Local Hero Press, LLC

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Local Hero Press, LLC is a publishing company dedicated to releasing print and ebook editions of novel-length works and collections, focusing on but not limited to works of superhero fiction.

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Champion
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Pre-release—available November 25, 2014. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 93,660. Language: English. Published by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
When a fellow superhero is murdered, Mustang Sally takes up the case to find his killer. At the same time, a new hero named Champion makes a big splash when he announces a competing organization to Just Cause. Somehow, Champion and the murder victim are linked, and Sally must risk everything that makes her a hero to not only uncover the real killer, but the motive.
The Good Fight
The Pen & Cape Society, in conjunction with Local Hero Press, is proud to present The Good Fight, an anthology of superhero fiction from some of the best authors working in the genre. After enjoying the stories in The Good Fight, please be sure to check out the works of the individual authors, because they're just super!
Naming Bullets
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A prequel to Western Fantasy series, The Pariah of Verigo. An Elven explorer named Giryati is waylaid by bandits in the frontier continent of Verigo. A native medicine woman named Ullu comes to his aid and as they begin to learn from each other, Giryati must decide whether or not to use Ullu's magic to hunt down the bandits; whether or not he's a killer.
Pressure
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2013 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
In an alternate 1899 when steam-powered spaceships ply the skies, pilot Mikhail Gusarov and the crew of the Hannibal's Bride embark upon a desperate, time-sensitive mission. The pressures of the journey will test even the sturdiest spacemen. A prequel to The Formula of the Future novel by Ian Thomas Healy and Allison M. Dickson.
Plague Ship
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
When the crew of the tramp freighter and sometime pirate ship Kangaroo accidentally brings the Martian Flu back on board, temporary captain Seattle Kelly orders a raid upon Callisto Colony for medical supplies. Her younger brother Vancouver disagrees with her decision, and must forge a dangerous alliance with the one crewman who might possibly save all their lives...or shoot him in the back.
1001001
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
General Purpose robot 1001001 has had as content an existence of dull labor as any robot could want. But when a fellow droid offers it an unusual file called gospel.dat, 1001001's world turns upside down in a single tick of its diamondoid brain. Inspired by the Rush song "The Body Electric" from Grace Under Pressure
Dental Plan
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.50)
"Sometimes teeth just fall out," said the dentist. But Robert's are falling out left and right, sometimes only minutes apart. What is happening to him? "Healy taps his inner Stephen King with a horrific tale that would make anybody cringe." - Allison M. Dickson, author of DEAD WIVES TALES, DUST, and VERMIN.
Upon A Midnight Clear
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Price: Free! Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Family
(4.00)
On Christmas Eve, somewhere out in the Asteroid Belt, a lonely prospector happens across something he never expected to find.
Rookie Sensation
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Series: Professional MotorCombat League, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
Sketcher Stevens is a minor-league battledriver superstar, given a chance to play in the Big Leagues. Can he perform up to his reputation when his life is on the line behind the wheel, or will he just be one more burnout in the arena? Another tale of the Professional MotorCombat League and a sequel to my story "Last Year's Hero."
Tuesday Night at Powerman's
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Series: The Harry Blaine Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00)
Superpowered police officer Harry Blaine brings his daughter to a very special gym, where weights are measured not in pounds, but in tons. This story is a sequel to Bulletproof and Young Guns, and is included in The Bulletproof Badge collection.
Action! Writing Better Action Using Cinematic Techniques
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,760. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
This book gives writers pointers and guidelines on how to improve their action scenes by implementing some of the same kinds of techniques used in film-making. Loaded with new terminology and definitions, an introduction to the basic concepts of an Action Scene, and application of the concepts, this book gives writers the tools to write their own expert-level action scenes! KAPOW! BANG! ZOOM!
The Mighty Peculiar Incident at Muddy Creek
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Series: The Muddy Creek Tales, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Literature » Western
(5.00)
When the train doesn't stop in the Old West town of Muddy Creek, Sheriff Jesse Hawkins goes to investigate. What he finds is a mystery that goes far beyond anything in his experience: a car full of people frozen in time.
The Steel Soldier's Gambit
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Series: The Just Cause Universe Short Stories & Collections, Book 3 · The Just Cause Universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A friendly poker game between superheroes takes an, um, serious turn when someone raises the stakes beyond mere money.
Footprints in the Butter
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,750. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00)
After his divorce, writer Paul DiCesare was looking forward to starting over again, just he and his dog Maxie in a farmhouse in rural Virginia. But then they showed up, and footprints in the butter would only be the beginning of Paul's waking nightmare.
Last Year's Hero
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Series: Professional MotorCombat League, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Literature » Sports
In a not-too-distant post-apocalyptic future, motorized combat has risen to the highest level of sport entertainment. Battledriver Linnea Reinert is the best of the best, having led her team to ten championships over nineteen years. But now, at 41, is she too old to come back for one more season?
In His Majesty's Postal Service
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,500. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(5.00)
In Lundigo City in the Kingdom of Lund, there are many prestigious occupations, filled by men and women of great lineage and wealth. Dundicutt is not one of them. He delivers the mail. But when he's late to work one day, he winds up on the strangest postal route of them all: Wizardry Row.
Graceful Blur
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Series: The Just Cause Universe Short Stories & Collections, Book 1 · The Just Cause Universe. Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2011 by Local Hero Press, LLC. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00)
At Speed Week, superhero Mustang Sally aims to be the first person ever to break the speed of sound...on foot!


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  • A Fly in Amber on Feb. 21, 2011

    This story reminds me of the kind of pieces that turn up in the "Probability Zero" section of Analog. It starts a little dry, rather like the scotch in question, I suppose, but has a smooth finish with no lingering nasty aftertaste.
  • Fate's Mirror on July 29, 2011

    FATE'S MIRROR by M.H. Mead is a fun read full of cyberpunky goodness. Morris is a hacker supreme (called a viker in this book), who is recruited by the NSA to hunt and destroy three powerful Electronic Consciousnesses. Should he fail, they will trigger a worldwide electromagnetic pulse to ensure the AIs' destruction. It sounds a little far-fetched, but then this IS cyberpunk. The battle scenes between Morris and the AIs are couched like eighteenth-century naval battles, with cannonades between ships and boarding parties. I thought there was a little too much wandering between narrative point-of-views, although I did enjoy the creative glimpses of the AIs' POV. Morris isn't the most likeable character in the world, but as I said before, this IS cyberpunk. The action is written well, the manuscript is free of errors, and it's a fast read.
  • The Caline Conspiracy on April 20, 2012

    This is another tale set in the same universe and featuring the same characters as Mead's previous work FATE'S MIRROR, which I've also read. In comparison to that work, THE CALINE CONSPIRACY is a much better book in my opinion. The character of Aidra, who is only a secondary character in Fate's Mirror, is a more appealing lead than Morris the hacker, and I found myself identifying with her right away. The story moves along at a brisk pace, peppered with cinematic action sequences. The book as a whole reads like a 90-minute detective/action movie. There's a definite twist that I didn't see coming, and it tied the plot up very nicely. My only complaint is that it was a fast read in the sense that most of the characters besides Aidra are undeveloped beyond talking scenery, and a few of the subplots which are begun are left virtually unexplored. Genetic manipulation makes for some fascinating and scary science fiction, and I felt there were some more opportunities to expand upon the horrors that man might create with it. The book would have benefited by adding some depth to the setting and minor characters. That being said, it was an enjoyable beer-and-pretzels read, and an admirable sophomoric effort. I'm looking forward to further adventures in M.H. Mead's near-future Detroit.