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What’s In a Character’s Name?

Naming a character is like naming your first-born child. You agonize over very detail, even go so far as to pronounce the name under your breath to test the inflection. Lucky for you, you're more concerned with how it looks on paper rather than how it sounds spoken in...

4 Ways to prep for the Royal Wedding Outland Entertainment style

In addition to wearing the Editor in Chief hat here at Outland Entertainment, I also write about pop culture in enough places that I've found it useful to follow the news. While this is particularly relevant for geek news, there are some headliners you just can't...

Press Release: Blackguards Anthology Gets Facelift

Outland Entertainment is please to announce a new look and edition for the anthology Blackguards, dividing the book into two volumes and including two never-before-seen stories. Blackguards, originally published by Ragnarok Publications, was a massive volume containing stories from some of the best dark fantasy and grim dark authors in the industry…

A Letter to My Past Self

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Fighting The Voices in My Head

This article by fantasy author Melanie R. Meadors first appeared Geek Mom: Geek Speaks...Fiction! Here, Melanie tells us about how she fought the voices (of the characters) in her head…and lost. When editor Marc Tassin invited me to write for the anthology, Champions...

Outland Entertainment on the new serial, Born to the Blade

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Press Release: Announcing Knaves, A New Blackguards Anthology

Outland Entertainment is pleased to announce they will be publishing a new collection of stories where protagonists’ moral compasses don’t always point north, and where villains are the heroes of their own stories.

Rejections: The Building Blocks of Collections by Maurice Broaddus

Short stories are my first love. As much as I enjoy writing novels and novellas, I keep coming back to short stories. That’s why my first collection, The Voices of Martyrs, means so much to me. But as I’ve reflected on the long journey in getting here, I keep coming...

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Interview with Warlock 5 Artist, Jeffrey Edwards

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Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology

Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology

BLACKGUARDS Anthology Series, Book 2

KNAVES: A BLACKGUARDS ANTHOLOGY

Editors: Alana Joli Abbott & Melanie R. Meadors
Foreword: Howard Tayler
Authors: Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Anna Smith Spark, Cullen Bunn, Cat Rambo, Shanna Germain, Anton Strout, Walidah Imarisha, Linda Robertson, Clay Sanger, Maurice Broaddus, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Toiya Finley,  Lian Hearn, & Kenny Soward

Outland Entertainment is proud to bring you Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology. Featuring fourteen brand new tales of scheming anti-heroes and dark protagonists from the wrong side of the palace gates, Knaves brings together some of the finest fantasy authors in the industry in a book that will make readers wonder, “What is the ‘right side,’ anyway?”

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Blackguards
Release Date: November 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Man, Survival of the Fittest

EDITORS

ALANA JOLI ABBOTT

Alana Joli Abbott has been an editor for eighteen years, working on a variety of projects including biographies, news articles, reference books, role playing games, and fiction. At Outland, she has served as co-editor to anthologies, including Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters.

Alana is the author of the novels Into the Reach, Departure,and Regaining Home, the interactive multiple choice novel apps Choice of Kung Fu, Showdown at Willow Creek, and Choice of the Pirate, and she has written for the comics including Cowboys and Aliens II and Ithaca. Her game writing has been featured in Steampunk Musha, the award winning Serenity Adventures, and Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Alana has visited ancient ruins around the world; sung madrigals semi-professionally; and earned her black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

MELANIE R. MEADORS

Melanie R. Meadors is the publisher at Outland Entertainment, where she uses her marketing, social media, and business experience to bring Outland works to the world. When she’s not an Outlander, Melanie is the co-director of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, the general b*tch monkey and blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and the marketing and publicity consultant for Mechanical Muse. Melanie is also an editor of anthologies, including Hath No Fury and MECH: Age of Steel. She is the author of fantasy where heroes don’t wear shining armor and bad guys lose to nerds who outsmart them. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Champions of Aetaltis and Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters, and she was a finalist in the Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest.

 

Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters

Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters

KAIJU RISING Anthology Series, Book 2

KAIJU RISING II: REIGN OF MONSTERS

Editors: Alana Joli Abbott & N.X. Sharps
Forword: Robert Hood
Authors: Cullen Bunn, Dan Wells, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Jeremy Robinson, Jonathan Green, Kane Gilmour, Lee Murray, M.L. Brennan, Mari Murdock, Marie Brennan, Melanie R. Meadors, Nick Cole, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Seanan McGuire, Steve Diamond, & Zin E. Rocklyn

We are surrounded.

A wealthy man hunts the kaiju that killed his daughter on an island inhabited by mega-fauna.

They are everywhere.

By the light of a campfire a young girl shares the true story of the epic brawl that caused Hurricane Irene.

There is no escape.

Sabotage turns an international science competition into a monster and mecha massacre.

They Reign.

From deep ocean trenches and dense vibrant jungles to alien worlds and other dimensions, the kaiju have returned! Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters is a collection of genre-spanning sixteen stories by some of the hottest names in speculative fiction. These modern myths celebrate and explore the Japanese film genre popularized by films such as Godzilla, Gamera: The Giant Monster, King Kong, Cloverfield, and Pacific Rim.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Kaiju Rising
Release Date: May 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Monster, Survival of the Fittest

EDITORS

ALANA JOLI ABBOTT

Alana Joli Abbott has been an editor for eighteen years, working on a variety of projects including biographies, news articles, reference books, role playing games, and fiction. At Outland, she has served as co-editor to anthologies, including Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters.

Alana is the author of the novels Into the Reach, Departure,and Regaining Home, the interactive multiple choice novel apps Choice of Kung Fu, Showdown at Willow Creek, and Choice of the Pirate, and she has written for the comics including Cowboys and Aliens II and Ithaca. Her game writing has been featured in Steampunk Musha, the award winning Serenity Adventures, and Dungeon and Dragon magazines. Alana has visited ancient ruins around the world; sung madrigals semi-professionally; and earned her black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

N.X. SHARPS

N.X. Sharps is the co-editor of Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. His short fiction appears in Manifesto UF and That Hoodoo Voodoo That You Do from Angelic Knight Press as well as SNAFU: Hunters and SNAFU: Black Ops from Cohesion Press. He co-authored the novella From the Ice They Came with Eric S. Brown.

Hath No Fury

Hath No Fury

HATH NO FURY Anthology Series, Book 1

HATH NO FURY

Editor: Melanie R. Meadors
Foreword: Robin Hobb
Introduction: Margaret Weis
Authors: Seanan McGuire, Carol Berg, Lian Hearn, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Nisi Shawl, Anton Strout, Philippa Ballantine, Elaine Cunningham, Gail Z. Martin, William C. Dietz, S.R. Cambridge, Sarah Kuhn, Marc Turner, Dana Cameron, Elizabeth Vaughan, Diana M. Pho, Erin M. Evans, Carina Bissett, Delilah S. Dawson, Lucy A. Snyder, Michael R. Underwood, Monica Valentinelli, M.L. Brennan, Django Wexler, & Eloise J. Knapp

Mother. Warrior. Caregiver.
Wife. Lover. Survivor.
Trickster. Heroine. Leader.

This anthology features 21 stories and six essays about women who defy genre stereotypes. Here, it’s not the hero who acts while the heroine waits to be rescued; Hath No Fury’s women are champions, not damsels in distress. Whether they are strong, bold warriors, the silent but powerful type, or the timid who muster their courage to face down terrible evil, the women of Hath No Fury will make indelible marks upon readers and leave them breathless for more.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Hath No Fury
Release Date: July 2018
Page Count: 658
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Man, Survival of the Fittest

EDITOR

MELANIE R. MEADORS

Melanie R. Meadors is the publisher at Outland Entertainment, where she uses her marketing, social media, and business experience to bring Outland works to the world. When she’s not an Outlander, Melanie is the co-director of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, the general b*tch monkey and blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and the marketing and publicity consultant for Mechanical Muse. Melanie is also an editor of anthologies, including Hath No Fury and MECH: Age of Steel. She is the author of fantasy where heroes don’t wear shining armor and bad guys lose to nerds who outsmart them. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Champions of Aetaltis and Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters, and she was a finalist in the Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest.

 

Mech: Age of Steel

Mech: Age of Steel

MECH Anthology Series, Book 1

MECH: AGE OF STEEL

Editors: Tim Marquitz & Melanie R. Meadors
Foreword: Melanie R. Meadors
Introduction: Matt Forbeck
Authors: Peter Clines, Ramez Naam, Jason M. Hough, James Swallow, Kevin J. Anderson, David Boop, Jody Lynne Nye, C.L. Werner, J.C. Koch, Shawn Speakman, M L Brennan, James R. Tuck, Paul Genesse, Patrick M. Tracy, Anton Strout, Jennifer Brozek, Steve Diamond, Kane Gilmour, Scott Sigler, Mallory Reaves, Jeff Somers, Marsheila Rockwell, Jeffrey J Mariotte, Martha Wells, Jeremy Robinson, Mark Teppo, & Graham McNeill

MECH: Age of Steel is a collection of 24 mecha-inspired short stories in the spirit of Pacific Rim, Macross, Transformers, Robotech, Gundam, Evangelion, and more.

The MECH: Age of Steel anthology features a vast array of tales showcasing giant human-piloted, robot war machines wreaking havoc in blasted cities, or on dystopian landscapes, or around space stations and asteroids against a cosmic backdrop, and more!

This anthology also features illustrations for every story and is the perfect companion to its sister title, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. So strap in. Activate your interface array. And let’s rock!

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Mech
Release Date: May 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Sci-Fi
Tropes: Man vs. Robot, Survival of the Fittest

EDITORS

MELANIE R. MEADORS

Melanie R. Meadors is the publisher at Outland Entertainment, where she uses her marketing, social media, and business experience to bring Outland works to the world. When she’s not an Outlander, Melanie is the co-director of the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, the general b*tch monkey and blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and the marketing and publicity consultant for Mechanical Muse. Melanie is also an editor of anthologies, including Hath No Fury and MECH: Age of Steel. She is the author of fantasy where heroes don’t wear shining armor and bad guys lose to nerds who outsmart them. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Champions of Aetaltis and Kaiju Rising 2: Reign of Monsters, and she was a finalist in the Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest.

 

TIM MARQUITZ

Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances alongside the biggest names in fantasy and horror. Tim also collaborated on Memoirs of a MACHINE, the story of MMA pioneer John Machine Lober.

 

Genius Loci

Genius Loci

GENIUS LOCI Anthology Series, Book 1

GENIUS LOCI: TALES OF THE SPIRIT OF PLACE

Editor: Jaym Gates
Authors: Seanan McGuire, Mercedes M. Yardley, Laura Anne Gilman, Scott Edelman, Ken Scholes, Katie Cord, Cat Rambo, Ken Liu, Alethea Kontis, James Lowder, Sunil Patel, Gemma Files, J. Daniel Batt, Chaz Brenchley, Brooke Bolander, Vivienne Pustell, Thoraiya Dyer, Heather Clitheroe, Haralambi Markov, B. Morris Allen, Caroline Ratajski, K.C. Norton, Damien Angelica Walters, Wendy W. Wagner, Andy Duncan, zm quynb, Steven H Silver, Steven Long, Anatoly Belilovsky, Sarah Goslee, Richard Dansky, & Sonya Taaffe

GUARDIAN SPIRITS.
DIVINE PRESENCES.
DEMONIC POWERS.
GHOSTS.

The concept of ‘genius loci’ is indeed an ancient one, found in nearly every human mythology.

GENIUS LOCI is a huge anthology of 31 all-new fantasy and science fiction stories drawing on the rich tradition of place-as-person. Within its pages, the authors present stories of sentient deserts, beneficent forests, lonely shurbs, and protective planetary spirits.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Genius Loci
Release Date: May 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Nature, Survival of the Fittest

EDITOR

JAYM GATES

Jaym Gates is a communications specialist with clients that have ranged from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to Uplift Aeronautics. She is the editor of Broken Times Blues, Green Love, Upside Down, War Stories, and tie-in anthologies for Exalted and Vampire: the Masquerade. Her fiction can be found in Heroes!, Kaiju Rising, and Triumph After Tragedy. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Blackguards

Blackguards

BLACKGUARDS Anthology Series, Book 1

BLACKGUARDS: TALES OF ASSASSINS, MERCENARIES, & ROGUES

Editor: JM Martin
Authors: Bradley P. Beaulieu; Carol Berg; Richard Lee Byers; S.R. Cambridge; David Dalglish; James Enge; John Gwynne; Lian Hearn; Paul S. Kemp; Snorri Kristjansson; Joseph R. Lallo; Mark Lawrence; Tim Marquitz; James A. Moore; Peter Orullian; Jean Rabe; Cat Rambo; Laura Resnick; Clay Sanger; Mark Smylie; Kenny Soward; Shawn Speakman; Jon Sprunk; Anton Strout; Michael J. Sullivan; Django Wexler

ASSASSINS.
MERCENARIES.
ROGUES.

Blackguards is an epic, grimdark fantasy anthology featuring the deadly, the worldly, and the sneaky. It consists primarily of stories set in established series, with a cavalier band of authors ranging from successful independents to New York Times bestsellers.

If you enjoy sordid tales of scoundrels and ne’er-do-wells, Blackguards lurks in wait right down your alley and cloaked in shadow.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Blackguards
Release Date: May 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Grimdark, Fantasy Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Man, Survival of the Fittest

EDITOR

J.M. MARTIN

J.M. (JOE) MARTIN USED TO LOAD CARGO onto aeroplanes, which is where he got his enormous muscles. That was a lot of work so he started writing comic books and role-playing games and short stories for various publishers. Joe is also the owner of Ragnarok Publications (ragnarokpub.com), and serves as the company’s Creative Director.

He lives in Kentucky with his black belt wife and three spirited wee folk. He is not related to George R.R. Martin, however they do share the same fashion sense.

 

Neverland’s Library

Neverland’s Library

NEVERLAND’S LIBRARY Anthology Series, Book 1

NEVERLAND’S LIBRARY FANTASY ANTHOLOGY

Editor: Roger Bellini
Introduction: Tad Williams
Authors: Mark Lawrence, J.M. Martin, Brian Staveley, Tim Marquitz, M. Rockwell, J. Mariotte, Kenny Soward, Betsy Dornbusch, Stephen McQuiggan, Keith Gouveia, Jeff Salyards, William Meikle, Ian Creasey, M. Yardley, Peter Rawlik, Joseph R. Lallo, Teresa Frohock, Don Webb, R.S. Belcher, Marie Brennan, & Miles Cameron

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. This is storytelling at its best. Neverland’s Library is a collection of original works that will take you back to that moment when you first fell in love with the genre; featuring stories from writers across the spectrum, such as Mark Lawrence, Marie Brennan, R.S. Belcher, Miles Cameron, Don Webb, and more.

 

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Neverland’s Library
Release Date: May 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Nature, Survival of the Fittest

EDITOR

ROGER BELLINI

Roger Bellini owns and runs a fantasy review website. He works as a promotional manager for a local movie theater and is the 2014 Con Chairman for MystiCon, the premiere convention in Southwest Virgina. He discovered his love of writing early in life and earned his BA in English in 2009.

Currently he is hard at work on his debut novel and actively involved with several different anthology projects.

 

 

Kaiju Rising I: Rise of Monsters

Kaiju Rising I: Rise of Monsters

KAIJU RISING Anthology Series, Book 1

KAIJU RISING: AGE OF MONSTERS

Editors: Tim Marquitz & N.X. Sharps
Foreword: Jeremy Robinson
Authors: 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, Mike MacLean, Timothy W. Long, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Kane Gilmour, Peter Stenson, Erin Hoffman, Howard Andrew Jones, Edward M. Erdelac, & James Swallow

A revised and updated 2nd edition, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters is a collection of stories focused on strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Cloverfield, and more. Opening with a foreword by Jeremy Robinson—author of Project Nemesis, the highest selling Kaiju novel in the United States since the old Godzilla books—the collection features work from New York Times bestsellers to indie darlings.

 

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Series: Kaiju Rising
Release Date: May 2018
Page Count: 489
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy Adventure
Tropes: Man vs. Monster, Survival of the Fittest

EDITORS

TIM MARQUITZ

Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances alongside the biggest names in fantasy and horror. Tim also collaborated on Memoirs of a MACHINE, the story of MMA pioneer John Machine Lober.

 

 

N.X. SHARPS

N.X. Sharps is the co-editor of Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. His short fiction appears in Manifesto UF and That Hoodoo Voodoo That You Do from Angelic Knight Press as well as SNAFU: Hunters and SNAFU: Black Ops from Cohesion Press. He co-authored the novella From the Ice They Came with Eric S. Brown.