As of today, we’re just about six weeks from the release of Straight Outta Tombstone, a weird western anthology edited by David Boop. I’m excited about this anthology for several reasons. First of all, I was able to bring two of my favorite worlds together in one story. Larissa and Billy from the Clockwork Legion series encounter Marcella and Rosen from my Scarlet Order Vampire series during the historical Albert Fountain disappearance. What’s more, this story appears in an anthology including several people who I admire, many of whom I’m lucky enough to call friends, including Jim Butcher, Jody Lynn Nye, Phil Foglio, Robert E. Vardeman, Nicole Kurtz and more!
People who have read both the Clockwork Legion novels and the Scarlet Order novels may wonder how I can bring the two together. I only briefly mentioned vampires in Owl Dance, and more as a literary concept than a reality. Also, savvy readers will notice that I killed off one of the Clockwork Legion characters in Vampires of the Scarlet Order. The way I could make this work was to realize that the Scarlet Order novels are essentially a “secret history.” They’re set in the shadows of our world. However, the Clockwork Legion novels are set in a distinctly alternate history. So the Scarlet Order vampires you meet in my story “Fountains of Blood” are the ones who exist in my Clockwork Legion world!
I’m not the only author playing with a world of my creation in this book. Larry Correia explores the roots of his best-selling Monster Hunter International series in “Bubba Shackleford’s Professional Monster Killers.” Jim Butcher reveals the origin of one of the Dresden Files’ most popular characters in “Fistful of Warlock.” Kevin J. Anderson’s Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I., finds himself in a showdown in “High Midnight.” Alan Dean Foster brings us a new Mad Amos Malone story in “The Treefold Problem.”
Here’s the complete table of contents:
- Bubba Shackleford’s Professional Monster Killers by Larry Correia
- Trouble in an Hourglass by Jody Lynn Nye
- The Buffalo Hunters by Sam Knight
- The Sixth World by Robert E. Vardeman
- Easy Money by Phil Foglio
- The Wicked Wild by Nicole Givens Kurtz
- Chance Corrigan and the Lord of the Underworld by Michael A. Stackpole
- The Greatest Guns in the Galaxy by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Ken Scholes
- Dance of Bones by Maurice Broaddus
- Dry Gulch Dragon by Sarah A. Hoyt
- The Treefold Problem by Alan Dean Foster
- Fountains of Blood by David Lee Summers
- High Midnight by Kevin J. Anderson
- Coyote by Naomi Brett Rourke
- The Key by Peter J. Wacks
- A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher
Hope you’ll join us for ride out to an old west far stranger and scarier than the one your granpappy told you about. This one includes soul-sucking ghosts, steam-powered demons and wayward aliens. The book will be released on July 4. You can preorder it right now at Amazon. You can also visit the book’s page at Baen Books, where you can get a sneak peak of the entire first half.