All posts by Bob Greenberger

PHENOMENONS CON! Hear us talk about our new pantheon of superheroes!

On April 23rd, we’re going to launch a virtual convention–what we hope will become a perennial event–to promote our Phenomenons shared-world anthology series!

There will be two live, one-hour components–one at 4:00 p.m. EST and a second at 5:30 p.m. EST, each one featuring Crazy 8 members who are making big contributions to Phenomenons, as well as a special guest. In the first session, that guest will be Alex Segura, who’s taking the world by storm with his new novel, Secret Identity—and who’ll be contributing to the Phenomenons oeuvre starting with Volume 2! In the second session, our special guest will be Dan Hernandez, co-writer of the Pokémon Detective Pikachu and The Addams Family 2 movies–and a Phenomenons stalwart from the beginning!

Everyone will need to sign up for one session or the other in advance. Afterward, both sessions will be available on YouTube.

“Tickets,” which are free, are available first come first served.
In this first attempt at a virtual con, as there are a lot of moving parts, we fully expect some glitches and maybe even some missed opportunities. Rest assured that we’ll do our best to improve on them going forward.
As always, we’re grateful for your support–and Phenomenons Con is one way we intend to show it. Continue reading

Jim Beard Talks Oooff! Boff! Splatt!

I was eight months old on January 12th, 1966. I didn’t watch the premiere of Batman that chilly evening—we lived in Toledo, Ohio—but somehow, I “saw” it, and it set the course for my life from that moment on.

There’s no doubt in my mind my father had the show on that Wednesday night. He was a Batman fan as a kid, growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, and I can’t imagine him not tuning it in in 1966. There were two other kids in the house then, my older brother and sister, four and five years old respectively, and while they weren’t necessarily devotees of comic books and the like, it’s also hard to imagine kids that age not watching Batman.

Me? I was probably sleeping at 7:30 pm, or at least burping and rolling over. Who knows? Maybe I was in the living room when “Batman IN COLOR” flashed on the screen. I’d like to think I was. How else would I have become such a fan myself of the Caped Crusader?

Well, for one thing, there was a lot of Bat-stuff around the house back when I was growing up. There were a few comics leftover from my father’s childhood, as well as a few then-current “New Look” Bat-books; there were a puzzle, a card game, coloring books, a Switch-N-Go set, and a Magic Magnetic Gotham City, just to name a few things. Add to all that the DNA I inherited and, well, any wonder I am how I am? Continue reading

Russ Colchamiro Talks Angela Hardwicke

With a new year comes a new sci-fi mystery from Crazy 8 Press inmate Russ Colchamiro, featuring his intergalactic hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke. Part Doctor Who, part Blade Runner, part Philip Marlowe, Hardwicke is back again in Fractured Lives.

As Hardwicke gears up for another mystery, we sat down with Russ to discuss this noirish sci-fi tale and his long-range plans for the character:

Crazy 8 Press: You say Angela Hardwicke is an intergalactic private eye. What’s her turf?

Russ: Hardwicke’s turf is Eternity, a galactic realm in service of the design, maintenance, and construction of the Universe. Eternity—or E-Town, as it’s known—is to the Cosmos what Hollywood is to the movie business. At street level, Eternity looks and feels much like our Earth, but a bit more futuristic. Not quite Blade Runner, but not entirely modern Earth either. Somewhere in between.

C8: What was the inspiration for Hardwicke?

Russ: I’ve always loved private detective stories and noir. And I love science fiction and fantasy. Hardwicke first appeared in two of my previous novels Genius de Milo and Astropalooza. I immediately fell in love with her and knew we’d be together for a long, long time. Continue reading

HOWARD WEINSTEIN RETURNS TO Crazy 8 with western rerelease

NEW YORK, NY – May 19, 2021— Author Howard Weinstein’s award-winning historical novel Galloway’s Gamble is shining up its spurs for a new romp through the Old West, with an assist from author collective Crazy 8 Press.

Inspired by high-spirited classics like Maverick, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and The Sting, Galloway’s Gamble tells the coming-of-age story of bickering brothers Jamey and Jake Galloway. After growing up in frontier Texas, they ride trails, rails, and riverboats on a rollicking odyssey, seeking their fortune at poker tables from New Orleans to ‘Frisco.

Originally issued by Five Star Publishing, Weinstein regained publishing paperback and ebook rights and is reissuing Galloway’s Gamble under the Crazy 8 Press banner and with a new cover.

Galloway’s Gamble might have been a Crazy 8 title in the first place,” Weinstein said. “But now that the rights have reverted to me, I’m happy to be rejoining the Crazy 8 gang for this reissue. I appreciate their warm welcome back into the asylum.” Continue reading

Pub Day: Progenitor

By Christopher D. Abbott

I’ve always been a fan of period drama. Ever since I was a boy, I’ve been enthralled by period crime fiction. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, R. D. Wingfield’s Inspector Jake Frost, the list is endless.

When I started writing my own stories, all I could think about was writing a detective story. I created one in Dr. Straay, my Dutch criminal psychologist. Set in the 1930s, he had links to some of the greatest minds in psychology of the early twentieth century. I wrote two books with Straay. Sir Laurence Dies, and Dr. Chandrix Dies. They were Agatha Christie styled mystery books, because the model for Dr. Straay was the amazingly intelligent Hercule Poirot. Sir Laurence Dies later won the Reader’s Favorite Bronze Medal in the Fiction—Mystery—Sleuth genre, in 2014.

Since then, I’d spent a lot of time lost within another passion of mine, mythology. Specifically, Ancient Egyptian. I penned a short story for a publisher in London called Songs of Beast. A dark anthology that had to have the main protagonist as an animal. Later I found I was so enamored with it, I took that story and fashioned it into Songs of the Osirian. It was followed byRise of the Jackal King, Daughter of Ra, andCitadel of Ra, which completed the series. Continue reading

Crazy 8 Press Expands with Two Additions

NEW YORK – November 16, 2020 – Crazy 8 Press, the author collective populated with an all-star line-up of notable and best-selling science fiction and fantasy authors, announced today the incredible expansion of its roster with the addition of Geoffrey Thorne and Hildy Silverman.

As the first writers to join Crazy 8 Press as official members in more than five years, Thorne and Silverman bring the collective up to ten, the largest it’s ever been, adding to the collective’s roster consisting of Russ Colchamiro, Peter David, Mary Fan, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Paul Kupperberg, and Aaron Rosenberg.

Thorne won accolades for his work in Simon & Schuster’s prestigious Strange New Worlds anthology, wrote the LOCUS best-selling Star Trek: Titan novel Sword of Damocles, was a writer on the hit TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and became a writer-producer on multiple seasons of TNT’s Leverage and The Librarians.

Known for her short fiction, Silverman served as Editor-in-Chief of Space and Time Magazine for twelve years, cementing her as one of the most respected voices within the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Continue reading