Welcome to the web home of Stacia Kane and her heroine Chess Putnam!

The Chess Putnam series is a cross between Ghostbusters and Escape From New York, with an awesome punk rock soundtrack, black magic, greasers, drugs, human sacrifices, and a black 1969 Chevelle. It kicks off with UNHOLY GHOSTS, which is now available from Del Rey Publishing, with the next two books in the series, UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS, coming in July and August.
SACRIFICIAL MAGIC, Book 4 in the series, will be released March 2012!


November 2014 FIVE DOWN is available! This collection of four previously-published Downside short stories plus one brand-new never-before-published novella is available in ebook for $3.49. Click here for more details.

August 2011 » Downside ebooks at promotional prices! Starting on August 23rd, you can buy ebook editions of all three Downside books at great low prices; UNHOLY GHOSTS for NINETY-NINE CENTS(!) and UNHOLY MAGIC and CITY OF GHOSTS for $4.99 each, at your favorite ebook retailer (sorry, North America only). That’s $10.97 for all three books combined! Click here for more details.

May 2011 » SACRIFICIAL MAGIC (Downside #4) has a release date! It will be released March 27, 2012 in the US (and I imagine roughly the same date in the UK). You can preorder the book at your favorite bookstore online or in person now!
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From the Blog

So…a follow-up/clarification
Friday, October 7th, 2016

This morning I got a little curious.

Since–as you all know–I’ve been largely “offline” for some time (which actually means online, just not getting involved much in the writing/reading community), I haven’t seen any other reactions to the closing of Ellora’s Cave. I’d had a quick look before posting my own blog and hadn’t really seen anything. I decided this morning to have another look, and see what other reactions have been, if there are any. My own post about it the other day had been linked to a couple of times, so I figured I’d start there.

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