Hi. My name is Greg Stolze, this is my web page, and I write books.
And Now For Something Completely Different: COMICS
I have designed games and written novels, but only recently (in The Sleep of Reason) did I get an opportunity to script some sequential narrative, also colloquially known as a ‘comic’. Thanks to the miracle of crowdfunding, I’ve done it again.
A Softer Apocalypse is illustrated by Nick Butler, and as of this writing, the first two pages are up. Many more are to come. God willing, we plan to update it every Tuesday.
A Softer Apocalypse shares a setting with my game eCollapse, which one reviewer described as ‘a middle-class white American horror future that replaces zombies with future-shock, vampires with crushing economic despair, witches with environmental chaos, and werewolves with augmented humanity’, which is pretty fair. The weather is deadly, getting superpowers is like playing Russian Roulette with gritty biotech abilities as a reward for survival, the economy hates you but is too tired to do anything about it, and our protagonists are mostly motivated by revenge.
But wait! There’s more! As the Kickstarter was squeaking along, I promise to write a bonus story if we made it. Today, I deliver. Though there were many compelling suggestions, I ultimately decided to go with a companion piece for the comic. The characters in Special Purpose are unseen in the first 24 pages of the comic, but Brick turns up in the second chapter, assuming it gets funded. Anyhow, you can read about Brick, Heesh and their colleagues at the link above (in PDF) or here in ePub and here for the Kindle.
The Dangers of Fraternization
I wrote a film noir game called A Dirty World, and Caleb Stokes (the brains and the looks behind Hebanon Games) went and wrote a scenario for it set in partition-era Berlin. That scenario, The Dangers of Fraternization, sets Russians, Americans and Germans on the trail of a murder mystery. But is solving it more important than stopping one another? (PCs for The Dangers of Fraternization can be downloaded here.
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.)
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.