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About Paul E Cooley
A full-time author and podcaster from Houston, Texas, Paul E Cooley produces free sci-fi, suspense, and thriller fiction, essays, and reviews available from Shadowpublications.com and iTunes.
His best-selling novel, The Black, was released in 2014 and won the 2015 Parsec Award for Long-Form Fiction. Since then, he has published six novels in both the urban fantasy and hard sci-fi genres, including The Derelict Saga as well as two sequels to The Black.
He has collaborated with New York Times Bestselling author Scott Sigler on the series "The Crypt" and co-wrote the novel "The Rider." In addition to his writing, Paul has contributed his voice talents to a number of podcast productions.
He is a co-host on the renowned Dead Robots' Society writing podcast and enjoys interacting with readers and other writers.
For more information about current and upcoming projects, please visit Shadowpublications.com.
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Days after escaping the derelict ship Mira and Pluto’s destruction, Black Company is pulled from stasis hours from Trident Station only to discover the solar system has gone silent.
Nearly empty on both ammunition and fuel reserves, taking refuge at the silent, apparently dead station is their only choice.
When they arrive, they find they are far from alone, and humanity's future lies in their hands.
Derelict: Trident, the suspenseful, action packed fourth and final installment of The Derelict Saga, reveals the AI conspiracy, the true threat the exo-solar creatures pose to humanity, and the emergence of true non-carbon sentient intelligence.
It’s the Twenty-Second Century. The galaxy has opened up to humanity as a hyperactive beehive of stargates and new technologies, and we suddenly find ourselves in a vast playground of different races, environments, and cultures. There’s just one catch: we are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain.
What do you do when the odds are stacked against you? Mercs plan, strategize, and sometimes even scheme, but there is one thing they all believe—luck is never a factor.
Unless it is.
Enter the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey, “Luck is Not a Factor” includes all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of bestselling authors—and some you may not have heard of…yet. The nineteen authors take on various aspects of the universe, giving you additional insight into a galaxy that isn’t at war…but definitely isn’t at peace. There’s only one thing for sure—anything’s possible for a fistful of credits!
Inside, you’ll find:
Preface by Chris Kennedy
“Luck is Not a Factor” by Mark Wandrey
“Jury-Rigged” by Paul E. Cooley
“Hunting Trip” by Jon R. Osborne
“To Sell Your Cloak” by Joseph Capdepon, II
“Sattara” by Christopher Woods
“Test and Devaluation” by Thomas A. Mays
“The Humans Inside” by Jamie Ibson
“A Sword for Striking” by Rob Howell
“Confluence” by Lee Dunning
“Hell Hath No Fury” by Brad R. Torgersen
“All’s Fair in Love and Mercs” by Jon Del Arroz
“The Price of Devotion” by Michael Ciaravella
“A Simple Recon Mission” by Philip Wohlrab
“Three Gladiators” by T. Allen Diaz
“Target of Opportunity” by Terry Maggert
“Scooping the Competition” by Terry Mixon
“A Token of Affection” by Kacey Ezell
“To Save the Earth” by Chris Kennedy
“CASPer’s Widow: The Last Goodbye” by JR Handley
"The Black" is a techno/horror-thriller that puts the horror and action of movies such as Leviathan and The Thing right into readers' hands. Ocean exploration will never be the same."
Armored little people riding armored dinosaurs in a full-contact bloodsport?
Welcome to Dinolition, the biggest show in the galaxy. Star rider Poughkeepsie Pete and his T-Rex mount “Old Bess” are fixtures of a league struggling to reach profitability and gain intergalactic recognition, to be thought of as something other than circus-freak sideshows.
But to get that credibility (and the massive payday that comes with it) Pete has to manage a league commissioner with a God complex, deal with a devious team owner, navigate a web of organized crime trying to fix matches, and dodge religious zealots set on killing him and the dinos alike — all while grooming the next generation of riders that will carry the sport into a new age of glory.
In Dinolition, authors Paul E. Cooley and #1 New York Times bestseller Scott Sigler give “ride till ya die” a whole new meaning.
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THE ROOKIE • THE STARTER • THE ALL-PRO • THE MVP • THE CHAMPION
THE REPORTER * THE DETECTIVE * TITLE FIGHT * THE RIDER
Trapped aboard Mira, Corporal Kalimura and her squad face hostile alien creatures while desperately searching for a way to escape. The crew of S&R Black, meanwhile, discover the alien infested Mira has brought back something else from outside the solar system, and it may mean the end for them all.
Derelict: Destruction, the third installment of The Derelict Saga, is an action-packed mashup of suspense, military sci-fi, and space opera horror. Destruction continues to unfold both the exo-solar threat to humanity and an insidious AI conspiracy.
As the unsuspecting scientists at HAL await the arrival of the oil, they ready their lab for what they know is an important job. They’ve seen the test results from Leaguer; this find could make history.
While the barrel is on its way to Houston, an “infection” breaks out on the far-away rig. And as life aboard the rig descends into chaos, the scientists at HAL make their own discovery—what Leaguer found is indeed historic; it just isn’t oil. Instead, they’ve brought up a dangerous organism that could threaten all life on earth.
Trapped in their labs, the scientists must find a way to fight a creature that defies chemistry, physics, and biology.
The Black: Arrival, a parallel story to the Amazon Horror Best-Seller The Black, is a page-turning suspense novel that will fill you with claustrophobic terror.
Now that The Black has arrived, will humanity survive?
Outbreak is a standalone, parallel story to both the 2015 Parsec Award Winning Novel The Black and The Black: Arrival. A winning mashup of action and horror, Outbreak is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing at what's around the next corner.
Trapped on the Mira, Corporal Kalimura must lead her squad of injured marines to safety. But, aboard the derelict, every shadow is a possible threat, and around every corner lurks another hazard. Without life support or gravity, and only their suit lights to see by, they must explore the ancient wreck to find a way to communicate with their ship and escape their hellish prison.
The remaining crew aboard S&R Black struggle to tow Mira out of the path of an incoming Kuiper Belt Object only to realize that the non-sentient hazard is the least of their worries.
Derelict: Tomb, book 2 of the Derelict Saga, is an action-packed mashup of suspense, military sci-fi, and space opera horror that will keep you guessing every turn of the page.
Now, an outpost orbiting Pluto has detected a distress call from an unpowered object entering Sol space: Mira has returned. When all attempts at communications fail, S&R Black, a Sol Federation Marine Corps search and rescue vessel, is dispatched from Trident Station to intercept, investigate, and tow the beleaguered Mira to Neptune.
As the marines prepare for the journey, uncertainty and conspiracy fomented by Trident Station’s governing AIs, begin to take their toll. Upon reaching Mira, they discover they’ve been sent on a mission that will almost certainly end in catastrophe.
The Derelict saga is a suspenseful mashup of hard military sci-fi, space opera, and mystery.
Some mysteries shouldn’t be solved.
They came in peace…
…or so they said. Here are 18 examples of how they lied. This is an exciting collection of First Contact science fiction stories, all completely different! Take a risk – venture into the unknown with us. Who is out there? What will they want from us? Come join us in our adventure to find out how 1st Contact pans out. It will be a great adventure!
"Every story in this book has something to appeal to fans of the science fiction genre, especially those who like speculations into space travel and the future tinged with horror. Lovers of Alien and The Twilight Zone will find themselves at home here, and so will anyone who enjoys science fiction for what it promises: the expansion of the mind into unknown and sometimes intimidating places." Virge B., Red Adept Editing, Proofreader
Buy Contact This! and read some of the industry’s best storytellers today!
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A Mother's Love by J. R. Handley & Jaime DiNote
Fog of War by John Mierau
A Family Affair by Michael Morton
Highwood's End by Nathan Pedde
Time Dogz by Tim C Taylor
Human Compatible by Paul E Cooley
Poster Child by Tyler E. C. Burnworth
Ascendancy by Theodore Hodges
Guardian First by Matthew A. Goodwin
Contours of War by R. Max Tillsley
When Houston Arson investigator Emy Aninzo discovers a strange symbol at the site of a burned historical landmark, she begins investigating a series of fires that have taken place over decades. As she digs deeper into the case, assisted by her boss and an HPD detective, fires with inexplicable causes begin to assail the city. Each site contains the same mark. Houston has a serial arsonist plaguing the city.
While Emy and her colleagues attempt to track down the criminal, as well as explain the seemingly impossible heat of the fires, they come to the conclusion that the arsonist may be insane, and possibly possessed.
Ghere’s Inferno, part police procedural mystery, part urban fantasy, and all thriller, will keep you turning the next page until the last fire burns.
Paul E Cooley, author of the bestselling The Black series and The Derelict Saga, wraps ancient mythology around an eerie contemporary tale that will leave you burning for more.