Fiction, News, Columns and Reviews from Rampant Loon Press

  • SHOWCASE has moved!

    SHOWCASE has moved!

    After four years of operating as a quasi-independent publication, and after publishing more than 170 new stories as well as loads of other stuff, SHOWCASE has moved back into its mother’s basement. While this site will continue to exist until at least July 1, 2018, and we will from time to time go spelunking...

  • EXCITING AWARDS NEWS!

    EXCITING AWARDS NEWS!

    All mercenary self-interest aside, this is seriously cool. Big congrats to Rampant Loon Press author Henry Vogel on advancing to the quarterfinals in the Publisher’s Weekly BookLife Prize competition...

  • Book Release: The Recognition Run, by Henry Vogel

    Jul 3, 17 • Book Releases, FictionNo Comments
    Book Release: <i>The Recognition Run</i>, by Henry Vogel

    Rampant Loon Press is excited to announce the release of THE RECOGNITION RUN, a thrilling new novel by Henry Vogel. Rather than dish up our usual marketing copy, though, we’ll just start quoting reader reviews. “The characters are well-crafted, the pacing is absolutely perfect, and any reader who’s enjoyed Robert Heinlein or Andre Norton will [&hellip...

  • Book Release: The Scout Series, by Henry Vogel

    Jun 25, 17 • Book Releases, Fiction1 Comment
    Book Release: <em>The Scout Series</em>, by Henry Vogel

    Rampant Loon Press is excited to announce the release of Henry Vogel’s best-selling Scout Series on five new publishing platforms: Apple iTunes, Barnes and Noble Nook, Google Play, Kobo, and Bibliotheca. What is the Scout Series...

  • “Alas, Poor Lippa, We Once Knew Thee Well”
    by Gary Cuba

    Jun 12, 17 • Fiction3 Comments
    “Alas, Poor Lippa, We Once Knew Thee Well”<br />by Gary Cuba

    The man entered my office uneasily. “Dr. Ware?” He was my last patient of the day, Henry Greenfield, an emergency referral. “Come in, Mr. Greenfield. Have a seat here by my desk.” “Thanks for taking me on such short notice. I saw my regular doctor earlier this afternoon, and he sent me straight to you.”...

  • Only 12 hours left to vote!

    Only 12 hours left to vote!

    Only 12 hours left to vote for… https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1B8P4LDYATZ31 HOW IT WORKS: “Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published…” (read more at the link)...

  • Free Books!

    Apr 14, 17 • FictionComments Off on Free Books!
    Free Books!

    Yes, it’s FREE BOOKS time again! This weekend only, Tyler Tork is at Minicon 52, and to make things more fun we’re giving away the Kindle ebook edition of Doctor Dead: A Percy & Quincey Adventure, for free! If you’re the get-down-to-brass-tacks sort here’s the link —...

  • Fiction:
    “Your Call May Be Recorded For Training Purposes,”
    by Simon Kewin

    Apr 12, 17 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction:<br />“Your Call May Be Recorded For Training Purposes,”<br />by Simon Kewin

    Thank you for calling CyberSeven Systems. Your call is important to us. Please be aware that it may be recorded for training purposes. “Yes, hi, I need help. Urgent help. I …” You now have three options...

  • Fiction: “Without a Leg to Stand On,”
    by Ed Wyrd

    Apr 7, 17 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Without a Leg to Stand On,” <br />by Ed Wyrd

    Alan was a veteran of the Theta-Eridani wars of aught six. Many thought Earth should never have gotten involved in an interstellar border dispute, that it was none of our business. “No blood for tralphium!” was one of many anti-war chants. Turns out, the protests took longer to coordinate than the war itself...

  • Fiction: “Master Peaseblossom’s Fireworks”
    by Dafydd Mckimm

    Apr 5, 17 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Master Peaseblossom’s Fireworks” <br />by Dafydd Mckimm

    Master Peaseblossom sits alone in his dark workshop. It is a haggard, wheezing old thing: The walls sag beaten and bruised black; the floor, half-drowned in clutter, struggles to catch its breath beneath the heavy odour of saltpetre and sulphur that hangs over it like an old London fog...

  • Fiction: “Morning Coffee,” by Stanley Kov

    Apr 3, 17 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Morning Coffee,” by Stanley Kov

    The coffee machine beeps. This is your cue. “Good morning, sir,” your house assistant says. “I’m afraid it’s time for you to get up.” “Hey, pal. How’s the weekends? See you at work today!” your friend’s voice screeches off your  answerphone. You lie in the darkness...

  • Fiction: “Riders of the Epochalypse,” by Evan Dicken

    Mar 31, 17 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Riders of the Epochalypse,” by Evan Dicken

    The world was scheduled to end at midnight on December 31st, 4012. Unfortunately, there was no one there to see it. The four heralds of the apocalypse charged forth; ready to usher in the end of mankind, then spent most of the day cantering across empty sea bottoms, flattened mountain ranges, and...

  • Fiction: “Road, Killed,” by Shu Mookerjee

    Mar 29, 17 • FictionNo Comments
    Fiction: “Road, Killed,” by Shu Mookerjee

    The Street Fighter wandered past the ruined shores of Arlington. Over the hill, he could see them gathering by the remains of Reagan International Airport. The Road Warriors. He wondered if they would accept him. The mean Streets were nothing compared to the Open Road...

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

    Mar 27, 17 • Fiction1 Comment
    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 • FictionNo Comments
    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 • FictionNo Comments
    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, 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 • Fiction1 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 • Fiction2 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...