The Imaginary Realms of
Gilbert M. Stack



Occult-tober May Have Passed, but It's Not too Late to Check Out Your Blood Ties!
In the quest for immortality, a relative is a terrible thing to waste.

The Sea of Grass

Fan Chris Grady sent me this video of him receiving his copy of The Sea of Grass

What Am I Working on Now?

Now that Legionnaire 6 Morganita Burning is available for pre-order (publication date is December 6, 2018), I'm working on three new projects:

1. I'm writing Legionnaire 7, and if you think Marcus has had it tough in the first six books, you haven't seen anything yet. 

2. I'm also writing a prequel novel about Marcus right after he graduated from the lycee and became a Green Vigil.  This is a novel about Marcus in the years before he was sent to the Fire Islands and if you've ever wondered how he met Severus and became the man he is, this is a book you'll definitely want to read. 

3. Finally, I'm plotting a prequel novel to my new Winterhaven series set roughly a decade and a half before the novel Winterhaven (which will be released February 7, 2019). This book focuses upon Winterhaven's greatest knight before he built his reputation and it's titled, Steel Gray Eyes

The Winterhaven series is a military fantasy set in its own magical world where the technology level is roughly equivalent to our own High Middle Ages in Western Europe. I wrote the first draft while doing research for my PhD dissertation in the 1990s and have been lovingly revising it ever since. It's taken more than twenty years to get it to the point where I'm ready to share it and if you love fantasy literature I'm quite certain you'll love this new series.

In the far off duchy of Winterhaven at the edge of human civilization, a young knight investigates a most unusual murder while the Great Lords of the land scheme to expand their borders and take control of the duchy. A decade of relative peace is about to collapse and only young Dhrugal and his brothers and sister stand between Winterhaven and dark-spun chaos.

Winterhaven will be available for pre-order in mid-November. 

What's Coming Next?

Coming December 6: Legionnaire 6 Morganita Burning

Coming February 7 Winterhaven

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Welcome to My Imagination!

I'm an author of historical fiction, mysteries and paranormal adventures. I'm best known for my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and my work has also appeared in several electronic formats. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. If you have any questions you can contact me at You can also find me at Goodreads.  

Legionnaire 6: Morganita Burning Is Now Available

The long-feared war has erupted and Prefect Marcus Venandus and his newly raised legion are on the front lines of the fighting. After the successful conquest of a fortified border town, Marcus leads his men deep into Morganitan territory, part of a daring plan to secure Amatista’s rear by eliminating its major northern opponent before it’s other foes can join in the fighting. Yet will his new infantry prove up to the task? Despite new weapons and the strategies of far off Aquila to direct them, Marcus’ men are badly inexperienced and riven with the same deep-seated racial prejudices that embroil all of the peoples of the north. With just as many enemies within as without, can Marcus find the path to victory?

The war continues! With your shield or on it, Marcus! 

You can find it at Amazon and elsewhere. 

To Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of THE FIRE ISLANDS, the First Book in the LEGIONNAIRE series, the Price Will Be Reduced to 99 Cents for One Week

The Fire Islands, the first book in my new series, Legionnaire, has just more than 1200 copies! Legionnaire is a gritty High Fantasy series set on the borders of the far-flung Republic of Aquila. While political in-fighting and scheming are the order of the day in the heart of the Republic, the borderlands are awash with dangers only kept in check by the might of the legions. Fell magics, savage peoples, and scheming empires all threaten the country Patrician Marcus Venandus has sworn to defend using his wits, military strategy and his small command of highly disciplined legionnaires.

The Fire Islands
Lesser Tribune Marcus Venandus, Legion officer exemplar, was exiled to the disease-ridden hell hole known as the Fire Islands as punishment for the failed political machinations of his father. While the days of the powerful witchdoctor kings throwing skeletal armies against the shields of the legion have faded into history, all is not right at the edge of the world. Unrest is boiling once again as long dead darkness seeps back into the islands. With the legion more concerned with its personal rivalries than with its duty, it will fall to Marcus and his small, highly disciplined, command to put the horrors of the past back in their graves and literally save Aquila from a fate worse than death.  

The Fire Islands is now available for $2.99. You can find it at, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other e-sellers.

Now Available for Pre-Order--Winterhaven--The First Book in a Brand New Military Fantasy Series

Here is a first look at the cover of the first book of my new fantasy series, Winterhaven. This book has been more than 20 years in the writing and I'm very excited to bring it to you in February 2019. 

In the far off Duchy of Winterhaven at the edge of human civilization, a young knight investigates a most unusual murder while the Great Lords of the land scheme to expand their borders and take control of the duchy. A decade of relative peace is about to collapse and only young Dhrugal of Edgefield and his brothers and sister stand between Winterhaven and dark-spun chaos.

Winterhaven can be purchased for 25% until February 7, 2019. You can find it at Amazon

Blood Ties Is Here!

My new novel, Blood Ties, is now available! It’s part of my October celebration--Occult-tober. Here's the blurb of the novel:

It seemed like such an easy case. All attorney Liz Dunn had to do was escort Ryan Hart to meet his long lost uncle in the tiny country of Carpathia on the Transylvanian border. Ryan stood to gain a ten million dollar estate. Liz wanted the hefty check that would keep her law firm in the black. But Ryan’s dying uncle, the enigmatic Stefan Carpathios, planned to get something far more sinister in return. In an ancient land where legends come to life, Liz is about to discover that the world is much more complex than she believed and a blood tie can be an exceedingly dangerous thing. In the quest for immortality, a relative is a terrible thing to waste.

Blood Ties is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, and other fine e-retailers. 

The Legionnaire Series has now sold more than 3700 Copies!

My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this series by buying a copy or leaving a review. It is an honor to write for you. 


The Sea of Grass, the second book, and first full-length novel in the Legionnaire series, just sold its 700th copy. 

Forbidden from returning to Aquila, Marcus Venandus responds to a plea from a half-brother he has never met to aid him in the far away land called the Jeweled Hills. When pirates shut down the sea routes, the legion officer and his two trusted companions are forced to join a caravan to make the slower journey north across the treacherous Sea of Grass. Yet this may not prove to be the safer choice. A mysterious shaman has sworn to drench the plains in the blood of foreigners and his mastery over storms gives him the teeth to fulfill his oath. As chaos envelopes the trail, it will fall to Marcus to organize the defense and try to shepherd the frightened civilians of the caravan to safety again.

The Sea of Grass is now available for $3.99.  You can find it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Smashwords and other e-sellers.

Legionnaire 5: The Centinela Gambit Just Sold Its 400th Copy

The Centinela Gambit has just sold its 400th copy.

Surrounded by enemies, Prefect Marcus Venandus launches a bold stroke to eliminate one opponent in the coming war. The key to his plan is the fortified border town of Centinela—the Sentinel of Southern Morganita. Its fortified walls are strong enough to delay conventional forces for weeks, giving the other enemy city-states plenty of time to invade Amatista from the east. Yet, one thing Marcus has learned in the Jeweled Hills is that the locals do not understand the full capabilities of legion-style infantry. Can he take advantage of their ignorance to neutralize Centinela? Or will his risky gambit cost Marcus and his allies the war?

Get it for $3.99 at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and other fine e-retailers. 

Sketch versus Painting of the Map of the Jeweled Hills

Just in case there's any doubt as to what an awesome painter, Chris L. Adams, is, I thought I'd show a side-by-side comparison--the original sketch of my map of the Jeweled Cities versus his finished product. At first glance, it's hard to tell they describe the same place.

Thanks, Chris! You can see more of Chris' paintings--not to mention his poetry and fiction--at his website here


The Jeweled Hills, the third installment has now sold more than 600 copies. 

Tribune Marcus Venandus and his two trusted officers have gone through hell in their journey north from the Fire Islands and across the Sea of Grass. Arriving at Amatista in the Jeweled Hills, Marcus is looking forward to a much deserved rest in the home of his half-brother, but fate has other plans for the legionnaire. Soon he will be wishing he’d never heard of his brother’s city. Surrounded by enemies and crippled by internal divisions, Amatista is already on its knees and ready to fall. Marcus must act decisively to save everything his brother has built, but without his beloved legions behind him, can Marcus and his friends survive their visit to the Jeweled Hills?

You can find The Jeweled Hills for $3.99 at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, and other e-retailers. 


The Battle for Amatista, the fourth volume of the Legionnaire series,has now sold more 600 copies.

With the passes to Ópalo forced open again, Prefect Marcus Venandus hoped to gain a respite to build his army for the war he knows is coming in the spring. Unfortunately, his enemies understand all too well the threat he poses to them and are taking steps to kill him before he reaches next year’s battlefields. Assassins, both mundane and magical, step out of the shadows to strike at him, while other conspirators take advantage of the intense divisions within the city to spark riots to bring the government down. Unable to differentiate between friend and foe, will Marcus and his few trusted comrades be able to win the Battle for Amatista?

You can find The Battle for Amatista for $3.99 at Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and other fine retailers. 

Great New Cover for High Above the Waters

Here's the awesome new cover for my paranormal ghost story, High Above the Waters.

Marcus Hunter won’t stay dead…As a pregnant fifteen year old, Autumn Fields learned firsthand that the town ghost was more than a creepy legend. Rejected by her boyfriend and beaten bloody by her father, Autumn climbed out onto the old railroad bridge to kill herself, but a mysterious figure talked her into running away instead. Sixteen years later, she’s come back to Prospect with her daughter to learn if there really is such a thing as a ghost on Hunter’s Bridge…

You can find High Above the Waters on AmazonSmashwords, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, and other fine e-retailers. 

Introducing Written Gems

I’m excited to announce the creation of a new discussion group on Goodreads dedicated to the wonderful but often underappreciated works that form the roots of Fantasy and Science Fiction today. This will include such greats as: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, and more—plus the occasional author you may have never read (but will be very glad you did).

These authors not only influenced the development of their genres but are still frankly fun to read today. We want to explore these works together and seek out more—and we’re inviting you to join us in our endeavor.

Joining me in this noble cause are authors William L. Hahn and Chris L. Adams. Will is an expert in epic fantasy and Chris is an authority on the pulp classics of the first half of the twentieth century. Together we’ll explore a new work each month, seeking to understand not only what made the novel fun in the past, but why it has endured, and what it has to offer for audiences today.

If you’re interested, why don’t you take a look at Written Gems on Goodreads where you’ll find more information about our group?

We have two discussion threads now:

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Khaled: A Tale of Arabia by Francis Marion Crawford

We hope you’ll join us.

Ransom Is Now Available

Lynne Winters is a not-too-successful real estate attorney caught in the middle of the kidnapping of the century in the mid-sized American city of Slate. Apparently picked at random by the kidnapper to carry his demands to the family of his young victim, Lynne finds herself hindered more than helped by the efforts of the police and the victim’s selfish and immature family. Will Lynne be able to bring the boy safely home again?

Only $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooksSmashwords and other fine e-retailers.  

Two Reviews

My story, Hearts of Ice, and my Pandora Series, each picked up favorable mentions recently.  

Aside from wishing that the novella was longer, Barb at Night Owl Reviews said: "... the ending was a surprise and I was not expecting that... All in all, the story was good."

My Pandora Series at Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was mentioned in the comments to a Bill Crider blog on western crime fiction at Criminal Element. Richard Prosch said: "Another terrific bunch of Old West mystery stories is Gilbert M. Stack's Pandora series. The new one (Number 10, I think) is in the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this month." 


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