SYSTEMA PARADOXA UPDATE


We have had a bunch of new activity on this series as the first book under the NeoParadoxa imprint has premiered this month in the January Cryptid Crate. As today is a catch-up day, I wanted to share the relevant videos that have come out within just the last week or so. Two author readings from different volumes in the series, and two interviews featuring the first book, John L. French’s When the Moon Shines. We hope you enjoy!

And speaking of interviews… Are you curious about #SystemaParadoxa? Want to meet our authors? We would love to hear from you! Just drop us a message and we can set something up.


Author Readings


Interviews

COVER REVEAL – WHEN THE MOON SHINES


We have been sitting on this one for a while out of necessity, but are now cleared to reveal to you the full cover for When the Moon Shines, by John L. French, the premiere novella in our brand-new Systema Paradoxa series, which also launches our new imprint, NeoParadoxa, which will feature all things creepy, cryptid, and horror related. The series will be featured in the monthly subscription box Cryptid Crate four to six times a year. This new venture brings us much excitement, which we hope you will share.


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Series design by Danielle McPhail, McP Digital Graphics
Cover art based on an illustration by Jason Whitley, Under Current Art

There are creatures lurking in our world. Obscure creatures long relegated to myth and legend. They have been sighted by a lucky—or unlucky—few, some have even been photographed, but their existence remains unproven and unrecognized by the scientific community.

These creatures, long thought gone, have somehow survived; creatures from our nightmares haunting the dark places. They swim in our lakes and bays, they soar the night skies, they hunt in the woods. Some are from our past, and some from other worlds, and others that have always been with us—watching us, fearing us, hunting us.

These are the cryptids, and Systema Paradoxa tells their tales.

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In the dark days of Prohibition, in the wilderness just outside Harbor City, not all ‘monsters’ walk on two legs, and the ones that do aren’t all men up to no good. Creatures that long ago retreated into the venue of folklore have crept from their dark corners of the world to harry the ’Shiners minding their illicit business in the deep woods.

A faithful few recall the legends of the snallygasters and the dwayyo, and try their luck working for the roadhouses that seek to skirt the law. But life among the crime syndicate can be harrowing.

The wise get out, those that don’t, gamble their tomorrows against today…even before the Bosses get the idea to weaponize the living legends lurking in the heart of the forest in a bid to win their bootleg war.

Because when the moon shines, danger is afoot…or awing.


john-l-frenchJOHN L. FRENCH is a retired crime scene supervisor with forty years’ experience. He has seen more than his share of murders, shootings, and serious assaults. As a break from the realities of his job, he started writing science fiction, pulp, horror, fantasy, and, of course, crime fiction.

John’s first story “Past Sins” was published in Hardboiled Magazine and was cited as one of the best Hardboiled stories of 1993. More crime fiction followed, appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, the Fading Shadows magazines and in collections by Barnes and Noble. Association with writers like James Chambers and the late, great C.J. Henderson led him to try horror fiction and to a still growing fascination with zombies and other undead things. His first horror story “The Right Solution” appeared in Marietta Publishing’s Lin Carter’s Anton Zarnak. Other horror stories followed in anthologies such as The Dead Walk and Dark Furies, both published by Die Monster Die Books. It was in Dark Furies that his character Bianca Jones made her literary debut in “21 Doors,” a story based on an old Baltimore legend and a creepy game his daughter used to play with her friends.

John’s first book was The Devil of Harbor City, a novel done in the old pulp style. Past Sins and Here There Be Monsters followed. John was also consulting editor for Chelsea House’s Criminal Investigation series. His other books include The Assassins’ Ball (written with Patrick Thomas), Souls on Fire, The Nightmare Strikes, Monsters Among Us, The Last Redhead, the Magic of Simon Tombs, and The Santa Heist (written with Patrick Thomas). John is the editor of To Hell in a Fast Car, Mermaids 13, C. J. Henderson’s Challenge of the Unknown, Camelot 13 (with Patrick Thomas), and (with Greg Schauer) With Great Power

 You can find John on Facebook or you can email him at him at jfrenchfam@aol.com.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT – JOHN L. FRENCH


New Pulp Heroes has a series called Five Questions With… that featured eSpec author and editor John L. French today. We thought you might enjoy the interview. You can access it by clicking the link. 

Among other things, John talks about his upcoming release, When the Moon Shines, the premier book in our new series Systema Paradoxa, releasing under the NeoParadoxa imprint.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER – BREAKING NEWS


It is not often that the stars align perfectly to shine down on an independent press. Not too long ago, that happened for eSpec Books. We were approached with the query of “Do you have any cryptid fiction?” Now if you know me at all, you understand what a dangerous challenge a question like that is. My answer, of course, was “No, but we could.”

You see, I did have the benefit of not only knowing what cryptids were, but also being associated with several authors already inclined to such subject matter.

For those who are a little fuzzy on this area, in 1758, Carl Linnaeus produced the 10th edition of his scholarly work Systema Naturae, the seminal work in zoology that set the standard for such things as nomenclature and classification. The first five editions of this book included a section called Animalia Paradoxa, or creatures accounted to exist, for which no tangible evidence has yet been produced. Creatures similar to Bigfoot, and Nessie, and the Jersey Devil, though not specifically those.

To this day, all over the world, lore and legend speaks of such creatures lurking in the shadows and the depths, fantastical beasts that both terrorize and titilate the human mind. The passion for such creatures is the foundation of cryptozoology, and while many would denounce such a discipline, there are scientifically verified discoveries of creatures formerly on the cryptid list.

So…back to that query. It was from the folks at Box Mountain, LLC, the curators of Cryptid Crate, a monthly subscription box featuring, of course, cryptid-related content.

Within a matter of a few hours, a blueprint had formed, a plan was in place, and fifteen authors were already lined up to write stories. What we had first invisioned as a single volume containing three novellas blossomed into not just a series, but an entire imprint to represent that series and any future cryptid content our fertile minds can ferment.

With great delight, we announce Systema Paradoxa, to be released under the NeoParadoxa imprint.


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There are creatures lurking in our world. Obscure creatures long relegated to myth and legend. They have been sighted by a lucky—or unlucky—few, some have even been photographed, but their existence remains unproven and unrecognized by the scientific community.

These creatures, long thought gone, have somehow survived; creatures from our nightmares haunting the dark places. They swim in our lakes and bays, they soar the night skies, they hunt in the woods. Some are from our past, and some from other worlds, and others that have always been with us—watching us, fearing us, hunting us.

These are the cryptids, and Systema Paradoxa tells their tales.


The premiere volume in this collection is When the Moon Shines, by John L. French, which will debut in Cryptid Crate’s January subscription box, with future volumes being featured quarterly. Due to the nature of such subscriptions, we are not sharing the details of John’s story or the full cover at this time.

The current plan for the series is to produce titles to coincide with the quarterly features, with long-distance plans to produce anthologies and a deluxe field guide featuring full-color artwork by artist Jason Whitley.