December 14, 2011

On My Radar: Seventh Star Press, The Zombie Feed, Shock Totem, and Angry Robot

Been a while since I threw out a little signal boost for all the authors and publishers that have been cranking out good stories and such, so here we go.

From Seventh Star Press:

Seventh Star Press is proud to introduce Seventh Star Singles, an exciting new eBook series that represents a creative approach to eBook publishing.  The debut of the new line kicks off with brand new tales from sword and sorcery/fantasy author Steven L. Shrewsbury, and epic fantasy/urban fantasy author Stephen Zimmer.  Best of all, the new eBook short stories are all priced at just 99 cents.

Seventh Star Singles offer more for fans of the authors' novel series, as well as being stand-alone stories.  The short stories are set in the worlds that the authors' novels with Seventh Star Press are based.  For example, readers who came to know Gorias La Gaul in Steven Shrewsbury's Thrall will now be able to go on more adventures with Gorias in the Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul short stories included in the Seventh Star Singles line.  Similarly, fans of Stephen Zimmer's Fires in Eden series and Rising Dawn Saga will get to explore more of those worlds in his Chronicles of Ave and Annals of the Rising Dawn short story collections for this new line.

"I was the instigator of the new Seventh Star Singles, as I wanted a way for readers of my series to explore more of my worlds in a way that was also accessible to new readers," Stephen Zimmer commented.  "They are entirely stand-alone stories, but provide all kinds of background, further depth, and perhaps even some foreshadowing that all relate to the novel series.  They have been a blast to develop, as there are so many stories to be told from these worlds that can't be addressed in the plotlines of the Fires in Eden and Rising Dawn Saga novels.  I'm really excited that Steven Shrewsbury stepped forward to develop a Gorias La Gaul collection.  Any fan of Robert E. Howard is bound to love Steven's work and this new series opens things wide for him to write all kinds of Gorias adventures! "

Steven Shrewsbury's collection Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul starts off with two new Gorias La Gaul tales, Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, and Insurmountable.  Stephen Zimmer has three contributions to the Chronicles of Ave collection, Into Glory Ride, Land of Shadow, and Lion Heart.  Stephen has one story for the Annals of the Rising Dawn, Temples Rising.

A new page on the Seventh Star Press website gives full synopsis and availability on the various story collections.  The page can be found at:

Many new titles are planned in the series in 2012, to be released on a monthly basis alongside the scheduled novel releases. 

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site for Seventh Star Press, at,
Short stories are a pretty easy way to sample an author's work, and stories that stick to the established worlds of some authors are nice asides for fans of a particular series. Should be interesting to see what some of these stories are like. I think Michael West may even have a short story or two coming out through Seventh Star, too.

From The Zombie Feed:

Here's the book trailer for Ty Schwamberger's new historical zombie novella, The Fields. I think it looks promising, and it should be interesting to check out a longer work by Ty, as I've read short stories by him thus far.

from Shock Totem:

E-book versions of all Shock Totem Issues are available exclusively on the Kindle Store for 99 cents each. There's even a Christmas issue for all you people in the mood for some holiday horrors. I've read #1 and #4, so this will be a great chance to read the rest. Highly recommended.

from Angry Robot Books:

To celebrate Christmas, Angry Robot has a series of guest posts on their blog, counting down the 12 days of Christmas. Here's a link to the first one by Madeline Ashby, author of vN.

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