Fiction, News, Columns and Reviews from Rampant Loon Press

  • Fiction: “Dark Will Come For Me,” by Tara Saunders

    Mar 27, 17 • Fiction, MarqueeComments Off on Fiction: “Dark Will Come For Me,” by Tara Saunders
    Fiction: “Dark Will Come For Me,” by Tara Saunders

    —I was born on a wet April morning— —You said to start at the beginning. —I told you I’d co-operate; there’s no need to threaten me. —Look, mister, we’re spinning our wheels here. Do you want me to tell the story or don’t you...

  • Fiction: “Product Flaw,” by Gary Cuba

    Mar 23, 17 • Fiction, MarqueeComments Off on Fiction: “Product Flaw,” by Gary Cuba
    Fiction: “Product Flaw,” by Gary Cuba

    I’ll tell you here and now, being a Quality Assurance consultant sometimes feels like taking candy from a baby. Especially when I run across nimrod executives who couldn’t engineer their way out of a wet paper bag...

  • Fiction: “How it Always Happens”
    by S R Mastrantone

    Mar 21, 17 • Fiction, MarqueeComments Off on Fiction: “How it Always Happens”
    by S R Mastrantone
    Fiction: “How it Always Happens” <br />by S R Mastrantone

    Always Celine held her hand up to the horizontal slash in the mountain wall. A soft breeze tickled her palm, barely discernible but for its temperature: much cooler than the arid summer air that had made their week in the Ardèche so torturous. “What do you think?” Dermot asked...

  • Free Books!

    Mar 18, 17 • FictionComments Off on Free Books!
    Free Books!

    This weekend only, as a special promotion, we’re giving away the Kindle edition of the omnibus volume containing Henry Vogel’s first three novels, Scout’s Honor, Scout’s Oath, and Scout’s Duty, absolutely free!...

  • Book Release: Stupefying Stories 1.17

    Mar 16, 17 • Book Releases, Fiction, Marquee, Rampant Loon Press NewsComments Off on Book Release: Stupefying Stories 1.17
    Book Release: <em>Stupefying Stories</em> 1.17

    Rampant Loon Press is excited to announce the release of Stupefying Stories 1.17, featuring the cover story, THE RANSOM OF PRINCESS STARSHINE, by Philip K. Dick Award finalist and Campbell Award-winning author AMY ...

  • Fiction: “Lucky,” by Russell C. Connor

    Mar 13, 17 • Fiction, Marquee1 Comment
    Fiction: “Lucky,” by Russell C. Connor

    You don’t exactly feel like you’ve won the lottery when you get cancer. But that’s how my doctor made it sound, when he called me into his office to discuss the test results for the lump on my right arm, just inside the bend of the elbow...

  • Book Release: Stupefying Stories 1.16

    Book Release: <em>Stupefying Stories</em> 1.16

    It’s coming right at you! Rampant Loon Press is relieved excited to announce the release of Stupefying Stories 1.16, featuring: I LIVE THE WARRIOR’S LIFE • by Robert Lowell Russell No one knew how Mel summoned Brother Crow to this world, but the trickster was delighted...

  • Fiction: “The Hair-Raising Spike,” by Jez Patterson

    Feb 27, 17 • Fiction, Marquee2 Comments
    Fiction: “The Hair-Raising Spike,” by Jez Patterson

    When the lights went out, when things went bang, when every room filled with rusty smoke and the smell of rotting electric fish, when all this happened...

  • “The $36,000.00 Answer,” by Bruce Bethke

    Feb 24, 17 • Book Releases, Rampant Loon Press NewsComments Off on “The $36,000.00 Answer,” by Bruce Bethke
    “The $36,000.00 Answer,” by Bruce Bethke

    Quite a few people have written lately to ask, “What the [heck] is going on with Stupefying Stories and Rampant Loon Press?” I’ll get to that in a moment, but first, if your question is actually...

  • Book Release: The Undercover Captain
    by Henry Vogel

    Book Release: <i>The Undercover Captain</i> <br />by Henry Vogel

    Unwillingly drawn out of her annual drunken stupor, Captain Nancy Martin, Retired, finds herself involuntarily reactivated. Her assignment—to help Special Agent Erica Hampton solve the disappearance of an entire school’s student body. Hampton’s superiors suspect a slaver ring has kidnapped the children, to sell them on a rim world beyond the Terran Federation’s borders...

  • Fiction: “On the Conservation of Historical Momentum”
    by Bruce Bethke

    Jan 13, 17 • Fiction3 Comments
    Fiction: “On the Conservation of Historical Momentum”<br />by Bruce Bethke

    Political science was not his field, but Eugene McCarthy Bennett, PhD, developed a new political theory as he sat on the cat-clawed sofa in his living room, drinking lukewarm beer and watching the six o’clock news...

  • Book Release:
    Scout’s Law, by Henry Vogel

    Nov 28, 16 • Book Releases, FictionNo Comments
    Book Release: <br /><em>Scout’s Law</em>, by Henry Vogel

    After two thousand years of isolation, the lost colony world of Aashla has reestablished contact with the rest of galactic civilization. Princess Callan of Mordan, and her royal consort, Terran Scout David Rice, were the people who made that happen. Now, they lead the mission to ensure that Aashla’s unique culture is not overwhelmed...

  • Book Release:
    The Scout Trilogy, by Henry Vogel

    Nov 28, 16 • Book Releases, FictionNo Comments
    Book Release: <br /><em>The Scout Trilogy</em>, by Henry Vogel

    Return to a future… Of bold galactic explorers and lost space colonies, where beautiful heroines and brave heroes battle treacherous villains with swords and airships! Return to a future… Of planetary romance and high adventure, where action moves at the speed of light and danger lurks around every corner...

  • How to blow a lot of money really, really fast

    Oct 31, 16 • UncategorizedNo Comments
    How to blow a lot of money really, really fast

    Here at Rampant Loon Media, we strive to be educational as well as entertaining. Today, for your enlightenment, we’re taking a break from the latter in order to present an outstanding example of the former, courtesy of ...

  • Fiction: “Fight Night on the Trans-Pacific”
    by S. Hutson Blount

    Fiction: “Fight Night on the Trans-Pacific” <br />by S. Hutson Blount

    Tiny sparks in the transvisor gave it life, the inviting warm glow building in the lens hood. The familiar tang of ozone and hot selenium followed, and soon the xerographic plates were clacking through the drum, giving a jerky-but-animated view of something happening at the other end of the wire. Deep in the transvisor...

  • Fiction: “Fear #7”
    by Doug Lane

    Oct 26, 16 • Fiction2 Comments
    Fiction: “Fear #7” <br />by Doug Lane

    Fear #7 has occurred to me, and it is unspeakable. It slipped in through an unguarded moment, vinegar and bloody-iron across the tongue. Even though I know it’s not real, like the six manifestations before it, I can’t stop myself from responding as if it is...

  • Fiction: “Ride Like the Wind”
    by Ryan Neil Falcone

    Oct 24, 16 • Fiction5 Comments
    Fiction: “Ride Like the Wind” <br />by Ryan Neil Falcone

    The happiest day of my life happened when I was eight years old. I can still picture it vividly, even after all these years: racing toward the playground on my bicycle while my father ran alongside me on the bike path, offering cheerful words of encouragement. The air was filled with floating dandelion fuzz...

  • Fiction:
    “The Million Eyes of a Lonely and Fragile God”
    by Wole Talabi

    Oct 21, 16 • Fiction, Marquee3 Comments
    Fiction: <br />“The Million Eyes of a Lonely and Fragile God” <br />by Wole Talabi

    I never told her I loved her. Yes, I asked her to be my girlfriend, and yes, I asked her if she would marry me, and to both questions she answered, “Yes.” But that was before I looked at myself with the eyes of the universe and saw nothing but emptiness...

  • Fiction: “The Conservatory”
    by Andrea van Lit

    Oct 17, 16 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “The Conservatory” <br />by Andrea van Lit

    The roots writhed, like gnarled fingers seeking purchase. “There, there,” Anthea crooned, “nearly done.” A pernicious root encircled one wrist. With a snip from her secateurs, the offending appendage dropped to the conservatory floor and lay there, twitching. Content in the warmth, surrounded by the rustle of leaves, she hummed as she worked...

  • Fiction: “Full Moon Spell”
    by Bret McCormick

    Oct 14, 16 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Full Moon Spell” <br />by Bret McCormick

    My mother died when I was very young. I don’t remember much about her, just that she went out for food one day and never came back. I was scared, hungry and near hysterical when the old man found me. I’d never seen anyone like him before...

  • Fiction: “The Path of the Sun”
    by Tanya X. Short

    Oct 12, 16 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “The Path of the Sun” <br />by Tanya X. Short

    Eyeliner on so thick it will make him look her in the eyes. A hot pink bra glowed under TC’s white tank top. The top’s material was thin enough to show the freckles on her shoulder blades moving like schools of fish as she danced...

  • Fiction: “Over the Top”
    by Anton Rose

    Oct 10, 16 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Over the Top” <br />by Anton Rose

    The first time I went over the top, I pissed myself. We stood in line like a huge grey centipede, uniformed bodies stretching away in both directions. To my left was Sanders, a toffee-haired girl with scars and dirty patches on her face. “You’re Malevsky, right?” she said. I nodded. “This your first time?”...

  • Fiction: “The Inspection”
    by C. L. Holland

    Oct 7, 16 • Fiction1 Comment
    Fiction: “The Inspection” <br />by C. L. Holland

    My mother was washing a rag in the sink again. Sometimes she’d forget we went to the laundrette, didn’t wash our clothes at home any more. The soap would crack our skin, made it difficult for me to play guitar. The guitar was my lifeline, the only way I was getting out of town...

  • Fiction: “The Moons of Thazoo”
    by Hans Hergot

    Oct 5, 16 • Fiction, MarqueeNo Comments
    Fiction: “The Moons of Thazoo” <br />by Hans Hergot

    1. The werecat’s blood slid off the stainless steel table and onto the tiled floor, only to be smeared under Doctor Squeaks’ slippers. Trent tried to ignore the blood. Having recently arrived at the reclamation shelter, he was eager to prove himself. “Put a hand on her leg,” said Dr. Squeaks...