Earlier this year, a good friend and fellow podcaster, Scott Roche, reached out to ask me if I’d be interested in participating in a short story anthology he was going to post on Kickstarter. A western short story anthology. That took gunfighters and applied the warrior code of bushido to their ethic. To which I said… “samurai gunfighters? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?” And I was in.
Of course, then I found out who else was coming to the party.
First and foremost, one of the most talented and creative (not to mention just genuinely nice) people I’ve ever met – Jared Axelrod. Oh. You aren’t familiar with Jared’s work? Well, then you probably need to listen to his excellent Fables of the Flying City podcast, and pick up the graphic novel. It’s awesome steampunky goodness for your ears and eyes. Seriously, Jared Axelrod is a name you need to keep an eye out for.
Next, Jake Bible, who jumped into the podiobook sphere with his post-apocalyptic take on zombies and robots – DEAD MECH. Hundreds of years after the zombie apocalypse, human civilization rebuilds with a secret weapon for destroying zombie hordes – giant battle robots called Mechs. So what happens if a Mech pilot gets bitten and flips inside his machine? Trouble, friends. Loads of trouble. Knowing I’d be working with Jake was a perk also.
Then there’s Justin Macumber, co-host of the Dead Robot Society and author of Haywire. A century ago, super-soldiers known as Titans drove alien invaders from the solar system and back to their home world. Now the Titans have returned, infected by a virus and compelled to destroy humanity. Justin’s contributed to FlagShip, and I’m glad to be working with him in the anthology.
Doc Coleman, resident stowaway aboard the Galley Table Podcast and author of the Adventures of Crackle and Bang.
Scott himself, who co-wrote the Battle of Wildspitze with me, and is largely responsible for The Aethelian Age being when and where it is (Curse you, Baron Richtoffen!)
In all seriousness, check out the video, look at the incentives, and if you’d like to see more fiction from THESE AWESOME PEOPLE (and me), pitch in!