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Beyond the Wail – Blog Tour – Spotlight on Sebastian Bendix

I’ve been quiet about this for too long. Mostly because I’ve been working so busily on it! But finally it is time to tell you about BEYOND THE WAIL, my first editing project through Xchyler Publishing.

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10660158_936611713079316_3236763116898589905_nNot only do I get to announce it today, but I also have the privilege of introducing one of the amazong authors in the anthology, Sebastian Bendix, and his story:

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A play set turns life around for Martin Taper, but things take a turn for the worse when he neglects it and the lonely child obsessed with it.

As editor of the anthology, I can tell you that when I read ‘The Diorama’ I knew it was going to be one of the scariest in the collection. Bendix has a way of casting a dark foreboding that just goes deeper and deeper as the story unfolds. Unlike many stories, there is nothing cliche about about the strange circumstances that Bendix’s character Martin Taper finds himself in. In contrast, Martin himself personifies the experiences we have all faced in our lives when struggling through mundane and seemingly endless drudgeries of life. This makes the story all the more intriguing when those mundanities take a sudden turn toward the terrifying.

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SEBASTIAN BENDIX

Sebastian-Bendix_200x274Sebastian Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer and musician, as well as host of a popular midnight horror film series, Friday Night Frights at the Cinefamily. He attended school at Emerson College for writing and has had pieces published both in print (Mean Magazine, Sanitarium Magazine) and online (CHUD.com and Encounters Magazine). He has written several screenplays in the fantasy/horror genre, one of which, The Black Cradle, is in development as an independent feature. The Patchwork Girl was his first foray into the world of prose fiction. His second novel, The Stronghold, is nearing completion and will be out to publishers in 2015.

Q/A with Sebastian Bendix:

  1. How did you come up with the concept of your story?

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MMAA Blog Tour; Spotlight on J. R. Potter

James PotterToday I would like to spotlight one of my fellow authors in ‘Mechanized Masterpieces 2, an American Anthology’; J. R. Potter and his short story ‘Rise of the House of Usher’ based on Poe’s classic work ‘Fall of the House of Usher’. 

A lover of graphic novels and the occult fiction of the late great John Bellairs, James gravitated towards the paranormal world from an early age. Watching the first episode of The X-Files with his older brother was a transformative experience, as well as an education in great storytelling and myth-making.

Since “growing up,” James has devoted his time to finding his voice through writing, publishing short fiction in The Portland Review, and winning two international short story competitions for science fiction and horror. When he’s not writing, he tours with his incredible wife Amy as “The Crooked Angels,” an Americana duo specializing in rocking your socks off.

Potter is currently collaborating with artist Klaus “Plaid Klaus” Shmidheiser in the graphic novel series “Glimmer Society.”

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MMAA Blog Tour; Spotlight on D. Lee Jortner

Today I would like to spotlight one of my fellow authors in ‘Mechanized Masterpieces 2, an American Anthology’; D. Lee Jortner and her short story ‘Payoff for Aire-Pirate Pete’. 

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D. Lee Jortner – “I grew up in the West and love and miss the mountains here in the midwest, so I was happy to place my story out where the sky is big and the mountains reach past the clouds.”

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Playing with imaginary friends and writing and directing plays in the neighbor’s garage filled D. Lee Jortner’s childhood. Today she lets her imagination flow onto her keyboard as she writes mystery, fantasy and steampunk stories and novels. “Payoff for Air-Pirate Pete” is her first short story for Xchyler Publishing. She also enjoys her marketing role with the company and teaching English composition at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso, Indiana. When not writing or working, Jortner is usually busy with her husband, children or grandchildren.

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I caught up with Miss Jortner to talk about her writing:

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Advance Reader Copies Available!

10420258_324792761059568_7973102711082533492_nMechanized Masterpieces 2 will be steam upon the world February the 28th of 2015. That’s next month. What if I told you I could put an electronic copy of this amalgamation of cogs gears and American Literature into your hands TODAY. Yes indeed, the Advance Reader Copies of this anthology are winging their way across the internet as you read this and one could be yours.

But… There is a catch. In exchange for early receipt of this collection of short stories, the authors ask, beg, and implore you to provide feedback of the most honest and brutal kind on the commonly known locales, such as Amazon and Goodreads. We are so confident in the quality of our combined efforts, that we have no fear of asking your most honest reviews.

Willing souls can contact me by Twittermaphone via @Losthawken.

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Mechanized Masterpieces 2 – An American Anthology!

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Ride into the Wild West with ten steampunked expansions of classic American tales:

10628500_464697883673326_5650381832943665180_nA Princess of Jasoom: An intrepid young researcher reaches for the stars from the Arizona desert, and finds love where she least expects it. – J. Aurel Guay

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Winged Hope: The widow of a brilliant inventor fights insurmountable odds to see her husband’s dreams realized and save the life of her daughter. – Megan Collins Oliphant

“Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

The Van Tassel Legacy: A stranger arrives in Sleepy Hollow to unearth old conspiracies and bring the Van Brunts to justice. – Jay Barnson

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving

Invested Charm: A mysterious woman doles out justice in Boston society, but who will catch her first: organized crime or the law? – M. Irish Gardner

‘A Charm invests a face…’ by Emily Dickinson

Payoff for Air Pirate Pete: A pair of train-robbing outlaws bite off more than they can chew when they kidnap the son of a railroad bigwig. – Diane Lee Jortner

The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

10612583_464697900339991_7591844242252676265_nRise of the House of Usher: A mad scientist gains power over life and death at the cost of his family’s sanity, if not their very lives. – J. H. Potter
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

The Silver Scams: A fast-talking confidence man ensnares all of Holland in his scheme to eliminate dikes forever . . . for a price. – M. K. Wiseman
Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge

Nautilus Redux: Captain Nemo’s crew stumble upon an island castaway who claims to be Captain Ahab of the Pequod. Only Moby Dick knows the truth. – Scott E. Tarbet
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Mr. Thornton: Hounded by tragedy and betrayal, a gifted young blacksmith wanders from The Ohio to The Yukon searching for honor, loyalty, and justice. – Scott William Taylor; Call of the Wild, by Jack London

West End: A heartbroken Theodore Laurence follows the siren song of steam to Jamaica, where love and law collide with explosive results. – Neve Talbot

Louisa May Alcott  and Charlotte Bronte (Currer Bell)



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Mechanized Masterpieces 2 page updated!

10612583_464697900339991_7591844242252676265_nThe release date for Mechanized Masterpieces II an American Anthology is fast approaching. My story just passed line editing and is now in the hands of the proof readers!

The official release date is February 28th, but Advance reader copies will be available near the end of January. Let me know if you want to support us by reading and reviewing this great anthology before the release date!

Cover Reveal for Mechanized Masterpieces 2

Coming February 2015

1939845_798760483531107_7442566140266734985_oIn the sequel to Mechanized Masterpieces an Amarican Anthology, the authors of Xchyler Publishing were challenged to add a steampunk flavor to their favorite works in American literature. The result is ten fantastic stories full of cogs, gears, and the love of classic literature. So what can you expect from this anthology? Here is a breakdown of the authors and their inspirations:

Jay Barnson; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving
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Scott William Taylor; Jack London
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J. Aurel Guay; A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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M. Irish Gardner; Emily Dickinson
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Megan Collins Oliphant; Emily Dickinson
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J. H. Potter; Edgar Allen Poe
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Diane Lee Jortner; The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry
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Neve Talbot; Louisa May Alcott  and Charlotte Bronte (Currer Bell)
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M. K. Wiseman; Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge
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Scott E. Tarbet; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and Moby Dick by Herman Melville