I’m writing as “Maxx Feral” and exploring new but also classic worlds of pulp adventure. Good fun, non-PC and might have
some hidden meaning somewhere. My journey as a writer started long ago, growing up in a middle US town with easy access to
the Library and Used Book Stores but yes I liked to read instead of watching tv. So I read lots of stuff, mainly 40s-60s stuff - hey
“New To Me” if it’s a good story it shouldn’t matter if written days ago or many years ago. Also stuff from big cities got flushed to
my area so I got to see lots of “African Explorer” movies as a kid alongside Godzilla movies even though it was way after they
Well, when I grew up it was the 90s and I felt like a Tycoon and started buying new books…
My EYES! They BLEEEEDDDDD!!!!
What hit me was the “New Wave” which I’d missed in the largely 40s-mid 70s range the library and used bookstore gave me.
Lancer. Ace Double. Ballantine books. Conan. Elric. Tarl Calbot. Scorpio. Lin Carter. Clark Ashton Smith. HP Lovecraft.
I’d missed the “New Wave” or rather it’s late mutation. I’ll save the issues and my opinion for an essay in my rants page, but
essentially what we called “Political Correctness” had hit hard in the gap of time between books I read and “New” books. In
principal I’d be for the hyper tolerant, ultra left message they all tried to ram in - but the stories SUCKED. Sucked donkey d----.
Well, ain’t my hobby, but they were as nasty as I’d imagine such a thing. Just a bunch of people who’d never wrote anything
getting published and a few aged writers not wanting to be blacklisted obviously ghostwriting for them.
However, I wanted to be a writer. So I typed my own stuff. Good practice. Good I also studied computers so I could sit at a
desk and get harassed by stupid “Diversity Hire” people and be too busy protecting my back to work fully. Loved the comments
from edtiors - “Content made me vomit” is my fav. But love editors, learned a lot from them.
Even with that I managed a bunch of occasional publication in magazines, cartoons in small local papers, a webcomic. Fun
Eventually I was going to get around to self publishing, but with emerging digital tech I can avoid filling the garage with 1000
or 10,000 print books and mailing them one at a time - I can sell online even with the dying but still powerful monopoly keeping
out any stories I’d ever like to read and filling it with uh what IS the phrase now “Woke” sh-t written by “Intersectionals”… Most
of my books for now are formatted 4:3 for a Samsung tablet, btw but doing the math and measurements should fit on any tablet
reading device. Love the smell of old paperbacks, do plan to make some legit printed copies - like ever see an old ACE double?
I’ve also managed a bit of travel. Won’t go into detail, but as far as India. Not just sights to see but learning from people.
Won’t go into details, perhaps it reflects in my stories.
For politics I’m left if you hold a gun to my head, but nothing to do with modern hyper left. Think like a kid influenced by
Hippies, Yippies and kind of that way but on his own trip so to speak. I’d hope my views would help and maybe influence
people, but I do not have a “Side” they have to be or be my enemy. “Divide and Conquer” is the oldest trick in the books and as
I write this there is increasing and increasing arguments at the bottom (less than 95%) of society while the top ones are on the
same side for the most part.
What I am trying to bring back as a writer is a good STORY. That is my loyalty. To the story. I. Want. A. Good. Story. I don’t
care if I’m reading something by Wells or Verne or Clarke or Heinlien or Haldeman or Clayton… If they
write a good story I like it. The theme and argument can go any way, if the story is good, the more
clever they are the better they can argue their point. I also like debate and controversy, not niches of
vanity like we get now. I hate the new stuff because the stories suck and the messages are crudely
given, lots of stuff almost plagarist rip offs of cliche tropes with ‘woke’ characters inserted. And when
you love stuff from the 1890s to the late 70s and the newer stuff sucks even though you are still young
it is not your problem but rather the industry.
My stories will all have a preview for a few pages (a reasonable part for shorts) so you can read
some of it and if you like it buy it. I won’t use any intrusive ‘digital rights’ measures since if you re-
read the PDF 10 years from now I want you able to view it on your floating holographic tablet without
worrying if it’ll “Register” no matter my current status or the status of whatever online store you
bought it from then.
If you like my works, please buy them. This helps me earn more and more from my passion and
rely less and less on another boring tech job and have more time to travel. You also support a true
“indie” writer who hates the “Mainstream” publishing. Well, “Hate” kinda bad karma, just I have a
different beat and agenda. You have power here, you vote for what you want with your $, more of
what you like is made and with modern channels bypassing traditional publishing gatekeeping this
gives you the consumer a lot of power.
If you found my stuff posted on a pirate site, please email me on the issue. I’ll make decisions on
what I can do, if anything. Again, see the last paragraph, if you like please buy but it’s your option.
or any mysterious Widget,
Save basic web traffic tools
Dreamhost provides like bandwith
and such I don’t know and don’t
WANT to know any specific,
intimate details about my fans. I
don’t care if you are mostly left,
right, gay, straight - etc.
Hopefully I’ll attract enough sales
to make enough $ I can kiss the
day-job goodbye and/or travel
more at least. But I’m NOT going
to do it by flooding the site with
attack scripts that are worse than
used to be on ‘free’ adult sites
but now are everywhere else.
I do put in specific ads, such as
the ones for Amazon and other
sites, these merely identify traffic
as coming from my site so I can
get kickback if people buy from
them after coming from mine.
Beyond that and any login info
you give them there’s nothing
extra to the best of my
knowledge, I’ve looked at the
code. And sites I use I trust. We
might have issues with Amazon
but say you bought something for
$5 they’d be the last to charge
you more than that save shipping
and the last by far to lose your
At some point I might change -
but plan to fight it. If I put in ad
banners they will be static or
simple gifanimations that lead to
other sites… I encourage others
to do the same thing - to get
their own hosting (again I vouch
for Dreamhost) and if their sites
get popular to go lowtech - non-
obtrusive ads, no cookies, no
megabyte worth of scripting that
attacks every visitor…
Too much trust has been
broken on the internet and while
I can’t fix it all I can do my best
to be and encourage the change.
Anyone interested in
advertising, read my AD POLICY