My sword and sorcery adventure “Empire of the Worm” is FREE today (Sun. 3/2/14): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007MB7BRU
My action horror/fantasy novel “Nightmare City” is FREE TODAY for the Kindle! Go here to check it out: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HZOTUIC
Here’s what it’s about:
When beautiful young thief Katya goes on the run from a loan shark in the terrifying city of Lavorgna, the last thing she expects is to be plunged into an epic adventure that will determine the fate of the world, but that’s just what happens in “Nightmare City”.
Lavorgna is a city of fog and shadows, undead servants soaring zeppelins, where mad scientists prowl the alleys, mob bosses strive for power and the dreaded Guild of Alchemists holds the land in an iron grip, while below the city lies a network of black caverns embedded with the ruins of an ancient race. Known as the Elders, they long ago worshipped Lovecraftian horrors.
To survive and save the world from an unimaginable fate, Katya must navigate all these dangers and more. On the run, she seeks out the local mob boss Ravic, only to learn that he’s embroiled in a vicious gang war with his rival Loqrin Mars, a conflict that has supernatural overtones. A new horror has gripped the city, with mysterious creatures called haunts killing people by the dozen, and Ravic believes Loqrin Mars is behind it. If Katya wants Ravic’s help, she must find out what Loqrin is up to — and stop him!
To do this, Katya must use all her thieving skills and cunning, because if she doesn’t succeed, the whole world will suffer an awful fate.
No pressure, Kat.
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Hey guys, my dark, swashbuckling epic fantasy “The War of the Moonstone” is a free download today at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZX6OLU Check it out if you like dark adventure.
Here’s the trailer for my epic fantasy novel “The War of the Moonstone” available here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZX6OLU
My dark, swashbuckling epic fantasy novel “The War of the Moonstone” now has it’s own Facebook page! Woo-hoo!
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Imagine the epic reach of Tolkien, the grit of George R. R. Martin and the nonstop adventure of Robert E. Howard, and you will have some idea of the thrills awaiting you in “The War of the Moonstone: An Epic Fantasy”, a tale of love, bloodlust and tragedy set in a land on the brink of destruction.
Black times have come to the kingdom of Felgrad. Once one of the jewels of the Crescent, now the dark powers have turned their gaze upon it, and Giorn Wesrain, son of the baron of Fiarth, has become inextricably drawn into the machinations of the Dark One, along with his beloved Niara, High Priestess of Illiana.
They have loved each other in secret for years, but that love will be tested as the armies of the Dark One strive against Felgrad. Worse, one of their own, Raugst, is in truth an agent of the enemy, and Raugst will soon bend the barony to his will. If Felgrad falls, so too will the rest of the Crescent, and then the Dark One will be unleashed upon the world.
Only Giorn and Niara can stop him, but how can they when the legendary Moonstone, the great artifact of the Light that has kept the fell powers at bay for thousands of years, has been taken? As Giorn sets out into the waste lands after it, to either reclaim it or find out what the Dark One wants it for, enemy hordes swarm the mighty city of Thiersgald and Niara is trapped behind its walls . . . with Raugst.
This is only the beginning of the adventure that awaits you in “The War of the Moonstone: An Epic Fantasy”.
Check it out! My new epic fantasy novel “The War of the Moonstone” has its second review (5 stars! woo-hoo!)
Happy birthday, REH! You’re still the man!
Originally posted on Read at Joe's:
Today marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of pulp author Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian and one of the most prolific, influential and successful authors from the era of pulp magazines. I usually post an ode to the Man From Cross Plains on this date, and this year I decided to do something a bit different: Taking a page from pulp mags like Weird Tales and Fight Stories, which used to publish Howard’s tales, I’m posting a reprint of a “classic” REH post (one I penned in 2010) with some slight editing. If you want to read what I wrote about REH last year or in 2011, follow the links. Enjoy! — Joe 01/22/14
The date Jan. 22 has been important to me since I was a lad, because it marks the anniversary of the birth of pulp author Robert E. Howard
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I saw The Hobbit: Part Two for the third time today, and it held up pretty well. Some of my gripes receded a bit with this viewing. I don’t know if I was just feeling less critical today or if it was just because I knew what to expect, but the relationship between Tauriel and Killi flowed better for me this time, and the CGI wasn’t too distractingly bad. Speaking of Smaug, I love how reptilian he is in this — how snake-like, actually. I think his creators studied snakes while making him, how their scales move over flesh and bones, and the effect is eerie.
About Cumberlatch and Freeman, I do think it’s hilarious that Bilbo is Smaug’s Watson. Thankfully Peter Jackson refrained from tossing in an “It’s elementary, my dear Bilbo” in there.
Originally posted on Saints and Trees:
As a follow-up to last week’s post on J.R.R. Tolkien, I thought I’d pen a few thoughts on visual images of Smaug, the dragon in Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
First we have Tolkien’s own illustration of the beast. Despite Tolkien’s literary portrayal of Smaug as an evil creature, the drawing is a delight to the eye. The dragon’s body is a graceful curve, ending in a fanciful fleur-de-lys tail, Smaug’s bright orange scales a pleasing and complementary contrast to the bright gold of his hoard. Like Alice’s Crocodile, Smaug’s claws are neatly spread, and their greenish cast makes them stand out against the background of gold. Crocodile like, too, is Smaug’s expression, not quite a grin, but the slight upward tilt suggests a degree of smugness and satisfaction with his accumulated (and ill gotten) wealth.
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I’m seeing this movie again today and am quite looking forward to it. It’s far from a perfect film, what with its terrible CGI and some awkward moments (notably the romance between Kili and Tauriel), but it’s a very FUN movie, and a very well-realized Middle Earth. Erebor is just beautiful, and I look forward to spending more time there in movie three. Really, the design of that place just make me tingle.
I’m hoping the expanded edition will fix some of my gripes with this one, although that wasn’t the case with the first one (just where the hell did those walking mountains COME from, anyway? sigh). I want the relationship between Tauriel, Legolas and Kili to breathe more, and flow better. I want some fleshing-out of Lake-town . . . but not too much. I want to see Bilbo going through the tunnel, working himself up to his encounter with Smaug. That was the most critical scene in the book, where Bilbo becomes a real hero, and it was completely absent in the movie, save a short dialogue scene with the older dwarf.
Also, hopefully the CGI will look better on the small screen.
Of course, none of it compares to Lord of the Rings, either the movies or the books, but as works of fantasy fiction go, “Smaug” does quite well for this particular writer of epic fantasy (find my novel “The War of the Moonstone” here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZX6OLU
) Can’t wait for “There and Back Again”!
Originally posted on The Spectatorial:
When Smaug’s giant reptilian eye slowly slid open and his gravelly growl vibrate through the theatre in the final seconds of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I was ravenous for more of the prrrecioussss. Instead, I was handed a black screen, credits, and another year to wait. I found myself saying aloud in the darkness, “Are you kidding me?! It’s over?!” My contribution to the audience-wide chorus of exasperation, however, proved once more the brilliance of the film’s director, Peter Jackson.
I joined the throngs flocking to the theatres to revel in the second installment of the tripartite film series with the excitement and trepidation of an expectant fan. Early reviews had dubbed it a marked improvement over its precursor, which some had felt lacked excitement, but I had not shared such opinions of the first film. As a J.R.R. Tolkien devotee, I was particularly ambivalent about…
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