The Z-Files! A Parody of the X-Files

Forget those wimpy X-Files. The Z-Files are where the truth's at! Or is it? I mean: Or are they? More

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ISBN: 9781458137241
About Stephen Antczak

Below are review excerpts & blurbs for my work, all of which (the fiction, that is) I shall eventually make available via Smashwords.

“No formular here; these stories are different, sharp, and challenging. A fine collection.” – Piers Anthony, bestselling author of the Xanth fantasy series.

“Stephen L. Antczak is one of those rare talents who can mix solid science fictional ideas with a neat helping of whimsy.” – Ben Bova, author of The Starcrossed, The Exiles Trilogy, Moonrise.

“Steve Antczak is a new writer worth watching, and may well become one of the leading voices of the new century.” – Allen Steele, author of Orbital Decay, Coyote.

“Compelling. This collection will draw a wide audience if word gets around just how good Antczak is.” – Jack McDevitt, author of Ancients Shores, Omega.

“An eclectic mix of tales…the stories are an admirable showcase for Antczak’s humor and his respect for the traditions of the genre.” –

“You won’t go wrong with (Daydreams Undertaken). – Science Fiction Chronicle.

“A bit of dark, bit of light, music, wonder, and fun are in this collection, all written with an artist’s eye for scenery, atmosphere and imagination. When you are in the need of a daydream, try these; they won’t disappoint you.” –

"…better than the short fiction Hugo nominees in a typical year." – FOSFAX.

“…you might want to pick up a copy of Daydreams Undertaken before (Antczak) is
fully ‘discovered’…” –

“I look forward to seeing where this master craftsman’s career takes him.” – Nth Degree.

“The sheer variety of material in Daydreams Undertaken is impressive in itself.” – Solar Flare (

“A page-turner full of great characters…and a wonderful cerebral idea. God Drug has all the ingredients of the very best modern science fiction.” – Michael Moorcock, author of Stormbringer, The Cornelius Chronicles, Mother London.

“A flying, roaring, terrifying voyage into the unconscious mind.” Sleazy P. Martini, front man for GWAR.

“A wild novel…a compelling, disturbing exploration of a dark side.” – Piers Anthony.

“1 part Apocalypse Now 1 part Salvador Dali 2 parts The Trip 1 pinch each of The Terminator, Mary Poppins, and Silence of the Lambs Marinade in equal parts alcohol and your favorite loud music.” –

“This book does a fine job at messing with conceptions of reality. One can almost hear the punk music in the background. This one is really strange and really good.” – Dead Trees Review

“Also highly enjoyable was… ‘The Deity Effect.’” –

“…with an interesting twist similar to Harlan Ellison's classic ‘The Whimper of Whipped Dogs’.” – Review of ‘Worm in a Bottle’ in Nightscapes.

“Great writing and rich characterization add to Stephen Antczak's inviting story, ‘Good Vibrations’.” – Tangent magazine.

“A little Don Quixote, a lot Asimov.” – review of ‘Captain Asimov’ on

“Part Clive Barker, part X-Men.” – review of ‘Good Vibrations’ in Locus magazine.

“Antczak elicits compassion for his alienated characters without giving up their inherent self-absorption. It's worth more than one read.” - review of ‘The Suicide Club Membership Drive’ in Tangent magazine.

“This is a brilliant examination of the pseudo-afterlife of suicides and the influence these wraiths exert on the suicidal living.” – review of ‘The Suicide Club Membership Drive’ in HorrorScope web site.

"Best. Title. Ever." - fan posting online about 'The Suicide Club Membership Drive'

“The play is well-written and rich with the symbolism of a universal theme…who doesn’t lament the insidious and inevitable erosion of youthful possibilities and tempestuous love?”-

“Best Comic Book with a Brother on the Cover” – Herc Brown #0

“Featuring moody art, an interesting blending of two genres and a focus on human relationships, Nightwolf: The Price #1 is a book to howl about.” –

“…this intense tale about the price of power continues…” – about Nightwolf #2

“…the series is off to a good start, and don’t let the glut of past werewolf stories prevent you from buying this series. I think the creators have taken a novel approach to the mythos and only time will tell if it flies long term. In the meantime though, give this issue a try and enjoy solid storytelling in the making.” – about Nightwolf #1

“…easily accessible and driven by the visuals…is a promising start for the series…” – about Beowulf the Legend graphic novel

“…a very complicated character with quite the werewolf curse, it's a very interesting story so far.” – about Nightwolf #0 & #1

Nightwolf and Arkadian were both listed on the IndiePulp “wallowing in coolness” page.

“Very impressive spin on werewolves…I’ll be adding this one to my pull list.” – about Nightwolf #0

“A solid, offbeat original mini-series from Devil’s Due with ongoing potential that will hopefully get a TPB collection and reach a much wider audience.” – about Nightwolf #3

“…a pleasant surprise. A nice new take on the Werewolf genre, with engrossing mystery themed writing by Antczak and wonderful, evocative art (slightly 80′s Sienkiewicz meets 80′s Totleben, yet very much its own animal). A scant 16 pages, but really dug it. Enough to go hunting for any other issues/books...” – HeroicTimes about Nightwolf #0

“…the plot remains interesting, the characters intriguing…” SequentialTart about Nightwolf #3

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