Announcing Semi-Autos and Sorcery
Pulp Swords-and-Sorcery stories conveyed a certain esthetic. There was a focus and an energy to them that came through even with authors milking every penny from the word count. I like it. Practitioners of the artform have carried that energy from short stories to novellas and full-length novels. What I’ve wondered is if the esthetic can translate from secondary worlds and mythic history to contemporary fantasy. That is, can one remove the Swords from S&S and substitute modern weaponry while retaining both the driving adventure and the fantastical elements? While working through this, I’ve substituted the term “Semi-automatics” for “Swords.” It maintains the alliteration while holding a conceptual through line, I think.
Not content to merely wonder, I’ve given it a shot. Aethon Books is supporting the effort, putting the first three books of the Semi-Autos and Sorcery series on its publishing schedule. The first book, Blood and Jade, goes on sale August 2. I won’t say that the mantra “What would Conan do?” informed every word. But then again, I won’t say it didn’t crop up during the writing process. Perhaps you might sense a touch of Jewels of Gwahlur. You might also note a hint of Indiana Jones, to add in another pulp tradition. I believe you will like it.
Blood and Jade was previously released as Karl Thorson and the Jade Dagger. Now it has a new home, a new title, sequels, and — an important point to many of us — is available in print. Please take a look. And let people know what you think. Reviews — positive reviews, that is — are gold.
It has been a good weekend on the writing front. Not only do I get to announce a new series, I also received a contract for a short story to appear in an upcoming issue of Tales from the Magician’s Skull. It features my character Cesar the Bravo. If you’d like to check out his previous exploits, they appeared here, here, and here.