is the least of their worries. A young man, James Johnson, illegitimate son of the legendary Wyatt Earp, dreams of adventure and following in his daddy’s footsteps. James and his mentally disabled friend, Carson, are about to come face to face with an evil previously unimaginable in their little town. An evil they invited in. All hell’s about to break loose. Supernatural forces are at work and the body count is rising... Curse of the Ancients is the first novel in the Son of Earp series by Chuck Buda. It is approximately 57,000 words and contains adult language and scenes of horror. Reader discretion is heavily advised.





Forest of Shadows
Jessica Backman's Death in the Afterlife 1
August 5, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

The dead still hate!

John Backman specializes in inexplicable phenomena. The weirder the better. So when he gets a letter from a terrified man describing an old log home with odd whisperings, shadows that come alive, and rooms that disappear, he can’t resist the call. But the violence only escalates as soon as John arrives in the remote Alaskan village of Shida. Something dreadful happened there. Something monstrous. The shadows are closing in…and they’re out for blood.

“Ancient evil, old school horror and modern style. Highly recommended!" -Jonathan Maberry

“A must add to the library of anyone who loves a great ghost story.” – The Horror Bookshelf

“A spine-tingling jaunt.” RT Book Reviews






I also picked up a couple of pieces of art by Michael Adrian Lavoie (excuse the not wonderful photos; the art is fabulous).








These lovely ladies were giving massages to weary CT HorrorFest patrons:






And last but not least, my daughter cosplayed as Dean from Supernatural: