Archive for the ‘Short Fiction’ Category

Already Available — The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Volume I!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Of all the anthologies in which my work has appeared, this one is truly among the best.  Not a single weak entry among them — not even my own.

My contribution is the first tale of samurai Hokage, “Shadows from Firelight.”  I am very pleased that the editors of HFQ selected my tale of medieval Japan to join the excellent stories gathered here, and even more so that the sequel, “Demon-Fang” will appear in the forthcoming Best Of Volume II.

fantasy, Japan, samurai, haunted sword, Hokage, vengeful ghosts, sword and sorcery

A fantastic collection of fantasy tales by a group of truly fine writers — and me!

You can buy it on Amazon from here:  Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly Volume I on Amazon

And remember — Volume II (fully illustrated!) is on its way…

Coming Soon!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Very pleased to say that my first-ever paid publication, a short story entitled “The Eyes of a Stranger” will be appearing in Ariel Jade’s forthcoming anthology Ravenous.

It is, as you might guess, an anthology of darkly romantic vampire tales.

It is also available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

 

vampires, romance, dark

A new anthology of dark romance

Ravenous on Amazon

I, for one, can’t wait to sink my preternaturally long and eerily sharp canines into these tales…

Now Available!

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (Volume 1) is now available on Amazon.com!

The anthology features the very first of the Hokage stories, “Shadows from Firelight”, along with fiction by Richard Marsden, James Lecky, William Gerke, Christopher Wood, Robert Rhodes, Dariel R. A. Quiogue, Jesse Bangs, P. Djeli Clark, and David Pilling, and poetry by Danny Adams, Joshua Hampton, W.E. Couvillier, John Keller, Megan Arkenberg, and Daniel Sklar, along with an introduction by Black Gate Magazine‘s John O’Neill.

Check it out right here!  http://www.amazon.com/Best-Heroic-Fantasy-Quarterly-2009-2011-ebook/dp/B017OLT0UI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448239216&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Best+of+Heroic+Fantasy+Quarterly

or here: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Heroic-Fantasy-Quarterly-2009-2011/dp/1519150377/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448239216&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Best+of+Heroic+Fantasy+Quarterly

Coming Soon! Best of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (Volume 1)

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

The fine folks at Heroic Fantasy Quarterly have just released this truly excellent cover art by Justin Sweet for their first “Best Of” volume, which features my first tale of Hokage the samurai, “Shadows from Firelight”.

The anthology will soon be available in both e-book and paperback form!

Stay tuned here for more exciting information to come soon…

NOW AVAILABLE!

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Now Available:  From the newly-launched Strigidae Publishing, One, an anthology of tales from the members of the Fiction Foundry, featuring my until-now out-of-print story “The Gallery” — a morbid tale of love, loss, and art — and dressed up in this awesome cover created by publisher Henry Snider:

One (two)You can purchase your copy of One right here: http://www.amazon.com/Fiction-Foundry-Presents-Amity-Green/dp/0692413790/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427569237&sr=8-1&keywords=Fiction+Foundry+Presents%3A+ONE

FORGOTTEN PLACES & A New Hokage Tale!

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

It’s now available!  The Horror Society’s new anthology, Forgotten Places, featuring my story “The Treehouse”!

This is probably the most personal short story I’ve ever written, and one that means a great deal to me, fictional though it is.  The anthology also contains tales by a number of other talented writers, including the great William F. Nolan.

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You can link to the anthology right here:  http://www.amazon.com/Horror-Society-Presents-Forgotten-Places/dp/1505602564/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1427340570&sr=8-3&keywords=forgotten+places+anthology

 

Also, in case you missed it, “Shadows and Foxfire”, the latest tale of the samurai Hokage is now available — for free — at HeroicFantasy.com.  Or just follow this link:  http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/?p=1708

More short story news!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

First, I’m very happy to announce that Carnival of the Damned is now available from Evil Jester Press (in both paperback and e-book format) via Amazon.com — http://www.amazon.com/Carnival-Damned-Gregory-L-Norris/dp/0692247815/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1413134554&sr=8-10&keywords=R.+Michael+Burns

Second, I’m ALSO happy to announce that my ever-so-slightly-in-the-most-highly-fictionalized-sense autobiographical short story “The Treehouse” has been selected to appear in the The Horror Society (http://www.the-horror-society.com )’s forthcoming anthology, Forgotten Places.

Third, I’m triply happy to be able to tell you that my newest Hokage short story “Shadows and Foxfire” will be in the November issue of Heroic Fantasy Quarterly (http://www.heroicfantasyquarterly.com/).  For those new to the Hokage tales, this one offers a fun early adventure for the stoic samurai.  For those who have read the others (check out the page on this site dedicated to Hokage) this one offers an answer to a long-standing question about Hokage’s past!

 

Forthcoming short story!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Very pleased to announce that my short story, “The Roar of the Greasepaint” will be out in August in the new Evil Jester Press anthology Carnival of the Damned.

What happens when an aging clown realizes he’s sold his soul for cheap laughs?  Pick up a copy and find out!

The antho also contains works by Hollie Snider (author of the novel For the Rank of Master), Amity Green (author of the novel Scales), and J. T. Evans, among others.

The new EJP anthology, edited by Henry Snider

The new anthology from Evil Jester Press!

 

New Article!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

For the first time here, I’ve posted my article “Creative Writing 301”, an article about the use of theatrical techniques to improve the conflict and pace in writing.  This article was selected by Predators and Editors as one of the three best articles on writing when it first appeared on the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group’s website.  Just click on over to the Articles page and enjoy!

Hokage and I are Featured on the JETWit Author’s Page!

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Thanks to my friend in Japan, Miguel (yes, he lives in Japan, but as his name suggests, he’s French Canadian; no, I don’t get it, either) Gemma Vidal at JETWit has been kind enough to feature some of my work.  JETWit is a website featuring news and information about those of us who have been participants on the Japan Exchange Teacher Programme.  I was a JET from 2000 to 2003 and taught at a couple of junior high schools in my Japanese hometown of Fukaya, Saitama, just northwest of Tokyo.  And — just in case it isn’t clear — none of the tales of Hokage the Samurai would exist had I not had this amazing opportunity to explore the Land of the Rising Sun and its culture and history.

Have a look at the JETWit page here:  http://jetwit.com/wordpress/2013/02/08/new-to-the-jet-alum-author-beat-r-michael-burns/

Thanks Gemma and JETWit!