August-September 2011 News We all knew that August was going to be a crazy month for me: back to back conventions, a long (and long-delayed) family v

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August-September 2011 News

We all knew that August was going to be a crazy month for me: back to back conventions, a long (and long-delayed) family vacation out west, and then getting the kids back to school and college. What I didn't count on was topping all that off with a 3-week mystery virus that left me pretty much flat on my back.

Before the bug, I'd hoped to get a quick August edition of this newsletter out. After the bug ... Well, I decided that combining August & September into one newsletter was a better idea.

Still, this edition brings something I've wanted to announce for a long time: the return of The Twilight Empire. Those of you lucky enough to catch me at Gen Con or Wizard World Chicago already got a chance to see the book. The rest of you will have to check the story below.

The bulk of my Appearances for the year are over, but there's still a few to look forward to. Keep your eyes peeled as I add more. And you can also check out what I've planned for the upcoming months in the ever-popular Editorial Calendar. See below for details.

I've got some very exciting stuff coming this Fall, and it all starts ... Right Now!

TE RW - Hebert Demo 75dpi

The whole saga in one place at last! Get your copy today!

This Month's Feature -- THE TWILIGHT EMPIRE: Robinson's War

Back in the dark ages of 20+ years ago, before Federal Express became FedX, before there was a Xena or Buffy, I did a long-running comic strip in Dragon magazine called The Twilight Empire: Robinson's War.

TE:RW followed in the tradition of popular gaming-related comics like Wormy, Snarfquest, and What's New with Phil & Dixie. I created the idea, sold the magazine's editors on it, and wrote and colored the entire run. My main "partner in crime" on the series was Gentleman John Hebert -- who went on to do such unknown comics as X-Men Adventures and The Punisher. Later in the run, we had some assists from a few other artists like Paul "Alazar" Abrams and Bill Willingham. (Whatever happened to that guy?) I even drew the last part of the series myself.

"Robinson's War," as many fans called it, ran for over four years at three pages per month (with one four-page special), 151 pages total in the story. RW was supposed to be the first arc in a story that would continue into the indefinite future. Unfortunately, publishing changes at TSR scotched that, and the series has been in self-imposed limbo pretty much ever since. I always wanted to bring it back, but...

Then, earlier this year, someone asked me if there was a collection of the story (you can read the full tale in the book's notes), and I suddenly realized that, because of recent advances in technology, I actually could produce a collection in print form!

I decided to print it in black & white (grayscale, actually), in order to keep the price affordable, and I put in a generous "making of" section in the back just to give the whole project's history. John even drew a new, swell cover (which I colored) for the collection.

So, here it is -- The Twilight Empire: Robinson's War collected for the first time. Sorry it took so long, but I'm sure you're gonna love it!

Click here to buy the book on Amazon right now!

The Year of Stories Is Over. Time for Some New Challenges!

Having completed a whole year with a new release every month, I'm now going to concentrate on getting more of my long-term projects, like Frost Harrow, on solid footing. You'll still see frequent releases from me, just not every single month.

Plus, I have some very exciting new projects that are pretty close to launching as well!

The first is a new pulp magazine, which I'm working on with several other well-known writers. We're aiming for quarterly with the first e-book issue out in the next month or so. More on that when it happens.

The second project is an ongoing steampunk series of stories that I'll be doing with my pal Bob Vardeman and several other authors of similar caliber. With luck, that'll launch around the start of 2012.

The third project doesn't have a release date yet, and it's not even a sure thing, but I'm in negotiations to do a series of online stories for a very popular RPG.

As always, this newsletter and my Facebook Page and Twitter Feed are the best places to get the latest news on these and my other projects.

Frost Harrow Update

Frost Harrow suffered more than any other project from my unexpected illness. Instead of jumping right back into it after my vacation, the rewriting and other work got delayed until the latter part of September.

The good news is that, with a number of other projects now finished, Frost Harrow has become my top priority once more.

The cover rough I spoke of last month has progressed considerably, and is now the illustration at left-- which may not be the final, but is probably pretty damn close. The covers for FH 3, 4, and 5 are also starting to come together in my mind.

FH has taken longer than I hoped, but that's mostly because of all the work I'm putting into it. I really want to knock people's tentacle-tipped socks off with this series, and that's what I intend to do!

You can continue to follow the Frost Harrow saga right here next month.

Editorial Calendar

Fall is busting out all over with some of my most exciting releases to date. Keep your eyes peeled and be ready to snatch 'em up!

FROST HARROW SCHEDULE:
Summer/Fall 2011 - Frost Harrow #1 - Scream Lover
Fall/Winter 2011 - Frost Harrow #2 - Die with Me
Winter/Spring 2011-12 - Frost Harrow #3 - Ghouls

OTHER RELEASES

NOW: Thor Loser with Crimson
NOW: The Road to the Crown
NOW: Hot and Steamy featuring "Automata Futura"
NOW: Carnage & Consequences featuring "Time War: Second Front"
NEW! The Twilight Empire: Robinson's War
September - October: New Pulp Magazine (TBA) "Crimson the Barbarian"
October - November: TBA - possible surprise adaptation
December: BK: Swords & Sorcery - Pan-Dimensional Yule Party (tentative)
Early 2012 - Steampunk project with Bob Vardeman

Upcoming re-releases include the e-book version of "Martian Knights" (short story -- also available in the collection Martian Knights & Other Tales) and "Shipmates," among others.

Got something you'd like to see me re-release, or a project you'd like me to tackle? Drop me a line!

Looking for some FREE stories?

I have some awesome free stories still available online for those interested. If you haven't read 'em yet, why not check 'em out?

Here's the link to my FREE STORY about GIANT ANTS. Yes, giant ants. (I hope to complete another story or two in this series soon.)

Not to be outdone, "The Road to the Crown" is also still available -- and you can still set your own price. Here's the link to do that and buy it from Smashwords. And here's a link if you'd rather buy it from Kindle at the usual price ($1.49).

Plus, of course, Tournament of Death, the free online novel - www.tournamentofdeath.com. The next summer Olympics are only a year away. Think I'm crazy enough to try for Tournament of Death 2?

Free Wallpapers!

It's been a while since I've put up a new Snowraven wallpaper, but the Blue Kingdoms heroine is seldom far from my mind. Look for her in some upcoming stories (as well as a mention in "Time War: Second Front"). Until her next full appearance, here's a pic to tide you over. Click here to go to my wallpaper page and download Snowraven for free! Go here to buy the original Snowraven story on Smashwords or here to buy it on Amazon.

Appearances Calendar

The summer rush is over, but I should still be poking my head out of the ground now and again for the rest of the year. Keep your eyes here for new announcements:

October - Burlington Vortex Conference (tentative)

Out Now! Get your copies today!

 
 

Still Craving Free Stories?

My "write a review, get a free story" policy continues -- and now's a great time to add to your collection! So, if you've posted something on your blog, or Facebook, or Amazon (or elsewhere), let me know. You can contact me through those services, my website, or just write to fanmail@stephendsullivan.com.

For your efforts, I'll send you a free story in PDF or a format you prefer. I'll even try to send something you haven't seen before. Plus, those who put up reviews are also likely to get a first look at my new stuff (like my upcoming Frost Harrow series). Such a deal! So, what are you waiting for? Hit your keyboards!!

Coming Soon!

 
 

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Steve Sullivan

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