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Reminder: Altered States II and Cirsova #4

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 26, 2016

I thought that for today, I’d share the opening paragraphs of the two stories I have in collections that have JUST BARELY been released! I’m proud of both of these stories. Just minutes ago, I received my contributor’s copy of Altered States II, so I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some cyberpunky goodness.

PHIL DRAXTON THOUGHT HE glimpsed the figure in the blue windbreaker behind him again. Was it just paranoia? Could it be paranoia if he really knew they were coming after him? Tarvino Technologies had made it clear that they had limited patience for him to turn himself in, and that when their patience expired, so would he.

Doubleblind, by Jay Barnson

Altered States II – A Cyberpunk Anthology

Now available in electronic format – available in paperback in a week or two.

Doubleblind is a story about a man attempting eluding a seemingly unshakeable pursuer after violating his user contract for an experimental brain implant. The implant gives him access to skills he needs to escape… but is it working for him, or is it working for its manufacturer?

The book includes 18 other stories, and an introduction by Isaac Wheeler, editor-in-chief of Neon Dystopia.


Jesse stared down the barrels of ten bayonet-affixed rifles of the Royal Marines, and raised his hands. In the six months since Marwood abandoned him, he’d imagined many different rescue scenarios. This hadn’t been one of them. He cleared his throat. “I don’t know how the British are doing it these days, but in Georgia we usually greet people by saying hello.”

The Priests of Shalaz, by Jay Barnson

Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine  #4

Now available in digital and paperback formats.

The Priests of Shalaz takes place in the late 19th century. Stranded by a remote portal from Earth on an alien planet, Jesse finds rescue in the form of the British Royal Navy. But rescue turns into a bloodbath when the Commodore takes action to further the growth of the empire and runs up against the ancient and power priests that watch over the portals.

Cirsova is a magazine that has embraced the old “pulp” style. Fun stuff! I’ve enjoyed every issue so far.

Filed Under: Books - Comments: 3 Comments to Read

  • Kevin Higgins said,

    Jay scrutinised the blog post, noting the well-formatted quotes from his two latest stories. A grim smile of satisfaction touched his lips – satisfaction at a pulp writing style well learned. Would it provoke an intelligent reaction, or a snarky imitation? The first comment would reveal all.

  • Rampant Coyote said,

    Literally laughing out loud at that one, Kevin!

  • Kevin Higgins said,

    Couldn’t resist! Just sitting down to Cirsova now…