By blakemp

Stories in the World of Siegel City:

Other People’s Heroes

My first novel, Other People’s Heroes, is superhero adventure. Josh Corwood is a reporter for Powerlines, the premiere newsmagazine covering the heroes of Siegel City. Josh has always dreamed of joining the heroes, but his world is thrown into upheaval by a pair of discoveries. First: he has a power of his own. And second: the heroes of Siegel City are all fakes. The villains are actors, the fights are choreographed — it’s like professional wrestling on a much bigger scale. In this comedy/adventure, Josh attempts to blow the lid on the cover-up, only to find himself embroiled in a mystery about what happened to the real heroes of Siegel City, and about the nature of heroism itself. You can listen to the whole thing in the Evercast, or buy it as an ebook!

The Restless Dead of Siegel City

It’s time for a special Halloween treat for fans of my debut novel, Other People’s Heroes. While the sequel, 14 Days of Asphalt, isn’t going to be released until some time in 2012, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait until next year to meet up with Josh Corwood and the heroes of Siegel again.

In this new 99-cent short story, it’s Halloween night and the city of faux superheroes finds itself overrun with the REAL undead — mummies, zombies, vampires, and all manner of creatures of the night have come to wreak havoc. Copycat, Animan, and their crew have to dig out the root of the infestation, and Josh has to confront the ghost of his greatest failure.

Lucky Penny

Gill Lutz is a Las Vegas runner — a man employed by a casino to make sure that everything runs smoothly with no interference by people with “special” talents, which in a world full of metahumans is no small task. When the Vegas-based superhero called Lucky Penny uses her powers make Gill’s casino pay out jackpot after jackpot, he’s got to stop her before the casino goes bankrupt or, even worse, he’s out of a job.

This new story is set in the world of the novel Other People’s Heroes and the short story “The Restless Dead of Siegel City,” but can be read independently of those works. This eBook edition also contains a bonus short story, “Stowaway.” It’s Christmas Eve, 1827, and Louis Baudreau is determined to find something in the skies over the Gulf of Mexico he never thought he would see again. Instead, he finds a visitor on his boat that may take him places he never imagined.

GhostofSimonTower2The Ghost of Simon Tower

Every Christmas Eve the heroes of Siegel City come together to raise a glass to their fallen friends. On Josh Corwood’s first Christmas among them, he learns of an apparition that has haunted Simon Tower for years… a mysterious, nameless phantom, who may hold some of the Tower’s biggest secrets yet. This short story continues the tale of OTHER PEOPLE’S HEROES with a gateway into the past of Siegel City, and a glimpse into its future.

AssociatedPressure_HiAssociated Pressure

After the battle of Simon Tower, there are a lot of questions… heroes missing, villains who have changed sides, evil twins, and rampant confusion. The new LightCorps is holding a press conference to place everyone’s minds at ease. Unfortunately, one of the new superheroes can’t keep his story straight…

PyriteWar_v2The Pyrite War

In 1939 Siegel City only had one superhero, the world’s first. When he discovered his powers, Gabriel Ruston thought he would be the second, but died on his first excursion in costume. After Gabriel’s death, his brother David is drawn into an investigation. What if Gabriel wasn’t the second? What if there were others? What if something tragic happened to all of them?

In Siegel City, nothing is ever what it seems… even in a Golden Age.

Beyond the World of Siegel City:

The Beginner

My second novel, The Beginner, is once again available in multiple formats, both print and electronic!

Filmmaker Curtis Dupré seems to have everything he could want on the set of his second film: studio backing, a professional crew, and an actress he’s admired for years in the starring role. But people begin to vanish from the set, and from the memories of everybody except Curtis. A strange visitor is eliminating those close to the young director, and there’s no telling who is next. To save his friends, to save himself, Curtis Dupré will have to look into himself and discover what it truly means to be The Beginner.

Opening Night of the Dead

Combining the wit of the Siegel City stories with an offbeat look at horror stories, Opening Night of the Dead is my little twist on the zombie tale.

From the back cover:

The Climax Studios Festival of Fear is a Halloween tradition, but with monsters roaming the theme park and a monster movie filming on the adjacent film lot, what hell will break loose when a real zombie surfaces and starts biting? When you can’t tell who’s alive and who’s undead, can a stuntman, a makeup artist, a sleaze-slinging blogger and a pair of former cops stop the end of the world from sneaking off the studio lot and infecting all of California?

Available now:

A Long November and Other Tales of Christmas

A Long November and Other Tales of Christmas

A Long November was written as my National Novel Writing Month experiment for 2005 and became my first Podcast Novel. Duncan Marks is just like you — sick and tired of Christmas coming before the Thanksgiving turkey even comes out of the oven. But this year, a Spirit of the Season takes him on a journey that tests his resolve… and upon which Christmas itself may rise or fall. This short story, along with eight other Christmas themed stories of mine, has been collected into an eBook.

RevolvingDoorMaking Santa

Making Santa is my first effort at a true serialized novel, a lighthearted sci-fi story for the holidays. Yes, you read that right. It’s planned to be released in four installment, one each year at Christmas time. Here’s the info on part one:

Advent:

Nicholas Grace and 199 other men have been abducted by a strange alien race called the Yool — a “benevolent order” that travels the galaxy helping undeveloped worlds by providing them with the things they lack. On our world, the Yool are trying to give us our missing icons. With the help of the Yool and their advanced technology, one of the 200 abductees will be chosen to fill some of the most legendary boots in history. One of these men will become Santa Claus.

Dark: A Horror Anthology

Fourteen authors come together to bring you their vision of horror in Dark: A Horror Anthology. Many of the iconic creatures of horror’s history resurface in fresh and innovative ways—zombies, werewolves, and chupacabras abound. There are plenty of new things to fear as well, a broken world, a myth of the murky depths, and a knife that cuts twice.

Flagship, July 2010

FlagShip is an online-only SF/Fantasy short story magazine inviting you to launch into imagination. There are six stories in this issue including –

  1. The Pirate, by H. E. Roulo – The namegivers prophesied that he would be a pirate. But he lived on a world with no crime, and no open bodies of water…
  2. Affinity, by Mary Merrell – The crows followed him wherever he went. But when a neighbor starts to notice, Talon’s life is about to change…
  3. Ruby’s Child, by Philip Carroll – A dwarf maiden finds herself orphaned, alone, and with child when she returns to her ancestral home. Can the dwarves overcome their prejudice? Set in P.G. Holyfield’s word of Caern, by his permission…
  4. Inciting Incident, by Blake M. Petit – He was studying the superheroes to understand how their powers worked. At least, that’s what he told them…
  5. Apprentice, by Mike Plested – Charlie was apprenticed to the wizard, and thought he’d learn magic, but when all he learns is cleaning and cooking. When his complaints threaten to get him kicked out, what can he do to convince his master to let him stay?
  6. Snake Skin, by Brand Gamblin – author of Tumbler. Todd and Simon had worked together to develop the bionic “skins” that enhanced people’s reflexes, strength, and speed. But when they reach the limits of human potential, how do they bring out the true potential of the ‘skins? And what does it mean for humanity?

Ryan and Radar

tales-from-the-plex-4ttMy first comic book work was published in the first volume of the Futurius: Tales From the Plex anthology. “Ryan and Radar,” with artwork by Matt Weldon, is the story of a young boy who retreats from the pain of his missing pet by retreating into a superhero world of his own making. This short tale is just one of dozens of stories in virtually every genre imaginable.

The original graphic novel is no longer available, but the stories contained within have become the foundation of a new anthology comic book series. The first Ryan and Radar story appeared again in issue #4 of Tales From the Plex.

Buy issues of Tales From the Plex from IndyPlanet.com!

Nonfiction:

Reel to Reel

The Reel to Reel project is my ongoing effort to study, document, and pontificate on different genres of movies. Once or twice a year, I intend to run the “first draft” of each project, a day at a time, online. I’ll then come back later with the expanded eBook editions, including more movies and more content. Here’s what’s available so far.

Reel to Reel - Monsters NO BLEEDVol. 1: Mutants, Monsters and Madmen

The first project looks at 40 of the greatest, most entertaining, and most influential horror movies of all time.

The Obligatory Everything But Imaginary

For years now, I’ve offered up my geek punditry at CXPulp.com and various other sites across the internet landscape. Now I’m gathering together the best of those columns and articles in a series of short, low-price collections around different themes. Here’s what’s available so far.

RevolvingDoor_MockupVol. 1: A Revolving Door in Heaven
A look at the phenomenon of life, death, and the rapid turnaround between the two in American comic books.

SuperSanta_HiVol. 2: Is Santa Claus Super?
In this volume we look at Christmas comic books, Christmas music, how to shop for the Geek on your list, and we answer the most burning question of all… is Santa Claus a superhero?

Available for Free Download:

In October of 2009, I began a podcast dedicated to my fiction, released in audio form. The Evercast is a home for short stories, serialized audio novels, audio dramas, and pretty much any other content I decide to add to the feed. Click here to subscribe to the Evercast on iTunes, or click on any of the individual episodes below:

  1. It’s Time to Play the Music (October 29, 2009)
  2. A Long November Part One: Preparations (November 5, 2009)
  3. A Long November Part Two: Irritations (November 12, 2009)
  4. A Long November Part Three: Experimentations (November 19, 2009)
  5. A Long November Part Four: Invitations (November 25, 2009)
  6. A Long November Part Five: Migrations (December 3, 2009)
  7. A Long November Part Six: Confrontations (December 10, 2009)
  8. A Long November Part Seven: Affiliations (December 14, 2009)
  9. A Long November Part Eight: Transformations (December 17, 2009)
  10. A Long November Part Nine: Celebrations (December 21, 2009)
  11. Turn Right at the Sign (December 24, 2009)
  12. Petitplace Cinemas (January 7, 2010)
  13. Black and Gold Dreams (January 28, 2010)
  14. Lombardi Gras (February 11, 2010)
  15. Fifty to Go (March 4, 2010)
  16. SPECIAL REPORT (April 8, 2010)
  17. Interview With the Tin Man (April 22, 2010)
  18. Running From the Dark (May 6, 2010)
  19. Other People’s Heroes Coming July 1 (June 24, 2010)
  20. Other People’s Heroes: First Issue (July 1, 2010)
  21. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Two (July 8, 2010)
  22. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Three (July 15, 2010)
  23. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Four (July 22, 2010)
  24. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Five (July 30, 2010)
  25. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Six (August 5, 2010)
  26. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Seven (August 13, 2010)
  27. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Eight (August 19, 2010)
  28. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Nine (August 26, 2010)
  29. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Ten (September 2, 2010)
  30. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Eleven (September 10, 2010)
  31. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Twelve (September 16, 2010)
  32. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Thirteen (September 24, 2010)
  33. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Fourteen (October 14, 2010)
  34. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Fifteen (October 22, 2010)
  35. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Sixteen (October 28, 2010)
  36. BONUS EPISODE: Tales of the Curtain Prologue (October 30, 2010)
  37. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Seventeen (November 4, 2010)
  38. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Eighteen (November 11, 2010)
  39. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Nineteen (November 18, 2010)
  40. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Twenty (December 3, 2010)
  41. Other People’s Heroes: Issue Twenty-One (December 10, 2010)
  42. Other People’s Heroes: Giant-Sized Final Issue (December 16, 2010)
  43. Toyetic: Christmas 2010 (December 23, 2010)

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