Kane Gilmour

International Bestselling Author of The Crypt of Dracula

Category: Anthology

Shoguns, Action Missiles, and Cartoons in Korea

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The MECH anthology was a huge success on Kickstarter, and the funding was acheived to not only publish the book, but also to include that gorgeous art from Frankie B. Washington pictured below. I’m pretty sure the release will be around Jan 2017. Look for it then, and I’ll be promoting it when it’s out.

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I came to a love of Mechs and Giant Robots in an unusual way. There were two parts to it. The first was in the late 1970s as a child, when I got one of the two-foot tall Shogun Warriors toys. You might know him as Great Mazinger, but in the toy line, this plastic behemoth was simply ‘Mazinga.’ And he was glorious. Spring loaded rockets in his fist (more on this in a bit), a wobbly plastic sword in one hand, spare rockets clipped onto his shoulders, and—because it was the spectacular 70s, and probably also because Disco was murdering our earholes—Mazinga had roller skates built into his feet. That’s right. Roller skates. Simply put, it was the coolest and most alien toy I had ever seen. And this was 1979 in New York, well after the initial onslaught of Star Wars toys. Star Wars was literally alien, but I had at least been familiar with the film (which I saw at a drive-in at the age of six). When it came to Mazinga, Raydeen, and Dragun—the first few Shogun Warriors—I had no context, and no understanding of Japan or the Japanese culture that had spawned them. I did recognize the fourth Shogun Warrior release at that size, though: Godzilla films had been on TV Saturday afternoons my whole life.

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Happy Holidays, Have Some Mayhem!

Happy Holidays, everyone. Here’s a free short story. Download and install on your e-reader, or snag the PDF to read on the device of your choice. When you’re done, check out the Warbirds of Mars anthology for more Martian Killer goodness.

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2014 In Review

Yep. My first and probably only blog post in 2014. Obviously I plan to do better in 2015.

So where have I been? I started the year off with severe hallucination-giving flu. At the time, I was writing the fifth and final installment of ‘Season 1’ of Jeremy Bishop’s REFUGE series, which we released first as a serial, in five parts, and later as a collected novel. My part, BONFIRES BURNING BRIGHT, was full of hallucinatory madness and crazy action. I should have blogged at the time to announce it but…yeah. Sick. Hoping there will be a ‘Season 2.’ You can help by buying the collected novel or the individual parts, and by spreading the word about it.

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Warbirds of Mars: Stories of the Fight! Release Date

Coming soon from Quickdraw Books, my little imprint.

WARBIRDS OF MARS: STORIES OF THE FIGHT! is an anthology featuring some amazing talents. The book will debut at the Phoenix Comicon on May 23rd. Book is edited by myself and Scott P. Vaughn.

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