Monday, December 16, 2013

A New E-book

My alter-ego is proud to announce that her novel Messiah Node is now available for the first time as an e-book via Wizard Tower Press:

Here's a little bit about it:

The sign.
When a meteorite falls from the sky, the destruction left in its wake lights a political fuse that could bring on Armageddon.
The prophet.
Just when the world could use a savior, the prophet Elijah appears. His search for a messiah leads him to the daughter of the archangel Michael.
The savior.
Meanwhile other messiah hopefuls spring up around the world -- including Page, an AI already tangled in webs of religion and deception. Yet as false shepherds lead the lambs to their doom, it may be up to Page's creator, the criminal mastermind known as Mouse, to save them all....
"Messiah Node's cool, ethereal fusion of cyberpunk and mythology fits perfectly with with action-adventure storytelling and a piercing examination of religious extremism."
-- Alyx Dellamonica, Locus
"I'll give Lyda Morehouse a big thumbs-up for this book; Messiah Node is full of great characters, a great plot, and lots of action. The book has all the ingredients that exemplifies good modern science fiction; a blend of genres that will appeal to the wider public, and Morehouse is a writer that stands out in the crowd. This is a terrific blend of fresh ideas and an intriguing futuristic vision."
-- Vegar Holmen, The Alien Online
"Morehouse knows how to pace her story, weaving strands of plot and drawing the reader ever deeper into its fascinating but unnerving world. Although the third book in a tetralogy, this one includes enough backstory to stand solidly on its own. The final volume ought to be riveting, for apocalypse is on the horizon"
-- Regina Schroeder, Booklist
"... an excellent read. I was up half the night finishing it."
-- Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Anthology News

I have a short story called "The God Box" that will be out a Biblical Horror Anthology called KING DAVID AND THE SPIDERS OF MARS, which is available for pre-order on Amazon at:

"The God Box" is the story of the golden hemorrhoids from... Judges, I think, except recast as a science fiction story set on Jupiter's moon Ganymede.  I'm actually kind of proud of this story, so you know, if the rest of the book sounds at all cool to you, please consider pre-ordering a copy

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bonus Halloween Podcast

Rachel and I decided to do a bonus Halloween podcast (very short, only about 10 minutes) in which we listen to some more poetry in ancient Sumerian and talk to Professor Dalglesh about the first author (do you know who that was?  Hint: it was a woman!) and general language things...

The podcast is embedded in the blog post, and you can follow the links inside to get a more in-depth picture of the things we discussed.

Also, as Dylan, I wrote a short story for the Unseen World:

Fans of my urban fantasy work should enjoy "Frayed Edges," it's very much like a Garnet novel or maybe even Precinct 13. 

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  My family and I always love carving pumpkins, and this was my scary guy.  I based him partly on my Anime crush, Renji Abarai (the funky eyebrow things are his.)

Mason, my son, came up with this design, which I think looks like an homage to Grumpy Cat/Tard:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


I'm doing a podcast (under the stage name "Dylan Calish), which I hope will become a monthly thing.  It's called "Travels in the UnSeen World" and you can take a listen to the first episode here:

Here's how it's described:

Who wouldn’t want to learn to say “devour the corpses like a dog; so say well all” in the phonetic interpretation of Cuneiform?

In our very first podcast of “Travels in the UnSeen World” you can learn that phrase as well as several other evocations to the god Inanna as read to us by Professor Cass Dalglish. We will also learn about the five types of demons that inhabit the UnSeen World from author Rachel Calish… in an interview that was crashed (almost literally) by several unseen guests….

So, grab your passports, fellow travelers, and get ready to enter the UnSeen….

Sounds cool, right?  Well, feel free to check it out.  It's a project that I've had in mind for a long time.  Like any good otaku, I've been trying to teach myself Japanese.  As part of this, I've listened to some VERY boring language tapes.  "John Learner would like a cup of coffee."  And phrases like this where nothing untoward every happens to Mr. Learner. He always gets through customs without a hassle.  Makes a phone call without dialing the wrong number.  And any number of completely unlikely scenarios when you're traveling abroad, right??  And, anyway, I have always thought it'd be so much more fun to learn a language if you were actually following an interesting story.  This isn't quite that, because it's also in support of my friend Rachel's new book and the world she developed around it, but there is a strong language component that's part of this.

Anyway, it's a creative project that's keeping me off the streets.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

You want these don't you?

They're all five of the AngeLINK books (Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, Apocalypse Array, and Resurrection Code), and I've donated them to my publisher, Dybukk Press, as a new incentive for their kickstarter that they're running to recoop the production costs of the newest anthology King David & The Spiders of Mars, in which my short story "God Box" will appear.

How can I entice you? Should I let you know that some of these books are bordering on rare--in particular Fallen Host, which has been out of print the longest. I ran out of my private supplies about a year ago, and have taken to picking them up wherever I see them. This one is in mint-condition (not even previously incribed!) All the others are straight out of the box I bought them in, new!

I'd also be willing to personally inscribe them to you and/or just sign them.

SOLD!  I'm happy to report these were gone before the hour was up!

So, what do you say?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Starting with a Kick

I should let people know that an anthology my short story "God Box" is going to appear in is doing one of those kick-starter things. If you're so inclined, please help them out at:

The anthology is a follow up to SHE NAILED A STAKE THROUGH HIS HEAD, which featured Biblical horror stories. This one will be called KING DAVID AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS. My story, alas, takes place on Ganymede, and while it doesn't feature any spiders, does retell the golden hemorrhoids story. Because when God smites you with hemorrhoids and then demands you make a golden representation of them as tribute, you know horror, man.

Monday, May 06, 2013

New E-book

Alas, probably not what you, the fans of Tate, are looking for, but my alter ego, Lyda Morehouse is proud to announce that the second book in her AngeLINK tetrology (four book series) is now available as an e-book!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SF Signal

There's an interview with me over at SF Signal this morning, if you'd like to catch up on the latest of my personal and publishing news:

Though I do talk a bit about my life as my alter ego, there's a goodly amount of news about the latest things going on with me as Tate.  So, check it out, if you're so inclined. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blurbs and Furry Fandom

Yesterday, I was supposed to work on my sample chapters. I just could NOT get motivated. I don't know why. I have lots of other things I could blame besides myself, of course, including the fact that Shawn ended up not going to work (she had to attend the funeral of her co-worker/friend's mom) and Mason had the day off from school. Mason, however, was quite content to spend the day watching too much streaming MythBusters while putting together the LEGO DeathStar. So... actually, I had plenty of free time.

Which I spent meandering around the Internet and generally moaning about having ennui.

I did manage to write a blurb for a friend's small press science fiction novel. That had been on my to-do pile for MONTHS. I thought, in fact, I'd missed my opportunity to say something about it, but he emailed me a week ago to say that the book was in its final stages and they could still use a quote from me, if I had something to say. I'd read a lot of it when I thought I still had time, but then life had gotten in the way like it always does and I'd set it aside. So I picked it back up and read it.

Writing blurbs is such a funny, fun experience. It's one of the perks of being a pro that I never really gave much thought to when I imagined my life as a writer. Of course, I never imagined that I would still be struggling to make ends-meet when my "dream came true," but, on a happier note, there are these strange sort of perks to being a writer that are a bit like benefits. Like, occasionally, I get free books. My only 'price' is that I have to find something snappy and witty to say about them (if I like them.)

If you ever wondered, there is no blurb out there that wasn't solicited in one way or the other. By solicited, I do NOT mean paid for, but I mean the person asking (usually the author her/himself) knows or is connected to in some way the person s/he requested the blurb from. Only very rarely, I get requests from people's publishers. I suspect if I were a bigger NAME, I'd get many more of those. (I'm sure Neil Gaiman and Lois McMaster Bujold are overrun, for instance.) But for someone at my level, it's usually someone I consider a colleague, or even a friend, who's asked me to read and blurb their book.

I've actually long dreamed of asking my friend Eleanor Arnason to blurb my book in her signature Icelandic way, which I imagine going something like this, "XXX by Lyda Morehouse is okay. I've read worse."

Anyone who knew Eleanor would realize what AMAZING praise that was and rush out and buy a million copies. Of course, most people outside of the Mid-West (who weren't Scandinavian) would be like, "What?!"


Anyway, I'm happy to report that, having turned in my blurb to my friend, I did, officially, accomplish SOMETHING yesterday.

I also posted the first part of my Komamura fic. ( which has gotten very little response. To be fair, not a lot happens in it. There's a conversation at a party and a little flirting. I didn't jump in with both feet by any means. I also realized that while there's some overlap with furries and Bleach, it's still kind of... taboo to write what is essentially a romantic story about an anthropomorphic wolf/fox and a shape-shifting fox demon. Perhaps 'taboo' isn't the right word, but it's clearly not a lot of people's cup of tea.

So be it. I had a great time writing it, and I might just be stubborn and do it again. (I am very curious about this reaction in one way, though, considering how animalistic I allow my Renji to be. Apparently-animal-on-the inside/barely contained nature ala Wolverine is much, MUCH more acceptable than animal-on-the-outside. [My furry friends? Any comments on this phenomenon?])

At any rate, it is what it is. I don't expect people to read outside of their comfort zone. This is one of the reasons I get cranky when people mock fan fic writers for choosing unusual pairing or for taking on a fetish that is way, way out of the norm. (I recently got a new comment on my rant about i09's former FFF column that brought all this back to me.) The thing is, I don't really happen to *get* diaper fetishes or water sports or any number of things that healthy, normal human beings are into. There are things, in fact, I actually find somewhat objectionable, like rape fantasies and certain underage sex stories. But, I deal with that by checking the warning tags AND JUST NOT READING THEM. That's why warnings were invented, people.

I also tend to stop reading any fic that has extremely bad grammar or spelling... unless, by some miracle, the story and characterizations are able to rise above that (which, strangely, CAN happen.) Sure, it's funny when someone (like me -- this is a real example from an erotica piece I handed out to my writers' group) uses the word lions when they mean loins, or talks about quacking Aspens or bear feet. I've kind of done them all, and to which I say, Dyslexics Untie! (A joke Shawn had to explain to me, because I read it several times and still parced 'Unite.')

But, seriously, people, if it bugs you JUST STOP READING. It's not that hard. No one is forcing you to read their terrible grammar. They're not even getting paid to post it. So, it's not like you bought a book for 7.99 and discovered that that author has a soul-bonding rape fantasy and no copy-editor (which happened to me.)

I think in the case of the latter, when it's something that's been professionally published and which people are then expected to pay for, I think mocking should rain down from the heavens. Because, that's the dues of a published author. Even when you don't have a fetish that leaks into your fiction, you are putting it out there, and that means someone, somewhere thinks it's COMPLETE CRAP. Other people, take it home, love it and beg you for more. That's just the way the publishing game is played.

The same rules shouldn't apply to fic, IMHO. Because it's just for fun. If it's not fun for you, DON'T F*CKING READ IT; go play in the sandbox that fits YOUR fantasies. That's the POINT OF IT.


Man, I get wound up. :-)

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Review and News

This time there's a lovely review of Archangel Protocol (e-book) by Joanne Hall on her blog "Making Things Up For a Living,"

In other news, it does appear that 2013 is going to be "The Year Lyda Does ALL THE THINGS." I've got a lot of things in the hopper all of a sudden, none of them sure-things, but all of them ridiculously exciting.

I'm also for sure signed up to be in the Loft's catalogue for the Teen Summer Program for two potential classes. The first will be a somewhat straight-forward science-fiction/fantasy class called, "Beyond the Zombie Apocalypse: Writing SF/F For Teens," and second (which I'm super-excited about becaus it may be the only one of its kind) called, "ALL THE FEELS: Fan Fic 101" a how-to class for fan fiction writers. I've also gotten a proposal accepted for an on-line class for SF/F writers in the intermediate stage of their career called "Over the Transom," which will be a six week class.

Plus, I started work on the sequel to Precinct 13 which I'm hoping to self e-publish... though it's going to be interesting to try to find the time (I'm happy to say.)

Monday, January 07, 2013

Ater Ego being Alter...

Sorry that all the news about me lately has actually been about her, my other self, my alter ego.... I'm really hoping that I'll have more to give Tate fans soon, but in the meantime, why don't you read this lovely interview that's up on Sense of Wonder.  Sense of Wonder is a Spanish site that said absolutely wonderful things about Archangel Protocol (e-book) last week.

If you have the time and inclination, feel free to check it out. 

In the meantime, be secure in the knowledge that I'm making forward progress on the sequel to Precinct 13, which I'm currently planning on (possibly serializing, but definitely) self-publishing as an e-book.

In fact, I just introduced a biker-werewolf character that I'm utterly in love with, and, if I'm not careful might end up giving Valentine a run for his money.  Enough with the teases!  I hope you're all doing well and will be patient for news from me, Tate Hallaway.  There will be good news soon.  I WILL it to be so!!

Thursday, January 03, 2013

More Reviews for my Alter Ego!

And now, a Spanish review site, Sense of Wonder, has reviewed Archangel Protocol (e-book). All I can say? Wow.

Thank goodness, Requires Only That You Hate blasted Archangel Protocol (e-version, but pirated Torrent) several months ago or I could seriously get a big head reading these recent reviews.

Also, in the next few days Sense of Wonder will be posting an interview they did with me. When that goes live, I'll be sure to link it here and other places. This is the one I talked about below that made me nostalgic for cyberpunk.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

2013, The Year of Innovation?

I have a weird supersition. For some reason I've decided that however I start the day on New Year's Day will be an indication of how the year will be. Like any supersition, this has its downsides. Last year, I broke a plate, and... well, 2012 had a lot of disappointments.

This upcoming year, if my supersition holds, will be very, very IN-TER-ESTING.

I got up early on New Year's Eve day with the intention of getting started on the sequel to Precinct 13 (which I did, and which I'm eventually hoping to start publishing here and then collecting into an e-book). At any rate, I was feeling pretty prepared because the-day-before I remembered that I was low on coffee and I went out and bought two HUGE bags of the good stuff. I pulled out the old coffee maker, ripped open the first of the bags, and... discovered I had no coffee filters. My brain started spinning. What could I use instead? A paper towel? No, that would melt into goo. Cloth? Too thick, could also plug the works. Then I remembered that I had tea bags--the kind you can use when you make your own tea. They were connected in a row so you could tear each one off individually. I thought, "Ah ha! If I'm careful, I can line the inside of the coffeemaker and this could work." Of course, it could also have been a disaster with grounds gumming everything up.

But... it worked.

It was some of the best coffee I'd made in a long time too. And I had enough of the little tea bag sheets to do it again for a second pot.

So, I'm thinking 2013 = Innovation and Success. Let's hope that's true. I feel like it's off to a good start in the success department, because Cheryl Morgan, my publisher at Wizard's Tower Press, forwarded me this review from SF Signal about the e-book version of Archangel Protocol:

Sweet, huh? Okay, if you didn't zip off to read it, the gist of the thing is this: the book stands the test of time, at least from their p.o.v. That was nice to hear because that's probably one of my biggest concerns. Technology has changed a lot since I wrote it in 1999 (as has the world.) It's nice to know that, even if it's become a bit of a museum piece/alternate history, the characters and the world-building still come through strong enough to carry the book.

And, I'm enjoying the world of Precinct 13 again. It's fun to go back and revisit characters. And, in a weird way, without an editor looking over my shoulder, I'm looking foward to exploring some of the darker parts of that world that I never really touched on. Like, what's up with Devon (the vampire/werewolf) and his "enthrallment" to Spencer Jones (the police captain/fairy prince)? How creepy is that relationship anyway? Well, we may find out!