NEW RELEASE – THE WEIRD WILD WEST


by Rachel Fernandez

STRATFORD, NJ (December 2015) ― eSpec Books and editors Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, and Margaret S. McGraw are proud to announce their newest release, The Weird Wild West, a triumphant collection of riveting tales that will instantly transport you to the western battleground of frontier land. This title is available on NetGalley for review through January 31.

The ebook is now available on Amazon and the print book will be available by the end of December.

TW3-COVER-REVAMPThis speculative collection includes a multitude of thrilling stories by both best-selling and award-winning authors such as Jonathan Maberry, Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, John G. Hartness, R.S. Belcher, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Misty Massey, James R. Tuck, Robert E. Waters, David Sherman, Tonia Brown, Liz Colter, Scott C. Hungerfold, Frances Rowat, Ken Schrader, Bryan C.P. Steele, Wendy N. Wagner, and a bonus story by New York Times bestselling-author, Faith Hunter.

Artist Jason Whitley returns with nine stunning illustrations.

“[In The Weird Wild West] eSpec Books has pulled together a fine collection of tales with just enough weirdness, fandom is bound to enjoy every page.” Ricky L. Brown, Amazing Stories.com

The west is a place where gallant trailblazers either ride off into the sunset or crumble beneath the hardships they face. In the fine tradition of media frontiersmen such as Bret Maverick, Cat Ballou, Kwai Chang Caine, and James West the characters in The Weird Wild West take on the unknown and encounter unconventional challenges that test their strength and character.

AUTHOR EVENT – THE SIDE OF GOOD / THE SIDE OF EVIL


by Rachel Fernandez

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The wait is over and it’s time to party! This Saturday November 21, 2015 join us for a pre-release launch for the highly anticipated nostalgic flipbook anthology, The Side of Good / The Side of Evil.

Come celebrate the release, attend panel discussions, and meet The Side of Good / The Side of Evil attending editors and authors, including: Danielle Ackley-­McPhail, Greg Schauer, Bryan J.L. Glass, Gail Martin, Walt Ciechanowski, James Chambers, Drew Bittner, Aaron Rosenberg, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, as well as meet attending artists Mike McPhail and Jason Whitley.

What: Philcon: The Side of Good / Side of Evil Launch Party
Where:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ in the Con Suite (suite 823)
When: Saturday, 7pm-9pm.

Can’t make it to the launch? We’re sad to hear it, but you can still get this amazing collection. Pre-order your copy on Amazon.

NOTE: To get this book in ebook pre-order the individual ebooks The Side of Good (B016Z5GEF8) and The Side of Evil (B016X95RC2)

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – PHILCON (NOVEMBER 20 – 21, 2015)


For those attending Philcon (www.philcon.org), here are our current panel schedules:

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
MODERN MYTH-MAKING
Panelists: Tobias Cabral (mod), Sally Wiener Grotta, Mitchell
Gordon, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Aaron Rosenberg, Gail Z. Martin

How to adapt old myths and create new ones. What makes a belief
system appropriate for a world.

Sat 1:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
BROAD UNIVERSE RAPID-FIRE READINGS 
Panelists: Elektra Hammond (mod), Danielle Ackley-McPhail, April Grey, Roberta Rogow, Sally Wiener Grotta

Sat 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 (2 hours)
“THE SIDE OF GOOD / THE SIDE OF EVIL” LAUNCH PARTY, HOUR 1 
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (hostess), Greg Schauer, Mike McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gail Z. Martin, James Chambers, Walt Ciechanowski, Aaron Rosenberg, Bryan J.L. Glass, Drew Bittner, Jason Whitley, and Robert E. Waters

eSpec Books editors and authors celebrate the release of this nostalgic superhero/supervillain flipbook anthology

Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
HOW TO SELL YOUR FICTION
Panelists: Neil Clarke (mod), Alex Shvartsman, Barbara A. Barnett, Hildy Silverman, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Robert E. Waters

So you have a finally finished a story. What are the main markets?Who do you want to avoid?

Any time I’m not on a panel, you can find me in the dealer’s room or hanging out in the public spaces or game room if the dealer’s room is closed.

Mike McPhail

Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
MILITARY CULTURE IN SCIENCE FICTION
Panelists: Mike McPhail (mod), Christopher Weuve, Eric Hardenbrook,
Jack Hillman, John Skylar

How accurately is it depicted in SF literature, and how has it been
extrapolated into future settings? Who is writing it believably

Sat 4:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
WRITING IN SHARED UNIVERSES
Panelists: Michael A. Ventrella (mod), Dina Leacock, T. Patrick
Snyder, Mike McPhail, Catt Kingsgrave, Keith R.A. DeCandido

How do you handle building story arcs and developing characters when
you’re not solely in charge of a world? What changes when you’re
working with others at a professional level

Sat 8:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 (1 hour)
“THE SIDE OF GOOD / THE SIDE OF EVIL” LAUNCH PARTY, HOUR 2
Panelists: Mike McPhail (mod), Jason Whitley, Aaron Rosenberg

eSpec Books editors and authors celebrate the release of this nostalgic superhero/supervillain flipbook anthology.

THE SIDE OF GOOD / THE SIDE OF EVIL – A SUPER FLIPBOOK ANTHOLOGY


Good-EvilEveryone loves a hero…but sometimes we can’t help but root for the villain… Indulge both impulses with this nostalgic flipbook anthology —The Side of Good / The Side of Evil —launching on Kickstarter today. After all, everyone is the hero of their own story and sometimes a change in perspective can make a world of difference.

With stories by comic book and literary masters: James M. Ward, Bryan J.L. Glass, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Aaron Rosenberg, Bob Greenberger, Gail Z. Martin, Janine K. Spendlove, James Chambers, John L. French, and Kathleen David this collection is guaranteed to be super…no matter which side you pledge your allegiance to.

Featuring a never-before-published Furious(TM) short story!

With artwork by Angela McKendrick (Cuddles With Cats), Jason Whitley (Under Currant Art), and Mike McPhail (McP Digital Graphics).

SNEAK PEEK – THE SIDE OF GOOD / THE SIDE OF EVIL


Here is a sneak peek at The Side of Good / The Side of Evil, edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer.

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It is a superhero/supervillain flipbook anthology featuring James M. Ward, Peter David, Keith DeCandido, Aaron Rosenberg, Robert Greenberger, Gail Martin, Janine Spendlove, Kathleen David, Walt Ciechanowski, John L. French, James Chambers, and Neal Levin, with artwork by Angela McKendrick (cover) Mike McPhail, and Jason Whitley (interiors).

The campaign goes live on July 7th. Let us know what you think! If you REALLY like it, there is a button that lets you set a reminder for when the project goes live.

We are looking for venues interested in featuring the project in a promo spot. If you have an opportunity we can pursue, please let me know.

Also, this volume is invitation only, but if we hit the right stretch goals there are two proposed companion volumes that will each have 6 open submission slots.

PUBLICATION ANNOUNCEMENT – The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson


eSpec Books is delighted to announce
the completion of their first publication,
The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson.

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The collection is edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer, includes stories by John L. French, Jean Rabe, Patrick Thomas, David Boop, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jeff Young, Leona Wisoker Robert M. Price, Leona Wisoker, James Chambers, and, as always, CJ Henderson. Artwork was provided by Ben Fogletto and Jason Whitley, and the cover art was colored by CJ’s daughter, Erica Henderson.

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Cover Blurb:

On July 4th, 2014 the world lost CJ Henderson, an iconic author and all-around great guy. He lost his battle with cancer, but he did not go quietly and he will not be forgotten. His work is immortalized in over 70 novels and works of non-fiction, and at least as many collections, anthologies, and magazines. In fact, new works by CJ Henderson will publish for years to come thanks to his heroic efforts to finish and find homes for those projects as-yet unpublished at the time of his illness, two of which are printed here.

CJ always did what he could to give other authors a boost. Encouraging them, mentoring them, sending opportunities their way. With that in mind those of us who called him friend feel there is no better tribute we can raise in his memory than an anthology filled with people he has helped over the years, writing stories inspired by CJ or his work.

We hope you enjoy these tales of fantasy, science fiction and horror, and that they might inspire you as well.

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The Amazon listing is not yet available, but for those who would like to add the book to their reading lists, or help us out with a review, you can tag the book on GoodReads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25114569-the-society-for-the-preservation-of-cj-henderson

Our thanks go out to our backers and contributors of every sort for making this collection possible:

The Official Roster of The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson

Adam Selby-Martin
Alexander “Guddha” Gudenau
Amanda Johnson
Amanda Waters
Amelia Smith
Andreas Gustafsson
Andrew Hatchell
Aussie Adventurer
Barb and Carl Kesner
Ben “Damocles Thread” Walker
Bodge Inglee-Richards
Brenda Cooper
Brendan Lonehawk
Bruce Press
Catherine Gross-Colten
Cathy Franchett
Cato Vandrare
Chris Quinn
Christian Steudtner
Christopher Northern
Chuck Parker
Cliff Winnig
Danielle Ackley-McPhail
David Zurek
Debbie Ronca
Don Corcoran
Donald J. Bingle
Drew J Cass
D-Rock
Duncan Dog
Alban
Elizabeth Howe
Ellen Gensel
Emily Lavin Leverett
eric priehs
Evaristo Ramos, Jr.
Furry Senpai
Gail Z. Martin
Gavran
Grant Klein
Greg Schauer
Guilded Age
James Chambers
Jason Russell
Jeff Young
Jen Thurman
Jenna Bird
Jim
Joe Murphy
Joeseph Simon
John “Shadowcat” Ickes
John Green
John Idlor
Jonathan Maberry
Joshua Hair
Joshua Ziegler
Kelli Neier
Kelly Farmer
Kyle Cassidy
Larry “Lordlnyc” Nelson
Laura A. Burns
Leshia-Aimée Doucet
Linda Pierce
Louise Löwenspets
Lynn Kramer
Maggie Allen
Marc Thorner
Margaret S. McGraw
Margaret St. John
Mark A. Schmidt
Mark Knapp Jr
Mark Lukens
Mary F Province
Matilda L. Madden,  Ph.D
Mendel Schmiedekamp
Meredith Peruzzi
Michael Carson
Mike McPhail
Mike Spring
Missy Katano
Mr.& Mrs. Gregory Schwartz
Mystik Waboose
Nathan Duby
Nick Monteleone
Nicole Schwartz
Patrick Thomas
Pepita Hogg-Sonnenberg
Quintin Peterson
Rachel Marie Province
Ray Spitz
Rene Tang
Rob Balder
Rodney Romasanta
Sabrina Piazza
Sally Novak Janin
Scott A. Johnson
Scott Elson
Scott Goodell
Scott Johnson
Shervyn
Silence in the Library Publishing
Stacey Helton McConnell
Steven Tudor
Susan Glenn
Susan Pflug
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The Bailey’s
The Dannenbaums
Thomas J. Talamini
Tina England
Tom Bither
Tom Carpenter
Tony Finan
Ayala
Vic Polites
Vicki Johnson-Steger
Wanda Beers
Wibble Nut
Will
Zan Rosin

Thank you all for your support.

PROJECT UPDATE – THE SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CJ HENDERSON


Hope your week is going well and you’re not having too much trouble with the weather. Me, I wiped out on the only patch of ice on about half a mile of sidewalk. Not doing too bad right now, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings.

On that cheery note 🙂 Here are two more wonderfully creepy Jason Whitley illustrations.

The first is for Leona Wisoker’s story Shadows of the Infinite:Wisokur

The other is for Robert M. Price’s Digging Up Doomsday:Price

Just two more to go. I’m saving those for a treat as they are both for stories by CJ himself and Jason has outdone himself.

Have a great night!