(Statham Communications LLC, 2016, 58,000-word novel, available as ebook)
It’s been five years since the Doom shook the world to its foundations. Rivers of stars disappeared from the night sky, the sun erupted with an outbreak of flares that scorched the Eastern Hemisphere, and an infestation of previously unknown parasites turned millions of people into mindless roaming hordes of cannibals.
The survivors are scattered, few, and desperate. One band survives in the Texas Badlands behind the walls of a great fortress built from old cars. Led by The Marshal, the denizens of the Big Wreck scrape out a living by salvaging the remains of the old world, staying a step ahead of rival gangs, and avoiding the notice of the hordes.
Survival is tough enough, but when a mysterious otherworldly object alights in their territory, it brings with it creatures spawned from the darkest nightmares. Are these new arrivals aliens? Supernatural demons? Or simply the flesh-and-blood abominations of a post-apocalyptic world? And when a wandering band of Comanche Indians shows up at the gates of the fortress, it appears that time itself has been twisted in strange new directions.
Fight for the Night is a novel of a weird apocalypse, a tale of desperate survival camped out at the intersection of where the Road Warrior meets the dark fantasies of H.P. Lovecraft.
(Statham Communications LLC, 2014, three short stories, available in e-book formats.)
Alien invasions come in all shapes and sizes. But residents of Texas have their own unique methods for dealing with troublesome intruders from the stars. This 10,000-word short-story collection includes three tales from a Lone Star State under siege:
An Austin tech start-up is on the verge of releasing the Next Big Thing in virtual reality; perfect 3D re-creations of hip concerts, raucous civic celebrations and performances by beloved local artists. But when they "capture" their first event, they capture something else they never expected.
One Last Battle
A disabled veteran of the alien wars on Gliese 832c tries to rebuild his life in the Gulf Coast town of Port Aransas. But he'll find no rest until he figures out a way to deal with the hidden intruder he brought back from the war.
After They Leave
The invading aliens were routed. The people of Earth remain free. But now a lone rancher has to deal with the creatures the aliens left behind. Are these horrifying monsters forgotten pets, escaped livestock, or something worse?
(Statham Communications LLC, 2014, 49,000-word novel plus bonus short story, available in e-book formats and trade paperback.)
A thousand years in the past, humanity was attacked by hostile aliens and reduced to a handful of survivors. At the moment of greatest peril, the new gods of mankind were raised up. They pushed back the invaders and carried the shattered remnants of the human race to outposts where the survivors could rebuild human civilization.
The greatest of these redoubts is The City, a domed jewel on the small moon Skyra that circles a stormy gas giant planet. The god Tower is its protector.
But when The City is assaulted by a power rivaling even that of the guardian god, the burden of protecting mankind's future will fall to others. And what can mere men and women do against forces that can reshape and manipulate the universe itself?
(Statham Communications LLC, 2013, 57,000-word novel available in e-book format and trade paperback)
If you follow the chupacabra, where will it lead you?
When do you allow yourself to believe the unbelievable? What will it take for a man to accept that mythological creatures are, in fact, part of the real world?
Ray Lenstrom faces that dilemma when a dark visitor, the chupacabra of legend, comes calling. The beast and its mate are unlike anything he has encountered before, and the implications of their arrival will cause him to question everything he has known.
Ray has only one place to turn—a mysterious woman cut off from the rest of humanity who may hold the answers. She may also be the key to rebuilding his shattered life.
As Ray embraces the adventure of a lifetime, he'll discover that reality is larger than he ever dreamed, and forgotten planes of existence lurk at the end of every path. Hidden elemental powers command the shadowlands of Earth, and bizarre creatures of legend travel endless pathways in a multiverse of alternate worlds more terrifying—and more beautiful—than any he has ever known.
Follow the Chupacabra is a contemporary fantasy novel where the vivid legends of the American Southwest come to unforgettable life.
Connor Rix Series — Three SF Thriller Novels
(Statham Communications LLC, 2013, 166,000 words of action-packed science-fiction goodness, available in e-book format)
Collecting the first three books in the Connor Rix Series, including Rules of Force, Levers of Power and Monsters and Angels. Take the leap of faith, buy 'em all at once and save a couple bucks!
Monsters and Angels
Book 3 of the Connor Rix Chronicles
(Statham Communications LLC, 2013, 53,000-word novel, available in e-book and print)
Up until now, the relentless development of human Modifications has been primarily centered on physical attributes: Superhuman strength, blinding speed, unprecedented endurance and almost instantaneous healing powers.
But suddenly a new Modification has been bio-engineered that allows people to induce specific emotions in others. The pioneers of this process, the "Transcendents," move serenely through the population while enraptured followers revel in the profound feelings of joy and purpose they project. Some believe it is the beginning of a glorious new epoch for mankind as the Transcendents begin to spread their uplifting gift.
But there are others who see the development in an entirely different light. And they won't hesitate to spill blood to contain it.
Modified private investigator Connor Rix is called from the Texas Republic to the Pacific Union to solve a brutal murder and kidnapping involving the Transcendents. But before this mystery can be unraveled he'll have to confront a monstrous terror that he himself unleashed upon the world.
(Statham Communications LLC, 2012, e-book and print, 56,000-word novel)
Have a problem with a violent superhuman outlaw? Connor Rix is the guy you call to set things right. But some problems are too big even for him when a wave of political assassinations by Modified superhumans sets off a chain of events that threatens to engulf the world in conflict.
From this chaos an old enemy of Rix resurfaces, bent on more than simply revenge. This foe seeks to eliminate the spread of human Modifications entirely, and his actions could plunge the newly-formed nations of North America into another bloody war.
If Rix is going to survive this encounter he'll need to rely on old allies, but also new friends. That is, if these new friends can be convinced they're fighting the same fight. There's a catatonic woman confined to a cell reserved for extraordinary Modified Individuals. What secrets reside inside her head? Rix must also form an alliance with a decommissioned combat cyborg who, not long ago, fought for the other side. And then, of course, there's the monster. No one is precisely sure what he even is, let alone where his allegiances lie.
Before this conflict is over Rix will meet an entirely new group of Modified men and women with astonishing powers and abilities. Whether that will be enough to stop the coming storm is another matter entirely.
Connor Rix was there at the beginning, when the second-generation Brazilian steroids first arrived on the scene, along with the blood boost packs. It was his job to keep the newly-superhuman rowdies under control and shut down the most poisonous of the new modification labs. Not an easy job, but unbreakable bones and state-of-the-art optical implants sure help.
But now the list of bio-engineered miracles available to the public has grown as broad as the desires of mankind. And one man is leaving a trail of bodies across the Texas Republic as he brutally takes control of the market in human modifications and suppresses all competitors.
What will it take to stop him? And what price must Rix pay to bring the man to justice? Fortunately, Rix isn’t working this job alone. He has a nearly 7-foot giant on his team with a one-of-a-kind exoskeleton boosting his strength off the charts. And then there's the night owl who never sleeps (or so she says) but that's not her only Modification. The woman Rix wants to make his wife is along for the ride too, if she can keep her fears in check.
These four must square off against an army of modified enforcers to bring down the man who seeks to rule the bio-enhancement trade. All they have to figure out now is if their famous benefactor is a friend or foe….
(Statham Communications LLC, 2011, Kindle and Nook editions e-book)
Ever since Dodge, in one of its memorable commercials, unveiled the remarkable honest and true archival footage of George Washington driving a Challenger onto the field of battle against the Redcoats, gearheads of all stripes have wondered which muscle cars our other presidents have driven. Wonder no more! From George Washington’s original Dodge Brothers Challenger in revolutionary times, to Ulysses S. Grant’s unfortunate string of short-lived GTOs and Chevelles, to Richard Nixon’s Mustang II Cobra II, this e-book collection of short stories delivers a twisted alternate history of the muscle cars driven by America’s chief executives. Turns out, they’re kinda funny stories.
(Statham Communications LLC, 2012, 52-page paperback with full color photography)
High-compression V-8s. Shaker hood scoops. Hurst shifters. Hood-mounted tachometers. Traction Lok. Cobra Jets, Magnums and Ram Air. If these terms mean anything to you, then you've probably commanded the gas pedal of a tire-smoking American muscle car at some point in your life. Or perhaps you're just curious about why people still rave about these cars so many years later.
Muscle Car Action! 1969 captures the best cars of that time, some of the rarest and most outrageous muscle cars to emerge from the final year of a tumultuous decade. Included is a street-level view of the sales race, production figures and perspectives on how cut-throat professional racing competition shaped the street cars of the era. The book also contains color feature profiles of beautifully restored and original muscle cars of 1969 including the Dodge Charger R/T Hemi, COPO 427 Camaro, Mustang Mach 1 428SCJ, Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack, Mercury Cyclone CJ, Yenko Nova 427, Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, Dodge Dart GTS 440 and Mustang GT convertible.
Look for the other volumes in the Muscle Car Action! series coming soon, covering the years 1967-71.
Maximum Muscle: Factory Special Musclecars
There was a time when Detroit factories built race cars right on the assembly line, available to all. A time when small manufacturers like Shelby American and horsepower-crazy dealerships like Grand Spaulding Dodge took street-tuff musclecars and supertuned them for competition. Maximum Muscle details the rarely-seen, win-at-any-cost musclecars built for racing. A very fun book to write, as you can imagine.
(GTO; The Great One hardcover edition, MBI Publishing, 2000)
Awarded a Silver Medal by the International Automotive Media (2000).
Jeep Enthusiast Color Series
(2001, MBI Publishing Company)
Dodge Dart and Plymouth Duster Musclecar Color History
Camaro Muscle Car Color History
My best-seller. A history of the first four generations of the Chevy Camaro. Features my own color photography, archival black and white, vintage racing images and period ads, plus specs and production numbers.
Dodge Pickup Trucks, Enthusiast Color Series (Motorbooks, 1998) ISBN 0-7603-0350-9