Writing for Haiti

In an effort to raise support for the victims of the disaster in Haiti, Crossed Genres is hosting the "Post a Story for Haiti" initiative. On their website they are collecting links to free stories posted online for you to read and enjoy without any form of payment or obligation. In return, they ask that everyone enjoying these stories give donations to a charity of their choosing that is involved in the Haiti relief efforts.

You can find the entire list of links as well as links to some of the charities involved in helping the Haitian people here:

To show my support for this incredibly important cause, I would like to make available my short story The Mask of Tezcatlipoca, which originally appeared in Steampunk Tales.

Please visit the "Post a Story for Haiti" page and take advantage of the incredible stories that have been collected there. And while you are doing that, please, please donate whatever you can to a charitable organization working to help Haiti. This is not just a good cause: it is a vital cause.

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Steampunk Tales

So some updates. One, the Steampunk Tales iPhone app has just gone live with Issue One. It has my pulp adventure story "The Mask of Tezcatlipoca", which is filled with action, adventure, wit, gunfire, romance, and a car. So really, there's a little something for everyone. Especially people who like cars. So check it out:

Also, I have been picked up to do a full-length Cities of Ether novel. It is being represented by Dystel & Goderich Literary Management:

More updates as they occur.

News Coverage

As some of you may have noticed I have been getting a certain amount of attention in the steampunk subculture (it's only one of the genres I write for, but I suppose this is what I get for studying 19th century technology). Well, MTV has seen the wisdom in covering the subculture (and on the whole I think they do a very good job). You may notice someone familiar in the video:

And in the accompanying article:

And in the picture gallery:

As you may have guessed, I'm very excited!

Excerpt From "The All-Seeing Ear"

The following excerpts are from Part One of my steampunk and pulp-noir serial The Strange Case of the All-Seeing Ear, being published by The Willows Magazine. The serial begins with January's issue, and continues for the entire year. You can find more information about me at my Myspace page, and you can contact me with questions at

In the rain-washed darkness, the thing that had lately been a man stared blindly into the invisible sky. All concept of pain had vanished, perhaps along with the sensation itself, and now sanity remained as tenuous as life. Though hearing had vanished, the creature’s very body still sensed the dreadful siren song that had bound him to that place, and even now the echoes of the monstrous noise kept his limbs as numb as stone. He fought to cry out, or at least to make a sound, but nothing more than a dull rasping cough escaped his lips. He could no longer feel the dripping of water that had washed his broken body clean, and a terrible feeling of vertigo drove shudders along his spine.

In the rain-washed darkness, the thing that had lately been a man stared blindly into the invisible sky, and died.

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“Heaven’s!” he cried in horror. “Heaven’s Beyond! His skin! What’s happened to his skin?