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Justin Alcala

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Justin Alcala is a novelist, nerdologist and Speculative Literature Foundation Award Finalist. He’s the author of three novels, including Consumed, (BLK Dog Publishing) The Devil in the Wide City (Solstice Publishing) and Dim Fairy Tales (AllThingsThatMatterPress). His short stories have been featured in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including It Snows Here (Power Loss Anthology),The Offering (Rogue Planet Press Magazine) and The Lantern Quietly Screams (Castabout Literature). When he’s not burning out his retinas in front of a computer, Justin is a tabletop gamer, blogger, folklore enthusiast and time traveler. He is an avid quester of anything righteous, from fighting dragons to acquiring magical breakfast eggs from the impregnable ...more

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"A Dead End Job" Hits Pages w/ The Parliament House

When you’re an author, you dream of signing w/ a publisher like The Parliament House. They have knowledgeable editors, an intuitive market team and a creative process for getting your book the attention it deserves. That’s why I am excited to say that my absurdist urban fantasy novel, “A Dead End Job” has been selected by this great publishing team to hit the pages between 2021-22. Stay tuned for Read more of this blog post »
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Steph Patt Hi Justin! Thanks for the friending! Hope to chat soon about books! Have a lovely day!

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