Eldritch Ops and Agent G: Assassin nominated for awards!

Hey guys!

Great news! I’m pleased to say that I have been nominated for two audiobook awards at the Indie Audiobook Awards at the HearNow Festival.

PARANORMAL: ELDRITCH OPS by C.T. Phipps as narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

Derek Hawthorne has ascended to become a member of the all-powerful Committee, which rules the world through the nebulous House. The House, officially, exists to protect humanity from the vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness that imperil humanity. Unofficially, it exists to protect its own power. 

When his old partner, Christopher Hang, turns up as one of the undead — Derek is nonplussed to say the least. Christopher also has a message that troubles the tiny remains of Derek’s conscience: The House is running a secret project to not only control supernaturals but eliminate them. Now, Derek has to figure out if he’s to side with the supernatural or humanity or neither. Oh and did we mention Dracula, pirates, and werewolves were involved, too?

Available here

SCIENCE FICTION: AGENT G: ASSASSIN by C.T. Phipps by Jeffrey Kafer

Agent G, now going by the name Case, thought he’d won. He’d exposed his former employers, shared black technology with the world, and killed the man who’d started it all.

Unfortunately, history slows for no man. After a volcanic eruption decimates the United States, G spends the next decade witnessing humanity rebuild itself into a corporate-run dystopia.

Preferring to the be the boot rather than the ant, Case has become a powerful executive in the new cyberpunk world. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean he’s immune to his past. Contacted by the only woman he ever loved, Case finds himself, once more, embroiled in a conspiracy to take what little the public has left. Now, he has to decide whether to save what remains of the world or rule it.

Available here

The Horror of Supervillainy is now available on Audiobook!

Guess just what came out on Audible my fellow supervillains? Yes, THE HORROR OF SUPERVILLAINY (book #7) as narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. Gary’s most startling adventure yet! 

Gary Karkofsky, a.k.a. Merciless: The Supervillain Without MercyTM, has decided to give up supervillainy and embrace the path of righteousness. Unfortunately, he’s terrible at it, and no one wants him to be their superheroic protector. That all changes when a talking raven arrives with the perfect quest to make his mark: Rescue the president’s daughter from Dracula. 

Unfortunately, Gary is being led into a trap. The location of Dracula’s castle is in Satan Swamp, which is where Gary suffered one of the few defeats of his life. There’s also a camp full of superpowered children, the return of alternate reality allies, a pair of psycho killers in love, and the return of an old enemy. 

Enjoy the latest installment of the Supervillainy saga!

Available here 

For those who prefer the dead tree or electronic text versions of books, it is also available for pre-order and will be released on April 1st!

The Horror of Supervillainy and A Nightmare on Elk Street are done!

Hey folks,

I have fantastic news! 2020 was a hard year for anyone but it was especially hard on the writing process. Yet two of my manuscripts have now been completed, edited, and turned into Crossroad Press for publication!

THE HORROR OF SUPERVILLAINY

The Horror of Supervillainy is the seventh volume of the Supervillainy Saga and I’m pleased to say one of the best. Gary has decided to ditch supervillainy for the side of angels but he’s terrible at it. Thankfully, an opportunity to provide his bona-fides come in the form of a talking raven who wants to give him a chance to rescue the President’s daughter from vampires! But is it a trap? Of course it is.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELK STREET

The third and final Bright Falls Mystery novel is finished! Jane Doe is now at the height of her powers but, unfortunately, that doesn’t pay the bills. Taking on a security job with a horror film company that wants to use “real” monsters in its production. Unfortunately, the movie is threatened by a force that quickly turns its attention to Jane. Plus, Jane finally has to make a decision she’s been avoiding for years.

I’ll share the preorders when they go up!

Interview with Paul Lafferty

I’m very pleased to have done an interview with Paul Lafferty about my Agent G and Supervillainy Saga series. The author of Down the Lane did a fantastic job discussing various subjects with me and I am very pleased to have had the chance to discuss matters with him. I hope people will check out the interview if they have the time.

Agent G: Infiltrator for sale this Dec/Jan

 Hey folks,

If you haven’t checked out my AGENT G series, it’s available for 99c this month and January from Bookbub. It is a contemporary cyberpunk series that follows the transformation of our world into a dystopia ruled by megacorps. Agent G is a cybernetically-enhanced assassin who has had his memories erased by the sinister International Refugee Society, a megacorporation that uses its charity status to hide a murder-for-hire business that caters to the ultra-rich. He’ll receive them back if he serves them for ten years.

Available here

The Agent G Omnibus is now available!

AGENT G’s first three novels have been assembled into a single large volume! remains one of my favorite creations and remains up there with the Supervillainy Saga and the Bright Falls Mysteries. I absolutely love cyberpunk and spy fiction, both genres that you wouldn’t necessarily think would go together but which I managed to merge into a beautiful Frankenstein’s monster more borged out than its titular protagonist.

I’m pleased to say that Crossroad Press has assembled the first three novels of the series into one single awesome volume. I think that Agent G actually works better as reading it as one large 600 page book rather than three individual volumes. The exception being if you like audiobooks, in which case I strongly recommend you check out Jeffrey Kafer’s narrated versions.

FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA:

“Black Technology has made murder a billion dollar industry.”

The International Refugee Society has twenty-six cybernetically enhanced “Letters,” and for the right price, they’ll eliminate anyone. They’ve given up their families and their memories for ten years of service with the promise of a life of luxury awaiting them.

Agent G is one of these “Letters,” but clues to his past are starting to emerge while he’s on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the Society’s most dangerous competitor. In the midst of all the violence, subterfuge, and deceit, he’ll need to keep his wits about him and trust sparingly.

After all if an organization will kill for money, what would they do to keep the truth hidden?

The Agent G Omnibus contains the first three volumes of the Agent G series (Infiltrator, Saboteur, and Assassin). Follow G as he slowly unravels the truth of his past, the conspiracy behind the International Refugee Society, and his allies. The Agent G series follows the transformation of our present-day world into a terrifying cyberpunk future as man merges with machine.

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“Agent G is a quick-paced spy novel full of gadgets and violence.” -Audiobook Reviewer

“Agent’s G’s sex appeal is written all over him with his competency and focus.” – Dab of Darkness

“More than just two dimensional cardboard cutout stereotypes of spies, assassins and villains.” – The Bookwyrm Speaks

“Especially want to learn where G goes from here.” – Hotlistens.com

“A mix of Bond and Hitman.” – The Blog Goblin

Check it out here!

Authors in Isolation: C.T. Phipps

An excellent interview as conducted by Michael Baker. I get to discuss a lot of wonderful things regarding The Supervillainy Saga, the United States of Monsters, and my writing process.

The Thousand Scar's Muse

Back with a new segment in my Authors in Isolation series. I’m with one of my favourite authors, Charles Phipps, who was kind enough to come into my Thousand Scar den. He even accepted a drink from Horse.

Braver man than me, Charles.

1. First of all, tell me about yourself! What do you write?

Oh, I write a bunch of things with over twenty books out already. However, the books dearest to my heart are my Supervillainy Saga books. They’re an ongoing series following Gary Karkofsky a.k.a Merciless: The Supervillain without Mercy. Gary is an ordinary average schlub who suddenly finds himself with a magic cloak in a superhero-filled world. He thus decides to use it to get rich and act utterly irresponsibly. But is he evil ENOUGH to be the bad guy he wants to be? His wife doesn’t think so. I basically sold it as, “Evil Wizard…

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Book Announcements for October 2020

Hey folks,

I’m very pleased to say that we’ve got a lot of news for fans of my writing. I want to thank all my wonderful fans for their support in making this a productive year for me despite the fact, well, it’s been a real pear of a year for just about everyone and everything.

Some of this information will be new to you and others will be a retread but as November approaches, I figure it’d be good to give a year update.

Cover Art for Upcoming Books 

A NIGHTMARE ON ELK STREET (Bright Falls Mysteries Book #3): The Bright Falls Mysteries remains one of my all time favorite creations and it is with both excitement as well as a heavy heart that I post the cover for the final in the trilogy. Jane Doe is hired by Lucien Lyons to serve as security on his low-budget horror movies using real shifters and witches. Unfortunately, this is after someone has started making threats against the actresses. Is it a publicity stunt gone wrong or the return of an evil that Jane thought she’d put away? Why won’t Lucien shut down the production?

 The Bright Falls Mysteries

THE HORROR OF SUPERVILLAINY (Supervillainy Saga book #7): Gary Karkofsky is back! Having decided to make the jump from supervillain to superhero, he soon finds himself bored out of his mind in the now mostly crime-free Falconcrest City. Thankfully (?), he soon finds himself on a quest to rescue the President’s daughter from a bunch of vampires in Nightmare Swamp! But what does a crooked mutant sheriff, a summer camp of superpowered women, and the merging of universes have to do with Dracula! Find out inside Gary’s latest adventure that homages classic DC and Marvel horror comics.

The Supervillainy Saga 

BRIGHTEYES (Morgan Detective Agency #2): The sequel to Brightblade and the next chapter of Ashley Morgan’s badass adventures. Having recovered her wounded sister, Anna, Ashley is informed that her family is now under attack by mysterious forces in the Men in Black. Worse, there’s a massive slave auction of former Solomon Academy spy school graduates planned in New Detroit. The vampire nation plans to turn all of them into tools for spreaidng their power. Despite having a vampire for a brother, Ashley thinks this is a fate worse than death and plans to stop them.

Morgan Detective Agency

Now Available on Audiobook 

PSYCHO KILLERS IN LOVE: I’m pleased to say that Psycho Killers in Love is now available on audiobook. The earliest volume so far in the United States of Monsters series. William England is the son of Billy the Immortal, a holiday-themed slasher who terrified teenagers throughout the Eighties. Billy was eventually slain by a slasher-hunter called an Artemis and William was freed. Unfortunately, he and his sister Carrie were promptly locked up in an asylum for their father’s crimes. Escaping, they find themselves meeting one of those slasher-hunting Artemises. William is immediately smitten but can his desire not to be a slasher overcome both their instincts to destroy the other? Narrated by Jefferey Kafer.

Available here

AGENT G: ASSASSIN (Agent G #3): The exciting conclusion to the AGENT G trilogy! Case, formerly known as G, has successfully escaped from his employers but a natural disaster plunged the world into a decade of chaos. What has emerged is a megacorp-dominated hellhole straight out of Gibson. I really have loved writing Case’s adventures from beginning to end. Will he achieve the peace he’s always sought or will it end in a tragedy? Probably in a rain soaked cyberpunk alley? Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. 

Available here 

ELDRTICH OPS (Red Room #2): The Red Room series is where my writing career began and it is also the first of my trilogies to be completed. Derek Hawthorne was my attempt to combine James Bond and Harry Dresden, with him coming out as his own character in return. This book is the second of his adventures where he finds himself in the impossible situation of investigating the House to see if their leadership are planning a genocide of the world’s vampires. This is problematic because he is the world’s most famous living vampire hunter. Yet, his ex-partner, Christopher, begs him to protect those who aren’t completely evil. Besides, Derek owes him for a secret that would get him killed by his own side. Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.

Available here

Interviews

An awesome interview with me on Bookworm Blues
An interview with me on Booknest.EU

Book Sales

Brightblade (Morgan Detective Agency #1): Is available on Kindle for 99c until December 5th!


Esoterrorism (Red Room #1): Is available on Kindle for 99c until December 5th!

WORLDBUILDING #3: THE UNITED STATES OF MONSTERS

Hey folks,

This is a long-time coming bit of world-building because my United States of Monsters series is multiple series and is an entire planet’s worth of history. For those unfamiliar with the United States of Monsters, it consists of the following series:

* Psycho Killers in Love (Psycho killers in Love)
* The Red Room Saga (Esoterrorism, Eldritch Ops, The Fall of the House)
* Straight Outta Fangton (Straight Outta Fangton, 100 Miles and Vampin’)
* The Bright Falls Mysteries (I was a Teenage Weredeer, An American Weredeer in Michigan)
* The Morgan Detective Agency (Brightblade)

The premise of the world is the creation of a shared universe for telling my favorite urban fantasy and adventure horror yarns. It is a world where the supernatural is open and public as of 2008. Unfortunately, this has not led to peace between the races and every day is a new challenge for those who are human or mundane. It’s heavily inspired by White Wolf’s World of Darkness, Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, and the Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries.

Pre-History (??? to 12,000 B.C.)

The universe began in light. The Earth began in darkness.

The Great Celestial War was fought between the Primals, Elder Gods, archdemons, archangels, and young gods. The conflict resulted in the Elder Gods being banished to the desolate third rock from the Sun where they were buried deep underground. Humans eventually evolved on this world, influenced by the dreams and will of the ancient beings. Human sacrifices awakened the Elder Gods and through their influence, they conceived a priestess named Lamia who prepared to make the human race a source of food as well as souls to restore her masters to full strength.

Ancient civilizations rose that were later wiped from humanity’s memory like Acheron, Babel, Atlantis, Stygia, and Ultima Thule. The humans of these lands worshiped demons and committed countless atrocities in order to guarantee their immortality. Lamia would share the blood of her goddess, Tiamat-Abaddon, with her followers and thus would the first monster races be born. Vampires, hunters, shifters, and mages would be created.

The atrocities of Earth would eventually draw the attention of their masters enemies. Inspired by a lesson from the Creator, Death, and other Primals, the vampire known as Marduk was driven to mount a successful revolt against the Elder Gods. Much of humanity was slaughtered in the resulting battles until only scattered nomadic tribes existed. Powerful magic forced the Elder Gods back into slumber and left the half-human supernaturals to inherit the Earth as a reward for their aid against the foes.

But immortality has its advantages.

Heroic Age (12,000 B.C. to 900 A.D.)

The conflict among humans and supernaturals would define much of the rest of human history. The survivors of Lamia’s empire would set themselves as gods, kings, and warlords. Normal humans were frequently unable to resist, so they turned to lesser magic (“hedge magic”) to make deals with spirits as well as demons. Others betrayed their own kind to become Blood Slaves, cultists, and soldiers for their miracle-working masters.

Gradually, humans armed themselves with tools and weapons that allowed them to overthrow their masters the same way that the supernaturals overthrew theirs. They learned the weaknesses of the undead and shifters. In-fighting among the supernaturals also prevented them from establishing any kind of order among themselves.

Aiding this conflict was the fact that both hunters as well as wizards chose to side with humanity against the monsters. They denied that demon blood, however diluted, was responsible for their powers as they battled for dominance. The hunters soon found themselves corrupted by the demonic magic they wielded, becoming obsessed more with killing than protecting. Ancient heroes like Herakles, Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and others found their wrath lashing out at their own subjects. In the centuries to come, they would become known as slashers.

Still, the conflict among supernaturals kept humanity at an age of perpetual war and denied them the benefit of civilizations. Only those places where they had been driven underground or forced to cooperate with humanity thrived. It was with this awareness that Kim Su, immortal archmage charged with protecting humanity by the Primals, sought to create societies of mages that would protect mankind while raising civilization.

The Kingdom of Arthuria Pendragon would prove to be her last experiment in such, building an organization of wizards and knights that hunted down all hostile supernaturals in the British Isles. Her actions proved to be a mistake rather than a blessing as the knights’ objective turned from protection to conquest and genocide. The Fairy Kingdoms were annihilated and thousands of magic-users were enslaved or put to death.

After the defeat of Morgana Le Fey and her son, the knight known as Gawain reformed the Knights of Camelot to become the Knights of the Castle (later the House). The Black Knight, Red Knight, Green Knight, and Blue Knights would each raise their own order and spread across the land. Gawain created a false Siege Perilous and declared himself the Lord of the Throne (later, simply The Chairman).

The Great Lie (900 A.D. to 2008 A.D.)

The attempted conquest of Europe by the Knights of the Round Table had resulted in a humiliating defeat at the hands of both the Catholic Church as well as the remains of the Roman Empire. Norse raiders, led by King Karl Bjornson wielding the Eye of Odin, destroyed the majority of their forces. Gawain, realizing that sheer numbers would never allow the House’s supernatural forces to triumph over humanity or all other supernatural races, conceived of a plan that would allow them to defeat their enemies over the course of centuries rather than years.

Using a combination of religion, mind-magic, money, and propaganda–the House eradicated almost all knowledge of the supernatural in the world. Wizards were offered lives of wealth and comfort if they joined the House or death if they refused. Treaties were drawn with the other supernatural nations that allowed them to prey upon humanity “within reason” in exchange for keeping themselves secret from humanity. The House used puppet kings and infiltrators to weaken their foes while proclaiming peace. Groups like the Knights Templar, Legalists of China, Lions of Judea, and others were absorbed into the ranks of the organization.

Resistance against the House would become increasingly militant and turned to powers darker than black to fight them. Newly turned vampire warlord, Vlad Dracula, used the Book of Midnight and Chalice of Blood to empower himself with the power of Hell. He formed an alliance of the Ancients to create the Vampire Nation so that the undead could build the same vast wealth the House had accumulated. Similarly, Karl Bjornson forged alliances with the Rakshasa of India and shifter Pact in order to stand against the House. Non-House magicians created the Network to help smuggle supernaturals away from the oppressive politics of the House to freedom.

Strange stories like the Vampire Nation building their first capital in Nassau during the Golden Age of Piracy, the American Revolution being orchestrated by feuding House Divisions, Queen Victoria being a werewolf, and other stories were lost to time. The House used media like the novel version of Dracula and later the entire horror entertainment industry in order to help cover up the supernatural.

People claiming monsters exist was hard enough to believe but doubly so if penny dreadfuls talked about the exact thing they discussed. Some monsters, like slashers, actually fed from the infamy such works gave them. The Vampire Nation conceived of a hundred year plan following Dracula to transform the image of the undead from villains to heroes, believing sex and glamor would overcome common sense.

Unfortunately, the march of history started to work against the House. The World Wars resulted in the Houses’ one hundred “Divisions” being split along national lines. Corruption and demon cults perverted House magicians as other used their sorcery to create vast financial Empire. The largest of these, Pantheon Corp, became the dominant financial institution in the world. Laws against monopolies failed as it became the world’s largest arms dealer, bank, computer, energy, and medical firm. The treacherous Cassidy family, descended from Nazi collaborators, used the institution to leverage the House to their own ends.

Ironically, it was the invention of the cell phone and proliferation of the internet that made the Reveal inevitable. Traitors to the House helped bring the organization down and revealed the supernatural to the world after the US military encountered “monsters” during the War on Terror. The House’s leadership was assassinated and its Divisions broken up on national lines. The Chairman met his end at the hands of Morgan Le Fey’s youngest descendant, Arthur Morgan. Such was the chaos that, combined with the deaths of the World Wars, the Elder Gods began to stir anew and the world was flooded with alien monsters that made the chaos even worse.

The Reveal and Modern Times (2008 A.D. to Present)

The Reveal was accompanied by mass chaos across the globe as people struggled with the revelation that everything they knew was a lie. Ironically, money proved to be the deciding factor as the United States accepted a Bailout for its institutions from the Vampire Nation. Laws were drafted, many prepped ahead of time, that gave supernaturals legal protections while propaganda had been in place for decades to “soften” the blow when it happened. Still, mass racial strife occurred as many humans reacted violently to the presence of the superhuman among them.

The city of New Detroit was created as a shining example of what supernatural and human cooperation could do. Michigan’s state government was bribed and intimidated into giving supernaturals special rights within its boundaries while its most famous city was rebuilt into New Detroit. The Vampire Nation played on sex and vice to turn it into a second Las Vegas where humans could enjoy their every depraved whim while the undead bled them dry both figuratively as well as literally. New Detroit proved a fantastic success as vampires parlayed their allure into being the most accepted of all supernaturals despite being among the worst.

Ironically, the Vampire Nation overplayed its hand. Modern vampires were created with belief in rights and democracy that contrasted heavily with feudalist oppression of the Ancients. Many also desired to live peacefully among humans, trading the pleasure of the Bite for blood in place of violent attack or slavery. The Network became a full-scale resistance to both the Vampire Nation as well as the bigoted forces in the world’s governments.

The town of Bright Falls, Michigan would also prove to of interest as the tiny lumber community proved to have a population that was almost entirely composed of shifters. Unlike vampires, shifters proved subject to “varmint laws” and other legal restrictions that forced them to live among each other in poverty. The attempts by local leaders to organize the shifter nation to make a life for themselves ranged from the grass roots to criminal.

In 2016, celebrity businessman Karl Trust would be elected President on a platform of “law and order” as well as “human only rights.” This would spark crackdowns and the creation of a organization based on the popular image of the Men in Black (itself inspired by the House). Supernaturals now plot to overthrow the current administration and humans turn to demonic magic to fight their neighbors. History might not repeat but it seemed to rhyme.

I hope you guys will check this world out!

Psycho Killers in Love is now available in Kindle, audiobook, and paperback!

Hey folks,

I’m pleased to say that PSYCHO KILLERS IN LOVE is available in Kindle, audiobook, and paperback form. It is a prequel to the United States of Monsters series that is set against the backdrop of the 2000 Election. It’s an homage to the slasher movies of the Eighties and early Nineties.

Can a slasher and a Final Girl truly love one another? It helps if they have a cult of rich misogynist serial killers to team up against!

FROM THE BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE SUPERVILLAINY SAGA

What if all the villains of slasher movies were real? What if the movies made about them were just adaptations of real-life killers with supernatural powers? This is a fact known to William and Carrie because their father, Billy the Undying, was one of the worst slashers of all time. So much so that they’ve spent the past decade in an asylum out of fear they’d end up just like him. Escaping, the two have decided to form a new life on the road. Except, a chance encounter in a dingy diner introduces William to the girl of his dreams.

Too bad she’s a girl on a mission to kill all slashers. But maybe the best way to catch a supernatural serial killer is with another pair of them.

Enjoy this exciting prequel to the United States of Monsters books!

Kindle and Paperback

Audiobook