The Fandom Fifty is On Its Way!

Sorry for the extended absence from blogging but we’ve been busy both with writing and editing projects as well as fending off that gluttonous and enervating creature known as Real Life. You know, the one that brings no end of distractions and problems in its malevolent attempts to demotivate us.

Unfortunately, that particular beast has been working overtime as of late.

However, we are excited to report that Diane Baron’s upcoming non-fiction book, The Fandom Fifty, is nearly through the first round of editing.

The Fandom Fifty, due out later this year, is a collection of interviews and anecdotes from many of the organizers, guests, and attendees of Maryland’s SF Convention scene. The Baltimore region is home to a number of popular and enduring SF cons that include Farpoint, Balticon, Shore Leave, and others.

Cover art by Todd Brugmans.

More updates soon!

The Fandom Fifty by Diane Lee Baron

Free Stories on Wattpad!

Phil Giunta recently added two free short stories to his Wattpad profile.

In “Life and Limb,” two sibling scientists in Ireland unwittingly discover an ancient artifact that regenerates severed limbs while healing old family wounds. Click here to read! 

The second is a SF detective noir tale called “Working the System.” Two years after leaving the interstellar navy, security executive Cameron Glazier is pressed into assisting with a police investigation after his former captain was found murdered. The man’s death is soon connected to an incident from Glazier’s final mission. Click here to read!

Elsewhere in the Middle of EternityBoth of these stories are among the 14 fantastic speculative fiction tales in the 2016 anthology, Elsewhere in the Middle of Eternity, from Firebringer Press.

The Publishing Pipeline

The Fandom Fifty by Diane Lee BaronThe next book in Firebringer’s publishing pipeline is The Fandom Fifty by Diane Baron.
The history of Maryland’s SF convention scene is chronicled through interviews and anecdotes from many longtime organizers, guests, and attendees. The Baltimore region is home to a number of popular and enduring SF cons that include Farpoint, Balticon, Shore Leave, and others. The Fandom Fifty is slated for release in mid-2019. Cover art by Todd Brugmans.

In eternity, all stories are timeless.
 
Join gods and mortals in combat against slithering demons in famine-stricken Finland…
 
Witness an unconventional battle of wits as a devious genie tries to outfox a clever robot…
 
Ride with two hapless deliverymen as they stumble upon a frightening ritual to propitiate an ancient and malevolent power…
 
Escape to a remote corner of the globe with a desperate family fleeing an insidious alien invasion…
 
Follow a fraternity pledge as he undergoes an initiation to terror at a local cemetery…
 
The second project in the pipeline is the third volume in our speculative fiction anthology series—Meanwhile in the Middle of Eternity. This collection of sixteen spellbinding tales of SF, fantasy, and the paranormal follows in the tradition of its two predecessors.
 
Our august cadre of storytellers includes returning contributors Daniel Patrick Corcoran, Michael Critzer, Phil Giunta, Susanna Reilly, Stuart Roth, April Welles, Steven H. Wilson, and Lance Woods. Joining us for volume three are Sean Druelinger, Julie Fedon, Christopher Ochs, Bart Palamaro, and Peter Ong.
In addition to magnificent cover art by Michael Riehl, each story will be accompanied by one black and white illustration provided by a team of artists including Mike Riehl, Laura Inglis, and Tim Marron.
 
Meanwhile in the Middle of Eternity is tentatively scheduled for a late 2019 release. For now, you can catch up with the series in paperback or ebook:
   

Firebringer at Farpoint

Firebringer Press publisher and writer Steven H. Wilson will be at Farpoint 26 next month, along with writers Phil Giunta, Diane Baron, and Daniel Patrick Corcoran.

During the Friday night book fair from 10PM to Midnight, we will have all Firebringer Press titles available, including our latest double horror novel, Freedom’s Blood and Like Mother, Like Daughters

Firebringer Take 2 Cover

On Sunday afternoon at Farpoint, Phil Giunta and veteran writer Peter David will co-host a screening of Dreams with Sharp Teeth, the 90-minute documentary about Harlan Ellison (1934-2018), one of the most awarded writers in history.  The film stars Harlan, Robin Williams, Neil Gaiman, Peter David, Ronald Moore, and others. We’re thrilled and grateful that director and producer, Erik Nelson, granted permission for the screening. 

Phil Giunta with Harlan Ellison - ICON 1999
Phil Giunta with Harlan Ellison – ICON 1999

Farpoint 26, February 8-10, 2019. Hunt Valley Marriott Delta, Hunt Valley, MD. Celebrity guests include Wallace Shawn (Princess Bride, Deep Space Nine, etc.), and voice actors Rob Paulson and Maurice LaMarche. 

Writer guests include Peter David, Howard Weinstein, Robert Greenberger, David Mack, Michael Jan Friedman, Aaron Rosenberg, Keith RA DeCandido, Daniel Ackley-McPhail, Heather Hutsell, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Derek Tyler Attico, Steven H. Wilson, Phil Giunta, Mary Fan, Russ Colchamiro, Glenn Hauman, and more. 

Double the Love!

Excited to see such effusive praise rolling in on Amazon and Goodreads for Firebringer Take Two, the double horror novel comprised of Steven H. Wilson’s vampire tale, Freedom’s Blood, and my paranormal mystery, Like Mother, Like Daughters. It was a joy to see our stories published in the vintage ACE Double style. The paperback is available now with the ebook coming soon.

Like Mother, Like Daughters Cover  Freedom's Blood Final Cover

Firebringer Take 2 Cover

 

After Action Report: Philcon 81 & Book Launch

At Philcon 81 last weekend, Steve Wilson and Phil Giunta celebrated the release of Firebringer Take Two, the double horror novel comprised of Steve’s vampire tale, Freedom’s Blood, and Phil’s paranormal mystery, Like Mother, Like Daughters.

Click here to read Phil’s after action report from Philcon 81, including pictures from our book launch. 

Phil & Steve at Philcon 81
Phil & Steve at Philcon 81, launching the new book!

Also, if you donated to our Kickstarter, please be aware that all paperback rewards have been shipped! So check your mailbox over the next week or so. For those backers expecting eBook rewards, we will soon be in touch via email with instructions for claiming your reward.

 

 

 

Firebringer Take 2 Cover

 

 

Book Launch at Philcon 81

This year marks the 81st anniversary of Philcon, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Convention, happening November 16-18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ.

If you happen to be attending Philcon, Steven H. Wilson and Phil Giunta invite you to check out their book launch on Saturday evening, 11/17, at 5PM in the con suite. Their double horror novel, Freedom’s Blood and Like Mother, Like Daughters will be premiering at the con!

We’re thrilled to release a book reminiscent of the classic ACE doubles where you read one story, then flip the book over to read the other.

Special thanks to Renee Volker Wilson for assisting with the book launch party preparations!

Double Novel Launch Flyer

Freedom's Blood Final Cover Like Mother, Like Daughters Cover

Firebringer Take 2 Cover

 

Update on Double Horror Novel

Steve Wilson and Phil Giunta are pleased to report that the galley copy for their double horror novel (Freedom’s Blood & Like Mother, Like Daughters) is finished and undergoing final proofreading.

Meanwhile, the covers are being formatted. We’re still on track for a November release with awards to be shipped (paperbacks) or emailed (in the case of ebooks) by early to mid-December.

Once again, our sincerest thanks to our Kickstarter backers for helping us bring this book to press. More updates soon!

Kickstarter Update #8: We Made It!

We’re excited to announce that we exceeded our Kickstarter funding goal for Firebringer Take Two thanks to the following generous donors:

Lewis G. Aide
CabbitCommando
Michael Critzer
Tony Fucci
The Creative Fund
James Gallahan
Allyn Gibson
Jack Hillman
Madelyn Jackson
Heather Mikkelsen
Omar Padilla
Leeon Pezok
Susanna Reilly
Renfield
Ann Stolinsky
Sharon Miller VanBlarcom
Lee Vierling
Judith Waidlich
Howie Weinstein
Cindy Woods
Evon Zundel

We appreciate your generous support and will continue to keep everyone updated as the book nears completion and rewards are ready to ship (paperbacks) or claim online (ebooks).

 

Kickstarter Update #7: Presenting the Cover Art for Freedom’s Blood!

As promised in a previous update, we are thrilled to present Caio Cacau’s finished cover art for Steven H. Wilson’s vampire novella, FREEDOM’S BLOOD! Since our double novella will be formatted in the style of the classic ACE Doubles, the book will have two front covers. The cover art for LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTERS was created by Laura Inglis who also produced  the covers for Phil’s previous paranormal mystery novels, Testing the Prisoner and By Your Side.

There is still time to donate to our Kickstarter to help us bring the paperback to publication. We appreciate your support for small press authors!

 

Freedoms Blood Cover Art by Caio Cacau
Freedoms Blood Cover Art by Caio Cacau

Like Mother, Like Daughters Cover Art by Laura Inglis
Like Mother, Like Daughters Cover Art by Laura Inglis. Title designed by Chris Winner.

Firebringer Take Two Covers