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Date:2006-11-01 18:30
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Did you have ghosts and ghouls on your street on Halloween? These incredible stories will extend your Halloween thrills and chills.

Here are eight… 8!... amazing stories from some of the most talented writers in our community.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm


Omniverse 2 - Curt Fernlund

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/Omniverse_2.htm

A - MUST READ!- for anyone following Curt’s work at his great site JLU:2001(http://www.carnaj.com/JLU2001/). This fantastic story is not only a tie-in to his Outsiders and Earth-2 event but also connected to the JSA by Bertram Gibbs. How about that? It’s freakin’ incredible. Not only does this issue have Curt’s characteristically gorgeous descriptions that draw you into the story, but also presents dozens of comic characters from a myriad of series that will keep you guessing.

Do you think you know comics? Know all the obscure characters? Read about Billy Zard’s (The Wizard) trek through an Inferno planescape and try to identify the people who appear along his journey. An amazing story of death and the afterlife.  


Comic Book Heroes - Bertram Gibbs

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/comic_book_heroes.htm

It was 1956… comics were 10 cents and leather jacketed greasers strutted their stuff with slicked back hair and cigarettes rolled up in their tee-shirt sleeves. Some say it was a simpler time... it was a golden era, but for three Brooklyn kids (Johnny, Angie, and Marty), it was a turning point. Their lives were being drawn closer to a fork in the road: happiness and prosperity along one path - death and misery along the other, and only three comic books from fifty years in the future are the deciding factor.

If you’ve ever read Bertram’s work, then I don’t have to tell you how great this story is… but I will. This thrilling story of tragedy, fear, and the supernatural is one that could revival Stephen King’s work. The depth of the characters and visceral terror they feel as they fight… not for their lives but for the people they love, will bring you into their world.  


The Queen of the Apocalypse - Derrick Ferguson

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/QUEEN_APOCALYPSE.htm

What can be said about the work of Derrick Ferguson? Stand back and let the master amaze you. In this Dr. Occult and Rose Psychic story, Derrick transports the reader to Halloween Night in 1935, where a crazed cult is setting its horrific plan in motion.

This story is pulp-hero at its best – from its vintage atmosphere to its snappy and clever dialogue. If you are writing pulp or ever plan to, get out your notepad because class is in session.


What happens in Nanda Parbat, stays in Nanda Parbat - Kell Carpenter

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/nanda-parbat.html

Boston Brand, Jim Corrigan, The Phantom Rider, Black Knight, Gentleman Ghost and others, travel the length of eternity and across dimensions to be at Nanda Parbat on one particular night. Their secret rendezvous guarded by none other than Doctor Strange and Doctor Fate. What could be so important? The world may never know… but you can.

In the mood for a light-hearted romp through spooksville? Then checkout this once in a lifetime chance to see what the group that no hero (or villain) ever wants join, does for leisure – The secret lives of comic book ghost characters.


Personality Clash - Stephen Crosby

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/Personality_Clash.htm

A Batman story that Crosby could NEVER write for JLU:2001 is here! Stephen Crosby brings you the essence of what Omniverse is about – awesome characters that could never cross paths before but have the chance here:

The man in black finds himself in a desperate battle of cunning with man in white – Batman and Moon Knight! 

I guarantee no one will see this ending coming. I’m dying to say more but some of you would probably hire a hitman to come after me if I spoiled it for you. Go….read it! 


Spirits - Des Davis

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/Spirits.htm

When a guy named Johnny Blaze gets himself into a jam with a hot little number named Sara Zoth, only one man can pry him loose. Taking on a demon is bad but doing it on their home turf is suicide… lucky for him, he’s already dead.

Des wrote a great story of demons and spirit possession, in a hard-boiled detective style. A classic noir story.


Trick - Bertram Gibbs

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/trick.htm

Did you see that guy? That ordinary guy, slightly over-weight, in a simple wash’n wear wizard’s robe… Looks like someone who reads the flashy tabloid front covers while he’s waiting in line at the grocery store.

He’s got a secret. He has samaritan, benefactor and all-around nice guy Frank Everett Shields, a man well loved and admired, tied-up in his basement. Why? You’ll just have to read about how the man in robe balances the scales of justice.    


Franklin
goes a Treatin' - Doug Bookey and Thomas Moses

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Halloween/halloween_tale.htm

On Halloween, little Franklin along with his two uncles, the ever lovin’ Thing and Johnny Storm, join the other ghouls on the street for a little fun.

But Halloween is more than dressing up as superheroes and getting your bag filled with candy. On this night, horrors lurk in the shadows and not even little Frankie, with two of the world’s best heroes as guardians, is safe.

 

 

These guys worked really hard to give you some wonderful stories – let them know what you think.

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Date:2006-09-04 00:12
Subject:Omniverse Update - September
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 Back and still kicking – Omniverse

 http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm


 
Invaders #2 –

By Gregory Hernandez

Plot by Gregory Hernandez

& Kim J.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/invaders/invaders_2.htm

 

Unknown to Humanity, two powerful races are locked in a deadly struggle: the Kheran (super powered aliens) and the Eternals (a hidden Elder Race of Mankind). After the assassination attempt on John Colt and a lethal ambush by the Eternals, Zealot takes a drastic step to protect the royal family.

 Namor’s romance with his Namorita takes a tragic turn that cements his hatred and mistrust of humans, which adds an unexpected enemy to both sides in the war.

 

Invaders #3 –

By Kim J.

Plot by Gregory Hernandez

& Kim J.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/invaders/invaders_3_china.htm

 With a world on the brink of war, the forces of evil strike the first blow. As Yellow Claw’s army ravages the country, Jacqueline Falsworth, the new Union Jac, must save the Human Torch and face The Mandarin in his lair.

 Meanwhile, a series of accidents leads to a chance meeting between Alan Scott and Wing How (former partner of the Crimson Avenger). However, it is an encounter that will lead to death for one and unimaginable power for the other. 

 
Omniverse is going to war – The Second World War – featuring surprise heroes and villains – hidden enemies, dragons, aliens, ghosts, vampires, and demented gods

 

You may know who won but this series will show connections you’ve never seen before

 

 

 

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Date:2006-07-15 20:29
Subject:Great news
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I've managed to get two more writers for the Halloween Anthology.  Now, you can expect stories from :

Steve Crosby
&
Mark Anderson

This is, of course, contingent on having enough time and no dramas striking between now and October.

I hope everyone drops by for a look.

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Date:2006-07-08 20:11
Subject:Omniverse Update July
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Omniverse Update for July
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Omni/update.htm

Halloween is just around the corner and plans are already in the works for our Halloween Anthology. Many of you have already been contacted but several are still on my to-do list. If I haven’t knocked on your door yet and have a story you’ve always wanted to write, contact me: kvj00@yahoo.com or kimberly.theshadow@gmail.com .
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm

Come October - expect some wonderful Halloween stories from:
Bertram Gibbs
Derrick Ferguson
Des Davies
Dino Pollard
Kim J
Chris Munn
Alex Hayden
Doug Bookey & Tom Moses
Kell Carpenter


And until then, enjoy the latest installments these great titles.

Generations #5 –1975: KNIGHTSTRIKE
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/generations/gen5.htm
By Gregory Hernandez
In the sweltering third world jungles, many secrets are hidden but not from the right person, a determined person. An old soldier, with an astounding tale to tell, meets an eager listener but what he reveals only invokes more questions. Bruce Wayne delves deeper into his father’s death and the original Batman’s final mystery.

Constantine #8 – Death of a Bastard

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/Constantine/Constantine_8.htm
By Kim J.
Delirious and weak, Constantine stumbles into China and into the jaws of the fox. But the world (and several dimensions of Hell) still turn with or without a certain chain smoking bastard from England. Elsewhere, Etrigan the Demon, a blue faced clown named Violator, and the fairy trickster Puck, set their own plans in motion against Chthon.

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Date:2006-05-28 23:51
Subject:Omniverse Update June
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Omniverse Update June

After a stressful beginning to this year, Omniverse is back on track and ready to pick up the threads of our stories and also presents a never seen before title. We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new writer to our staff, Matt Pierce. Matt has taken the possibilities presented by Omniverse to heart and created a new series:

StormWatch: Metropolis #1 Prelude
By Matt Pierce
Jack Hawksmoor senses danger; he feels it through the tread on his soles and sees it reflected in the windows of Metropolis. Unfortunately, it’s not a danger that can be warded off with a well-placed punch; in fact, that’s part of the problem. Jack summoned a man… a man who thinks around corners and at odd angles.

In this Prelude issue – Jack Hawksmoor meets The Question, Vic Sage.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/SWMetro/StormWatch_Metropolis.htm


Generations #4 – 1966: Batman and Robin
By Gregory Hernandez
In the fourth installment of this wonderful series, we finally see - Bruce Wayne as Batman. Hot on the trail of Two-Face, the Dynamic Duo stumble into a deeper mystery, one that spans decades and claimed the life of the original Batman: Thomas Wayne. In this decade of Flower Power, The Dark Knight is born.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Stories/generations/gengatefold.htm


Come by, read and enjoy these great stories. Thank you.

Kim J.
EiC - Omniverse
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm

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Date:2006-03-31 02:51
Subject:A review of Spectrum
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The Voice: A review of Spectrum #1
By Kim J.

Spectrum #1 at Revenance
By Meriades Rai

http://www.meriades.co.uk/REVSpe1.htm

Spectrum starts with a bang – figuratively and literally. In a style reminiscent of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Meri flows from one character to another as their lives intersect in a restaurant, Emilio’s. It’s clear from the first paragraph that this issue is about the people. As you read, you’ll recognize certain stereotypes and behaviors: the two brothers (the bully and the meek recipient of the other’s teasing), the buxom waitress, and the charming, flirtatious man who makes the girls smile, and yet, Meri’s skills at characterization make them into real people with distinctive personalities. You can really see the chemistry between Reiko and Paris (as an extra bonus, followers of Cougar Ridge will see elements of Suki Shiriyaki in Reiko), as well as feel the revulsion and unease they all have about the red-haired man.  

In this character-driven issue, Meri keeps the excitement level high and moves the story along by taking the reader back in time and counting-down toward the explosion at the beginning of the story; always reminding the reader of the characters’ mysterious date with destiny.

Meri used this issue to beautifully construct a foundation for his series; including numerous tantalizing threads about the characters and their situation.

What is going to explode? And why? Will they survive or will they all be merged into one strange super-being? What happened to the news crew at the beginning of the story?

5 out of 5  

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Date:2006-03-30 17:01
Subject:Omverise Update April
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This update is for the Omniverse fanfic site - a site that merges DC, Marvel, and other comicbook realities.

Omniverse Update April

Still around and kicking.

After a brief hiatus, Omniverse has returned with several great new stories.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm


Constantine #7
Music of the Spheres  Pt. 2
By Kim J.
It was an ordinary job... a simple job - deliver a mystical bauble to a group of monks. It was the kind of job John Constantine could pull off and be cooling his heel at the local pub before he'd smoked half a pack. Instead of polishing off his second pint and leering at the redhead behind the bar, John is dying. 

How can a job so simple, go so wrong?

In one word - Gods.


And we have four… yes, FOUR new Shade stories from Gregory Hernandez. Open your mind as Gregory introduces you to the jackals of Shade’s invisible war.

SHADE by Gregory Hernandez
Shade 3 - The Man who Disappeared

K’S STORY; or A Secret History of the Third World War, Part One

Meet an enigmatic man... Jozef K.  He lives under our feet but we live under his thumb.


Shade 4 - Dianalysis

K’S STORY; or A Secret History of the Third World War, Part 2

The invisible war has begun. Can you trust what you see on your TV? And can your enemy trust his?


Shade #5: New Flags In International Breezes
K’S STORY; or A Secret History of the Third World War, Part 3

Come to Islamland – fun for the whole family. (Bring your own gun)

Know your enemy. You do? Are you sure?


Shade #6: Dark Room Mysteries, Bright White Shadows


Now that Shade has seen the carrion-eaters who stalk the edges, can he find the thread that links Jozef K with League of Dada? And just what is Nick Fury’s role in all this?

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Date:2006-01-28 11:54
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Special Update

Do you like amazingly creative stories that put a fresh spin on familiar characters?

Did I hear a ‘yes’? Gregory Hernandez’s Generations series follows the career of Batman (a Batman who isn’t Bruce Wayne) over several decades adventures and shadowy government intrigue.

If you have been reading Generations, then I have a treat for you. He has expanded the story at WW2 and started a limited series, The Invaders.

The Invaders
By Gregory Hernandez
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm

Unbeknownst to the world, humanity is walking toward the most horrific and bloody chapter in history. A future that is also unknown to the few extraordinary beings that will have to do their best and sacrifice their lives to ensure survival of humanity.

All great journeys begin with a single step. For Namor, a young and foolhardy prince of a great undersea kingdom, that step was to venture farther than anyone else and reach the surface-world for the first time.

John Colt rides the through dusty New Mexico range; cars are around by now but a horse is still the best way. People say, ‘Kid Colt ain’t from around these parts’ but they have no idea just how far away from ‘these parts’ he really came. They have no idea… but someone else does. 


A Site Maintenance Message
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm

I’ve been doing some spring-cleaning and redesigned the Omniverse site. If you had a bookmark to the Writer Directory or any place other than the Main Page, it won’t work anymore.

Come by, take a look at the new arrangement and UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS.

 

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Date:2006-01-23 05:42
Subject:Permanent Changes Poll
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The Purpose of this survey is to discover people’s opinions about permanent changes to characters in fanfic. I’d like to summarize the responses in an essay. I’ll also post all responses, in their entirety, on my website.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm

If you’re an editor and have different opinions (as an editor) than you do in the role of writer, please include those as well.




Name:

Explain if you agree or disagree with the following statements. In order to avoid misunderstandings, please be as detailed as possible.


A character’s adventures take place over years and it’s unreasonable that no important or permanent changes would take place in their lives.



I’m about to begin writing a title. I have lots of ideas and I’m really excited. I feel should I be able to make major changes such as: the death of a character or changing character relationships and personalities.



When I decide to begin reading a title, I want something that’s close to the mainstream character. That’s the character I’m interested in, that’s the character I want, and not someone’s twisted impression of what the character is.



Not allowing characters to change makes them boring and stagnant.



I have the chance to take over a title I’ve always wanted to write. However, the person who had it before me made dramatic changes to the character: killed an important supporting character, killed an important villain, and destroyed the hero’s hometown. I think that writer took the character in a wrong direction.  Should I take on the title and change things back to the way I want them or try to get the same title on a different site, one without the extreme changes?




Eventually, characters and the storylines become too convoluted and distant from the source material, and I don’t recognize them anymore. I want to hit the reset button and have it start over again.



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Date:2006-01-17 16:46
Subject:Omniverse January Update
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January Update for Omniverse

Despite the recent holiday blahs and a (sick as a dog) illness, Omniverse has three new additions. One of these is also the first submission of a new writer at Omniverse – Zoltierri. Unless I’m mistaken, Omniverse the first place he has written for and we all look forward to his next story.

Omniverse's X-Men: Shadow Lives is coming along nicely, the team nearly assembled and Gregory Hernandez's Shade is quickly becoming a ‘must read’ title for anyone who takes a chance on this off-beat gem.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm

Shade #2 Eyes of lights in the Night-Time Sky
By Gregory Hernandez
The amazing mystery behind the 9/11 attack deepens. Chaos is Shade's element. He lives in it... plays with it ... is nourished by it. But this time, he isn't riding the Chaos wave - it's drowning him. He feels the presence of someone behind the screen... but who.

A must-read for anyone in NYC.

The Gladiator
By Zoltierri
Heroes are always the center of attention, but what of the demons that plague the villains?

This is a poem from Gladiator’s perspective.


X-Men: Shadow Lives
#3 – There are no Heroes
By Kim J.

Some mutants look at the big picture; they feel compelled to right the injustices of the world... Logan does not count himself among them.

The name -Scott Summers- is being whispered in back alleys and held as a beacon of hope. Unfortunately, it came to the keening hearing of the man paid to hunt him down.


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Date:2005-11-21 16:54
Subject:Omniverse Update Nov
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There are four new stories in this update, and three of them starting new story arcs. Have you been reading Gregory's work lately? You should, and give special attention to Shade, a series that is - in no way, shape, or form - average.


Constantine #6
Music of the Spheres
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Constantine/Constantine_6.htm
By Kim J.

Constantine would be the first one to admit that he lived with a target on his forehead. In part one of Music of the Spheres, Constantine finds himself under the soulless gaze of Sebastian Faust.


Shade #1
Opening Gambit
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Shade/Shade_1.htm
By Gregory Hernandez
Two towers collapsed to the ground but did it really change anything? An earthquake is tearing through the American psyche, leaving corpses in its wake but only Shade can see the connections.

A must-read for anyone in NYC.


Heroes for Hire #5
The Outsiders
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/heroes4hire/h4h_5.htm
By Gregory Hernandez
The NEW Fantastic Four return from the Positive Zone but find that things aren't kosher back at the old homestead. New groups have popped up to grab the Fantastic Four name but may get more than they bargained for … Ben Grim is back in the house.

IT'S CLOBBERIN' TIME

Challengers Of The Unknown #3
The Standard-Bearer’s Retreat
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/challengers/Challenger_3.htm
By Gregory Hernandez
For Reed Richards, life in the Positive Zone has been a Hell that broke his body and his spirit.

Waving to the crowds when you stand tall is easy, but the measure of a hero is what you do when you have nothing... when you can't even stand.

Reed starts piecing his life back together and summons the remaining heroes for Reed's Crusade.



And for those who haven’t been to Omniverse lately, don’t forget to check out our Halloween Anthology. It has great stories with some fantastic guest writers.

Halloween Anthology

Green Lantern – Subject 2814
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Green_Lantern.htm
By Mark "Puff" Anderson
It is a story with a familiar shape - Hal Jordan was a man at a certain place, at a certain time. He was chosen to bear the universe’s most powerful weapon and from that moment until the end of his days, he affected the lives of other heroes and the destiny of the Earth.
But how things seem may not be how things are, alter one element and the story takes an unthinkable turn.

Legend of Gotham
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Legend.htm
By Meriades Rai
Through back alleys and over the crumbling rooftops of Gotham, a mysterious intruder prowls the night, an unstoppable creature of legend. And Batman, Gotham’s tireless protector, must venture into the land of the dead, to save the living.

Eternal Night
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Eternal_Night.htm
By Kim J.
Radio waves… they travel unseen through the air, perhaps even through time and dimensional barriers. The ripples of some events never really end. A mysterious S.O.S. message from a missing World War 2 battleship brings two old heroes together. You never leave a man behind – it was the motto that Captain America and Green Lantern lived by but will they be able to save a time-tossed ship and her crew.

Shadows and Whispers
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Shadows_Whispers.htm
By Gregory Hernandez
Shapes take wing in a graveyard beneath dark clouds threatening rain. Evil creatures stroll the halls of power and try to remember when they were men. The dead lie unquietly and the city is rife with "Shadows And Whispers".

Some say…
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Some_say.htm
By Barry Reese
On Halloween anything can happen. On Halloween, your life can change from the ordinary to the extraordinary with one simple mistake.

Halloween Bonfire
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Halloween_Bonfire.htm
By Kim J.
Mayflower’s days of dressing up and playing hero died when the ill-fated team: Force of July – disbanded. She never liked Halloween, always full of creepy things and fake bats stuck on windows. She would always batten down the hatches and wait for Guy Fawkes’ Night, when the darkness is decorated with bonfires, firework explosions, and the smiles of people watching Guy Fawkes effigies burning. This year, nightmares haunt her dreams; something evil has crept into her hometown, draining it dry.

War of the Worlds
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/War_of_the_Worlds.htm
By Curt Fernlund
They came… descending on an unsuspecting world. Soon, good and evil were concepts we didn’t have the luxury for anymore. You live for now and try to make it to tomorrow.

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Date:2005-11-10 19:41
Subject:Writer Directory Project
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Thanks for all the encouragement and suggestions. Everyone, please check out the new setup. I’m sure I’ll still need to add or delete people or titles but the organization is what the final version will look like. Let me know if you have problems navigating the site or if I left anyone out. The directory is meant to be a guide to all active titles, so check your entry and let me know if I have a title listed for you, that you aren’t going to continue.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/test_area/WriterDirectory.htm

That’s for all your help.

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Date:2005-11-08 02:23
Subject:NOT a Review of Eternal Night by Kim J.
Security:Public

Hey all,

There's probably no one at JLU: 2001 that does not know that I am
quite fond of Kim J and the ground upon which she walks. Kim has
helped me out recently with the Editing chores at JLU, and has given
me much support and advice over the last few weeks. Most recently she
has agreed to be my Assistant Editor at JLU: 2001! Along with that
she is still the EIC over at OMNIVERSE- a GREAT site that I suggest
you check out soon, and she has recently given us a Halloween
Anthology there that ROCKS!

And guess what... she writes too!

Eternal Night is just one of two fantastic stories that she offers up
for the Omniverse Halloween Anthology. I'll get to the other in
another post, but first let me tell you about Eternal Night...

Without giving away all the secrets, it is a Ghost Story (actually set
in the Omniverse), starring Captain America and Green Lantern (Alan
Scott). Now the whole thing about omniverse that you need to know is
that somewhere along the way Marvel, DC and a few other Universes
merged to create ONE mass universe where all the characters interact.
The premise of the story, and why it works is that Cap and GL are old
friends from WW2- as they should be- and now come together some sixty
years later to investigate an old mystery. Namely, just what happened
to the USS Indiana?

Kim throws in plenty of Omniverse twists and turns throuought her
tale, bringing us a rather horrific tale of ghosts and specters locked
in an endless cycle, looking for release. She takes us through the
mystery, showing us a bit here and there, letting us put the pieces
together right up until the end, letting us finally decide what
actually happened. There is closure, but is it enough? The mystery
is solved, but are the dead satisfied?

I was quite happy reading this story, as Cap and the original GL are
two GREAT heroes and 2 favorites that I have never had a problem
envisioning being on the same team and working together. Roy Thomas
tied the whole WW2 experience in comics together both in Invaders and
All Star Squadron over a couple decades, and because of his work it is
easy to see a common bond. Kim takes that to a new level with her
story, straight forward and true. Cap and Alan are friends, they
worked together for years and come together again years later. I can
see it.

In all, Eternal Night was a nice read. A ghost story in the Halloween
vein but with enough differences that it became unique. Thus is
OMNIVERSE! Check it out...

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Eternal_Night.htm

Go...
Read...
Enjoy!

Curt F
EIC
JLU: 2001

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Date:2005-11-08 02:22
Subject:NOT a Review of Green Lantern: Subject 2814 by Mark Puff A.
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Hey all,

Continuing...

I hold a special favor for Mark Anderson. I originally saw his name
on the JLU Lists some time ago as 'Puff Doggy Daddy', and thought...
'okay'... 'Course then I saw 'Birds and Bees'.

Pure and simple, Mark is a fantastic writer with a great memory and a
spectacular take on both the Gold and Silver Ages of comics. He knows
and remembers things that I only think that I know, and brings them
into play in every story that he takes on. Case in point...

Green Lantern: Subject 2814

Mark takes the age old tale and quickly breathes life anew into it.
Hal Jordan is not a pilot anymore, but still the recipient of the
RING. And when he gets the RING, shit happens. Over in JLU we would
call this an Elseworlds Tale, but at Omniverse it is Halloween all the
way! There is suspense and horror to be seen before believed, and
again Mark finds something old and hidden to make it all work and tie
it all together.

Not wanting to give away the story again, but I truly suggest that you
read this one. There are things herein that will make the die-hard GL
fan cringe, and a story just begging to be told, and read. Here is
story-telling at its finest.

Mark Anderson is probably the most underread writer in Fanfic, but
hopefully that will change with this. Go and do yourself a favor and
read one of the best stories that I've read this year...

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Green_Lantern.htm

Go...
Read...
Enjoy!

Curt F
EIC
JLU: 2001

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Date:2005-11-08 02:20
Subject:NOT a Review of Some Say... by Barry Reese
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Short and Sweet...

And I say that in the best way. Barry Reese has concocted a fantastic
story for the Omniverse Halloween Anthology that I doubt any reader of
Fanfic will not like. It is short, but Barry gets right to the point
and to the meat and potatoes of the story without the usual preamble.
And how does he manage this?

The Swamp Thing...

Alan Moore brought this character into the limelight a few years ago
with a phenominal run that no one has yet been able to duplicate.
Granted, others have tried, but IMHO none have succeeded. That's not
to say that there have not been good stories since, and the Moore run
DID bring us John Constantine, and for that alone it is noteworthy.

Barry Reese obviously noticed all of this as he brings us a tale that
is not quite a Halloween story per se, as we might expect it. There
are no ghosts, and the monsters are debateable, but it IS horror none
the less, so it fits into the theme.

Again, not wanting to give away the story as it should be read, I'll
try to hit on the highlights that made me sit up and take notice...

First, his handling of the Swamp Thing was superb, and was almost an
after thought in the story's theme, but brought the whole thing
together in the end. It made sense, the Avatar of the Earth defending
intrusion on his swamp and home, and Barry plays the spirit of Alec
Holland well in this. His act of retribution in the end was well
thought out and poetic with a bit of mystery as it should be. The
swamp never gives up all its secrets.

Two- or too as you choose, this story hit home as for the setting and
supporting cast. I grew up, not in the swamps, but in the lower
mountainous regions of Oregon where most of the 'cool' folk judged
their status by the size of their gun rack in the back of the pick-up
and the points on the hood-mounted antlers. Red-Neck USA is not a fun
place to be, and Barry (as I understand it he lives across the Pond-
if I'm wrong tell me) hits the mentality right on the head with a
sledge hammer. I can easily picture the waitress at the Food Hut
working 12 hour days and living on tips, and the 'Good Ole Bad-boy'
stopping in for the daily Blue-Plate Special, flirting casually and
getting a quick glance at T&A.

Which brings us to the true horror. Again, not your typical Halloween
story, there is indeed a terror here- and that is Date Rape. All too
common. All too often simply shrugged off or swept under the rug. If
the subject offends- and it should- read the story and get some
retribution Swamp Thing style.

But of course, the horror does not stop there...

It goes on, every day in every city and town...

Fantastic story Barry! Keep 'em coming!

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Some_say.htm

Go...
Read...
Enjoy!

Curt F
EIC
JLU: 2001

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Date:2005-11-08 02:18
Subject:NOT a Review of Shadows and Whispers by G. Hernandez
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Hey all,

It's been a fairly productive week for me, so having the time, here's
another bit of praise for a story I liked. Hopefully you all read the
last 'Not a Review' so I can skip the preamble for the most part.

As I said, I really enjoyed the Omniverse Halloween Anthology. A lot
of great stories came through in the Halloween vein, and Kim J- Editor
of Omniverse put them all together in a nice little package. One of
those stories was A Whisper of Vengeance (or Shadows and Whispers
apparently), by Gregory Hernandez...

You don't see Greg's name on the Lists as often as some others, which
is both good and bad. Greg is a good writer that has his own pace and
flare, and granted I would love to see more stories coming from his
direction, the time between makes each one a treat in its own right.
Case in point...

A Whisper of Vengeance is- like the last story 'NOT' reviewed, a ghost
story, but this one takes off in a totally different direction, with a
totally different theme. Not wanting to spoil the story, as you all
should go and read it, It's an origin story of sorts, and a Batman
story but from a unique perspective and with a taste for suspense and
supernatural to be savored first hand.

Greg brings us a Gotham full of corruption in a time before the Batman
became both hero and legend. He brings some old faces back to life,
and of course the season is right for that kind of thing. He presents
a dark world in need of a hero, or at least a man that might change
things- but as we find out, said man is nowhere to be seen. There is
however an alternative. It makes sense, as you read on, and the
entire story flows nicely towards the ending, and the explanations,
with a good touch of reality and horror all rolled into one.

Then too there is Greg's truly definitive style of storytelling. In
this tale he gives us a thrilling ride and ties everything in with a
few choice lyrics from Paul McCartney and from the Theme of the Crow
and it all blends with the theme of the story. It was nicely done all
the way through and simply added to the mood and scenery rather than
being a Header for the next chapter. It brings in the supernatural
again in a different way when you think about it, and leads us again
towards the ending, as it should.

And the ending is satisfying, and there is vengeance!

Once again Greg proves that he is a master at the fanfic craft of
storytelling. If you haven't read anything of his in the past, here
is a great place to start...

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Shadows_Whispers.htm

Go...
Read...
Enjoy!

Curt F
EIC
JLU: 2001

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Date:2005-11-08 02:14
Subject:NOT a Review of Legend of Gotham by Meriades Rai
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Hey all,

As I've said before I don't like to do reviews, as I'm not a reviewer
I like stuff I read, or not, or somewhere in the middle, and I make
more than enough mistakes of my own to disqualify me in judging
someone else's work. And yet, I'm an editor at a site... Go figure.

Anyway, Halloween has come and gone, but a taste yet remains over at
Omniverse. Kim J put together a nice anthology of tales contributed
by a few writers with the spirit of the season as theme. The whole
anthology was a fun read, and hopefully I'll get the time to comment
on all the stories as time permits. If not, everyone should go read
them if you haven't because all the writers did a fine job. I do have
a bit of time tonight, so...

The first story up was LEGEND of GOTHAM by Meriades Rai. Now right
off the bat you see Gotham in the title so you figure it's a story
about Batman, and it is, in a way. But too, it is so much more.

I don't want to give away the story- I DO think you should go check it
out, but Rai takes a nice twist on what could have normally been just
another ghost story. He takes the view of the main protaggonist, not
the person you might think and starts straight away to set the mood
for the piece. His descriptions of Gotham are excellent, twisting the
Dark Knight's city into an even darker place than one might imagine
with some graphic details and a bit of nasty history. Just as nice is
his description of the Batman himself, dropping hints along the way
and not the straight out head to toe detail that is the obvious out.
Lots of details throughout- just what I like!

His take on an old favorite as well was unexpected. Judging the title
I went in expecting something 'Elseworlds' like, and was happy to be
wrong. Rai took a new turn with an old story and character and
brought it a fresh approach that took me by surprise. This again goes
back to the 'first person' telling of the story, and he keeps the
momentum going right through to the end giving us bits and pieces of
the main characters past; the why and wherefore of what he does and
why he has to do it. Rai's character development was very good and I
came away satisfied by the end on that aspect.

And it all tied together too. No dangling threads, a good conclusion.
His use of antagonist (like protagonist) was a welcome surprise as
well, and I will give this one away as a tease. The Gentleman Ghost
just does not get enough play in comics or Fanfic. A truly fun
villain that Rai handles very well, giving origin and explanation in a
few sentences and even takes his villainy to another level. And like
I said, it all ties in nicely to the overall tale. A Ghost Story!

In all, I liked this story a lot. Meriades Rai presents a damn good
read, and all the better that it was the Batman. Just a preview of
things to come over at DC Omega next year? I hope so. I mentioned
elsewhere on his LJ that he would have to work hard on his Batman to
impress me after me editing Steve Crosby's at JLU all this time- not
that it's a competition or anything, but you know what?

I'm already impressed!

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/Legend.htm

Go...
Read...
Enjoy!

Curt F
EIC
JLU: 2001

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Date:2005-10-28 17:42
Subject:About Halloween Anthology
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This update was my first special event, and I think it came out really well.

Halloween Anthology

 Before I get too far, I'd like to thank all the writers who contributed stories and the people who made the attempt but got side-tracked by real life.

I got some really great stories, and I hope they had fun writing them. Given a universe of possibilities (Marvel, DC, and every comic universe), it was interesting that Batman (a normal human with a code against killing) was the character most people use to really scare the piss out of someone. I was also surprised that only two people indulged in their mass murder (destroy the world with impunity) impulses.  :)

I love Halloween but after writing and editing it for two months, I'll be glad to get back to my usual titles; although, considering that Constantine is one of my titles, I never get too far from horror.

That said - it's never too early to start planning for next year and knocking on doors, begging stories for next year.

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Date:2005-10-28 13:48
Subject:Omniverse Halloween Anthology
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Omniverse Halloween
A bloody event of carnage and global death.

Omniverse was joined by some wonderful guest writers, who lent their talents for this event. Just in time for the weekend, we have seven tales of terror to make your skin crawl and blood freeze. Snuggle up with your security blanket and make sure you aren’t alone when you read these little gems.

http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/Halloween/halloweenAnth.htm

Green Lantern – Subject 2814
By Mark “Puff” Anderson
It is a story with a familiar shape - Hal Jordan was a man at a certain place, at a certain time. He was chosen to bear the universe’s most powerful weapon and from that moment until the end of his days, he affected the lives of other heroes and the destiny of the Earth.
But how things seem may not be how things are, alter one element and the story takes an unthinkable turn.

Legend of Gotham
By Meriades Rai
Through back alleys and over the crumbling rooftops of Gotham, a mysterious intruder prowls the night, an unstoppable creature of legend. And Batman, Gotham’s tireless protector, must venture into the land of the dead, to save the living.

Eternal Night
By Kim J.
Radio waves… they travel unseen through the air, perhaps even through time and dimensional barriers. The ripples of some events never really end. A mysterious S.O.S. message from a missing World War 2 battleship brings two old heroes together. You never leave a man behind – it was the motto that Captain America and Green Lantern lived by but will they be able to save a time-tossed ship and her crew.

Shadows and Whispers
By Gregory Hernandez
Shapes take wing in a graveyard beneath dark clouds threatening rain. Evil creatures stroll the halls of power and try to remember when they were men. The dead lie unquietly and the city is rife with "Shadows And Whispers".

Some say…
By Barry Reese
On Halloween anything can happen. On Halloween, your life can change from the ordinary to the extraordinary with one simple mistake.

Halloween Bonfire
By Kim J.
Mayflower’s days of dressing up and playing hero died when the ill-fated team: Force of July – disbanded. She never liked Halloween, always full of creepy things and fake bats stuck on windows. She would always batten down the hatches and wait for Guy Fawkes’ Night, when the darkness is decorated with bonfires, firework explosions, and the smiles of people watching Guy Fawkes effigies burning. This year, nightmares haunt her dreams; something evil has crept into her hometown, draining it dry.

War of the Worlds
By Curt Fernlund
They came… descending on an unsuspecting world. Soon, good and evil were concepts we didn’t have the luxury for anymore. You live for now and try to make it to tomorrow.

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Date:2005-10-11 07:29
Subject:Writer Directory Project
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Hi Everyone,

I’m starting a project to create a directory of currently active writers.

It isn’t finished yet and I need everyone’s help. I’ve identified 17 sites that are still publishing new issues and, based on information from those sites, identified all the active writers.

Could everyone go to this page and check your entry?
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/test_area/WriterDirectory.htm

I’m not listing all the titles you’ve ever written, only the ones you’re currently writing. Likewise, if I listed a series you aren’t going to continue, please let me know. Since some of the writers aren’t on the list, could you check the entries for your friends as well?

Upcoming titles… You can send me the information to include them if it’s 99% guaranteed and they’ll be coming out before the end of the year.

The Writer Directory page is still at a preliminary stage, so don’t let it scare you. At the moment, I’m just concerned with getting as much information as possible. I’ll try to make it more presentable later on.

Please let me know if I’ve missed an active site or writer. I’d rather receive messages from 20 people about the same thing than to inadvertently leave someone out.

Some people have suggested that I include how frequently a writer publishes new issues of a title. I think it would be useful information and including it wouldn’t add much more work for me but it would depend on how much cooperation I got from the writers.

Does anyone have another suggestion?

Thanks for your help,

Kim J.
Omniverse Editor
http://www.hero-verse.net/omniverse/main_page.htm
http://www.livejournal.com/users/omniverse_fic/

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