Thursday

WEAPONIZER QUARTERLY: COMING SOON


Above is the absolutely astounding cover for Issue #1 of our new magazine, the Weaponizer Quarterly. The photograph is by Robin LeBlanc, a promotional shot from theforthcoming independent movie SCARS. We are in the final stages of proofing the magazine, and will have a release date for you imminently!

The first issue features science fiction and horror stories by Mark Harding of Mutation Press, Justin Childress, Mo Ali, Andre Navarro of Pitch Black: The Webcomic, Andrew C. Ferguson of Writers' Bloc, Paul Grimsley and C. Brian Hickey, with art by Mo and Andre, plus Emmanuel Hernaez aka MojoKingBee and others, plus a four-page photography spread by cover artist Robin.

There's non-fiction from Pornokitsch alt.history specialist Jared Shurin, Elle Matheuse and Grimly Whetfox, talking about comets, the beauty myth judgemental behaviour, and lucid dreaming, plus interviews with screenwriter / director Eric Heiserrer (A Nightmare on Elm Street / The Thing), recent Planet Mu signing and DJ legend Chrissy Murderbot, and San Francisco Witch House label-head Ben Verslius of Tundra Dubs.

We've also got an EXCLUSIVE prequel to K. Patrick Glover and Keith Perkins' new webcomic serial, 'A Wicked Little Town', plus more comics from Richard Fannon and artist Lee Smart, and an illustrated vampire story by Harlequinade and Inkmoth.

Watch this space for an announcement on the release date, pricing and how to order, very soon!

P.E.A.C.E.
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SERIAL FICTION: BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 11: PAWN TO KING FOUR


Jon Bale finds yet more reasons to regret his association with The Company, as Caldwell draws him deeper in to his web of deceit and revenge... 'Pawn To King Four' Chapter 11 of Bale's Game by K. Patrick Glover.

The file offered no insight as to what Caldwell had been doing in those missing time periods. In fact, it never even questioned them. There was also no mention of Caldwell leaving the Company payroll. The file ended abruptly, 18 months ago, in Ireland ...READ 'BALE'S GAME' CHAPTER 11 NOW!


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SERIAL FICTION: WORKING CLASS PALADIN, CHAPTER 3 - PIPEBOMB ON LANSDOWNE


"Pipebomb on Lansdowne" - Chapter 3 of Working Class Paladin is up on weaponizer now - and author C. Brian Hickey has a magnificently devilish surprise in store... This supernatural horror serial promises much more to come in the way of twists and turns, but we'd expect nothing less from the wicked brain behind Jason December and the author of 'Shriekonomics,' 'Catchy' and 'The Harrow Pit'. Tommy Gallagher has a hard road ahead...


Father Reardon looked ashen in the doorway. A young man, dressed in a shirt and tie and wearing a messenger bag, stood holding a manila envelope.

“He says it’s for The Paladin.”

Tommy moved fast as tragedy, lashing out and grabbing the kid by his tie, holding him fast as he drew. “Who sent you?”

The youth gurgled, his eyes darting back and forth, from the gun, to the priest, to Tommy’s crazy blue eyes.... READ PIPEBOMB ON LANSDOWNE, CHAPTER 3 OF WORKING CLASS PALADIN, NOW.

Tuesday

NON-FICTION: FIELD GUIDE TO THE MEMETIC APOCALYPSE

Weaponizer is proud to present our first article from new weaponhead Jared Shurin. Looking at the viral meme as a viral meme within pop-culture, the Field Guide to the Memetic Apocalypse maps the evolution of world-bursting semantics into an existential threat. Charting the first fleeting glimpses of it in horror literature, through transmission by video, to its occult presence in the work of Warren Ellis and Grant Morrison, Jared reviews the evidence that the immanent eschaton is textual.

The internet of things allows developers to pair code and text in an expansive new way, but coating viruses in a spoonful of boob-sugar is a trick as old as the porn industry. And viruses are comparatively simple: computers process information more rapidly than our squidgy human gray-lumps. Computers are up to the uncreative rigor of suicide-by-algorithm, for us mammals, it'd be like jamming an alphabet block through the eye... READ FIELD GUIDE TO THE MEMETIC APOCALYPSE NOW.


Original image for this article came from Propnomicon

Saturday

SERIAL FICTION: WEAPON EYES, SIR - CHAPTER 5 - THE FIGHT IN THE DOG


The cyberpunk skies are darkening over Weaponizer: Hunted by the powers-that-be, weapon-eyed fugitive Stanley begins to glimpse the shape of the future for his persecuted meta-tribe of weaponized humans, in "The Fight in the Dog", Chapter 5 of Weapon Eyes, Sir.

This increasingly apocalyptic biopunk thriller serial by Paul S. Grimsley
is grinding rapidly up through philosophical, technological and psychological gears as it approaches eschatological velocity. Hold on tight...

Stanley had a network now - they were all off the grid and moving through the country on backroads and secret tunnels which had been built with a stunning rapidity. They were not trying to engage in any kind of war; they were trying to avoid one - a handful of nomadic tribes of transhumanists playing a game of cat and mouse with people who wanted them dead... READ "THE FIGHT IN THE DOG", CHAPTER 5 OF WEAPON EYES, SIR, NOW.

READ WEAPON EYES, SIR FROM THE BEGINNING

Paul's book Warchalking is available here. "An outline around the present time's corpse."

Thursday

FLASH FICTION: EIN BÄR by Stephen Toase


Brand new weaponizer author Stephen Toase kicks off what promises to be a hectic few days of free-flowing flashfic as we deploy some of our wonderful new weapons. The serials have been killing it lately, but it's time for some rapid-fire salvos of micro-narrative ordnance. Ein Bär is first off the launcher, a cautionary dream about playing games. Consider this one a warning shot, weapons HOT.

Frau Schneider was refilling the cups of thick black coffee when the bear walked into HellesPlatz, panting heavily in his fur from the high afternoon sun... READ EIN BÄR NOW


Original image for this story Bear-Boy by Surf~n~Skate

Wednesday

SERIAL FICTION: BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 10 - ROOK TAKES PAWN



First blood has been drawn and weathered bounty hunter Jon Bale is still recovering from the exchange when a sinister visitor presents him with a tempting offer in 'Rook Takes Pawn' Chapter 10 of Bale's Game by K. Patrick Glover.

“Better?” she asked.

I cleared my throat a couple of times, then answered her. “Yes, thank you.” My voice was rough, but steady. “Who are you?”

“Jennifer. You can call me Jenn.”

“Police?”

“No. They’re in the hall outside.”


READ "ROOK TAKES PAWN" BALE'S GAME, CHAPTER 10, NOW.


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MUTATION PRESS / ROCKET SCIENCE - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS



Attention SF writers! Mark Harding's utterly marvelous MUTATION PRESS, which last year published the award-winning collection 'Music From Another World,' is looking for submissions for its new anthology, 'Rocket Science.'

From the brief:

ROCKET SCIENCE is looking for stories which realistically depict space travel and its hazards. The reader needs to know what it would be like to be there. This doesn’t mean stories must be set in interplanetary or interstellar space; but the technology and science involved must be present somewhere. It could be a story set in a spacecraft, on an asteroid or space station; or about a mission soon to leave Earth’s surface. It could be a first contact, a rescue against the odds, or a study of some unusual space phenomenon. Whatever suits. Don't be afraid to be literary. But no space opera, definitely no space opera.

Submissions will be accepted from 1 Aug 2011 to 31 Oct 2011. I will definitely be giving this one a bash - I suggest you lot do as well (Couper, Hickey... I'm looking at you!)


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Tuesday

SERIAL FICTION: KANSAS, CHAPTER 16: STEPPING


In 'STEPPING' - Chapter 16 of Kansas, the action shifts back to Hatcher and Dragowski as they concern themselves with acquiring some new toys. Cyberpunk paranoia is fused with hard-boiled humour in Matthew McLean's futuristic espionage thriller serial.


These suitcases were, by virtue of their craftsmanship, already worth more than the hardware they carried. The fact that they were probably kevlar lined with internal frames that could withstand the abuse of even the most aggressive baggage handler was just additional testament to their worth. Hatcher carefully unzipped them both before flipping the covers back simultaneously.

It was the first time he had even thought of the word 'Christmas' in many, many months...
READ THE REST OF 'STEPPING', CHAPTER 16 OF KANSAS, NOW.


NEW READERS - START HERE
READ KANSAS FROM THE BEGINNING
Series Catchup post here

Thursday

SERIAL FICTION: WORKING CLASS PALADIN - CHAPTER 2 - IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD


The second part of prolific weaponhead
C. Brian Hickey's serial fiction Working Class Paladin is up on Weaponizer now. The creator of corporate sorceror Jason December and author of 'Shriekonomics,' 'Catchy' and 'The Harrow Pit' continues the story of Tommy Gallagher, a scarred and hard-bitten (sometimes literally) Boston Irishman reluctantly coming to terms with his unwitting transformation into a vessel of immense magical power. An exorcist haunted by demons within and demons without, Tommy wrestles with the violent destiny that has claimed him while living nightmares stalk the countryside of Massachusetts. This tale will make your skin prickle and your hair stand on end. Don't miss it.

He looked at the pistols in their holsters, hung on a hook by the door. Enormous things--like less ostentatiously designed Desert Eagles--made just for him. The metal shone like polished silver, solidly built, but light as a feather, and on each of the ivory grips was a design that matched that on his palms perfectly.

Just for him.

They’d shown up on the rectory’s steps three days after he’d arrived, the only indicia was a note on the box, in a steady, sure hand: “For The Paladin”...READ WORKING CLASS PALADIN, CHAPTER 2 - 'IF I SHOULD FALL FROM GRACE WITH GOD' NOW!

Tuesday

NON-FICTION: THE NOUGHTIES - WTF JUST HAPPENED? 2001 - ALL EYES ON NEW YORK




Niall O'Conghaile - better known in subterranean circles as
The Niallist - is a blogger, DJ, producer and co-founder of Little Rock Records. He suffers from a terrifying encyclopaedic knowledge of all the kinds of music that make you bleed, orgasm and die. In this series of non-fiction articles for Weaponizer he casts a forensic eye back over the fraught noughties, identifying the key events, movements and personalities that defined the musical evolution of that decade. This week's target year is 2001 and our guide leads us into the ruined glass and concrete canyons of New York in search of those moments in time that can help to explain exactly WTF just happened?

At the end of the year when the focus was on Afghanistan and the drums of retribution were pounding, where then were the "chemical generation"? Where was this so-called "changed world" of ours? Where exactly was the peace, love, unity and respect? To these eyes it seemed that they just rolled over and died. I felt betrayed, powerless and angry... READ THE REST OF 'THE NOUGHTIES: WTF JUST HAPPENED? 2001 - ALL EYES ON NEW YORK' NOW.

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