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About Jason J. McCuiston
Jason J. McCuiston was born in the wilds of southeast Tennessee, where he was raised on a carnivorous diet of old monster movies, westerns, comic books, horror magazines, sci-fi and fantasy novels, and, of course, Dungeons & Dragons. He attended the finest state school that would have him with the intention of becoming a comic-book artist. Following his matriculation and a whirlwind tour of spectacularly underpaid and uninspired career paths, he finally realized he was meant to be a professional storyteller.
He lives in South Carolina, USA with his college-professor wife and their four-legged baby girl. He can be found on the internet at: https://www.facebook.com/ShadowCrusade.
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StoryHack is back with another batch of thrilling stories in a variety of genres. StoryHack is a short fiction magazine heavily inspired by the great pulps of yesteryear.
Eyes as Blue as Metal
by Dominika Lein
After discovering a human upon a worn-torn planet, an alien commander is betrayed by an ambitious underling.
That Summer's Evening Long Ago
by Misha Burnett
How do you catch a criminal who uses magic to erase the memory of the item he stole?
by David J. West
Can a modern man rise to the challenge when a muse mystically summons him to mythic Greece to rescue her from a titan?
Song for Melienope
by Alexandru Constantin
Oswin the Magnificent and a bawdy monk find refuge from a terrible snowstorm in a mysterious lodge. However, all is not as it seems and a frozen death may have been preferable to what awaits them on this dark night.
The Berserker's Son
by Michael DeCarolis
The city of Bero is hit by a surprise attack, leaving renowned berserker Furth to choose between defending the city or fighting his way back to his wife and son.
by JD Cowan
An agent goes undercover on a hidden planet to thwart a mad cult leader who is about to unleash a device that splits open the universe itself.
Third Time Lucky
by Mike Adamson
Spring, 1941: the RAF is stretched tight on the Channel Front, and Johnny Carstairs finds himself battling a mysterious German pilot who seems to have a score to settle.
by Caroline Furlong
Muriel gave her voice to marry her true love and gain a human soul. But has it cost her more than she can pay?
The Tombs of Osiris Prime
by Jason J. McCuiston
The search for a missing archeologist on a long-dead planet leads the Last Star Warden into conflict with an ancient galactic threat, and may uncover the origins of the human race.
An Uncommon Day at the Lake
by David Skinner
A selfish diversion to the Martian desert attracts some outlaw trouble -- and leads to a revelation in the hills!
Alien Days is a multi-author anthology with thrilling tales of aliens, invasions, artificial intelligence, friendship, deceit and extinction. A combination which makes this collection a must-read for science fiction short story fans.
This anthology features Nebula and Dragon award nominees, Amazon bestsellers and award winners alongside rising stars in the science fiction genre. Let the authors take you on adventures through dystopian worlds and far flung planets that will stretch your imagination... Welcome to Alien Days.
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- ‘Recidivsim’ By Charles E. Gannon
‘Am I Alone?’ By J.R. Handley & Corey D. Truax
An Odera Chronicles short story from Amazon bestselling authors of The Four Horsemen Series & Sleeping Legion Series.
‘The Shanti Heist’ By Killian Carter
The Amazon bestselling author of The Galactic Sentinel Series.
‘Ambassador T’ By Quincy J Allen
An USA bestselling author of The Blood War Chronicles & The Four Horsemen Series.
‘Discovery’ By PP Corcoran
The Amazon bestselling author of The Saiph Series, The K’Tai War Series, The Empire at War: Military Science Fiction Box Set & The Four Horsemen Series.
‘A Bolt From The Blue’ By S. K. Gregory
The USA TODAY bestselling author of The Cursed Lands.
‘Antithesis’ By Mitch Goth.
‘A Series Of Anomalous Phenomena’ By D. B. Crelia
‘Dead Reckoning’ By Anthony Regolino
‘After The Crash’ By Jason J. McCuiston
‘Where All Memories Are One’ By Leigh Saunders
‘First Friendship’ By A.N. Myers
‘Phobosteus’ By Dennis Mombauer
‘The Law Of The Jungle’ By Mickey Ferron
‘And The Light Faded’ By Lisa Fox
‘A Mission Of Mercy’ By Mark Lynch
‘Another Day, Another Dollar’ By Juleigh Howard-Hobson
‘Altered’ By Alexander Harrington
‘Within The Storm’ By Beth Frost
‘Songs Sweeter Still’ By David M. Hoenig
‘There Goes The Neighborhood’ By Vivian Kasley
Charles is a three-time Nebula and two-times Dragon award nominee. Author of note in The Ring of Fire Series & Starfire Series.
This anthology features stories from:
B. Morris Allen, J.E. Bates, Jade Black, Gustavo Bondoni, Bokerah Brumley, Stephen Case, R. K. Duncan, M.C. Dwyer, Chloe Garner, Kelly A. Harmon, Pete Alex Harris, Ben Howels, Tom Jolly, Brandon M. Lindsay, Alice Loweecey, Jason J. McCuiston, Alex McGilvery, Ville Meriläinen, Jennifer R. Povey, Holly Lyn Walrath, Pat Woods, and Richard Zwicker.
Edited by Robert McCowen and C. J. Brightley.
150 years ago, we dived with him to the bottom of the ocean. Now Captain Nemo and his submarine sensation are back to entertain you again.
Take a wild adventure through sixteen amazing short stories, all inspired by Jules Verne’s enduring classic exploring the murky depths.
What was behind the sightings of the mysterious vessel in Baltimore? What really happened in the aftermath of the Nautilus’ maelstrom misfortune? Will a courageous salvage mission dredge up disturbing secrets?
With every story chosen for its tribute to the extraordinary adventures of the famed French master, you’ll be whisked to 1870, across the globe, and even forward in time and space, as these historic seafaring exploits take unexpected twists and turns. With all sixteen creative tales ranging from alternative endings, freshly hooked monsters, and valiant forays into speculative storytelling, you’ll soon be lost in new worlds that Verne himself would applaud.
Will this daring plunge into perilous waters once again surface modern masterpieces of imagination?
20,000 Leagues Remembered is an astonishing homage to an incredibly robust original masterwork. If you like thought-provoking premises, inventive exploits, and adoring respect for the source material, then you’ll love this whirlpool of wonders.
Buy 20,000 Leagues Remembered to dive deep today!
Proof that short fiction can still be exciting. StoryHack is a magazine focusing on action and adventure fiction in a wide variety of genres.
In this issue, you'll read:
- Claws of the Puma by Paul R. McNamee - In the rainforests of Brazil, poaching loggers and traditional rubber tree tappers are at war. Journalist Sarah Stoughton gets more than she bargained for when she is caught up in the violence, and comes face to face with the legendary man of the jungle, the Puma.
- Shoot First by Jay Barnson - Flint and another agent are assigned to confiscate a dangerous cursed magical artifact from a street gang, only to find that the entire operation was a set-up by a local crime boss and an analyst from within the Order.
- Inside the Demon's Eye by JD Cowan - A young adventurer searches the Black Lands for a lifesaving treasure. He may not get the chance to find it, as he is being stalked by a malevolent force.
- Get to the River by Luke Foster - A park ranger plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a gang of killers on the scorching hot floor of the Grand Canyon in July.
- Scourges, Spells, and Serenades by Joanna Maciejewska - An archanist must work alongside a high mage to find her missing cousin. The trail leads them to the arena of a secret demon cult, where their skill will be put to a deadly test.
- Showdown at Stone Ridge by Jason J. McCuiston -
- by - A military deserter is spared the noose if he will travel to the mining town of Stone Ridge and stop the desperados. What he finds in Stone Ridge is not bandits, but a land baron with an army, led by a Djinn. How can he possibly stand against such paramilitary might and magic?
- Master of Thieves by Aaron Zimmerman - For years Alex has admiringly followed the exploits of the two greatest thieves of her generation. Tonight, she wants to settle the question once and for all: who is the greatest thief of all?
- The Dealer's Tale by Jon Mollison - A pregnant blackjack dealer walks a deadly line as she prepares to betray her mafia-owned boss to the feds.
Shakespeare began the tense apprehension with his melodic yet warning phrase. Ray Bradbury continued the dark and ominous foreboding that oozes between the words. Now, it has come to the North American Old West, a world with its severe terrain and hardened residents. The rules were harsher out here, the ethics and morals changed, the fight for life and liberty quite different than anything these pioneers, these outlaws, these six-shooters and rebel rousers, these unquestionably brave men and women had bargained for. For them, something wicked certainly rode.
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble…
In this anthology, we explore the Old West with a skewed view, showcasing the weird western genre through stories that explore the peculiar and the fantastic, the wicked that was and could have been. You’ll experience spiritual nightmares, mythical monsters, cosmic outlaws, discerning gods, and science run amok. Even the North Pole Security division isn’t immune to the supernatural strangeness that stalks the late 1800s. In the tradition of the pulp and western stories of a bygone era, these are thirty tales to intrigue, amaze, and perhaps down right spook you right out of your boots.
So brew up some coffee, head out to the rocking chair on the porch, and tilt your hat to shade your eyes so you can read real close. Just be sure you keep one eye on the horizon and one hand near your holster. For…
With dark intentions and creatures astride,
Something wicked this way rides.
Enjoy stories from these talented authors
Gustavo Bondoni – Marilyn “Mattie” Brahen – Kenneth Bykerk – Dwain Campbell – Gregg Chamberlain – Vonnie Winslow Crist – Stuart Croskell – Lawrence Dagstine – J.B. Dane – Kevin M. Folliard – John A. Frochio – Steve Gladwin – L.L. Hill – Adrian Ludens – Stefan Markos – Jonathon Mast – Jason J. McCuiston – Gregory L. Norris – Q Parker – Peter Prellwitz – John B. Rosenman – Alistair Rey – Darrell Schweitzer – Bradley H. Sinor – Matias Travieso-Diaz – Charles Wilkinson – Martin Zeigler
SUSPENSE! An abandoned space station is terrorized by unearthly forces, and the Last Star Warden and Quantum must stop them before they destroy the galaxy!
MYSTERY! A frantic call for help leads the Last Star Warden and his friend Quantum to a city of debauchery and secrets where madness threatens to overtake them!
INTRIGUE! An intended vacation plunges the Last Star Warden and Quantum into the internecine warfare of corporate corruption!
ADVENTURE! Held captive on the worst prison ship in the galaxy, the Last Star Warden must find a way to escape before Quantum is killed!
Herein are five daring tales full of thrills and uncertainty from Jason J. McCuiston, author of the intriguing alternate history novel PROJECT NOTEBOOK. He gives us a fantastic new look at classic sci-fi pulp - the same themes are there, but with modern sensibilities thrown in, complete with his own illustrations. So if you're looking for stories reminiscent of the days when heroes of all kinds stood for justice and the common good, you'll love the adventures of the Last Star Warden!
"The Last Star Warden is exactly what it looks like: a rollicking collection of space western stories. McCuiston delivers big with plenty of imagination and thrills. He pays homage to a western classic formula while injecting enough delightful alien weirdness to justify the intergalactic setting. The Warden and Quantum are unashamedly heroic heroes doing what's right in an unforgiving universe. Highly recommended." ~ Bryce Beattie, Editor of StoryHack Action & Adventure and author of Swordcrossed Frostbite
"...the Last Star Warden meets all with steely grace and nobility - and a rare and refreshing level of pure, pulpy fun. Jason McCuiston's excellent book of adventures reads like a time warp back to boyhood Saturdays when classic Science Fiction played all afternoon on UHF. A fantastic experience!" ~ Gregory L. Norris, Author of the Gerry Anderson's Into Infinity novels by Anderson Entertainment
These four components are combined in this volume to celebrate the art and culture of storytelling.
Each tale contains a festival, fair, carnival, or celebratory event to honor the antiquity and the importance of writing and scripture: to record history or to alter it, to entertain all types of populations, and to explore and explain the world around us.We are honored to have 58 stories from the below 39 authors. Their talents have embodied the mission of this anthology. From all walks of life, they have unique abilities to excite and inform, to render realism and alter imagination, to amaze, delight, terrify, and fascinate us as readers. Their work is more than worthy of this, A Celebration of Storytelling.
Hansen Adcock ~ Justin Boote ~ Gustavo Bondoni ~ Kenneth Bykerk ~ Dwain Campbell ~ Laura J. Campbell ~ Gregg Chamberlain ~ Stuart Croskell ~ Lawrence Dagstine ~ Danielle Davis ~ GD Deckard ~ Kevin M. Folliard ~ John A. Frochio ~ Steven Gladwin ~ Kelly Kurtzhals Geiger ~ Elana Gomel ~ Max Griffin ~ L.L. Hill ~ Tim Jeffreys ~ Carl R. Jennings ~ Adrian Ludens ~ Stefan Markos ~ Jonathon Mast ~ Andrew McCormick ~ Jason J. McCuiston ~ Bruce Meyer ~ Christine Morgan ~ Peter Emmett Naughton ~ KB Nelson ~ Gregory L. Norris ~ Quinn Parker ~ Eric Reitan ~ Alistair Rey ~ John B. Rosenman ~ Bradley H. Sinor ~ Susan P. Sinor ~ Nickolas Urpi ~ Christopher Wheatley ~ Martin Zeigler
"A Cut-Purse Rethinks His Ways" by Kate Heartfield
"Chasing Dark" by Ranjabali Chaudhuri
"Battlefield" by Jason J. McCuiston
"Slip Stitch" by Kat Weaver
"Where the Palm Nut Grows" by Hannah Onoguwe
"Love, by Alexander Graham Bell" by Rebecca Bennett
Ded Society — Larry Hodges
The Piper’s Song — Gail Z. Martin
Feed The Stove — J. D. Blackrose
The Devil’s Chair — Rob MacGregor
Caddy Man — Gustavo Bondoni
Bone Whispers — Tim Waggoner
Pearls Before Swine — Angela Roquet
Good Boy — A. G. Hilton
Only the Young Die Good — Emily Lavin Leverett
The Albatross Man — Robert W. Walker
Always Room For One More — Tally Johnson
The Solitary Procession — Mackenzie Kincaid
Maho To Satsujin — Jason J. McCuiston
Hearse — Jennifer R. Povey
Buffoonville — Clark Roberts
What the Heart Wants — Rick Duffy
Illustrative collages by Martini Discovolante.
Dorothea Defies Convention by A.J. Brennan
The Death Trade by Natasha C. Calder
The Instant by Harris Coverley
Mary Shelley and the St Pancras Ghoul by Ian C. Douglas
Inkec by MM Schreier
The There-It-Is Store by Adam Gaylord
Shards by JL George
A Rainy Day at St Bartholomew's by Philip Brian Hall
Euphonia by Jason J. McCuiston
Seven Cups of Tea by Gwen Katz
The Taste of Storms by Priya Sridhar
The Mirror Crack'd by Jordan TaylorT
he Night Bazaar by Shaun van Rensburg
Nonfiction: Gwen Katz interview with Andrew McCurdy
Edited by Kevin Frost
As eyewitnesses to the strange events begin turning up as apparent suicides, the team of elite WWII veterans must regroup and uncover the truth behind these extraordinary circumstances... even if it means facing their own self destruction.
“A tight, taut, tense thriller packed with action and ominous overtones sure to cast shadows on the world as we know it.”
~ Christine Morgan,
The Horror Fiction Review and author of White Death
“In Project Notebook, author-to-watch Jason J. McCuiston has mined some long-standing UFO conspiracies, made them his own, then set a masterfully realized cast of complex characters on a wild ride through a flying saucer-haunted Seattle of the 1950s. Highly recommended!”
~ Philip Athans,
New York Times Bestselling Author of Annihilation
and the Fantasy Author’s Handbook blog
“McCuiston has delivered a fast-paced and richly-textured debut novel; a noirish sci-fi mystery steeped in UFO lore and oozing post-WWII paranoia. Highly recommended.”
~ Tom English,
Editor of Black Infinity Magazine
“Project Notebook transported me back to an overcast late summer day in 1977, when, looking up at the trees across our rural road, I saw something saucer-shaped and shadowy rotate through the mist for all of one second that has stayed with me since. Like that memory, McCuiston delivers an unforgettable page-turner. Moody, gorgeously written, Notebook reads like a dark dream and deserves a place on every bookshelf.”
~ Gregory L. Norris,
Author of the Gerry Anderson Into Infinity novels