NeoText: From Sci-Fi To Hip Hop – New Digital Publishers Offering A Very Eclectic Variety Of Reading To Suit All Tastes

by Oliver MacNamee

NeoText is the name of a new start-up digital publisher of prose stories ranging from sci-fi and crime-noir to non-fiction too, such as investigative journalism and narrative nonfiction and they’re about to reales their first three books, which themselves suggest the wide ranging subject matter NeoText are hoping to release.

Each release will include illustrated covers and interior spot from comic book artists such as Jim Mahfood and Howard Chaykin. Creators to be included include will be the likes of Mike Sager, Ho Che Anderson, Fay Dalton, Charles Forsman, Mad Dog Jones, Benjamin Marra, Dash Shaw, and photographer and director Neil Krug. A very eclectic line-up to reflect NeoText’s publishing plans all brought together by Addictive Picture’s Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and their frequent collaborator producer Jay Schuminsky.

As well as these three, they have also hired Eric Raab – video game narrative development veteran and former senior editor at Tor Books – as the Chief Creative Officer, Edgar Award nominated crime fiction author and editor Allan Guthrie as their Editorial Director and Nicholas Mennuti, a prolific author and a former Narrative Consultant for NATO, on as Director of Narrative.  

Each title will be released on www.neotextcorp.com – which already boasts a great range fo titles – and will be available via Amazon. We leave you with the three prose titles NeoText’s have to offer readers this August, ranging from Hip Hop sorcery through to true crime and ending up with a sci-f novella. Now, that is some line-up.

SORCERERS Release date: August 4th. $2.99

Acclaimed sci fi writer and activist Maurice Broaddus (Buffalo Soldier), co-writer Otis Whitaker and internationally renowned illustrator Jim Mahfood have created an urban fantasy novella in which a 30-year-old man comes of age — and comes into his own as a hip hop inspired sorcerer.

“At thirty, Malik Hutchens is the black sheep of one of the most successful families in Harlem. While his cousins strive to better the family, he couch-surfs with relatives, parties with his girlfriend, and ghostwrites rhymes for local rappers for a few bucks to finance his lifestyle. When cocky Malik sells two warring rappers the same verse, he paints an unmistakable target on his own back. 

And then his beloved grandfather dies. On his deathbed, Pop-Pop tells Malik that he is a sorcerer —and that now it’s Malik’s turn to step up and take his place as wielder and guardian of an ancient magic passed down through generations. Malik is thrown headlong into a quest that winds through the mysteries underlying the streets of Harlem, to the rural South, and places much farther beyond, places that he’s only visited in dreams… Now Malik must grow to be both a sorcerer and a man, or face death and fail his family, his people, and the world.”

THE LAST WESTERN Release date: August 18th. $2.99 

Award-winning journalist and investigative reporter Rone Tempest presents the gripping true crime story of a Puerto Rico-born undercover officer gunned down by a white Wyoming lawman in 1978 — and the notorious frontier trial that followed.

“Of all the possible explanations for why lawman Ed Cantrell shot and killed his deputy Michael Rosa in the parking lot of the Silver Dollar saloon, the least likely was the one that prevailed at trial—that a deranged Rosa went for his gun and Cantrell outdrew him in self-defense. In his powerful and compelling reconstruction of the infamous 1978 killing in boomtown Rock Springs, Wyoming, award-winning journalist Rone Tempest tracks the parallel lives of Cantrell, an Indiana schoolboy who fashioned himself into a 19th-century Western gunfighter on the right side of the law, and Rosa, a Puerto Rico-born and West Harlem-raised decorated U.S. Marine who worked under Cantrell as an undercover narc. For a time, Tempest writes, the two were an efficient team: Cantrell, the steely-eyed Wild West throwback and Rosa, the street-savvy New Yorker with an impressive flair. But then came a falling-out. Tensions and paranoia built to a breaking point until a midnight meeting in a saloon parking lot where Cantrell, with two other cops beside him, drew his Model 10 .357 and shot Rosa between the eyes, killing him instantly as he sat in the backseat of an unmarked police car. Unearthing previously unseen investigators’ notes, military records, personnel files, census records, college transcripts and even airplane manifests, Tempest skillfully demonstrates the true aim and cost of the raucous murder trial that followed the killing.”

THE COMPELLED Release date: August 25th. $2.99

Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated writer Adam Roberts (The Thing Itself) and François Schuiten, recipient of the Angoulême International Comics Festival’s prestigious lifetime achievement award, present THE COMPELLED, a sci fi novella and the first book-length science fiction publication that Schuiten has illustrated. 

“A mysterious change has occurred in humanity. Nobody knows how, why or exactly when this change came about, but disparate, seemingly unconnected people have become afflicted with the uncontrollable desire to take objects and move them to other places, where the objects gather and begin to form increasingly alien, monolithic structures that appear to have vast technological implications. Some of the objects are innocuous everyday things—like a butter knife taken still greasy from a breakfast table or a dented cap popped off a bottle of beer. Others are far more complex—like the turbine of an experimental jet engine or the core of a mysterious weapon left over from the darkest days of WWII.

Where is the Compulsion coming from? And— more importantly—when the machines they’re building finally turn on, what are they going to do?”

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