Brimstone Deep by Laurian Smith review

718X2mOwthL._SL1024_Jim Harper arrives in a small mining camp to investigate a large statue of a chained lizard. His theory that it may be one of the “extinct” scale-armored lizards named Drahkom is borne out when he discovers the stone lizard and finds it to be alive.

Captured and imprisoned for its Brimstone, with scales “coveted for armor” the Drahkom tells Harper he wants to be released and join his “captors in death”. Harper and a small group of miners set about releasing the huge lizard from its stone chains unaware of the devious nature of the Drahkom.

Published on Amazon Kindle, the description as an e-book places a new definition on what constitutes a book. A short story is a more precise description. But however you wish to describe it Laurian Smith’s 22-page story is an entertaining and well written Weird Western.

Review copyright Paul Green 2014

“FarOut” Weird Western “Cowbot” Webcomic

Farout_35ENGautier Langevin & Olivier Carpentier are the creators of the ongoing webcomic “FarOut” featuring “cowbots” in conflict the Engineer and his gang in a robotic Wild West. Nominated for Best Webcomoic at the Joe Shuster Awards 2014.

Check out the webcomic at FarOut

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“Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto” by John W. Whalen

91pK0O6ya2L._SL1500_“Hunting monsters is my business.” A wealthy New Mexican ranchero hires Monster Hunter Mordecai Slate to track down the vampire who ravished his daughter. Don Pedro Sanchez wants Slate to bring him back alive, so he can have the pleasure of driving in the stake himself. Slate travels from Socorro to Las Cruces where he finds his prey, Kord Manion, and comes up with an unusual way to transport him back north. Kord’s brother, Dax, and his gang of vampire outlaws follow in pursuit, half a day behind. During the chase, Slate stops to rescue a girl in trouble and tries to get her out of harm’s way. His journey leads him to a desert ghost town called Rio Muerto, where he will face his greatest challenge in the ultimate battle between good and evil.”

About the author: John M. Whalen has been a reporter, an editor, and an astrologer. He’s the author of dozens of short stories that have appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies. Whalen’s first novel, “Jack Brand,” was published by Pill Hill Press in 2010. “Vampire Siege at Rio Muerto” is the first novel featuring Monster Hunter Mordecai Slate.  Slate has appeared in seven stories that were published in various anthologies and magazines. For more information on Slate and the latest news on Whalen’s writings, check out his blog 

“Sheep’s Clothing” by Elizabeth Einspanier

51r2hFAWJqLIt is the year 1874. Doc Meadows, frontier doctor working in the small town of Salvation, has always considered himself a sensible man, and has not believed in monsters for a long time. When injured half-Indian Wolf Cowrie staggers into his practice one night, however, he brings terrifying news–a vampire he hunts plans to settle in Salvation and turn it into his own private larder. Now Doc has to overcome his skepticism and fear in order to face down this new threat to his town, before Salvation becomes just another ghost town in the territories. Sheep’s Clothing hearkens back to early depictions of vampires as bloodthirsty, charismatic monsters, borrowing more strongly from Dracula than more common modern interpretations.

About the author: Elizabeth Einspanier is a writer of cross-genre fiction of all kinds, mainly focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and horror, while dabbling in poetry on the side when the mood strikes her. Her short stories have been published in Down in the Dirt and Dark Fire Fiction, and she is the author of a Weird Western novella entitled Sheep’s Clothing. She has been a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild since November 2013.

Sheep’s Clothing is available via paperback and e-book on Amazon (link)

“Holliday: Mountain Madness” Weird Western Webcomic

10348691_649947288429758_1486590906810739701_oHOLLIDAY: MOUNTAIN MADNESS  features a resurrected Doc Holliday, dealing out justice to monsters and occult menaces with witchcraft and six-guns! Aimed at fans of weird westerns, occult, horror, steampunk and teslapunk.

10006947_606533479437806_1561567721_nWriter Bill Woodcock Jr. and artist Gregory C. Giordano describe the webcomic as, “A weird psychotronic acid western of the further adventures of Doc Holliday!”

Check out the webcomic

The Reverend Mr. Goodworks And The Yeggs Of Yig Appearing In “Steampunk Cthulhu”

The latest from Weird Western author Ed Erdelac :

Steampunk Cthulhu: Mythos Terror in the Age of Steam (Chaosium Fiction #6054)

Up for preorder from Chaosium Books and editors Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass is Steampunk Cthulhu, featuring stories from Jeffrey Thomas, Adam Bolivar, Carrie Cuinn, William Meikle, John Goodrich, Lee Clark Zumpe, D.J. Tyrer, Christine Morgan, Christopher M. Geeson, Thana Niveau, Leigh Kimmel, Josh Reynolds, Robert Neilson, Pete Rawlik, and including my story The Reverend Mister Goodworks and The Yeggs of Yig.
The book is due out June 16th and features a killer cover from Daniele Serra, who also did the cover for my novel Coyote’s Trail.
Readers of my Merkabah Rider series  may recognize the name The Reverend Mister Goodworks from the final book in the series, Once Upon A Time In The Weird West.
Also known as The Reverend Shadrach Mischach Abednego Carter, a former train engineer who, after a horrific crash, is partially reconstructed with steam engine parts and becomes a battling preacher dedicated to the destruction of evil, the Reverend Mr. Goodworks plays a sizable part in the events of Once Upon A Time In The Weird West.
This story can be considered a prequel spinoff which directly ties into the the last MR novel, and provides some insight into the character.
I actually wrote this some time before I published Once Upon A Time In The Weird West, so I’m excited to see it in print at last. It involves the servants of the Lovecraftian deity Yig (obviously), and ties into the Old Testament story of the Nehushtan.
In this story, the Reverend encounters a distraught pregnant Mexican woman fleeing across the desert at night. Although she begs him to kill her before they are born, the Reverend delivers her children, only to be attacked by them as they slither from her womb; a pair of vicious serpent-human hybrids. He sets out to find those responsible for this abomination….
Here’s an excerpt.
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The Reverend lurched into New Valusia sometime before noon, the sand grinding in his knee joints. It was little more than a few communal frame houses, some gardens, and a couple outbuildings, all arranged around a two story farmhouse with a veranda.
On the porch stood a strikingly tall, lean, yellow haired woman in a white and purple robe. She folded her sun freckled arms at his approach.
Several of the New Valusians in white cassocks rose from their various tasks to interpose themselves, bearing only shovels and hoes as weapons. The Reverend was forced to halt or else plough through them.
He stood quietly, a head taller than their tallest, and surveyed the small crowd.
“Which of you is Susannah?” he bellowed at last.
“I’m Sister Susannah Coyle,” said the woman on the porch. “What brings you here?”
“The Lord brang me here,” drawled the Reverend, unfastening his coat.
“Well, the Lord welcome you.”
“Not your lord, bitch,” growled the Reverend.
He threw open his greatcoat like a knightly tabard.
Beneath, his body was flat black with steel accents, like the shell of a richly ornamented locomotive engine. Indeed, his chest resembled the face of a locomotive, with the dim lamp set in the center. His torso was further festooned with dancing pressure gauges and valve wheels, like a harness of little metal daisies. His heavy, ironclad legs bristled with pistons and driveshafts that plunged and hissed as he moved.
There was a thick bandolier belted around his blocky waist. Hanging from the belt was an old LeMat pistol. He brought his left arm up sharply, accompanied by a series of mechanical whirs and clicks. The sleeve was split down the middle from elbow to cuff, allowing the arm to emerge from the fabric unencumbered. His right hand went to his elbow and jacked a brass lever there. A strange amalgamation of octagonal rifle barrels, three in number, and situated in a kind of pyramid one atop the other, appeared at the end of the metal arm.
The Reverend rightly assumed any of these New Valusians walking around of their own volition were acquiescent in the hell the young woman he’d buried had been put through. He had no compunctions about firing into their midst, but he directed his aim at the statuesque Susannah Coyle, furiously levering his tri-repeater arm and cutting loose with a rapid barrage.
The New Valusians weren’t used to facing gunfire and scattered, dropping their makeshift weapons in their mad flight.
Susannah Coyle didn’t budge. To his amazement, the fifteen bullets he had flung in her direction all stopped and hung suspended in mid-air a few feet from the porch, spinning in a tight group.
When he lowered his smoking arm, frowning, he became aware of a deep thrumming in the air.
The door to the house opened and two muscular white-clad men armed with primitive, two-handed stone headed mallets appeared.
“The Pacifier Field,” Susannah explained, flicking the spinning bullets one by one with her finger until they bounced down the porch steps and rolled harmlessly in the dust at the Reverend’s feet. “An electromagnetic generator. It protects our Nesting House from those who do violence. It’s on its most agreeable setting now, but when I order it directed against your person, it will repel all your metal components, even from each other. That suit of yours will come apart and fly to the compass points.”
“It’s not a suit,” said the Reverend.

 

48 Film Project 2014 Short Film Contest

48 Film Project Launches Unprecedented 2014 Short Film Contest for Chance to Shoot a Hollywood Feature Film

Budding film makers are being invited to flex their story telling muscles in a one of a kind short film competition this year with the winning team taking home the ultimate prize – the director’s seat, writer’s table and producer credit on a Hollywood feature film.

With a budget already in place for the flick, the unprecedented prize sets the 48 FILM Project apart as the hottest opportunity of 2014 for film buffs with a passion for making moves.

The utterly unique contest challenges entrants to create a compelling short film in 48 hours by working in teams. Uniting would-be filmmakers from across the globe, 48 FILM Project is consuming movie fans around the globe in bursts of creativity. Open to professional or amateur, everyone is eligible to enter at any point through the year.

In previous years, the top 15 winners have screened their shorts at the ultra glamorous, ultra prestigious Cannes International Film Festival. Last year, the top 15 winners were rewarded with a screening at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.

New for 2014, 48 FILM Project will select a superstar team from the short film contest entrant’s reel to make a feature film in Hollywood and provide a budget of $48,000. This once in a lifetime prize is unique and exclusive to 48 FILM Project and will see the best producer, best director and the best writer from the 2014 entrants joining together to create a dream team of winners. The chosen few will be taken to Hollywood in 2015 for the once in a lifetime experience of shooting a feature film.

Francesco Vitali, the mastermind behind 48 Projects Inc. and executive producer of the 48 FILM Project said, “We love filmmakers! All of us in 48 FILM Project are filmmakers, writers, producers, cinematographers, directors, actors and film industry people. We are fresh, web savvy, and very artsy. We are the present and the future! The 48 FILM PROJECT is a totally unique online international short film competition. It is not unlike any other 48 hour or hours, or days, or time or festival you might know or have happened to participate in before. In 48 FILM PROJECT, we love what we do… like every filmmaker!”

But what make different 48 FILM Project from any other similar short film competitions? Chris Siametis, co- executive producer of the short film fest explained, “In 48 FILM Project, creators keep the rights to their own intellectual property.  The rights of their film belong to the creators.
It’s your film’s freedom. You choose your genre, so no surprises, and you choose when you are ready to shoot your short.

“Weekday or weekend, morning or night, from whereever in the world you are.
All you need is an Internet connection and your creativity and talent! No other online short film competition offers such a fantastic prize – it really is the ultimate dream come true for any filmmaker and any aspiring writer, producer or director. This is a once in a lifetime chance to go to Hollywood with a budget in place and shoot a feature film. We are incredibly excited about this prize, which even tops our previous Cannes film festival and Samuel Goldwyn Theatre premiers.

“Entry is open through November 15th 2014, so grab your crew and get planning your short. Our global online festival is based on creativity, energy and mobility. Be original, make your movie and win big!”

An international short film competition, 48 FILM Project challenges participants to create a complete short film in just two days and change their future in 48 hours. There is more than $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs with the top 15 films also winning a Hollywood screening.

Francesco Vitali added, “For us, everyone who completed a short film within 48 hours is already a winner. Even more important than the awards are the opportunities this competition will open up. Find your niche. You’ve known it for years, but maybe you haven’t known how to get started or how to break free from the mould. Here’s your chance to create something from the heart, something that shows your true genius, the potential within. It’s time to stop hiding and show the world what you can do with your camera! So go for it!”

48 Film Project entrants are given total freedom to choose the day and time they will compete. Its innovative take on short film content rules gives teams the chance to create their own schedule, rather than imposing a fixed date or time for filming to take place. Participants can also enter as many times as they like through the year. A global multi-cultural project, the competition is open to any budding filmmaker with access to the internet, allowing any person from any background to stake their claim to the coveted prize and grab the world’s attention with their own personal take on movie making.

To find out more and set the clock ticking on the 48 hour challenge visit https://www.48filmproject.com/

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