Prohibition Orcs

(Prohibition Orcs 1)

“I love these stories”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Hugo- and Nebula-award winning author of The Fey


1927 Detroit. Orcs fight Prohibition, avoid police, and labor hard for their children. All while doing their best to navigate the narrow human world. Men drive fancy Dodges and Cadillacs; orcs squeeze into fourth-hand Model Ts. Dwarves dominate the skilled trades; orcs push brooms. And behind everything, elves make it their life’s work to deny orcs have worth.

To be an orc is to endure, but when the world tries to deny even that, an orc must act.

And Uruk-Tai will do anything for his family.

This long-demanded collection includes all the Prohibition Orcs tales—Spilled Mirovar, Final Gift, Drowned Mirovar, Witness November, Degreased Hopes, Woolen Torment, and the never before published A Debt of Meat.

With an introduction by Robert Jeschonek, author of my Favorite Band Does Not Exist

Frozen Talons

(Prohibition Orcs 2)

Frozen Talons

“A tale so outlandish it feels real. Prohibition. Grosse Pointe elves. Automotive lords. And the orcs doing their best to make America make sense. A riotous fantasy within a fantasy. Terry Pratchett via Detroit!”
Zig Zag Claybourne, author of Afro Puffs are the Antennae of the Universe

The tenuous bootlegging alliance between the Tai clan and the human Sanford brought wealth to Uruk-Tai’s family. But a treacherous shadow has poisoned booze in the clan’s name. Humans have died and other humans blame Uruk, the way small men always blame orcs.

But when an orcish child dies from poison draught and war erupts between clans, Uruk finds himself forced into a magic-bound partnership with a clan rival who wants him dead. As the Sun surrenders to the Longest Night, Uruk charges through the belly of 1927 Detroit to find a cowardly killer before his own family is destroyed. Is it a lone poisoner? Or have the arrogant elves decided to end their slow feud and destroy Uruk’s family?

An orc endures, but endurance is not enough.

By dawn, bodies frozen to the street.

Perhaps Uruk’s children among them.

Short Stories

Face Less

Face Less

The Mask of Madness

When a lonesome young boy gets told to stop reading science fiction and go out into the woods he discovers steep hills, skunk cabbage—and the fourth dimension?

A glimpse into the world beyond human knowledge might destroy young Peter and his family.

Or, perhaps, save them all…

Moonlight’s Apples

Moonlight's Apples coverDale Dervish:
all-around bad-ass

Give him trouble, he knocks your teeth in.

But a valley that appears and disappears, impossibly rich raspberries, and a sorcerous Fairy woman ensnare him before he realizes it.

Freedom means death. Living costs his soul.

But Dervish always makes his own rules…

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    Whisker Line

    Whisker Line coverSnatched from the tunnels beneath his war-shattered homeland, Aleksander has everything he could want. The kind and generous people of the amazing New York City gave him a home. A job. A new leg. Teeth. Even a face.

    He lives the perfect life—until bombs explode in the glass skyscrapers.

    The fine people of New York don’t understand war.

    But Aleksander and his secret Family do…

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    Dark Fantasy

    These stories aren’t quite horror, but aren’t shiny happy fantasy either.

    Vicious Redemption

    Trapped on a reef with a walking dead man.
    A need that cannot be sated or survived.
    Nobody else hears the dead dog’s murderous ghost.
    Whiskey means silence. So do claws.
    Mental scars drag the world behind them.


    “The five stories in this collection are a real treat for fans of fantasy and horror. Join writer Michael Warren Lucas as he takes you on a trip through perilous supernatural landscapes and explores the darkness and strength of the human heart.” – Lucy Snyder, multiple Stoker-award-winning author of While The Black Stars Burn and Soft Apocalypses

    (collection, contains Wednesday’s Seagulls, Pax Canina, Breaking the Circle, Opening the Eye, and Sticky Notes)


    Lavender coverWhen their family dies in the opening days of the next civil war, brothers Kyle and Jimmy join the loyalists. A raid against the rebels succeeds, but traps them between enemy troops.

    But Jimmy knows things nobody should know. Horrible things.

    Knowledge that can save them all, or destroy everything.

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