A King for a Guest


The Return Continues…

Solarcide is very pleased to present a new guest story from Michelle Ann King—author of The Transient Tales Series and other stories that have previously appeared at Strange Horizons, Interzone, and Black Static.

“Good, Fine, No” is her new story, and you can read that exclusively at Solarcide here.



Bite Into Her: An Interview with Sara Dobie Bauer



The Solarcide Interview Returns!

We’re psyched to talk with Sara Dobie Bauer about her new novel, Bite SomebodyAvailable Now through World Weaver Press at Amazon and other great places listed on the author’s website.

A comedic take on vampires and romance, Bite Somebody introduces readers to a motley crew that you can root for, laugh with, and follow down the rabbit hole created by Sara Dobie Bauer.

Be sure to check it out, and read our interview with the author here.

Bite Somebody Now!


At last! The Debut Novel from Sara Dobie Bauer, Bite Somebody, is Out Now through World Weaver Press.

“Do you want to be perfect?”

That’s what Danny asked Celia the night he turned her into a vampire. Three months have passed since, and immortality didn’t transform her into the glamorous, sexy vamp she was expecting, but left her awkward, lonely, and working at a Florida gas station. On top of that, she’s a giant screw-up of an immortal, because the only blood she consumes is from illegally obtained hospital blood bags.

What she needs to do–according to her moody vampire friend Imogene–is just … bite somebody. But Celia wants her first bite to be special, and she has yet to meet Mr. Right Bite. Then, Ian moves in next door. His scent creeps through her kitchen wall and makes her nose tingle, but insecure Celia can’t bring herself to meet the guy face-to-face.

When she finally gets a look at Ian’s cyclist physique, curly black hair, and sun-kissed skin, other parts of Celia tingle, as well. Could he be the first bite she’s been waiting for to complete her vampire transformation? His kisses certainly have a way of making her fangs throb.

Just when Celia starts to believe Ian may be the fairy tale ending she always wanted, her jerk of a creator returns to town, which spells nothing but trouble for everyone involved.

Bite Somebody is available through AmazonBarnes & Noble, Goodreads, iTunes/Apple iBooksKobo, and OmniLit among other stores.

Be Sure to Come Back Soon for the Solarcide Interview with Sara Dobie Bauer…

Burn, Babee—Burn!!



by andrez bergen with renee asher pickup




An unnamed city, in which crime families flourish and police pinch pennies from those with most power… Black Sails, Disco Inferno retells the classic medieval romance of Tristan and Iseult by turning things on their head, reversing the sex of our chief protagonists, and then placing them in a ’70s pulp/noir world.

Andrez Bergen‘s latest novel (with Renee Asher Pickup) exposes Trista and Issy to a sensual, disco-infused narrative — one overflowing with double-dealings, violent brutality, and a spellbinding mystery. Black Sails, Disco Inferno is also the novelization of critically-lauded 2015-16 comic book series Trista & Holt that Bergen wrote and illustrated (Pickup scripted #7). Feedback to the comic is included in these lovely bytes:

“Captures the spirit of noir so perfectly it hurts.” GRAPHIC POLICY

“The dark, brooding world of Trista and Issy is compelling.” SCI-FI JUBILEE

“Trista is a breath of fresh air.” MARA WOOD

“A crime story, albeit with a hell of a lot of references to medieval literature.” FLICKERING MYTH

“Slow-burning, hard-boiled noir.” COMING UP COMICS

“Bergen shows once again he has a firm grasp on the concepts of noir literature – perhaps due in part to his readings of Chandler and Hammett (two of the genre’s best), and his consistent great work on Bullet Gal.” ALL-COMIC

The 280-page novel is now ready for pre-order, and both writers involved are available for comment or interviews.

(Solarcide will be conducting an interview soon!)

OPEN BOOKS http://www.openbks.com/library/moderns/black-sails-discoinferno/about-book.html

Andrez Bergen is an expat Australian writer, journalist, DJ, artist and ad hoc saké connoisseur who’s been entrenched in Tokyo, Japan, for the past 15 years. He makes music as Little Nobody and Funk Gadget, and ran groundbreaking Melbourne record label IF? for over a decade from 1995.

Bergen has also written articles for papers and magazines such as Mixmag, The Age, Anime Insider, Australian Style, Impact, Remix, Yomiuri Shinbun, VICE, and Geek Magazine.

He published noir/sci-fi novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat in 2011, the surreal fantasy One Hundred Years of Vicissitude through Perfect Edge Books in 2012, comicbook/noir/pulp tome Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? (2013), a collection of short stories and archival articles called The Condimental Op (2013), a surreal coming-of-age tale with crime/noir undertones titled Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (2014), and the horror/noir comedy Small Change (2015).

He additionally makes comics, as writer and occasionally artist, with Tales to Admonish, Bullet Gal, Trista & Holt, Magpie, and a graphic novel version of Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat under the belt. Bergen has published stories through Crime Factory, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, All Due Respect, Solarcide, Weird Noir, Roundfire Fiction, 8th Wonder Press, ProjectNerd Publishing, Under Belly Comics, Another Sky Press, and IF? Commix, and works occasionally on translating and adapting the scripts for feature films by the likes of Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Kazuchika Kise and Naoyoshi Shiotani, for Production I.G in Japan.

Renee Asher Pickup is a mellowedout punk rocker living in Southern California.

She is senior editor at Dirge Magazine, class facilitator at LitReactor, and is one of the hosts of the Unprintable Podcast.

Renee writes fiction about bad things happening to flawed people—and stands by the statement that From Dusk Till Dawn changed her life.


The Cold Is Coming


The Killer Priest Is Coming! The Pre-Sale for Cold London Blues by Paul D. Brazill is happening now through Amazon.co.uk and Waterstones.

‘A killer priest is on the rampage across London and an egotistical Hollywood action movie star is out for revenge when is his precious comic book collection is stolen.Meanwhile, gangster Marty Cook’s dreams of going legit swiftly turn pear shaped when one of his bouncers accidentally kills one of his salsa club’s regular customers.Razor sharp wisecracks, gaudy characters and even gaudier situations abound in Cold London Blues, a violent and pitch-black Brit Grit comedy of errors.’

Caffeine Nights Publishing will release the novel this summer. Get caught up on the works of Paul D. Brazill in the meantime right here, or check out his author page at Amazon.

Also be on the lookout for The Last Laugh—the author’s upcoming crime collection from All Due Respect Books.

Tobacco-Stained Forever!



#1 of the New, Revamped Print-Edition ‘Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat‘ Comic Book Is Now Available from Project-Nerd PublishingIn The U.S.A.!

Says author Andrez Bergen, “It draws on elements of the graphic novel, but I’m revamping, changing, and adding visuals/plot. So much fun.”

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat #1 also comes with a Variant Cover.

Be sure to check that out, as well as more from Andrez Bergen in the upcoming GrayHaven Comics anthology: Antithesis: A Twilight Zoe Inspired Graphic Novel.

Return of the Rook



Two great stories from author Daniel Donche, “Gift of the Rook” and “Smallerhouse,” are now live at Everwindtimes.com—both previously published while one originally appeared at Solarcide. In a joint promotional effort, the author has graciously agreed to let us republish Gift of the Rook—an Everwind tale that introduced some of our readers to the Everwind Series and Universe.

Be sure to participate in the Gift of the Rook Treasure Hunt over at Everwind for a “special mystery prize and chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card.”

Contest ends February 1st!

Gift of the Rook at Solarcide can be read here.

Dog Killer Released


Solarcide’s Co-Editor In Crime from the South Returns—Nathan Pettigrew’s Acclaimed Story “Dog Killer” Is Featured in State of Horror: Louisiana Volume 2—Available Now from Charon Coin Press.

Dog Killer” Placed Among the Top 5 Winners and Finalists of the Writer’s Digest Eighth Annual Popular Fiction Awards for the Crime Category.

“Dog Killer” Is Also the Prequel to Nathan’s Story “Wakey Wake”—Featured In Thuglit Issue #3, and the Follow-Up to “Roland The Conqueror”—Which DarkMedia Named One of Their Most Popular Pieces of Original Horror Fiction To Date When It First Appeared.


Fans of Horror and Crime Should Dig All Three—“Dog Killer” Is Available In Paperback and Digital through Barnes&Noble, Amazon, itunes / iBooks, and Kobo—All Editions Are Linked from the Charon Coin Press Website here.


Don’t Ball the Boss

Solarcide Favorite Sara Dobie Bauer keeps ‘em coming—her short “Don’t Ball the Boss” is featured in The Stoneslide Corrective.

““Don’t Ball the Boss” is a whopper of a good time. If you’re offended by homosexuality, cussing, or super hot British actors, do not read. This hilarious and irreverent short story is featured in The Stoneslide Corrective, and I dedicate every word to the adoring Cumber Collective and/or my Cumberbitches (depending on how you identify). Definitely rated R.” –SDB

Enjoy It Here.

Then read about the aftermath Here.

The author also recently published “How It Died” through Blank Fiction Magazine’s latest Horror Issue.

All Things Sara Dobie Bauer: Purveyor of laughter, love, and satire since 1982.