Why So Quiet Lately? Because Big News is Down the Road!

New Misha Burnett Anthology Coming Soon!

We couldn’t really say anything earlier, but since we’ve been told that the signed contract is in the mail [for the second time; the USPS lost the original signed copy we sent] for an all new anthology from Misha Burnett! This is just a tease, though, we’ll have some real information for you soon.

Wild Stars V: Proof Orders

We’ve got 2 of the 3 proof orders in for Wild Stars V [Virgin and Hardcover]. We’ve been wrestling with KDP [because when aren’t we?], but apparently a file processing issue has just been resolved, so we were finally able to take another stab at uploading the interior for the retail version. We’ll have some pictures of those when they come in.

Summer Cirsova

The Summer issue of Cirsova is just about ready to go. We’re going to hit up the contributors soon with information on contributor copies and whatnot. I’ve already got the Lulu proofs in, and KDP should be fine. This is going to be an AMAZING issue. Not only does Orphan of the Shadowy Moons continue, we start off a new novel from Dave Ritzlin, who is a friend of the publication, fellow Sword & Sorcery aficionado, and one of the top indie publishers on the scene right now. This issue features a cover by Apriyadi Kusbiantoro.

Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 2: The Heat of the Chase

Okay, this is easily the biggest deal we’ve got going on at the moment. We’re going to start taking pre-orders at the end of the month. This collects M&M #6-11 in a single volume [the second year of Kat and Mangos’s adventures together]. It also features a cool who-dunnit fantasy mystery thriller novelette as a bonus! Illustrations by Dark Filly and maybe even some new RPG bonus content from yours truly.

2023 Submissions

Whew, this is something I don’t really want to think about, much less talk about. They’re closing in fast, and I’ve got a few people I need to reach out to individually beforehand. I’m already sitting on 100K of publishable fiction from last year, some of which I’ve made arrangements with past contributors to consider or “hold” for 2023. Some of it, I need to see if it’s still available, and if not, be sure to invite that author to contribute something for this year’s submission window. But I can’t tell you how important that The Heat of the Chase will be to our ability to afford acquisitions for next year.

Fall and Winter Cirsova

Things are proceeding on or according to schedule for the Fall and Winter issues of Cirsova. Fall will feature a cover from first-time Cirsova artist Tessa Rose for David Skinner’s The Impossible Footprint. Winter features the return of Usanekorin [Cirsova Vol 2. #7] with a cover for John Daker’s Sister Winter, plus some interior illos!

The Mighty Sons of Hercules

I’ll bet some of you are wondering about what happened with my idea for a strongman/peplum anthology. The plan was always to write my own story to serve as sort of a cornerstone piece to build the anthology around. Not necessarily out of any sense of self-importance, but so that we definitely had at least one story in the can before we solicited authors for additional stories. We would probably do something different from usual, with conditional acceptances and then make offers based on how well the anthology kickstarter did [with stretch goals to include additional stories/volumes]. Then, I’d use the money we raised to actually put out payments on the conditionally accepted stories. This would help keep me from losing my shirt on it. Well, the story I was writing for it is done! Okay, so not “done” done, but the first draft is finished and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. So, I’ll be looking at moving forward with the project sometime next year once a few more of our titles are behind us. Probably after we get out Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 3.

Update:

The United Caveman Federation Tell-All Series

Yes, these will continue, I haven’t forgotten about them, things have just been busy and NGL I’ve kind of neglected the blog for the last few weeks.

Launching Soon: The Heat of the Chase!

At the end of this month, we’ll be launching the Kickstarter for Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat, Volume 2: The Heat of the Chase!

Mangos, the brash and somewhat impetuous swordsman, and Kat, the mysterious Alnessi rogue, have been adventuring together for a year now, and have finally begun to build a reputation as competent adventurers who can get the job done when the price is right.

The duo sets up shop in the city of Alomar, a place where anything can be bought and sold. While seeking patrons for future plans, the Mongoose and Meerkat turn old enemies into new allies, but there’s always cost! While Mangos seeks flashy wealth and fame, Kat has her eyes on bigger prizes… and making some new and powerful foes among the elites comes with the territory when the Crown of Alness is on the line!

The Heat of the Chase collects the second year of Kat and Mangos’s adventures together, including:

  • The Golden Pearl
  • Hunt of the Mine Worm
  • The Grain Merchant of Alomar
  • The King’s Game
  • Too Many Mangos
  • The Wreck of the Cassada

Plus, as a bonus, we’re including the previously unpublished standalone novella, Thunderhead!

The Books

We’re offering The Heat of the Chase in eBook and three physical formats:

  • $3 – eBook
  • $18 – Pocket Paperback
  • $20 – Trade Paperback
  • $30 – Linen-wrapped Hardcover

As a bonus, we’re giving ALL backers a digital copy of Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 1: Pursuit Without Asking so you can get all caught up!

Add-Ons

Signed Bookplate

  • $20

Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 1

  • $10 – Audiobook
  • $15 – Pocket Paperback
  • $15 – Trade Paperback
  • $30 – Linen-wrapped Hardcover

Original Art

  • $300 – The Gate Demon
  • $250 – The King’s Game
  • $350 – Kat Killing Mangos
  • $300 – Mangos and the Submarine

Stretch Goals

$3000 –  RPG Bonus Content

Like with Volume 1, we will be adapting elements of these stories into gaming content! The hardcover’s appendix will contain additional stats, items, and more! Plus, updated character sheets for Kat and Mangos.

100 AudiobooksM&M Volume 2 Audiobook

Show us that there’s demand for an Audiobook of Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 2! We think that Erin Mitchell did a fantastic job reading for volume 1 [she absolutely nails Kat], and we’d love to do another! If 100 backers get the Audiobook add-on, we’ll do what we can to get her on board and record Volume 2 for us!

A “What’s Going On?” Post: Wild Stars IGG, Spring & Summer Issue, Hawthorne and More

The Artomique Paradigm

The Kickstarter for Wild Stars: The Artomique Paradigm successfully raised $2000, but we’re really hoping to bring in a few more orders through our IndieGoGo. This is VERY important, because our profits from this project will be our main 2023 acquisitions budget come August when we take submissions again.

So, if you haven’t picked up a copy of the collected edition of The Artomique Paradigm, please check out the IGG! We’re also offering a discount on previous volumes through this crowdfund for a limited time only!

Spring Issue

The Spring Issue has been out for about a month, and we’ve sold about 50 copies. Without wholesale orders, retail order become that much more important to keep us afloat, so thank you for picking up a copy! If you enjoyed it, please leave a review!

Summer Issue

We’re still accepting advertisers for the Summer issue. This will be out on 6/15

Doris Dances & Fires Rekindled

The last of our Cirsova Classics rereleases of Julian Hawthorne’s pulp-era fiction is out now on Amazon. Losing distribution over this particular title [Ingram refused to distribute it despite having distributed multiple trim sizes of The Cosmic Courtship and The Paths of Cormanor] means we need to sell A LOT of these [and our other titles] now to come remotely close to even on anything, since all of our revenues come from retail purchases rather than wholesale purchases.

Jim Breyfogle’s Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Volume 2: The Heat of the Chase

This is our next big project. Crossing my fingers that we’ll be able to get pre-orders in for this before our open submissions period so we’ll have a better budget, but we’re giving ourselves some leeway.

15 Days Left on Wild Stars: The Artomique Paradigm + Interview With Superversive

We’re half-way through our Kickstarter to take pre-orders for The Artomique Paradigm!

This is a VERY important project for us, as its degree of success will strongly impact our acquisitions budget for the magazine this August!

You can also get caught up on previous Wild Stars adventures from Cirsova Publishing using the code YEARBOOKS15 at checkout for 15% off!

Also, we were on with the Superversive crew yesterday. Had a good talk about not only Wild Stars but the Gen Y vs. Millennial experience and how it pertains to pop-culture and media, including Mark Pellegrini’s horror writing, some of which we’ve published over the years.

What IS The Artomique Paradigm + Interview on Critical Blast

Last week, we did an interview with Critical Blast talking about the Wild Stars. I was hesitant to post it, because I feel like we were all over the place and didn’t really do a good job of conveying what the book we’re publishing is about.

On the face of it, Wild Stars may seem like a daunting IP to get into, because it’s been around for 40 years, has a huge cast of characters, and a wide varieties of stories and storytelling that takes place within it told across different media.

Michael looks at Wild Stars in the whole of what he’s doing and what he’s done with it, so his pitches can lack a bit of focus with his excitement for the work in its entirety. So, I’ll take this opportunity to try to give a more concise Wild Stars and Artomique Paradigm pitch:

Wild Stars is an action scifi epic in the tradition of the classic pulps that brings in innumerable elements to make it truly unique and, well, WILD! It’s the saga of two branches of humanity: those who left for the stars 75,000 years ago when Atlantis fell, and the human population of earth which remained. These branches have had occasional encounters over the course of that time [Ancient Aliens are really just our galactic cousins!] but the two have remained largely apart while Earth has caught up with the Wild Stars.

The Artomique Paradigm takes place when these two branches of humanity are attempting to formally establish relations. Achilles “Whip” Hister, the son of an alternate reality Hitler, is poised to take his seat on the head of the board of the Artomique Corporation, which now controls Earth. Whip is determined to walk his own path and lead the Artomique Earth in a different direction, but his father has other plans! A secret alliance between the Artomiques and Space Pirates almost guarantees the Artomique Earth’s dominance over the stars, and Whip finds himself on the run with his new friends Daestar, the telepath and wife of an immortal prince of the Wild Stars, and Bully Bravo the last Republican President of Earth before the Artomique takeover.

The Artomique Paradigm features covers by Anton Oxenuk, Genzoman, and DarkFilly, with interior illustrations by Dark Filly.

Softcover copies are as low as $20.

Critical Blast Interview is below the Kickstarter embed.

Cirsova Spring 2022 Issue Is Out Now!

The Cirsova Spring 2022 Issue is Out Now!

Amazon Paperback

Amazon eBook

Lulu Hardcover

Lulu Paperback

Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 1)
By MICHAEL TIERNEY
At long last, the origins of the Ancient Warrior are revealed! Fleeing from the Artomique fleet, Daestar, Bully Bravo, and the Ancient Warrior find a refuge of the immortal race—it is there that the psychic locks on his past are finally released!

The Flying Mongoose
By JIM BREYFOGLE
Dragons have cut off the smiths of Pytheas, but Kat and Mangos have a plan! Un-fortunately, it will require the duo taking to the skies themselves!

Channel 121, After Midnight
By MARK PELLEGRINI
Bored on a Saturday night, Caleb discovers a new channel that has never appeared on the cable box before, offering strange programming and an ominous warning!

The Recorporator Finds a Live One!
By ANDREW MAJORS
A lone Recorporator has just blown a ton of money on rights to a world that he thinks may be a dud… until strange things begin to happen to his scanner drones!

Serpent God of Mars
By ADRIAN COLE
Though defeated by the trainee witchfinder, Arrul Voruum, the sorcerer Rannas Kavannian has survived in a broken stolen body and hides in the depths of Mars!

The City of the Crocodile God
By OWEN G. TABARD
Strange things are afoot in the city sacred to the Crocodile God—her son dead, the high priestess is in a malaise… and a sacred crocodile attacks during the festival!

Darla of Deodanth: Firewood
By LOUISE SORENSEN
After the incident at Machu Hampacchu, all that was left for Darla to do was to re-stock firewood for the excavation site—but no task is simple on the Eldritch Earth!

An Ayre By Landor
By JEFFERY SCOTT SIMS
A magic potion has rendered the Duke of Vardix invulnerable! Can Morca stop the Duke’s scheme to assassinate Lady Niada before all at the Festival of Azamodius?!

Just Another Crappy Story That Kills Everybody In It
By Jim Breyfogle
The Fictionverse is where stories are acted out when pen hits paper—but what happens in a bad or poorly written story? Bob the Guardsman is about to find out!

Dreaming of Mart Senson
By LIVIU SURUGIU [Translated by J.S. Bangs]
Something strange is happening to Mart Senson! The faces of individuals he has dreamed of, and who have dreamed of him, are appearing in portrait on his skin!

Touch of Night
By ERIK JOHNSON
Edward Argot, PI, is approached with a strange job: go deep undercover to inform on a mysterious prisoner… The catch? Said prisoner is reputed to be immortal!

The Sound of Silence
By RODICA BRETIN
An orphan is assaulted by the monstrous Professor Wilberforce—killing her as-sailant lands her in an institution, where trauma manifests in her strange powers!

My Name is John Carter (Part 11)
By JAMES HUTCHINGS

[Also, don’t forget that the Kickstarter for Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars is live!]

Review of They’ll Get You, by Mark Pellegrini

I’m sure most of you are familiar by now with Mark Pellegrini as writer of the smash hit comic series Kamen America. But we also hope that you’re familiar with him as a Cirsova contributor and horror writer of Don’t Open the Door and She Saw it Creeping Up the Stairs [and tomorrow, Channel 121 After Midnight.]

In addition to his comic accolades, Mark Pellegrini may well be the rising King of Gen Y Horror.

Gen Y was a narrow band that spent its early childhood in a largely analog world. There were video games, sure, but they were not ubiquitous. Few families had computers, and the internet was some weird thing you read about in scifi books [where it was usually called the Interweb] and maybe saw on TV, but nobody you knew had or used it. We played outside, because cable only gave you 50 or channels to watch.

This was the world that people Mark’s and my age grew up in, and he captures it fantastically in his horror writing, down to the decade-old shag carpets and wood paneling you see in those “ackshually, if you grew in up the 80s” memes.

Mark’s horror takes you back to that time when you were young, the world around you was uncanny and on the verge of changing in ways you could not possibly comprehend–inevitable; inescapable.

And there is no story that captures that more than his They’ll Get You.

Kevin lives with his mom in a suburban neighborhood, goes to a “good” school, has a handful of friends, and is living a fairly normal lifestyle for a kid in the early-mid-90s. But all is not as it seems. Those strange things we sometimes fancied and hyperfocused on as children–those monsters in the drain pipes, the weird houses that didn’t seem quite right, the school janitors who seemed off, and the “big kids” who were such jerks they might as well not even be human–well, for Kevin, these may be more than just the hyperactive imagination of a child.

They’ll Get You has amazing detail and presence of place–it’s so easy to not only visualize but grasp the entire world in which Kevin lives, and is trapped. It’s an incredibly visceral horror story that will resonate with anyone who lived through those times, and hopefully give people who didn’t an idea of the kind of nightmares we had as kids in a pre-digital world.

They’ll Get You is a touch on the long side, but it is surprising how well Mark is able to keep up the tension across so many scenarios as the story builds towards its endgame. There’s not a lot to criticize, and my few qualms [aside from formatting; bro, justify both sides of the text!] would include spoilers which I really would not want to give away…

But speaking of give away, tomorrow we’ll be doing a give-away of a copy of They’ll Get You on Twitter!

Initial Goal Met! First Stretch Goal: TTRPG Write-ups

Thanks to everyone who backed the project yesterday! We hit our initial goal.

Next goal will be adding some bonus TTRPG content. We were sort of inspired to do this because of Troll Lord Games’ 5e Adventures supplement for Wild Stars that came out a couple years back. While that product tried to create an entire and encyclopedic setting for Wild Stars based on the Multiversal Guide in Wild Stars volume 4, what we’re looking to do with this is something simpler, akin to the old D&D magazines where you’d see various pulp heroes like Stark or Cugel the Clever statted up to drop in your AD&D or B/X game.

While we plan on a systemless approach to the write-ups, we hope they will be written in such a way that you could easily drop them into your game as wild card factor or a faction patron, outlining some of their motivations, skills and abilities, and an approximation of level/strengths.

Just a reminder, too, if you want to get caught up on the earlier volumes of Wild Stars [linked in the Kickstarter description], you can use either of the following promo codes for 15% off your order: EMPOWERMENT15 or WELCOME15

Wild Stars V: The Artomique Paradigm is Live!

The Kickstarter for Wild Stars V: The Artomique Paradigm is now live!

75,000 years ago, an immortal being from another universe known only as the Ancient Warrior led mankind on an exodus to the stars in the face of a massive alien invasion. While the branch of humanity remaining behind survived the Marzanti attempt to terraform earth into a paradise for aquatic alien nightmares, their cousins settled in the distant reaches of space known as the Wild Stars. 

The Artomique Paradigm takes place at the first formal reunion of Earth and their Wild Stars cousins. Erlik, the son of the Ancient Warrior,  and former President Bully Bravo hope that a summit between the myriad factions now populating space will bridge gaps and build trust throughout the galaxy. However, the Artomique Corporation aims to become one of the dominant players in Earth and interstellar politics using the stolen Wild Star technology they acquired in the late 20th Century. For them, this meeting is an opportunity to solidify Artomique Earth’s dominance over the stars and implement the Artomique Paradigm.

A secret alliance between the Artomique Corporation and space pirates led by the notorious Red Queen threatens to turn the balance of power in the galaxy upside down!

The Artomique Paradigm is the 5th installment in Michael Tierney’s Wild Stars series. The previous four volumes, The Book of CirclesForce MajeureTime Warmageddon, and Wild Star Rising are available now from Cirsova Publishing, or you can pick up the 35th Anniversary Omnibus that collects all four in a single hardcover.

[use promo code: EMPOWERMENT15 for 15% off all Lulu orders].