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Preternatural 4 Masks
The first draft is complete and I'm planning on an Occultober release.

Legionnaire 14 River of Death

Legionnaire 15 The Fall of Amatista

New Reviews

Too Many Clients by Rex Stout
The Egyptian Cross Mystery by Ellery Queen
D6 by Robert Bevan
Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Tournament of Supervillainy by C. T. Phipps
Flight 232 by Laurence Gonzalez
Run, Hide, Die by Ian W. Sainsbury
A Death in Belmont by Sebastian Junger
A Brief History of the Samurai by Jonathan Clements
In the Barren Ground by Loreth Anne White
Critical Failures IV by Robert Bevan
Critical Failures III by Robert Bevan
Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi
The Story of Medieval England by Jennifer Paxton
The Missing Chapter by Robert Goldsborough
Three for the Chair by Rex Stout
White Trash Warlock by David R. Slayton
Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
Indomitable by Claudia Brooke
Fine Gorilla Person by Lauren Ober

The Sea of Grass

Fan Chris Grady sent me this video of him receiving his copy of The Sea of Grass

What Am I Working on Now?

1.  Currently I am working hard on the 14th Legionnaire novel. Marcus has figured out a new way to move his legionnaires quickly through enemy territory so he can continue to take the war hard to Diamonte, but he has no experience with river boats. Is this a brilliant innovation for the legion, or a quick path to its destruction?


2. I'm also working on, Cartelite, the fifth novel of my new series, The Unity


3. I'm deep into the fourth book in the Preternatural series where more problems befall Hadrian's Well as they attempt to recover from the terror of Oktoberfeast


4. I'm also playing around with a complete rewrite of the first novel I ever started back in high school. Circles is the story of three friends--Vikings who died in the ninth century saving the world. Two of them went to Valhalla. The third...well it's not quite clear where he ended up. What's important is all three are coming back to avert a twenty-first century Ragnarok that threatens earth and all the Norse realms.



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Welcome to My Imagination!!

I'm an author of epic and heroic fantasy, paranormal adventures, historical fiction, and mysteries. I'm best known for my Legionnaire series (military heroic fantasy published online and in print) and my Miss Pandora Parson mysteries originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Take a look around and feel free to visit again. If you have any questions you can contact me through the Guestbook or at gilbertmstack@gmail.com. You can also find me at Goodreads.  

Masks Is Coming This Occultober

The fourth book in the Preternatural Series is almost here:


Hadrian’s Well has survived the zombie apocalypse but that doesn’t mean life is getting easier there. Record rainfalls have resulted in widespread flooding and something in the water is killing people. Or is it in the water? Part of the problem in Hadrian’s Well is that the preternatural isn’t always what it seems. Many wear masks that let them move about in human society like they’re normal people. Human threats also abound as politics within and without the town handicap Undersheriff Donovan as she struggles to track the monsters down. As the body count rises, will Donovan and her understrength department be able to look beyond the masks and stem another tide of terror?

Occultober 2022 Is Almost Here

Recent Releases

Now Available--Legionnaire 13
The Seduction of Malaquita

The Seduction of Malaquita

After a long and grueling fight in Angosto Pass, Marcus and his legionnaires finally catch a break. The Diamonte city of Malaquita is not only badly under garrisoned, it has no idea that the legion is on its doorstep. Yet driving out the Gota and capturing the city only creates more problems for the legion. The city is barren of supplies and could easily turn into a deathtrap if Marcus and his men remain to defend it, but if they can hold it through the coming harvests its strategic location will greatly bolster Amatista’s chances in the war. His only hope is to build an alliance with the most influential Gente in the city as he tried and failed to do in Morganita. His one tenuous asset to make this alliance happen is the cousin of the wife of his trusted friend, Senior Mago Efraín Estudioso, who married into the powerful Astrónomo family—but the Astrónomos have a terrible secret of their own that could transform them into Marcus’ vehement enemies. And now Marcus has accidentally spurned the high priest of Madre Tierra, making this one political seduction that seems destined to go very wrong!


You can find this book on Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited


Among Us 3 Hunting Among Us

War is coming to Philadelphia as the unaging converge upon the city, threatening to take their battles out of the shadows and into the glaring light of the modern day. These horrors out of legend represent different houses and hold different agenda, but all agree that it is time for the rogue dynum, Trevalian de Treville and Mutswana the Hunter, to pay for the crime of refusing to bow to the great powers that rule this shadow society. And the blood brothers have never been more vulnerable. Trev has given his heart and his protection to a young mortal woman who refuses to understand the very real danger confronting them. Her insistence on publicly staying in Philadelphia has told the unaging world where they can find the hated duo. Can even the Iron Count and the Hunter survive when their enemies are Hunting Among Us?


You can find this book on Amazon and free on Kindle Unlimited. 

The Unity 4 Empyreal


Jewel’s new husband wants her to be a properly low-key and obedient Armenite wife. Her brother-in-law wants to humiliate her and steal her fortune to further his own ambitions. Her old crewmates want her to rescue them from their sentence of servitude. And worst of all, the microscopic menites swarming inside of Jewel want to transform her into something her husband’s enemies believe is an abomination against The Unity while his allies hope they are fashioning her into its salvation. With no one to truly depend upon but herself, the Cartelite princess must withstand these competing demands, and—In order to avoid galactic war—learn what it truly means to be an Armenite empyreal.


You can find this book on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

The Miss Pandora Parson Series


I'm happy to announce that I have been able to make three more stories in my Miss Pandora Series available for my fans. This series of crime stories set in the Old West was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. They focus on a lady gambler named Pandora Parson, a bare knuckle boxer, Corey "Rock Quarry" Callaghan, and his trainer, Patrick Sullivan. As you might imagine, they get into a lot of trouble while basically trying to mind their own business and make a living in a rough and tumble world. 


The series is available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. Links are below:

Pandora's Luck

Pandora's Defense

Pandora's Journey

Pandora's Fort

Pandora's Ghost Town

Pandora's Demon

Preternatural 3 Oktoberfeast


Hadrian’s Well hasn’t had an easy time of it lately. Half of the town’s deputies are either dead or incapacitated from a nosferatu attack and the rock troll rampaging through the jurisdiction didn’t improve the situation. Now, Undersheriff Joanna Donovan learns she has to police the annual Oktoberfest celebration with town volunteers rather than hiring trained law enforcement professionals. Yet happy beer-guzzling tourists aren’t the only visitors coming to Hadrian’s Well this season. Will Joanna and her small force be able to protect the town, or will Hadrian’s Well be overrun when the happy October festival turns into an unholy Oktoberfeast?


You can find Oktoberfeast on Amazon and for free on Kindle Unlimited

Written Gems

I’m excited to announce the creation of a new discussion group on Goodreads dedicated to the wonderful but often underappreciated works that form the roots of Fantasy and Science Fiction today. This will include such greats as: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lord Dunsany, Robert E. Howard, H.G. Wells, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, and more—plus the occasional author you may have never read (but will be very glad you did).


These authors not only influenced the development of their genres but are still frankly fun to read today. We want to explore these works together and seek out more—and we’re inviting you to join us in our endeavor.


Joining me in this noble cause are authors William L. Hahn and Chris L. Adams. Will is an expert in epic fantasy and Chris is an authority on the pulp classics of the first half of the twentieth century. Together we’ll explore a new work each month, seeking to understand not only what made the novel fun in the past, but why it has endured, and what it has to offer for audiences today.


If you’re interested, why don’t you take a look at Written Gems on Goodreads where you’ll find more information about our group?


We have the following discussion threads:

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Khaled: A Tale of Arabia by Francis Marion Crawford

Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein

The Stars, My Brothers by Edmond Hamilton

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells


We also keep a thread running on Great First Lines


We hope you’ll join us.

Some Noteworthy Reviews

Legionnaire 1 The Fire Islands

My only complaint is that the novel is too short!

The historical detail is incredibly well-done. The details of Roman combat techniques, weaponry, and social organisation all match what I have internalised over the years. (I am not a historian, so it's possible that I've missed some things, but it all rang true to my ears).

I also really like the vaguely Polynesian language. Another of my obsessions is, particularly, Maori culture. The language the indigenous Fire Islanders used is clearly from the same branch as Hawaiian, Te Reo Maori, etc. This level of detail was something I really appreciated and gravitated towards.

The writing is excellent. It's clean and descriptive. The plot moves along quickly, and enough background details are filled in that I had a clear sense of the political situation in Aquila as it applies to those stationed on the Fire Islands. The main character is human - his flaws are pointed out with a bit of a sledgehammer, but it was only one hit!

I would have liked to have more details about the history of the Fire Islands and their peoples. I would also have liked to learn more about how our hero established himself - why his choices were so drastically different than those of the other Tribunes. I am wildly curious about how his relationship with Nani came to be, and my sense is that his relationship with the cook is far more complex and interesting than this book revealed.

I will definitely continue to follow this series - it's a wonderful balance of historical fiction, fantasy, with dual cultures that are equally complex, and I loved that supernatural elements were present, but not overly dominant in the story. I have no idea what to call this genre, but I love it and I want to read more of it!


Reviewed by Buttercup77, Amazon

Two More Reviews

My story, Hearts of Ice, and my Pandora Series, each picked up favorable mentions recently.  

Aside from wishing that the novella was longer, Barb at Night Owl Reviews said: "... the ending was a surprise and I was not expecting that... All in all, the story was good."

My Pandora Series at Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine was mentioned in the comments to a Bill Crider blog on western crime fiction at Criminal Element. Richard Prosch said: "Another terrific bunch of Old West mystery stories is Gilbert M. Stack's Pandora series. The new one (Number 10, I think) is in the latest Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine this month." 

 

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