dark fantasy

Cthulhu Limericks eBook available

Cthulhu Limericks

Anyone who’s actually living in the 21st century can now purchase and read an eBook version of Cthulhu Limericks, available now through Lulu. This is the full text of the print version, with the nifty cover art I painted myself. Even the title is spelled correctly!

This is the first eBook I’ve created myself, and it was a real chore to get the formatting right. Totally ridiculous how much trouble I had getting the paragraphs to indent. It finally looks decent, although I’m a little surprised at how little design is possible with an eBook. When I design one of my print publications, I make an effort to select a great looking font that suits the theme of the book, and carefully design the chapter headings, layout, and so forth. An eBook is far simpler, just being raw text in Times New Roman, with three layers of headings in Ariel. I guess anyone who reads eBooks already knows this. Being somewhat of a 20th century guy, I’ve never read an eBook. I still buy LPs, after all. Yes, that means vinyl records. I’m listening to one now.

The eBook is priced at $3.99. If that seems like too much, please let me know. However, keep in mind that when it appears on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other sites, they take a huge share of that amount. This is still one third the cost of the print book!


Latest Heta book now live on Amazon

My latest novel, Love and Death in the Land of Souls, is now live on Amazon. Set in an alternate ancient Egypt, this dark fantasy concludes a trilogy featuring necromancer and court dancer Heta that started with Revenge of the Rat’s Hand, and continued with Breasts in Darkness, My Back to the Light. The earlier Heta stories are collected in one volume, Heta’s Book. All titles are available via Lulu.com as well.

Lulu and Amazon worked pretty quickly to get this out there so fast. Oddly enough, four sellers have it on offer, including Amazon. I wonder who these people are who list on demand books for sale as soon as they come out?

7th book published in 2015

Yesterday I uploaded the manuscript and cover art to Lulu for Love and Death in the Land of Souls, my seventh book published this year. The book should become live on Amazon and other sites sometime in January, after I receive and (hopefully) approve the proof copy.

This short novel is the fourth book in a dark fantasy series featuring necromancer and court dancer Heta in an alternative history of ancient Egypt, and it concludes a trilogy that also includes The Revenge of the Rat’s Hand and Breasts in Darkness, My Back to the Light. When I started editing and publishing the other stories in the series earlier this year, Love and Death in the Land of Souls was incomplete. Picking up the story after over a decade, the whole thing went in a totally different direction than I expected. For one thing, Heta’s archnemesis Menanau makes an appearance, acting as an ally when she must travel to the Land of the Dead to save her lover Tema, who’s soul has been captured by Thutmose.

As with the other Heta stories, this one uses an unusual narrative technique that presents discrete sections under a heading of a single word in the ancient Egyptian language. It’s meant to look like the story has been found in fragments of a longer manuscript. And as before, this novel contains erotic content that’s not for everyone. Mature audiences only, please!