Quarter – Finalist – Screencraft

The Quarter- Finalists for #Screencraft’s Short Story Contest were just announced and both Herald of Chernobog and The Shadow King were selected. I’m honored to be ranked among some very talented writers. Thank you for the opportunity.
List of QF Winnershttps://goo.gl/u9rbfq
The Shadow King https://goo.gl/SymWFm
Herald of Chernoboghttps://goo.gl/sKtA1a

Once again, Thank you. Dave.


Andy Weir – The Author who wrote The Martian – is speaking at the Fleet Science Center in San Diego – Don’t miss it! Besides The Martian, he wrote a short fan fiction set in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One universe called Lacero.


The short was included in later prints and is not to be missed as it adds a very interesting plot twist as well as providing some commentary on how the virtual reality pendulum can swing too far and end up hurting the real world. Again, an exiting event with tickets still available.   I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC copy of Artemis at Comic Con 2017 with a release date in Nov..  It’s an amazing read!  Pre-order it now.  If your around San Diego, come see a Californian author whose 2nd book is bond to be on screen in no time!

Giveaways and Reviews

Congratulations to the 10 winners of Goodreads giveaway who will receive the first 10 signed and dated copies of the limited one hundred I plan to distribute.  The giveaway was amazing and having 555 readers request a copy of CyberWeird Stories was inspiring. Thank you for your interest and support. I am running similar giveaways for e-book and unsigned copies of both my short stories and the complete collection on Amazon – Search for Giveaways and D.C. Lozar.


In other news, I want to thank Book Review Village and William Bitner, Jr. for the fantastic five star review they gave CyberWeird Stories.  His site and reviews are an amazing resource for enthusiastic readers and well worth a visit.


I finished reading “Cyberweird Stories: A Contagious Collection of Short Stories and Poems” by D.C. Lozar yesterday, but needed a day to travel back to reality before I sat down and wrote a review. I want to first say thank you to D.C. Lozar for gifting me an e-copy of this book. Thank you Dave, it was quite an experience. This is a collection of 23 short stories and a few poems. While the cyberpunk theme is pretty apparent in most of the stories, there are many layers to some of the other stories, where no emotion is safe or left untouched. D.C. touches on every emotion and beyond, especially in the poems in this book. Some of the stories were on the edge of Lovecraftian. Surrealism played a big part in many of the stories…so much so that I had to take a break after reading one story before starting another. The perspective and imagery in the stories were unique and multi-layered. I think the thing I like the most about this read is that is did not follow the rules of the genre, at least that’s my take on it. We would go from the most surreal story to a poem about 9/11 with such emotion and introspection. I also noticed that, and I’m not sure if it was intentional, that the color green played a big part in many of the stories. From taste, touch and smell there were greens, emeralds, jades and mints in eye color, landscapes and aromas. There is much to take from this read if you just allow yourself to let go, and be there for the mind blast journey that D.C will take you on. I look forward to reading more of D.C. Lozar and highly recommend this read to anyone who wants an intelligent, mindful and well throughout piece of wordsmithing. It’s fun to imagine where D.C. live in him imagination, it must be so much fun there!

Synopsis (from back cover): A collection of weird short stories that vivisect the concepts of transhumanism, steampunk, and cyberpunk in worlds that have evolved from our quest for immortality and innovation. From robots with contagious diseases to space explorers who stumble upon the birthplace of the Cthulhu, these stories twist preconceptions around the twin spindles of horror and science fiction to weave plots that will make you feel like you’ve just picked up a pulp fiction magazine from the 1920’s published in the 21st century.

CyberWeird Stories


The audiobook is being reordered by Alexander Daddy, and I’ve heard his narration of the first story and was amazed. We’re all in for a treat. His characterization and timing are impeccable. I’ll let you know as soon as I release it which should be in early August.

I’m working finishing the format and copyediting for a hardcover version and this will be available through Barnes & Noble in the coming weeks. I’m also releasing a 2nd edition copy of the print book on Ingram spark, but the first edition is still available through Amazon.

Once again, thanks to everyone for your support and enthusiasm.

Keep it weird,


Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning

Neil’s latest collection of short stories comes with a warning, a trigger warning. Fascinated with society’s recent trend to warn readers of content, he took it upon himself to title this amazing book for us before anyone else could. There are things inside, stories and ideas, which might upset a reader, even change how they view the world. There are also sweeping plot arcs and whimsical characters that might trigger fellow authors to envy Neil’s artistry.

He warned us.

“The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain…” was my favorite story. Runner-ups were Click-Clack the Rattlebag, Black Dog, and Nothing O’clock. These were juicy slices of fantastical worlds that burst open in the reader’s mind and gushed into our subconscious where it will no doubt leave an indelible stain.

The black mountain story blended classic fable authenticity with a dash of Grimm’s comeuppance. Click-Clack is a spooky ghost story, and Black Dog was a wonderful return to the broken half-god we rooted for in American Gods.

Trigger Warnings seamlessly weaves a variety of genres together into a verbal tapestry that delights the imagination, and I once again tip my fedora to one of our century’s great writers.

D.C. Lozar

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman – American Gods

This was a wonderfully crafted tale that engrossed and entertained me.

In creating a world in which gods are flesh and blood, Neil taps into the American psyche: We are each the undiscovered heroes of the next blockbuster movie.

Although Shadow, the antagonist, feels two-dimensional at times, I believe this is intentional and refreshing. None of us are perky all the time. A slouching hulk of a man, rocked by the infidelity and death of his wife, Shadow endears himself to us by not over-reacting to events that would make most characters question their sanity. Because he is painted as half-dead inside, the reader believes his account of having a zombie-wife, god-friends, and having died and returned.

A masterful piece of fiction with beautiful snippets of stories such as the fiddler’s ruse worked in for good measure. The twist at the end clinched the story and earned Neil Gaiman my deepest respect. Thank you for a wonderful tale.