Old Heroes And Villains Return To Do Battle Again!
Award-winning author Mike Sirota published many Horror, Sword & Sorcery, Sword & Planet, and Adventure Fantasy novels through the 1980s and ’90s. These stories have long been out of print. But Mike is now bringing his stories back to life in newly revised, rewritten editions, both eBook and paper, under his own imprint, Atoris Press. Prince Dulok of Shadzea, Tyron the Kalkh, Ro-lan of Boranga, and others confront monsters, magic, and evil in ancient lands and upon distant worlds. Closer to home, bestselling novelist Paul Fleming does battle with demons both real and imagined at a writers’ colony in the High Sierras (Demon Shadows), while Greg Lowell’s return to the California town in which he was born unleashes an unspeakable evil from beneath his ancestral land (The Modoc Well).
New books are also forthcoming. Since his return to writing in 2010, Mike has published two horror/ghost stories and one thriller. In Fire Dance, set in the bleak Anza-Borrego Desert of Southern California, the malignant spirit of a deranged mass murderer who perished more than a century earlier wreaks havoc upon a quiet retirement community. The Burning Ground, which takes place in the foothills of the Sierras, tells the story of a small village of Maidu Indians, all of whom are murdered during the Gold Rush. When their graves are desecrated over 150 years later, the tormented spirits decide that they’ve had enough. Mike’s thriller, Freedom’s Hand, was honored by the San Diego Book Awards Association as “Best Action/Thriller, 2013”. A white supremacist group, seeking to destroy all minorities, erects a concentration camp on American soil—half a century after the liberation of Auschwitz.
Stone Woman: Winema and the Modocs, was chosen as Best Historical Novel for 2014 by the San Diego Book Awards Association. This is the second year in a row that one of Mike’s novels has been selected as the best in its category.
Soon To Be Released
The initial book in Mike’s new series, World After Death, will be ready for publication in the next month or two. Titled Warlord of Maldrinium, the book is actually a compilation of the first two books that he ever published. Called the Dannus series back then, the books—The Prisoner of Reglathium and The Conquerors of Reglathium—were poorly written (that’s on Mike) and terribly produced/edited (that’s on the publisher). He’s worked hard to make them so much better. A second and third book in the series will follow.
Mike’s newest release, Stone Woman: Winema and the Modocs, is a historical novel, a fictionalized account of a true story. Winema, Frank Riddle, Captain Jack and many of the other “characters” in this book were real people. California’s Modoc Indian War of 1872-73 comprised a tragic footnote to Native American history. Mike brings this little-known story to life through the eyes of a remarkable woman.
“Stone Woman is an enthralling novel with fast-moving action, romance, and historical detail. Winema is the wilderness—its strength, its savagery, and its untamed power. She is as beautiful and tender as her name translates: Woman of the Brave Heart.”
– Anna Lee Waldo,
bestselling author of Sacajawea