The Jungle is turning 20 years old, and we’re celebrating! Come back every day from February 2 through February 8 for new material!
If you’re a long-time visitor to the old version of this site (which you can find here, btw), it’s quite possible that you read one or more of the fan-fiction pieces that I posted there. If you did, I hope you enjoyed them, and if you’d like more, I’m excited to tell you that in the near future, you will be able to get it. Not just on this site, but on another jungle: Amazon.
I’ve been writing stories since I was 9 years old, a very long time ago, but it wasn’t until 2012 that I started publishing books, mostly young adult sci-fi and fantasy novels, but some side projects, too. Currently (February 2020), I’ve put out five books, and am working on a sixth:
- Dragontamer’s Daughters (published 2012; re-released 2015);
- Lost Dogs (published 2014);
- Our Wild Place (with Jungle Guide Patrick Eibel, published 2015);
- This Wasted Land (published 2018);
- Hand-Selling Books: Making Money and Winning Fans (published 2019);
- Stray Cats (to be published 2020)
Stray Cats is the pertinent book. It’s nine interconnected short stories, and one of them is based on Veda. And, of course, involves the Fighting Tigers.
Yeah, seriously. Take a look at the back cover:
The story is going to be set ahead of the current time in 40K. Other than that, I can’t tell you too much, except that it will have Fighting Tigers…and the Kurindans.
IP? What IP?
As anyone who has ever tried to write or develop any 40K fan fiction/fan art knows, the problem one swiftly runs into is Games Workshop’s very vigorous enforcement of their intellectual property (IP) rights. And I don’t blame them: they’ve worked very hard over many years to build up their brand, their milieu, and their characters. Understandably, they don’t want someone else making money off something that GW built up. I totally respect that, and I will not use any GW IP.
But the Fighting Tigers are not GW IP. Neither is Veda. Neither are the Kurindans. Neither will be anything else I’ll come up with for the story.
So, technically speaking, what you read in Stray Cats will not be a “40K” story. It will not have “Space Marines,” it will not have “boltguns,” it will not mention “the Imperium” or “the Emperor,” nor “Chaos” or “Orks,” or…. Well, you get the picture.
But what it will have are great characters, lots of action, and a tone that’s more “heroic” than “grimdark.” If you’ve liked the Fighting Tiger stories I’ve done before, you’ll like this. And one more tease: it’s a follow-up to “Traveller of Both Time and Space.”
Just Getting Started
What you’ll read in Stray Cats is just an appetizer. The next book I put out will continue that story in the first of a series of Fighting Tiger novels I have planned. I hope to have the first published in 2021, and some favorite characters will be returning. Like, say, a certain redhead….
That’s all for now. I’ll have excerpts from the story (tentatively titled, “A Sacred World”) later, as I work on Stray Cats. And, of course, we’ll continue to have 40K fiction on this site, at the very least for the batreps, which we will continue to do in narrative style. So, check back soon!
Make sure you come back tomorrow for more content as we celebrate the Jungle’s 20th birthday!
When he isn’t playing or blogging about 40K, Kenton Kilgore writes killer SF/F for young adults, and adults who are still young. This Wasted Land, his latest novel, isn’t your typical teenage love story. It’s more like: Boy meets Girl–>Evil Witch takes Boy–>Girl goes to get Boy back.
He is also the author of Lost Dogs, the story of the end of the world as seen, heard–and smelled–by a dog. His first novel was Dragontamer’s Daughters, like Little House on the Prairie…with dragons. With Patrick Eibel, he created Our Wild Place, a children’s book about the joy to be found in exploring Nature.