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RuneWright Offers a List of Titles
RuneWright only got into the publishing business this year, but we've already produced four titles (print and electronic version) with two or three more slated by EOY.
Sphere of Seven Billion Gods
Published in April of 2011, Sphere of Seven Billion Gods is a book of existential poetry written and produced by owner and editor Christopher Ficco. It traverses a trying and sometimes exhilarating period of his life as a much younger man. With excursions into religious, spiritual, emotional and philosophical territories, it's an inspiring look into overcoming the baggage culture and family can often impose upon a young mind.
Penny Dread Tales: Volume I
Published in May of 2011, Penny Dread Tales Volume 1 is a roaring ride through the burgeoning, bizarre world of steampunk. With 18 stories that cover a wide variety of steampunk themes and settings, both the steampunk purist and the well-its-kinda-like-steampunk fans will find something to enjoy. There are both new and established writers included within the pages, and every story is guaranteed to be an entertaining read.
CONTRIBUTORS: Patrick Scalisi, Gerry Huntman, Gary Buettner, Laura Givens, Michael Grey, Quincy Allen, Harris Tobias, J. M. Franklin, Helen Ryan, Sevan Taylor, L. Young, Robert Neilson, Larry Lefkowitz, Renee James, Terry Phillius, Cayleigh Hickey, Frank R. Stocton
It Lives: Volume One
Published in July of 2011, It Lives is not at all what I expected when I put out the calls for submissions. I was expecting 50's vintage monster stories. What I got instead was a genuine and often thoughtfully speculative exploration of the human condition from the vantage-point of new life, either created or recreated. All 21 stories inside are sure to grab you and keep you riveted to the end, and I guarantee that you'll be surprised, shocked, inspired and horrified by these wonderfully crafted short stories.
CONTRIBUTORS: Alex Sivier, Jack Jobe, Jon-Michael Emory, Jeff Kozzi, Owen Allen, Quincy Allen, Jack Horne, Douglas Pugh, KJ Gillard, Christian Dzadek, Parisa Syrus, Timothy Miller, Juleigh Howard-Hobson, Jesica McHugh, Tom Howard, Carol Heightshoe, Matthew E. Morgan, C. L. Rossman, John Rosenman, O'Brian Gunn
This anthology explores that which is beyond this mortal coil, with a number of pantheons represented, including Greek, Incan, Celtic, Christian, Native American and Norse. There are tales of sadness and despair, tales of retribution and triumph. And mixed into every story is an expression of humanity that often touches the spirit. Every one of us must face our own mortality, and we frequently choose to make our way through life connecting with things greater than ourselves to help us make our way through the travails and challenges of existence. In many respects, that's what Spirit Legends is all about. Whether you believe in god, a god or gods, or none of the above, the stories herein will take you into a wide variety of notions of "the great beyond" and perhaps help you understand your own existence just a little better.
CONTRIBUTORS: Harris Tobias, Rick Coonrod, Neil A. Riebe, Elizabeth Inglee-Richards, Quincy Allen, Henrik Ramsager, Kit Campbell, Gerri Leen, John B. Rosenman, Anne Marie, L Young, Frederick Hilary, Carole Hall, Kevin Quirt, Terry Phillius, Jon-Michael Emory, Lyn McConchie, Ed Cooke, Kelly Dillon
Best Served Cold
Sometimes revenge can taste sweet, and sometimes it is most bitter. It can fill the soul to the bursting point or leave it empty and wanting. But no matter how one takes their revenge, it is always best served cold, as cold as the heart it takes to prepare revenge in the first place. “Best Served Cold” is a collection of science-fiction, paranormal and contemporary short fiction where the one who has it coming gets it in the end. This is a smorgasbord of retribution that will tickle, tantalize, slake and even horrify your sense of justice. Within these pages an assassin starts a revolution, the devil himself terrorizes the galaxy, a murderer meets justice in the form of three ancient witches and sexual predators find out what it means to be preyed upon. So whet your appetite and prepare for a collection of short stories that are “Best Served Cold.”
CONTRIBUTORS: Darrell Keifer, Roderick Caster, Ross Baxter, R. K. Kombrinck, Matt Kurtz, Quincy Allen, Mark Mills, John Rehg, Harris Tobias, Paul A. Freeman, John L. Thompson, Frederick Hilary, David W. Landrum, Joe DiBuduo & Kate Robinson, Terry Phillius, Nathanial Tower, Tom Harold, Chad Rohrbacher, Charles Kyffhausen, Derek Rutherford
Penny Dread Tales Volume II
Penny Dread Tales Volume Two truly is a phantasmagorical calliope of clockwork and steam, one that will spirit you away to the four corners of the globe . Steampunk is not just British and it’s not just American, although you may have heard different. Steampunk is everywhere and forever. This anthology celebrates the notion that steampunk also has a home in places like China, Budapest, Panama and beyond. In this collection of short steampunk stories, a prince will face the curse of his ancestors, airship privateers will face down a murderer in the rugged Outback of Australia, the cities of Buda and Pest will face annihilation, and a lone, clockwork cowboy will face down the meanest werewolf in the west. So sit back, relax and step into the Victorian age that never happened, even in your wildest dreams!
CONTRIBUTORS: Sevan Taylor Keyth Good Larry Lefkowitz Lauren Humphries-Brooks Jonathan D. Beer David Boop J. M. Franklin Quincy Allen Dorothy Reede Mark Rossmore Gerry Huntman Cynthia Gael Alexander B. Joy David McLain Robert Neilson David W. Landrum Justin Boyett Peter J. Wacks
The last thing Los Angeles needed was a high-tech, ex-assassin from another planet to set up shop as a Private Detective. They got one anyway. Justin Case is a smart-ass killing machine looking for a little redemption. He lives for smiles, protects his friends like a mother grizzly, and has a real penchant for wetwork, leaving bodies - or parts of them, anyway - in his wake. In this first instalment of the End Game trilogy, the messy demise of Xen Li, one of Case's closest friends, sets Case and his predatory feline Magdelain on a collision course with Gino DiMarco. Di Marco is an Italian mob boss running the L.A. drug scene, secretly hammering L.A. with T-Rex, a new designer drug that has the LAPD baffled. To solve who killed Xen and bring down DiMarco, Case will have to pull in favors from an aging, bare-knuckles brawler tied to the Russian mob and a hot-bodied, SEAL-trained sniper who makes a really mean cappuccino. He'll also have to depend upon Rachel, his tough-as-nails partner. Along the way he'll fall in love and take the biggest risk of his life by revealing the secret of his origins.
AUTHOR: Quincy Allen
Penny Dread Tales Volume III
In this tome, the third installment of the Penny Dread Tales series, we explore not only the darker side of steampunk but also the black, sullied underbelly of the human condition. The nightmare of Jack the Ripper stalks these pages… drenching them in blood… twice. Slavery, the murder of the weak and helpless, dire choices of life and death: these tragedies and more become fodder for the mind, where the possessed and dispossessed steal men’s lives, and in some cases, their souls. This volume is rich with shadowy settings shrouded in fog, and the ensuing brutality is glimpsed piecemeal through windows of moonlight where dark shadows hide nefarious villains plotting murder and mayhem upon unsuspecting victims. PDT3 carries the reader to the four corners of the Earth and beyond. It traverses the centuries, from the Victorian era all the way into a future 40,000 years distant. It is an exploration of mankind’s darkest dreams and nightmares, and in its reading you too may experience nightmares where might In Darkness Clockwork Shine.
Connect With Me
I will start by saying that I am not the biggest fan of science fiction, so when a friend gave me a copy of this book to read I approached it with the intentions to not enjoy the stories. I found myself surprised at the creativity and writing skills of these authors, since most of these are authors who are publishing for the first time. I must say though that my favorite short story was authored by Jodi Franklin, she had a very interesting and intriguing setting for the story, and I for one would like to see more of her writings. I think a longer format would be wonderful for some of these authors to help them expand on the interesting themes that were touched upon in these stories. Overall this is a great read for fans of science fiction as well as those who are looking to possibly find the next breakout author before he or she has become mainstream.