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Weird Tales Meets Planet Stories in Space Eldritch

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 | Posted by John ONeill

space-eldritch-smallI stumbled on this little beauty today while browsing the latest Kindle releases on Amazon.

The cover art by Carter Reid is spectacular, and the contents — seven original novelettes and novellas of Lovecraftian pulp space opera — look pretty darn promising too. Contributors include Huge and Nebula nominee Brad R. Torgersen, Schlock Mercenary-creator Howard Tayler, and Michael R. Collings (The Slab, The House Beyond the Hill). Here’s the complete TOC:

Foreword, by Larry Correia
“Arise Thou Niarlat From Thy Rest,” by D.J. Butler
“Space Opera,“ by Michael R. Collings
“The Menace Under Mars,” by Nathan Shumate
“Gods in Darkness,” by David J. West
“The Shadows of Titan,” by Carter Reid and Brad R. Torgersen
“The Fury in the Void,” by Robert J. Defendi
“Flight of the Runewright,” by Howard Tayler

The whole package looks professional — although the lack of an editor credit admittedly diminishes the effect somewhat. Still, I’m willing to give this one a chance.

You can sample the first thousand words of each tale at Cold Fusion Media.

Space Eldrich was published on December 14, 2012 by Cold Fusion Media. It is 248 pages in trade paperback for $13,99; and is also available as an ebook for just $5.99 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.


  1. I’m in the middle of reading this now. Disclaimer; I’m friends with David West which is how I learned of it.

    Honestly, though, I’ve enjoyed all the stories so far – not only David’s.

    Comment by pmcnamee67 - December 18, 2012 10:13 am

  2. I appreciate your sharing this here John (and Paul thanks).

    I did my damndest to put a Sword & Sorcery tale into the semi-modern era, the 60’s.

    Comment by David-J-West - December 18, 2012 8:16 pm

  3. PMC — I know what you mean. I always buy my friends’ books. Thankfully, I don’t have many friends.

    David — Congrats on the great book! What’s with the missing editor?

    Comment by John ONeill - December 19, 2012 11:52 am

  4. John, its an unorthodox answer.

    We got together as one of those semi-secret facebook collectives and Nathan Shumate said he wanted to do a Space Eldritch story (would we be interested in contributing to same?) but he didn’t want to edit it. This was a trust issue experiment (that worked) in communal self-publishing.

    We were all published authors and said we could turn in quality work and split it, so we did.

    We all agreed to submit our own edited work. I had a recently deceased friend, eFiction editor, Preston McConkie, go over mine only two months before he passed away. My wife too – she says its her favorite story I’ve yet written.

    I know we are also grateful for Larry Correia’s endorsement, Space Eldritch has been selling rather briskly and we have discussed doing another Eldritch collection in 2013.

    Comment by David-J-West - December 19, 2012 9:22 pm

  5. David,

    Thanks for the detailed and honest answer, and congratulations on the success of the book.

    But working without an editor… that’s like acrobats without a net. Seems like an unnecessary risk to me. But you can take that as sour grapes from an editor, if you prefer. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - December 25, 2012 8:52 pm

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