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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 was 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.
Space Eldritch is a 2012 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.
Space Eldritch was well enough received that in 2013 some of the same writers, plus others — including Steve Peck, Michaelbrent Collings, and Larry Correia — put together a follow-up: Space Eldritch II: The Haunted Stars. My contribution this time was “Seed.” I don’t want to give out any spoilers, but I tried to write something that was less action-adventure and also both more science fiction and more horror. You’ll have to judge whether I succeeded for yourself, but I will tell you this: it was fun to write about telepathic space fungus that wants to have sex.
Crecheling is book one of The Buza System, a tale for young adults and other readers. Dyan receives her Lot Letter as she prepares to leave the Creche, identifying her Calling — her future rule in Buza System, the only family Dyan has ever known — as Magister. Gifted with empathy and an understanding of people, Dyan will take her place as a teacher and nurturer of future generations. But before she can do so, she must pass a final test the System puts to her, and that test is murder.
The Buza System is dark science fiction set in the crumbling ruins and blasted deserts of a future in which all people are not created equal and control is exerted by savage rituals of blood.