Last year, I and a whole host of what you might call gen-u-wine talent were invited to contribute to Ragnarok Publications’ giant monster anthology, Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters. Funded entirely through Kickstarter, the anthology more than met its goals, stretch or otherwise, and while the print edition won’t be out until March, the electronic edition is now available, should you be into that sort of thing.
My contribution, “Dead Men’s Bones”, is a Royal Occultist story. Set during St. Cyprian’s tenure as Carnacki’s assistant, it takes place during the later years of the Great War, only months before Carnacki’s death at Ypres, and sees the Royal Occultist and his assistant joining forces with an American ghost-breaker to investigate a plague of walking corpses behind Allied lines in the province of Averoigne.
“Dead Men’s Bones” is something of an homage to one of my favorite Clark Ashton Smith/giant monster stories, “The Colossus of Ylourgne”, which, if you haven’t read, you really should. Its got zombies, guns, not-Nazis, weird science, alchemy, guns, a car chase, guns, airplanes and a monster made of corpses that sweats mustard gas. What else could you want, really?