The Imaginary Realms of
Gilbert M. Stack



Will Hahn Is Narrating Flood of War

Posted by Gilbert Stack on May 14, 2022 at 7:55 AM

I am excited to announce that narrator extraordinaire, William L. Hahn, has agreed to record an audio book version of my ninth Legionnaire tale, Flood of War. Will has already recorded books 1-8 and the prequel, Jungles of Ekanga, bringing his exceptional vocal talents to the task of bringing the characters to life. In fact, I hear his voice in my head now as I write new dialogue. Let's hope that Will can find time in his busy schedule to quickly move on to recording the tenth novel, Calidus’ Stand.

A Note on How I Came to Write The Fire Islands

Posted by Gilbert Stack on January 30, 2022 at 11:30 PM

I’ve been reading fantasy novels since at least the sixth grade when my mother bought me The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. That interest led me to pursue degrees in history where I was introduced to many wonderous periods in the human past. Eventually, I began to wonder why most fantasy literature was grounded in something akin to the European Middle Ages and one morning while listening to Mike Duncan’s podcast, The History of Rome, I found myself wondering what a fantasy series based loosely on the Roman Empire might be like.


And that’s the birth of my Legionnaire series. My Aquila is not Rome, but it shares a lot with that historical entity—especially its culture, its internal political problems, its border troubles, and of course, its amazing legions. Aquila and its world also differs mightily from Rome in a few regards—most particularly the existence and widespread practice of magic and an empire which includes and abuts places very different than those the Romans actually encountered.


My initial ideas for the story revolved around the second and third books in what would become the Legionnaire series. I wrote the first short novel to introduce the characters and the border provinces of Aquila before the story would take me elsewhere. In doing so, I got to play with something you don’t see so much in medieval-based fantasies—the critical importance of well-disciplined soldiers (legionnaires in my case) acting under competent officers and operating in a military tradition with centuries of success behind it. I also got to show what happens when that discipline breaks down due to poor leadership. And I get to do all of this while exploring the culture of my legionnaires and their subjects in The Fire Islands. Throw in some truly monumental magic and a threat worthy of an epic hero and his companions, and you get the kickoff novel of a series I’ve come to love as much as I do any of the great works of this genre.


I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.


Just Released: The Unity 3 Bride

Posted by Gilbert Stack on August 19, 2021 at 8:55 PM

The Unity 3 Bride

The third book in my The Unity series is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Jewel's arranged marriage, designed to bring peace and prosperity to the Hegemony of Armen and the Cartelite Worlds, is instead stoking the furnaces of inter-galactic warfare. From the moment of her marriage, the enemies of her Armenite husband—a stern and rigid man she barely knows—seek to use her to prove that the Cartel Worlds are unworthy of an alliance which monopolizes the fuel that makes faster-than-light travel possible. Complicating Jewel’s efforts to protect herself and her people are disturbing changes in her very cell structure—changes she doesn’t want or understand but that place her squarely in the targeting reticle of the Armenite opposition. Jewel finds herself having to use her wits and her lifelong training in negotiation and intrigue to preserve a marriage she never wanted to be part of in order to prevent a civilization ending war.

The Fire Islands Hits 3000 Sales

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 18, 2021 at 7:40 AM

This morning, I sold my 3000th copy of The Fire Islands, the opening book in my Legionnaire series. That's a truly exciting number, far more than I realistically thought I would sell of any single one of my novels. And the series is doing quite well too. If you're looking for a good military fantasy set on the borders of an analog of Rome where magic is one of the dangers, give this short book a try. You can find it on Amazon or free on Kindle Unlimited. Here's the blurb:

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.

And here's the link to the book on Amazon and KU:

Six Western Crime Stories--The Miss Pandora Parson Series

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 9, 2021 at 8:35 AM

The Miss Pandora Parson Series


I'm happy to announce that I have been able to make three more stories in my Miss Pandora Series available for my fans. This series of crime stories set in the Old West was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. They focus on a lady gambler named Pandora Parson, a bare knuckle boxer, Corey "Rock Quarry" Callaghan, and his trainer, Patrick Sullivan. As you might imagine, they get into a lot of trouble while basically trying to mind their own business and make a living in a rough and tumble world.




The series is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Links are below:" target="_blank">Pandora's Luck" target="_blank">Pandora's Defense" target="_blank">Pandora's Journey" target="_blank">Pandora's Fort" target="_blank">Pandora's Ghost Town" target="_blank">Pandora's Demon

New Book: Fugitive by Gilbert M. Stack

Posted by Gilbert Stack on July 8, 2021 at 7:25 AM

Fugitive, the first novel in my new series, The Unity, is now available on Amazon (or free on Kindle Unlimited). I've been toying around with this book for nearly ten years, but the ideas underlying it and the series stretch back something like three decades. It's a wonderful feeling to finally be making it available to be read. Here's the blurb:


Deep in the Fringe on a tramp freighter, Jewel Aurora is about to discover that there are much worse things than being forced into a marriage to secure her parents’ fortune. On the edges of human space, where no one can be trusted with your back, the young woman is about to stumble upon a fortune that star nations will go to war to possess. It’s a treasure that has already killed two sets of colonists who tried to claim it. And if anyone learns she and her crewmates have found it, it is absolutely certain to attract the attention of the two influential families she turned fugitive to escape—assuming, of course, that she and her shipmates are not the third set of victims to die on a cold little world far from the core of galactic civilization.

Here's the link to the book on Amazon:

Forever After by Gilbert M. Stack

Posted by Gilbert Stack on December 18, 2020 at 9:10 AM

Christmas is only a week away so it’s time to line up your holiday reading and wouldn’t it be nice to choose one where Christmas plays an important role in the action. You know, a novel like my book, Forever After.


Middle class, average-Joe, Paul Steele dies minutes after a terrible argument with his wife—dies, but doesn’t quite depart for the hereafter. Instead he wakes in the body of billionaire energy-magnate, Griffon Knight, and no one—not even his wife, Char—will believe he’s come back from the dead to be with her again. Trying to convince her he’s still Paul only succeeds in making her think Griffon is crazy. Yet Paul is not the kind of man who gives up easily and he’s not going to quit until he wins his wife back and convinces her to marry him again.


If you’re looking for a story in which love truly can conquer all, you should try Forever After.


Legionnaire 13 Fire Storm 25% Off

Posted by Gilbert Stack on November 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM

You still have until Thursday to pre-order Legionnaire 13 Fire Storm for 25% off.

Marcus and his legion have knocked Morgantia and Granate out of the war, but that didn’t stop Diamonte from laying siege to his adopted home of Amatista. The invading army is simply too large to confront directly, so Marcus has determined to invade Diamonte itself to force his enemies to break their siege and come defend their own homes. There’s only one problem with the plan. Diamonte has an army of reinforcements heading through Angosto Pass toward Amatista and a second army trailing after the legion trying to catch it from behind. Can Marcus blaze his way through the opposition or will he and his brave men be trapped in a fire storm of their own making?

Panic Button by Gilbert M. Stack

Posted by Gilbert Stack on November 27, 2020 at 8:20 AM

It’s Escape for the Holidays on my Facebook author page, and today’s feature is my first published novel, written for a series called Reality Love in which each author created a romance around a Reality TV show. After giving the matter a lot of thought, I decided to turn the reality show idea on its head. In Panic Button, you aren’t voted out. The show terrorizes you into voluntarily giving up your chance at the prize money. So if you’d like to escape the pandemic for a few hours by entering a bizarre game, with a deranged host, on an isolated island, why not try Panic Button? Here’s the blurb:

Ellen Specter thought she knew what she was getting into when she won her spot on the new Reality TV show, Panic Button and a chance to win a quarter million dollars. Take a few contestants, isolate them from the rest of the world, set them a few competitions and watch the sparks fly as people forge and break alliances in a desperate attempt not to be voted out. Too bad that’s not the way things work on Panic Button—a show designed to terrorize people into freely giving up their chance at the prize money. To make matters worse the show is run by a mentally disturbed host who doesn’t seem to care how badly he has to hurt people to convince them to leave.


Heads Up! The Man from Rome is free on Amazon for a Limited Time

Posted by Gilbert Stack on October 12, 2020 at 7:55 AM

The Man from Rome by Dylan James Quarles will be featured later in Occultober, but for those looking for a good book, I've just learned that it's free on Amazon right now. So why not pick up a copy on the assumption I'll convince you you want to try the book?