Speculative Fictioneer

Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he's not grading papers, he's imagining what the world might be like in a dozen alternate realities. Over the past 5 years his short fiction has appeared in more than 100 publications, including AE SciFi, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, Shimmer, and the Wastelands 2 anthology. Two novels and a variety of short story collections are now available.  Milo is represented by the Zack Company.

https://www.amazon.com/Milo-James-Fowler/e/B0058CVZT0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl2&tag=inmere0c-20&linkId=a441a3e316b8a7cdfe919f83d343cdbd                                   http://www.milojamesfowler.com/p/published-fiction.html

The End of the World As We Know It

My last (for now) collection of short stories is available wherever eBooks are sold, featuring the following lineup of  adventures in the post-apocalyptic badlands:

"Soulless in His Sight"
"You Kill Me"
"Survival of the Fittest"
"For a Handful of Crowns"
"Drawn from a World of Hurt"
"Breath of Life"
"Sins of the Father"
"Like Clockwork"
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Idan's World"
Fair warning: these be horror stories, and many of them are grisly. A couple, in particular. But I'm all about shining light into the darkness, so you can rest assured that good will conquer evil. It just might take a little cogitation to figure out how...
    http://amzn.to/2mVhEJ2      http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-wastes-milo-james-fowler/1125813452?ean=2940154254929      https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-wastes/id1207469479?mt=11      https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/into-the-wastes

The Weird West Radio Hour

Now Available:
Amazon       Audible       iTunes
The audiobook turned out even better than I'd hoped, complete with music and sound effects -- like an old radio show. Seeing how The Lone Ranger and Hopalong Cassidy inspired these tales, I'd say Rich Brennan's work is just about perfect.
There's Trouble on the Range
In these thrilling tales from yesteryear, Coyote Cal and his trusty sidekick Big Yap encounter a wizard able to change his shape at will, a scheming witch, a confused zombie, la chupacabra grande, bloodthirsty vampyres, and other sordid fiends. Our heroes will have to rely on their wits, skills, and loads of hot lead to ensure justice prevails.

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

So this is pretty cool: Girl of Great Price  is going to be translated into German
 and will be appearing in Visionarium, "Das Magazin für Horror, Mystery,
 Bizarro, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Steampunk, Noir, SF und New Weird."
Also cool: Girl of Great Price  is currently free wherever eBooks are sold:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MT6H70E/ref=nosim?tag=inmere0c-20&linkCode=sb1&camp=212353&creative=380549     http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/girl-of-great-price-milo-james-fowler/1121005127?ean=2940046494211&st=AFF&SID=BNB_DRS_Evergreen_20150928&2sid=Skimlinks_3662453_NA&sourceId=AFFSkimlinksM000006     https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/girl-of-great-price/id956042155?mt=11     https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/girl-of-great-price?utm_source=linkshare_us&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=linkshare_us&siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-efOjMyV1OV6ANHLgtx6FkQ

I Have an Agent

For the first time in seven years of querying, I got the call.

A few months ago, a certain agent responded to my query for BackTracker with a request for the first few chapters. No big deal. It's happened before, and nothing ever came of it. 

A few weeks later, the same agent asked to take a look at the complete manuscript. Again: been there, done that. 2016 has been the year for near-misses, getting closer than I've ever been to snagging an agent's attention with Those Who Wait. But in the end, nothing happened. So I didn't get my hopes up this time.

Last Friday, I received an email from the agent's intern saying he'd like to set up a time for us to talk over the phone. Which we did, for over half an hour, discussing the finer points of BackTracker: what's great about it and what needs to be fine-tuned. We agreed on four key areas where I'll need to do some rewriting.

Then he offered to represent me. Just like that.

I signed the contract, so it's official: my agent is Andrew Zack, and our first project is BackTracker. Baen Books still has it, but once I fix a few of the issues Mr. Zack has with the manuscript, he'll let them know it's now a multiple submission. Will that spur the Baen folks into making a decision? Maybe. The best part: my novel will be submitted to the big five publishers I never would have been able to contact without an agent.

Holy cow, folks! It took a while, just like finding homes for all of my short stories, but it finally happened. Finding the right publishers for my novels will take time as well; I have six others in need of good homes after BackTracker. But I'm in this for the long haul, and I don't plan on quitting anytime soon. "Never give up, never surrender!" (Galaxy Quest). The fact that The Zack Company "prides itself on sticking with clients until their work finds a home" makes them the perfect fit.

Seven years ago, I started blogging once a week, and I've kept it up ever since. But I may not be as religious about it from here on out. This is what I've been waiting for all along. Now the real work starts, and I can't wait to live out the next chapter of my life as a writer.

The End of the World

A month or so ago, Perihelion's Sam Bellotto and Carol Kean were trying to destroy the earth. And they wanted my help.

"Fun, dark humor, gloriously masochistic" is how they phrased it. That's what they were looking for, and they hit up a dozen sci-fi writers to see what we could come up with: our favorite way for the planet to perish. Not that it needs a whole lot of help, right? Considering all the crap going on in the world these days...

But I digress. Sure, our world can be dark and bleak. We don't have to be. We can laugh. Sometimes, that's all we can do. (Wasn't there some kind of election recently?)

In the meantime, check out 10 ways the world could end in the latest issue of Perihelion Science Fiction.

An Homage to The Princess Bride


 A teenage girl in medieval times must keep her father 
from killing the only boy she's ever loved.

In the process, she must also save her village
from an evil sorcerer and his mutant henchmen.

It's just another day in the life
of this indomitable farmer's daughter.

Now Available:

http://amzn.to/2fp9wIF        http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/return-of-the-knave-milo-james-fowler/1124820536?ean=2940153568218        https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/return-of-the-knave/id1164364862?mt=11        https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/return-of-the-knave

What's a UBook, Anyway?

According to Black and White Publishing, UBooks are:

Books on video, where the words appear on the screen at reading pace. Most are enhanced with music. Some are narrated. Because they’re free—gotta love Youtube—they’re the perfect medium for shorter pieces. Can you see the possibilities? And because Ubooks are a seamless reading experience with musical enhancements, they’re not only free, and on a medium people are familiar with, they’re a better product.

Pretty nifty, eh? Here are a few of my stories, now available on YouTube:

"Grandpa's Bluetooth"      "Breathe"      "Scuttle"      "Suburban Legend"

"Just Leave"      "When Tomorrow Comes"      "A Creature Stirring" 

Soul Smuggler - Final Cut

One of my goals this year has been to release more of my work in paperback. Since the rights have reverted to all of my Mercer tales, I'm now able to make the 9-tale collection available in print and all eBook formats. There's something awfully satisfying about seeing these stories all together in one book:


Unreal Encounters

Now available:


To celebrate turning 40 this year, 40 weird tales published over the past 7 years. And to think, when I was a kid, I thought 40 would be OLD. I don't feel old -- not yet, anyway. And I'm so glad I didn't wait until this year to start submitting my work for publication.

That was the plan. I've been writing since I was 12, but I was never all that interested in getting my stories published. I always figured that was something I could do when I was old. Like 40 or something.

But Mrs. Fowler changed my mind about that. Thanks to her encouragement, I started submitting my work for publication back in 2009, and in 2010, my first short story was published. After that, it became something like an addiction: seeing how many stories I could write and get published.

This year, I sold the last of my short stories. That's right, folks, all 120 of them have found homes. And even better, the rights have reverted. So now I can make them available in collections like Unreal Encounters, a Twilight Zone-ish batch of my weirder tales.

Happy reading!