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Streets of Shadows – A Kickstarter

SoSThe shadowy underworld of classic crime noir stories meet the shadows of urban fantasy in *Streets of Shadows*, a new fiction anthology edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon and published by Alliteration Ink. Featuring Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, and Brandon Massey, the anthology’s combination of genres will allow more freedom for the stories.

“Crime and urban fantasy are the two most versatile genres,” says Bram Stoker Award and Black Quill nominated editor Maurice Broaddus. “They provide the kind of playground folks can both build any play set they can imagine and tell stories that speak straight to the human condition.” Publisher Steven Saus agreed, saying “It takes the right writers and editors to create an anthology that is more than just fun to read – and knowing the high quality that Jerry and Maurice brought to *Dark Faith* and *Dark Faith: Invocations*, I know this anthology will hit that same high mark.”

Broaddus agreed. “Jerry and I are excited to have an excuse to work together again. Working on *Dark Faith* and *Dark Faith: Invocations* was such a great experience, and we’re were jazzed to have Alliteration Ink being on board for *Streets of Shadows*. We have a great cast of writers lined up and plenty of surprises in store,” says Maurice Broaddus.

*Streets of Shadows* is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, with anticipated release in the late summer of 2014 in trade paperback and eBook editions.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stevensaus/streets-of-shadows-a-noir-urban-fantasy-fiction-an

Project:  http://bit.ly/kickshadows
Home page:  http://bit.ly/streetsofshadows
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_42G6W8fuT4

You think you’re safe. What a joke.

You don’t think about the places you pass every day. The side streets. The alleys. Under bridges. The shadows.

All you’d have to do is take a step to the side. Then you’d know.

Life on the streets ain’t easy. It takes someone tough like me to survive. Danger lurks in the shadows. Yeah, there’s muggers and gangs. Sometimes you get zombies, vampires, and ghouls. And if you’re real unlucky, you run into the scary stuff.

Whether it’s the dirty streets of Detroit, the paved-over cobblestones of London, or the patched asphalt of your hometown, people like me are all that stand between death and your door.

Our world isn’t made up of parks and malls. Our world is the streets, covered in shadows.

These are our stories.

For Your Consideration…

AKA Works that came out in 2013

Short Stories

“Ebony Paradox” (Punchnels Magazine) – a “lost” tale from my Knights of Breton Court universe

“Voice of the Martyr” Beyond the Sun (Fairwood Press) – the church and the military are now united, which means our soldiers are the new missionaries.

“The Electric Spanking of the War Babies” Glitter and Mayhem (Apex Books) – The P-Funk universe comes alive.

“Cerulean Memories” The Book of the Dead (Jurassic-London) – one of my favorite stories I’ve written.  A story of grief, an urban legend, and a mummy.

“A Soldier’s Story” Vampires Don’t Sparkle (Seventh Star Press) – Sometimes vampires aren’t the worst monster in the night.

“Read Me Up” What Fates Impose (Alliteration Ink) – Family drama meets an obeah prophecy.

“Awaiting Redemption” Eulogies II (HW Press) and can be heard on Pseudopod – It doesn’t matter what the religion, sometimes folks miss the point of their own worship.

 

Novelette

“Steppin’ Razor” Asimov’s SF Magazine – Steampunk, alternate history Jamaica, Rastafarians, the clone of Haille Selassie.

Novella

I Can Transform You (Apex Books) – “Mac Peterson left the employ of LG Security Forces and now cobbles together a life in the shadows of the great towers, filling policing needs for people too unimportant for the professional corp-national security to care about. His ex-wife, Kiersten, stayed behind on the Security Forces, working undercover. When she turns up dead alongside one of the tower jumpers, Mac pairs up with Ade Walters, a cyborg officer, to uncover who would try to hide Kiersten’s death among the suicides. Searching for the murderer of one of their own, Mac and Ade discover plans to transform the Earth and its inhabitants…plans that only started with the great upheaval and The Trying Times.”

 

Best Related Work

Speculative Fiction 2012 – “The collection included over fifty of your pieces written on subjects ranging from ethnocentrism in My Little Pony to the role of historical authenticity in fantasy. We were privileged to publish your book reviews, biopics, essays, and eviscerations. We convinced Campbell Award winner Mur Lafferty to write the foreword because we knew she’d win the award and aid us in our quest to build votes for the project (that’s what we call REVISIONIST history). In short, we put together a time capsule for future generations of science fiction and fantasy readers to understand what was important to readers in 2012. And we’re excited to see it happen again in 2013, and on into the future.”

Writing Goals 2014

A new year, a new set of writing goals.  Well, first off, my computer crashed last month, so it’s causing me to fall behind on many of my projects.  But before I get to my excuses, let me see what my goals were for 2013:

Thinking through my 2013 goals:  I will begin the year with Steppin’ Razor (novella), The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (my Pimp My Airship novelization), and a short story set in my steamfunk universe;  I have four stories I “have” to write, but I’d like to get six completed; I will complete my half of the Wrath book; I have a movie script I need to get going on; I have two novels and two short stories to dust off, revise, and get into the publication pipeline.

The report card was a mixed bag.  I finished Steppin’ Razor, a novelette that is now out in the current issue of Asimov’s SF.  I finished several stories in my steamfunk universe:  Babylon Systems, All God’s Chillun Gots Wings, (120 Degrees of) Know the Ledge.  All told, I have over 50K in short stories in that universe.  I also started my steampunk novel (currently titled Naptown by Airship, but I may go ahead and just call it Pimp My Airship: A Re-Mix).  I also started a hard crime/urban fantasy novel with Jason Sizemore (tentatively called Serpent).

Other short stories completed include “Ebony Paradox” (Punchnels), “Read Me Up” (What Fates Impose), and “Electric Spanking of the War Babies” (Glitter & Mayhem).

I did dust off one of those novels.  You will hopefully be hearing some news about that soon.  Ditto with the short stories.  I never got around to the movie script though.

 

As for 2014, my goals are to finish the two novels, write another six short stories, complete an anthology project, perhaps release a collection or two, and write a novella.  First up, however, getting a new laptop so that my son can get his back.