Monday, August 21, 2017

Where I've been, or when life comes with no lemonade

This blog has sat fallow for way too long now. After finally getting things up to a regular schedule, life decided to get in the way of everything. Here's a quick rundown of everything that's went down.
  • Left one house. Stuck in a no-tell hotel for a little over a month until the next was ready. 
  • Picked up a second part time job, pushing my work week to nearly 60 hours.
  • Started having seriously bowel pain and bleeding.
  • Went through one colonoscopy, bled even more and went through a second emergency colonoscopy the next day. Spent twenty-four hours in the ICU and another five days waiting to learn I was (thankfully) cancer free.
  • Found out on the same day I learned I was cancer free that my father-in-law had terminal cancer and attended his funeral two weeks later. 
All in all, it's pretty much been the most disastrous summer I've experienced. And I've had some damn rough summers as of late.

Right now, we're about half moved into a new house with the majority of our stuff still stuck in storage. Coupled with the long work weeks and the storm of awfulness, anxiety and depression, it's been challenging to accomplish anything.

But I am hoping to change that in August. I've got two editorial projects in the works now (Pulpsploitation: The Gunmaster and Dino Force.) They will bring an end to my Metahuman Press label, at least as a full-fledged micro-press. At the current time, I do not have it in me to continue publishing and writing. With that in mind, it seemed clear the editing would have to give.

I'm far from done creating nor will I completey give up on new projects with other writers. But I will be looking into a publishing partner for future projects in the near future.

In the mean time, I will continue to blog here and there, update this with things I like and things I think you should like.

Just keep living life. We've only got a finite time and I for one plan on living mine to the fullest.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Great art: Rulah by Christina Marie Lacey

We close out today with a Teen Titans style take on the aforementioned Rulah by the Christina Marie Lacey, a.k.a. Glee-chan. Definitely a very different take but still lots of fun!

As always, you can check out a lot more Great Art over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great art here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's up for June 30, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)




The Dresden Files: Storm Front | Aquaman: The Drowning | Punisher: Black and White | Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince | Bionic

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rise of Rulah reviewed!

A classic Rulah cover by the amazing
Matt Baker. 
I grew up with a fascination for jungle heroes. It was a strange fascination, built on the back of many a mediocre Tarzan film. You see, in small town Iowa back in the 80s, it wasn't easy to find copies of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. Nor were many jungle characters appearing in comics. (Marvel's Ka-Zar book was canceled just as I got into reading comics with G.I. Joe and Transformers.)

But I loved them, conceptually at least. Every Tarzan film I saw from the Johnny Weissmuller classics to the long winded Greystoke, made me think I could do a jungle hero better.

Twenty years later, I made my attempt with a revival of a classic public domain jungle queen. The short story "The Rise of Rulah" revived Rulah, Jungle Goddess, and remains one of my favorite short stories.

Happily, Amazon reader GePop seems to agree. He wrote of my work in his review:
A good, quick read, with a nice quasi-realistic (well, as realistic as this premise can hope to get) explanation of the origin of the white jungle goddess. Good fun, and it rings all sorts of nostalgic bells. I'd like to see additional Rulah stories from this author.
GePop will be happy to know more Rulah stories are in the works. I have no timetable for their release right at this moment, but I am in the planning stages of her return adventure. I have a lot of stories to tell about the character and a lot more weird supporting cast members to develop.

In the mean time, why not check out my Rulah tale right now over on Amazon or Smashwords.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gandhi was like that! (Kickstart the Week 59)

What if Gandhi's peaceful facade was just his way of avoiding unleashing the monstrous rage beast inside him?


Welcome to the world of Gandhi: The Beast Within. The new graphic novel by Jason Michalski and Antonio Rojo looks to miss hilarity with hijinx as Gandhi goes head to head with none other than Hitler himself.

This looks like a great one for fans of Atomic Robo or just general fans of pure awesome. With six days left, it's just over 50% funded, so head on over to Kickstarter and give it your support.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Have Gun, Will Edit (WIP Wednesday)

Original Pulpsploitation cover by Nik Poliwko.
Not a lot has changed since my last WIP Wednesday update. Writing wise I'm still slowly working through my Moon Chopper story for an upcoming 70s era anthology.

Editing wise, I'm back hard at work on the first Gunmaster novel by Teel James Glenn. This will be the first Pulpsploitation novel to come following the release of the original anthology a couple years ago. Hopefully it will not be the last, as I have plans for more with my own Airboy feature in the future and I've already solicited input by a few other writers and contributors.

That's it for this time around. My hopes are to finish both those projects by the end of the month, which will mean a very new WIP Wednesday next time around!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Shanna the She-Devil

The Jungle Queen is a gimmick nearly as old as comics, but Shanna made the concept part of an extended universe. She's not a character with a ton of great cosplays, but this one makes up for that!

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for June 16, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)




The Dresden Files: Storm Front | Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. | Crimson Volume 1 | Ultraviolence

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Please feed your independent author


The struggle of being any kind of small press writer, publisher or businessman is always the fight to get more eyes on the work. I have been publishing my own work for years now, but growing the audience has always been my greatest challenge.

First, thank you for following me or reading this blog. But if you enjoy my work, the biggest request I can make to you as a fan is to please head to Amazon and leave a review of my work. Every review helps bring more eyes to the work and every new eye helps makes it easier for me to sell books.

Don't get me wrong, selling books isn't the be all and end all of why I write. I can't imagine not sharing my creations with the world. But the more profitable my writing becomes, the more likely I can focus more of each day on the act of creation.

So please head over to my Amazon Author page, find my books you've read and give them a review.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn may be the easiest cosplay ever to find on the internet, but few cosplayers ever really make her their own. Rachel Nycole is an exception to the rule as she truly embodies the character in this and several other shots on her DeviantArt. Harley's been on my mind a bit lately, as I have spent a bit of time of late trying to understand her sudden rise to popularity.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for June 9, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)





Countdown | Nightwing: Better Than Batman | Star Wars: Kanan | Moana | We Are Shampoo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Monster motorcyclists and the women that love them (WIP Wednesday)

Chris Hebert's cover for Dino Force.
Since Jim Beard has already hinted at his next project to be published by Metahuman Press, I can reveal that my current PROJECT DEMON is actually a short story called Moon Chopper. The new book is something of a sequel to the Super Swingin 1968 Special. This time the heroes are coming out of the 1970s however and get to play with two of the eras' major tropes: bikers and the supernatural.

Obviously, one such character stands out as a prime example of those combined genres, but I hope I'm making Moon Chopper unique enough that he doesn't just seem a clone of any other ghostly riders.

My new tale will introduce the world to Gordon Bridges, a simple man on the road with a dark secret. After nearly dying, he was given the powers of the Moon Chopper. Now he can transform into a beast of the night, but one with a purpose. His quest to defend the open road often brings him up against dark threats. His only ally is his girl, Friday, an intrepid reporter with a knack for trouble.

While working on that, I'm also giving a second pass to my Dino Force offering. Paolo may be the most unique character on the book, and perhaps the one with the strongest redemption story. I'm hoping it can do justice to the great work T. Mike McCurley, Don Gates and Travis Hiltz are also bringing to the book.

With those two short works filling my time, I am also in the development stage of my next long work. I haven't finalized which book will be my next, but I hope to get to all three works over the rest of 2017. Right now, I don't want to go into any more details on any of them, outside of their codenames: EARTH. FAITH. GRAFT. One of these works will be a sequel to a previous release, but the other two will be all new novels. Of the two others, I expect one might be the first novel I release under a pseudonym. The genre moves outside my usual undertakings and I suspect starting the new series with a new name might be the best way to help get it off the ground.

But that's of course a long way out. For now, I've got some short stories to work on. Wish me luck.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rabbit Heart is a damned good adventure

On Tuesday, I turn the focus to a book, movie, comic or whatever I think is deserving of more attention. It might be old, it might be new, but it always something worth a look. 



Barry Reese writes some of the best new pulp with his Peregrine, Lazarus Gray and Gravedigger series. But Rabbit Heart takes a different tract for Reese, one with more adult and urban fantasy overtones. In the process, he creates what is in my opinion his best work.

Reese combines slasher movie monsters, typical urban fantasy conceits and the legend of the Wild Hunt to create Fiona Chapman, a woman that learns she's a monster, but uses the revelation to turn herself into the ultimate monster killer. She sets out on a quest to hunt the other monsters of the Wild Hunt, only two of which she runs into over the course of this book.

Sadly, Rabbit Heart reads like the first book in a series but a sequel has never materialized. Reese is on record as being worried about the ever increasing edginess of Fiona when he started to write the sequel, but I for one would love to see what he could do with the character in a new book.

Whether it remains a standalone or eventually spawns sequels, Rabbit Heart is a great read and comes highly recommended.

Pick up Rabbit Heart on Amazon.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Great Art: Wonder Woman by Oliver Nome

With the major movie release of the weekend, it seemed more than sensible to feature this great piece from Oliver Nome, who passed away far too early in March.

As always, you can check out a lot more Great Art over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great art here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for June 2, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)


I haven't had a lot of free time for reading or viewing as of late, but here's a couple quick links of what I have looked at:



Countdown | Black Pulp | Empowered Vol. 2 | Moana Soundtrack

Thursday, June 1, 2017

On Cornell

I should have posted something a week ago about the last minute success of Dino Force and the great supporters that brought it to life. I didn't. I should have made at least a mention of my impending move and the need to lay off posting and writing for most of the last 2 weeks. I didn't.

On the 18th of May, Chris Cornell took his own life, whether under the influence or not, ending one of the greatest voices of our generation.

Chris was always a weird artist for me. I can date my first hearing Soundgarden way back to Pump Up the Volume, a surprisingly excellent Christian Slater vehicle from 1990. But it was almost certainly his work alongside Eddie Vedder with the song "Hunger Strike" that made me start to connect with him. I am still a huge fan of Temple of the Dog, the one off project Cornell produced as a tribute to a lost friend. Now it seems to come full circle as Cornell's own friends seek ways to pay tribute to him, much as I seek to do here in my own way.

I always had a fondness for his voice, but I can never say that his work with Soundgarden or Audioslave really were what I wanted from him. "Blow Up the Outside World" and "Be Yourself" are both amazing songs, but I always found the extended catalogs of both bands to be a bit lacking. But with Chris's solo work, I connected the most. His collaboration with Timbaland on the Scream album (as well as the "Scream" single) is one of those great songs that I seemed to connect with even when no one else in the world even seemed to like it.

As I listened back on his work, both alone and with his varied groups, stretching from "Hunger Strike" in 91 until "Never Forget My Broken Heart" last year, it was clear where I saw the connections.

So much of Chris Cornell's music was built around depression. Both living with it and wanting to escape it by any means necessary. I know so many fans that just appreciated the brooding aspect of all of it, but it's something that connected with me on an intimate level. I've fought depression in any number of ways over the years and I could link my mind with the messy images of life Chris brought to life with his lyrics and his always stirring delivery of them.

Chris Cornell knew pain. He channeled pain. He made art of his battle with madness.

God, it feels so familiar.

It's funny that the realization never quite punched me in the face until the world suddenly didn't have Chris Cornell. Already in a miasma with packing and moving, I found myself listening to song after song after song and just feeling the pain he felt everyday and in every word. He delivered those songs in concert often at an insane schedule. It's easy to see how such a thing could catch up with him. His history with self-medication may have been involved, but Cornell never stopped being a man that carried his demons on his shoulder.

He lasted 53 years with those monsters weighing him down. His loss makes me question my own fortitude, but at the same time, his life makes me want to create and thrive. Through the creative process I can find strength. If Chris Cornell's music leaves me one legacy it is that.

Godspeed, Chris.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kickstart the Week: 7 days left for Dino Force!

We have just seven days left now to make Dino Force a reality through Kickstarter. I've added two new reward levels in the last day: one that allows everyone to get five books, either for themselves or as gifts for others. I've also added a level where your name can be added to one of the Dino Force stories. You will be a bit player in the adventure!


Head over to the Kickstarter before time runs out! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Jun the Swan

Gatchaman doesn't have all the staples we're bringing to Dino Force, but it was certainly an early ancestor of the book nonetheless. Linda Le (a.k.a. Vampy Bit Me) did an amazing job bringing the team's female member Jun the Swan to life.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for May 12, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)




Crazy Is My Superpower | Carnage | Wolverine Max | Superman: Son of Superman | Cracked Rear View

Thursday, May 11, 2017

WIP Update: early May 2017

Both my writing and editing time have been extremely limited in the last couples weeks. I've started another job outside writing which eats into the few hours I actually have every week. But I have made some progress on edits for the upcoming second book in the Pulpsloitation franchise, which Teel James Glenn looks to be making a rip-roaring yarn.

I have also started the first few hundred words on a novelette for an upcoming anthology being assembled by other editors for Metahuman Press. This will be the first book I won't have a heavy hand in editing for the line, but I am still contributing to the first of the two planned volumes. I've started coding my projects for the year, especially with several of them going unnamed at the current time, so right now this one will just be PROJECT DEMON. It's the most straight up superhero thing I've written so far this year, so I'm definitely excited to see how well it plays out over the writing process.

I have also started edits on the other Dino Force contributions than mine. I will most likely make some changes to the epilogue after I've done so in order to streamline the finish in a slightly stronger light. Of course, Dino Force is still funding on Kickstarter and awaiting your support. If you love superheroes, giant monsters or robot dinosaurs, this is the book for you!

Today's image is from the opening credits of the first show I ever saw with combining robots, The Mighty Orbots. It's an 80s classic that still holds up pretty well these days.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A few words on the origins of Dino Force

Dino Force started as a concept among dozens of others I came up with as a teenager. I can trace that earliest incarnations' origins to my frustration with the kind of kids shows currently running on television right around my fifteenth birthday. I looked at shows like Power Rangers and Captain Planet, or even older fare at that time like Voltron and the Mighty Orbots with frustration. Here were great concepts at their heart that were filtered by awful children's television standards into claptrap that at best was mindless and at worst talked to its young viewers like morons. It always annoyed me as a child and it annoyed me even more as a teen. So I created a team of five young heroes with the idea they would fill the holes I saw in all those concepts.

I created a reason for their powers, a brief back history and even the saurid threat the initial team would face. But I never set out to really plot their adventures.

Fast forward twenty years. While going through old files and putting together some of the background material for Quadrant, I stumbled upon the old micro-plots I made for the "issues" of Dino Force I wanted to create. I dusted them off, and thought back to all the Godzilla, Ultraman and Super Sentai stuff I'd seen since, even later Power Rangers shows I enjoyed like Dino Thunder and In Space. I realized in those plot points, I had something that might be interesting to develop as a shared world anthology.


Super Kaiju Battle Squadron Dino Force was born. I recruited five other writers to help bring the concept of an international contingent of young heroes coming together to save the world. Two later dropped away from the project and I moved my prologues and epilogues into forming the tale of the team's leader rather than a sixth member. I then took up Dino Green's story in Brazil as well, setting up a full contingent of warriors by the book's end. Along with T. Mike McCurley, Don Gates and Travis Hiltz, we created a novel length anthology introducing our characters to the world.

That anthology is now funding on Kickstarter.

This is one of those weird ideas that came from a place of love and I hope you'll join me in helping making it a reality.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Kickstart the Week 57: The Box City Wallops are back!

Jim Lawson has been a favorite creator of mine since I first discovered the original Mirage Studios version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that he drew off and on for about two decades. He's a consummate professional and a great artist with his own unique style.

So I'm always glad when he has something new. Case in point: the third and fourth issues of The Box City Wallops.


I talked about the first two issues in a previous post and since receiving them have to say they are some fun, truly unique, superhero comics. New people wanting to back the project shouldn't worry however. The previous two issues are also available through the Kickstarter.

So if you love fun heroic adventures, strange characters or classic Ninja Turtles, it is hard to go wrong with this book. Check it out at Kickstarter and consider backing it!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Kickstart the Week 56: Dinoforce launches this week!

This week, the focus is on my latest Kickstarter project. I'll have more on it tomorrow, but stay tuned for Super Kaiju Battle Squadron: DINO FORCE to arrive in the next 24 hours on Kickstarter!

Newsletter subscribers get the first look at the full cover on launch tomorrow, but I'll have full word on the project here as well.

Check out the first look at the Kickstarter banner for this one below!

Art by Chris Hebert! 


Monday, April 24, 2017

Kickstart the Week 55: New fiction by Michael Jan Friedman

Michael Jan Friedman is a name known to many comic book and Star Trek fans. With numerous novels in that franchise and writing credits on Justice League and a personal favorite of mine, Darkstars, he's got a whole heck of a lot of great credentials.

But he also publishes a lot of great stuff of his own. One, I Am the Salamander, can even be characterized as super powered fiction. That book was Friedman's very first Kickstarted project, but three years later he is back with a new book and new super powered fiction.


Cabal and Other Irresponsible Invocations of The Muse is his new book at Kickstarter now. While it features several stories from various genres, the lead tale "Cabal" is pure super powered fiction, focusing on a group teaming to take down a superhero. But in this case, they do so for noble reasons, even if they aren't always right in those intentions.

This one looks like another great one by Mister Friedman, so head over to Kickstarter and back it!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Great Art: Cloak and Dagger by Adam Hughes

With the debut of the trailer for next year's Freeform series based on the characters, I figured it made sense to show off this great piece of Dagger (with a cloak if not Cloak) by the always exceptional Adam Hughes.

As always, you can check out a lot more Great Art over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for April 21, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)





Text-only links for those with ad-blocker:
Deadlands: Thunder Moon Rising | Poseidon: Earth-Shaker | Mr. Robot Season 1 | Jupiter Ascending | The Rising Sun (Shinsuke Nakamura)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Kickstart the Week 54: The Adventures of Auroraman

A.P. Fuchs is one of those guys that has been toiling in the super powered fiction field for quite some time with both novels and comics revolving around his character Axiom-Man. Now he's teaming up with fellow Canadian Jeff Burton to help bring the heroic Auroraman to life. Auroraman is the first Canadian hero aimed at the midlands of the country, hailing from Saskatchewan. With a magic staff, he becomes the Super Power of the Prairies. He makes his debut in a new comic through Kickstarter, but his adventures also continue in a prose novel crossover with Axiom-Man. It's a truly inventive way to bring this new character to life.



Check out more about Auroraman on Kickstarter and help make it come to life with your donation!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Starfire

My writing is anything but cosmic right now, but this Starfire is too great not to share!

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday: Early April 2017

April this year, much like last year, has been all about Camp Nanowrimo. And while last year's project ran into roadblocks that caused me to at least temporarily abandon it after the Camp, so far this year's project is firing on all cylinders.

This year I'm deep at work on a project called Outlaw, a mixture of super powered fiction, classic action adventure and urban fantasy. It is also planned as the first book of a proposed multi-author series. Regular Metahuman Press cohort Travis Hiltz is my co-creator on this one and will have his own volume down the line. Right now, I'm working to lay out the basic world and supporting cast so other writers can see where we're going with the character.

I expect to work on this one both this month and at the next Camp Nanowrimo in July. While it won't see publication to (at the earliest) this time next year, it will have an important part in a new Metahuman Press project down the road. But I may have already said too much about that one...

I also continue work on Dino Force. I am just about done with the main section of my contribution with only a brief epilogue to the shared universe anthology to add on. Fans interested in this one should stay tuned for next week, when the Kickstarter launches for the project!

And that pretty much wraps up my work on the writing front. But if you're a wrestling fan, don't forget to check out my thoughts over at The Wrestling Weekday.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saucy Robot Stories is now available!

I may not have written for it, but I am proud of editing the delightfully different adventures of Sam the Robot in Saucy Robot Stories. The tales of a robot in 40s New York embroiled in a half dozen misadventures has truly been one of the highlights of my time as EIC of Metahuman Press, even if other problems delayed its production for far far too long.


Please give Saucy Robot Stories a purchase over at Amazon in print or Kindle editions.

And don't forget to give it a review!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Kickstart the Week 53: Atomic Thunderbolt

I love golden age heroes. I love even more when someone takes a golden age hero and makes them their own. One shot wonder Atomic Thunderbolt is the latest to get that treatment from writer Kevin Powers and artists Matt Gaudio, Rowel Roque and Donna Gregory.


With some stellar art and an intriguing premise this could be a really fun one. Go check it out on Kickstarter. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

What's Up for March 31, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)




And don't forget my latest release as well as the upcoming one that hits stores this coming Monday!


Text-only links for those with ad-blocker:
Norse Mythology | Finder Library | Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. | Lorde: "Green Light" | Ghost in the Shell (1995) Soundtrack | The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks | Saucy Robot Stories

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Great art: Godzilla vs. Kong by Matt Frank

Matt Frank is one of my favorite modern artists. No one draws monsters quite like he does. This piece featuring his imaginings of what the upcoming monster fight movie might look like has been on my mind a bit of late as I work on my own giant monster fighting tale!


Remember you can check out more great art like this over at the Tumblr.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday: End of March 2017

Things continue abreast from earlier this month, even as I start to move more irons into the fire as I get back into a more regimented writing and editing schedule. I'm still far from at the production level I would like to be for my work, but I do at least have a regular rhythm in place both for my writing and my blog posting.

I am nearing completion on my Dino Force story I mentioned last update. From there, I will start edits on the book in May, followed by a short epilogue story meant to tie the other stories in the book together in preparation for the two proposed sequel volumes that will continue the tale.

My current plan is to launch a Kickstarter for the final book in mid-April, which I will write about more in the next few weeks. I've already lined up an artist for the cover with the plans to give the final book a July or August release schedule.

This Diana Nock image remains my ideal view of Jenny
(and graces both ebook covers of my stories.)
Speaking of August, I am also prepping for this year's Jenny Everywhere Day on August 13th. I've released two previous shorts over the years featuring the character. This time around, I'll tell a bit more detailed arc, outside the 3000 or 2000 word briefs I wrote for that day in 2012 and 2014. This will continue the same narrative however, although I am making an effort to allow anyone to jump right in with the new story. My eventual plan is to craft an entire full length book for the character, but I suspect that is still a few years down the road.

If you're interested in reading either of my previous Jenny stories, "Past Prologue" and "Troll Hunted" are both available for whatever you want to pay (including nothing) on Smashwords.

I've started edits on the next book in the Pulpsploitation series as well, but more on Teel James Glenn's Gunmaster novel should come up in the May update as progress goes into full swing on that one.

Oh, and as for April, that involves a new project that in turn will be part of a much larger ongoing project debuting next year, but more on the story in the next update and the larger project in the coming months....

Monday, March 27, 2017

Kickstart the Week 52: Golden Guard

A comic and a role-playing game? All in one? And it's set in the golden age of the 1940s, the heyday of superheroes in America. How can this not be great?

Check out the video below and then head over to Kickstarter and back Golden Guard now!



Remember to back Golden Guard at Kickstarter before it's too late!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Green Ranger

We have already featured one amazing image of Soni Aralynn as the Green Ranger, but while Tommy (or is it Tommi?) Oliver doesn't appear to be in the film out today, he remains pretty much everyone's favorite Power Ranger. So why not give us another great look at this work by the woman that may be the premier purveyor of Power Rangers cosplay.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for March 24, 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)






And don't forget to check out The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks featuring a story by yours truly and all the awesome folks at the Pen & Cape Society.




Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Get your copy of The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks!

I talked about my contributions to the new Pen & Cape Society anthology a couple weeks back. It is now available on Amazon and Smashwords, so go get yourself a copy already!

It features my Annabelle Montalvo / Backoff story, plus new stuff by Samantha Bryant, Stephen T. Brophy, Marion G. Harmon, Ian Thomas Healy,
Michael Ivan Lowell, Landon Porter, Jim Zoetewey and Metahuman Press contributors T. Mike McCurley & Caine Dorr


Friday, March 17, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Starfire

We end the week with a glorious Starfire cosplay, perfectly replicating her look from the classic comics right down to the orange body paint. Jessie here (a.k.a. RuffleButtCosplay) may have created the very best cosplay of one of my favorite characters ever.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Read my Kong story for free!

Kong had a ton of great movie posters, but my
favorite is Mondo's one by Francesco Francavilla.
Kong: Skull Island was the number one movie in America over the weekend and if you enjoyed it as much as I did, you probably want more from the massive ape.

Thankfully, I've got a classic story by yours truly that features the big guy. It's a bit of light-hearted fun called Claus vs. Kong and it is exactly what it sounds like.

You can read it for free at Wattpad! Or just use the handy embedded viewer below.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Ramona Flowers

Ramona remains one of my favorite characters in any piece of fiction, prose or pictorial. So I am always happy to see a great cosplay of her, like this one done by the always amazing Lua Stardust.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


What's Up for March 9. 2017

What's Up is a simple post where I give you links to the books, comics, movies, games and/or music I have been enjoying as of late. Feel free to check them out if you would like to enjoy them as well or give your opinions of these works in the comments below (though do try to keep it spoiler free.)




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday: March 2017

It has been slow going on the writing front since the beginning of the year. I have edited some material and am working on an outline for a new series, but outside the limited time I've had for that, I haven't done much writing.



That has changed however in the last few days as I've put several hundred words into a new short story, my first real fiction work of the new year. The new story is part of an anthology I solicited entries for many many moons ago, a book entitled Super Kaiju Battle Squadron: Dino Force. With a title like that it probably comes as no surprise that the book was inspired by various Japanese tokusatsu series. My story takes the action to Rio De Janeiro to introduce the T-Rex of the team. It will be joined by four other tales, but more on that later.

That is just the first planned story I have for the year but as I said previously, I am not rushing towards any of it. But I strongly suspect you will see the release of Dino Force sometime before the end of the year.

As to what else I am working on? That will be revealed in the next few weeks, especially with a big project announcement come April.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Kickstart the Week 51: Eagle Force Strikes!

Christopher Irving has produced several interesting card sets through his company The Drawn World. But now he's debuting his most interesting as he expands the history of the classic Eagle Force toyline, recently renewed by another Kickstarter (from Remco and Fresh Monkey Fiction.) In many ways, EAGLE was a clone of G.I. Joe, but the figure line never found the traction that Real American Hero did in the 1980s. It never had the comics and trading cards and decades of toys that Hasbro produced.


Now it not only has a new line of sleek modern toys in the work, it now has backstory and character profiles. The Eagle Force Strikes card set covers several past battles and features profiles of several Eagle members. All wrapped up in handy trading card size.

This is a unique and different item, but the Kickstarter only has a few days left. Go check it out before it runs out on Friday.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks now available for pre-order!

I seriously don't talk about the great folks at the Pen & Cape Society enough on this blog, but my group of fellow authors have done wonders in bringing more attention to many amazingly talented prose writers of super powered fiction.

Cover art by Scott Story.
I am proud to say I have joined with them again this year to take part in The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks.

This one actually takes an interesting path for me as I only have two major sidekick characters in the Quadrant Universe. Annabelle Montalvo made her debut in the debut Freedom Patton novel A Dangerous Place to Live. Backoff is a character not actually seen in any of the stories I've published so far, instead serving as a key piece of history in the backstory of Legend in the pages of F.O.R.C.E. I had to choose one or the other to write about if I was going to make this book work.

Instead, I chose both.

"Heroes Don't Retire" falls into a strange place as it actually serves as a sequel to the next Freedom novel, The Long Hot Summer, while also serving as an aside to the ongoing F.OR.C.E. saga. Basically it is a sequel to two works I have yet to release. But while it will beat both those works into print next month, I think it serves as a great jumping on point to introduce both characters.

I distinctly have plans for both in the future, but with my limited writing schedule I cannot say when they will return. In the mean time though, you should definitely check out their first adventure together as well as all the other amazing stories in The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks by pre-ordering it before the March 21 release.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Kickstart the Week 50: Like Father, Like Daughter


Like Father, Like Daughter is a cool little comic focused on the daughter of the world's first superhero even as she develops powers of her own. It's an intriguing high concept from the folks at Short Fuse Media, a team with several Kickstarters behind them already.

Give it a look and consider it backing before it ends in a week.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cosplay Friday: Rogue

The Jim Lee Rogue costume is such a classic, Marvel and Hasbro recently launched a new action figure version of it. While I have no idea about the identity of this cosplayer, she sure brings it to life in epic ways.

As always, you can check out a lot more great Cosplay pictures over on the Tumblr. And while you are admiring some great cosplay here, don’t forget to check out some of the other great stuff on SuperPoweredFiction.com this week!


A few words on the future (or, When real life gets in the way)

Don't know the artist to credit on this one,
but she offers a hint on one upcoming project.
In case you had yet to notice, my time posting here on Super Powered Fiction as well on The Wrestling Weekday has grown more limited over the last few weeks. My focus for much of the last three months of last year, January and February have been mostly involved with getting myself into a better place than I have been in quite some time.

I don't talk about depression issues on here often, but with a long family history of depression (including bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder), I have had particular challenges all through the last twelve months but they were intensified as the year ended as extended family issues seemed to overwhelm everything.

And sometimes something has to give.

In case you don't get my gist, it looks like 2017 will be a very slim year for me.

I do not foresee 2017 as being a strong year for new work from Super Powered Fiction or Metahuman Press. That is not to say I will go without any releases, but I suspet most of my work will be limited to fulfilling prior commitments.

This includes a long gestating shared world anthology based on a distinctly non-Western take on superheroes, a co-edited project that continues my love for weird ideas brought to print and (hopefully) the long awaited first Pulpsploitation novel by Teel James Glenn. It will also include a handful of short stories owed to a few different publishers.

I suspect those projects to take most of the first six months of the year to complete. With the ongoing need for greater attention to home issues, my time writing and editing are far more limited. I plan to see through the release of those works before I start looking into other projects.

Some of the other works I have hinted at in recent months, such as the remainder of F.O.R.C.E, the sequel series Executive F.O.R.C.E. or the fourth volume of Lightweight are still ahead, but they are backburnered. I will give more details on their release as work returns on them.

That is not to say I am without plans. I have a big series launch planned for early 2018, one which I suspect will take up much of my energy in the new year, but one I also hope will change the face of super powered fiction for years to come. But that one is still very far away.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Kickstart the Week 49: Team Synergy

The gang at HB Comics are some of the coolest cats in graphic fiction. Their book Lazerman remains a favorite of mine and their recent graphic novel Vindication is right near the top of my reading list.


Their new book Team Synergy focuses on a group of teenage girls that all have super-powers. All cousins, their grandmother trained them to use their powers and the book covers their first days as superheroes in the wider HB Universe.

What I love about the Hebert Brothers and company is they have a genuine interest in making fun comics for the masses. Lazerman was a fine example of this, but Team Synergy looks to expand their focus by making a strong female-centric title aimed at young girls.

If you like fun books with great characters and unique backgrounds, this is a book for you. Give it a look on Kickstarter.