A second installment of videos I forgot to post about. My apologies to both the authors and our followers. There will be a few more of these.

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These are both from the anthology Devilish & Divine, so I’m posting the book description first:

Hell Bound or Heaven Sent?

Some of us will never know until it’s too late. From an infernal fiend reduced to baking cookies to comfort a small child, to a pastor’s kid rescued from a fall from grace by an unlikely pair, and every iteration in between, Devilish & Divine explores the spectrum of mankind’s encounters with beings of power beyond our comprehension.

Are you ready to explore otherworldly hosts—both heavenly and otherwise?

With stories by James Chambers, John L. French, Robert E. Waters, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Christopher J. Burke, Michelle D. Sonnier, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Russ Colchamiro, Michael A. Black, Patrick Thomas, Hildy Silverman, and John G. Hartness

Keith R.A. DeCandido reading a second excerpt from his story “Unguarded”, featured in Devilish & Divine, edited by John L. French and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and published by NeoParadoxa (an imprint of eSpec Books). (this is an Amazon Associate link.)

About the Author

Keith R.A. DeCandido has written several other tales of Coursers (or Slayers) and their work keeping the world safe from supernatural threats, including the novels A Furnace Sealed and the forthcoming Feat of Clay (both from WordFire Press) and the short stories “Under the King’s Bridge” in Liar Liar (Mendacity Press), “Materfamilias” in Bad Ass Moms (Crazy 8 Press), and “Unguarded” in Devilish and Divine (eSpec Books). His other work includes media tie-in fiction in more than thirty different licensed universes from Alien to Zorro, as well as fiction in his own worlds, including fantastical police procedurals in the fictional cities of Cliff’s End and Super City, as well as urban fantasy tales in the somewhat real locales of Key West and New York City. He also writes pop-culture commentary, primarily for the award-winning site, but also for various books and magazines. Recent and upcoming work includes the novels Phoenix Precinct (the next in his series of police procedurals in an epic fantasy setting, from eSpec Books), Animal (a thriller written with Dr. Munish K. Batra, from WordFire), To Hell and Regroup (a military science fiction novel written with David Sherman, from eSpec Books), and the aforementioned Feat of Clay; short stories in the anthologies Pangaea Book 3: Redemption (Crazy 8), Footprints in the Stars (eSpec), Across the Universe: Tales of Alternative Beatles (Fantastic Books), and Turning the Tied (a charity anthology from the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers); and new graphic novels from TokyoPop in the world of Resident Evil, tying into the Netflix animated series Infinite Darkness. Keith is also a third-degree black belt in karate (he both teaches and trains), a professional musician (currently percussionist for the parody band Boogie Knights), an editor of many years’ standing (though he usually does it sitting down), and probably some other stuff he can’t recall due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his website at

James Chambers reading an excerpt from his story “Far From the Knowing Place”, featured in Devilish & Divine, edited by John L. French and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, and published by NeoParadoxa (an imprint of eSpec Books). (this is an Amazon Associate link.)

About the Author James Chambers is an award-winning author of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He wrote the Bram Stoker Award®-winning graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. Publisher’s Weekly described The Engines of Sacrifice, his collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published by Dark Regions Press as “…chillingly evocative…” in a starred review. His story, “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. He has authored the short story collection Resurrection House and several novellas, including The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, in the Corpse Fauna novella series. He also wrote the illustrated story collection, The Midnight Hour: Saint Lawn Hill and Other Tales, created in collaboration with artist Jason Whitley. His short stories have been published in the anthologies The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible, Bad-Ass Faeries, Bad-Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad, Bad-Ass Faeries 3: In All Their Glory, Bad Cop No Donut, The Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, The Best of Defending the Future, Breach the Hull, By Other Means, Chiral Mad 2, Chiral Mad 4, Dance Like A Monkey, Dark Hallows II: Tales from the Witching Hour, Deep Cuts, The Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon, Dragon’s Lure, Fantastic Futures 13, Gaslight and Grimm, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, Hear Them Roar, In An Iron Cage, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, Man and Machine, Mermaids 13, No Longer Dreams, Qualia Nous, Shadows Over Main Street (1 and 2), The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, So It Begins, The Spider: Extreme Prejudice, To Hell in a Fast Car, Truth or Dare, TV Gods, Walrus Tales, Weird Trails, and With Great Power; the chapbook Mooncat Jack; and the magazines Bare Bone, Cthulhu Sex, and Allen K’s Inhuman. He has also written numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House, The Midnight Hour with Jason Whitley, and the award-winning original graphic novel, Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe. He is a member and trustee of the Horror Writers Association, and recipient of the 2012 Richard Laymon Award and the 2016 Silver Hammer Award. He lives in New York. Visit his website:

The eSpec Guest Author Reading Series

Sherri Cook Woolsey reading an excerpt from her short story “Mustangs and Colts” from Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021, edited by Robert Greenberger and published by Crazy8 Press. (this is an Amazon Associate link.)

You asked for more pulp? You got it! Thrilling Adventure Yarns has returned! Crazy 8 Press once again treats you to an array of stories in the classic pulp style, replete with action and adventure, chills and thrills, mystery and romance, and much more! Delight in the return of favorites Cannon Belle and Molly Maloy! Exult in glimpses of such classics as Sherlock Holmes! And cheer at exploits from all-new characters! Pulp is back— and better than ever! Enthuse to stories by Michael A. Burstein, Russ Colchamiro, Greg Cox, Paige Daniels, Lester Dent, Mary Fan, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Heather E. Hutsell, Paul Kupperberg, Karissa Laurel, William Leisner, Jonathan Maberry, David Mack, Ron Marz, Danielle Ackley McPhail, Stuart Moore, Will Murray, Jody Lynn Nye, Scott Pearson, Aaron Rosenberg, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Richard C. White, and Sheri Cook Woosley! Be enchanted with illustrations by June Brigman, Kerry Callen, Gary Carbon, Mike Collins, Daerick Gross, Matt Haley, Karl Kesel, Peter Krause, Luke McDonell, Ron Randall, Dan Schkade, Bart Sears, Daniele Sera, Jeff Weigel, and Mark Wheatley!

About the Author

Sherri Cook Woosley holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland with a focus on comparative mythology. Her short fiction has recently been published in Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021, DreamForge Magazine, and Abyss & Apex. Her debut novel, WALKING THROUGH FIRE, was long-listed for both the Booknest Debut Novel award and Baltimore’s Best 2019 and 2020 in the novel category. She lives north of Baltimore with her family – currently a husband, four teenagers, and a cast of rescue animals. Website: Twitter: @SherriWoosley Instagram: Sherri.Woosley

Will McDermott reading a second excerpt of his novel Soulless Fury, a part of the Necromunda series, by Black Library (this is an Amazon Associate link.)

No one knows murder like Mad Donna. Where she goes, death follows – she is a force of nature, leaving devastated settlements and shell casings in her wake. But even Necromunda has its limits for senseless, unsanctioned violence. Scrutinator Primus Servalen, armed with the personal seal of Lord Helmawr – to which no request can be denied and no door barred – is dispatched to bring the misbegotten scion of House Ulanti to justice, but first she has to track her down… and how do you find one murderer in amongst the bloodshed of the Underhive?

About the Author

Will McDermott turned an early love of mystery, fantasy, and games into a career. He has published eight novels and sixteen short stories, and helped create innumerous worlds, characters, and stories for card, board, and video games. His fiction is often set in gaming universes, including Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer 40K, and Mage Wars. He is known for bringing larger-than-life characters alive on the page, including Warhammer’s Kal Jerico and Mad D’onne, Magic’s Balthor the Stout, and the Night Stalker’s Carl Kolchak (who can be found in the pages of Will’s upcoming Night Stalker novel, Strangled By Death, coming in March 2021). Find out more at Follow him on Instagram at @w_mcdermott.

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