Joe








Hello out there in cyberspace! I write Heroic Fantasy, Space Opera, Sword & Planet Sci-Fi, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, Children's Books, and I also dabble a bit in Horror stories. Here's a little bit more about me and my books.

Although I wrote my first short story in 1962, when I was in 5th grade, I also played guitar in rock and roll bands between 1964 and 1984. But I kept on writing stories all throughout grade school, high school, college and beyond, even though my guitar kept me quite busy.













But finally, in 1984, I hung up my guitar for good and concentrated solely on my writing. I sold 2 short stories around that time, then spent many, many years after that working on my craft, off and on, until one day, things began to happen....

My Published Books

Heroic Fantasy 
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Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser is my first published novel. It's epic Heroic Fantasy with a film noir edge. Six novellas linked together by my main character, Dorgo the Dowser, who uses a very special dowsing rod to help him solve crimes involving magic, the supernatural, and the paranormal . . . all set in an alternate-world of the 14th century.

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Heroic Fantasy
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Mad Shadows II: Dorgo the Dowser and The Order of the Serpent is my fourth published novel. It's another Heroic Fantasy with a film noir twist, featuring more magic, murder, mystery, monsters and mayhem, all brought to you courtesy of Dorgo the Dowser.




Sci-Fi/Space Opera
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Three Against The Stars is my second published novel, an old-fashioned space opera. It's about the Space Marines of the future, stationed on an alien planet where they discover a conspiracy by the former fascist regime, the Khandra, which is now allied with an alien, enemy empire known as the Drakonian Hegemony.


Sword & Sorcery
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Waters of Darkness, co-authored with David C. Smith, is a swashbuckling pirate adventure of swords and sorcery. Set in the mid-17th century, in Madagascar and Africa, it deals with enemy pirates, an ancient curse, an undying wizard, and an eons-old horror inspired by H. P. Lovecraft.

Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin is my first children's fantasy in collaboration with author and illustrator, Erika M Szabo. It concerns two cousins, Nikki and Jack, who find a talking wind chime in the shape of a silver skeleton named Wishbone Jones, and a black pumpkin in which the ghosts of the three good witches known as the Wishmothers have been imprisoned. To free them, Nikki and Jack travel to the magical world of Creepy Hollow. (Winner of the 2017 Golden Books Judge's Choice Award for Children's Fantasy.)

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The Power of the Sapphire Wand. Nikki and Jack return to Creepy Hollow in this new, action-packed fantasy adventure for middle-grade children and young adults. On her 13th birthday, Nikki discovers she has magical powers. During a surprise attack by the giant Mutanto and his gang of Werewolves, Wishbone, Ghoulina and Catman arrive to save the kids and tell them about Evila the Grim Witch’s plans to conquer Creepy Hollow. Nikki and Jack return to Creepy Hollow to help their friends defeat Evila. 

Children's Fantasy







Creepy Hollow Adventures, Books 1 and 2: Three Ghosts in a Black Pumpkin and The Power of the Sapphire Wand, together in one volume. The beautiful, hardcover special edition features lush illustrations in full Technicolor, by Erika M. Szabo.

Fantasy and Horror
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In my story We the Furious, Doctor Victor Frankenstein, his famous Monster, Mary Shelley and Galatea try to stop Lemuel Gulliver and his demonic Uncubi from disrupting the balance and order of Hell.

In Undertaker’s Holiday, my collaboration with author Shebat Legion, Hell’s Undertaker, who’s in charge of reassigning Lost Souls, attends the InfernoCon 666 event to find out why so many of the Damned are smiling.

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Fantasy and Horror 


My story, Hell on a Technicality, concerns the efforts of Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his lab assistant, the Hunchback of Notre Dame to find a cure for the plagues ravaging Hell. Meanwhile, Mary Shelley seeks the aid of several doctors of philosophy to determine whether or not Galatea and Frankenstein's Monster and have souls, since neither were born of Man and Woman. If they don't have souls, then why are they in Hell?  
Fantasy and Horror



In The Pirates of Penance, Doctor Victor Frankenstein, Quasimodo, Errol Flynn, Jean Harlow, Douglas Fairbanks, Johnny Appleseed and many others, all set sail for the Isle of the Damned under the guise of making a movie . . . Captain Blood: Vampire in Hell. But their real intention is to find their way to Hades and the path that may lead them out of Hell. 

Sword and Soul Fantasy

My story, The Blood of the Lion, appears in the anthology Griots: Sisters of the SpearEach story features different women of color. Mine concerns the adventures of a brother and younger sister as they journey through the dark rainforest facing countless dangers while searching for the one Juju Woman who can break the spell that has cursed the older brother and save their tribe. 

My novella, The Dragon’s Horde, appears in the Heroic Fantasy anthology, Heroika: Dragon Eaters. The story concerns the birth of the first queen dragon in 500 years, and a man who sets out with a woman and her two strange wolverines to destroy the new queen before she can breed another race of dragons bent on the destruction of mankind. Heroika is a brand-new anthology series of all-original heroic fantasy tales created and edited by author Janet Morris.
Fantasy and Mythology



Sinbad: The New Voyages
 (Volume 4) is an anthology series that continue with the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor. These stories are all inspired by the great films known for their Special FX by Ray Harryhausen.

In my story, Sinbad and The Golden Fleece, Sinbad is asked to go on a quest to find the famous Golden Fleece, which had been lost over the centuries after Jason and his Argonauts brought it back from the island of Colchis. But Sinbad is in for quite an adventure and more than a few twists and turns. 

 Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror


The mother of all apocalypses, The Sha’Daa, is back is this delightful shared-world anthology series! 

This volume features Samuel Meant Well and the Little Black Cloud of the Apocalypse, written in collaboration with Shebat Legion. “Poor Samuel. He meant well. But things never turned out that way. He always wanted to be a superhero and do the right thing. And then one day the Little Black Cloud of the Apocalypse came to town. But what can he do when armed only with a doll that cries “Mama!” and constantly bites him, and a Pez dispenser filled with some very unusual candy?”

  
Heroic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery




Artifacts and Relics: Extreme Sorcery is a "shared-theme" anthology of Heroic Fantasy tales based around . . . you guessed it . . . some magical artifact or relic.

My contribution to this excellent Kindle-only edition is called The Book of Echoes, and it features my character, Dorgo the Dowser, involved with more mystery murder, magic, monsters, mayhem and mutants as he tries to find and solve the mystery of the most dangerous book of sorcery every written.







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