In this final volume of The Crimson Pact you will find the highly-acclaimed epic finale to the entire series, “Sealed with Fire,” a powerful novella by Patrick M. Tracy.
Read a story from New York Times’ bestselling author Larry Correia and Hugo Award-nominated Steven Diamond. Enjoy short fiction from: Bram Stoker Award-nominated Lawrence C. Connolly; Writers of the Future Award Winners Bradley P. Beaulieu and Brad R. Torgersen; I-CON Innovative Game Design Award Winner George Strayton; and fiction from the Hugo and Campbell Award-nominated Dan Wells, author of the highly regarded I Am Not A Serial Killer and co-host of the Writing Excuses Podcast.
FICTION RIVER #14: VALOR
by Paul Genesse
The very first sci-fi story I wrote, which occurred in July 2014. It's set on a Japanese colony on a distant world facing an impossible situation. It released in July 2015 from Fiction River.
This dramatic reading of No Tusks is the reason why neither Patrick Tracy or I can ever run for political office.
"Almost Brothers" is the lead story in Fellowship Fantastic. This is my third short story in print and released in January 2008 from DAW Books. This anthology has stories by Alan Dean Foster and lots of other great writers. Nina Kiriki Hoffman's story in this anthology, "Trophy Wives" won the 2008 Nebula Award for best short story. I'm so honored to be in this book with them all.
My story is a dark tale about two young refugee boys who must save the lives of the other refugee children under their care. My hope is that someday Almost Brothers will be chapter one of a novel. It's my homage to George R.R. Martin and has echoes of A Song of Ice and Fire.
My short story, "God Pays" came out in the Dimension Next Door anthology from DAW Books edited by Kerrie Hughes and Martin Greenburg. My story, God Pays, is about Nina, a linguistic archeologist who studies the classic Maya. Poor Nina is dying of cancer and has had a rough time lately. The story is set in the year 2012, on December 21, which according to the Mayan calendar is the end of the world. Nina ends up having a front row seat . . .
An editor, Janet Deaver-Pack asked me to write a story for the Catopolis anthology. It's about cats in the city. Good times. I wrote a story called, "Kitty and the City." It's Sex and the City with cats and it's definitely the funniest story I've ever written. Poor Cassie, an American short-hair with an extreme shoe fetish, is having a lot of trouble finding a good tom.
This original kaiju cover was painted by the legendary Bob Eggleton.
This original illustration, "Earth Dragon" accompanies the story and was drawn masterfully by Chuck Lukacs.
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I co-wrote a novelette, “Of the Earth, of the Sky, of the Sea” with my great friend, Patrick Tracy for Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. I came up with the idea for the story and Pat and I fleshed it out together. It’s set in 1800’s Japan in an alternate reality when the British and Dutch come and violently try to open Japan’s ports. To save their country, the ancient kaiju are summoned, with disastrous effects. I think this is one of the best stories I’ve ever written. Pat and I worked so hard on this one. It’s available as an audio book, eBook and trade paperback. All the versions are awesome and this whole project is top notch.
Brilliant Queen Sahdi is
beautiful like Tyra Banks.
"The Nubian Queen" in STEAMPUNK'D
by Paul Genesse
In "The Nubian Queen," the last descendent of Cleopatra the Great must risk everything to save her country in an 1800’s alternate history Earth where Egypt is the center of the world.
"The Lightning Men"
by Paul Genesse
The Crimson Pact anthology series is based on the dark fantasy novella, The Failed Crusade by Patrick M. Tracy, available for free on thecrimsonpact.com or in Volume 1. This ground-breaking origin story features the heroes who made the Pact and followed the demons of the Rusted Vale into the far reaches of the multiverse. “Almost 30 years later The Crimson Pact supplants Clive Barker's Books of Blood series as the modern compendium of fantasy horror short stories.…Whether you buy these for yourself or someone else, any horror, suspense, or dark fiction fan should enjoy the collection.” --Lance Roth at BlogCritics.org
“I applaud those who brainstormed this, and I can hardly wait to read the Crimson Pact, Volume 2. If you haven't partaken of this little jewel, I encourage you to do so, but beware, what lies beneath a mortal's skin could be something marvelously demonic.” --MKHorror.com
A WALK IN THE ABYSS
"No Tusks" by Paul Genesse
ORCS! GREYSHALKS! AND GIANTS!
"The Pirate Witch" by Paul Genesse
Originally in PIRATES OF THE BLUE KINGDOMS
"The Mob" is my first short story and was published in the Furry Fantastic anthology by DAW Books and came out on October 3, 2006. The anthology is about sentient animals.
The Mob is your basic meerkat mafia story. Think Watership Down with meerkats. The Mob came into being because the editor of the anthology, Jean Rabe, contacted me out of the blue and asked for a story.
An editor, John Helfers bought a story from me called, "Greg and Eli." I didn't have a lot of time to write this one, but it turned out to be one of my favorite stories. Actually, I really love this story. I didn't have a lot of time to do research or think about a lot of different ideas, so I went with what I knew, my own childhood in a small town in Nevada.
The story is fiction, but it has the feeling of what I went through as a kid. A couple of my friends at work read it, and both cried at the end. I was very happy with that. If you want to know more about me and my childhood, and where I grew up, this is the story to read.
"Almost Brothers" by Paul Genesse
in FELLOWSHIP FANTASTIC
THE CRIMSON PACT VOLUME 4
By a bullet or a blade, the Pact will have justice.
A gunslinger rides down a dark road in an alternate history Old West…
A lone woman tries to save a distant planet from a diabolical invasion…
A rogue demon seeks vengeance on his former queen…
Read the supernatural Western, "Darkness of the Sun," a novella by Patrick M. Tracy, and sixteen other action packed and terrifying stories that run the gamut of urban fantasy, horror, science fiction and fantasy, with stories by Michaele Jordan, Usman T. Malik Brett Peterson, Sarah Hans, Daniel Myers, Kelly Swails, Sarah Kanning, Valerie Dircks, John Perkins, Elizabeth Shack, Leigh Dragoon, Donald Darling, Steven Diamond, and Suzzanne Myers.
THE CRIMSON PACT VOLUME 5
Prepare yourselves, intrepid reader, for three
complete novelettes set in the Abyss Walker world of
author Shane Moore. In this anthology you shall read
“No Tusks” by Paul Genesse, the disgustingly graphic
orc story—not for children—(You have been warned!);
then a tale about a young Bigfoot, or more accurately, a greyshalk trying to find his place in the world in: “A Kudekah to Remember” by Paul Genesse and Shane Moore; and finally, a truly hilarious story about a bumbling giant in: “Mungo the Undying” by Patrick M. Tracy. You’ll also be treated to a short story from a very unique point of view—an arrow in flight: “Unerring” by Patrick S. Tomlinson.
I had about a week to get it to her and in that time I managed to write The Mob. I've always loved meerkats, they are my favorite animal--long before Meerkat Manor on the Animal Planet came out. Ever since I'd heard about the anthology I had thought about writing a meerkat story for it.
The day the story was due I was not happy with how it turned out--I needed more time! But I had a deadline--which I found out later was midnight on the deadline day. I sent it off to my great writer friend, Brad Beaulieu (visit him at www.quillings.com). He made a ton of suggestions and I frantically made the changes that I had thought about making before, but was too afraid to do with the limited time remaining. In the end, I incorporated the changes Brad suggested and the story was a big hit with Jean Rabe--and subsequently made it into the anthology as the lead story in its section, the non-cat/non-dog section of the book. Getting the lead story was very encouraging and without Brad's help I don't think the story would have turned out as well as it did. Writing seems like it's a solitary business, but even the best writers out there need someone to look at the work and offer suggestions.
THE CRIMSON PACT VOLUME 3
"This is a volume for all those fans of demonology, but the mixture of genres, styles and authors means something should appeal to everyone... There's a lot of swearing, guts and gore, but also triumph, tragedy and heart-warming moments. These stories can scare, disgust, or horrify you. They can also make you laugh and cry." --Pippa Jay of FantasyBookReview.co.uk
The Crimson Pact Volume 3 features 15 action-packed and frightening short stories, including, "That Which We Fear" by New York Times' bestselling author Larry Correia, and Steven Diamond, which features a marine who knows the exact time of his death and a federal agent who has the strange habit of coming come back from the dead. "The Ronin's Mark" by Donald Darling is a story from an arch demon's point of view and provides a fascinating study of what happens when a demon becomes too close to the world he is trying to destroy.
THE CRIMSON PACT VOLUME 2
"If you like demons and dark fantasy, if you love the constant struggle of good against evil (or at least human vs. something clawed and taloned), an endless eternal war between humanity and hellborn, then this is definitely the anthology for you." --Pippa Jay of FantasyBookReview.co.uk
"Awesome and intense! Crimson Pact Volume 2 is a great read. Each author brings something special with their individual take on the demonic theme." --Matt Knight
New York Times Bestselling author and Campbell award nominee Larry Correia presents an exclusive short story, "Son of Fire, Son of Thunder" co-authored by Steven Diamond, about an FBI paranormal investigator and a marine who knows the moment of his own death. Travel to the alternate Earth of the "Red Bandanna Boys" by Patrick M. Tracy and discover how ruthless you must be to survive the slums of St. Nikolayev. Enjoy 27 stories in this epic follow-up to volume 1.
I was asked to write an essay for a worldbuilding anthology and I decided to write one called "The World as a Character." It's a concept I've been working on for several years and it was great to write it down. Below is the opening two paragraphs of my essay. The anthology is stacked with awesome essays.
The most important character in many fantasy novels is the world itself. Readers and writers have to imagine themselves in that fantastical place or none of it seems real. You can create the most interesting hero and heroine and send them on some amazing quest, but if the world doesn’t capture your imagination . . . the book or story, or movie is far less than it could have been, and rather than journeying to an amazing world, we’re stuck in the same old standard place we were wanting to escape from.
Think of some of the most iconic fantasy or science fiction settings where you’ve been: Frank Herbert’s Dune, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Land, Anne McCaffery’s Pern, JamesCameron’s
My third pirate witch story, "Captain Maeve" came out in the summer of 2008. The original anthology title was She Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms, but the above title was chosen to keep the Blue Kingdoms phrase first in the title. "Captain Maeve" continues right where the second story, "The Queen's Ransom" ended. This appears to be the last story about Maeve, but you never know. I'm really happy with how Maeve's story arc turned out. Someday I'll put all three stories together as a novella.
This steampunk novella does not yet have a home. I wrote it for an anthology in 2014, but I did not follow the guidelines and wrote a very long story, 15,000 words, hence my first ever rejection notice. I deserved it. The editor said he liked the story and the main character, but it was too long.
"The Lightning Men" is about a young Aboriginal who is forced to flee Australia when the Lightning Men invade the land and force out the British colonists--and some of the natives. The Aboriginal becomes a soldier in the British Army and this tale chronicles the long struggle to retake Australia from the invaders.
This tale is in the same universe as my Kaiju Rising story and hints at events from that story.
"Onnen" by Paul Genesse in the SHARED NIGHTMARES anthology
I'm describing my horror ghost story "Onnen" as: Like the movie, The Grudge, set in ancient Japan (Heian era) in the palace of the emperor, told from the point of view of a murderous ghost. It first appeared in the Shared Nightmares horror anthology edited by Steven Diamond and Nathan Shumate. This is a mock up of the potential cover for when I release the story on my own someday. It was inspiring to look at this painting when I was writing. The image is by artist Edwin Ushiro, and it titled: "It Would Have Been Selfish to Ask for More." Here's a link to his website.
Between twilight and dawn, half-glimpsed things lurk in the swirling sea mist, long dead things that have clawed their way out of the darkest abyss, things that were better left entombed. In this second volume of Blue Kingdoms Stories, you’ll find a host of specters, ghosts, monsters, and more . . . guaranteed to shiver your timbers.
For those of you who read my first Blue Kingdoms story, “The Pirate Witch,” and wanted more, you should enjoy “The Queen’s Ransom.” It’s the sequel to “The Pirate Witch,” and features Maeve Tierney, the infamous Pirate Witch herself. If you haven’t read the first one, the second one is an independent story, but builds upon what happened in the first tale. In "The Queen's Ransom" Maeve gets to see that going after her dead ex-husband's treasure is not the best idea, especially because she had a hand in his death.
I wrote "The Pirate Witch" for the Blue Kingdoms anthology, based in the world that Steve Sullivan and Jean Rabe created. The book released in May of 2007, but I've released it now, though the original anthology is still available. This story features Maeve Tierney, who probably shouldn't have married the infamous pirate, Bull Tierney, because in the end he did what all pirates do--he went after another woman's booty. This is swashbuckling mayhem with a really fun main character.
KAIJU RISING: AGE OF MONSTERS
"Of the Earth, of the Sky, of the Sea"
by Paul Genesse and Patrick Tracy
I co-wrote a novelette, “Of the Earth, of the Sky, of the Sea” with my great friend, Patrick Tracy for Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. I came up with the idea for the story and Pat and I fleshed it out and wrote it together.
It’s set in 1800’s Japan in an alternate reality when the British and Dutch come and violently try to open Japan’s ports. To save their country, the ancient kaiju are summoned, with disastrous effects. I think this is one of the best stories I’ve ever written. Pat and I worked so hard on this one. It’s available as an audio book, eBook and trade paperback. All the versions are awesome and this whole project is top notch.
THE CRIMSON PACT ANTHOLOGY SERIES
Edited by Paul Genesse
"The Mob" by Paul Genesse
in FURRY FANTASTIC
"The World as a Character" by Paul Genesse
in EIGHTH DAY GENESIS
long. I just couldn't do it justice in around 3,000 words. So, I found one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid. The story just got to me and I never forgot it. I took the story, paid my respects to the original writer and then made it my own. You probably know the story by Hans Christian Anderson, "The Little Match Girl." Well, I wrote a story called, Revenge of the Little Match Girl. I took the nicest, sweetest and most sympathetic character and turned her into a homicidal pyromaniac. I mean come on, she sells matches!
KAIJU RISING: AGE OF MONSTERS
"Of the Earth, of the Sky, of the Sea"
by Paul Genesse and Patrick Tracy
I wrote this one with some very famous characters from literature in mind. You'll have to read the whole thing to find out who. Here's the opening lines.
About the Book
The moment of the demons' defeat became their greatest victory.
In the carnage after the last great battle against the demons, a doomed general discovers their hidden victory. Instead of being annihilated, unspeakable evil escaped into many unsuspecting worlds. To fight them, the men and women of the Crimson Pact must sacrifice everything, including their own lives. Explore 26 stories based on the world created in "The Failed Crusade," by Patrick M. Tracy and included in The Crimson Pact Volume 1, about the valiant men and women who refuse to let the demons win, and those unfortunate souls caught in the epic struggle raging across the multiverse.
"Captain Maeve" by Paul Genesse
IN BLUE KINGDOMS: BUXOM BUCCANEERS
"The Queen's Ransom" by Paul Genesse
in BLUE KINGDOMS: SHADES AND SPECTERS
"Kitty in the City"
by Paul Genesse in CATOPOLIS
With stories by Patrick M. Tracy, Richard Lee Byers, Jess Hartley, Donald J. Bingle, Chris Pierson, Barbara J. Webb, Kelly Swails, Sarah Hans, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Sarah Kanning, Isaac Bell, Elaine Blose, Kathy Watness, Daniel Myers, Justin Swapp, Rebecca L. Brown, Gloria Weber, Garrett Piglia, T.S. Rhodes, Lester Smith, Chanté McCoy, Suzzane Myers, EA Younker, Craig Nybo, and New York Times bestselling author Larry Correia.
"Earth Dragon" was drawn
masterfully by Chuck Lukacs.
When I was a young man I sold a pair of Tasmanian tigers to a woman claiming to be the fourth wife of the Turkish emperor. Selling them was the worst moment in my life and I have often wondered if the price of my soul was indeed fifteen thousand British pounds. If I had kept the animals in Australia, perhaps I would not consider myself the man most responsible for the extinction of the entire species, though that is not the worst of my crimes. (Read the rest on my blog).
Pandora. Each of those worlds made a serious impression on me, and you can imagine each of those worlds as a character with distinct personalities.
"Revenge of the Little Match Girl"
by Paul Genesse in TERRIBLY TWISTED TALES
The idea was to take a fairy tale and twist it up. Like make Goldie Locks a big game hunter who was after bear and in the end she gets eaten by them. I was going to do "The Little Mermaid," by Hans Christian Anderson, but I re-read it and found it was like 50 something pages
"The Cost of a Tasmanian Tiger" by Paul Genesse
by Paul Genesse
HEROIC: TALES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY
I had a superhero story accepted for I, Hero Magazine a while back, but they went out of business before the story was published. The story was eventually expanded a lot and was published in a limited edition anthology, Heroic: Tales of the Extraordinary (only 500 copies) for Salt Lake Comic Con in 2015 to benefit the Aaron Allston foundation. It will be released again someday, and possibly turned into a novella. The main character is a Crime Scene Investigator with super powers. She is awesome and is called in for the really difficult and strange cases. In "Eureka", the main character is present for the beginning of an apocalypse.
"God Pays" by Paul Genesse
in THE DIMENSION NEXT DOOR
"Greg and Eli" by Paul Genesse
in IMAGINARY FRIENDS