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December 16, 2020

New Bizarre Tale Available!

This novel has literally taken me years to finish because of interruptions. I've paused so many times to write other things that I can't recall now what brought about all of these cessations regarding The Banshee of the Atacama . . . Volume 2 in The Tales of the Tomahawk.

But it is at long last available, and I'm quite proud of it.

For years, Ansen Grost has wondered about his parents--what took them to America where they were killed by vengeful Shoshone? Why had they left their homeland of Norway before he was born? After globetrotting for years, he finally sets out to find the answers to these questions only to be summarily drugged and banished from his parents' old village.

Now, drugged, drunk, and raring to fight, he gets his wish when he's dumped on the docks of a little coastal town in the Shetland Isles.

But it's here our story begins after Ansen, typical for him, finds himself strapped for cash and takes on a job for an old Shetlander to find the man's daughter who became lost in Peru.

The tricky part is she has a possessive banshee for a familiar.

Beware, Ansen!
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Published on December 16, 2020 12:00 Tags: banshee, lovecraftian, supernatural

November 2, 2020

The Valley of Despair now available in paperback!

It has taken me a while to convert some of my stories to paperback, so I'm stoked to be able to add this third title to my growing stable of physical books.

The Valley of Despair is a fun tale, very much in the style and topic of Edgar Rice Burroughs where we have a hero who discovers a "lost race" in the midst of the dark, foreboding jungles of Africa (or, since he's a German pilot, Afrika).

It was reviewer Charles Van Buren who mentioned in his review of this title that he would like a sequel, and it was the sequel that I first converted to paper format, thinking Valley was too short to do so.

But where there's a will there is usually a way. With some attention to font size, margins, page size, etc, I was able to make it work.

The sequel, The Cosmos of Despair, is certainly a bizarre yarn, whereas Valley is more straight up lost race with a scyfy twist that I hope you enjoy.



The Valley of Despair front cover
The Valley of Despair back cover
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Published on November 02, 2020 09:04 Tags: alien, cosmos-of-despair, dystopian, german-pilot, valley-of-despair, ww1

October 2, 2020

Occultober 2020 is happening NOW!

Join Gilbert M. Stack as he reviews a different horror novel each day this month. Gil's events are a lot of fun where one is guaranteed to discover several gems in his posts.
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Published on October 02, 2020 05:09 Tags: halloween, occult, october

September 14, 2020

The Hunter and the Sorcerer now available in Audio!

So this is a first for Bizarre Tales. Fellow author William Hahn did an excellent job narrating The Hunter and the Sorcerer.

Now, we're looking for listeners!

We have a limited number of US and UK codes that will get you a free copy of The Hunter and the Sorcerer on audio! This is a no-strings offer.

But, we only have a limited number of codes. To make it fair, we're going to accept emailed requests for codes until the end of September, and then have a drawing to find homes for these codes.

To read the details, hop over to the Bizarre Tales site.
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Published on September 14, 2020 11:49 Tags: audio, hunter-and-the-sorcerer, promotion

July 22, 2020

Bizarre Tales coming soon to Audio!

Hear ye, hear ye! That's right. Even as we speak the auditory machine is cranking away at the first-ever, Bizarre Tales audiobook! And yours truly is truly stoked about this.

Fellow author William Hahn expanded into recording book narrations about a year and a half ago. I've listened to his warm, rich tones narrate his own novels, the four-volume Shards of Light series, and loved it.

Imagine my joy now that the comets and stars have aligned and made it possible for him to narrate my latest novel, The Hunter and the Sorcerer, currently available in eBook and paperback, and soon in audio.

I'll post later when this project is available. In the meantime, why not check out some new additions to my growing collection of Bizarre Colorized B&W photos! Famous movie monsters, Edgar Rice's a really fun hobby that I'm glad I discovered.
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Published on July 22, 2020 08:24 Tags: hunter-and-the-sorcerer, prehistoric, william-l-hahn

June 2, 2020

New Bizarre Tales Page!

I began fiddling with electronic images many, many years ago, but it wasn't until I started writing stories and self-publishing that I started taking it more seriously and putting in the time to learn some of the more advanced tricks.

Why? Because I needed to make covers for all those stories!

But it didn't end there. I'm never bashful about taking on a new hobby, and after I started learning about how to convert old black and white photos to color I just had to try my hand at it.

These have either come to me randomly or been suggested. Eventually I'd like to dive into some old family photos as time allows.

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Published on June 02, 2020 10:57 Tags: b-w-photo-conversion, colorized-photos, gimp, photoshop

May 5, 2020

Select Bizarre Tales now available in Paperback!

I've been wanting to publish some of my Bizare Yarns in paperback for quite a while now. I always was more of a paperback guy than an eBook guy, and this finally rose to the top of the heap for me to work on.

For anyone wishing a solid copy of The Hunter and the Sorcerer or The Cosmos of Despair , these are now available on Amazon in a handy, 5x8 paperback!

I would have loved to have gone with an old-school, 4 ⅜ x6 ⅜ or so, like the vintage Avons and Aces, but that size wasn't an option--but it should be!

Still, I'm super stoked about this. Having haunted used bookstalls in my youth in daring quests to find those coveted copies that seemed so elusive back in the days before the internet, I'm tickled pink at the thought of coming across a used, raggedy copy of a Bizarre Tale one day.

Wouldnt' that be something?
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Published on May 05, 2020 11:23 Tags: cosmos-of-despair, hunter-and-the-sorcerer, paperback

April 15, 2020

Richard Dee's Life and Other Dreams

I was quite thrilled when independent author Richard Dee offered to host me on his Indie Showcase where he promotes other Indie authors--which I find quite generous in a cut-throat world where everyone is striving for attention.

Curious as to what sort of writer Richard was, I purchased a copy of one of his novels at random, and think I made a fine choice.

Life and Other Dreams is a neat novel about two radically different men from different worlds and times who dream of one another's lives.

But for Rick, the 21st century Earthman, his dreams are becoming somewhat of a problem.

In a gesture of good faith and honesty, he reveals to his wife that he dreams of being a settler on another world 600 years in the future, and of his marriage to a beautiful woman with whom he enjoys this unfettered lifestyle of exploring a new, Earth-like world.

Unsurprisingly, his wife isn't thrilled. And therein begins the problems for our humble Earthman.

Quite an enjoyable read for any who likes their sci-fi mixed with a little mystery. The characters are sprinkled with real-life problems, which, to me, adds to the realism and also exacerbates the contrasting lives of the two men.

While you're picking up a copy of Richard's novel, don't forget to check out his site and also the latest release from Bizarre Tales ... The Hunter and the Sorcerer!
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Published on April 15, 2020 09:48 Tags: bizarre-tales, hunter, indie, life-and-other-dreams, mammoth, richard-dee, saber-tooth

March 25, 2020

New Bizarre Tale Available!

A new Bizarre Tale, The Hunter and the Sorcerer , is now available from Amazon and elsewhere.

Banished from his tribe after offending the chief, a hunter named Bru stalks into the tiger-haunted hills with only his stone knife and the furs on his back, determined to find some way to appease the chief so he might return to the tribe. For if he doesn't return soon, the girl he loves will be mated to a hated rival on the night of Wyrm.

Yet Bru's plans are thrown out of kilter when he runs afoul of a visitor from another world. Bizarrely instructed in science and physics beyond his simple ken, savage Bru finds himself making a deal with the mysterious outsider that will allow the hunter to return to his people.
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Published on March 25, 2020 09:29 Tags: mammoth, pleistocene, prehistoric, saber-tooth, stone-age

March 17, 2020

An Unveiling -- The cover for The Hunter and the Sorcerer

When I started painting with oils in the summer of 2016 after bingeing Bob Ross all Winter and Spring I discovered a side of my nature I wasn't aware lurked there... or maybe I had merely forgotten it.

However it was, I dove in and haven't come back up for air and have no plans to. I enjoy painting as much as writing stories and poems and hope to be able to dove-tail these passions.

Regarding that desire, The Hunter and the Sorcerer will be the first time I've used one of my oil paintings for the cover art of one of my stories.

Having started painting The Lair in Aug of 2019 and set it aside to work on other projects many times, it was a thrill to finally complete it, photograph it, and then create the cover art for this bizarre, Pleistocene themed yarn.

I've added the cover art to my Coming Next page, so please check it out. I hope to get the story published by the end of March!

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Published on March 17, 2020 08:28 Tags: alien, mammoth, pleistocene, saber-tooth

Bizarre Tales

Chris L. Adams
Weird tales; strange tales; tales with bizarre, unforeseen twists and endings; macabre little tales; encounters and close brushes with mind-warping beings both supernatural and otherworldly.

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