I had a lot of fun writing for these two anthologies, and it feels wonderful to see readers responding so positively to these books as a whole, as well as my efforts within each.
My Crime & Punishment story, The Marque, is a weird western that has gotten a few nods from readers, who call it:
a powerful yet bleak vision of our future. Michael Patrick Hicks' story completely swept me away-I found it hard to put down.
scary, creepy, and exciting
Samuel Peralta does the foreword on this one, and it's a sublime bit of short fiction in its own right. If it were up to me, and if it were such a thing at all, Karma would get a Foreword of the Year award. It's just brilliant. So brilliant, in fact, that author Anthony Vicino named it one of this Top 7 Short Stories of 2015 over The Leighgendarium!
Over in The Cyborg Chronicles, I wrote a short story set in the DRMR series, which is the focus of my two novels, Convergence and Emergence. Preservation is completely separate from these two books and presents all-new characters in a wildly different setting from the main books, so it can be enjoyed entirely as a stand-alone solo adventure.
Readers are calling this one:
An action-packed thriller with a heart...
Page turning carnage ensues, the kind I’ve loved in this author’s other works. If you can find anyone better at writing an ultraviolent action scene, let me know who they are. ...this story struck the perfect chord with me.
My Favorite story in the group...What kept kept me immersed in it was Mr. Hick's fine style. I am notably impressed.
Finally, although it came out in August, I'm heartened to see Revolver getting some love! Author Edward Lorn named it Best Novella 2015, and Anthony Vicino included it in his round-up of Top 7 Short Stories of 2015 for The Leighgendarium.
Anthony calls Revolver
a lesson in authorial bravery... a truly gut twisting, heart wrenching, sphincter squeezing tale of loss and abandonment that stuck with me long after the last page.
While Edward writes in his Amazon review,
An Instant Classic On Par With "1984" and "V for Vendetta"
The piece is multi-layered and utterly thought provoking, but the writing is really the prize-winning pony here. Hicks writes with the confidence and prose of a seasoned professional. I don't know how long he's been writing, but I'm impressed. There are writers who've been putting words to paper for decades who don't write this well.
Revolver aims at the world we live in and blows its head off.
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