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I’m a little late blogging this, but Superpow is now available from e-junkie, Smashwords, and Amazon, and it’s coming soon to BN and Apple! Details taken from the Superpow site below. And you can read an excerpt from my story in this fine anthology, Unsuper Translator, here.
Cover Art by Astro
Cover Design by Amanda Pillar
Bang, crash, pow!–oh, but there’s so much more to the superpowered characters these Red Penny Papers alumni have created in Superpow. Our cover heroes come from two new pulptastic superhero novellas from Corinne Duyvis’s Pantheress, one of the rogue heroes of Sigma City, and William Vitka’s Ruben, trying to make a new life in a world where everyone has ‘funny’ powers… except for him. And these two are just the beginning of the villains, heroes, and observers waiting in the pages of Superpow. With a diverse cast of characters and a new spin on pulp fiction, his isn’t your mama’s superpowered storytime, either.
Table of Contents:
The Masks of Sigma City – Corinne Duyvis
Leather Boy v. The Zombie Horde – Fox Lee
Birthplace Revisited – Edward Morris
Lighting Time and the Time of Thunder – Alexandra Seidel
Autumn of the Greatest – Alan Baxter
Free, Proud, Imbued with Liberty – John Medaille
Starlight – Milo James Fowler
Ice Child – Alexandra Seidel
Unsuper Translator – Louise Bohmer
Portrait of a Better Man – Jocelyn Adams
Bruiser – William Vitka
Superpow is the first and only fiction The Red Penny Papers has ever charged for. So apart from just being a gorgeous collection of superhero pulp short fiction and poetry, it’s a great way to help us a little around the house. All e-versions are $5.99, and all the money goes to the mag.
Buy your copy from…
B&N • Apple
and in print!
Red Penny Papers will release Superpow Oct. 27, 2014, and they’ll also be celebrating the re-opening of RPP. I’m pleased to be a part of this fine anthology, which also includes authors like Fox Lee, Corinne Duyvis, and William Vitka. Superpow includes unconventional superheroes, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the read. Below, I offer you a sneak peek at my Superpow short story, Unsuper Translator.
Be sure to stop by the official Superpow site: http://redpennypapers.com/superpow/
And check out the official announcement here: http://redpennypapers.com/2014/09/14/superpow-for-everyone/
Many thanks to KV Taylor and everyone involved with Superpow for all their hard work. And congrats on the re-opening of RPP!
Excerpt from Unsuper Translator
The underground parking garage now served as a dwelling for earth stragglers. When Roger emerged from it, he squinted against a washed grey sky until his eyes adjusted to the weak light. Did that snot-nosed Sector 4 prince have a hunter on his tail yet, he wondered, and how would the hasty punch to the prince’s face effect his job options? It wasn’t the first time he’d lost the Elites’ favor, but he was getting too old to play their games anymore.
He heard a metallic whir, and then a low level blast from a matter scrambler knocked him on his ass, stealing his breath and making his heartbeat erratic. A booted foot pressed into his back as he swallowed sand. Next came the melodic beep of a G9 Comtracker, and the distant purr of a patched through connection. Roger tried to squirm from beneath his captor, but the matter scrambler blast had temporarily paralyzed him.
“Yup, it’s him. Picking him up now,” a woman said. Someone on the other end squalled loudly in reply. “What? No way. Remember what happened last time I went through that town?” Silence from her. Screams from the speaker. “Fine, but it’ll cost you fifty more gold pieces.” A beep ended the caller’s caterwaul.
“Can you feel your legs yet?” she said to Roger. “We need to get moving.”
“You know, we could’ve done this face to face.” His words came out a dust-choked croak. “You didn’t even read me my rights. I call hunter brutality here.”
“Sorry,” she said, but she sounded less than sympathetic. “I’ve been contracting for those elite bastards too long.”
The boot left his back. His legs and feet tingled with the return of feeling, so he flipped over. A winged woman, her profile silhouetted by the sun, trained a matter scrambler on him while she offered a hand up.
She was about his height, and her features and sky blue skin indicated some Venush genes. A well-muscled woman who had no scalp, just a translucent dome, through which he could see the snaky pathways of her brain. Glimmering wings the color of dying sunlight jutted from her back; they were mechanical, which surprised him. Wings were usually a natural birth trait of any Venush/human hybrid.
She shook her head and squinted at him. “Roger Mantus, the great alien translator. Gotta admit, I never thought I’d be hunting you.” With the matter scrambler, she motioned for him to face forward and walk.
Roger shrugged. “Not the first time Sector 4 Elites have sent a hunter after me, or stripped me of my super hero status when I didn’t fulfill their agenda.” He looked over his shoulder, sneered at her. “Besides, if you had a conscience you’d let me go.”
“Look, I appreciate your motives, but it was still a stupid move.”
He spoke through clenched teeth: “All that snot-nosed sector prince had to do was answer the lady’s question. Then I wouldn’t have punched him. Where is she gonna get her medicine if that bastard closes the free clinics, eh? You know those private hospitals charge an arm and a leg–sometimes literally.”
Two New Interviews
I’m peeking out from beneath my rock to share a couple interviews with yours truly. Much thanks to my dear friend, and all-around sweetheart, Giovanna Lagana for a Q&A she recently did with me. You can check that Q&A out here.
And the lovely and talented KV Taylor recently did a miniview with me for The Red Penny Papers. You can read that here, and be sure to check out my short story in RPP–Parlee Road. (I will thank you kindly on both accounts.)
Old School is Available
Old School is now available from Belfire Press. Many thanks go out to Jodi Lee for taking the collection on, and to Greg Hall and R. Scott McCoy, the masterminds behind Old School, who were kind enough to include me in this project. Details below. Click on the book cover to grab a copy now.
Print ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-19-6
Editor: Louise Bohmer
Publisher: Belfire Press
Cover Price: $11.99
E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-20-2 Coming Soon
Formats: html, js, mobi, epub, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
Kindle ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-21-9
Old School, a traditional horror collection born of seven twisted minds, invites you back to a time when vampires and werewolves were monsters who made humans quiver in terror. Fourteen short tales offered by David Dunwoody, Jackie Gamber, R. Scott McCoy,Natalie L. Sin, Horace James, Gregory L. Hall, and Louise Bohmer, all tied together by selected poems from Zombie Zak – Old School reminds one of terrors best not forgotten.
Within these pages, evil children terrorize, witches gather the teeth of the young, cosmic blobs eat the world, while creepy crawlies ruin a man’s life and a headless ghost seeks revenge. Wander down this spooky path with poems and stories that revive our nightmares about golems, harpies, and other forgotten creatures.
And who better to introduce the collection than our own master of the occult mysteries – Bob Freeman.
Visit the Old School page to read an excerpt from David Dunwoody’s The Missionary.
Table of Contents
The Missionary – David Dunwoody
House of Dagon – David Dunwoody
Heart of Stone – Jackie Gamber
The Closest Thing – Jackie Gamber
The Find – R. Scott McCoy
Play Time – R. Scott McCoy
Runaway – Natalie L. Sin
New Human – Natalie L. Sin
The Witch of Chili Gulch – Horace James
Mummies of the Caribbean – Horace James
Creepy Crawlies – Gregory L. Hall
The Gorgeous Undead – Gregory L. Hall
The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 – Louise Bohmer
When Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us – Louise Bohmer
I’m pleased to be a part of this creepy and fun anthology, with my contribution of headless specters . The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 is my attempt at a modern twist on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Instead of a Hessian after a hapless school teacher, the story is told of a teenager who, on her first night of legal driving, gets into a lethal accident with one of her teachers. Teresa doesn’t hit the brakes fast enough, as Mr. Harrison comes screaming up the treacherous Pierson Point. Somewhere in the background, Deep Purple blares.
When Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us takes you on a trip to 1800s England, near Glastonbury Tor, where we meet two spiritualist shysters about to embark on the heist of all heists, when they seek to smuggle the head of a Fair Folk out of the ancient rath. Perplexed sheep and a curmudgeonly but lovable old gran are included.
More Reviews for The Black Act
From Shroud Book Reviews:
“The Black Act is epic in scope. Bohmer digs deep and immerses us into a world that is fantastical, yet tangible. The use of allegory in history is done very well and is put to good use. The people we come to know along the way are just as human as we are. What truly makes this a gem—aside from creating an entirely believable and fantastical world, unique and rich—is Bohmer’s powerful voice and delivery. All of this coalesces into a tale that haunts you long after finishing it. The Black Act heralds the presence of a formidable story-teller.”
–Bed Eads, writer and reviewer
Check out the full review here.
A snippet of what Kate had to say:
” The characters are well-drawn and we sympathize with them as their loyalties are torn between two worlds. Because the story spans such a great deal of time and introduces so many characters from different generations I did at times forget the genealogy, but the threat to the characters was always high. Often the effects of the curse were gruesomely described. I would recommend The Black Act to readers who enjoy epic fantasy. I’m looking forward to the next book from this author.”
-Kate Jonez, Dark Fantasy author
Check out the full review on Goodreads.
Gef Fox Reviews Courting Morpheus
Much thanks to Gef Fox for his review of Courting Morpheus, which includes my contribution Night Terrors Revisited. Check out the contributors and a snippet of Gef’s review below.
With contributions by M.R. Sellars, Geoffrey Girard, Angela Gray, Ann Tupek, Louise Bohmer, Brandon Layng, Bruce Barber, Camille Alexa, Jeff Parish, Kevin J. Hurtack, Donna Shelton, and David de Beer, Case Files by Rhada McKai and Jodi Lee with an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author, Alethea Kontis.
Rabid Reads Review of Courting Morpheus
“Insomnia is the other shared theme in this anthology, and the disturbing dreams and imaginations of the writers holding influence on the real world. Hence the title “Courting Morpheus”. It’s a cool concept and varied widely by the stories Jodi Lee has selected for the book. There’s some atmospheric stuff with Jeff Parrish’s “Like Father, Like Daughter”, some more eccentric style with Ann Tupek’s “Aldevouring Chesterfield”, and some stomach-turning horror with Brandon Layng’s “Can of Worms.” There’s definitely something for everyone.”
Gef Fox – Wag the Fox website
Read the full review here.
Tabloid Terrors 3 Review
Much thanks to Velvet at vvb32 reads for giving TT3 4 out of 5 stars. Glad you enjoyed it, Velvet! You can check out the full review here. Grab a copy of TT3 by clicking on the book cover.
Death In Common Now Available
Death In Common is now available from Needfire Press. My poem Rebecca’s Game is included. Here’s some information on this poetry collection to refresh your memory. Click the cover above to grab your copy now.
Serial killer Charles Lee Eaton left behind a lot of victims in Monmouthside. Each of the victims had wadded up sheets of paper stuffed into their mouths. These contained writing, but the similarities end there. Each had a different set of handwriting, some were typed, and others printed out. Some were written in the first person, while others seemed to tell stories about other people. Unlikely evidence, from unlikely victims.
Includes selections from Jerrod Balzer, SD Hintz, Vince Liaguno, Steve Vernon, Martel Sardina, Christopher Conlon, Marge Simon, Wrath James White, Joel Arnold, Robert Brouhard, Michael Arnzen, Kurt Newton, Barry Napier, Bob Freeman, LL Soares, Laura Cooney, Monica O’Rourke, Floyd Regan Jr., JG Faherty, Terrie Lee Relf, Todd Hanks, Marie Vibbert, Mark McLaughlin, Joe Nazare, Scott Colbert, Louise Bohmer, and Rich Ristow.
The Black Act News
The Black Act on Kindle — Only $2.99!
Grab a copy now!
I also want to thank everyone who entered The Black Act Choose Your Own Character contest for their great reviews. I didn’t get a ton of entries, but every one made me smile. The winner of the contest was KV Taylor, and you should go pay Ms. Taylor a visit (because she’s a talented writer). Much appreciation extended to Rick Friedman, Gef Fox, and KV for their reviews and support. You rock!
“The Black Act offers a solid debut effort from an author with an inarguable passion and deft talent at making fairy tales more tangible than what I’m used to. And I think it speaks to the potential of her future work when the biggest gripe I have about the book is the choice of font–Courier was an odd choice for a dark fantasy. If you’re into reading fantasies with a darker bent than most, you might want to consider this one.” –Gef Fox, writer/reviewer
“THE BLACK ACT is one of those rare books that transports the reader- mind and body- into a world like no other. Populated by a list of characters so unique and original, peppered with folklore and rivalry and a plot that is quite simply addicting…”
–Rick Friedman, James Mason Classic British Book Club
“It’s one of those books that gives the intensity and long-term involvement of a family epic, but does the unthinkable: it combines it with a kind of intimacy and immediacy that grabbed me by the throat. It starts with several stories at different times and braids them together so deftly, and with such satisfying results, that I just kept turning the pages to see what the hell was going to happen next. All this in a richly created, but very manageable world that any love of the fae, Celtic legends, and/or magic of any kind will fully appreciate.”
–K.V. Taylor, Spec Fic Author