JP Lantern

Biography

J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live metaphorically in Texas. He writes speculative science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels which he has deemed "rugged," though he would also be fine with "roughhewn" because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word.
Full of adventure and discovery, these stories examine complex people in situations fraught with conflict as they search for truth in increasingly violent and complicated worlds.

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Books

Dust Bowl
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 106,310. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The Order offers salvation from a dying planet—but passage on their faster-than-light ships is only granted for carrying out their monstrous will. Ward, a grieving young alcoholic, longs to leave the ruined world behind him, along with all his guilt. His choice seems simple: survive by joining the monsters in The Order, or face the end of the world alone.
The Red Country Trilogy
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,850. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A surgeon, his wife, and their Martian guide are embroiled in a love triangle when they search for a solution to an unsolvable problem; two brothers set off to find their fortune, guided by a mysterious treasure map, and are pursued by the very literal demons of their past; and a young enslaved woman, forced to keep her wounded captor alive to save her own skin, finds unexpected love.
Around The Martian Fringe: A Collection
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Series: Around The Martian Fringe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,840. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A girl uses supernatural means to take revenge on her abusive brother; a reuniting father and son search for a kidnapped village; a group of boys try to survive a night in an ancient forest, hunted by a savage monster; a young man finds his courage on a hunting trip when he must save his mother's life; and, a scientist tries to retain his sanity, locked in with an enormous terraforming engine.
And See What Is Buried Beneath Our Fathers
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Series: The Red Country Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,900. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Branch, exiled and enslaved, becomes the center of a terrible family conflict in a hostile Martian town. Her only hope for escape lies with the enigmatic, mutated Quinn--who is prone to horrible bursts of violence. Together, they attempt to rise above their broken pasts and find some hope for the future. *This novella is the STAND ALONE third part of the Red Country Trilogy*
We Will Find This Treasure So Long HIdden
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Series: The Red Country Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,960. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In possession of a mysterious treasure map, young half-brothers Quinn and Teddy run away from their home, leaving behind their murdered mother. Determined to craft their own destiny in the frontier of Mars, the boys are hunted by lawmen and haunted by a brutal demonic beast.
In This Red Country
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Series: The Red Country Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,350. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the harsh Martian frontier, surgeon Clay and his young wife Maggie are faced with an ugly new problem--Maggie is pregnant. Without medication, she'll give birth to a monster. Together with a Martian native named Abram, they travel across the foreboding landscape to try and find a resolution. But, old resentments between the three can't stay hidden forever...
Conversations at the Dynamo
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Series: Around The Martian Fringe, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,300. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Pollux is an engineer at the dynamo, the terraforming center of Mars. Completely alone in the mountain engine and stuck well past the standard length of duty of three months, strange visions begin presenting to him. Are these actual ghosts he is seeing, strange creations from the enormous cosmic engine he attends, or are they madness manifesting?
The Mighty Brave Hunter
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Series: Around The Martian Fringe, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Disaster strikes a hunting trip, and the twelve year-old Laurence must somehow transport the rest of his hunting party--including his mother--back to safety. Alone and afraid, he faces the wild forests of Mars...
Rites of Passage
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Series: Around The Martian Fringe, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A group of young Martian natives are stuck alone in a forest for a night, with a monstrous fiend out to kill them. They must learn to trust each other and survive, but harsh rivalries threaten to tear them apart.
Massacre for Enginetown
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Series: Around The Martian Fringe, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,880. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A lawman on the Martian frontier goes searching for a missing settlement and reunites with his long-lost son. They find they must work together, or suffer a horrible fate at the hands of the Martian natives.
Escape at Enginetown
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Series: Around The Martian Fringe, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,960. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Enginetown, a settlement in the middle of the Martian frontier, often has violent confrontations with the mutant natives. Recently, a raid carried out by the men of the town brought back a plethora of the natives for imprisonment and eventual execution. It's a cause for celebration for most of the town. For one young woman, it's an opportunity...

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