ROGUES. ASSASSINS. MERCENARIES.
Coin is their master, and their trade, more often than not, is blood. Something about these nefarious types appeals to the fantasy reader. Perhaps it is that they have abandoned the moral set that dictates what is socially acceptable in our world. In these tales, we live vicariously, intrepidly, and by our blades or our wits or a culmination of both to some degree. These are BLACKGUARDS.
What we at RAGNAROK PUBLICATIONS want to do is offer a premium collection of 20+ short stories by popular writers set in the worlds of their own making. The authors we've enlisted are all known for writing some roguish types in their respective series, and here we will be illuminating them just a bit more by dusky moonlight. We have Michael J. Sullivan's RIYRIA, Carol Berg's DUST AND LIGHT, David Dalglish's world of DEZREL where his SHADOWDANCE series is set, Mark Lawrence's BROKEN EMPIRE, and many more.
Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters
KAIJU RISING: Age of Monsters is a collection of 23 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. The anthology opens with a foreword by JEREMY ROBINSON, author of Project Nemesis, the highest selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books—and perhaps even more than those. Then, from New York Times bestsellers to indie darlings KAIJU RISING: Age of Monsters features authors that are perfectly suited for writing larger than life stories, including:
Peter Clines, Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, Gini Koch (as J.C. Koch), James Maxey, Jonathan Wood, C.L. Werner, Joshua Reynolds, David Annandale, Jaym Gates, Peter Rawlik, Shane Berryhill, Natania Barron, Paul Genesse & Patrick Tracy, Nathan Black, Mike MacLean, Timothy W. Long, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Kane Gilmour, Peter Stenson, Erin Hoffman, Sean Sherman, Howard Andrew Jones (The Chronicles of Sword and Sand tie-in), Edward M. Erdelac (Dead West tie-in), James Swallow (Colossal Kaiju Combat tie-in)
DRAGONS, MAGIC, PRINCESSES OF MIGHTY KINGDOMS...
...elements of fantasy that have carried on throughout the many ages, and yet, may one day be forgotten. Enter and delve into the roots of fantasy, rediscovering the fantastic, and exploring lost worlds. NEVERLAND'S LIBRARY is storytelling at its finest. This collection of original works will take readers back to that moment when they first fell in love with the genre. Featuring an introduction by TAD WILLIAMS and stories from writers across the spectrum such as Mark Lawrence, Marie Brennan, R.S. Belcher, Miles Cameron, Teresa Frohock, Don Webb, Joseph R. Lallo, and more. This is a collection worthy of one's library.
At Hell's Gates I
**All the proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
When evil overflows from the deepest, fiery pits, the battle will be At Hell’s Gates…Whether you are a zombie aficionado, or you feed on horror, there is something for everyone. We’ve summoned some of the top Zompoc authors, masters in horror, and even some new talent to strike fear into even the most jaded soul. Dare you look, let alone approach, the dreaded gates?
This collaboration is in honor of the brave men and women in our Armed Services who willingly lay down their lives for our freedom. Words could not possibly express our undying gratitude, so we have banded together, doing what we do best, to show our appreciation. All proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to serve wounded soldiers and their families. This is for you, those who have truly been…At Hell’s Gates.
That Hoodoo, Voodoo That
Rituals have always been a powerful part of human life, from the ancient Aztec nation’s human sacrifices to the simple act of brushing one’s teeth in the morning. They can impart a sense of history, comfort, community, stability and at other times, power, mystery and horror. Some are grounded in centuries of tradition or superstition, while others are unique, individual creations.
In this collection of 22 stories, you’ll find the darker side of ritual in all the various forms you can imagine–from the ancient and ceremonial to the simple and homegrown. Some have real power, while others simply exist in the convoluted recesses of someone’s mind. Some produce the desired effect, while others have an entirely different result. What binds them all together is the simple truth of any good ritual. Their practitioners — and you, the reader — just might be unalterably changed by them.
It's the 1950s. There's always something good on the radio, cherry red Cadillacs cruise the streets and everything is always perfect. Marilyn is still alive and the War is over. America goes to bed, nuclear annihilation postponed another day.
Welcome to the American Nightmare.
Nuclear families dabbling in the occult. Little League games in the summer, old blood spilled in the dust. Unspeakable things hiss and crawl, unseen along the 38th parallel, camouflaged under muzzle flashes. This is what happens behind the white picket fences and waving flags.
The only family member to survive the 9/11 attacks.
Teenaged products of an institute for unwanted metahumans.
A man who can make anyone do anything.
Are they heroes? Are they villains? Sometimes they're both. Often at the same time.
Corrupts Absolutely? collects twenty-three tales from veteran authors and newcomers, each with a unique perspective on what it might really be like to be superhuman in today's day and age. In the center of such a roiling mass of uncertainty and excitement lies one important truth: the fight against good or evil is never as important as the fight for or against oneself.
Survival of the Fittest
Imagine Resident Evil… Silent Hill… with soldiers.
Straining to make that one clip of rounds last. Making sure not to waste a single bullet.
Lost in the shadows, low on ammo; only edged weapons; wounded, fighting to survive, the last remnants of the mission team trying to make sense of where they had gone wrong, and how to make it out alive with next-to-no resources.
S.D. Perry, Weston Ochse, Matt Hilton, Jeremy Robinson & Kane Gilmour, Joseph Nassie, Tim Marquitz & J. M. Martin, Alan Baxter, Neal F. Litherland, Kirsten Cross. Jack Hanson, B. Michael Radburn.
Like Unfettered before it, the contributing writers of Unbound were allowed to submit the tales they wished fans of genre to read—without the constraints of a shackling theme.
The result is magical. Twenty-three all-original stories are sure to captivate you—some will move you to tears while others will keep you turning the pages long into the night. The power of Unbound lies in its variety of tales and the voices behind them. If you are a fan of discovering new writers or reading the works of beloved authors, Unbound is for you.
Featuring: Joe Abercrombie, Terry Brooks, Kristen Britain, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Harry Connolly, Delilah Dawson, David Anthony Durham, Jason M. Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mark Lawrence, John Marco, Tim Marquitz, Seanan McGuire, Peter Orullian, Kat Richardson, Anthony Ryan, Shawn Speakman, Brian Staveley, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, & Mazarkis Williams
A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction
A few months ago one of our own, James Newman, was severely injured in a freak accident. He's known universally in the horror fiction community as a truly great guy, and, when the news broke of the incident there was no shortage of people who wanted to help. Inside the pages of this collection, you will find tales that are lighthearted mixed in with stories that will fuel your nightmares, each one with the potential to be a WIDOWMAKER.
The following 47 fellow authors and poets have contributed their words to this benefit anthology and 100% of the proceeds will go to help the Newman family. Enjoy this massive collection and thank you for your aid.
Featuring: Blake Burkhead, Bracken MacLeod, Brandon Ford, Brett Williams, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Charles R Rutledge, Donn Gash, Ed Kurtz, Elizabeth Massie, Evans Light, Gary A. Braunbeck, Gary Fry, Glen Krisch, J.F. Gonzalez, Jack Bantry, James A. Moore, Jeff Strand, Jenny Orosel, Joe Miles, John Palisano, Kit Power, Mark Allan Gunnells, Mary Genevieve Fortier, Maurice Broaddus, Mercedes Murdock Yardley, Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason, Mir Plemmons, Norman Prentiss, Patrick Lacey, Paul Anderson, Pete Kahle, Peter Giglio, Ray Garton, Robert Essig, Ronald Kelly, Rose Blackthorn, Shane McKenzie, Shawna L. Bernard, Sheri White, TG Arsenault, Tim Marquitz, Tim Waggoner, Todd Keisling, Tom Martin, Tracy L. Carbone, Usman Tanveer Malik
In the Shadow of the Towers
Speculative Fiction in the Post 9/11 World
In the Shadow of the Towers compiles nearly twenty works of speculative fiction responding to and inspired by the events of 9/11, from writers seeking to confront, rebuild, and carry on, even in the face of overwhelming emotion.
Writer and editor Douglas Lain presents a thought-provoking anthology featuring a variety of award-winning and best-selling authors, from Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation) and Cory Doctorow (Little Brother) to Susan Palwick (Flying in Place) and James Morrow (Towing Jehovah). Touching on themes as wide-ranging as politics, morality, and even heartfelt nostalgia, today’s speculative fiction writers prove that the rubric of the fantastic offers an incomparable view into how we respond to tragedy.
Each contributor, in his or her own way, contemplates the same question:
How can we continue dreaming in the shadow of the towers?
Featuring: Richard Bowes, Ray Vukcevich, Kris Saknussemm, Susan Palwick, Bruce Sterling, Rob McCleary, Kelly Robson, Tim Marquitz, K Tempest Bradford, Brian Aldiss, Cory Doctorow, Tim Pratt, David Friedman, Jack Ketchum, Douglas Lain, Gregory Feeley, and James Morrow.
At Hell's Gates III
**All the proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
It may be thicker than water, but AT HELL’S GATES the blood will flow like a river…
In the third volume of the #1 Bestselling AT HELL’S GATES series, some of the finest children of the family of horror authors will show you what it means to be BOUND BY BLOOD. Each unique tale of bloodcurdling darkness shows how kith and kin survive the things that go bump in the night…or become them.
All proceeds from this horror anthology series go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a charity benefiting military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The authors, editors, and supporters of this series are pleased to donate their time and effort to our nation’s proudest sons and daughters
SNAFU: Future Warfare
Join the military, they said. See far-flung worlds, they said.
Meet interesting creatures, and kill them all. Soldiers fighting aliens in unforgiving landscapes, where every breath could be their last.
From near-future to far-future, featuring some of the best writers working in the field today.
Featuring: Alan Baxter , Anthony Izzo, Asher Wismer, Benjamin Cheah, Case C. Capehart, Deborah Walker, Jack Hillman, Jay Werkheiser, Mike Resnick, Samson Stormcrow Hayes, Steve Lewis, Tim Marquitz & J.M. Martin, &Weston Ochse.
From the darkness of the abyss to the subtle shift of shadows dwell creatures that prey on us all. Be they straight-up monsters or nightmares behind a human mask, they track us and they kill us. Sometimes, they play with their food, where death would be a kindness. But there is hope. There are those who search out the monsters, those who hunt the hunters.
These are their stories.
Featuring: N.X. Sharps & Tim Marquitz, Patrick Freivald, Brad Hodson, Seth Skorkowsky, D.F. Schultz, R.P.L. Johnson, Christine Morgan, V.E. Battaglia, James A. Moore, Rose Blackthorn, David Amendola, Evan Dicken, & Kirsten Cross
SNAFU: Black Ops
More info soon!
Featuring: Jonathan Maberry with a Tom Imura/Joe Ledger crossover. Nicholas Sansbury Smith with an Extinction Cycle story. John O'Brien with a New World tale. Hank Schwaeble with a Jake Hatcher account. James Lovegrove and N.X. Sharps with a Pantheon series narrative. Kirsten Cross. Alan Baxter. Richard Lee Byers. James A Moore & Charles Rutledge. Tim Marquitz and J.M. Martin with a Tales of a Prodigy tale. Seth Skorkowsky. Christine Morgan, and R.P.L Johnson.