To Be Men

Tired of stories about men as bumbling idiots? Of fathers as incompetents? Of masculinity as “toxic”? Tired of misandry? Ready for some real masculine role models? Stories about heroes and men who do the right thing? Stories about real men? The kind that provide for their families, love their wives and children, and make sacrifices. And save the world. A collection of seventeen stories and two essays, To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity pays homage to men and masculinity. Fun. Action-packed. Thought-provoking. Whatever your tastes, you will find enjoyment in these pages. Each story embraces, in its own way, virtus—the concept of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth. The sentient Colt 1911 destined for the smelter. A courageous werewolf who embodies virtus no matter his form. The wizard raising a family in the 21st century. Sherlock Holmes’ newfound respect for women. A future untamed frontier where “women and children first” proves itself a timeless maxim. The hero who identifies as a M1A2 Abrams tank. A Vietnam War sailor defending his gay crew mate, because when bullets are flying, only what you do matters. The police chief in a noir-style world where Fae, dragons, and humans live, love, and break the law. These stories will delight and entertain you.

To Be Men from Superversive Press is available in paperback, and can be pre-ordered on Kindle before its release date on the 16th of June.


Music: Temple from combinedf with Discovery Hit by Kevin McLeod, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


Planetary: Earth

Superversive’s Planetary Anthology series dares to take us home for high adventure.

Tales of explorers, lost worlds, strange and wondrous creatures, gods & goddesses of old, miraculous inventions, aliens, bots and post humans, brought together in this anthology of discovery and daring.

Come explore the legends and chronicles of planet Earth and the space beyond in the fourth volume in the Planetary series.

Sheik of Mars

Ben Wheeler’s outstanding debut novel will released by Superversive Press on June 1st, but is now available for preorder. The first part was serialized in Astounding Frontiers magazine as “In the Seraglio of the Sheik of Mars” and was one of the most popular stories among readers and critics. Combining the lyrical qualities and atmosphere of 1001 Nights with the action and spectacle of A Princess of Mars to produce a truly unique and engaging story in the pulp tradition. You’re in for a treat with this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed editing it (as well as making the above video).


As I sank into the swamp that promises a pointless death,
My mind was so resigned to giving up my final breath
I expected to be taunted with a multitude of straws,
Or lectured on my negligence of labyrinthine laws,
But a rope was looped around me, and a sturdy pair of hands
Pulled me from my desperate plight up onto solid land.
My saviour did not stop when he had hauled me from my hole;
He took me to his palace, there renewed my very soul;
Clothed me in the purest white, cleansed my heart of sin,
Adopted me into his family, where I could begin
To walk the holy, narrow path that leads to heaven’s door,
Where I’ll join my king and friend in joy forevermore.

Seven Deadly Tales and Planetary: Mars

There has been a slew of new releases by Superversive Press recently, and more over this Easter weekend, including a collection of short stories by Frank Luke, Entitled Seven Deadly Tales, for which I did the following trailer:

The devil knows the perfect spot to offer his Faustian bargains.
Customers drift into Lou’s Bar & Grill with the usual broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams, but Lou knows what they want and how to serve it up for them…for a price.
Seven entertaining stories from Frank Luke, brought to you this Easter by Superversive Press!

Public domain images and videos from pixabay
Music, angelic forest by
Temptation by
ignition sound effect from
flame effects from footagecrate,com
Halloween spooky choir and piano crash from

Another trailer I released on my youtube channel this week was much less timely, and was two weeks after the release of the Mars Planetary Anthology.

Superversive Press’ third installment in the Planetary Anthology series, released two weeks ago, takes us to Mars.
The red planet and our closest neighbour, it has haunted our imaginations for centuries, inspiring tales of heroic deeds and courage. Mars is also the god of war and the father of fear and panic. Here are 18 tales of war and adventure set in and around the red planet.

3d models from TurboSquid and Free3d
Music: Holst’s The Planets – Mars public domain recording by USAF Heritage of America Band
Mars surface footage and imagery courtesy of NASA
Shield, explosion, smoke, shockwave, dust, spark and laser effects from
Miscellaneous images and video footage from
Cover artwork by Lee Madison
Animation, compositing, post production, video and audio editing by Ben Zwycky


The delay in releasing this video was partially due to attempting to learn and make advanced use of Blender on a tight deadline, which proved to be a very bad idea, added to the fact that my laptop was not really up to the task of rendering all those 3d scenes, so I employed two other computers to share the burden and get the thing finished. Still, the need for a dedicated rendering rig became obvious, but is not something that would appear to be a viable option for quite some time. Maybe one day promo videos of this scale could become a more regular occurrence.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day, Planetary Style

Today is Valentine’s Day, and the official launch date for the second of Superversive Press’ Planetary Anthologies, this time it’s Venus—twenty captivating stories of love, romance, the planet and the goddess (in various guises). It’s well worth a look, and not just at the video above 🙂