“Spinach Can’s Son” Among the Best

My science fiction tale of a journey through the dark side of the funny pages–”The Spinach Can’s Son”–appears in The Best of Galaxy’s Edge 2013-2014, now on sale from Phoenix Pick. Here’s the way cool cover of the book:

Best of Galaxy's Edge 001You can order the Kindle edition right here, or the paperback right here from Amazon. You can also order the paperback right here from Barnes and Noble.

“The Spinach Can’s Son” originally appeared in print in the first issue of Galaxy’s Edge, edited by mighty Mike Resnick. It’s a fun story about a “panelnaut” exploring the “Underfunnies”…a mysterious realm where comic strips come to life, though they don’t always work the way they should.  The hero’s wife, also a panelnaut, chases him from one comic strip world to the next, fighting to bring him home…but he has other ideas that could change their lives forever.

It’s a great honor to have this story appear in The Best of Galaxy’s Edge 2013-2014, among so many wonderful stories by accomplished science fiction authors. I hope you’ll check it out. The book will make a great gift for the science fiction fan on your Christmas shopping list.

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You’ve Just Hit The Motherlode, Scifi Fans!

In the mood for some cool science fiction stories, but don’t have time to sit down and read?  Now you can listen to 18 scifi shockers in my new audiobook, Scifi Motherlode.  Check it out here on Amazon and here on Audible, with an Apple edition coming soon on iTunes.  Feast your eyes on this lovely, spaced out cover:

Scifi Motherlode

Scifi Motherlode brings you over 12 hours of listening pleasure, read by one of the top narrators in the field, Bill Lord.  Trust me, when you hear this guy perform, you’ll know instantly that you’re listening to one of the greats.

This audiobook includes the following 18 stories by yours truly, every one a science fiction tale with my typical twists and craziness:

  • The Greatest Serial Killer in the Universe
  • The Love Quest of Smidgen the Snack Cake
  • Playing Doctor
  • Serial Killer vs. E-Merica
  • My Cannibal Lover
  • Zinzizinzizinzic
  • One Awake in All the World
  • Give the Hippo What He Wants
  • Teacher of the Century
  • Off the Face of the Earth
  • Something Borrowed, Something Doomed
  • The Cross-Dressing Cosmic Cortez Rubs Off
  • Star Sex
  • Messiah 2.0
  • Lenin of the Stars
  • The Shrooms of Benares
  • Beware the Black Battlenaut
  • Killer Bod

I hope you’ll order a copy of this brand-new audiobook and spread the word to other science fiction readers that it’s available in a galaxy near you (and them).

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Glosser Brothers Reunion on TV!

Long Live Glosser’s! The Glosser Brothers Department Store employee reunion was a big success! Seventy people showed up in front of the former Glosser Brothers Department Store in downtown Johnstown on Memorial Day, and a great time was had by all. Folks shared memories, caught up on each other’s lives, and posed for photos for my upcoming nonfiction book, Long Live Glosser’s. Plus, we got some excellent media coverage courtesy of WJAC-TV, Johnstown’s own Channel 6. Here’s a link to the online edition of the story: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/-former-glosser-bros-employees-reunite-photo-shoot-2784.shtml

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Glosser Brothers Department Store Reunion on Monday!

Remember, if you worked at the Glosser Brothers Department Store in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, we want you to get in the picture at the big reunion photo shoot! Just come to the Glosser Brothers building on the corner of Franklin and Locust Streets in downtown Johnstown on Memorial Day Monday, May 26 at 10:00AM! This will mark the 25th anniversary of the closing of the Glosser Bros. Department Store, and the photos will be featured in my upcoming nonfiction book, Long Live Glosser’s! So come on down and spread the word to anyone who worked at Glosser’s. And get ready to meet our very own Glosser’s celebrities, Bill Glosser and Ruby Shaffer (of the famous “Cafeteria Twins”). Though as far as we’re concerned, anyone who worked at Glosser’s is a famous celebrity, including you! See you Monday morning!

Christmas at Glosser's background

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A Glosser Brothers Reunion and Radio Broadcast

Lately, I’ve been moving full steam ahead on my newest project, a nonfiction book about the Glosser Brothers Department Store in my hometown of Johnstown, PA. The new book is coming along fantastically well…and taking shape just as we honor a very special occasion:  the 25th anniversary of the closing of Glosser’s Department Store!

Glosser's blue sky view 05.06.14

The 25th anniversary of the last day the store was open arrives on Monday, May 26th. Tuesday, May 27th marks the 25th anniversary of the official closing. So the timing of this book, as you can see, is perfect…and I’m including the anniversary celebration in its pages. In fact, you can hear me talk about the big event on a local radio station, WNTJ, 1490 AM. I’ll be interviewed on a show called Johnstown Live! by the show’s host (and local booster) Ralph DeMarco. I hope you’ll tune in on Monday, May 19 from 7:00-9:00AM to hear the interview. If you’re outside the local listening area, I’ll try to post the interview at a later date for your enjoyment.

During the show, I’ll be talking about the Glosser Employee Reunion I’ve set up in honor of the 25th anniversary. If you or someone you know worked at the Glosser Brothers Department Store in Johnstown, please let them know that we’ll have a special reunion get-together and photo shoot on Monday, May 26th at 10:00AM in front of the Glosser’s Building on the corner of Franklin and Locust Streets in downtown Johnstown. Photos from the shoot will be included in my new book, Long Live Glosser’s, which is set for publication in October 2014.

If you come to the big reunion photo shoot, you’ll see some very special guest stars: Bill Glosser himself, plus the one and only Ruby Shaffer, one of the famous Shaffer twins who brought everyone so much joy while working in the Glosser’s cafeteria for many years. So be sure to join us for the big reunion and see some faces from the fabled past of Glosser Brothers Department Store and Johnstown, PA!

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Music Monday: Beatles to Foster the People

Once a week, on Mondays (unless something comes up), I have a guitar lesson with Bob Bretz, a guitar virtuoso who gives lessons in my hometown.  I’m not very serious about it, I admit, and I never practice enough, but I still enjoying playing and learning.  Bob always manages to come up with something cool for me to work on, and I thought I’d share a bit in case you’re interested.  In today’s lesson, he put together a few jazz chording exercises, which are fairly challenging, plus an arrangement of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” which is easier and more fun.  Here’s the first page, which I’ve just started practicing:

2014.003.0240001Yeah, Bob’s got a unique notation style, but it really works after you get used to it.  I get a kick out of learning from him…and just listening, when he spontaneously cuts loose on a song, and I’m lucky enough to be there and hear the performance.

Music Monday was extra cool today because a new CD just arrived in the mail–Supermodel by Foster the People.  I really liked their first album, Torches, and couldn’t resist ordering the follow-up when it became available.  They’ve got a fun, upbeat style, though their lyrics can be pretty dark, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the cuts on this new recording.

Long live Music Monday!

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In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns

Get ready for one of my wildest stories yet!  It’s a crazy scifi tale called “In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns,” and it appears in the latest issue, number 7, of Galaxy’s Edge magazine!  Here’s the stunning cover:

Cover001You can read the whole story online by clicking right here.  You can also support this fine publication, which features new and classic stories by a roster of exciting authors, by clicking here, scrolling down, and following the instructions to order a paper or electronic copy.  In this issue alone, you can enjoy tales from Robert Sheckley, Mercedes Lackey, C.J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Bear, Brad R. Torgersen, and yours truly!

So drop by the Galaxy’s Edge website and see what they have to offer.  And be sure to give “In a Green Dress, Surrounded by Exploding Clowns” a read.  It’s a crazy story about a world in which life is controlled by voting via social media…a process that leads to insane consequences when a media cop confronts the trolls who are ruining people for laughs.  I’ll just say this:  the title tells you exactly what happens to the hero…though that isn’t necessarily the worst part of his ordeal.  If you like wild stories with vivid characters and scifi themes that hit close to home, this story is for you.  Enjoy!

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“The Spinach Can’s Son” Free Audio Story on StarShip Sofa

You’ve got to love a podcast called StarShip Sofa, right? It’s a very cool name for a world-renowned series featuring free science fiction tales in audio form from a wide range of authors. It’s been around for quite a while, too; in fact, the current episode is number 323…and it showcases one of my stories, “The Spinach Can’s Son.” You can give it a listen right here. If you ask me, the narrator, Graeme Dunlop, does a brilliant job of reading this story and really making it sing. Here’s the cover image from this latest edition of StarShip Sofa:

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“The Spinach Can’s Son” originally appeared in print in the first issue of Galaxy’s Edge, edited by mighty Mike Resnick. It’s a fun story about a “panelnaut” exploring the “Underfunnies”…a mysterious realm where comic strips come to life, though they don’t always work the way they should.  The hero’s wife, also a panelnaut, chases him from one comic strip world to the next, fighting to bring him home…but he has other ideas that could change their lives forever.

I hope you’ll give “The Spinach Can’s Son” a listen, and that you’ll stick around for more great stories from StarShip Sofa in podcasts to come. The team working on this show does a wonderful job of presenting imaginative science fiction in a professional and entertaining way.

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Once Upon an Audiobook in the West

Saddle up for the audiobook edition of my Western saga, The Slaughterers, now on sale!  You’ll be treated to a larger-than-life cowboy hero…a truly vile pack of villains…a climactic shootout in the streets of a dusty Arizona town…and more surprises than you can shake a saddle at.  Order a copy right here from Amazon, right here from Audible, and watch for an upcoming edition from Apple iTunes.  Check out the rootin’-tootin’ cover by unbridled Ben Baldwin his own bad self:

The Slaughterers ACX NewHere’s a bit about the story to whet your consarned appetite, pardner: A gang of vicious scalpers roams the Arizona territory in the Old West, slaughtering town after town. Only one man stands in their way: a sword-wielding Arabian knight named Badr al-Medina. To stop the scalpers’ killing spree, Badr makes a stand at the next town in their path, Oasis…only to find the place hip-deep in corruption that could turn his fight into a suicide mission. But surprising new allies give Badr fresh hope, as he unleashes the power of his Damascus steel sword, his six-shooter revolvers, and his fiery faith in an all-out war in the blood-soaked streets of Oasis.

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Pinstriped Finger Will Be Music To Your Ears

You’ve heard people say “talk to the hand,” right?  Well, why not listen to the finger?  The audiobook edition of one of my wildest and most exciting novels is now on sale, and it stars a finger with a mind (and attitude!) of his own.  It’s called A Pinstriped Finger’s My Only Friend, and here’s the awesome cover art by beatific Ben Baldwin his own bad self:

Pinstriped ACX Cover v2You can order a copy right here at Amazon and right here at Audible.  An Apple edition will arrive any day now, too.  The narration and production by Jeff Bower are spectacular, trust me.  This book goes in tons of fun and unexpected directions, and Jeff makes every last one of them an unforgettable experience, complete with top-notch voice acting and special effects.

A Pinstriped Finger’s My Only Friend has been described as “The Hunger Games on acid.”  Here’s a bit about the story, to get your own fingers twitching:  Judd the popular 17-year-old jock has it all figured out. He’s the star of his school, the top of the heap…but then the world starts changing around him and won’t stop. Without explanation, everyone turns into purple furries…then gas-blasting puffballs…then neurotic lizards. Every time Judd falls asleep, he wakes up in a new and crazier world–a world of godlike super-teens, teenage serial killers, duck people, monsters, and more. The rules never stop changing, and the only thing he can depend on is his talking pinky finger with a major attitude. Together, he and Pinkerton (the finger prefers the name “Killdigit”) fight through the parade of crazy realities, seeking a way to get back to normal. But what if normal just isn’t an option anymore?

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