Tag Archives: Dystopian

Stephen Patrick

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As a child of Kentucky and Texas, bluegrass and bluebonnets share equal time in my blood, fueling a need for adventure and exploration, and a keen desire to see what is out there.

This is my third evolution as a writer, starting as a young boy inventing adventures for my toys and friends. In school, I wrote to fulfill assignments and map out the world. Now, I write for the same reason I read: I want to know what happens next.

Stories can make us laugh or smile, scream or cry, sometimes at the same time. In the best stories, we let the pages tell us what we need to see inside ourselves.

My fiction ranges from horror to historical, and I placed in a short story contest when one of my first stories found a home in Evolution: Vol 1, published by Evolved Publishing. Outside of the Lone Star state, I won the Arkansas Writer’s Conference Special Award (2009) and the Creme De La Creme Award (2014) from the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. for best overall story.

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Watch for Fluid Shock, the second book in “The Holocaust Engine,” the horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series co-authored with David Rike, to release in Spring 2022.

A team of investigators and military operators join the survivors in a race to stop the spread of an otherworldly plague.

After one year of quarantine, the Lower Florida Keys have descended into madness. The last of the local officials cling to power, hording supplies and using sheer brutality to force submission. When a second strain of disease burns its way through the enclaves of survivors, the military targets the islands for purge… until a cryptic message from inside the cordon halts the bombing. Now, a broken former detective and a group of military operators race to unravel the claim that the disease is already out, weaponized, and ready to bring the world to its knees.
 
 
 
 
Watch for Unda Sanguis: The Flood, the third book in “The Holocaust Engine,” the horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series co-authored with David Rike, to release in late 2022 or early 2023.

Chaos descends inside the quarantine zone as a hurricane threatens to finish what the disease started.

With an army of infected pouring across Key West, the last bands of survivors are caught between fighting monsters, each other, and a hurricane that is churning toward the island. The cordon around the island fails, leaving everyone to chose between fight, flight, flood, and faith. Those who stay will face the disease and the demonic force it has released. With saltwater and blood soaking the island, these strike teams make their last ditch effort to challenge this threat to humanity… and drown it.
 
 
 

David Rike

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I didn’t grow up wanting to write. In fact, when I finished college I’d all but stopped reading. Then I took a job at a local police department as a whistle-stop on the way to some great destiny, got hurt early on and, faced with long days of much-needed bed rest, limped into a local bookstore, and left with an armful of novels.

Two decades later and I’ve served that police department as an officer, supervisor and, now, investigative lieutenant, all the while bleeding the book stores dry. As for the great destiny, I simply offer this: we are never fully human until we find some outlet for our innate creative impulses. My outlet is the novel, particularly the dystopian science fiction and horror stories that resonated with me those years ago. Perhaps, one day, I’ll find that something I’ve written has influenced another, the same as that armful of books once did for me.

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Check out the series page for “The Holocaust Engine” at Facebook, and be sure to LIKE it.
 

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Watch for Fluid Shock, the second book in “The Holocaust Engine,” the horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series co-authored with Stephen Patrick, to release in Spring 2022.

A team of investigators and military operators join the survivors in a race to stop the spread of an otherworldly plague.

After one year of quarantine, the Lower Florida Keys have descended into madness. The last of the local officials cling to power, hording supplies and using sheer brutality to force submission. When a second strain of disease burns its way through the enclaves of survivors, the military targets the islands for purge… until a cryptic message from inside the cordon halts the bombing. Now, a broken former detective and a group of military operators race to unravel the claim that the disease is already out, weaponized, and ready to bring the world to its knees.
 
 
 
 
Watch for Unda Sanguis: The Flood, the third book in “The Holocaust Engine,” the horror/dystopian/post-apocalyptic series co-authored with Stephen Patrick, to release in late 2022 or early 2023.

Chaos descends inside the quarantine zone as a hurricane threatens to finish what the disease started.

With an army of infected pouring across Key West, the last bands of survivors are caught between fighting monsters, each other, and a hurricane that is churning toward the island. The cordon around the island fails, leaving everyone to chose between fight, flight, flood, and faith. Those who stay will face the disease and the demonic force it has released. With saltwater and blood soaking the island, these strike teams make their last ditch effort to challenge this threat to humanity… and drown it.
 
 
 

Pinnacle Book Achievement Award – The Children of Darkness

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WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award — The Children of Darkness by David Litwack

We are so pleased to announce that the first book in the dystopian science fiction series The Seekers, by author David Litwack, has been awarded the prestigious Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Summer of 2015 — Category: Science Fiction.

With this great news about The Children of Darkness, we hope you will discover for yourself just how wonderful this series really is. (For more information about this book, including retail links, please click HERE.)

Whether you’re a fan of dystopian sci-fi, or speculative fiction, or literary fiction, or fiction that explores the intricacies of religion, society, and the future, we’re certain you’re going to love this book, and the entire series as it becomes available.

While the author certainly deserves the lion’s share of the credit, we would like to congratulate the entire team who helped bring this wonderful book to life:
David Litwack – Author
John Anthony Allen – Editor
Lane Diamond – Senior Editor
Mallory Rock – Cover Artist and Interior Designer

It seems David Litwack is making this something of a habit, as his previous book, The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award (Fall 2014 – Category: Fantasy).

Congratulations, David. We can’t wait for the next installment!

The Stuff of StarsSpeaking of which, be sure to stay tuned for more news on the release of Book 2 in The Seekers series, The Stuff of Stars, which is coming November 30, 2015.

Jeff Altabef

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Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the Writing Center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. As an avid Knicks fan, he is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season.
 
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog on The Patch designed to encourage writing for those that like telling stories.
 

Jeff’s Co-Author on the CHOSEN Series, Erynn Altabef

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Erynn Altabef is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist. When she’s not in High School, she loves Starbucks, performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.
 
Some of her favorite authors are Veronica Roth, Joelle Charbonneau, and her dad! (That would be Jeff Altabef.) She has co-authored with her dad the Chosen series of young adult fantasy thrillers.
 

BOOKS

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Jeff Altabef
Almas Abrasadas
Atrapavientos
Borde del Amanecer

Brink of Dawn

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Brink of Dawn
Brink of Dawn (Italiano)
Covil do Diabo
Devil’s Dance
Devil’s Day
Devil’s Deal
Devil’s Den

Enemies of the State

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Enemies of the State
Fracture Point
L’Antre du Diable
La Danza del Diablo
La Guarida del Diablo
Ponto de Despedaçar
Red Death

Scorched Souls

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Scorched Souls
Second Chances – A “Chosen” Short Story
Shatter Point
Shatter Point (Italiano)
The Ghost King
The Immortals
Wind Catcher
Wind Catcher (Italiano)
 

UP NEXT

Watch for THE IMMORTALS, the third and final book in the “Red Death” series of epic fantasy/dystopian adventures, to release on 7 March 2022. You’ll be able to pre-order the eBook at Amazon by 15 January 2022.

Most believe the Immortals are a myth, a folk story meant to frighten children, but Wilky and Aaliss discover the truth is even more frightening than the myths.

Wilky, once a boy filled with light and a healer, is now the Ghost King, drawn to darkness and violence. As powerful enemies descend on Eden, he must find another, the true child of light, to help him save Eden and keep the world from descending into darkness. Does he have time? Can he still be trusted? Will he instead succumb to power and darkness?

Meanwhile, Aaliss is pushed to the limit to bring justice to Eden, and joins with the most unlikely of allies. In the end, she must accept the magic inside her, or all will be lost. Will she pass her ultimate test?