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About Travis Heermann
Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, an Active member of SFWA and the HWA, and the author of the Tokyo Blood Magic, The Hammer Falls, The Ronin Trilogy, and other novels. His more than thirty short stories appear in Baen Books’ anthology Straight Outta Deadwood, plus Apex Magazine, Tales to Terrify, Fiction River, Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII, and others. As a freelance writer, he has contributed a metric ton of work to such game properties as Firefly Roleplaying Game, Legend of Five Rings, EVE Online, and BattleTech, for which he’s been nominated for a Scribe Award.
He enjoys cycling, collecting martial arts styles and belts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and monsters of every flavor, especially those with a soft, creamy center.
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Fiction River: How to Save the World includes stories by: David Gerrold, William H. Keith, Ron Collins, Laura Resnick, Stephanie Writt, Angela Penrose, Annie Reed, Dean Wesley Smith, Lisa Silverthorne, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Travis Heermaan.
"Fiction River is off to an auspicious start. It's a worthy heir to the original anthology series of the 60s and 70s. ... It's certainly the top anthology of the year to date."
—Amazing Stories on Fiction River: Unnatural Worlds
Fiction River is an original fiction anthology series. Modeled on successful anthology series of the past, from Orbit to Universe to Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine, the goal of Fiction River is to provide a forum for “original ground-breaking fiction of all genres.”
Each Fiction River volume will have electronic and trade paperback issues published by WMG Publishing, and will feature some of the best new and established fiction writers in publishing.
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch are award-winning editors, as well as award-winning writers, and will act as series editors for the anthologies.
For more information about the authors or Fiction River, go to www.wmgpublishing.com.
He’s never failed a witch hunt before. Until he must hunt the only woman he’s ever loved...
When Django Wong, a modern-day ninja turned sorcerer, takes a job to track down a newly Awakened witch, he discovers that his target is not only his lost love, but now she’s an enforcer for the Black Lotus Clan, a ruthless yakuza syndicate.
But time can change a person. Is she the girl who used to love him, a yakuza slave, or a deadly black witch?
With a smart-mouthed magical house cat as his ally, Django must protect her from other Hunter-Seekers sent to kill her until he can learn the truth of her allegiance. And not only that, if he can't stop her from stealing a powerful magical relic, the Black Lotus Clan will launch a bloodbath in Shinjuku’s streets.
Perfect for fans of Bleach or Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokyo Blood Magic brings you ninja sorcerers, femme fatales, savage monsters, martial arts action, and powerful cultivation. Pick it up now and start the adventure!
A neighborhood won't let its residents forget the past. One taste draws two lovers into a nightmarish addiction. A harsh winter forces strange creatures down from the mountains.
At sea level, where it's safe, things like this can't happen. But when you're sky high in Denver, Colorado, anything goes...including your sanity.
Beware of Terror at 5280', a horror fiction anthology featuring dark tales set in and around Denver and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, penned exclusively by local authors.
Terror at 5280' is a Denver Post Bestseller and winner of the Fiction Anthology category (and finalist for Horror Fiction) in The 2020 Best Book Awards from American Book Fest.
Edited by: Josh Schlossberg, Gary Robbe, Melinda Bezdek, Bobby Crew, Desi D, Lisa Mavroudis, Thomas C. Mavroudis, and Jeamus Wilkes.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface - Denver Horror Collective
Foreword - John Palisano
The Depths - Matthew Lyons
Laffing Sal - Lindsay King-Miller
This Was Always Going to Happen - Stephen Graham Jones
Electric Stalker - Rebecca S.W. Bates
Gaze with Undimmed Eyes and the World Drops Dead - Carina Bissett
Grave Mistake - Joshua Viola & Carter Wilson
There is Something Up There - Joy Yehle
Scrape - Gary Robbe
The Copper Door Karma Jar - Cindra Spencer
Block 12 - Thomas C. Mavroudis
A Place for Cady - Melinda Bezdek
Taste - Henry Snider
Chronic Cold - Josh Schlossberg
The Dead Spot - Angela Sylvaine
The Ghosts of Cheesman Park - Grace Horton
Old Golden Road - Jay Seate
If I Shall Wake - Desi D
The Blue Lady - Sean Murphy
Mountain Lovers - Bobby Crew
Left Behind - P.L. McMillan
Deep Veins - Travis Heermann
That Time Maggie Ghosted Me - Jeamus Wilkes
Last Words: Cannibal Kings and Queens - Larry Berry
From the ghost of a hanged man at the old Cafe Prague to the apparition of a sobbing woman at the Rose Street Bed and Breakfast to a phantom Victorian dress whooshing through the halls at the Hamill House Museum, Georgetown is a well-known haunt for spirits of all kind. But some of the town's deepest, darkest secrets have never been revealed...until now. Prepare for nine otherworldly tales of myth and mystery that extend back to the grisly gold and silver rush days of old.
And be careful or you may find a ghostly visitor reading over your shoulder.
Table of Contents:
Jeanne C. Stein and Joshua Viola
The Silver Belle
A Bouquet of Wonder and Marvel
Price Brothers Fine Portraiture: Still Life
Price Brothers Fine Portraiture: Afterlife
Harry and Marlowe versus the Haunted Locomotive of the Rockies
Stephen Graham Jones
The Madam in Room 217
Sam W. Anderson
Her First Husband
Afterword: Me, My Self, and Tom
He cut a deal to reclaim his glory...
...But a vibro-axe cuts deeper, and the mob doesn't appreciate betrayal.
Horace “The Hammer” Harkness refuses to give up, despite pushing his genetically modified physique past the point of regenerating from another death in the arena.
Washed up, desperate for a return to fame and fortune, he borrows cash from a Russian loan shark to rebuild his body for a major comeback. But instead of repaying his debt, his gives the money to Lilly, the woman he loves...and signs his own death warrant.
He soon discovers that the “loan shark” was none other than the Number Two man of a global cyber-syndicate. Forced to go on the run, Harkness joins a traveling gladiator roadshow where he can lay low until he figures out what to do. But when mobsters threaten Lilly and her kids and everyone he cares about, he realizes there’s only one way to finally settle the score.
Has Harkness got what it takes to hammer the entire Russian cyber-mob?
The Hammer Falls is a hard-hitting standalone scifi techno-thriller. If you like gritty heroes, barbaric adversaries, high-tech weapons, and high-stakes action, you’ll love Travis Heermann’s gladiatorial thrill-ride.
Buy The Hammer Falls to join the pit fight for justice now!You're still here? Get yours now!
A yakuza warlock butchered his family, but that was just the beginning...
When Django Wong discovers the Black Lotus Clan murdered his family, he vows to destroy them, but the Council of Five Elders forbids it.
But then the Black Lotus starts a gang war in Tokyo, wielding terrifying new magical powers. Django must team up with three witches—and a snarky alley cat who's not really a cat at all—to find the source of the Black Lotus Clan’s power. If they can prove the Black Lotus Clan is behind the plague of soul-sucking vampires, the Council might just let him have what his honor demands.
Perfect for fans of Bleach or Fullmetal Alchemist, Tokyo Monster Mash brings you mind-bending magic, femme fatales, savage monsters, martial arts action, and powerful cultivation.
“Editor Dean Wesley Smith has compiled an outstanding volume ... I highly recommend it.”
—Adventures Fantastic on Fiction River: Time Streams
Table of Contents
“The Great Ice Cream War of Grover’s Hollow” by Annie Reed
“Slow Motion” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“Do Not Resuscitate” by Dory Crowe
“Sunset, Fall, Home” by Dan C. Duval
“’Til Death Do Us Part” by Kerrie L. Hughes & John Helfers
“Circle ’Round” by M. L. Buchman
“Unto the Ether” by M. E. Owen
“Bury My Son at Home” by Angela Penrose
“The Flare” by Laura Ware
“What’s Left of Me” by Bonnie Elizabeth
“The Counter” by Rob Vagle
“The Toymaker of Kelsium Rye” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Magic and Sacrifice” by Felicia Fredlund
“Lady Elizabeth’s Betrothal Ball” by Anthea Sharp
“Suppose They Gave a Ragnarok and Nobody Came?” by Lee Allred
“Death Bunnies of Toxic Island” by Travis Heermann
Table of Contents
“Villainous Aspirations” by Stefon Mears
“A Kiss Too Sweet” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Clunkety” by Brenda Carre
“Power Trip” by Lee Allred
“Pocket Full of Ashes” by Anthea Sharp
“The Ordinary” by Valerie Brook
“Dawn” by Jody Lynn Nye & Rebecca Moesta
“Fatty Boombalatty” by Kerrie L. Hughes
“Passion for the Game” by Brigid Collins
“Just Stop It!” by David H. Hendrickson
“Normal Boy” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Sophie Rosenblatt, Hero At Large” by Annie Reed
“Flowers in Winter” by Kelly Washington
“Hidden Talents” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Ballad of Osmosis McGuire” by Travis Heerman
Whether you’re sitting around a campfire, or staying up late to read—you’ll eventually have to turn off the light, you know—you’ll love these fifteen tales of ghosts, haunted houses, and spooky goings-on!
Imagine waking every day in an old house, unable to leave the grounds because every time you do you get lost in the gray mist. What if the haunted section in the library was actually haunted? Seeing a ghost in a haunted house would be one thing...but what if it followed you home?
Step into the haunted worlds of the fifteen ghostly tales in Hauntings...if you dare!