Moving On

After three years and five books, I’ve decided to end my relationship with Ragnarok Publications.

I won’t lie. This wasn’t easy. But it had to happen.

I’m not going to go into much detail here. There’s several reasons, some big, some small, but the short of it comes down to business.  Writing is a business. Publishing is a business. And Ragnarok hasn’t paid me what they owe me.  How much? I wish I knew.

This isn’t a new problem. Other authors have left over the past year for the same reason and more.  It sucks. But business is business.

I’m not interested in trash-talk. So don’t expect that. I will always be grateful for Ragnarok being the first publisher to take the risk on me. I’ve made a lot of good friends there and many special memories.

So what does this mean?

Well, it’ll take a few months for the transition to take effect and all rights to return to me on the books already in publication.  So, I have until then to figure it out.  Hopefully, I will find a new publisher with a solid reputation who wants my Valducan Series (anyone know a good agent?).

What about Redemptor?

Well, Redemptor (Valducan #4) is completely back in my hands. Technically, it never left. Due to a merger and some other reasons, Ragnarok never sent me a contract (Crazy. I know.) So as of this moment, I have the full rights to it.

However, this also means that it will not be releasing this November. I’m terribly sorry for that.

Hopefully Redemptor will find a new home soon.

This isn’t a post I wanted to make. I wanted to post about how Redemptor is coming soon and about how Ashes of Onyx is nearly complete. But business is business.  Sometimes it isn’t fun.


Ibenus Cover Reveal and a New Look

ODamoren covern December 27th, 2013, Joe Martin with Ragnarok Publications sent me a message saying, “Something for you to look at.” It accompanied my very first glimpse of Dämoren’s cover. It was still a bit rough. I hadn’t secured my blurb from Elizabeth Bear yet, the gun had a couple tweaks left to do, but it was the cover. It was MY cover, and it was amazing. After a few more weeks, we had the finished product.

I love this cover. 

It graces my business cards, even my mouse pad. As I type this, it hangs on the wall behind my desk inside a shadow box with an engraved bullet.  The bloody background became the wallpaper for my website. The image of my very first book plastered my Facebook feed so many times over the months leading to and just after my release that I’m sure many of my friends were so sick of it that they Ignored me.

Hounacier CoverBut I made no apologies.  My wife and I refer to Dämoren as our first child, and like any new parent, I wanted to share its pictures with the world.

A year later, Joe sent me my first peek at Hounacier

Its a perfect companion to Dämoren. I love the symbols, the skull, the blood-splattered blade. It looks wonderful.  

Again, my friends and family endured months of seeing that image every time they opened their Facebook.  But, as is the case with many second children, it was just a little less than it had been with the first.  

Once I received my first copy it immediately went into a shadowbox beside its older sibling.  


I cherish these covers. They represent years of dreams, hard work, frustrations, and joy. 

However, all things change. With the growth of Ragnarok Publications, their distribution deal with IGP, and the success of the Valducan Series, it was decided that Dämoren and Hounacier will no longer wear those cherished skins. 

But don’t worry, my friends.  The books themselves are not going away. They are evolving into something more to welcome their newest sibling, Ibenus, into the world.  We’re cleaning them up, removing typos, polishing the insides, and giving them a brand new coat of paint.

So in honor of Ibenus’ upcoming release and Ragnarok’s growth, I’m thrilled to present you with this…

Damoren 2

Hounacier 2

My children are growing up.

When Dämoren was first released my good friend Charles got his paperback signed and informed me that he had no intention of ever reading that copy because he knew that one day a first edition would be collectible.  I laughed and told him that I didn’t expect multiple editions. I must now admit that he was right. So for all of you out there that own the original red and bloody covers, congratulations.  You’ll soon be able to say, “I read Skorkowsky back when, and I have the old books to prove it.” Now, it’ll be a couple months before the change, so if you want to pick up the original covers, you still have some time. I’m told it will probably be March when these versions come available.

So about now I assume that my readers are thinking, “OK, Seth, that’s pretty awesome. Those covers look great and all, and thank you for sharing your emotional journey and blah, blah, blah. But you led us here under the promise that you were going to show us Ibenus’ cover. Did you lie to us? Where is Ibenus? Show us the goods!”

All right, all right. Sheesh, I was just getting to that.

So without any further dramatic buildup, I’m proud to present Ibenus.


Joe Martin and Shawn King have done an amazing job.  I’m thrilled to see Ibenus for the first time and I can’t wait to hold it and its newly re-vamped brothers in my greedy little hands. As far as release date, I’ll let you know once we have it.

Thank you, everyone. This wouldn’t have been possible without you and getting the word out on my books.  Because of your support for a fledgling author from a small indie press, we’ve grown into the next level.

And to my Facebook friends and family, I apologize in advance.  You’re about to see these beautiful covers many, many more times.




HOUNACIER Plot Revealed

The past few weeks have been extremely eventful.

On May 10th I had my first signing event and book release party at Area 51 Gaming & Collectables in Grapevine Texas. The signing event went extremely well. After it was through, we kicked off the party. My friends surprised me with a beautiful shadowboxed copy of Dämoren enclosed with an engraved shell. They also got me a matching Dämoren shell pendant.

Damoren Signing Event

I’ll have another signing event this June at Clockwork Gamer this late June. The date isn’t set yet, but I’ll post it once it is. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, please drop by.

Dämoren has had a very successful first month. As of now it’s still at #59 on Amazon’s Top 100 Urban Fantasy list.

It also received a very good review on It said, “So, to sum things up, as some other reviews have pointed out, if you’re a fan of Jim Butcher’s style of urban fantasy, you can’t get enough of Supernatural and you like original urban fantasy that places less emphasis on the romance and you like your world-building, but you especially like your demons, buy this book.”

 Also, I took part in a podcast interview with Adventures in SciFi Publishing, alongside the rest of the Ragnarok Publication team. We discussed our Grimdark character arcs. You can listen to it Here.

In other news, Hounacier’s description has officially been announced on the Ragnarok Publications website, and also on the Official Valducan Series Facebook Page.

HOUNACIER (Valducan #2)

Eleven years ago, atheist Malcolm Romero met a god. Now he’s a demon-hunting voodoo priest armed with a holy machete named Hounacier.

After the murder of his mentor, he returns to New Orleans to catch the killer. But more is at stake when Malcolm finds himself betrayed, cursed, and his holy blade stolen. Now Malcolm’s only hope to save his soul and to recover Hounacier, is the Valducan knight sent to kill him, Matt Hollis, the wielder of the holy revolver Dämoren.

So…what do you think? We’ve got murder, a few familiar faces, voodoo, and the city of New Orleans. Now I just need to finish it.


It All Comes Together.

I’ve been writing fiction for several years now. My modest collection of magazines and anthologies fill the shadowboxes on the wall behind me as I write this. They are my trophies, my little reminders that no matter what happens, I published those.

Writing is exciting and maddening all at once. I’ve had brushes with contracts that never happened. I’ve sold stories that ended up never seeing print because publishers went under. I’ve had far more rejection letters than I’d like to admit. Eventually, frustration led me to nearly stop writing. I feared those glossy covers hanging on my wall were all I’d ever have.

My wife loves to tell me that it’ll happen when it’s supposed to.

In May of 2013 I spoke with several authors who all told me that I really needed to get a website for when that big sale happens. I really didn’t heed their warnings.

Then, in December of 2013, everything happened at once. Ragnarok Publications signed my urban fantasy novel, DÄMOREN. The next week Rogue Blades Entertainment not only signed my Black Raven sword and sorcery collection MOUNTAIN OF DAGGERS, but also signed for a second collection, SEA OF QUILLS.

I’d gone from having no book deals to three in a week’s time…. and I still didn’t have a website.

My wife always said that it will happen when it’s supposed to. And as 2013 draws to a close, I can’t help but concede that she was right.

I love you, Kayci.

Here’s to the future.