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Anthology Man Rides Again!

Not too long ago I told you that I’d taken to calling myself, Anthology Man. Because I spent most of last year writing a dozen short stories to be submitted to various anthologies.

61Kr8oZGvzLThe first of the 12 to be accepted and published was, The Misplaced Mystery Writer, which appeared in the second volume of, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the Realms of H.G. Wells, which came out last year.

The next to come out was earlier this month when Silver Empire released, CoverDraft2Secret Stairs: Tribute To Urban Legend, and my story, Nothing Ever Happens Here, was one of 34 great stories that make up the massive volume. It’s also the very first story in the collection so it is very easy to find.

Now, a Kickstarter project has been launched for, My Peculiar Family, Vol. 2, a sequel to a solid anthology by Belanger Books and Sci-Fi Saturday Night. My story, Spinster’s Manor, is a horror short story based in post-Civil War Vermont.

You can contribute to this project right here: Kickstarter campaign.

There are possibly seven more anthologies that I have either been confirmed in, or am being considered for, that will be released throughout this year. Starting with next month as a matter of fact when my story, Extinction Point, comes out on Earth Day in the Earth edition of the 11-book Planetary Anthology series by Superversive Press.

I’ll post updates as these seven are released. But in the meantime, don’t forget to contribute to My Peculiar Family, Vol. 2.

This is Anthology Man, signing off.

#PulpRev and away!!!!!!

Another Honor For Escaping Infinity


EI_DRAGON_COVER BADGEDon’t tell my good friends trolls, Camestros “Don’t Call Me Toby” Felapton or ChynaMike the Lord of the House of 770 Vile Aromas, but my novel, Escaping Infinity, which is off to a great start in its first week of release as an audiobook, has just been named one of the 10 finalists for the Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance’s 2018 Book of the Year award.

Here are the 10 finalists:

Hans G. Schantz: A Rambling Wreck
Moira Greyland: The Last Closet
Jon del Arroz: For Steam and Country 
Kacey Ezell: Minds of Men 
Jagi Lamplighter: The Awful Truth About Forgetting
Chris Kennedy: The Golden Horde 
Chris Kennedy/Mark Wandrey (ed.): A Fistful of Credits 
John C. Wright: Daughter of Danger 
Richard Paolinelli: Escaping Infinity
Karl K. Gallagher: Torchship Captain

29215940_10209738159683938_737764865853947262_nWow, that’s a pretty impressive list of authors and if you haven’t read them yet, you really should. All 10 books are worth the time and effort.

I believe voting will begin on April 2nd and if there is a link for the public to vote, I will post it when it becomes live. In the meantime, get reading while I finish the final stages of work on releasing the 2019 Book of the Year, When The Gods Fell, on Sept. 4th this year.


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UPDATE: When The Gods Fell

My latest project, When The Gods Fell, is off to the editor for a final edit. Right now it came in at just under 60,000 words and might wind up a little less or a little more. Its hard to say at this point.

New COver copyBut, at least it is in the final stages and on track for its September 4th release. And if you can’t wait until then – and you plan on attending DragonCon in Atlanta on Sept. 1st & 2nd – I will have print copies with me to sign and sell.

There also be a little bonus material at the end of both the print and Kindle editions when they are released.

So, keep an eye out for the new book while I set about working on my next project – editing the Pluto edition of the Planetary Anthology series for Superversive Press. As soon as I wrap up that project, I have two more sci-fi projects I hope to have finished and released by the end of this year.

If you’ve been a regular reader you already know what we call this. If you are a newcomer, we call it #PulpRev and the real winners are you, the readers.

New Audiobook Release: Escaping Infinity

And the good news keeps right on rolling in!!!!

For fans of Escaping Infinity – or fans of superversive science fiction/fantasy in general – who don’t have a lot of time to read a book but do have plenty of time to enjoy audiobooks there is a new release just for you.

EI_AUDIO_COVER2 copyThe audiobook version of my Dragon Award-nominated hit, Escaping Infinity, is now available for purchase on Audible and should be up on Itunes in a few days. Here’s the link to purchase your copy now:

It is just $19.95 on Audible right now and if you don’t have an audible account yet you can sign up for one and get Escaping Infinity for free as your first audiobook on Audible. Win-Win!
A.W. Miller does a fantastic job bringing to life all of the characters, their voices and their unique accents – and I put him through a lot of those in this book – and I think you will agree he did a great job here.

New Release 2.0: The Last Lonely Trail

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you might recall when I said I was a busy writer in 2017? I meant it.

Yes, there’s another new release to chat about: The Last Lonely Trail.  It’s a western novel I co-wrote with my The Writer’s Block co-host Jim Christina. Here’s the synopsis:

U.S. Marshal. David Crockett Hall and Texas Ranger, John Barclay Armstrong have set out chasing men, each for their own reasons. When their paths converge in Kansas, they discover the men they were following separately have now joined together and are heading for a giant payday somewhere,, but where the two lawmen don’t know.

This story is about camaraderie, friendship, hardship and an unerring desire to complete their jobs at any and all costs.

Set against the background of the late 1870’s, the story takes us across the mid-west, southwest and into Colorado, unfolding a tale of two strangers becoming friends.

I’ve never co-written a book before and had no idea how the process was going to play out. Now that it is all done I can say this: IT WAS A BLAST!!!! I’d also never written a western before, but I’d read every Louis L’Amour book the master had ever written, and I think the two of us came up with a very good read.

So the obvious next question is: Will I dip my toes back into the genre anytime soon? Yes and no. Yes, I will and no, it won’t be at least until late next year because I have several other projects queued up that I need to get to and complete first. But I can tell you it will involve a riverboat gambler solving a mystery while dodging lead.

Jim, on the other hand, is already hard at work on his next project – no spoilers – and I think you’ll enjoy it. But in the meantime, give our “spaghetti western” a try.



Silver Empire released a new anthology, Secret Stairs: A Tribute To Urban Legend, and it contains thirty-four amazing stories around this urban legend:

You mustn’t talk about the stairs.

There they stand, surrounded by nothing but forest, pristine as the day they were built. No sign remains of any other structure around them, no ruins of long forgotten buildings. They look… wrong. They feel wrong. Bad things happen if you get too close. Horrible things.

You must never, ever ever talk about them.

Thirty-four of today’s best up and coming writers provide wonderfully unique interpretations inspired by the urban legends of the Internet age. Tales range from science fiction to fantasy, horror to mystery, and one writer even penned a romance!

But you must never tell anyone about the stairs!

Check out this video: Book Trailer

And then go buy your copy here (a print edition is on the way so it is just an ebook for now): Amazon purchase link

My story, Nothing Ever Happens Here, was chosen to be the first story in the anthology and let me tell you that I was feeling a lot of pressure batting leadoff. My story would be the first potential buyers would read and base their purchasing decision on. I would have to hook them enough to make them want to keep on reading the other 33 incredible stories in this volume.

So, how did I do? Well, first you need to go read it for yourself. But here’s a couple of the early reviews – 42 already posted on Amazon as I write this – that mention my story:

“…the story chosen to be the first one was perfect to get the reader into the nature of the book.”

“Some standouts for me were, ‘Nothing Ever Happens Here‘, in part because I used to be a TV reporter, but also because the author, Richard Paolinelli, did a wonderful job of combining realistic characters and an unreal story with an unexpected twist at the end. “

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So it looks like I did okay in the leadoff spot just like the book itself is off to a great start, as you can see in the image above. Go get your copy now, it will be available for just $0.99 for the next few days only before jumping up to its regular price, and judge for yourself.

Trust me, you won’t regret it. Just one thing, make sure you read this with the lights on and nowhere near any free-standing stairs.



Look Out Atlanta!!!

I just got a great e-mail this morning from the folks at DragonCon. I will be attending DragonCon 2018 as an “Attending Pro”!!!!


This will be my first visit to this Con and I am very excited about it. At this time I am not sure what my schedule will be other than I will be there on September 1st and 2nd and hope to be a part of the Dragon Awards (I won’t have an eligible work in the running this year but I would love to be a presenter if possible).


New COver copy

My next novel, When The Gods Fell, is due out in mid-September but I am planning on bringing a few print copies along with me as a special pre-release sale for DragonCon attendees only.

So, 180 days and counting until Atlanta. See you all there!!!!