Shadowmancy is live!

ey there! Well, here it is. As an author, this is the most exciting part of the job. More exciting than signing a new contract or opening a royalty statement, or even receiving an award nomination. Here it is. The best thing in my life since… the release of my previous book, nearly two years ago: My new book is out! Shadowmancy is a book about a boy named Quay who goes to a secret, magical academy where his now-disgraced father was a leading professor. Quay’s father was a bad seed, and the legacy he has left his son–both in...

Shadowmancy available for pre-order!

Hey there! It’s with great pride that I can tell you that my long delayed third novel, Shadowmancy, is about to drop! (Yes, long time readers may recall that this was going to be my second novel…) Anyway. Here’s the blurb: On a mountain that does not exist, there is a school where they teach the impossible.From his first day at the Academy, things are difficult for Quay. Though he has surrendered his name, like every other acolyte at the magical school, Quay is the son of a disgraced professor, and he finds that his father’s old enemies are already...

Mars Attacks (Australia)!

I have a new short story in War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia, a brand new anthology from Clandestine Press that looks at what might have happened, or might still happen, if HG Wells martians had landed in Australia. The book is filled with stories by some of Australia’s biggest name SF authors, including Kerry Greenwood, Jack Dann, Carmel Bird, Jenny Valentish, Janeen Webb, Sean Williams, Kaaron Warren and Angela Meyer. And there’s an introduction by Alex Proyas! My piece, A Fair Go to Mars, follows two Environmental Protection Agency workers as they investigate an outbreak of the red weed,...

Rise of the Skellingtons

Here for your delectation and delight, courtesy of Argonautica Press and Free Comic Book Day, is a free 34 page comic, SKELLINGTON #1. A skellington picture by me and Mrs Franks! The book is composed of four stories: “The Key in the Wall” is a dark look at a school for the mystical arts, written by me and illustrated by Nicholas Hunter. This story is in fact the first chapter of Shadomancy, which is the first original-printing novel coming up on the Argonautica slate. This story was originally supposed to be a serialized comic, and many of Nic’s amazing illustrations...

Into the Adlight free on Curious Fictions

https://curiousfictions.com/stories/1989-jason-franks-into-the-adlight Published in 2012, this is a cyberpunk satire about guerilla documentary-making, advertising, and data security. I posted it on Curious Fictions because I saw this article, which makes it look as though the central conceit of the story might soon be a reality: https://futurism.com/startrocket-giant-ads-night-sky-cubesa… Sigh. Obvious influence here from Blue Ant era William Gibson and also Bill Hicks (don’t @me, I’m a Gen Xer), who once said that advertising is the “ruiner of all things good.” In hindsight, the callout to Robert Heinlein’s “The Man who Sold the Moon” is way too obvious, but I guess that’s what advertising...