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New Life in Autumn – 6/9/22!

Hey, check out what’s coming soon! RETURN TO THE MEAN STREETS OF AUTUMNValerius Bakhoum is dead and buried. Too bad

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#TueSneakPeek: Shut the Gates of Mercy

I also did a Twitter thread on Shut the Gates of Mercy, my third Emperor Norton time travel novella, as

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#TueSneakPeek: Aesthetics of New Life in Autumn

FYI, this post talks about themes and some 10,000-foot-view elements of a work that is not yet published, so if

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A Work in Progress: Perfect Virtue

After spending the last couple of years neck deep in science fiction and urban fantasy, I’ve been dying to write

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A Tower of Concrete and Flame

That’s right, it’s another #SanFranciscoSunday, and I want to talk about the woman who wore trousers and smoked cigars so

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A Street of Wood and Blossoms

The Filbert Steps are a living embodiment of all the best things about San Francisco. … Continue readingA Street of Wood and Blossoms

A fist of stone rises over San Francisco

It’s what I think of when I think of that city, and it’s going to be one of the first places I go the next time I go back. … Continue readingA fist of stone rises over San Francisco

Weeper’s Corner with a French 75

Last week I turned in SHUT THE GATES OF MERCY, the third entry in my four-book Emperor Norton series, and

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Sedition & Escape

Readers—and writers—like to see problems solved and villains defeated. The problems in our stories spring from problems in shared reality, though, and the enjoyment we derive from seeing evil defeated and wrongs righted should motivate us in the real world long after. Let us be willing to speak out against what’s wrong or unjust as readily as we cheer for the hero when they step on screen. … Continue readingSedition & Escape

2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award!

Y’all… …I won! Monday, July 27, 2020, Durham, NC: The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation is proud to announce the winner of the 2020 Manly

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