Happy Orctober 2019!

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It’s 2019 and another Orctober is upon us! And I have some exciting plans this year. Boy howdy, are you gonna be thrilled. Maybe even chilled. I’m going to show you some sights.

Because all I have planned this year is to participate in the art prompts. I’ve been both busy and distracted this year and with no book or Kickstarter this year and a lack of plans, as I continue trying to get the By Demons Be Driven first draft finished, I never got around to planning. So this year, I’m gonna try to do all 31 days of this year’s Orctober prompt card.

Orctober 2019 prompt list

Every week, I’ll post my work. This will also be good for me for practice. Should be fun. And probably a little frustrating. And hey, if you haven’t read any Grimluk yet, this is the perfect month to do it. Orcs fighting demons is pretty much what this month was made for.

Grimluk 4 Title Reveal

By Demons Be Driven

Goodnight, everybody!

I kid, I kid. So why this title? I’ve actually had this one for a couple of years. In this book, Grimluk will end up being hunted by demons. “The hunter becomes the hunted” will no doubt be in the blurb. It’s also a Pantera song and while I hate Pantera in my old age and wish someone would hurl Phil Anselmo into the sun, that title is fucking badass. So I’m stealing it. And while Grimluk will be hunted, he remains committed to being a hunter, stumbling upon a cult and setting about to shut it down. Wow, that doesn’t sound interesting because I’m skirting around giving away too many details. I don’t want to spoil things for you! But By Demons Be Driven will feature a wild hunt of sorts, a werewolf, some heavy use of Lovecraft filtered through my brain (explicitly more than what I’ve used so far), and probably the most action I’ll have written yet.

And hey, have a progress update: I’m currently hovering around 20K mark, which is not quite a third of the way to my minimum goal of 75K. It will probably end up being more. Demons Within got real close to 80K.

Four Year Anniversary Giveaway

It’s been four years since I released A Demon in the Desert and to celebrate, I’m doing a a month long giveaway. For all of June, you can get A Demon in the Desert for free in your choice of epub or mobi formats. I know by now that my first book was pretty rough but it got me started. It helped me start on a path to make me feel like a real person again and I’ll always be proud of that. Happy anniversary to my big green son.

You can get A Demon in the Desert here!

An Interview with Ashe Armstrong

Much love to the Fantasy Inn folks for letting me yammer on.

The Fantasy Inn

Today, we have with us Ashe Armstrong, author of Grimluk, Demon Hunter series.


Hello Ashe, welcome to the Inn! First of all, how are you and how have you been?

Doin’ alright. Think I’m finally getting over the last of this lingering cold.

Let’s kick off with a bang. You write books about a big ol’ demon-hunting orc. For those you might not be familiar with those, can you tell us a little bit about Grimluk and how he came to be?

Grimluk was originally going to be a swashbuckling orc with a claymore. An idea I still may use but I was discussing the idea with a friend one night and I just went, “Hey, so, what if I make him a gunslinger?” My friend’s response was “Fuck yes!” and then ideas just started pouring out.

It’s been around three and a half years since your debut novel, A…

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New Patreon Content

Hey y’all. I just wanted to post a little update talking about some of the new stuff up on my Patreon. For the past little while, I’ve been working on the much-maligned Ranger class for D&D fifth edition. I recently posted the first pass for a chunk of the subclasses, with two more to come individually. I also tried my hand at giving the Storm Herald subclass for the Barbarian an overhaul, along with a few other Fighter subclasses. I will also be starting an adventure module this year that I’ve had bouncing around my head for a while. It’ll be big on story and very orc-centric. Because I have a brand.

For fans of Grimluk, though, I’ve posted a few snippets from what I’ve been writing on Grimluk 4 (and the first draft is now over the 10,000 word mark), along with a worldbuilding post on time, and a new post today that will start a series of worldbuilding posts on the races of Arkod, beginning with elves!

On top of all that, I’ll be trying to get some new cooking posts going and I’m hoping to start a new trend revolving around Fantasy foods, along with any diabetic friendly foods I find. I’m going to try and begin doing fantasy foods by doing a potentially easy recipe from The Demons Within: goat jerky. I’m pretty sure I can get goat meat from a local butcher, so it should be doable.

And a reminder, I do take requests for content. I recently added a new request tier for $5 where I make a magic item for your game. I still have the idea request tier, too, where you can request a story or a topic for me to talk about for $25. You get access to all content for just $1, though, and my gratitude.

So come check it all out and feel free to leave comments and questions!

2018 r/Fantasy Stabby Award Nominations!

Hey all! With it being Christmas weekend, I figured I’d take a moment to remind everyone of the group Holiday Sale going on right now and also inform the reddit savvy of you that r/Fantasy’s 2018 Stabby Nominations thread is live! You can nominate for The Demons Within for Best Self-Published/Indie Novel of 2018 and/or nominate the cover, from the ever talented Bob Kehl, for Best Artwork of 2018! Voting will begin on December 29th and then maybe we can get me a damn KNIFE AWARD!

Holiday Sale

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Hey, y’all! I’m pleased to announce that I’m teaming up with some fine folks to run a sale for the month of December. From now until December 31st, A Demon in the Desert is 99 cents and Demon Haunted is half-off! For those new to my writing, the Grimluk, Demon Hunter series is about the titular orc and his adventures in a fantasy western land. A reader once described Grimluk as “the lovechild of Clint Eastwood and Hellboy”.

Next up is Brandon Draga with The Summerlark Elf, the first in his Four Kingdoms series. The book “introduces readers to compelling characters in an engaging world of swords and sorcery, personal turmoil and political intrigue!”

Erica Linquidst (who co-authors with her husband) has a slew of books on sale for you. Her sci-fi post-apocalypse book, Whisperworld, is 99 cents, along with volume 1 of her Lily Quinn erotica series, starring the titular Lily, a half-succubus monster hunter. And make no mistake, this series is graphically sexual. Last, My Guide to RPG Storytelling, a friendly guide to becoming a Dungeon Master!

And finally, we have Edward M. Erdelac with book one of his fantastic Merkabah Rider series, High Planes Drifter, about a Hasidic Jewish gunslinger on a mission of vengeance, and his short story anthology of weird fiction and horror, Angler in Darkness.

Between the four of us, you should be able to find something that makes your December just a little bit better. Happy reading, y’all!

The Demons Within – A Big Thank You To My Backers

I’d meant to do this Monday but I got a little distracted. SO! Today then. I want to acknowledge and thank the following people for backing the Kickstarter campaign for The Demons Within!

In order of pledge, a very orc-sized thank you to…

  • Eric DiCarlo
  • Steven Latour
  • Andrew Paterson
  • James Jakins
  • Thomas Moore
  • Bryan Young
  • Rachel Sharp
  • William Stafford
  • Shayna Wark
  • Steven Pope
  • Garrett Schmigle
  • Melissa Shumake
  • Samantha Tohtz
  • Dee
  • Alyssa Riggs
  • Cliff Tohtz
  • Benet Reynolds
  • Asher Stephenson
  • Jacob Townsend
  • Kibret Gordon
  • Sungrowler
  • Matthew W. Mueller
  • Alex Haigh
  • Lisa Richardson
  • Rebecca Roth
  • Jen
  • Christopher Hayes-Kossmann
  • Leigh Petersen
  • Krista Ball
  • Rachel N.
  • Jonathan Dean
  • Satya
  • Robert Woods Tienken
  • Prodigal
  • Mega Ninja Publishing
  • Justin
  • Michael Adam Childers
  • Jeff Lewis
  • Anonymous
  • Nick Kilburg
  • Caffeinated Zombie
  • Kerri Regan
  • Margaret Beldyk
  • Ryan H
  • Amalia
  • Andrew Barton
  • Benjamin Savell
  • Wes Hillman

Not only did you help me get this book out, but some of you were involved in the final 12 hour victory, which saw the campaign go from $1077, not quite half of my $2200 goal, to $2225! I hope you enjoy The Demons Within as much as I enjoyed writing it!