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Monster Squad Update

I bet you thought I had totally abandoned the series, didn’t you? I mean, I did run away and pen the Hunter trilogy and readdress Caldera and I’m almost finished penning my first attempt at a political thriller with Flags of the Forgotten. I’ve also been working on some side projects that I wish I could share, but this isn’t the format for that.

But I DID go back and look at what I had started for MS9. I really didn’t like what I read and it wasn’t following my vision for the story.

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Unfortunately, where I see things going involved almost a complete re-write. But rather than getting angry, I look at what happened with MS5. I inadvertently deleted nearly 40K words (almost half the book) and couldn’t recover it. The resultant rewrite was much better and fit the narrative better. So it really wasn’t a loss. I have to force myself to look at this rewrite the same way. In the end, it will fit better and the end story will be much more complete.

So, for those few of you who are still fans of the stories, rest assured, I will be finishing off the series. I can’t tell you if it will take another four book saga to do it or if it can be done with a final novel, but it will be done.

Thanks for listening and stayed tuned for more information.


Posted by on March 16, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Contest Time!

Contest Time!

I need followers on BookBub. 

The best carrot I can think of to dangle would be an autographed copy of Sinful! Usually I limit these contests to CONUS, but I’m feeling generous. This contest will be open worldwide!

I will have a third party pull a name from a hat and the winner will be contacted for their address.

Go to and follow me.

Thank you all and good luck!

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Posted by on December 28, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Caldera Update

Well, for those of you who were expecting an October release of Caldera and the follow up stories that went with it…I’m obviously a bit late. We had a few editing issues and since I couldn’t hit the Turkey Day timeline either, we switched to the next holiday.

Caldera - Heath Stallcup

Please remember, if you’ve already read Caldera, the first two are split versions of the original. Hence the same cover art, but different colors.

Caldera 2

If you click on the pictures, you’ll be taken to Amazon where you’ll see that they’re now available for PRE-ORDER! Delivery date is set for December 26!

Caldera 3

Just the thing for those after holidays blues, or to relax a bit after all of the hoopla is done and you just don’t feel like picking up the house yet. Now you have an excuse to lounge about and READ! 😉

Caldera 4

To those of you who were hoping for a Halloween release, I can only apologize. Some things are simply outside of our control and this was one of them. However, just in time to ring in the New Year, you can join Hatcher, Candy and the rest of the survivors as they…well, no spoilers!

Merry Christmas y’all!

Remember, Rule #1…CARDIO!

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Posted by on December 10, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Feel the Heath!

Jeffrey Kosh stepped up again and whipped out the cover for Caldera 4 earlier today. As I was thanking him, he hits me with a promo image for the series with the caption, “Feel the Heath”.

I was totally impressed with the image, but the catch phrase had me laughing.
Still…why not use it! Catchy and funny, maybe it will help folks to remember.

Without further ado, here’s the promo!

Caldera Series Promo


Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Wee Bit of an Update

Wee Bit of an Update

Fall is almost upon us and with the change in weather comes a bit of a change in the lineup. Fans have enjoyed Caldera for some time now, but they kept wanting more. I’ve received tons of emails from people asking if there would be a followup to the original story or even the possibility of it becoming a series (Rosa Thomas McBroom is responsible for about 68.3% of those requests). Well, to those of you who wanted a return to the viral zombie story, good news is on the horizon.

Caldera - Heath Stallcup

Caldera  was a bit long in the tooth and it was suggested that it be split into two separate stories. Come October, it will be…and volume 3 will be joining it. And if I can stay focused long enough, volume four will be as well.  I have to admit, it’s been a bit exciting jumping back into this world. Some of the characters were sorely missed and some of the new characters you will love to hate.

As usual, Jeffrey Kosh stepped up and delivered exactly what I wanted to wrap these stories in.

Caldera 2

So far, the decided favorite is #3.

Caldera 3

Yeah, I love that blue! It gave me chills the first time I saw it, so I know he knocked that one out of the park.

Stay tuned to find out what else we can expect this Fall!

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Posted by on August 30, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Interview: Maxwell Zener

Narrator, voice actor, storyteller, whatever you prefer to call them, there is a certain magic that a human voice brings to telling a story and making you want to hear more. That’s how I know I got the right voice for a story. If I can listen to them tell me my own story and I long to hear more, then I’ve definitely chosen correctly.

Today it is my pleasure to interview Maxwell Zener. He’s the voice for the Monster Squad’s second saga and if I play my cards right, he’ll be voicing the Hunter trilogy as well.

Let’s light this candle!

MZ for ACX

So let’s start simple. Tell us a little about yourself.  Are you married? Do you have any children?

I’m an actor and live in New York City with my wife and my daughter, who as I write this is 10 years old.

 Enjoy those younger years. Believe me, it won’t be long before she’ll be 16 going on 30 and only approaches ‘dad’ with a hand out. At least…that’s my experience. Anyway…what do you do for relaxation?

Dungeons and Dragons. My daughter got into it through an afterschool club, and this re-awakened my enthusiasm. I hadn’t played since college, but I am so happy to be back into it. Storytelling, getting into a character’s head, imagination, it’s all stuff I love.

That or a glass of whiskey. But D&D is healthier.

 I’m more of a scotch guy. Or…apple pie moonshine. But you’re right. D&D probably is healthier. So, are there any recent works (books) that you admire?

Does a dramatic podcast count? I was just turned on to “Welcome to Night Vale,” which is like an H.P. Lovecraft novel told by way of Garrison Keillor. As for books, I’ll admit that most of my reading is manuscripts that I’m preparing to record – outside of that, I recently read On Killing by Dave Grossman, a nonfiction work about the psychological cost of killing, and how that has impacted soldiers throughout history. It made a lot of behavior make sense to me, and I’m always interested in that – in how people behave and why they do what they do.

Along those lines, I admire any author who not only crafts a compelling plot but who understands their characters so well that they come to life as separate individuals as you read. There’s an indie YA author I discovered (through narrating one of his novels) who is really great at that – Greg Wilkey.

 I’m always looking for good YA authors. I’ll check Greg out. Thanks for the tip.
So, who is your favorite author(s) (and is there a reason why)?

Man, that’s hard to choose. I don’t really have one standout favorite – I like authors who are able to get readers inside the experience of a character, to see the world from his or her eyes. Especially if that character is broken or flawed.

 Agreed. I have a long list of favorite authors. I couldn’t choose just one if I had to.
So tell us, why do you do what you do?

I love inhabiting characters, and telling their stories. So often we can feel all alone – but through hearing other people’s experiences brought to life we can hear echoes of our own souls in theirs. We can realize that we aren’t alone, and we can see more clearly the humanity in those around us too.

 Ooh. That’s deeper than I expected. But you make it sound simple. I might have to steal that. 😉
So what is a typical working day like for you?  

I’ll get my daughter on the school bus, drink waaaaay more coffee than is healthy while doing a crossword, and then either get behind the mic or get to work learning a script or screenplay.

 Yes! COFFEE!! Sorry. That slipped.
When and where do you work?

I have a small studio space in my home; I do my recording there. I love it – I climb in, close the door, and the rest of the world just goes away. I’m all alone with the author and the characters. Best way to spend a day.

 Nice and peaceful. What kind of research do you do for your work?

Depends on the project, but I often do a lot of researching pronunciations. I’m currently narrating a survey of monsters across many different cultures, so I’ve been diving deep into sites that catalog Native American languages.

I can only imagine how tough it might be to learn the proper way to pronounce words like that. Especially words in any foreign language. So, now I’m curious, how do you conceive your voice ideas?

Sometimes the author just tells you – if someone is said to have a gravelly voice, well I’d better not voice them like a fop from an Oscar Wilde play. But most important to me is the character’s psychology, rhythm, and attitudes. Once I figure those out, the voice usually takes care if itself.

 What are the major themes that you prefer? How long on average does it take you to narrate a book?

I especially love stories about broken people trying to do good in a complicated world.

As for time, it’ll depend on the book. A story with just two or three characters I can really get a great flow going, but when I have to keep forty-five characters straight there is a lot more pausing to consult my notes.

 Yeah…that sounds familiar. I think at one time I had nearly 60 characters in the Monster Squad series. In my own defense, I wanted to kill off a good portion of them but my missus threatens my life any time I mention it.
What do you think listeners search for in an audio book?

I know what I look for in an audiobook – I want to get carried away into the world of the story.

That makes sense. So, what is your favorite part of a book?

I’m a sucker for the reversals – for those moments when all of a sudden we realize that things have not been what they seem, or when characters reach a turning point in their lives.

 Oh yeah. Reversals or plot twists make or break a good story. They’re a lot harder to pull off than I would have thought.
What is the hardest part of narrating for you?

Sitting down and talking for three, four, five hours at a time, five or six or seven days a week is hard work, vocally and physically. I have to make sure to keep my body limber so I don’t get sore, and to keep my voice healthy. To every vocal coach I’ve ever had: thank you!!

 What is the best thing about being a narrator?

The selfish answer is “living inside all these stories” – that gives me a thrill. But the part I love best is when a listener connects to the story or to the character, and feels it resonate with their own life.

 Agreed. I get little notes from people telling me how they love a story or specific part of a story. But it’s the people who write and tell me how they can identify with a character that seems to touch me the most. Knowing that people were able to connect on a personal level…it’s beyond words.
What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?

Specters, the eighth installment of the Monster Hunter series, of course!!

I’m also working on a non-fiction book – a survey of monsters across cultures, noting the vast similarities between them and what this means about the human psyche. It’s called Monsters, naturally.

 Sounds like they could go hand in hand. I know there have been times I wish I had a ‘monster’ reference guide to follow. I think it would have made my job a lot easier.
So, tell us, where can we buy or see your work?

You can either go to Audible or you can go to

 Excellent! Everybody reading this, go and check out his sites.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Your own approval is the one that matters most.

 Wow. Best advice EVER.
So, what advice would you give to aspiring voice actors?

Study, study, study.

 Last question, what do you consider your best accomplishment?

My next one.

Nice answer. Always striving to better yourself. Well said, sir!

Okay folks, that ends the interview. Thanks for dropping by and getting to know a little about Max. Remember, keep your eyes open for more exciting audio adventures coming your way from Maxwell Zener. A true talent if ever I heard one.

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


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MS7 Obsessions on Audio

ACX just informed me that Monster Squad 7: Obsessions is now available on Amazon and ACX! Feel free to help spread the word!


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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Uncategorized


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