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As D.J. Butler
City of the Saints is a four-part gonzo action steampunk adventure tale. 1859. War among the states looms. Sam Clemens, U.S. Army agent, is tasked with getting Brigham Young’s Kingdom of Deseret, with its air-ships and phlogiston guns, into the war on the side of the Union. Clemens rides west aboard the amphibious steam-truck the Jim Smiley, but his competition is fierce: the explorer Captain Richard Burton for Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and as agent of the clandestine Confederate leadership, Edgar Allan Poe, who travels disguised as an exhibitor of Egyptian antiquities, armed with cunning clockwork weaponry. But will even the hypnotic hypocephalus and the flesh-eating scarabs be enough when the machinating Danites spring their coup?
The four installments are Liahona, Deseret, Timpanogos, and Teancum, all available now as ebooks. City of the Saints is also available as a complete tale in paperback form. City of the Saints is a 2012 Whitney Award finalist in the Speculative Fiction category.
Rock Band Fights Evil is an action-horror pulp fiction serial. Jim is Satan’s son, who keeps a vow of silence and wants to be left alone. Eddie sold his soul but was cheated, and became the world’s greatest tambourine player for his trouble. Adrian is a powerful wizard… when the narcolepsy doesn’t knock him out. Twitch is an outcast, shape-shifting fairy. Mike is a drunk, haunted by the ghost of the brother he accidentally killed. Follow the dogged band of damned rock and rollers as they struggle to save themselves. Can they get the fragment of Azazel’s hoof, their bargaining chip? Once they get it, can they keep it? And who else might have designs on the hoof… or on the members of the band?
The Rock Band stories are novella-length adventures released individually as ebooks. Rock Band #1 is Hellhound on My Trail. The Rock Band adventures are also published in paperback book form, three to a volume: Rock Band Fights Evil Volume One contains Hellhound on My Trail, Snake Handlin’ Man, and Crow Jane. Volume Two contains Devil Sent the Rain, This World Is Not My Home, and The Good Son.
Rock Band has its own website.
Space Eldritch is an anthology of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired tales of space opera horror. That’s right, it’s The Call of Cthulhu in space. In addition to my story “Arise Thou Niarlat from Thy Rest,” there are stories by Michael Collings, Howard Tayler, Brad Torgersen and Carter Reid, David West, Nathan Shumate, and Robert J Defendi. The cover art is by Carter Reid, who also does the cover art for the Rock Band Fights Evil tales. Larry Correia provides a power-punching foreword.
The critical and popular reception of Space Eldritch have been excellent, so we’re already planning a follow-up. I expect you’ll be seeing Space Eldritch II in about a year.