"This makes me a bit torn as I really want to say, “More Outpost 28 , please!” but also not because it’s so well put together that I’m willing to wait at least six months or so for another. The selection of stories in Outpost 28 was excellent. I zoomed through the book so fast that I was a little sad when it was done. I wanted more." --GracieKat13, Sci-Fi & Scary Reviews
Outpost 28, Issue #3 Contents:
I: "Phantom Echoes" (editorial) written by Dean Kuhta
Issue #3 Update 3/15/18:
The Ides of March are upon us and the first batch of Issue #2s are in the mail! I am also extremely excited to report that one of my favorite artists when I was a kid, Mark Kistler, will be contributing an interview for Issue #3! He portrayed Commander Mark in The Secret City Adventures, a fictional space-themed series where he taught child viewers skills and vocabulary to become better artists. Each episode included a segment where Mark would add to a large 12 foot mural that was added to each episode using a technique learned throughout the series. What a great opportunity!
Issue #3 Update 3/7/18: I am VERY excited to have the opportunity to interview Andy Marshall of Saor for Issue #3. Saor is an atmospheric (black) metal band from Scotland. I use the term 'band' lightly because, from my current understanding, Andy plays all the instruments on each record himself. I've read conflicting details about this fact, but that's the fun of interviewing someone, yea? I can ask him directly and solve this mystery once and for all. Anyway, the reason this is facinating to me is that there is an amazing arrangement of instruments used to create the beautiful atmospheres in the songs. All the black metal goodies are there... Thick guitar riffs, blast beats, and growling! However, combine all that with enchanting flute melodies, violin, piano, and bagpipes, you have a musical tapestry that is some of the most captivating sounds I have ever heard in my life. If this dude did in fact write and play all this stuff, then, well, I'm going to be very impressed! \m/
Issue #3 Update 3/4/18:
Um, what?! As if delivering Outpost 28, Issue #2 ahead of schedule and with amazing quality wasn't good enough, I'm currently having a series of mini-strokes over the following news for Outpost 28, Issue #3. First off, my friend Jennifer Lesser will be creating a custom illustration of Abigail Somberlain, one of the main characters from my Silvarum series. Second of all, the great David Bonneywell has agreed to do a new zombie illustration for the cover of Issue #3! Finally, Andy Marshall, frontman of the Scottish metal band Saor, has agreed to do an interview for Issue #3. Woah! I discovered Saor a few years ago and instantly fell in love with the mood and atmosphere of the music. Issue #3 is going to kick some serious ass! Stay tuned!
Issue #2 Update 3/4/18:
Issue #2 is here! Friends, this magazine really turned out swell, let me tell you. Everything from the texture and clarity of the cover, to the weight of the paper. It all looks and feels fabulous. Each illustration, whether color or black and white, is super crisp and beautifully printed. I'm going to start mailing out all the copies this week. Now, since this train is not slowing down, on to Issue #3!
Issue #2 Update 2/26/18:
Outpost 28, Issue #2 is done! All the short stories, interviews, and illustrations are completed and turned in. On 12/15/2017, Victor Johnston sent me an email asking if Outpost 28 was ever going to be released again. At the time, I wasn't even thinking of that project. A little over two months later, I present to you Issue #2. It's better, darker, and more amazing than I could ever have imagined. Thank you very much to all those involved with this issue! The full manuscript is going to the printers within the next few days. The initial printing will probably be around 300 copies, so please be sure to reserve yours now! March 15th is the official release date. In the meantime, check out this sick video by one of the featured bands, Beastmaker! \m/
Issue #2 Update 2/14/18:
Awww hell yea. My homie, Tim Cretella of Doppio Music, is slaying this guitar solo for their forthcoming EP that should be released some time next month. I'm really excited to get a chance to hear some of the new tracks before they're officially released! Doppio's sound for this new EP is super groovy and rockin. Here's an excerpt from Doppio's interview in issue #2:
How has the studio process been working for Doppio?
"The studio is a creative playground. The goal for me has always been to get the sound out that I’m hearing in my head. Mark at Sucker Punch is brilliantly gifted in many ways and has a good knack for being open enough to operate on the same plane in the studio. It’s a rewarding process, and one that’s addictive."
There's only a handful of weeks before Outpost 28, Issue #2 is available. Stay tuned!
Issue #2 Update 2/9/18:
HOLY SHIT! Look at what my boy David Bonneywell came up with for Christa Carmen's horror tale "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge." This character illustration for the evil-wraith-lady-thing turned out absolutely amazing. I pretty much shit myself when I first opened up Dave's email and looked at this overwhelmingly creepy and disturbing image. I love it! The mood that this crazy chick gives off is perfect, and I haven't even read all of Christa's story yet. lol.
In other developments for issue #2, most of the short stories have been completed and are in editing mode. My story, "Windowpane," and Christa's are the only pieces that need to be completed. They should both be in tip-top shape by the end of this weekend. All three of the musician interviews are completed and incorporated into the main manuscript. Other than that, we are all just waiting for Andy and Socar to hurry their butts up with their illustrations. hehe. I'm sure they will be awesome, plus issue #2 is still very much on schedule for a mid-March release.
Speaking of which, Issue #3 is already in the planning process! So for those of you who would like to be a part of the next issue, please give a shout in the comments below or shoot me an email directly. I already have an amazing artist for the cover of issue #3 (not me), but I will keep that info for a future announcement.
Issue #2 Update 1/23/18:
Awwwwww shit! The Outpost 28 crew is poppin' and lockin' our phat laces out on the floor with Issue #2! Many pieces of the dark tapestry are quickly falling together now. Please allow me to give y'all an update. *takes a sip of coffee* Yea, so first off, my friend Jason Walton over at KHôRADA has just responded to me today with his completed interview questions. There are some golden nuggets of knowledge in there! Next up is my boy Tim Cretella kickin' it old school over at Doppio Music. We've been rappin this week and he'll have his interview questions in forthwith. Dig? Third up we got Socar Myles who's rockin' her magic ink skeelz way up in Vancouver. She's currently working on the illustration for Rachael Alexandra's amazing poem entitled "Kept Kisses." One final reminder, 50% of all proceeds of Outpost 28 will be going to help the homeless in Richmond, VA, so please be sure to give it a shout out whenever possible so we can give back to those in need. Peace!
Issue #2 Update 1/21/18:
Woohoo! Outpost 28, Issue #2 is chugging along. Today, Rachael Alexandra, Socar Myles, and I finalized the three poems that Rachael will be submitting for issue #2. We also all agreed on the concept for the illustration that Socar will create for the poem called "Kept Kisses." Now, Socar will work her artistic magic and come up with a truly amazing piece for a really awesome poem! I'm a huge fan of Socar's ink illustrations, and if you're not familiar with her work, please click on these two examples and check out all of her stuff. I'm a sucker for details in ink drawings and she is a master of them. Peace out!
Site Update 1/18/18:
For folks interested in personalizing their member avatars, here's an easy three step procedure! Step 1: Login and click on your member name (either at the panel at the top of each page, or next to any of your comments) to get to your member page. Step 2: In the "Member Control Panel" on your member page, click on the button that says "click to choose new avatar" and choose an image from your computer. Step 3: Click on the "upload" button to the left. That's it! You're avatar will automatically be resized to 25x25 and 45x45. If it doesn't show up immediatly, hit F5 to reload the page. You can also update the little banner on your member page by following the same process with the other buttons in the member control panel. Wow!
Issue #2 Update 1/14/18:
The development of Outpost 28, Issue #2 is continuing to kick ass. The many stories, illustrations and interviews are in full swing. Come March 2018, Johnny will definitely be sweeping that leg! The short-stories "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge" by Christa Carmen, "Windowpane" by Dean Kuhta, "The After, Part II" by Ayesha Ahmad, "Pathfinder" by Jake Bauer, "Hand of Fate" by Victor Johnston, "Dark Discourse" by N.W. Buchanan, and poetry by Rachael Alexandra are all being finished up and polished to a radiant luster. Furthermore, the interview questions for Beastmaker, Doppio Music, and Jason Walton are in the process of being answered with thought provoking and insightful responses. Meanwhile, deep within the dreamy bowers of Elvelon Press studios, I am meticulously transcribing the design and layout of Outpost 28, Issue #2. It will look slick, I promise!
Game of Thrones Giant Wight (Season 7)
by David Bonneywell (Photoshop)
Issue #2 Update 1/9/18:
Yes! David Bonneywell, Christa Carmen and I have negotiated on an ORIGINAL creature illustration concept that Dave will create for Christa's short-story "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge." My friend, Dave Bonneywell, is currently designing creatures for Game of Thrones. What an honor it is that he will be creating this illustration for Outpost 28, Issue #2! Here is a brief description of the beastie he will be drawing: "the creature in the window is an ancient evil wraith in a long and tattered shroud, but with hints that it had once been a woman of great beauty. In the creature's mouth is the still-beating human heart held between its razor-sharp teeth." WOW! I can't wait to see what this turns into. Stay tuned here, because I will be posting constant updates on the illustration's progress.
Issue #2 Update 1/8/18:
Outpost 28, Issue #2 had a very productive weekend. All three sets of interview questions for the musicians, Jason Walton, Doppio Music, and Beastmaker, were written and shipped out. I can't wait to see all of their responses. I tried to make the questions dig a little deeper than your usual "who are your biggest influences?" or "what's your cat's favorite color?" We'll see. Also, the illustration specs were sent out to the great Mr. Bonneywell for his artistic contribution to Christa's story "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge." Next up on the radar for this week I'll be starting my short story for issue #2 called "Windowpane." Since I'm still fighting this flu thing, I'm going to have to increase my daily coffee intake from 300 to 500 cups a day.
Issue #2 Update 1/5/18:
BOOM! My boy Michael Brack from Paris, France will be contributing these two beauties for Outpost 28, Issue #2! I've been a huge fan of his work since I discovered him back in 2006 on an art site we both used to hang out in. I will be writing about a girl named Abigail Somberlain. She is one of the main characters from my fantasy series Silvarum. The story called "Windowpane" will take place within the solitary confines of Abigail's San Francisco home, tucked away betwixt the rolling fog and eucalyptus trees. The cover of issue #2 is an illustration of her unfortunate situation. Since the second part of Silvarum, Book I: Frost, Departure, will not be released until fall 2018, this should serve as a small progression to Abigail's back story and character development.
Issue #2 Update 1/5/18:
Had to switch hosting service providers last night because of an ongoing screw-up with their crummy service, so I'm scrambling to get the website transferred over to the new provider and everything back in order. The really fun part is exporting all the user account data to the new database, but I should have all that crap worked out by the end of this weekend sometime. Thank you for your patience, citizen!
Issue #2 Update 1/4/18:
KaBOOM! I've just collaborated with my friend Brett Gray to obtain these two amazing illustrations for Outpost 28, Issue #2. The first drawing will be for the gore-infested short-story "The Hand of Fate" by Victor Johnston and the other will accompany the devilish tale "Dark Discourse" by H.W. Buchanan. I feel that Brett's amazing use of charcoal to illustrate the dark moods found within both stories is a perfect match. On a purely artistic note, I really enjoy Brett’s use of symmetry and detail in the illustration for "Dark Discourse." There are a lot of little baddies flowing out of that dude’s mind! What do you think?
Issue #2 Update 1/3/18:
The lineup for Outpost 28, Issue #2 is complete! Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Issue #2 Update 12/29/17:
I am excited to report that author Jake Bauer will be returning to Outpost 28 with a new short story! For issue #1, he wrote the piece called "The Thing in the Cellar" that was illustrated by Andy Fairhurst. It was a Lovecraftian tale that involved a dude who had escaped city life to relax and pursue his creative interests in the countryside. Of course, something horrible had already taken up residence in the cellar of his lovely, new farmhouse. This time around, Jake will be weaving together a medieval adventure in the world of fantasy. This should be cool!
Issue #2 Update 12/28/17:
Even though the holidays are still in full swing, and most people are still recovering from post-Christmas food coma, a few of the writers for Outpost 28, Issue #2 are still hammering away at their keyboards till the wee hours of the night to perfect their stories. Christa Carmen is currently working on a horrific tale called "Vampires Will Never Hurt You." According to her, it has nothing to do with vampires, of course. I can't wait to see what it's really about! Additionally, Victor Johnston is cranking out page after page of a gore-soaked story called "The Hand of Fate." This one I have read the first draft of, and it is awesome! Stay tuned for updates on the illustrations for Issue #2.
Issue #2 Update 12/24/17:
Tim and Brittany Cretella from Doppio Music with be returning to Outpost 28, Issue #2 for a follow-up interview! The last time we spoke was in 2013 and they were just kicking off their single "Gambler's Horizon." They've blown up since that last interview and I can't wait to hear all about their current projects. I know that thier songs have been featured in multiple t.v. commercials and Tim just mentioned to me that their newest EP will be completed very soon. I'm so excited to have them back for this issue. As I mentioned in the first interview, their harmonies remind me so much of Simon and Garfunkel.
Issue #2 Update 12/23/17:
The lads over at Beastmaker have graciously agreed to an interview for Issue #2. I had the pleasure of meeting them during the NecronomiCon this past summer when they were checking out the artists. They are some super cool and laid back dudes. Fans of Electric Wizard and Sabbath will love them.
Issue #2 Update 12/23/17:
Uhhh...not only are the stars and galaxies in alignment for this project, but the whole fucking universe is calibrated for Oupost 28, Issue #2 to be truly epic. I am honored to report that my old friend, David Bonneywell, has agreed to be a part of this project and contribute artwork.
For those of you sad souls who are not familiar with his amazing work, perhaps you've heard of the following productions: Dr. Who, Wizards Vs. Aliens, 28 Weeks Later, Hellboy II, and some rubbish show called Game of Thrones. I've been nagging Dave to contribute some of his insanely talented 2d illustrations to one of my little projects since 2006. The wait has been worth it! I can't imagine what he's going to come up with. Wait...I imagine it's up to me to decide what he comes up with. HOLY SHIT!
Issue #2 Update 12/22/17:
Bringing light from darkness. Beginning now, 50% of all proceeds earned from Outpost 28, including all further sales of issue #1 and the forthcoming issue #2, will be devoted to giving back to my local community of Richmond, Virginia. Specifically, I will be donating the proceeds to HomeAgain Richmond, a homeless outreach program that was established in 1979. The thought of collaborating with a group of amazing writers, artists, and musicians to collectively create an energy that produces a product (a book in this case) that is then enjoyed by others, and the proceeds of which are used to benefit those who are in need, might be the coolest idea I've ever heard of. Even better than medieval cities filled with flying dinosaurs and commuting insects. I will be posting on this page a running total of every issue sold and amount earned.
Issue #2 Update 12/21/17:
Well, I guess the stars are indeed in alignment for this issue! Jason Walton, the bassist for KHôRADA and the former bassist for black metal giant Agalloch, has signed on to do a follow-up interview! Dudes, I've been a fan of Jason's work since I first discovered Agalloch back in 2004. Jason's current band, KHôRADA, is a new project featuring former members of Agalloch (Don Anderson and Aesop Dekker) and Aaron John Gregory from Giant Squid. I can't wait to hear all about their new album.
Issue #1, November 2013
Outpost 28 is a collection of dark short stories inspired by the old pulp magazines from the 60s and 70s. Some of my favorites that influenced this project include Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and Astounding Science Fiction. Outpost 28 strives to carry on this tradition of collaborative writing and artwork. We hope you enjoy the stories, artwork, and interviews in this first issue and many more issues to come. By the way, Outpost 28 is an ol' fashioned, rootin' tootin' book with real paper pages that you turn with your fingers.
Issue #1 features ghoulish stories by Jake Bauer, S.C. Megale, Dean Kuhta, and Ayesha Ahmad as well as artwork by professional artists like Andy Fairhurst, Michael Brack, Socar Myles, Benjiman Jungbluth, and Rachael Alexandra. In addition, there are two interviews in this issue that feature Jason Walton from the band Agalloch and an interview with Tim Cretella from Doppio Music. Order your copy of issue #1 today to enjoy bizarre worlds filled with monsters, ghosts, and the undead!