Tales of the Once and Future King

Sep 26, 2017 | Writings | 0 comments

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I’m in an anthology! Go buy it!

…OK, you want more information. Fine.

Tales of the Once and Future King is a hybrid between a novel and an anthology. This anthnovology consists of the main frame story, about the new King Arthur in a post-apocalyptic future, interspersed with other Arthurian stories. One is written by yours truly, Matthew P. Schmidt.

What’s my story called? Tristan and Isolde: A Chivalric Tragedy with Giant Steampunk Battle Robots (also vampires). The name should be self-explanatory.

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