Short Stories and Poems

Recent and Featured Publications

"Fountains of Blood" appears in the anthology Straight Outta Tombstone edited by David Boop. In this story set in 1896, Billy McCarty of my Clockwork Legion novels is hired to protect prominent attorney and former Texas governor Albert J. Fountain who is returning home with his son after collecting evidence in the Lincoln County War. Ambushed by a strange creature of the night, the Fountains disappear and Billy turns to Marshal Larissa Seaton for help.

This weird western anthology also features stories by Jim Butcher, Phil Foglio, Alan Dean Foster, Kevin J. Anderson, Robert E. Vardeman, Jody Lynn Nye, and Nicole Kurtz.

Straight Outta Tombstone may be ordered from and Barnes and Noble.

"The Vrykolakas and the Cobbler's Wife" appears in issue 66 of Cemetery Dance Magazine. Set in Greece at the beginning of the twentieth century, the story was inspired by a Greek folktale related in Montague Summers' The Vampire in Europe and tells the story of a cobbler who was turned into a vrykolakas and then comes back to haunt his family. The story is illustrated by GAK, who I had the pleasure of working with back in the early days of Hadrosaur Tales Magazine.

This issue of Cemetery Dance also features stories by Steve Resnic Tem, Jeremy C. Shipp, and Bill Pronzini, plus a number of reviews, interviews and articles by folks such as Ellen Datlow, Bev Vincent, and Brian James Freeman.

Cemetery Dance issue 66 is available at

Once Upon a Time, ageless tales were told from one generation to the next, filled with both wonders and warnings. Tales of handsome princes and wicked queens, of good-hearted folk and evil stepmothers. Tales of danger and caution and magic … classics that still echo in our hearts and memories even to this day, told from old, cherished books or from memory at Grandma's knee.

Oh yes, tales have been told … but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages of Gaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam.

I retell Grimm's "The Dragon and his Grandmother" as "The Steam-Powered Dragon." Three British soldiers pressed to fight in India encounter a steam-powered dragon who offers to take them away from life in the army and gives them an alchemical device that turns coal into diamonds. The catch is that the dragon will return and ask three riddles. If the soldiers canít answer, they will become the steam-powered dragonís slaves, keeping his boilers stoked for the rest of their lives.

Gaslight and Grimm is available at Amazon.

Mental illness is very common in our society, but it's also very misunderstood. Many view those with mental illnesses as being weak, but there is a great deal of strength in those that must battle their own minds on a regular basis.

Disharmony of the Spheres focuses on characters with mental illnesses that are still able to be successful. They may not completely overcome their illnesses, but they are able to beat them back and succeed. This book is dedicated to all of the science fiction fans and writers that must battle their own personal demons every day, and half of all of the profits from this book will go to The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Organization, a group that battles teen suicide.

My story in the anthology is called "A Vanishing Past." In the story, Captain Firebrandt of the space pirate ship Legacy goes on a treasure hunt with his father who is suffering dementia. In the process they learn that his father still has much wisdom and a self-sufficiency that would be all too easy to dismiss.

Disharmony of the Spheres is available at Amazon and Smashwords.

What if those ancient creatures so beloved in fiction, myth, and science had not disappeared? What if they were real? What might have been developed to handle them, and how might man have felt about the thundering giants in yesterday's, today's, or tomorrow's worlds.

Lovely, unique, tales of lumbering giants of old, ancient rulers of the skies, and many others once thought to be myth or legend appear here in Extinct?

My story in the anthology is "Jackson's Hadrosaurs" which imagines that Jean Lafitte and his pirate band use hadrosaurs to navigate the swamps and bayous of Southern Louisiana. When the British come to invade with their terrifying carniverous dinosaurs, Lafitte offers his dinosaurs to Jackson's cause. Will Ol' Hickory still be able to send the red coats a'runnin' to the Gulf of Mexico in this alternate take on the Battle of New Orleans?

Extinct? is available at Amazon.

If you've gained your knowledge of the Wild West from Hollywood and history textbooks, your image of the Western frontier is simple and clear: White men winning the West and saving helpless white future wives from outlaws or hostile Indians or Mexican bandidos. You won't find that here. Instead, you'll find U.S. Marshal Frederick Douglass who fights invaders from outer space. A Navajo girl must thwart the god who threatens all she holds dear. A Hasidic high planes drifter faces New World bandits and Old Testament demons. A black homesteader fights fae in defense of land and family.

"Reckoning at the Alamo" is a new story of the Clockwork Legion featuring Marshal Larissa Seaton, Professor Maravilla, and Billy McCarty. They go to San Antonio to track down a Confederate soldier who wants the South to rise again and will seek the help of elder gods to make it happen!

Lost Trails 2: Forgotten Tales of the Weird West is available at Amazon.

Even in ancient times people stared off into space and watched that red dot in the sky and wondered what was going on up there on Mars. It spurs both scientific inquiry and the imagination. Add two moons with some interesting properties of their own and you have a wonderful place for all kinds of stories of the imagination. Here a colonist finds herself marooned far from home, a rover doesnít always obey its handlers, Martian invaders struggle with the religious practices of the conquered, working on Mars proves more challenging than anyone could have expected, Martian emissaries express their concerns about their neighbor, a Martian spaceship captain wants his portrait painted and plenty more stories about earthís neighbor and those who might inhabit it.

My story in the anthology is called "Arachne's Stepchildren." Colonists on Mars discover liquid water contaminated by dangerous microbes. The materials to examine and possibly neutralize those microbes are en route aboard an unmanned solar sail. The only problem is that the spider robots who maintain the solar sail have developed a mind of their own!

The Martian Anthology is available at Amazon.

Zombiefied: Hazardous Material edited by Carol Hightshoe and published by Sky Warrior Publishing features my story ďBorn Again Miners.Ē The story is set in the steampunk world of Owl Dance and Lightning Wolves, or a closely related one. The mine owner Randolph Dalton finds a mysterious patent medicine salesman making a pitch to his workers. Dalton sends the men scurrying back to work but some time later, he finds the patent medicine salesman can cure what ails a mine owner losing money—he has a way to introduce cheap labor. Dalton is definitely interested, but might find the price a little more than he wants to pay!

The anthology features a total of 27 humorous, poignant, scary, and thought-provoking stories by such writers as Lyn McConchie, Cynthia Ward, David Boop, John Lance, and Rhonda Parrish. One read and youíll be Zombiefied!

Zombiefied: Hazardous Material is available at Amazon and Smashwords.

The Scarlet Order is a band of vampire mercenaries who have fought for governments throughout the ages. In 1937, the Nazi party attempts to hire them, but Desmond Drake, leader of the Scarlet Order, turns them down. Because even vampires can be destroyed, Drake must flee aboard the Hindenburg. On the fateful flight, he encounters a strange being even more powerful and deadly than himself.

Sparkly Vampires? Oh Pluuueeeaasse! Since when have there been sparkling vampires? Are they a new brand of champagne or what? Vampires are supposed to be wily, tricky, and even evil. And they never, ever sparkle. In this book, you'll find stories with some refreshing takes on vampires: vampire heroes, vampire villains, humorous vampires, among others. Check out 27 stories with the most bite by Lyn McConchie, Cynthia Ward, Lillian Csernica, Rhonda Parrish, John Lance, and other exceptional authors. Grab some garlic, wooden stakes, and crucifixes, and get ready to party, because these vampires donít sparkle.

These Vampires Don't Sparkle is available at and Smashwords.

Ramon Morales and Fatemeh Karimi have just arrived in Los Angeles. The year is 1877 and they are out of money. Ramon finds a job aboard a ship hunting for Mexican pirates. However, it turns out these pirates have unexpected, advanced weaponry. My story in the first Gears and Levers Anthology is called "The Pirates of Baja" and it was inspired by my love of Jules Verne and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In this story, you can get a preview of my novel Owl Dance.

Come, my friends, adventure and romance awaits in worlds that never were but should have been. Magic and science blend together as Gears and Levers explores the quest for all that makes up humanity. Battle pirates, travel back in time, fly in dirigibles, explore the wonders of the Orient, and walk with automatons in twenty amazing tales set in Steampunk lands by masterful storytellers such as David D. Levine, Brenda Clough, Mark Ferrari, Irene Radford, K.L. Townsend, Shannon Page, Bruce Taylor, among others.

Gears and Levers is available at or Barnes and Noble and Smashwords.

My story in Gears and Levers 2 is "Endeavor in Halcyon". I wrote the story in collaboration with Kurt MacPhearson. It tells the story of Captain Penelope Todd of the British East India Company's first airship, Endeavor. On a mission to open up new trade routes, the Endeavor gets caught in a storm and winds up in a strange new land. Will Todd and her crew be able to escape, or will they be trapped in Halcyon forever?

Adventure and romance awaits in worlds that never were but should have been. Magic and science blend together as Gears and Levers 2 explores the quest for all that makes up humanity. Battle pirates, walk with ghosts, fly in dirigibles, explore the wonders world, and walk with automatons in twenty amazing tales set in Steampunk lands by masterful storytellers such as Alma Alexander, Irene Radford, Chaz and Karen Brenchley, Shawna Reppert, Larry Lefkowitz, Tina Connolly, Jeanette Bennett, Voss Foster, Frog and Esther Jones, and many more.

Gears and Levers 2 is available from Smashwords and

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