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‘Appalling Stories 2’: More Gritty, Fun Fiction You’ll Love Reading!

Want a collection of fun, pulp-fiction tales all in one book? Then Appalling Stories 2: More Appalling Tales of Social Injustice is for you! (Also available for your Kindle!) The sequel to Appalling Stories is here, and David Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and yours truly have returned for it. But we have more great authors joining us. Plus, Christian Toto of Hollywood in Toto provides the foreword. Here’s just a taste of what you’ll read when you buy this fantastic new book.
Dave’s story “Her Bodies, Her Choice” leads the anthology. What do you do when you’re a woman who gets a degree in Women’s Studies from Vassar? Why you go work for the biggest abortion group in the world. Only things turn out a little differently than what the heroine, or most anyone else, was expecting.
Then it’s my “The Order That Changed the World.” Long before Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) verbalized the notion of the U.S. government nuking Americans in a hypothetical war over guns, I had finished writing this tale. Does th…
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Take It Back

This flash fiction story is set in the same universe as the previous tales (“The End of the New York Times” and “Cannon Fodder”). Since this is the third story taking place in the same universe, I decided to give it a name. And I decided to be very creative about it. I’m calling it, The President universe.
The latest entry again features a plot about journalists’ War on America. And it again features President Edmonds’ efforts in fighting back.
Here now, in 1,000 words or less, is “Take It Back.”
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“You really think you’re going to get away with rejecting a judge’s order?” Craig asked President Antonio Edmonds, the two on opposite sides of the imposing desk.
“An order to give CNN full access to the White House and me at all times? You bet I am.”
Craig shook his head. “Between this and what you did to The New York Times, it’s no wonder everyone is clamoring for our heads.”
“That’s just it,” Edmonds said. “Everyone isn’t clamoring for our heads. But journalists want everyone to bel…

Cannon Fodder

A few weeks ago, I wrote “The End of the New York Times” in response to The New York Times publishing fiction that fantasized about the assassination of President Trump. And you know what I discovered from that? Writing fiction is a lot more fun than nonfiction. It’s probably a lot more effective too. If nothing else, it’s at least something different than the analyses and commentaries that are on every other news or political website.
This one takes place in the same universe as the previous tale. And it focuses on an issue going on right now: foreigners invading and conquering America, and the journalists who support them.
Here now, in 1,000 words or less, is “Cannon Fodder.”
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“Whoa! What is that? I think it’s a human skull!” Stu said.
“No,” Eduardo told him.
“How can you be sure?” Wei asked.
Eduardo walked over to it and kicked some leaves off it. “Deer skull.”
Stu and Wei stared at the elongated bone.
“Oh,” Stu said. He clicked a few photos of it with his phone, listening to…

How It Ends for The New York Times

Good news. While there were no takers on the flash fiction contest that David Dubrow and I launched in response to The New York Times publishing fiction fantasizing about President Trump’s assassination, I wrote a flash fiction story of my own.
So enjoy, “The End of The New York Times.”
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“Then make sure they find more ballots. Find them in a closet, or a car trunk, or something. I don’t care. Do what you have to do to make sure we win the election,” Brainard “Whip” Leach, executive editor of The New York Times, told the woman on the other end of the line. “There’s no way we’re going to let them take back Texas after all the work we’ve done.”
The woman acknowledged she would make sure the Democrat—the true Democrat—got the votes needed to win the governorship. Leach slammed down the phone.
He slid his laptop closer to him on his mahogany desk. “Evidence Emerges Fox News Working with Chinese to Steal Elections,” the onscreen headline shouted. But he couldn’t concentrate on the sto…

Martina Markota’s ‘Lady Alchemy’ Graphic Novel Smashes $8,000 Goal

On Sep. 2, performance artist Martina Markota launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund her Lady Alchemy graphic novel. She set the primary goal at $8,000. A half-month later she smashed through it. As of the time of this writing, she’s raised over $10,000.
Lady Alchemy is Markota’s stage name. And she and artist MG are using it as the basis to create a superheroine of the same name. The planned, 40-page graphic novel follows the titular character as she fights “to free the city from a mind controlling media executive.” The two creators describe it as “neon noir meets cyberpunk wrapped around a hot babe.”​
And by hitting the primary funding goal so soon, fans have made it clear they want to see this story published.
Markota is grateful for all the support. “THANK YOU for making this happen! . . . It means so much to me,” she posted in a Sep. 14 update on her Indiegogo page.​ . . .
Read the full article at The Loftus Party.

First Look at Graham Nolan Cover Art for ‘The Ember War’ Graphic Novel

On Sep. 14, Jon Del Arroz revealed the first look at Graham Nolan’s cover art for the forthcoming graphic novel adaptation of The Ember War, the first novel in the sci-fi The Ember War Saga by author Richard Fox. Del Arroz is writing the adaptation and Jethro Morales is illustrating the interior artwork.
Del Arroz used a livestream with Fox to reveal Nolan’s inked artwork. He then posted it to his website and on Twitter. Brett R. Smith will add the color.
The Ember War Saga consists of nine novels. And the plan is to adapt them all into graphic novel form. “I hope this book is a tremendous success so we can use him [Nolan] 8 more times for a beautiful gallery of Richard Fox graphic novels,” Del Arroz wrote on his website. . . .
Read the full article at The Loftus Party.

Human after Next

A short work of speculative fiction regarding how technology might change future warfare, intelligence collection, and national security in general.

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12 SEP 20XX, Journal Entry of SFC Weston McKinley, U.S. Army Reserve – Human after Next Initiative
Eighty kilometers. I had navigated over 80 kilometers by foot on the day I reached my objective. That meant I had travelled over 200 km on foot since I had inserted into North Korea. Most of my route was over rugged mountains, many of them layered in snow. I carried 50 pounds on my back plus my weapons. Yet I wasn’t that tired or hungry. Nor did my feet hurt or my back ache. I was in perfect shape to complete my mission: verify the target and then kill everyone. None of this, of course, would have been possible if the government hadn’t genetically altered me and given me superhuman strength and durability.
When I reached the bottom of the last mountain (that is, “hill,” since the Army does not recognize “mountain” as a terrain feature)…