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Welcome to 2020. 2019 was a really good year for me. I started a new job over the summer which I really love and was still able (thanks to a robust backlog of finished books and stories) to publish two novels in my Legionnaire series, two novels in my Winterhaven series, and three short stories.


In February 2020 I plan to release the second volume of my Preternatural series. It's called Blood and shows the Hadrian's Well sheriff's department dealing with the disaster that struck them in volume one, The Devil's Caverns, while trying to resolve a new preternatural threat to their town.


In April, I hope to have the ninth volume of the Legionnaire series ready for publication. Marcus has his hands full as he struggles to overcome the curse of Madre Tierra and the army of Granate, but the forces of Diamonte are not politely waiting for him to overcome his problems in the north. The war over Amatista is about to begin in earnest. 


And in March, don't forget to check out my new promotion--March to Otherworlds--where in I will spotlight on my Facebook Author page great military fantasy and sf stories. 


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?

1. I'm writing two pieces right now: the ninth (as yet untitled) Legionnaire story and the third Preternatural volume tentatively titled Octoberfeast.


2. I'm also playing around with a complete rewrite of the first novel I ever started back in high school. Circles is the story of three friends--Vikings who died in the ninth century saving the world. Two of them went to Valhalla. The third...well it's not quite clear where he ended up. What's important is all three are coming back to avert a twenty-first century Ragnarok that threatens all the Norse realms.


3. William L. Hahn has agreed to narrate the fourth Legionnaire audiobook, The Battle for Amatista. We hope it will come out in the spring. 

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Welcome to My Imagination!!

I'm an author of epic and heroic fantasy, paranormal adventures, historical fiction, and mysteries. I'm best known for my Legionnaire series (military heroic fantasy published online and in print) and my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. If you have any questions you can contact me through the Guestbook or at gilbertmstack@gmail.com. You can also find me at Goodreads.  

Preternatural 2 Blood Will Be Released February 13, 2020



Preternatural 2 Blood 


With Sheriff Tucker down after the nosferatu attack, it’s up to newly appointed Undersheriff Joanna Donovan to rally her fellow officers. She must discover what new monster is terrorizing Hadrian’s Well and put an end to it before it kills any more of her citizens. Yet how can she do that with her own officers questioning her abilities, the town mayor strong arming her, and a new drug making its presence felt in Hadrian’s Well? Against her better judgment, she’s going to have to reach out to local science teacher, Evan Drake, to help her track down the creature or Hadrian’s Well will be awash in even more blood.



Winterhaven 3 The Blood of Torons


Duke Maldon may have suffered the shame of seeing his family's heresy exposed, but that doesn’t mean that the duke and his kin are out of the fight. Launching their most insidious scheme yet, they succeed in transforming a victory celebration uniting the duchy’s leading families into a bloody battlefield that ignites a civil war. And with the great families of Winterhaven doing their best to kill each other, no one seems to notice the far greater dangers arising on the border, threatening to overrun them all. No one, that is, but the weakest members of the tragically divided Toron family. Dhrugal and his brothers saved the duchy once, but can they do so again with the streets of the city running with The Blood of Torons?


You can find Winterhaven at Amazon

Celebrate Occult-tober with The Devil's Caverns







Preternatural 1 The Devil's Caverns


If folks had any business living in the small Colorado town of Hadrian’s Well, there wouldn’t be a meadow called Dead Man’s Field outside of it. That’s where Deputy Joanna Dawson finds bloody body parts strewn across the ground. She thought that rural Colorado would be safer than Chicago. She’s about to find out she’s wrong.


You can find The Devil's Caverns for 99 cents on Amazon

Pandora's Defense Now Available



From the pages of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine: When bare knuckle boxer Corey Callaghan’s trainer is locked in prison on a charge of murder, the sheriff doesn’t much care if he’s innocent or guilty. That’s because he doesn’t expect the case to go before a judge and jury. You see, the dead man’s son is leading a posse to town looking for vengeance and Corey’s fists aren’t likely to be enough to save the old man. It looks like Patrick’s only chance to avoid a lynching is lady luck, a gambler named, Pandora Parson, and the strength of her defense.


You can find Pandora's Defense on Amazon and other e-retailers.


The Fire Islands Surpasses 2200 Sales

The Fire Islands now has a combined total of more than 2200 sales.  This is an incredible milestone and I'm grateful to everyone who has helped me to achieve it! You can find it in electronic, print and audio format. 


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.

Legionnaire 8 Seneca's Command Is Now Available

The eighth novel in the Legionnaire series is now available.


While Prefect Marcus Venandus struggles with the Curse of Madre Tierra, the Gente of Morganita betray their alliance with the Black Hat Legion and launch a surprise attack on Fort Prime. With all the senior officers in the fort dead, the most junior of officers, Acting Magus Seneca Liberus, finds himself in charge. With thousands of Gente massing to continue the assault backed by the powerful mago House of Victor, it falls to Seneca to measure up to the proud traditions of Aquila and lead his green legionnaires to victory.


You can find it at Amazon and Amazon UK

The Map of Winterhaven

Here is the amazing map of Winterhaven painted by Chris L. Adams. Chris split the final version into two maps so that the detail will be easier to make out on e-readers and phones. It is, I am sure you will agree, extraordinary! You can see more of Chris' art work and poetry and links to his fiction here

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, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, Smashwords, and other fine e-retailers. 


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.

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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