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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 now!  Just barely out, and while it sounds like it’s doing doing well, it can of course use all the help it can get. If you are interested, the eBook is only $3.99. The printed version costs a bit more, but definitely worth it in my completely biased opinion totally worth it.  🙂 It’s a story of magic, monsters, and mayhem in a tiny community in the backwoods of West Virginia, inspired by old folk tales and ghost stories. However, it’s adventure story, not a horror, even though there are horror elements.

Get Blood Creek Witch at Amazon

Also, if you have had a chance to read it and feel so inclined to leave a review, that really helps things substantially.

Okay… something else literary for your enjoyment…

Cirsova is a pulp-style magazine of “heroic science fiction and fantasy.” It’s pretty awesome. There are some great up-and-coming as well as a few old pros writing for the magazine. For what it’s worth, it was also a Hugo nominee. I had a story in the Hugo reader packet, which is about as close as I’ll probably ever get to being a Hugo winner.

Cirsova #5 is the “pre-historic human civilization meets Lovecraft” dedicated issue. I have a story in that one called “The Queen of Shadows”. It’s a good ol’ sword-and-sorcery Conan-esque tale involving Lovecraft-inspired ghouls and the buried ruins of a city of the Great Ones before they disappeared. I hope you find it fun, heroic, pulpy, and most importantly, entertaining.

The cool thing is that as two of these stories (not mine) are up for awards right now, and the editor has temporarily made the digital issue free. It’s for this week only, and the week is half over, so jump on it now and get the book added to your account right now, so you can read it at your leisure! As with all short story collections, not all of them may be to your taste, but at the price of $FREE, its definitely worth it.

Cirsova #5 Temporarily Free on Amazon

And finally – something I have absolutely nothing to do with but I thought was really cool…

I discovered Jakub Rozalski’s incredible dieselpunk-ish art online a couple of years ago. He called it the “World of 1920+,” and it’s like Eastern Europe if World War I had gone another several years and included giant mechas and flying steel airships and stuff. It’s amazing, awe-inspiring art. (His fantasy / werewolf paintings are pretty cool too…)

Apparently I wasn’t the only one inspired by this artwork. KING Art games, a veteran German game development studio, has adopted it as their basis for a real-time strategy game, called Iron Harvest. Of course, they have a lot of cool ideas of their own for how an RTS ought to be, and they are no strangers to crowdfunding video games. I like what they said, so I took the gamble and backed the project. It’s very nearly funded after barely only 24 hours. Their start goal is just shy of a half-million dollars, but I think they are really seeking funding for over a million (so that they can remain independent of a publisher).

The game will be available on PC, XBox One, and Playstation 4. They promise that each version will have its own completely custom interface, so don’t worry about ports from console to PC or vice-versa. If you are interested, you can back Iron Harvest on Kickstarter, or you can do so directly from their website. The former makes sure they get full funding with their all-or-nothing format (but there’s little fear of that being a problem right now), and the latter probably means a larger chunk of the money goes directly to them. Either way, it’s always a gamble… Crowdfunding is never guaranteed (ask those of us who backed Star Citizen so many years ago…), but keep an eye on it anyway for when it is (hopefully) released if you are interested in Dieselpunk / RTS games.

Okay, well, that’s a lot for one day. I’ll let you get back to your regularly-scheduled web-surfing. As always, have fun!



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