Hear That Calliope Music? The Carnival Of Pimpage Is Open Once More

It is time to spread good cheer and do some straight-pimping. Er, not the kind of pimping where you exploit young runaways on the streets of Hollywood, because, ew. Nor will you be modding someone’s “whip” with an PS3 and rocket boosters and a fully-operational 7-11 in the trunk. No, this is the type of pimping where you say, “Hey, you should check out [INSERT THIS THING HERE].”

Here are the rules for this bout of pimpage.

You may pimp yourself but you must also pimp another.

So, you can say, “I just wrote a biography of Burger McGoob, daredevil ukelele player known for his invention of the nipple clamp in 1932, but first let me tell you why you should check out the masterpiece work of my pal…”

Or something.

For example:

I’m going to tell you right now to run out and read the novel White Horse, by Alex Adams.

I have the fortune of reading many great novels these days, sometimes ones sent my way by folks who would like to be interviewed here at Ye Olde Blog. This is just such a novel (and be advised: tomorrow you’ll see the interview with Alex). White Horse is a novel of a woman, a pandemic, an apocalypse, and a (mostly) unfulfilled love. It’s grim, beautiful, horrific, funny, sweet, and sad.

I have this problem when I read books where, generally, the only time I get to read is in bed at the end of the day, and with even the best novels I have to fight the urge to sleep to push forward into the story.

I did not have this problem with White Horse. The language pulled my hair. The story dragged me along. Zoe, the protagonist, demanded I watch her every step. The book was, in many ways, like being duct taped to an actual white horse just before someone kicked it in the ass and made that sonofabitch run.

Now, here’s the thing. I have this book Blackbirds, which I’m sure you know about because, well, I won’t shut up about the damn thing (now with 82 very positive reviews at Amazon!).

Blackbirds and White Horse are spiritual cousins of one another. They share artistic heritage.


Both released in April, 2012.

Color + Animal. White horse. Black bird(s).

Both written in the present tense. In fact, in White Horse, Adams uses a convention where each sub-chapter is labeled either THEN or NOW, so you bounce back and forth between what happened and what is presently happening. An earlier draft of Blackbirds had exactly this (the Interludes now tell the “THEN” story, for those who have read the book).

Both are also written with an eye toward indulgent metaphors — I saw a review the other day that called Blackbirds one of the most language-drunk novels she’d ever read, and I would say the same thing about White Horse. Adams puts images and ideas together in ways that do not merely dazzle but actually create a more complete and powerful sensation — it makes the story feel all the more real and surreal.

Both feature “strong” female protagonists. Both survivors.

Both are “road” novels — they are about a journey, a journey based on love.

Both are also very much about death — death a hunting, haunting specter in each.

Both feature pregnancy in important roles.

Both feature a sinister European villain (Ingersoll versus “The Swiss”).

Both feature some really, really fucked-up scenes of horror and yet, at the same time, manage to be funny. (Well, I don’t know that Blackbirds succeeds — that’s on you to decide. But White Horse really is.)

Both are genre-agnostic. They cannot be easily pinned to a single genre.

Both have sequels coming out. (Red Horse / Mockingbird).

Go buy White Horse. You will not regret that decision.

Anywho. There’s my pimpage. Go forth and bring your own.

One for you.

One for someone else.

Happy Fourth of July.

87 responses to “Hear That Calliope Music? The Carnival Of Pimpage Is Open Once More”

  1. I’m a HUGE fan of Joseph Devon’s book Probability Angels and it’s sequel Persistent Illusions. There are many many great things I could say about them, but probably the best is this: they have ZOMBIE ANGELS in them. Why yes, that is precisely as awesome as it sounds. You can get the Kindle edition of the first book for 99 cents.

    As for my thing, I’d love for ya’ll to check out my horror novella The Mulch Pile, a tale about a garden compost heap that comes to life and terrorizes a family that’s teetering on the brink of self-destruction.

  2. Me:

    I drew this: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/103092/Streets-of-Bedlam

    That’s right, the whole damn book. 250 pages of Neo-noir RPG goodness, the whole damn thing illustrated by yours truly. Even better, people seem to like the art.

    Someone Else:

    I just finished reading through Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple. Do is a collaborative storytelling game (which in this case, really is different from a traditional RPG) and is just all kinds of cool. The PCs are teens who fly around to different tiny planets and solve problems and get in trouble, eventually growing up along the way.


  3. Chuck,

    Thanks for hosting the carnival!

    And now, the pimpage:

    First — my friend Cassie Alexander has her fantastic debut novel — NIGHTSHIFTED, about a nurse who transfers to the supernatural ward at a hospital in a bargain to save her druggie brother’s life. There she gets embroiled in a decades-old struggle between rival vampire factions. The vampires feel very distinct and fresh in NIGHTSHIFTED, and I really enjoyed the ‘I’m going to do the right thing even if it gets me killed!’ facet of the main character.

    And next week (July 10th), my own debut novel, GEEKOMANCY, will be available for all eReader formats. It’s a Buffy-meets-Clerks comedic urban fantasy starring a barista-slash-screenwriter falls into the weird subculture of Geekomancers–humans who derive magical power from their love of pop culture.

  4. There’s a recent release that I think everyone pretty much needs to pick up straight away, and that’s THE TESTIMONY, by James Smythe. I’m not sure it has an official US release yet, but it’s out now from Blue Door in the UK, can you order it from:


    The Testimony is an apocalyptic political SF thriller novel, told as a series of eye witness accounts, of how humanity pretty much comes close to extinction thanks to worldwide panic caused by a mysterious voice speaking the simple phrase: “My children. Do not be afraid”.

    What follows is terrifying, not just because of the events portrayed, but because the whole book is so utterly believable – this is exactly what would happen, should such a bizarre event take place. It’s also beautifully written and structured, which is no mean feat given the unique format of shifting POVS. Highly recommended – it deserves some attention.

    For my own work, my new novel is coming out on August 28th in the US (September 6th in the UK) – SEVEN WONDERS is a superhero novel about an ordinary guy called Tony, who lives in the bustling Metropolis of San Ventura – a city gripped in fear, a city under siege by the hooded supervillain, The Cowl. When Tony develops super-powers and acts to take down The Cowl, however, he finds that the local superhero team Seven Wonders aren’t as grateful as he assumed they’d be…

    You can pre-order the book from the usual places, including Amazon.com:


    or Amazon.co.uk:


    The book is also getting a special limited edition hardcover release, exclusive to the Forbidden Planet store in the UK. There will only be 100 copies printed, each signed, and including a new short story, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ComicCOn”, written especially for the hardcover that won’t be found anywhere else.

    If you can’t get to the launch at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London on Thursday September 6th at 6pm, you can order a hardcover here and they’ll ship worldwide:


    You can read more about SEVEN WONDERS over at my site, where you can see the kick-ass cover by Will Staehle, and read some of the blurbs, including this one from none other than New York Times bestselling author and comics writer (and, to me, a legend) Greg Rucka, who said:

    “Comics aren’t novels, graphic though some might be, yet Adam Christopher has distilled the purest elements of our modern super-hero fascination, and crafted prose that reads as beautifully as the finest panels, invested with all the power, creativity, and force that both mediums can muster. This is traditional heroism with a decidedly wicked and iconoclastic twist. Inventive, engaging, bewitching, and delightful, a feast as much for fans of the tropes as for the innocents amongst us.”

    Thanks, Chuck!

  5. I’m a fantasy and erotica writer, with a story out in Best Women’s Erotica 2012. If you live in LONDON: I’ll be doing a reading with 4 other authors at a local ‘toystore’. Info here: http://www.sh-womenstore.com/newsdesk/Sh%21+Store+Hoxton/Store+Events/Best+Women%27s+Erotica+2012+Book+Reading.html

    IF you’re NOT in London, pick up a copy of Best Women’s Erotica 2012, available through Amazon, of course.

    My amazing writer friends:
    Grady Hendrix’s novel Satan Loves You is now out in paperback (and for several e-reader platforms):
    Satan is in Detroit, trying to keep Hell from a corporate takeover. If you’re easily offended, this book is NOT for you.
    Grady is a tour de force. We were on a group reading at Readercon a couple of years ago and I was scheduled to read after him. Never again. He killed it, killed the room, set it on fire, and walked away from the ashes.

    Heather Albano’s novel Timepiece, “A novel-length steampunk time travel adventure about a girl, a pocket watch, Frankenstein’s monster, the Battle of Waterloo, and giant clockwork robots taking over London.” See her site for links to available platforms: http://www.heatheralbano.com/timepiece/


      I’ve already deleted a couple comments — please read the post. If you’re going to pimp something of yours, you have to pimp something by someone else.

      Them’s the rules. They is what they is.

      — c.

  6. Pimping outside the usual realm today with The Help. Because sometimes, the reality of the way people treat one another is mortification than even the Wendigo’s imagination.

    As for me: trying to get Shaman out by Halloween. First chapter will be up to (very hopefully) suck you in by the end of the week. Will put up a few more as we get closer. Website/blog is swsondheimer.worpdress.com.

  7. Hiya!

    I’m pimping my friend’s comedy company. It’s Edinburgh based…so i’m not sure how useful a pimpage this is but I’m trying, dammit!! She’s got a great show coming up in October. So visit Scotland for Halloween!


    And here’s the ‘About’ page: http://www.punchline-comedy.com/about/

    Edinburgh’s a great place for a visit anyway, so you might as well just book a holiday now. For October. And go to this show.

    Just in case that pimpage doesn’t count…I just read this great little short thing called ‘The New World’ by Patrick Ness. Liked it a lot. You should rad it too.

    But if you like zombies instead of new worlds (dying old ones are pretty cool too) then I have a book: A Swamp of Bones

    And a free short story (in case you don’t want to pay and in case I suck) called: Swamp Familiars on B&N, my blog and Smashwords


    It’s gotten four stars! That kinda means something…right?

  8. Here’s a webcomic I really enjoy called Skullkickers: http://skullkickers.keenspot.com/d/20120106.html (well it’s also a printed comic, but they have also have free comics online too. Its super neat). Its action fantasy that’s also funny and the art is professional and awesome. So yeah. Check it out!

    I…have nothing to pimp out for myself. I’m still in the process of making something worth pimping.

    So instead, I shall pimp out my blog: amberjgardner.com (or click my name). Check it out and subscribe so when I do have something for sale, you’ll be the first to know 🙂

  9. I recommend John A. Lindqvist He has a new book out, Little Black Star, and he wrote Let the Right One In. Handling the Undead, and Harbour.

    Thanks for deleting my post. It isn’t like I’m having a hard enough time promoting myself without assistance. I spend my days pimping your books and blog on Twitter, and I still gotta put someone else before me just to find a place in your comments section? Okay. I just won’t bother promoting myself at all then. Sorry for not “following the rules.”

  10. In the spirit of the 4th of July, I’m going to pimp something else…. When you’re all at your BBQ today, stay away from Coors Light or Bud. Try something new, support a local beer. If you’re in NJ, I highly recommend trying out Kane or Carton Brewing–two local Jersey shore Brewing Companies.

    If you’re else where, try Troegs Perpetual IPA, from the PA based brewery.

    And if you’re in NY, try Captain Lawrence Brews….they’re in Elmsford, NY.

    West Coast… Hmmm. Firestone Walker is good.
    Those are 3 of the best brews and breweries I’ve had recently.

  11. Oh I love getting to tell people about amazing books!

    Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller:


    Seriously, I bawled by the end of it. Second read through, I just started crying earlier. Amazingly, breathtakingly beautiful love story crafted out of those characters you may have heard of in that poem by that guy whose name you might recognize.

    I have a book too. But I don’t like to mention it in the same space as a book like Song of Achilles. Some day I might be so worthy.

  12. I need you all to know about my colleague JMR Higgs’ novella The Brandy Of The Damned. It’s an eccentric, unsettling and very British story about three middle-aged people who embark on a journey around the coast of Britain. I found it a bit life-changing, which doesn’t happen often. It’s one of those category-defying books which may get lost in the shuffle unless promoted like this, so here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Brandy-Damned-ebook/dp/B00865C2RK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341409592&sr=1-1&keywords=Brandy+Of+The+Damned

    And while you’re checking stuff out, sure, it wouldn’t do any harm for you to consider my non-fiction ebook which tells you everything I know about interviewing people. How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else: http://www.amazon.com/Interview-Doctor-Osbourne-Everyone-ebook/dp/B005H63F6S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313313869&sr=8-1

    All hail the Wendig-beast. For his crown is made of eyes.

  13. Ok – so, the self-pimpage: If you fancy giving a buck or three to benefit the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, you can find a short story by yours truly (along with some by Alistair Reynolds, Mary Robinette Kowal, Paul Cornell, Jasper Fforde, Scott Sigler, Bill Willingham and a whole bunch of other people far more talented and interesting than me) in the “Voices From the Past” eBook anthology, available from Amazon. 100% of proceeds go to the hospital. Did I mention you can pick it up for a buck?

    And my pimpage of other folk:

    Claire McGowan’s debut crime novel – The Fall – is a brilliant read. Great characters, great storytelling. Just, you know… buy it.

  14. Oh… I can do this! But can I do it on an iPhone?

    My first straight UF is coming out 8/1… Blade Song. This is what Patricia Briggs says:

    “Do yourself a favor and read this book.  This story is original and hard-hitting with terrific world building and some of the best characters I’ve read.  Yum.” Patricia Briggs, author of the #1 NYTimes Mercy Thompson series

    You can read more here


    And I pimp Ilona Andrews and Gunmetal Magic
    which is beyond awesome, as well as

    Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane…
    (all the downside books really)

    And if you are into present tense? The disillusionist books by carolyn crane.


    The above 3 authors are all amazing… I love their work. Mine? Well. I had fun writing it. It’s either the best thing I’ve ever done or the worst.

  15. Jeremy Robert Johnson’s collection of stories on a theme: We Live Inside You. All the creepy fears you have in a book, rolled into a punch. Could not put it down. You know, that feeling you might need extra blankets to save you from some scarey monster tonight, though it is 104 degrees? You will be entertained safely under two comforters. Buy this book or else someone gets it.

    Also writing a review of Through These Veins by Ann Marie Ruff A gorgeous story about AIDS, Love, The Cure (not the band that I adore), Death, Corruption, Biodiversity without preaching – pulls off some big topics with grace.


    Do I have to pimp myself?

  16. I’ll start off by pimping Gears of Wonderland by Jason G Anderson. A fantasy steampunk take on the old Alice and Wonderland story, aimed at an adult audience. Haven’t read much of it yet (only just found it) but I’m enjoying it so far.

    Um… I don’t really have anything of my own to pimp, since I’m still working on my first novel. hmm I do have my illustrated children’s book I wrote last year: http://www.blurb.com/books/2631865 but other than that, I got nada.

    P.S. It has dragons.

  17. So, I wrote a tabletop roleplaying game called School Daze. It’s designed to let you tell stories like you’d see on shows like Saved by the Bell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or in movies like Brick or The Breakfast Club. It’s light, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. You can find the full text of the game here: http://www.sandandsteam.net/schooldaze It’s Creative Commons licensed and will always remain free on the website.

    But that’s not all! I successfully Kickstarter the game not long ago and with some of those funds, I hired an awesome graphic artist and an awesome layout artist. That means you lucky people get DOUBLE PIMPAGE!

    My graphic artist is the inimitable Brian Patterson, the creator of the d20Monkey webcomic. His art style rocks my world and it’s perfect for School Daze. Check him out: http://www.d20monkey.com.

    And my layout artist is the amazingly talented Daniel Solis, author of Happy Birthday, Robot! and Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple, as well as layout artist for a bunch of awesome games. Daniel can be found here: danielsolisblog.blogspot.com.

    These guys are going to make me fun game into an awesome product. Go, check them out, play my game, and enjoy your 4th of July.

  18. I’d like to pimp a couple of fantasy novels that have a surprising (in fact, slightly alarming!) amount in common, despite the fact that the authors barely know one another…

    The first is Casket of Souls by Lynn Flewelling:


    This is the sixth volume in the Nightrunner series, an 18th-century-esque fantasy of intrigue and derring-do starring one of the sweetest gay couples you’re likely to meet. However it’s more-or-less standalone, so don’t feel put off if you haven’t read the previous ones.

    and the second is a debut novel, The Alchemist of Souls by yours truly, Anne Lyle:


    which has been out for a couple of months from Angry Robot, and is an Elizabethan fantasy of intrigue and derring-do starring a bunch of gay/bisexual/crossdressing ne’er-do-wells.

    Both books feature political conspiracies, seedy actors, a new theatre, a black pearl earring and…well, I won’t spoilt it for you 😉

  19. Dave Gross, formerly the editor of AMAZING STORIES, Star Wars Gamer, and other magazines, is also a damn good novelist. If you like fantasy adventure stories, check out Prince of Wolves and its sequel, Master of Devils. You should read these before October, because the next book, Queen of Thorns, is the best one yet.

    Given the context of this carnival, I’m going to pimp something fairly dark and twisted: my recent eBook JUST KEEP WEAVING. It’s a reprint collection of stories published in an assortment of anthologies and magazines.


    Thanks for hosting, Chuck.

  20. I can’t believe I actually have something of my own to put in here. Huzzah! The Dead Robots’ Society anthology, Explorers: Beyond the Horizon is available now, and there’s a story by yours truly in there. Linkage to places to buy is here: http://deadrobotssociety.com/anthology/ (Cool thing: if you buy the print version, they will send you the ebook free of charge when you send in proof of purchase.)

    For not-me-pimpage: yesterday, I read an excellent short story by Jake Kerr in Lightspeed called “Requiem in the Key of Prose.” The story’s sections are broken out into grammatical and storytelling tools and each piece is an example of its heading. Get your tissues, by the way. (And actually, Lightspeed as a whole is excellent. If you’re not reading each new issue, you’re missing out.)

  21. let’s cram some pimpage! I have two that I want to recommend if that’s cool.

    OK – trad published: The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle.


    Well-turned historical fantasy, you should buy it and read it and then think wistfully about Googling fencing classes nearby just because that’s the kind of person you are.

    Indie published: The Copper Promise by Jennifer WIlliams.


    Novella-length sword-and-sorcery fantasy in its purest form. A hack-and-slash dungeon crawl that establishes the hardest-drinking female rogue to grace a page in the longest time, it’s especially notable as the author has finished writing the remainder of the series and is editing it RIGHT NOW. Also the cover art is badass.

    Finally, about me. I write stuff. Some of it will appear in short story anthologies towards the end of the year, by which point I might have one or both of my novels-in-progress ready to send out into the world. I sometimes say funny things, but mostly just talk nonsense. You can totally say hi to me on twitter at @mygoditsraining.

  22. Just finished reading one of my favorite books of the summer, CODE NAME VERITY by E. S. Wein. It’s about two young British women during World War 2, one a translator, the other a transport pilot, who are caught in Occupied France, and about their friendship–one of them writing out their story as she awaits execution by the Nazis. Stunning. Wonderfully drawn characters and rich detail about the role of female aviators during the war. Wein and I are represented by the same literary agency, but I heard about this novel because people were raving about the book on Twitter. Marketed as a YA novel, but this is a novel many adults will love.

    My own pimpage: THE LAST MINUTE, the sequel to my New York Times bestselling thriller ADRENALINE, just came out yesterday. Second in a series with Sam Capra, a former CIA agent who is searching for his kidnapped infant son. The kidnappers tell him they’ll give him his son back–if he performs an impossible assassination. Available at all bookstores and on all e-reader platforms.

    Thanks for doing this today, Chuck, what a wonderful idea.

  23. I’ve got a hilarious new mystery called A BOX OF PANDORAS on Kindle. It’s set in New Mexico, and features a small-town busybody who uncovers murder at a film festival in Santa Fe. Check it out here: amzn.to/MW5GEP I’ve also put a free short story featuring characters from A BOX OF PANDORAS on my blog: http://www.stevebrewer.blogspot.com.

    Thanks for the pimpage opportunity, Chuck!

  24. You know who’s awesome? Keary Taylor. Somehow she manages to excel in the genres of paranormal romance, dystopian and contemporary. Her YA contemp, What I Didn’t Say is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Her dystopian, Eden, has even been optioned for a film. She’s also an amazing cover designer, and an all-around delightful person. Check out her website here: http://www.kearytaylor.com/

    I’d rather pimp other people than myself, but I’ll just leave my blog link here: http://leftandwrite7.blogspot.com/ You can click on it, you know, if you want. I write YA and NA paranormal romance and contemporary. I also sometimes talk about The Bachelor.

  25. I have quarterly fiction and comics magazine, Fireside, that started publishing earlier this year with two goals: publishing great storytelling regardless of genre, and paying creators well.

    Issue One had stories by Chuck (an Atlanta Burns short), Tobias Buckell, Ken Liu, and Christie Yant; a comic by Adamn P. Knave, D.J. Kirkbride, and Michael Lee Harris; and art by Amy Houser.

    We just successfully Kickstarter Issue Two, which will be out in August with stories by Stephen Blackmoore, Damien Walters Grintalis, Kat Howard, and Jake Kerr; a comic by me and Steve Walker; and art by Galen Dara.

    You can find links to buy Issue One for $4 or to subscribe for four issues for just $8 at http://firesidemag.com/getfireside.

  26. I love the carnival of pimpage… *sigh*

    First, the pimpage of someone else:

    My brother, who is funny and smart, has written a book. It’s available for Kindle for only 99 cents because in addition to being smart and funny, he is also generous. I read an early draft of ELI-C, and it was fanfreakingtastic.

    This is how he describes it on amzn:

    The ELI series of robots were built to learn, but when an unthinkable tragedy comes to one thinking machine, a grim quest for vengeance is set in motion.
    At the same time, the city of Detroit faces an even greater threat as a power-mad industrialist unleashes strange energies beyond his control in his own attempt to create new weapons.

    Anyway. go get it. NOW. It’s really good stuff.


    As for me, I too have a novel on Kindle! Except it’s not a novel, it’s short stories. Mine is more expensive, but still very, very good. I think you will like it:


    Mine is more literary, but his is more roboty. There’s a lot to be said about being roboty.

  27. THIS DARK EARTH by John Hornor Jacobs. Fantastic zombie novel. Brutal, violent and, oddly, touching.


    TARNISHED by Karina Cooper. The start of a new steampunk series. Very fun.


    CREEPY #9 through Dark Horse Comics has a story by my friend Doselle in it. You should check it out.


    And as for me I’ve got a novel out now, CITY OF THE LOST. Urban fantasy zombie noir. It’s very sweary and violent.


    And the follow-up, DEAD THINGS, which doesn’t come out for months yet, can apparently be pre-ordered through Amazon.


    Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Wendig for the signal boostage.

  28. I have a serial spec-fic action-adventure story called The Only City Left at my website, http://lithicbee.wordpress.com

    It’s a fun story about a far future Earth where the entire planet is one giant city (yes, think Trantor) that is now largely abandoned by humanity (though other creatures are filling the void). Allin Arcady’s one goal is to reach the Roof of the World and see the Sun at least once in his life, but his parents’ secret past may catch up with him first.

    And I’d like to recommend the comic LeyLines by Robin Dempsey at http://leylinescomic.com/

    Robin’s online store is opening this Friday, and I recommend you read LeyLines and consider purchasing a book. LeyLines is set in a highly-politicized, well-developed fantasy world full of gods, conspiracies, and believable characters.

  29. Well, I had written a decent post then my PC crapped out and I lost it all so I will keep this one short. I am working on a short story in segments on my blog based on my recent surf trip down in Oregon. Would love for you all to check it out and tell me what you think so far. It is under the segments marked Fp. I, II, III, IV.

    To plug another blog, Fat of the Land is awesome! About food foraging and shellfishing in the Pacific Northwest!

  30. Anne Lyle,

    Oh, I enjoyed the first three in that series by Lynn Flewelling. I didn’t realize there were more. I’m on it! 😉

    I suppose while I’m at it, I’ll have to buy Alchemist of Souls too. ~sigh~ Then again, I do have a book budget… Oops! Just pressed “buy it.” Darn. 🙂

    You really should read Song of Achilles. It’s a romance between Achilles and his best friend, Patrochlus. SO well done.

  31. Thanks for this.

    First, I’d like to introduce you to the city of Midnight, the City of Night, tucked between two mountains in such a way that the sun never shines there. Thomas Midnight, a thief on the run, makes a wrong turn and finds himself in an improbably city with an imporbable name–and he attracts quite a bit of attention. Featuring the Wandering Reverend, Uncle Knuckles, Mr. Zero, and assortment of oddness and atmosphere.

    It’s free for the rest of July 4 on Amazon, and currently only available on Kindle.

    Now, for others:
    Atmopshere – I find that every time I read something by Tom Piccirilli. He’s got a brilliant way with words, and a terrific sense of character and place. I’ve never been disappointed by anything he’s done. I think it’s a crime that he isn’t better known.

    His latest, which I just finished reading, is The Last Kind Words:


    Another author who has a fascinating command of language and imagery, who really sets his place and the people within it, is China Mieville. His latest, Railsea, is a kind of Moby Dick on trains – in a world where train lines are the ocean – and while the concept seems like it should be difficult to see, he portrays it so vividly and believably, you’re almost confused when you return to the real world and don’t have such a thing.


  32. Robert Gregory Browne’s TRIAL JUNKIES is a solid, fast-moving legal thriller for Kindle with some interesting twists. I found it so engaging I actually took the Kindle with me on the morning walk with the dog so I could finish it, and I NEVER do that.


    Brett Battles’ Project Eden thrillers, starting with SICK, are classic, big, imminent end of the world suspense novels that really grab you by the throat.


    As for me, my hard-boiled crime novel BREAKING COVER continues its run on the Amazon Kindle bestseller lists. NY Times Bestselling author Laura Lippman says; ” A breath-taking pace, paired with a sure sense of character and place, makes this book another winner.”


    Or if you like genre bending SF, my vampire space opera revenge epic (think FIREFLY meets KILL BILL, with non-sparkly genetically engineered vampires) is available under my pen name of J.D. Nixx. Jon Maberry, author of PATIENT ZERO, calls it a “wild, weird and insanely enjoyable kick-ass action yarn.”


  33. Okay, so I have this Kickstarter campaign that just launched. It’s for Rash, the sequel to Stark, the second in my illustrated novella series. In Stark I commissioned illustrations from the talented artist Scott Pond. You can find him here http://scottpond.com/

    Now, for Rash, I am going to be working with Robert Elrod for the illustrations. Why change it up? Because I want each novella (there’s one more after Rash) to have its own feel and look. And also I want to spread the money around. I’m one writer, but I have the power to help as many artists as I can. AND I SHALL WIELD THAT POWER!

    Want to know why I picked Robert for Rash? Check out this link http://www.robertelrodllc.com/illustration.php
    The guy’s got some chops, no?

    I knew the illustrations for Rash needed to be Norman Rockwell as imagined by Quentin Tarantino. There will be so much blood on those white picket fences! Robert’s work shows he can tackle many characters and styles. And that’s just what I’m looking for.

    So here is my official pimpage of other folks. These link right to Scott’s store and to Robert’s store. Don’t feel like backing Rash then no problem. At the very least buy an illustration from one (or both) of these great artists:
    Scott E. Pond- http://society6.com/ScottEPond/prints
    Robert Elrod- http://www.robertelrodllc.com/shop.php

    And if you do want to check our Rash then hop on over here http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jakebible/rash-an-illustrated-novella
    Watch the video trailer, read the description, join the carnage!


  34. Dang it, my original post just disappeared. Okay, let’s try again. Shorter this time.

    Rob Gregory Brownes’ TRIAL JUNKIES is a great, fast moving, twisty legal thriller abut a group of college friends who reconnect when one of them is murdered. When another member of the group is accused of the killing, some believe she did it, and some are determined to prove she didn’t. It’s good stuff. I actually took the Kindle on my morning walk with the dog so I could finish it, and I never do that.


    My hardboiled crime thriller BREAKING COVER continues on the bestseller lists for Kindle. NYT besteller Laura Lippman says ” A breath-taking pace, paired with a sure sense of character and place, makes this book another winner. Rhoades’ star on the mystery scene is rising almost as fast as his own stories rocket across the page.”


  35. For work outside the written, and a different Chuck, check out Chuck Regan. He will draw anything & draw it astoundingly. SciFi, fantasy, realism, steampunk; whatev. http://www.cdregan.com/

    For my pimpage? Hit up the website & find free fiction, tons of fun articles on life, thinking, living & DIY psychotherapy. Also, just did a psyche eval on Ms. Miriam Black. http://www.keithkarabin.com.

    Thanks, y’all!

  36. Lots of things to pimp…..

    First, I came across this series while at the ALA in Anaheim – The John Wayne Cleaver series of “I Am Not A Serial Killer” “Mr Monster” and “I Don’t Want To Kill You” by Dan Wells. (http://www.fearfulsymmetry.net/) I cannot believe that these are his first books. They’re unsettling, unrelenting and absolutely great. They’re a little graphic, but not verging into gore, just….menace.

    Second, some Kickstarters – Race to Adventure – (I mention this because I want to see the Dinocalypse Now expansion pack become available) (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/evilhat/race-to-adventure-a-spirit-of-the-centurytm-board?ref=live) This, like the Dinocalypse Now novel (and series) is an Evil Hat Production, and takes place in the same pulp universe (using the same characters), The Spirit of the Century Universe.

    and Project Ninja Panda Taco, (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/962662760/project-ninja-panda-taco?ref=live) a game where you get to take over the world with a three-step plan, that may or may not include tacos.

    And my own pimpage: If you’re in the NJ area this weekend, and want to get a dose of Writing/Editing Help, I’m holding a Workshop this Sunday morning at DexCon from 10 to 12. (http://www.dexposure.com/dexcon15.html) My topic: “The -Ations – Things You Can Do To Get Your Work Off The Ground It’s Stuck On”

  37. I’m going to pimp my blog first.

    I actually wrote a review for Mr. Wendig’s BLACKBIRDS that he retweeted, and was even listed on (I believe) Angry Robot’s website. It was noted as being the only review to include cartoons. I write reviews, personal essays, analysis of movies and books, and sometimes just straight up comedy articles, and illustrate them.

    If it sounds interesting, some of my top posts are “A Look at Movie Marketing and John Carter”, my BLACKBIRDS review, and “7 Ways to Tell if You’re Dating a Zombie”, which can be found on the right side of my website under “Popular Posts.” I also have an analysis/review thingy of PROMETHEUS coming soon.

    Anyway, you can find all of that and more here: http://whirlingnerdish.blogspot.com/

    Now, I also would like to take the time to pimp my friend Brooke Johnson. She, in my humble opinion at least, is a very talented YA writer, and she currently has one self-published novel in the Steampunk genre called THE CLOCKWORK GIANT. It’s available in paperback, on the kindle, on the nook, and various other places. I’m linking to the paperback on Amazon.


    In addition to her book, she also runs a fine blog where she blogs about writing advice. She has a fantastic multi-part series on The Hero’s Journey that you should check out, and she’s currently running through Propp’s Fairy Tale Functions.


    Thank you all, and I hope that you enjoy.

  38. You guys must must must know about ONE SOUL, the hardcover graphic novel by Ray Fawkes that’s currently in the running for the Best Graphic Novel Eisner award. It’s got a truly ingenious premise that can only be told using the language of comics: each spread is formed by two nine-panel grids (a la Watchmen) that follows the travels of a single soul through eighteen lifetimes simultaneously, from beginning to end. To see how it works, here’s a preview of the first 18 pages from the publisher’s site:


    And here’s the book on Amazon for your spending pleasure:


    For the last two and a half years, I’ve been writing/drawing/publishing my RED LIGHT PROPERTIES series of comics digitally, first at Tor.com and now at my own site. The series follows Jude and Cecilia Tobin, a married couple perpetually on the rocks who run a small real estate office in Miami Beach that exorcises and sells “previously-haunted homes.” The hallucinogens that Jude employs to enter the spirit world keep him straddling the land of the living and the land of the dead, leaving their marriage and family life to drown in a sea of foreclosure signs, haunted homes, unpaid bills and public domestic fuck-ups.

    Cory Doctorow praised my work saying: “Goldman’s ghost stories made the hairs on the back of my neck prickle, while the bawdy slapstick interludes served only to lure me into dropping my guard for the next scare. Highly recommended.”

    Four RED LIGHT PROPERTIES titles are currently available via iBooks, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, Comixology (and coming soon to Kobo and Google Play) with more on the way; there are links to all these outlets right here at:


    Thanks to Chuck for dusting off these carnival grounds; I hope to hear from some of you cats “out there” on the internets!

    —cheers–> d!

  39. Ok, not sure if we are just pimping books here and I know a lot of writers come on here looking for writing advice so I would suggest taking a look at Holly Lisle’s page. http://hollylisle.com/ where she dishes out a lot of good advice and insight especially into writing for children and YA.

    For me: If this was Friday I would be pimping my kickstarter project but right now, I am working on my middle grade children’s book; MOONGLOW AVENUE.
    More info at ; http://pennycreative.com/mga

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