Cirsova Ends 2021 in the Black!

There have been a lot of things about this year that have been just terrible. And I can’t imagine that they’ll be great going forward, as we’ve got myriad hurdles and challenges that we will have to overcome to get just back to where were were at the start of this year. But we DID finally manage to end the fiscal year in the black, and we could not have done that without the support of our readers!

Though the profits for the year are a)relatively small and b) due in part to some expenses we were looking at that have been pushed back a couple months, it’s important for tax purposes that we can claim to be a profitable real business and not just a hobby, because there are pretty big five-figure numbers on both sides of the ledger.

Anyway, things are going to be VERY hard for us in 2022 as going forward we lack real wholesale distribution–we only have direct sales from KDP/Amazon and Lulu for the time being, so we will have less reliable revenue. We’ll ONLY make money when someone actually buys something [imagine that].

I’ll also note that the break-even on an issue of Cirsova is roughly 300 copies physical or 600 electronic and with no wholesale orders, that’s a bit harder to reach on the front end [generally were were moving around 100-150 physical copies in the first three month of any issue’s release; yes, the magazine has ALWAYS been a loss-leader] meaning revenue will come in a continuous trickle rather than in waves.

Anyway, if you want to help keep us around, be sure to pick up a copy of the latest issue and leave reviews!

Cosmic Courtship Second Printing

The project to release The Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm and the Fires Rekindled omnibus yielded an updated and corrected text of The Cosmic Courtship [thanks, Mark!]

The updated eBook is now available on Amazon.

A KDP version of the Trade Paperback has been uploaded to Amazon and denotes on the copyright page that it is a second corrected printing, but there’s not really a way to guarantee that they will not send you one of the first printing.

About Paul Lucas’s “For We Are Many”

“For We Are Many” by Paul Lucas is one of the novelettes featured in our Winter issue of Cirsova, out now.

A zealot hops from dimension to dimension, seeking to purify his soul and avoid damnation by assassinating “evil” instances of himself throughout the multiverse. While bearing all of the hallmarks of Cirsova’s trademark thrilling action, this one chews some tough philosophical and theological bones as well.

In this excellent post, Paul Lucas discusses the origins of this exciting tale and questions that gave rise to it.

2021 Cirsova Publications by Category

For those who care, here is a list of the original fiction that we’ve published this year by category:


  • The Paths of Cormanor, by Jim Breyfogle
  • The Artomique Paradigm, by Michael Tierney (serialized)


  • The Book of Dark Sighs, by Robert Zoltan
  • Lupus One, by Caroline Furlong
  • The Black Skull, by Rev. Joe Kelly
  • For We Are Many, by Paul Lucas
  • She Saw it Creeping Up the Stairs, by Mark Pellegrini
  • To the Sound of a Silent Harp, by William Huggins

Short Stories

  • The Grain Merchant of Alomar, by Jim Breyfogle
  • Devil’s Deal, By Michael Wiesenberg
  • His Amber Eyes, His Pointed Smile, by Tais Teng
  • Sky Machine, by J. Comer
  • The King’s Game, by Jim Breyfogle
  • Too Many Mangos, by Jim Breyfogle
  • We Have Always Been Beasts, by S.H. Mansouri
  • Dead Neighbor, by David Skinner
  • The Light of Reason, by Teel James Glenn
  • Locker No. 249, by James Lam
  • Remorsels, by Louise Sorensen
  • The Wreck of the Cassada, by Jim Breyfogle
  • Wychyrst Tower, by Matthew Pungitore
  • Fail Early, Fail Well, by W.L. Emery
  • Thorwynn Stapledon and “The Mellifluous Phoenix,” by Su-Ra-U
  • Harmonious Unity Burns, by Jed Del Rosario
  • Stealing the Alchemist Stone, by Richard Rubin
  • Queen of the House, by J. Manfred Weichsel

Winter Issue Out Now!

The Cirsova Winter 2021 Issue is Live Now!


Lulu Paperback

Lulu Hardcover

For We Are Many


Infinite universes are filled with myriad worlds of infinite possibilities—and infinite selves! One man hunts and is hunted across the multiverse, seeking absolution!

The Wreck of the Cassada


The Mongoose and Meerkat have been hired to lay claim to the salvage of a wrecked ship… and will be partnered with none other than the Hand of Bursa!

Wychyrst Tower


A strange find on a Caribbean expedition haunts the atavistic Dulf Abbandonato… Why would the family name of an old New England friend appear in the West Indies!?

She Saw It Creeping Up the Stairs


Lisa and her mother have moved in with her grandmother! Grandmother is wheel-chair-bound, and Mom is in the other room… So who is walking around upstairs?!

Fail Early, Fail Well


Some projects are doomed to failure… Sometimes, it’s better they fail sooner than later! It is Vinellius’s job to ensure the worst of these projects fail just right!

Thorwynn Stapledon and “The Mellifluous Phoenix”


It was supposed to be a drug-fueled science fiction anthology alleging to recreate the human brain! But what was the sinister truth behind The Mellifluous Phoenix?!

Harmonious Unity Burns

By Jed Del Rosario

The most diverse city in the Federated Alliance is burning! Riots and upheaval have necessitated the intervention of elite mercenaries—who is behind the chaos?!

My Name Is John Carter (Part 10)


[Editor’s Note: Continued from Cirsova Vol 2. #6]

Stealing the Alchemist Stone


Burke Fletcher and his wife Llana have just absconded with an Alchemist Stone! But the baron they stole it from is not the only one who desires its arcane powers!

To the Sound of a Silent Harp


Harp, a deadly and addictive vidliq, will possess you forever—much like Cavan, the magnate who built his fortune on it! Ciaon, Cavan’s errand boy, finds himself caught in a deadly web of deception—can he escape, or is he, too, a man possessed?!

Queen of the House


A door-to-door salesman promises a fantastic cleaning device that can get rid of anything and everything! But what can get rid of a salesman who won’t give up?!

The Creation of Science Fiction


New Review of The Paths of Cormanor!

There’s a new review of The Paths of Cormanor up at Upstream Reviews!

To paraphrase the song, this book is “for kids from one to ninety-two.” Anyone can read and enjoy this novel, but those who love Norse myths and Germanic fairy tales will find it especially engaging. Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien will also love this story for delving into “that great northern spirit” which inspired the professor so much.

It’s a well-written, well-conceived fantasy written in a modern day that too often waters down myths and fairy tales to make them “relatable” for the audience. If that isn’t reason enough to buy it, read it, and keep it safely on one’s shelf, then the world truly has gone mad.

Check out the whole review here!

The Paths of Cormanor by Jim Breyfogle is out now on Amazon and other sites.

Jim Breyfogle’s newest Mongoose and Meerkat story, The Wreck of the Cassada, is out wednesday in the Winter issue of Cirsova Magazine!

Michael Shows Off New Cirsova Stuff

Michael caught the coof last month, but is doing a lot better now.

He has with him on The LCS Guys the new issue of Cirsova (softcover here), the new printing of Wild Stars (which is 60 lb paper; old one was 50 lb; Michael was off by 10), and The Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm!

Starting this week, I’ll be doing fulfillment for Martha Klemm. It’s going to take awhile, but slow and steady wins the race…

Pointman Comics Review

Okay, so, quick review of Pointman Comics. I wish I hadn’t been sleeping on these for so long, because I’ve been mutuals with Kassidy for a couple of years now.

Right now, Gorilla Galaxy is in the spotlight, because the new issue is a full length Gorilla Galaxy story.

Really, though, I’d like to mention the horror stories of the first and second issues. These are both really solid, and the one in the second issue is VERY much in the tradition of the classic horror books.

Leatherfist in issue 2, I wasn’t as hot on, but if Kassidy were to spin off a weird horror short series in vein of a Grimm’s Ghost Stories, that would be fantastic.

Gorilla Galaxy has a lot of potential as an IP, and I loved the one-off short in the first issue. Kinda reminded me of the classic Aniverse raygun romance stuff. After reading it, I was looking forward to a full-length adventure.

Honestly, though, I don’t care for the new art as much in issue 3. One selling point of GG, naturally, is cute girls. But the new art doesn’t really show them being cute. It’s a matter of taste, obviously, and while the new art is VERY expressive, it borders on grotesque–it would be nice to be able to let the characters have a few panels where they aren’t mugging and making twisted, contorted faces.

Redd in Issue #1
Redd in Issue #3

That said, I still plan on supporting Pointman Comics and will stick with Gorilla Galaxy for another issue [though I really liked the first artist better].

Anyway, you can pick up all 3 issues of Pointman Comics here at IndyPlanet.