Some favorite books for autumn reading…

promopicsOutstanding titles for your consideration and enjoyment. Now that the tyranny of summer has passed, it’s time to enjoy the emerging fall season with these great reads.

Closing Doors by TA Pratt is the final installment of the wildly popular Marla Mason series. Monsters, banter, moral and physical jeopardy, jokes, thrills, and tragedies await!

It’s Halloween in Salem and there is murder in the air. Rory O’Brien’s Gallows Hill perfectly captures the character of Salem in this engaging mystery–suitable for reading any time of the year.

2050: Gods of Little Earth by Joseph Zornado is the first volume of a trilogy that sweeps across millennia and explores a possible future Earth that’s starting to get a little too close for comfort. Timely and captivating!

In Everybody Dies Tomorrow by master storyteller Matt Howarth, Detective Barry Windsor stumbles across the beginning of a zombie holocaust…or has he? Everything seemed too real to be a dream, but too unbelieveable to be real, yet there he was—surrounded by the undead. Until he wasn’t. And zombies weren’t the only threat out there. Perfect Halloween-season reading.

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Breaking In the New Intern and Moving Forward

It has admittedly been a challenging year while breaking in our new intern Jack. New titles have slowed and we’ve not made it to many events this past year. That said, however, I’m happy to announce that we have a couple of new titles arriving before the end of the year. Special titles that are going to be perfect for the upcoming holiday season. And we’re talking amongst ourselves about what’s coming out in 2018 and what events we’ll be appearing at.


Jack forgetting that our dress code requires shoes.

So if we’ve been a bit too quiet for the past year, we’re blaming it on the new intern. Yeah, that’s the ticket.*

*We’re not really blaming Jack for anything. Dear old dad and humble publisher took some time in balancing the schedule. Happy to say we’re moving forward!

Stay tuned for announcements on new titles, events, and other items of interest.



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Closing Doors – Marla Mason – Coming Soon!

Closing cover front webMarla Mason has been a runaway, an apprentice sorcerer, a magical mercenary, ruler of a city’s supernatural society, an exile, an occult detective, and a freelance monster hunter — and now, in her final adventure, she’s the god of Death, facing off against a malevolent cosmic force that threatens all life on Earth. Oh, and she has to choose a mortal consort to rule the underworld by her side, so while the planet is being threatened, she also has to go on first dates. Monsters, banter, moral and physical jeopardy, jokes, thrills, and tragedies await in the final installment of the Marla Mason series.

An absolute must-read for Marla Mason fans. Coming soon!

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The One That Got Away is right here!


The One That Got Away — a new collection by Timothy C. Lockley

We’re super-pleased to announce the latest from Timothy Lockley, his sixth collection is chock full of all of the gags, jokes, puns, and delightful drawings we have come to know and love over the years. It is now available for order–just in time for the holidays!

Check out the order page here.

And enjoy!

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Call for Submissions – Gaming Books


Do you write games or write about them? We’re interested in you.

The Merry Blacksmith Press is looking for books with a gaming theme to them–RPGs, strategy, board games, game development, and game history. This is a call for mostly non-fiction work, but this does include sourcebooks for game settings, gaming scenarios, collections of rules alternatives, and so forth. We would also be happy to consider comics with gaming themes.

We’d also be happy to consider for print publication any works that currently only exist digitally.

Please send your questions or queries to and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.



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Readercon 2016!


We’re at Readercon again this year–Quincy, Massachusetts this time with a new hotel and a larger dealers room! We’ll have two tables stocked with books just for you including our newest release, Everybody Dies Tomorrow by Matt Howarth–a zombie apocalypse tale like none you’ve ever read before.


We’ll also have other new titles that have come out since last year’s Readercon including TA Pratt’s latest Marla Mason novel Queen of Nothing, Rory O’Brien’s mystery Summerland set in Gilded Age Newport and the spiritualism fad, and Timothy C. Lockley’s latest collection It Was the Bottom of the Fifth and the Bassist Was Loaded.


We’ll see you there!

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On Bud Webster…

budWe are deeply saddened and devastated to learn of the passing of Bud Webster. Bud had been ill for a while, and had moved into hospice care, but no amount of foreknowledge really prepares one for reality.

There are a lot of people who describe Bud as both their friend and mentor, and I think the greatest gift he ever gave me was the ability to claim the same. When the Merry Blacksmith Press was trying to get off the ground in its first year, Bud took a chance on us and became one of our first authors. It was a privilege to work with him in collecting and editing Anthopology 101, Past Masters, and The Joy of Booking. We had been discussing a collection of his poetry and short stories, as well as a possible new edition of his Groff Conklin book, but those plans had to be put on hold after his illness made it too difficult to concentrate on such projects. Bud was a dedicated and generous friend. Patient and understanding. Really… he was just the best guy.

Anthopology_covI first became aware of Bud through his Bubba Pritchard stories in Analog, and then through his Anthopology column in The SFWA Bulletin. It was while working on the Bulletin that I really got to know Bud. His reputation as sf historian was well founded in his unending knowledge of every writer, every story, every collection or anthology of the field. His generosity of spirit showed itself when one year the Bulletin found itself short an editor for its annual Nebula issue. Bud stepped up and found the issue’s copy, worked over the editing and organizing, and coordinated with me and the business manager to make sure we still got our issue out on time. He was the best team player one could imagine and an inspiration for all of us.

Our world will never be the same. We can take some comfort in knowing that Bud’s words and legacy live on, but I’m still going to miss him.


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Queen of Nothing is here!

QueenOfNothing_frontNew from TA Pratt, creator of Marla Mason and author of Bride of Death and Lady of Misrule.

When a vile spirit awakens in the underworld, only sorcerer (and part-time death god) Marla Mason can save the world from devastation.

From Queen of Nothing:

She laughed. “I’m a trickster god, Rondeau. There are lots of us, waxing and waning in power, but I must say, I’m pretty ascendant these days. Coyote and Kokopelli and Loki are all still around, but they’re shaped and tethered by some old ideas. I’m the god of layoffs and winning lottery tickets, of finding your soulmate on an online dating site and getting murdered by internet trolls, of sentient algorithms and disruptive technologies. I’m the god of the singularity, the unevenly distributed future, climate change and private space flight. I’m the god of the edge, Rondeau, where everything teeters and everything bleeds.”

Now available for order!

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It Was the Bottom of the Fifth…

BottomFifth_coverO yez, o yez! A brand spanking new volume (our fifth!) of thigh-slappingly hilarious cartoons from the master of wordplay, Timothy C. Lockley! You’ve seen his work before in On Facebook… Everybody Knows You’re a Dog and When Cliches Collide.

backcoverIt Was the Bottom of the Fifth and the Bassist Was Loaded features over 300 new cartoons to enjoy, all lovingly crafted and curated. Now available just in time for the holidays.


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Summerland by Rory O’Brien now available!

Summerland_cover_frontGilded Age Newport…
Millionaires and robber barons come to spend the season in their opulent mansions while their wives throw lavish balls and gossip over afternoon tea. In 1893, the toast of the town is a spirit-medium—just returned from Europe—who now summons the departed to the marble mansions and wealthy parlors of the summer colonists. Her success attracts the attention of a retired stage magician who has made his name exposing psychic charlatans. He decides to travel to Newport to effect one last dramatic unmasking.

From Rory O’Brien, author of the highly acclaimed Gallows Hill, comes a new novel, Summerland. Now available for order.

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