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December 28, 2016 – After Avalon Nominated for Best Anthology

The post-Arthurian anthology After Avalon, containing Jon Black’s short story “Bel Nemeton” has been nominated for Best Anthology of 2016 in the annual Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. After Avalon is published by 18th Wall Productions.

web-banner-changed-title2-1“’After Avalon’ contains so many wonderful stories,” Jon says. “The transcendently beautiful language of Collin Fisher’s ‘The May Hawk’s Daughter’, the highly original concept and remarkable delivery of Amy Wolf’s ‘The Hour of Their Need,’ Leigh Ann Cowan’s attention to classical literary forms in ‘Sir Gawain and the Quest for Merlin’s Tree,’ the humorous and creative portrayal of Bleys in Thomas Olivieri’s ‘Paste-Bones and Ragdolls,’ and many more. It’s an honor to have ‘Bel Nemeton’ included among these tales and I hope my story played its small part in securing this nomination for the anthology.”

The final winner will be selected from among the nominees based upon online voting.

After Avalon also received two other nominations. Best Artwork, for Barbara Sobczynska’s dreamlike and hauntingly symbolist cover art. The anthology’s curator/edit, Nicole Petit, has been nominated for Best Editor.

Those interested in casting votes for After Avalon (or, of course, the other nominees) can do so a the following links:

Best Anthology

Best Artwork

Best Editor

“This nomination underscores why any reader with an interest in Arthuriana or historical fantasy will enjoy After Avalon,” Black says. “After all, if you don’t like my story, you’ve got ten others to justify its modest price.”


Dec. 22, 2016: Jon Black to Author Regular Feature for 18th Wall Productions

author-photoPublisher 18th Wall Productions has tapped Jon to author a regular feature for the publisher’s website, 18thWall.com. The features will focus on Arthuriana, sourcing accurate historical fiction and historical fantasy, aspects of the series he writes for 18th Wall, and similar topics.

“We’re very pleased to give Jon Black a platform to write about research and history,” says James Bojaciuk, 18th Wall’s CEO duobus. “He exemplifies our belief of what historical fiction should be–who else would write an adventure series whose first entry depends on archeology, old documents, and linguistics as much as two-fisted action?”

“This is an exciting opportunity to explore aspects of writing that fascinate me, especially those pertaining to my current work with 18th Wall,” Jon says. “I appreciate their continued emphasis on offering unusual, well-crafted stories to thoughtful readers.”

Jon’s features will appear twice monthly, with the first installment slated for early in the New Year.


Dec 5, 2016: Bel Nemeton Referenced on GreyDogTales

grey-dog-talesJon’s upcoming series, Bel Nemeton, blending Arthurian historical fiction with progressive pulp, received a mention on GreyDogTales,  a site devoted to “weird fiction, weird art and even weirder lurchers.”

The series was referenced by Nicole Petit, award-winning curator with 18th Wall Productions. The full interview with Nicole, about the anthology After Avalon, Arthuriana, and her current projects, as well the reference to Bel Nemeton, can be read here.


Nov 3, 2016: Jon Black at Texas Authors Summit

Jon Black signs the authors' poster at the 2016 Texas Authors' Summit.

Jon Black signs the authors’ poster at the 2016 Texas Authors’ Summit.

AUSTIN – Writer Jon Black was an invited participant at the Texas Author’s Summit, held in conjunction with the 2016 Texas Book Festival. The summit, hosted by the Texas State Library & Archives, featured panel discussions with Texas authors from a variety of genres as well as a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives to better familiarize authors with its holdings. “It is an honor to be among the Texas authors invited to participate in the summit,” Black says. “As someone who extensively weaves history into his fiction, awareness of the resources available through repositories like the Texas State Library & Archives in invaluable.”

“Also,” he added, “having the event catered by Cooper’s BBQ didn’t hurt my interest level, either.”


October 30th, 2016: Jon Black Attends Séance, Research for Current Project

'Tis the Season.

‘Tis the Season.

AUSTIN – Researching his upcoming novel, Gabriel’s Trumpet, Jon Black participated in a séance Sunday evening. The gathering was hosted by Austin Séance and held in the Pony Shed at Austin’s Vortex Theatre. The séance was conducted by journalist Jake Cordero and sociologist A. Lucio. “I have nothing but the highest praise for Misters Cordero and Lucio,” Black said. “Not only did they do an amazing job recreating the classic séance environment, but I deeply appreciate the academic and historical discussion which preceded the event.” While not discuss specifics of the séance, Black describes the sitting as “emotionally charged” and “intense.”

Gabriel’s Trumpet, a 1920s mystery with strong supernatural overtones, is set against a backdrop of spiritualism, speakeasies, and the golden age of jazz. It is scheduled for publication in 2017 by 18th Wall Productions.


September 20, 2016: TVCU Reviews “Bel Nemeton,” Discusses Upcoming Novel

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Podcast Television Crossover Universe reviewed Jon Black’s short story “Bel Nemeton” in a recent episode while also discussing the story’s upcoming novel-length treatment. The episode features author and award-winning curator Nicole Petit being interviewed by M.H. Norris and James Bojaciuk.

Calling Bel Nemeton “A fun idea” and “A very intellectual ‘Tomb Raider,’” they comment “You need to pick up the book and read this story” and “I’m curious to see what’s next.”

Listen to the podcast here. Discusson of Bel Nemeton occurs from 18:05 to 22:00.

c. 2016 Jon Black