Hi. My name is Greg Stolze, this is my web page, and I write books.
Water For Haiti (And Linocuts For You)
If you’re only here for horror and weirdness, you can ignore this header and maybe head straight to the online fiction library. But I hope you might take a moment to consider helping me with a charitable fund-raiser. On October 19th, my sons and I are walking three miles to raise money. 100% of that money goes to put a water filtration system in a needy region of Haiti.
Here’s the link where you can pledge support online. Feel free to spread that around!
As an incentive, anyone who pledges $15 or more gets a linocut print mailed from me to you. It’s a black and white city scene of a series of concentric arches under a bridge. You can take a look at the link above, though I personally think I didn’t that image (photographed, not scanned) doesn’t do it justice. The actual print is 8.5x11.
Anyhow, regardless of whether you’re a linocut aficionado or not, please consider helping some thirsty Haitians. Thanks.
At Last, MASK OF THE OTHER Is On Audiobook!
First and foremost, if you’re unfamiliar with Mask of the Other, you can click this link here and read the sell text. Short version, it’s a Lovecraftian science-horror novel about the wreckage of Saddam Hussein’s occult weapons program, private military companies, and what armies do with enemies they can’t kill.
When I started the Kickstarter to make Mask of the Other into an audiobook, I underestimated how long it would take ACX to check the files and approve them. But all that is in the past now! If you search my name on iTunes, you can find and purchase the full, unabridged audiobook of Mask of the Other, and at least the backers have been loving it.
You can purchase it right now over your internet box at Audible.com, or possibly even get it free by taking a trial membership. (I believe I get a bounty for people who sign up to buy my book as their first purchase, but don’t let that influence you.)
Coming Soon: A SOFTER APOCALYPSE
If you know anything about my work on PROGENITOR or SINNER, it should come as no surprise that I want to write comics. (Or, if you prefer, I want to script sequential art.) In fact, I recently got to write a short piece for The Sleep of Reason and then have the inestimable Langdon Foss illustrate it.
Through Langdon, I got in contact with the versatile and equally inestimable
Nick Butler. In October, we hope to launch a Kickstarter for an online and print comic entitled A Softer Apocalypse.
A Softer Apocalypse is based on my game eCollapse. The setting could be described as ‘low-rent supers in a crapsack future’. It expands on the crises of today, such as climate change, governmental impotence, economic malaise, the militarization of the police and the rise of a surveillance state, then tells the story of people trying to get buy in it. Specifically, in a funky future Tacoma.
The script is already done, and Nick is hard at work on having half the pages ready even before the KS launches, so we fully intend to have skin in this game and be able to hit the ground running when it fulfills. Watch this space for more information, coming soon!
SINNER is Now Available!
Not only that, but people like it!
The early adopters have gotten their copies, and their responses have been gratifyingly positive. If you have any interest in superheroes, supervillains, or smartass jailbirds trapped in a crazy world they never made, this could be the book for you.
Some SINNER-relevant links include the following:
A lovely in-depth review by Rachel Neumeier is a good first stop if you still aren’t clear on what the novel’s about or 100% sold on it.
Its Amazon page has more reviews and the opportunity to buy it for Kindle.
DriveThruFiction offers it in several formats for the same price.
If you crave the heft of a printed tome, you can order a print-on-demand version through Lulu.com.
There’s also a spiffy hardback, if that’s your preference.
Then, once you buy and read and enjoy it, you can make comments on its goodreads page.
Thanks again to everyone who backed it!
BETTER ANGELS Is Out Too!
This was a long time time coming and, going by the reviews, worth the wait. BETTER ANGELS is my new supervillain RPG, out now courtesy of ARC DREAM publishing. The ARC DREAM site has a ton of promo material, art previews, links to those glowing reviews, and (most important) the opportunity to buy it. I’ll leave the heavy marketing at those links, but if you’ve ever wanted to twirl your mustache while cackling over a helpless do-gooder, you really owe it to yourself to check out BETTER ANGELS.
Dinosaurs... in Spaaace!
If you like rockets, time travel, cheap laughs or all of the above you can buy Dinosaurs... in Spaaace! from IPR, with the PDF bundled free if that sort of thing appeals to you. Customers who prefer electronic files can get it both from IPR and from RPGNOW.
Breaking news! A review, it is in!
More Timely Updates
If you have gotten sick of waiting on my intermittent updates here, I don’t blame you one bit. If you want to hear about my projects and updates via email, send me your address and I’ll put you on a notification list. Just between you, me and the Internet, there might be opportunities for some special offers on there, too.
A Reasonable Set of Links
At some point I will redo this web site, but for the time being here’s the duct-tape fix: Links here in the body text to things that really ought to be buttons up top.
My fiction library.
The REIGN Home Page.
Me on Twitter.
...and on Facebook.
If This Is Your First Time...
In addition to the many companies that have employed me, I also self-published a few books, partially as an experiment, partially out of laziness. If lazy experimentalism sounds appealing (rather than appalling) here are some links.
Scary Face, my short story collection, is now available as a .pdf.
GODWALKER, a novel tied in to the game Unknown Armies.
These People Mean Nothing To Each Other is another distribution experiment, this one in charitable fundraising via hard-boiled fiction.