I'm a pastor and writer in the greater Chicago area. When not preaching about Christ's call to offer compassion, justice and acceptance to all people, I write stories about robots, aliens, and eldrich horrors from the dawn of time.
Some people seem to think that's an odd combination. Go figure. :)
The latest in Jean-Marc Lofficier's anthology series, Tales of the Shadowmen will be out to the public in January, but I get to peek at a contributor's copy the week after Thanksgiving. (Yay!)
Jean-Marc's idea has been to tell new stories about the heroes of French popular culture that he grew up admiring. This includes very famous characters (D'Artagnian, The Phantom of th eOpera, etc.), reasonable well-known (Fantomas, Arsene Lupin, etc.) and obscure but fascinating (Fascinax, the Nyctalope, Irma Vep, etc.) Along the way a few British, American and others in th epublic domain may put in an apprearance.
The series has attracted some well known writers, including Brian Stableford, Kim Newman and Michael Moorcock, and has provided a place for obscure newbies like me as well. My first published story was "The Mask of the Monster" in TOTS volume 1. I've been fortunate enough to have a story in every volume since.
The latest outing features the following:
Matthew Baugh: The Way of the Crane Michelle Bigot: The Tarot of the Shadowmen (an art portfolio depicting various heroes and an villains as the Major Arcana of the Tarot.) Christopher Paul Carey & Win Scott Eckert: Iron and Bronze G.L. Gick: Tros Must Be Crazy! Micah Harris: May the Ground Not Consume Thee... Tom Kane: The Knave of Diamonds Lovern Kindzierski: Perils Over Paris Rick Lai: All Predators Great and Small Roman Leary: The Heart of a Man Alain le Bussy: A Matter without Gravity Jean-Marc Lofficier: Madame Atomos' Holidays Randy Lofficier: The English Gentleman's Ball Xavier Mauméjean: The Most Exciting Game Jess Nevins: A Root That Beareth Gall and Worms John Peel: The Dynamics of an Asteroid Frank Schildiner: The Smoking Mirror Stuart Shiffman: The Milkman Cometh David L. Vineyard: The Jade Buddha Brian Stableford: The Vampire in Paris (Part IV of The Empire of the Necromancers)