Pulpwork Press has released their 2013 Christmas Special, featuring stories by Joel Jenkins, Russ Anderson, Percival Constantine and–wait for it–me. As with the previous Christmas Specials (all of which are still available, if you’re interested), I contributed a Royal Occultist story,”The Third Death of Henry Antrim”. From the blurb:
The Third Death of Henry Antrim: Royal Occultist Charles St. Cyprian and his companion-in-arms, the lovely, gun-toting, and slightly bloodthirsty Ebe Gallowglass, discover murder most foul, a holy relic in the form of a Colt .45 pistol, and an evil sprung up from the wildlands of the weird west.
The Wild Hunt: When the vulpine changeling Asami encounters a restless spirit wandering the icy slopes of Kurodake, Japanese legend clashes with Norse mythology and she finds herself caught up in the midst of a mythic hunt.
The Shadow Killers: Cold-hearted assassin Monica Killingsworth finds herself the reluctant, but extremely well paid, escort of a small child and becomes the target of merciless killers, some of which she has worked with before. But Killingsworth knows a thing or three about assassination and bullets, blood, and bombs fly on Christmas day.
“The Third Death of Henry Antrim” was a fun story to write. Then, pretty much all of the Royal Occultist stories have been fun to write. This one has a vampire causing trouble at a Kensington Christmas party, and as hard as it might be to believe, this marks the first occasion that St. Cyprian and Gallowglass have locked horns with one of the thirsty dead.
But it won’t be the last…