Friday, January 27, 2023

Why Writers Shouldn't Fear AI


Chat GPT and related AI writing tools are poised to take the writing world by storm. Today, GPT-3 can generate the plot for a novel, complete with character arcs and plot twists. Future iterations may create the plot for a novel based on a user's input, then use the plot it generated to create an entire novel from scratch. All the user has to do is to clean up the prose.

AIs allow content creators to generate vast amounts of content quickly and cheaply. Whale consumers love quick and cheap content. They want a never-ending stream of dopamine, and will throw their money at those who can feed their desires. Businesses with deep pockets are poised to take maximum advantage of AI. They have the resources to license AIs, pair them with a good-enough human for quality control, and churn out oceans of content for their target audience. Prose, music, videos, every creative field will soon be flooded by AI-generated content. I expect to see this within the next five to ten years.

What does this mean for the future?

Friday, December 30, 2022

Looking Back, Planning Ahead: 2023 Edition


As 2022 draws to a close, I can confidently say that few people would want to live through it again. Certainly I wouldn't. Though there's been a let up in the madness since Covid mania gripped the world, we're a long way off from what we used to call 'normal'. It may well be that we'll never see 'normal' again.

Times are changing, and we have to change with them. But to make the right moves, we have to learn from our missteps.

Friday, December 23, 2022

To Write In the World, But Not Of It

When seeking entertainment, people have two contradictory drives: they want novelty, and they also want familiarity. Today, the scale is tipped heavily towards familiarity.

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Three Storytellers, Two Listeners, One Story


In his essay 'The Counterfactual Dialectic' in Pulp on Pulp, Misha Burnett discusses the use of dialectic to determine what is said to the reader, how it is said, and what the reader will take away from it. I loved the concept so much, I used it for my own work Diary of A Bomoh—with a twist.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Pulp legend J. Manfred Weichsel announces his next two books!!!


Breaking news!!! J. Manfred Weichsel has announced his next two books!!!

First off, coming in January or February, is Tales to Make You Vomit: Savage Headhunters.  

Says J. Manfred Weichsel, "I was never really interested in writing a World War II story, but then I learned that in the Pacific theater, American soldiers collected the skulls of dead Japanese as trophies, and I knew I had to write this book."

Savage Headhunters is a 100% historically accurate extreme horror book that follows a brave American soldier on Guadalcanal collecting Japanese skulls, as his exploits are documented by a hot female war correspondent from Life magazine, for the entertainment of his fellow Americans back home.  

Weichsel explains, "It's been a while since I wrote something specifically for my extreme horror fans, and I am very happy to be working on this. In case you missed my Tales to Make You Vomit series, the first book is She Was Asking for It, and the second is Kittycat Massacre. These are standalone books that can be read in any order." 

They're normally $2.99, but all of Weichsel's books are currently on sale for 99 cents on Smashwords. So, if you haven't read Weichsel's extreme horror series yet, pick them up now to get yourself ready for next year!

After Savage Headhunters, sometime in late March or early April, Weichsel will release a special treat for his pulp fans, a story collection called The Pulp Stories. This book is going to be the definitive edition of all his published pulp stories from various magazines, including his five Cirsova stories and his two from the Planetary Anthology Series. The cover, which will be from Weichsel's regular cover artist Scott P. "Doc" Vaughn, is going to illustrate Warrior Soul, probably his most well-known short story, as it first appeared alongside a "lost" Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan story

So that's about it. J. Manfred Weichsel would like to wish everybody reading this has a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. As always, you can find info on all J. Manfred Weichsel books on his website

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

The Based Black Friday/Cyber Monday Book 2022 Sale!

Hans Schantz's annual Based Black Friday / Cyber Monday Book sale is here again! In a world dominated by tradpub gatekeeping and woke propaganda, the Based Black Friday / Cyber Monday Book sale curates titles from the finest established and emerging non-woke authors in the field. This year's edition features over 190 titles priced at $0.99 or free! The sale is so large, it is split into 4 sub-pages: fan favorites, new additions, non-fiction and Terror House Press.

Many fan favorites are back. Declan Finn's Saint Tommy, John C. Wright's Somewither, Christopher G. Nuttall's The Empire Corps, and more. Other titles by up and coming talent are also on sale for the first time: Shoot the Devil, Chris Kennedy's Red Tide, Henry Brown's Hell and Gone. And of course, there are a number of free books, including a collection generously offered by no less a publisher than Baen.

The sale has traditionally encompassed science fiction and fantasy. This time, there's a solid lineup of thriller and mystery authors as well. You can find them in the new additions page.

I would of course be remiss if I did not mention my own titles:

Pulp on Pulp; Dungeon Samurai Vol. 1: Kamikaze; Singularity Sunrise 1: Edenet; and Saga of the Swordbreaker 1: Dawn of the Broken Sword are all available for $0.99!

Support indie authors and check out Hans Schantz's book sale now!

And if you're the mood of something radically different—a horror story told as a diary novel set in Singapore—check out Diary of a Bomoh here!

Friday, November 18, 2022

The Lies of Diary of A Bomoh


Fiction tells truth through lies.

The writer knows the story is make-believe. The reader knows the story is make-believe. Yet when the story is told, both parties agree to treat it as real. The events in the story are real. The characters are real. The world is real. Everything within the pages of the story are real—but only in the confines of the story.

Then along comes DIARY OF A BOMOH.

The setting is real—real-world Singapore. The dates are real—the characters mention significant events that took place in the real world on those dates. The culture is real—or, at least, real enough for the purposes of the story.

And the story itself?

It could be real—but for the following lies.