FICTION

““We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”
—Jonathan Gottschall

I'm just starting to get back into writing fiction after a break of several years. I usually write pulpy tales: science fiction, noir, weird, or maybe light horror, all with a spirit of fun and a solid dose of humor.

While I work on new material, here are some older works:

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Dragon in the Snow

September, 1936: When a famous adventurer goes missing, humble pulp-fiction writer Sid Friedman finds himself snared in a web of exotic intrigue… and otherworldly terror. With a rallying cry of “What would Doc Savage do,” Sid and his band of improbable heroes follow a trail of evil from the concrete canyons of New York to the hidden peaks of a fabled land. But with each step, they fall deeper into the clutches of the greatest fiend since Fu Manchu himself!

Inspired by the fantastic pulp-magazine adventures of the era, Dragon in the Snow is a tongue-in-cheek blend of two-fisted action, wry humor and old-school science fiction featuring a ragtag bunch of heroes, exotic locales and an unforgettable villain.

DRAGON IN THE SNOW
Self-published, 2014
ISBN: 1320187072
254 pages
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Came a Demon

It's 1901, and strange events are afoot at Wooltemere Manor, a lonely house in the moors of Devonshire. Something has seized Lord Wooltemere's mind. But as Bartholomew Sylvaine investigates, he begins to suspect a trap… a scheme spawned in Hell and designed specifically for him.

One hundred authors and illustrators came together to create the massive Legends of New Pulp Fiction anthology. It's a veritable who's who of the New Pulp movement that spans genres from adventure to horror, hardboiled crime to westerns. My contribution is a story from the early career of occultist Bartholomew Sylvaine, who first appeared under a slightly different name in my novel Dragon in the Snow.

LEGENDS OF NEW PULP FICTION
Airship 27, 2015
ISBN: 0692601139
776 pages
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The Six Brains of Doctor Mektro

Someone is stealing the brains of the world’s maddest scientists! Can the evil super-genius Zorbian and his equally brilliant daughter find and destroy this medical maniac, or will their own twisted brains become part of his fiendish collection?

“Six Brains” was an absolute joy to write. This retro sci-fi novelette combines steampunk thrills and wry humor, while introducing three characters I plan to explore in future stories.

Published in the digest-sized anthology It's Alive! along with tales by Carson Demmans and Hope Erica Schultz.

IT'S ALIVE! TALES OF MAD SCIENTISTS
Pro Se Press, 2016
ISBN: 1535029226
134 pages