Archive for June, 2017

NEW BOOK DEAL!!!

As reported in Publishers Weekly

 

POC take over FSI! and Straight Outta Tombstone

Nisi Shawl guest edited an issue of Fantastic Stories of the Imagination with a People of Color take over FSI special issue (cover illustration by Victo Ngai). It includes:

Fiction
What Futures by Su-Yee Lin
Shadow Animals by Stephen Graham Jones
The Sacrifice of the Hanged Monkey by Minsoo Kang
Darkout by E. Lily Yu
The Executioner by Jennifer Marie Brissett
I Understand by Jermaine McGill
Walking Around Money by Paul Miles
Serving Fish by Christopher Caldwell
Fortitude by Eliza Victoria
Maggie Doll by Alex Jennings
Glass Bottle Trick by Nalo Hopkinson
The Great Leap of Shin by Henry Lien
The Palapye White Birch by Tlotlo Tsamaase
The Ace of Knives by Tonya Liburd
Legacy by Irette Y. Patterson
Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas by Alberto Yáñez

Non Fiction
Must Watch TV: Into the Badlands by S. Qiouyi Lu
Rebirth, Truth-with-a-Tea, and FIYAH by Erin Roberts
Read Me! 7 by Terence Taylor
Hopefulbright to the Rescue! by Darcie Little Badger

Star Trek’s Lt. Cmdr. Worf and his Journey of Ontological Blackness Klingon-ness by Maurice Broaddus

For this essay, Nisi dubbed me “the nerd of nerds.” BLACK NERDS RULE!

Also up for pre-order, the anthology Straight Outta Tombstone. “Come visit the Old West, the land where gang initiations, ride-by shootings and territory disputes got their start. But these tales aren’t the ones your grandpappy spun around a campfire, unless he spoke of soul-sucking ghosts, steam-powered demons and wayward aliens.”

Contributors include: David Boop, Larry Correia, Jody Lynn Nye, Sam Knight, Robert E. Vardeman, Phil Foglio, Nicole Kurtz, Michael A. Stackpole, Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Ken Scholes, Maurice Broaddus, Sarah A. Hoyt, Alan Dean Foster, David Lee Summers, Kevin J. Anderson, Naomi Brett Rourke, Peter J. Wacks, and Jim Butcher.

Sibling Rivalry Signing (a photo recap)

In an unprecedented event, my oldest brother, Maurice, and I are sharing the spotlight for a joint book signing and reading. He writes horror, fantasy, and steam punk, and I write… well… my book is about me, but I promise it’ll still be interesting! It’s a FREE event! And there will be snacks!

 

From a traditional press to an individual tapping away on a website, authorial siblings, Maurice Broaddus and Rohini Townsend will be discussing their very different writing journeys at their joint book signing, “Sibling Rivalry: Their Roads to Publishing.”

Maurice, a seasoned fantasy and horror author, will have copies of his newest and critically acclaimed books, Voices of Martyrs and Buffalo Soldier available for purchase and signing. His younger sister, Rohini Townsend, a toddler in the writing world, will be showcasing her first autobiographical work, Put Some Shoes On.

If you are a budding ink slinger, curious about the writing process, our just want to shake their hands, join them as they sign books and field questions. And there will be snacks!

Maurice Broaddus A community organizer and teacher, his work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court trilogy. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2. Learn more about him at MauriceBroaddus.com.

Rohini Townsend From playing the violin to creating new cheesecake recipes, Rohini Townsend has been donned a Jane-of-all-trades by those she serves. Her varied background in arts, ministry and a myriad of other hobbies and gifts allows her to see the world through a colorful lens. Her passions lie in bringing people together and finding ways for people to identify value in each other. Ro is the visionary and CEO of GRoE, Inc., a community advocacy nonprofit that serves the near westside of Indianapolis. Ro recently completed her first book that is currently available for purchase entitled, Put Some Shoes On. In addition to working on her second book, she does freelance writing and editing for a variety of individuals and organizations.

PUT SOME SHOES ON

Transparency is vital to the building and strengthening of every relationship and every ministry. It allows people to see you as approachable and to feel safer when talking to you. Transparency is a gateway to trust, and trustworthiness is an important quality which people seek in a good, ministerial leader. They want to know:

-Is this person trustworthy?

-Is this person honest?

-How do I know I can talk to this person without fear of condemnation?

It is with this in mind that Rohini Townsend approaches writing, friendships, ministry, and life itself. Her desire to see people healed and whole has led to a candor and openness that is sure to tug at the heartstrings of the despondent.

Put Some Shoes On, is an emotional and gripping story of one little girl’s journey through heartache, rejection, abuse, and turmoil. Chronicling her path from scared child to broken, rebellious teen to powerful, anointed woman of God, the author shares the most intimate moments of her life with refreshing transparency and soul stirring honesty. It is not only a story of past hurts, it is a story of learning, growing and seeking a deeper relationship with God — the steps and sacrifices that are required for that level of depth and connection to the Father.

Raw, poignant, and insightful, Put Some Shoes On was written to heal. It was written with your salvation in mind. This is a story of overcoming and, while on that walk, discovering who you are, and more importantly, WHOSE you are. Every step you take was conceived in the mind of the Father to guide you towards recognizing the spiritual gifts He has placed in you. Be not weary in well doing. Do not allow your circumstances to define you. Do not be consumed by trials and heartache. Take your experiences and let God use them to mold you into a powerful Kingdom citizen. Put some shoes on and walk boldly in your Godly identity.

The Road to The Horror Show with Brian Keene

Talk about epic weekends.

Me, Jerry Gordon, and my oldest son pile into a car for a road trip to Brian Keene’s secret lair deep in the hills of Pennsylvania. We have two goals: record an episode of The Horror Show and play Magic: the Gathering. Granted, the latter is the main mission of my son. He has co-opted most of my friends. Keep in mind, when we play with him, this card often gets involved:

(yes, my son is THAT player)

Anyway, we arrive Friday evening. Brian plays the consummate host and after we eat, we do what we do: drink and start telling stories. Apparently, I reach this magical point in my story telling (indicated by how loud I am getting) and Brian jumps up with the announcement “Now we’re ready to do the show!”

We enter his batcave, set a NEW bottle of Knob Creek between us, and do the show while consuming it. This episode is pretty much what happens when old friends have a few drinks and forget the microphone is on. Or, as I’ve been calling it, an exercise in the host asking questions that quickly get derailed by stories. [I love how many people are texting/inboxing me mid-listening to the podcast wanting to know if we survive the interview. Spoilers: we did, the bottle of Knob Creek, however, did not.] That’s all the context you get for this pic to make any sense whatsoever.

 

MAURICE BROADDUS – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 120

In what may be our greatest episode yet, Maurice Broaddus sits down with Brian, Dave, Mary, and Phoebe to discuss ghost-writing for celebrities, reconciling religion and faith with genre writing, being a trailblazer for writers of color, his friendships with Wrath James White and Chesya Burke, and much more. Then, his co-editor Jerry Gordon joins the discussion to talk about the art of crafting the perfect anthology, and Maurice’s son reveals an embarrassing story about his father. Also in this episode — a chance to win a complimentary pass to The Ghost Town Writers Retreat!

Saturday, Brian hosts a huge party where we hang out with old friends and make new ones. Some AWESOME new ones. Sunday, I get talked into co-hosting Brian’s interview with Jason Sizemore. Somehow, I sniff out the remaining moonshine (don’t ask) which was supposedly hidden (a secret nook behind the appliances does not count as hiding. It’s like Brian wasn’t even trying). So then this happened:

JASON SIZEMORE – The Horror Show with Brian Keene – Ep 121

Jason Sizemore of Apex Publications sits down with Brian, Mary, and guest co-host Maurice Broaddus for a fascinating discussion on publishing, editing, the importance of libraries, and advice for those wishing to start a small press. Plus: Kip Winger’s Songs From the Ocean Floor. Rick Hautala archived. A double shot of Bryan Smith. Horror writers invade DC Comics. The Twilight Zone emerges from development hell. Eli Roth’s children’s movie. Dave and Phoebe’s hospital adventure. Dungeonmaster 77.1’s new pet. And the Ghost Town Writer’s Retreat winner!

And then more Magic was played. My son … sonned all over our games. So this card got invoked:

Anyway, in short, epic weekend. I’m pretty sure my liver is still pissed at me.