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Literally Everything Happening in December 2021

It's December 1, and the holidays are officially upon us. With so much going on in the world, I thought I'd put together a list of things to get excited about this month, from the return of beloved movie franchises to the return of beloved sitcoms to the return of beloved baking shows. There's something for everyone this month: snow bunnies, zombie enthusiasts, and of course, cyberpunk murder...

Flashes From The Verse: Consortium

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A man named Fool watched the jagged, deformed hands scroll by from the backseat of a hired car, the tint on the windows giving the solar collectors a gloomy feel, even as they sparkled like fractal stalks of pure obsidian. None of it had existed in Fool’s day. He gone on countless runs with his abuela to the massive cornfields in the surrounding counties to steal a trunkful of corn. Now all that...

5 Reasons To Buy Vise Manor Right This Minute

I can think of no more pressing reason to purchase Vise Manor other than the fact that you have money and I want it. Now, I don't want all of your money. In fact, I want very little of it. I want "the lowest amount of money that Amazon will allow me to sell a Kindle book without giving it away for free" from you.

Flashes From the Verse: Epoch Quondam

It’s hard to recognize gunfire if you’ve never really heard it before. The sounds you hear on TV aren’t the most realistic, and they lack a certain proximity factor, a physical deforming of the surrounding air that you can feel at the base of your spine. Real gunfire is at the same time higher pitched and gut-rattling, such that you’re not sure how you’re supposed to respond.

First Look: Vise Manor, Vaught Residence, Interior, Day

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There's a well-known rule that if you intend to publish traditionally, you should never, under any circumstances, post excerpts of your manuscript on the internet. But what if you're an indie publisher? Well, then you, my fellow glutton for punishment and disappointment, you can do whatever the F you want. With that said, I've made the first (unrevised, unedited) chapter of Vise Manor available...

Flashes From The Verse: Ash In The Tunnels

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The tunnels in the lower levels were always dark and smelled of chalk. There was something about the dust in the air that made Ash want to gag. It was hard not to think of all those particles getting into her lungs when she could see them so clearly in the beam of her flashlight. She had a mask—basically a tube top for her face—that she’d pulled up over her nose, but she didn’t trust the thin...

Flashes from the Verse: The Ghost of Shoalwood Avenue

The email was from Daemon78756. The subject was Anomaly, and the message body contained nothing but an address. Scott selected the address—2811 Shoalwood Ave—and pasted it into Mapquest. A few seconds later, he had a rough idea where in Austin he needed to go. He clicked on Directions, entered the address of his trailer, and printed out the turn-by-turn to get him to his destination.

Merry Christmas. I got you a book.

A little elf told me you've been very good this year. You washed your hands. You wore your mask. You kept six feet away from strangers. There is only one gift that can repay such good behavior: a pulse-pounding gut-rattling dystopian cyber-thriller novel written by a mildly Hispanic child of the 80s who maybe stole too much from Neuromancer and Altered Carbon.

Flashes From the Verse: Trace’s Main Gig

Rider made good on his promise of a proper beer, returning to the table with two glasses filled to the brim with dark, almost muddy liquid and a small but well-defined head. He sloshed her drink on a paper coaster and cringed.

You Can Get a Book for a Buck on Cyberpunk Monday

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It's that wonderful time of year again when millions of Americans wash their hands, put on their masks, and sit down at their computers to shop during work hours. And while there are many deals to take advantage of today, none are as earth-shattering, bang-for-your-buck, undeniable ROI, shatter your worldview, or mutually beneficial as a purchase of one or many of the Vinestead Anthology books...

Providence by Max Barry: The Sarcastiqui Review

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It has been a month since I finished reading Providence by Max Barry, and I still can't stop thinking about it. On the surface, it's a relatively simple story that will take you back to the good ol' days of Ender's Game and Starship Troopers, but it also throws in so many modern writing tricks that it feels like something completely new. The story moves fast, skipping past the extraneous to get...

Flashes From the Verse: Trace’s Side Hustle

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If it hadn’t been for the bright green signs calling out the exits for the city of Holliday, Trace Butler might have driven right past what appeared to her as an endless black prairie with hardly enough evercrete and glass to reflect the bright moon hanging overhead. Driving west out of Wichita Falls had been like watching the brightness go out on a display, until the only lights left were those...

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