The Pen and Cape Society presents the third volume of superhero stories by its members: The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks. This collection contains the following tales:
"Dating Games" by Marion George Harmon
On a date that goes bad, Astra discovers helpers she didn't know she had.
"Underestimated" by Samantha Bryant
Sure, go ahead and underestimate Suzie Grayson just because she's petite, young, blonde, and cute--that's just what she's counting on.
"The Henchman’s Apprentice" by Stephen T. Brophy
'Handcannon' LaRue's henching career kicks off in Guatemala, where he makes his first kill and takes his first interdimensional drug trip.
"Sun-Kissed" by Ian Thomas Healy
Hawaiian superhero Akamai thought he had it made . . . until the kid showed up.
"Secrets in the Sands" by Michael Ivan Lowell
Sidekicks Spider Wasp and Stealth are sent to solve a mystery that, if they can keep their minds off of each other, they might even survive.
"Minor League" by Jim Zoetewey
Two young heroes try to survive the villain who beat them when they were sidekicks.
"Heroes Don’t Retire" by Nicholas Ahlhelm
A former teenage hero comes out of retirement only to face a deadly new threat and the return of her former partner's greatest regret.
"Unmasked" by T. Mike McCurley
Voltage thought he could handle anything that the Gifted world could throw at him . . . until he had to explain his heroic life to his mother.
"Gemini Rescue" by Caine Dorr
A professional rescue turns deadly for Rion
when the client terminates the contract.
. . . And more!
Be sure to check out the work by all these individual authors as well.
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About the Author
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Marion G. Harmon (Marion for his great-grandfather, George for his father), was born in Salt Lake City but moved from post to post with his family at the whim of the US military. His travels have taken him as far as Stuttgart in Germany, Sydney, and finally to Las Vegas. After gaining degrees in literature and history, he settled down to tell people how to manage their money. Mr. Harmon's first novel, Wearing the Cape, was published in 2011, and he has since written two novels set in the same world (Villains Inc. and Bite Me: Big Easy Nights). He is currently working hard on a fourth book, this one featuring Astra and company, while polishing the plot of his deeply unserious space epic, Worst Contact.
Stephen T. Brophy is a living human male. He resides in the principality of Los Angeles, California USA. He works in television production and makes his living answering the rhetorical question, "Reality TV has writers?" He loves his wife Danielle, his son Ash, his dogs Griff and Tex, science fiction, funnybooks, movies and sleep in more or less that order. Sleep might be higher on the list these days, but he doesn't want to piss anyone off by bumping them.
Ian Thomas Healy is a prolific writer who dabbles in many different speculative genres. He’s a ten-time participant and winner of National Novel Writing Month where he’s tackled such diverse subjects as sentient alien farts, competitive forklift racing, a religion-powered rabbit-themed superhero, cyberpunk mercenaries, cowboy elves, and an unlikely combination of vampires with minor league hockey. He is also the creator of the Writing Better Action Through Cinematic Techniques workshop, which helps writers to improve their action scenes. Ian also created the longest-running superhero webcomic done in LEGO, The Adventures of the S-Team, which ran from 2006-2012. When not writing, which is rare, he enjoys watching hockey, reading comic books (and serious books, too), and living in the great state of Colorado, which he shares with his wife, children, house-pets, and approximately five million other people.
Landon Porter is a proud geek who enjoys comic books, roleplaying, and gaming. He knows a d20 from 2d10, the Konami Code and why Pi Day is March 14. A fan of all things Fantasy and Sci-Fi, he's been writing about them on the web since 2002 and has been telling stories since before he could write. His best known works are the superhero web fiction series, 'The Descendants' and the dungeonpunk fantasy Rune Breaker. An avid fan of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Roleplaying Games and Superhero comics, his works tend to mix and blend tropes from each into new an original creations. His writing philosophy heavily emphasizes themes of family, hope and redemption, rejecting the idea that works must be bleak and dark to be realistic and meaningful.
Jim Zoetewey grew up in Holland, Michigan, near where L Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz and other books in that series. Admittedly, Baum moved away more than sixty years before Jim was even born, but it's still kind of cool. Jim didn't attain his goal to never leave school, but did prolong his stay as long as possible. He majored in religion and sociology at Hope College, gaining enough credits to obtain minors in ancient civilizations and creative writing—had he thought to submit applications to the relevant departments. He attended Western Theological Seminary for two years. He followed that up by getting a masters degree in sociology at Western Michigan University. Once out of school, he took up the most logical occupation for someone with his educational background: web developer and technical support. Simultaneously, he finished all but three credits of a masters in Information Systems, a degree that's actually relevant to his field. He's still not done. In the meantime, he's been writing stories about superheroes and posting them online at http://inmydaydreams.com. He's still not sure whether it's a good idea, but continues to do it anyway. He's also not sure why he's writing this in the third person, but he's never seen an author bio written in first person and doesn't want to rock the boat.