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About Benjamin Tyler Smith
By day, Benjamin earns his bread as a necro-cartographer (which is a fancy way of saying he makes digital maps) for a cemetery software company, and by night, he writes about undead, aliens, and everything in between. Blue Crucible is his first novel. He had stories that were Baen contest finalists in 2018 and 2019. He is working on the sequel to Blue Crucible, as well as a Four Horsemen novel, both of which will be finished by the end of 2020.
Married to a saint of a woman, ruled by a benevolent calico countess, he can be found at benjamintylersmith.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter (@BenTylerSmith).
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Between the Collapse of America and the activation of Operation Overtime, lived heroes who kept alive the idea of freedom by standing fast against evil wherever they found it. They wouldn't have called themselves heroes, they were simply people who knew right from wrong and acted on those beliefs, but of course, that's the definition of heroism.
The stories here represent a cross-section of survivors of the world's greatest civilization, represented by unforgettable characters who are right at home alongside Nick Angriff and Green Ghost. Find out how the Angriff family got their surname, what happened in Alaska after the nuke went off, and what happened when a group of disarmed police officers decided that chaos wasn't their style. There are soldiers trying to get home, a dreamer wondering why the stars still look the same, and an old man who mastered the craft of gunsmithing, and used it to save his granddaughter.
Do you love sparkly vampires? Well too bad, because you won’t find a single one of those fancy-dancy bloodsuckers anywhere in this collection!
It Came From The Trailer Park began as a fun idea to revisit the Classic Horror and Old-School Creature Feature genres with a hefty helping of B-rate tropes thrown in for good measure. Who doesn’t love a good Bruce Cambell or classic Vincent Price flick on a dark and dreary night?
Emmy award winner Bill Oberst Jr. opens the collection and sets the stage for the stories to come. From aliens to demons to werewolves and so many more, you’re sure to fall in love with these tales of the Macabre.
So come on in. Take a load off. And get yourself ready for nineteen unforgettable tales, straight from the Trailer Park.
Stories written by: Sara Brooke, Mel Todd, Charity Ayres, Amie Gibbons, William Alan Webb, Philip K. Booker, J.F. Posthumus, JL Curtis, John Drake, Michael K. Falciani, Michael Gants, Rob Howell, R.J. Ladon, LawDog, Benjamin Tyler Smith, Kevin Steverson, Christopher Woods, Jenny Wren, and William Joseph Roberts.
From Trailer-trash to armageddon survivalists, this book ROCKS!
--Faith Hunter NYT and USAToday bestseller
Harmon Tomeral and his friends wanted nothing more than to go to space, and they have beaten the odds, time and again. They developed a mech and won the Top Fleet Marine Competition. They brought back a battlecruiser from an unknown system and made it their own. They made allies who helped them achieve great victories, and they ultimately founded new colonies in what has become known as the Salvage System.
The galaxy is a big place, though, peopled with thousands of races, and most haven’t graced the pages of a Salvage Title book…until now.
“It Takes All Kinds” contains fourteen all-new stories showcasing some of the aliens in the Salvage Universe, and helps give a wider view of the galaxy as events continue to transpire in The Coalition series. From smugglers you’ve seen before to races and their pets that you haven’t, one thing’s for sure—Harmon Tomeral will be there to stick up for the little guy. From aliens looking for that special guitar to AI’s looking for a little more life, it’s all in here. Just remember, though—Laney ain’t recruiting!
Inside are potential allies for Harmon Tomeral and his friends…as well as some of the adversaries who are lining up against Salvage System. Who are these new races? Take a look inside and find out!
With Stories by:
Quincy J. Allen
Tim C. Taylor
Robert E. Hampson
Benjamin Tyler Smith
From the outside, The Lyon’s Den doesn’t look like much; there isn’t even a sign. But mercs of all species know that if you head to southwest Houston, near the Starport, there’s a particular run-down strip mall that looks like it’s been abandoned for years. The glass door second from the south end of the strip is plastered over on the inside with blue paper, and the faint golden outline of a rampant lion is the only clue.
The door is locked, of course, and beyond the door is nothing but a darkened hallway with a downward slope and a slight curve to it. Once you follow this curve far enough, you are greeted by two very large, very well-armed Lumar. “Welcome to the Lyon’s Den,” the larger of the two says without a translator, and without a trace of an alien accent. “You know the rules?”
Welcome back to the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, “Tales from the Lyon’s Den” includes eighteen all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. Want to know what it’s like to do search and rescue while a battle is going on or what to do with that new manufactory you just won in a card game? Better learn the rules to the Lyon’s Den…and then step inside!
Inside, you’ll find:
Preface by Chris Kennedy
“The Devil in the Pit” by Mark Wandrey
“A Job to Do” by Quincy J. Allen
“For the Honor of the Flag” by Doug Dandridge
“Lucky” by James P. Chandler
“Shit Day” by Marisa Wolf
“The Charge of the Heavy Brigade” by Chris Kennedy
“The Bottom Line” by Michael J. Allen
“Midnight Diplomacy” by Tim C. Taylor
“Desperta Ferro” by Eric S. Brown & N.X. Sharps
“The Deadly Dutchman” by Kevin McLaughlin
“The Felix” by RJ Ladon
“The Heart of a Lion” by Terry Mixon
“What Really Matters” by Chris Winder
“Headspace and Timing” by Robert E. Hampson
“Return to Sender” by Benjamin Tyler Smith
“Grunwald” by David Alan Jones
“The Quiet Was Fine” by Jake Bible
“A Mother’s Favor” by Kacey Ezell
It is a time of high adventure! A time for heroes to say “No!” to the evils that will befall their families and friends if they don’t rise to the task at hand…even if they don’t want to! If they won’t take up arms and spells on behalf of their people, civilization will fall.
Fifteen exceptional authors have spun tales of reluctant heroes—people often like you and me, who didn’t think they were worthy, needed, or even “the right one for the job.” Sometimes all they have going for them is that they’re the wrong person at the wrong time. When there’s no one else, though, a hero must do what’s necessary, whether that’s fighting demons, the undead, or an unconquerable enemy.
Songs of Valor focuses on heroes rising to the challenge presented them. An untrained human facing an ancient dragon. A necromancer fighting a demon in the land of the elves. A dragon rider well past her prime coming back to protect the ones she loves. An over-the-hill fighter who does what he must to stem the tide of evil.
Inside are fifteen incredible stories of heroes rising to the occasion. Their willingness to brave the peril, though, doesn’t guarantee their success. If their valor should fail, all indeed will be lost! Will they succeed? Step inside and find out!
With stories by:
Sarah A. Hoyt
Jon R. Osborne
Quincy J. Allen
Benjamin Tyler Smith
Some are born weird, some achieve weirdness, and others have weirdness thrust upon them.
- Not Bill Shakespeare, but you get the idea.
The grimoire you hold in your hands (tentacles? pincers?) contains thirteen twisted tales of freaky fantasy, grim gothic, paranormal peculiarities, ominous omens, and supernatural sci-fi.
Whether you like your fantasy darker than black coffee, your multi-verse meta-mischief light as whipped topping, or your sci-fi with Lovecraftian sprinkles, something contained within this tome ought to tickle your taste buds.
Just when you thought everything was going along quite normally… then it got weird.
That question plagues Lieutenant Nathan Ward as he and his fellow mounted police officers defend one of the last cities on Earth. Columbia, Missouri was spared a direct hit when the bombs fell, but it’s become a target: refugees flood the city, gangs run rampant, an enemy army closes in, and the Corporations responsible for the catastrophe conspire in the shadows.
For the mounted officers, morale couldn’t be lower. Most lost their loved ones and hometowns when the bombs fell, and the citizens of Columbia have grown resentful of their presence in the weeks since. Food riots and protests are the order of the day, and it’s more than some can handle.
Fortunately, they don’t fight alone, as some Corporate members value peace over power, chief among them Specialist Aster and her elite team of soldiers. Together they stand ready to face off against this approaching army.
But the city harbors a secret beneath its rubble-strewn streets, a secret that a Corporate director will pay any price to attain. Even if it means raining fire from the sky.
Faced by threats on all sides, will the Thin Blue Line hold?
Seventeen incredible authors. Seventeen amazing stories. One fantastic sci-fi universe, where the only limit is one’s imagination. Welcome to Starflight.
Based on the exploration-based Starflight video game series created by Greg Johnson and the Binary Systems team, the stories in Tales From the Starport Lounge flesh out and shine a light into the darkest corners of the known universe. Join the last vestiges of Humanity and their alien allies (the reptilian Thrynn, the insectoid Velox, and the plant-based Elowan) as they attempt to carve out their own territory in a sector of space filled with wondrous opportunity and deadly threats. Brave explorers seek out new worlds to colonize while merchants cruise from starport to starport, their holds laden with exotic goods.
Not all in this futuristic setting have noble intent. For every prospector and trader attempting to make a difference, a dozen pirates, smugglers, and mobsters engage in all manner of criminal enterprise. Gangs fill the underbellies of every major city and raid the trade routes between the stars, pushing the outnumbered and outgunned Interstel Police to their limit and forcing civilians to take matters into their own hands. It’s a rough and tumble universe, where one wrong move could spell doom for an expedition, or grant enough wealth to buy a planet.
Board your ship and set course for stars unknown! The universe awaits.
“Those Who Came Before” by Michael Gants
“Choices” by Christopher Woods
“Black Box Blues” by Philip K. Booker
“Rock of Truth” by Bart Kemper
“Obligations” by Marisa Wolf
“Hindsight” by R.J. Ladon
“Peacestone” by Brisco Woods
“Everyone Gets What They Have Coming” by D.J. Butler
“A New Beginning” by J.F. Posthumus
“Fire at Will” by Declan Finn
“Hiro of Arth” by David A. Tatum
“Rover Rescue” by Michael J. Allen
“Territory” by Nick Steverson
“Turn of Luck” by William Joseph Roberts
“Always on Duty” by Benjamin Tyler Smith
“To Cache a Killer” by Michael J. Ciaravella
“Through the Time Lens” by Robert Silverberg
Plus an introduction by Starflight creator, Greg Johnson
Changelings, Ogres, Medusae, and other fantastic creatures all have tales to tell, tales that show they’re more than simply horrors in the night or foes worthy of heroes to defeat.
Fifteen of these tales are here in Talons & Talismans I.
A necromancer tries to save a zombie from a broken heart. A medusa searches for someone who sees her and doesn’t have a heart of stone. Werewolves mourn lost families while seeking new ones. And, of course, there are Dragons, including one who must choose between his hoard and a new friend.
Will these monsters remain monstrous, or will they become something more than simply a beast? Come and find out.
With stories by:
Kevin J. Anderson
Jon R. Osborne
G. Scott Huggins
Benjamin Tyler Smith
The end came fast for Lieutenant Nathan Ward. One moment he was participating in an international convention of mounted police officers, the next he was in a command bunker watching the world’s two biggest Corporations—Obsidian and Teledyne—destroy it in an exchange of nuclear hellfire.
While Columbia, Missouri was spared a direct strike, a near-miss EMP fried most of the vehicles and the electrical grid. Then the Corporations started a shooting war in the streets, and they didn’t care who got caught in the crossfire. But Columbia was one of the last cities still standing, and Nathan and his fellow officers weren’t going to give it up. Even if it meant facing the worst the Corporate militaries could throw at them.
The Corporations had no intention of giving up the city, either, and Obsidian called in reinforcements to match Teledyne’s Specialist, a woman with the power to defeat a company of soldiers all on her own. Both Corporations intended to reign supreme and were willing to crush anyone who got in their way. In the post-apocalyptic world, there was only one law—theirs—and not the one with a badge.
The world may have fallen, but the Thin Blue Line’s battle is only beginning.
It is a time of high adventure! A time for noble men and women to say “No!” to the evils that will befall their families and friends if they don’t rise to the task at hand. If their valor doesn’t hold, civilization will fall.
Fifteen authors have spun fourteen tales of hateful wizards, treacherous seas, and scheming foes. Of times when ancient evils roamed the Earth, looking for souls to claim, and dark prophecies foretold what would happen if the Evil Ones were allowed to succeed. This anthology has all of this and more.
When Valor Must Hold focuses on heroes worthy of facing such enemies. A tiny brownie stands up to a massive ogre. A mother races to protect her children. A hunter chases raiders. A guardian serves his king. Heroes lead forces into battle against overwhelming odds. There’s even a goblin trying to save his people by stealing dwarven rum.
Inside are fourteen fantastic stories of enemies testing the valor of heroes great and small. If their valor should fail, they will lose far more than their lives.
Will their swords shatter shields? Will their magic shine forth? Or will they see their homes and families perish when they fail? Step inside and find out!
With stories by:
Christopher G. Nuttall
William Joseph Roberts
Benjamin Tyler Smith
Sarah A. Hoyt
William Alan Webb
Kevin Steverson & Tyler Ackerman
John R. Osborne
Quincy J. Allen