Some people think less is more. We humbly disagree. That’s why we’re giving you the Cobalt City Double Feature–two fresh, exciting novellas packed back to back for twice the enjoyment.
I loved the double features growing up. I can’t believe my parents let me squander so many sunny hours in front of the television. But there was something magical about two-scoops of entertainment that couldn’t be denied, and secretly, I think my dad was tickled for me to be enjoying movies from his generation.
In particular, my favorite thing in the world was the Saturday matinee double feature on Denver channel 9. Starting at noon, (right after “Wild, Wild West”), they would show two old movies: a comedy of some sort followed by a western or sci-fi film. It never occurred to me that these movies were old and that I should care. This was late seventies, and the movies were at least ten years old if not more, because that’s how television stations worked at that time. See, the networks only had so much programming to send down to the local affiliate stations, which had to fill their programming with whatever their budgets could manage. Nowadays that is almost exclusively syndicated TV shows because people like regular programming. But back then, it was movies—whatever was cheapest.
So here I was, maybe nine years old, filling my brain with Abbot & Costello, Quatermass and the Pit, Ray Harryhausen monsters, Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin, and Danny Kaye. I was voracious and watched them all. I saw Abbot & Costello go to Mars four times, and it came out in the early fifties. Valley of Gwangi came out the year I was born and it remains the best cowboy and dinosaur movie I’ve ever seen. Double features. Two stories conveniently served up in one bundle.
That’s part of why I was so thrilled to line up Erik Scott de Bie and Minerva Zimmeran to write the Cobalt City Double Features. As two of my favorite young authors, I’m always entertained to see what they’re writing next. To have them create Cobalt City novellas that Timid Pirate could present back to back is a dream come true.
Minerva gives us Tera, young woman and daughter to a former hero wrestling with myth and magic as she finds her place in the world. The Gods have long been interested in Cobalt City, which her father knows only too well as the former avatar of Thor. Now the mythologies that hold the city together are stirring again, and it’s up to Tera Washington to adapt, and discover who her true friends and enemies are—or disaster may await those closest to her.
Erik brings back his character Lady Vengeance as she is pursued to Cobalt City by an old enemy and one-time lover. When her path crosses with Stardust, shining hero and devoted family man, sparks will fly. And more than the safety of the city lies in the balance—there’s the whole matter of his marriage and his family to consider as well, to say nothing of the city physically rising up to destroy him. All par for the course when dealing with a woman who can make your worst nightmares manifest.
Each of these works as a stand-alone novel. I’ve read both of them a few times now and am delighted at how much fun they bring to the world of superhero fiction. A sane publisher would sell them independently and maximize profit. But this publisher? Well, I love double features. So these two outstanding novellas are coming your way in time for Independence Day, July 4th, conveniently paired together as an eBook for $4.99. Celebrate your independence from big publishers and boring stories with a double dose of excitement. And if you buy the Double Feature directly from us, you’ll get it bundled in a range of formats for your Kindle, Nook, and general EPUB reader.
Now if you’ll be so kind as to pass the popcorn, the Double Feature is about to begin.