The Ghost of Torreón By EDD VICK and MANNY FRISHBERG A strange experiment gone wrong has granted Professor Rigoberto “Beto” Caminante an extraordinary power—the ability to “ride” radio waves!
The Bullet From Tomorrow By MISHA BURNETT A mysterious visitor claiming to be from the future has a simple job for Private Investigator Butch Norton: sabotage an airplane to prevent World War III!
The Star-God’s Grave By SCHUYLER HERNSTROM A young sorcerer’s apprentice steals a starship from his master… only to be pressed into the service of a pair of space hussars to undertake a perilous quest!
Bleed You Dry By SU-RA-U A simple news assignment—talk to the reprobate son of an aloof dying billionaire—leads one small-town reporter down a trail of death and madness!
The Last Fortune of Ali al’Ahmar By REV. JOE KELLY No search for treasure is ever easy, but the hoard of a legendary pirate sought by a shifty client steeped in sorcery may prove tricky for even Sudah’s tough crew!
Halcyon By CAROLINE FURLONG An interstellar war has spilled onto the planet Halcyon, where humanity finds an unexpected ally in their fight against an alien race and their sinister masters!
Note that this is an unpaid shill. While we take advertisements from contributors, and J.D. Brink has bought advertisements from us in an upcoming issue, all Cirsova contributors have to do to get us to announce stuff is to let us know!
It’s been a ton of fun, but as the demands of the publishing business increase, I no longer have time to devote to it.
Also, as we move beyond just the flagship magazine, Cirsova Publishing is inching towards “competitor.” Cirsova is a distinct brand, company, and imprint, separate from Castalia House. While we’ve appreciated the platform, we don’t feel its appropriate to advertise our books when we may be competing for dollars with our host. We’ve been graciously allowed to plug our products on my column, but it’s a privilege I’ve not wanted to abuse. We also don’t want our products mistaken for our host’s offering (and it HAS happened).
But, Short Reviews will not be going away. In fact, it’s coming home to the Cirsova blog.
I plan on finishing the current issue of Planet Stories, finishing out May. There will be a migration period as we move older posts to our website, and we’ll pick back up in fall.
Hopefully this will help make up for the drop-off in non-shill content here at Cirsova as of late.
I’ll add that has NOT been sprung on CH; I’ve told them my plans weeks ago. And I’d like to thank Jeffro Johnson who brought me on board, Vox Day for hosting me, Doc Morgan, Nathan, and all the rest of the Castalia House crew for the good times and opportunity!
Being as careful as we can in order to shield you from any spoilers, today’s bonus post is to introduce Berild, heroine of the just published first volume of the Illustrated Stark: Queen of the Martian Catacombs by Leigh Brackett. Illustrations and cover art are by yours truly, StarTwo, and published by the sci fi fan favourite, Cirsova Publishing.
Berild was an instant crush, the sultriness countered with the weight of secrets made the perfect recipe for the classic femme fatale role, when you know there might be poison on those full red lips but before you know it, you’re already leaning in for a kiss.
We were provided with the descriptions and had ourselves a read of the volume as well, in order to grasp the feel of the characters and environments. Here’s part of the text we received…