The title is misleading, but my intentions are true. I've been publishing on Smashwords.com since 2015. But, I've been kind of disappointed with them lately, and this feeling was only exasperated when they told me to unpublish a short story I put on their site. Nothing political about this, they seemed to think my story was just a sample chapter or something. Regardless, I've been looking for an alternative to Smashwords for awhile. I'm trying out Draft2Digital, and have uploaded the "unpublishable" story to their website. You can check it out for free in the link below.
I like Draft2Digital, but my sole criticism is I wish they had an centralized store for online books like Smashwords does. Instead you buy the book from one of their partnered stores like Barnes and Nobles. But, the downside is now you have sign up for yet another site just to get the book. Sometimes convenience is an attractive selling point.
The search continues....
Read A Life in the City for free at one of these recommended stores:
The Ferryman (Issue 01)
Story by: Sean Campbell
Story Artist: Dennis Tirona
Cover by: Jonathan Moore
The Ferryman is one of several crowd funded comics that appeared roughly around the same take as Richard C. Meyer's Jawbreaks and Ethan Van Sciver’s Cyberfrog. It is also one of the first (if not THE first) crowd funded comics to be fulfilled and shipped to its backers. And not to bury the lead, but this comic is quite excellent.
The story in brief is this (some spoilers here):
A couple of blog posts back, I mentioned I once tried to do my own graphic novel. This was back in 2014, before it became trendy to throw something up on indiegogo and hope for the best. I hired an artist from Digital Webbing, but he was only able to finish a few pages before a family emergency called him away. Shame, because the pages he showed me were really good. But, I'll let you decide that for yourself. So please enjoy these illustrated pages from the Dobson's Fighting Legion Graphic Novel that never was. But, before you go, let me remind you that I did eventually rewrite this story as a short novel, which is still available for free on Smashwords HERE!
I'm going to go out on limb, and say that the new Aquaman movie is kind of meh. Now, before you get the pitchforks and torches out and burn this website to the ground, let me explain. I'm not saying the movie is bad. Overall, it's a good, but flawed movie. I'd say the two things that keep it from being a great movie, are that the story relies way too much on exposition, and the movie is way too long for it's own good. Given the subject matter, I can understand the filmmakers desire to try and make it an epic, but a more measured and streamlined approach would have served the story better.
So what is the story? The story is actually a very old one: A prince turns his back on his birthright. A usurper steps in to seize power. The prince must embrace his destiny, in order to save a kingdom. It's the stuff of legends, really.
And don't get me wrong, there is a lot to like (some spoilers here).
I fell in love with the Prisoner about 20 years ago, when I checked out a bunch of the episodes from the public library. My love for the show translated into this piece of fanfic. Hope you enjoy...
Sometimes the ocean lied to him.
It promised him things he did not have.
It spread out before him, tempting him with offers of escape and freedom.
But the ocean was not to be entirely trusted.
Another giveaway from Smashwords, this time a book inspired by John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, with shades of the Predator: Dobson's Fighting Legion. This book was originally supposed to be a graphic novel (my first), but my ambition far outreached my grasped, so I rewrote it as this short book instead. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for visiting.
The jungle likes to keep its secrets. It hides these secrets from prying eyes, behind big leaves, and thick vines. Man may stumble on some secrets, by accident. But the big secrets, the scary ones, the ones that mankind was never meant to know, those the jungle always keeps well hidden… until it’s too late.
A shot scrapes across the Creature’s scalp. Bits of skin and bone splatter. The Creature’s head snaps back, moving in the direction of the impact.
Skip stands below. His face is stern, but there is also a trace of a smug smile. The Creature’s reign of terror was short lived. He has put mad thing down.
Or, so he thinks. The stern smugness of a solider is soon replace by an expression of pure terror. Again a shadow falls over him.
There is a pained expression on the old man’s face, as he drops to his knees, and begins to fire upward.
The Creature falls forward. Its mouth opens wide, and its teeth baring down. Its hands are outstretched. Bullets repeatedly strike its hide, but too little effect.
To Skip the moment seems endless, and he almost doesn’t move in time. He jumps forward, even as the Creature lands with a THUD. It stands, blocking out the sun behind it. All Skip can see are its smiling sharp teeth.
Dobson's Fighting Legion, available for free at Smashwords
Story By: Richard C. Meyer and Carlos I. Silva
Interior Art by: Ibai Canales
Cover by: Kelsey Shannon
In little over a year, Richard C. Meyer has built a successful Youtube channel under the guise Diversity and Comics. His success has made him a controversial figure, and he has made many enemies in the comic book realm. Due in large part, to the fact that Meyer isn't afraid to speak his mind, and engage in some much needed ego bruising of industry professionals. Meyer has parleyed his Youtube success into two successful crowdfunding campaigns. Iron Sights is the second of those two campaigns, but the first to be release. From what I understand, Meyer released Iron Sights first, as a means to test how to privately distribute a crowdfunded comic without the help of major distributor like Diamond.
In summary, Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Meyer has certainly made a name for himself
However, I'm not here to judge Diversity and Comics, boogeyman that he might be. For the purposes of this review, the old adage applies: trust the story, not the storyteller. So lets delve into the story of Iron Sights.
The story in brief (some spoilers here):
To celebrate the launch of this website, I'm making some of stories available for free on Smashwords. First up, The La Croix Fragments, my homage to John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness. Hope you enjoy, and thanks for visiting.
It was old, when the trees were still young.
It stalked the woods in borrowed skin.
Its bones rattled as it drew near.
It had no need of eyes, as it was born in the darkness before the light.
It had no name, but responded to the shrill cries of fear and madness.
Did you know that La Croix was a frequent corresponded of H. P. Lovecraft?”
“Kind of like Robert E. Howard or Robert Bloch,” Doyle offered.
The old man nodded.
“But, here’s the interesting part,” Wilcox said. “Shortly, before his death, Lovecraft broke off all correspondence with La Croix. To a few close associates, Lovecraft mentioned that La Croix had become strange and bizarre.”
“Too strange and bizarre for H. P. Lovecraft,” Doyle chuckled. “That’s quite an achievement.”
“Isn’t it just,” the old man answered, also chuckling slightly. “All Lovecraft would say is that La Croix was ranting and raving about creating the greatest Weird Tale ever. A tale to warp the world.”
“I’m guessing he never finished that story, did he?” Doyle asked.
Wilcox shook his head, and then said: “No, after Lovecraft cut off all ties, La Croix went missing, and was never seen again. You know that old cliché. All he left behind were a few fragments, which have recently come into my possession.”
“And you want me to finish the story,” Doyle said.
The La Croix Fragments, available for free on Smashwords!
Hello, my name is
Kelly Logue, and I'm a writer who lives in Alaska. Generally, I write horror or weird fiction, but I am currently working on a superhero title that should be out next year. In addition to this blog, you can follow my adventures on Twitter @KellyLogue3