Somewhere in the world, a genius builds a machine to bring mankind closer to God. Somewhere in time, another genius builds a cathedral with a mind of its own. Somewhere on the road, three searchers race a serial killer to find the man with the key to salvation. It takes the sound and fury of Day 9 to bring them all together. If God took six days to make the world and rested on Day 7, humanity has spent Day 8 tearing it all apart. Everything changes on Day 9, when we get it right at any cost…or lose everything. On Day 9, a God’s-eye view of the world collides with the visions of a living, breathing cathedral in a war between the delusions of yesterday and the dreams of tomorrow. A war between beauty and mediocrity…love and hate…madness and sanity…life and death. If the unlikely heroes in the heart of the storm can’t face down their own demons, the deepest secrets of maniacs and murderers could bring the hope of the future crashing down forever. Don't miss this edgy, exciting, surprising, and thought-provoking thriller in the tradition of Tim Burton, the Coen Brothers, Thomas Pynchon, and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. It’s the latest novel from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected fiction that packs a punch.
On a day known forever as The Silencing, millions of human colonists went missing in space without a trace. Fifty years later, a team of explorers mounts a search, riding a space elevator into the heart of the unknown. One scientist, Gabriel Shard, holds the key to the truth, the last chance to recover the missing...but he might just die before he can use it. Don't miss this story by award-winning writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.
Where do superstars go when they die? A special Heaven, of course, where the music and parties go on forever. But when Stag the movie star gets there, he soon discovers that all is not as it seems. Hidden horrors lurk around every corner, and every angel has a devil inside. Worst of all, a deadly menace brews in Heaven's heart, a force of pure evil about to turn both Heaven and Earth into full-on, blistering hells. When Stag learns the truth, he teams up with the greatest dead rock stars, rappers, and movie stars to take on the danger rocketing toward them...but do they stand a chance of stopping it? Angels and devils clash in an apocalyptic struggle that shakes the foundations of reality. Shocking secrets and mysteries collide, casting aside all the lies in a final conflict that could tear down Heaven and Earth...or forge a dazzling, surprising destiny in the hands of Stag and his band of superstar rebels. Don't miss this exciting novel by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of hard-hitting science fiction and fantasy that really packs a punch.
Who killed Polish Lou, the famous Prince of Polka Music? His daughter, musicologist Lottie Kachowski, comes home to the polka heartland of New Krakow, Pennsylvania, to find the answer. Lottie has an unbeatable talent for using music to solve crimes, and she does just that on the trail of her father's killer. But the stakes turn deadlier than ever when another polka legend comes to a tragic end. As the danger rises, Lottie recruits her father's wacky girlfriend, Polish Peg, to help her dig deeper into the wild world of small town polka. The investigation takes some fancy footwork, as Lottie dances her way through a maze of local rivalries and alliances to unearth the darkest secrets of friends and neighbors. At the same time, she fights to keep from getting dragged back into the polka scene she left behind long ago, though her father's will names her his successor as head of his polka empire. Ducking her legacy while catching a killer is the challenge of a lifetime, but with help from Polish Peg, an old boyfriend, and a mysterious cat called Ghost, Lottie might just stand a chance of cracking the case. She puts everything on the line, even as the killer puts her in his sights, and she won't give up. Because when you've got polka in your blood, you just know the bad guy's going to face the music. Don't miss this thrilling tale from the master of mystery, Robert Jeschonek. Expect the unexpected in the first book in the Lottie Kachowski series.
Hardcore adventurer Sir Algernon Hogshead takes down badass steampunks in Victorian London. But the case of a lifetime might just ruin his winning streak and his life. When his wife starts keeping mysterious secrets and bad company, Sir Hogshead craves a peek behind the velvet curtain. But he can't possibly break through the world of women...or can he? Sparks fly when this manliest man crosses the line and takes on the undercover assignment he never imagined. Will a dress and corset enable a pulp action hero to blow the lid off a female threat without blowing his cover? Or will the terrible truth behind his wife's betrayal mean a horrifying ordeal for the man behind the disguise? Sometimes, the most awful surprises can lurk behind the most ridiculous outfits. Welcome to the latest shocker from Robert Jeschonek, a master of twisted steampunk from the outer reaches of the imagination. Don't miss the uncut version of this mind-bending and darkly funny story, which mixes action and comedy, mystery and slapstick, supernatural danger and steampunk cross-dressing.
What if Alzheimer's struck the World's Mightiest Hero? His daughter, heroic Hericane, finds out the hard way. Gripped by dementia, godlike Epitome tears apart a city, and no one can stop him. Will his madness destroy the entire world? Not if Hericane recruits the one big gun who stands a chance in Hell of stopping her father in his tracks. But the battle of the century between the super-charged titans might just kick-start the Apocalypse instead of stopping it. Because Epitome and his nemesis have much more in common than ultimate power. The shocking secret they share could turn history itself inside out. Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller and DC Comics writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected superhero adventures that really pack a punch.
A murder victim makes a tasty feast for a family of flesh-eating maggots. But when the maggots become the murderer's next targets, their gruesome banquet turns into a killing field. Can a single courageous worm with a vision inspire the survivors to fight back? Perhaps a brilliant, twisted trick will bring down the monster and serve up the meat for a bloody new feast. And the maggots' moment of glory might give way to the dark fulfillment of their deepest, wildest secret. Don't miss this twisted horror tale with a difference. Welcome to the latest shocker from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of mind-bending horror and dark fantasy.
Lenin came from outer space! He and his fellow shape-changing aliens bring communism to Earth, hoping to teach galactic harmony to violent humanity. Communist aliens posing as legendary leaders steer great nations through the turbulent history of the Twentieth Century. But changing times and surprising turnarounds lead the aliens to fight a secret civil war among their own ranks. When the alien Lenin and his beloved Irina end up on opposite sides, they have no choice but to battle to the death...or start a new revolution that might just sweep the stars. Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.
In a world where the art of seduction means everything, Tiki Jordan faces the ultimate test. As an acolyte in the Rites of Dawn, she must fulfill the desires of the man who holds the key to her future. But when strange visions of a mysterious woman threaten Tiki's quest, she unlocks the true meaning of passion and pain. Mature readers only. Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of mind-bending fantasy that really packs a punch.
The Red Battlenauts show no mercy. Roaring out of the darkness of deep space, these ultra-high tech war machines pound the hell out of both sides in a bloody interstellar civil war. No one can even SEE the Reds--no one except Marine Corporal Solomon Scott. Recruited by the hardcore SEAL-like Diamondbacks, Scott becomes a secret weapon in the ultimate struggle for survival. In battle after battle on perilous alien worlds, Scott and the Diamondbacks fight back against the ruthless Reds, desperately holding the line in furious clashes of muscle and metal. But when a face from the past exposes the secrets behind the carnage, a quest for answers becomes a race against time. Because the masters of the Red Battlenauts have more on their minds than a thirst for conquest...and only Solomon Scott can hope to stand against them. In the galaxy's darkest hour, the highest stakes imaginable drive this hero in Battlenaut armor to seize his destiny. But can he overcome a soul-searing betrayal that strikes out of nowhere like the Reds themselves? Only by crushing the monsters of his own dark past can Scott vanquish the forces blasting humanity to the brink of annihilation. Don't miss this exciting sequel to BEWARE THE BLACK BATTLENAUT by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of hard-hitting science fiction that really packs a punch. Strap yourself into the cockpit for OVER 100,000 WORDS OF BLISTERING ALL-NEW MILITARY SF ACTION!
Ever since the Voices started, little Bonnie can't sleep anymore. Every night, they whisper through the walls of her room, casting a dark spell over someone in her family...preparing them for a rampage of gruesome murder. What if the only way for Bonnie to save her family is to destroy someone she loves? And what if the secret of the Voices is even deadlier and more terrifying than she can imagine? Don't miss this story by award-winning writer Robert Jeschonek, a master of shocking horror that really packs a punch.
The world's hottest hero has gone rogue! In an age of global warming, super-heated hero Skillet looks like a lukewarm loser. But when his teammates, the Castigators, turn their backs on him, he turns the Castigators into prey. Let the hunt begin! Skillet becomes public enemy number one as he rounds up his former allies. But the secret plan behind his hunt might just save the world. The invention of evil genius Brain Fart could turn back the clock on global warming by melting down the high-powered do-gooders. Can Skillet capture the last of the heroes needed to charge the climate change reverser? Or will an out-for-blood super-hero hit squad cook his goose first? The hope of the future explodes in a fight to the death between the caped-and-cowled warriors of a doomed generation. Don't miss this action-packed super-hero tale with a difference from Robert Jeschonek, whose work for DC Comics laid the foundation for this thrilling new adventure.
The bigger the bug, the bigger the gun! Exterminators Pass Candle and Nona Stiletto keep space safe for humanity by mowing down hostile alien lifeforms. Cyborg implants and badass attitudes make these warriors unstoppable, but a distress call lands them in the battle of a lifetime on a postapocalyptic alien world. Stalked by hordes of unimaginably savage creatures, Pass and Nona fight a war for survival against impossible odds. Their only hope: an abandoned alien child who might be the last of her species left alive, and the only key to a terrible secret that might end the carnage...if she can stay awake long enough to figure it out. This masterpiece of scifi horror will race you out to the edge of reality, blow your mind, and kick your ass. Don't miss the uncut version of this story, acclaimed as a "Standout selection..." in a Publishers Weekly starred review.
Nobody cares who killed a down-on-his-luck piano player...except his brother, who happens to work for the crimefighting detective Sister Mayhem. Tearing up the underworld with her network of operatives--the Order of No Mercy--Sister Mayhem will stop at nothing to catch the killer. She's a master of disguise, a genius investigator, and a force of nature, but when the trail leads to a band of dirty-dealing musicians, she might have met her match. Lead singer Sheila Venus has genius, skills, and feminine wiles to rival Sister Mayhem's. Did her dark schemes lead to murder, or was the killing played in a different key echoing from a bloody, secret past? Sister Mayhem pulls out all the stops to solve the case and catch the killer, unless she becomes the next victim first. Don't miss this thrill-a-minute crime saga by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected crime fiction and mysteries that really pack a punch.
Welcome to six short stories from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek. This volume includes six full-length tales for one low price: "Wave a White Flag." Old man Henry decides to throw everything out the window, literally. No one can stop him as he chucks his belongings from his high-rise apartment and watches them crash to the sidewalk far below. But he can't get rid of some memories no matter how hard he tries. "Day of the Mad Shitter." A man's obsessive pursuit of a workplace bathroom slob leads to an epic meltdown with tragic consequences. "How to Get Lucky." Hopper the narcoleptic seeks salvation in an experimental sleep lab. Will a makeshift family of sleep-disorder rejects help him find the peace he craves, or will the twisted dreams that haunt him drag him into a personal hell on Earth? "A Wall of Lisas." A lonely woman struggles to overcome the isolation that torments her. Reflections of a terrible tomorrow drive her to the brink of madness. "The Day After They Rounded Up Everyone Who Could Love Unconditionally." A society sheds its weakest links--everyone capable of unconditional love. In the aftermath, one of the survivors starts to think something wasn't quite right about the glorious purge. "The Walking Bomb." What's the worst that can happen to a minister working in a bomb factory? A streak of bad luck that turns him into the next best thing to a human bomb. As disasters rain down around him and kill the people he loves most, this modern-day Job sets out on a journey of discovery that might just lead to a genuine miracle of healing and redemption.
Tom Porter, a Marine who fought in Iraq, makes a deal with a devil to save his wife from terminal cancer. Mr. Mayflower, the Billionaire Samaritan, has a miracle cure...for a price. To save his wife, the Marine must cross a line he thought he'd never cross and commit a crime that goes against his deepest convictions. He does it all for his wife, but Mayflower's deal has dark and terrible strings attached. The double-crossing billionaire drags Tom deeper into a nightmare of pain and brutality, one in which the final price for a foolproof cure might be everything he cares about and the only salvation he has left in the world. Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected crime fiction and mysteries that really pack a punch.
In these pages, Robert Jeschonek will take you on a tour of the wildest places and people you've never imagined. You've never met anyone quite like Heavy, the alien wheeler-dealer with a hundred faces...Imago, the stained glass robot on the trail of the last proto-Christ...Vladimir Lenin, a shapeshifting alien who starts the Communist Revolution…Father Obregon, the genetically-modified space priest...Grist Halcyon, sleepless pilot of a deadly Battlenaut war machine…or the Freedom Shell, an assistive exoskeleton with a murderous mind of its own. Don't miss these edgy, exciting, and surprising science fiction tales by a Star Trek and Doctor Who author. It’s the latest collection from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch. This volume includes six scifi e-book stories and novelettes for one low price.
In these pages, Robert Jeschonek will take you on a tour of the wildest places and people you've never imagined. You've never met anyone quite like Tizona, the talking sword of the Spanish warrior El Cid...Omar Wild, the dying jazzman whose tunes foretell the future...Terpsichore the muse, who creates a monster when she makes a certain piper a medieval idol...Virgil the mind reader, who sees terrifying visions through the eyes of his true love...Alice, who finds that Wonderland can be a nightmare for grown-ups...and Vincent, an artist haunted by creatures with top hats for heads. Don't miss these edgy, exciting, and surprising fantasy tales by a Doctor Who author who was nominated for the British Fantasy Award. It’s the latest collection from award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch. This volume includes six fantasy e-book stories and novelettes for one low price.
Comic book and super-hero fans, rejoice! This volume includes seven scripts—mostly super-hero tales, plus one war/horror story—from a writer whose work has been published by DC Comics, among others. Robert Jeschonek has written plenty of scripts in his career, and these seven will shine a light on his writing process, his wild imagination…and some thrilling and thought-provoking adventures. The first in a series collecting some of his best work, this action-packed book includes seven scripts: "Super-Powered Poser Blues": A super-hero stand-in runs into unexpected problems while impersonating a mighty mortal. "My Date With Godling": A hard-driving cosmic god-hero launches a mission under false pretenses…a mission that quickly goes from intense to insane. "The Mime: On Bread Alone": An endangered priest is protected by a silent hero whose make-believe performances have real world consequences. "Young Soldiers Never Die": A future warrior discovers that one man's idea of a perfect soldier is another man's idea of pure hell. "The Child Is Father to the Man": The younger selves of three great old-time heroes leap forward to the future after suffering their greatest defeat. "Johnstown Man: Losing Ground": A blue collar steel town hero battles crime in the age of layoffs. "Don't Tug on Superstar's Cape": A super souvenir hunter goes after the ultimate prize from the ultimate hero and nearly loses everything in the bargain.
The alien Ectozoids can't bear to kill, and their enemies are out for blood. Who better than Earth's top serial killer, Luther Paraclete, to awaken their killer instincts? How was he to know they'd turn into such eager students? When a planet of peace becomes a blood-soaked nightmare, does the greatest serial killer in the universe have a chance in hell of surviving? This masterpiece of scifi horror will race you out to the edge of reality, blow your mind, and kick your ass. Don't miss this exciting tale by award-winning storyteller Robert Jeschonek, a master of unique and unexpected science fiction that really packs a punch.