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StoryHack #3 is out!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 12, 2018

StoryHack #3 came out this week, featuring another Donovan Flint story by yours truly. This story, entitled “Shoot First,” takes Donovan Flint and his fellow agent on a hunt for a magical artifact which can kill in a heartbeat.  Of course, my story is one of many excellent stories in this issue, including an actual […]


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FanX 2018 Report

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 10, 2018

I’m not exactly sure how to begin. I went to this FanX (formerly Salt Lake Comic Con) with the intention of doing little more than working the booth and selling books. This is my first FanX with my novel, Blood Creek Witch, rather than just anthologies that contained one of my stories. I didn’t really […]


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FanX Weekend!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 6, 2018

Hello everyone! This weekend (starting in a couple of hours), I’ll be at the FanX Comic Convention in Salt Lake City, booth 2424. If you are going to be there, drop by and say hi! I’m planning on being at the booth most of the time, at least until my book sells out. Hear that […]


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The Golden Wall of Science Fiction

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 4, 2018

I grew up reading stories from the “pulp era.” I also grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons (well, once I turned 12… so reading predated the playing by a little bit). Until I read Appendix N by Jeffro Johnson, I didn’t realize there was a connection between the two. When I first started playing D&D, […]


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PTFC Challenge #2: The Women of the Wood

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 21, 2018

Continuing the Pre-Tolkien Fantasy Challenge, I have a story by Abraham Merritt, an outstanding pulp-era fantasy writer whom I only discovered last year.  He was an inspiration to and contemporary of H.P. Lovecraft among others. He certainly gets pretty lush in his descriptions, much like Tolkien (and Lovecraft, and … quite a few pulp authors, […]


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Blood Creek Witch Audiobook Now Available

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 24, 2018

Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, a monstrous evil rises, and the only one who can stand against it is a teen-aged witch who doesn’t believe in magic. Blood Creek Witch is now available as an Audiobook through Audible This audiobook is narrated by Janel Valentine, who did a fantastic job of bringing my novel to […]


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Last Chance to Get Some Xchyler Anthologies…

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 28, 2018

My first published short story (as an adult, at least) was “Dots, Dashes, and Deceit,” found in the Terra Mechanica steampunk anthology. The way Xchyler handled things, I had a lot of editorial assistance on that story, and learned a lot. My fellow author Scott Tarbet and I frequently joked that getting published in a […]


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A Week in Blood Creek

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 20, 2018

Last week was pretty focused on the Blood Creek Witch release. This has been quite the milestone for me, and the initial feedback I have received has been really positive.  So… yay! Hopefully those of you who were interested are enjoying the book. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet… HEY, […]


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Another New Release! Planetary Anthology: Mars is out!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 16, 2018

This was kind of unexpected. This is still the week I’m pushing my brand-new novel, Blood Creek Witch. Seriously. It’s awesome, in my totally biased opinion. I’m hearing comments from people (including those I don’t know) about how much they are enjoying it, and I’m deliriously happy. At least it’s finding some of its audience, […]


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Blood Creek Witches, Queens of Shadows, and Dieselpunk Strategy for PI Day

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 14, 2018

Okay, so today is “PI day” (3/14), which coincides with some neat things I’ll be doing today. BUT… here are some neat things for you. First of all, I guess I’m not supposed to dilute my message. In case you missed the last couple of blog posts – my novel, Blood Creek Witch, is out […]


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Blood Creek Witch: It’s Out!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 13, 2018

Who is that guy, and why is he smiling? Oh, well, you can probably trust the guy in the Commodore 64 t-shirt. Oh, yeah. It’s release day! Blood Creek Witch is now available in print and e-book format for your entertainment. Contemporary fantasy set in the mountains of West Virginia, there’s magic, monsters, and mayhem. […]


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Appalachian Folk Tales, Ghost Stories, and Blood Creek

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 12, 2018

The first fantasy stories I can remember were stories told to me by my father, Jim Murphy, when I was living in West Virginia. I don’t talk about him much, because he and my mom split up when I was only five years old, and I rarely saw him after that. But one week, he […]


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Blood Creek Witch: First Review (that I know of)

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 9, 2018

This came out a couple of weeks ago, from Guildmaster Gaming: Blood Creek Witch Book Review Of COURSE you want to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt: “The style is light, even in covering darker subjects and provides a point of distance to the events which allows the story to be told without […]


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Blood Creek Witch Releases in Two Weeks

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 27, 2018

Blood Creek Witch, my new novel from Immortal Works Press, is releasing in two weeks, on March 13. I’m naturally pretty excited. One day, perhaps, I will be jaded to having a new book release, but today is not that day. And my enthusiasm will only grow between now and March 13th. Cooler still, the […]


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The Book of Secrets by Melissa McShane

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 21, 2018

Melissa McShane has a new urban fantasy series coming out, “The Last Oracle,” starting with this brand new release from Curiosity Quills, The Book of Secrets. The teaser (short version): “Helena Davies just wants a job that will get her out of her parents’ basement. Abernathy’s Bookstore is disorganized, out of the way, and smells […]


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Bound for Life, The Universe, and Everything 2018!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 9, 2018

This time next week, I’ll be at LTUE in Provo, Utah – “Life, the Universe, and Everything.” It’s a symposium for writers, artists, filmmakers, game designers, academics, and students all about science fiction and fantasy. The panels and discussions range from nuts-and-bolts craft and technique to specialty subjects like logistics of how you keep an […]


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