Blog: 2016

Skull Island Buried Treasure

In thinking about the Butcher recently—this is just something you do almost daily when you work for Privateer Press—I realized how much I had enjoyed “Not Everyone Dies” by Doug Seacat (from the No Quarter Collection II) and how easily missed it could be in the sizable collection of works on the Skull Island eXpeditions site.

Beginning at the End

I’m a big fan of author John Irving, and each time I’ve had the good fortune to hear him read, he mentions his writing process: he writes the very last line of his book FIRST. (Consider “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”) I’m now in the habit of reading that last line before I start reading the book as a whole, and I have become particularly intrigued to see what the line can tell me about what is coming.

So, in that spirit, I’d like to offer you a sneak peek at an upcoming Iron Kingdoms novel, BLACK CROWNS by Richard Lee Byers (2017; currently in editing). The next book in the Black River Irregulars series, it offers a wonderful last line that I think does the final tale a solid service:

X Marks the Spot: Here There Be Pirates…


Chris A. JacksonSo, our latest Skull Island eXpeditions book is Watery Graves by Chris A. Jackson, who has more nautical sense than Broadsides Bart and Skarre put together. (Oh, and he’s a hell of a lot more pleasant than either of them.) Chris took a little time out of his schedule to answer a few questions about the book, the writing, and the know-how that clearly defines Chris as a pirate…

By the Book: FLASHPOINT's Sequel

Aeryn Rudel

 Aeryn Rudel is an exceptionally prolific writer, and he's a core Skull Island author. His work has appeared in numerous compilations, and last year, we published his first full-length novel, Flashpoint. He's now working on the second book in the Acts of War series (tentatively titled Boiling Point and due out in mid-2017), and he's blogging about it as he writes it. Never mind how fraught with danger this is--here's your chance to see how the entire process of writing a book works, and you can do it with a much-anticipated work no less!

eXpedition: Xmas

I get asked a handful of Skull Island questions with some regularity: Where should I dive in if I’ve not read Iron Kingdoms fiction before? When will the audiobook of [INSERT BOOK NAME HERE] be available? Why are you so devilishly clever and handsome? (In truth, I also get asked, “Dude—how old are you??”)

But a pretty common one that comes up every few weeks is, “Just which books are in your actual PRINT catalog?”

Welcome Ashore to Skull Island!

 Ahoy, matey! (That's the pirate captain in me talking....)

My name is Michael G. Ryan, and I’m the director of publications for Privateer Press and publisher for Skull Island eXpeditions.  As we take our world-building fiction to new levels, I thought it was high time I created a forum where you and I can talk about  what’s happening on Caen, in western Immoren and beyond, and in the Iron Kingdoms, and most important, how we’re bringing those stories to you through Skull Island.