Saturday, February 25, 2023

J. Manfred Weichsel Announces The Pulp Stories

 Dear Readers,

I am excited to announce the upcoming release of my tenth self-published book, The Pulp Stories! This collection of 12 previously published and unpublished short stories is the culmination of everything I have been working on over the past few years, making it my most important release to date.

The stories in The Pulp Stories range from science fiction, to fantasy, horror, and adventure. They originally appeared in NewPulp publications such as Cirsova Magazine and the Planetary Anthology series between 2018 and 2022. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with these fantastic publications.

As I reflect on my journey as an author, I am reminded over and over of the incredible support and loyalty of my fans. Many of you have been with me from the very beginning, and others have joined along the way. I want to thank you for your support, and I hope this collection will remind you why you fell in love with my writing to begin with.

For those of you who are new to my work, I want to invite you into my world and show you why my writing is different from anything else out there.

In The Pulp Stories, you'll encounter stories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you cringe, and stories that will make you think. The collection is a rollercoaster ride of emotions, from the absurd to the sublime, and everything in between. I've poured my heart and soul into these stories, and I hope you'll feel that as you read them.

The cover of the book is still being finalized, but it will be by my regular cover artist Scott P. “doc” Vaughn, and will depict a scene from Warrior Soul, which is probably my most well-known short story. As anybody familiar with Warrior Soul can guess, the cover will definitely be my most controversial, but I believe it will perfectly capture the tone of the book: exciting, provocative, and boundary-pushing.

The book will be released on March 16, and it won't be available for pre-order. If you're not already subscribed to my Substack, I encourage you to do so to make sure you don't miss important announcements such as the cover reveal, which is coming next week. I look forward to sharing The Pulp Stories with you, and I hope it will be a book that you'll treasure for years to come.

The Pulp Stories marks the end of one chapter in my career, and the beginning of a new one, making its release a very special and emotional experience for me. As I prepare for the release of The Pulp Stories on March 16, I want to invite both my long-time fans and those who are encountering my work for the first time to join me in this new chapter of my career. This is not just a book release; it is a new beginning.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Pulp Legend J. Manfred Weichsel releases Savage Headhunters!!!


Savage Headhunters is live!!!

Looking for a book that's as twisted as your sense of humor? Well, J. Manfred Weichsel has just announced that your wait is over, because Savage Headhunters is live! Check out Savage Headhunters, the darkly hilarious novel that explores the unsettling reality of war through the eyes of American soldiers who collected Japanese skulls as trophies.  You can get it at AmazonApple BooksBarnes & NobleGoogle PlayScribd, and Smashwords.

If you read Weichsel's books on Kobo, the link should be live soon so check back there in a couple of days.

If you are international, shop at another store, or are looking for the paperback, use the Universal Book Link.

Savage Headhunters has been getting really great reviews on FacebookAmazon, and even a blog!

So, pick up Savage Headhunters now: because sometimes the best way to deal with the horrors of war is to make inappropriate jokes about them.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Guy Gavriel Kay's Religion Without Religion


Western fantasy was a Christian genre.

The great fantasists of the early-to-mid 20th century—J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Lord Dunsany—imbued their works with Christian influences. It was the culture that they, their peers and their readers were immersed in. Today, the opposite sentiment dominates fantasy. Today we have the grimdarkness of George R. R. Martin and Mark Lawrence, the woke subversiveness of Tor, the isekai harem fantasies of Japanese authors and indie Western writers, all of which are united in their profound disdain for religion.

And in the middle point between the extremes is the work of Guy Gavriel Kay.

Monday, February 6, 2023

Sapir-Whorf and Worldbuilding


During my early years, I thought that the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis was overblown. Then I wrote Saga of the Swordbreaker.

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, also known as linguistic relativity, states that the structure of a language influences its speakers' cognition. A natural corollary is that by switching to a different language, you change the way you think.