Alien Abattoir Available Now!

Alien Abattoir Medium Cover

This week I released my first anthology on Amazon and Smashwords, and I am holding a giveaway until April 11th for a chance to win one of several copies here.

The anthology contains ten stories about cursed alien artifacts, interstellar investment banking, ancient alien astronauts, parallel timelines, alien experimentation, and space colonization gone horribly wrong. It includes new stories as well as previously published ones from venues like Fictionvale MagazineNewMyths.comMad Scientist JournalPlasma Frequency MagazineOutposts of Beyond, and The Colored Lens. Four of these stories have also received Honorable Mentions in the Writers of the Future Contest.

Please check it out. I hope you enjoy it.

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My Story, “Chandler’s Hollow” Is Now Available on Perihelion Online Science Fiction

Source: Perihelion Online Science Fiction

Source: Perihelion Online Science Fiction

I’m happy to announce that my story, “Chandler’s Hollow”, is now available at Perihelion Online Science Fiction.

This story is my take on a local Delaware-Pennsylvania legend about a cult house near the Brandywine River. Growing up, I heard several variations of this story. In most of them, the cult house had windows in the shape of inverted crosses and trees bowed away from the structure, presumably because it emanated evil. Onlookers who dared visit the site frequently reported being chased by a strange black Bronco with stadium lights.

To make this story my own, I took a kernel of the legend and melded it with multiverse brane theory, a mass extinction event occurring several thousand years ago, and some colonial history (some true, some invented).

“Chandler’s Hollow” is the result.

You can read it for free here.

I hope you enjoy it.


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Buy my first complete anthology at Amazon or Smashwords. It includes ten stories about cursed alien artifacts, interstellar investment banking, ancient alien astronauts, parallel timelines, alien experimentation, and space colonization gone horribly wrong.

First published in venues like Fictionvale MagazineNewMyths.comMad Scientist JournalPlasma Frequency MagazineOutposts of Beyond, and The Colored Lens, several of these stories have received Honorable Mentions in the prestigious Writers of the Future Contest.

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My Latest Outposts of Beyond Short Story Is Now Available

Source: Outposts of Beyond

Source: Outposts of Beyond

I’m happy to announce that my story, “Entropic Order”, is now available at Outposts of Beyond.

You can purchase a copy of the magazine here.

Enjoy!


Alien-Abattoir-Cover-Front-Medium

Buy my first complete anthology at Amazon or Smashwords. It includes ten stories about cursed alien artifacts, interstellar investment banking, ancient alien astronauts, parallel timelines, alien experimentation, and space colonization gone horribly wrong.

First published in venues like Fictionvale MagazineNewMyths.comMad Scientist JournalPlasma Frequency MagazineOutposts of Beyond, and The Colored Lens, several of these stories have received Honorable Mentions in the prestigious Writers of the Future Contest.

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My Latest NewMyths Short Story Is Now Live

I’m happy to announce that my story, “White Night’s, Mammon’s City”, is now posted on NewMyths.com.

You can find it free here.

Enjoy!

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A Review of the July / August 2014 Issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Source: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Source: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

If you’re not one of my regular readers, you’re probably wondering why The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction routed you to a website called “Reflections of a Rational Republican” for a review of its recent July/August 2014 issue.

Be not afraid.

Republicans like fantasy and science fiction, too. And I promise to keep politics out of it.

For this issue, guest editor C.C. Finlay selected thirteen solid stories out of a field of 751 submissions. It is also the first issue in the history of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction where prospective writers could submit stories electronically. Moreover, none of the thirteen authors in the issue has ever appeared in the magazine, which made for a refreshing change of pace. Overall, I think C.C. Finlay has an excellent eye for great stories and a rare talent for discovering new authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this issue and look forward to his next. Continue reading

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Remembering Jay on Memorial Day 2014

Every Memorial Day, I honor the sacrifice of my friend, Jay. As the world changes and the years fade, it is important that we never forget those who have selflessly sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. Jay exemplifies that long gray line of West Pointers who lived and died by the motto: Duty, Honor, Country.

Today is his day.

For the past three years, I have posted the following words about Jay. As always, the same words and sentiments still apply today.

I miss you, buddy.

The cross-currents of individual lives can be interesting things. Through time we each follow our own paths. On occasion, these paths intersect unexpectedly with those of greater men and women.

During my life, my path crossed several times with one of my generation’s finest.

I met Jay in high school. He was a serious, quiet, and determined person. He was also one heck of an athlete, leading my high school soccer team to the State Championship as its all-star goalie.

Opting for a more serious life dedicated to service, Jay applied for and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

After we graduated from high school, I never considered that my path might cross with Jay again during my military career.

But alas, the military community is a small one.

When Jay arrived at the National Training Center, I was happy to see him again.

Life has a funny way of timing things. Coincidentally, our daughters were born a day and one room apart in the same hospital ward.

During my last year of military service in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, I was thrilled to learn that Jay would command Echo Troop, Alpha Troop’s sister company, where I had served as an executive officer.

I knew the soldiers of Echo Troop well. At the National Training Center Alpha and Echo Troop served together every month as a Soviet-style Motorized Rifle Battalion. We ate together and we trained together.

Before leaving the high Mojave desert forever, I came to see Jay one last time to make sure he knew what great soldiers he would command.

It was the last time I would ever speak to him.

Twenty months later, while sitting in the comfort of a business school classroom in Massachusetts, I learned that Jay would not be returning home to his family.

Exemplifying the principle of leadership by example, Jay was personally inspecting a vehicle at a traffic control point in Iraq when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated.

He died on April 29, 2005.

Jay was a quiet and serious officer who cared deeply about his soldiers and his country. His integrity, loyalty and selfless service were impeccable. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that others may live in freedom and for that we all owe him a great debt.

Jay, I still sorely miss you.

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My Seventh Published Short Story Is Now Live

Source: Fictionvale Magazine

Source: Fictionvale Magazine

I’m happy to announce that my story, “Enemy Allies”, is now posted on Fictionvale.

You can find it here.

Enjoy!

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My Sixth Published Short Story Is Now Live

Source: Mad Scientist Journal

Source: Mad Scientist Journal

I’m happy to announce that my story, “The Witchwood Whispers” is now posted on Mad Scientist Journal.

You can find it here.

Enjoy!

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Update: Second Round

I recently posted that I had entered my first novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Today, I am very happy to announce that, based on my pitch, my entry is one of the top 20% of entries to advance to the second round, and my name and the title of my novel are now on the Amazon website under Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. Continue reading

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Why I Entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Recently, I entered my first novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, which Amazon has hosted for the past seven years. The contest allows a total of up to 10,000 entries for novels of between 50,000 to 125,000 words in five categories, including:

  • General Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
  • Romance
  • Young Adult Fiction

The contest’s Grand Prize is a contract with Amazon Publishing and a $50,000 advance. In addition, the contest has a number of other awards ranging from monetary prizes to free book reviews.

Besides the chance to win a publishing contract, I entered the contest this year for three reasons: Continue reading

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