Second Star To The Right

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Last Friday morning, my son came into the room with a terrible look on his face. “Mom,” he said, in that gentle way that people use when they have heartbreaking news to share, “Leonard Nimoy has passed away.”

“You know, for a long time I have been of the opinion that artists don’t necessarily know what they’re doing. You don’t necessarily know what kind of universal concept you’re tapping into.” — Leonard Nimoy

I was a child when Star Trek first ran, and didn’t really discover it until it began running in syndication a few years after its cancellation. While it was obvious that Shatner was intended to be the star, I was always more fond of Leonard Nimoy as the cerebral Mr Spock. He was almost always calm, even in the most harrying situations. He never needed to tear off his shirt to win the day, because he […]

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Party Talk: The Evil Overlord List

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Hey y’all, The Big Bad II releases tomorrow! Whoo hoo! Twenty-four tales of vampires, demons, ghosts, zombies, and the most terrifying monsters of all – humans. It’s going to be available in hardcover, paperback and Kindle, so if you want to be one of the cool kids, go order your copy right now!

I’ve asked our authors to join me for one more round of Party Talk, and this week’s question is:

What are your favorite rules from the Evil Overlord List?

Matthew Saunders:”One of my advisors will be an average five-year-old child. Any flaws in my plan that he is able to spot will be corrected before implementation.” This is very sound advice for life in general.

Gail Martin: 7 and 56. Related to 7 should be the Syndrome Corollary: No monologuing!

David B Coe: Hard to choose from this list, because they’re all pretty good, and they all […]

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Party Talk: What Makes A Villain?

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We’re a week away from the release of The Big Bad II! It’s available for preorder now, if you don’t want to waste even a second of valuable reading time. Some of the best fantasy and horror writers in the business bring you 24 thrilling tales of vampires, demons, ghosts, zombies, and the most terrifying monsters of all – humans. You know you want to read this book!

Once again, I’ve asked some of the writers from The Big Bad II to answer a question for you. This week, Party Talk wants to know: What makes a villain a villain? What would it take to transform the villain in your favorite story into the hero?

Sarah Adams: Being on the wrong side of history? (And isn’t that a loaded phrase.) Broadly, I’d say a villain is the person who’s willing to hurt other people to get what he or […]

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Party Talk: So You’re A Villain…

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A little over two weeks until The Big Bad II launches into the world! What? You haven’t heard? The Big Bad II is the second volume of creepy, awesome stories in which the villains are the focus. Edited by John Hartness and Emily Leverett, The Big Bad II includes stories by some of the best in the business. And now you can preorder your very own copy – follow this link!

I gathered some of those very fine authors together for a little party talk here on Magical Words today. The question is:

Kazam! Suddenly you’ve been zapped into a book, as the villain! What sort of villain are you, and what’s your first order of business?

Eden Royce: I’d be the reclusive, mysterious villain. Once my plan went into action, heroes would wonder who did it. Best not to be flamboyant about your plans or strategy. You can get […]

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Party Talk: Bad Guys!

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Hey y’all, I have some exciting news…there’s a new book coming out soon, and you’re going to love it! It’s called The Big Bad II, and it’ll be released February 24. Edited by John Hartness and Emily Lavin Leverett, it’s chockful of great stories by some of the best in the business, and every single story is from the point-of-view of the villain. As soon as we have a preorder link, I’ll share it here on MW for you! In the meantime, I’ve invited the writers from The Big Bad II to come to Magical Words for a session of Party Talk. Today’s question is:

Who’s the best bad guy you’ve ever read? What made that character so enthralling?

Gail Martin: It’s a tie for me between Voldemort from Harry Potter and Denethor from Lord of the Rings. I really loved the parallels between Tom Riddle and Harry, with choice […]

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We Did It!

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Y’all, I’m so proud and thrilled to say that The Weird Wild West Kickstarter funded successfully! If you were one of the wonderful backers, thank you so very much! We couldn’t have done this without you, and we’re so excited to bring you a book of incredible and thrilling stories soon.

But here’s the really good part…we managed to reach two of our stretch goals, which means that we’ll be opening SIX submission slots! We’re accepting submissions now, so if you have an idea for a great weird western story, now’s the time to write it, polish it, and send it to us.

All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12 point, in .doc or .docx format. Stories should be between 3,000 and 9,000 words. No multiple or simultaneous submissions, and please, no reprints.

We seek stories of the Wild West in all its glory but with that delicious […]

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There’s Stories In Them There Hills!

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Y’all, I’m so excited to announce this, I can hardly sit still! Our wonderful publisher, eSpec Books, has come up with some bonus stories to offer everyone who backs the Weird Wild West kickstarter, and it’s pretty incredible.

For each $500 sub-goal we reach ($3500, $4000, $4500, $5000), all backers will immediately receive a bonus bundle of digital fiction with prizes from Gail Z. Martin, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Cynthia Ward, and Ragnarok Publishing, among others. Right this minute, we’re $134 away ftom breaking our first subgoal!

When we hit our goal of $5500, one backer at the $20 or higher level will receive a package of promotional goodies, plus the following mega-western pack of movies and classic TV:

Paul Serenity High Plains Drifter Joe Kidd Two Mules for Sister Sara Tombstone The Outlaw Josey Wales Pale Rider Lone Ranger (12 classic episodes) Shotgun Slade (eight episodes) Zorro (24 episodes) The Cisco […]

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