Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, with more than 30 million books sold, writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang, and the Mary Jo Assassin series.

His monthly magazine, Smith's Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series.

For more information about Dean's books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at

Snot-Nosed Aliens edited by Dean Wesley Smith

When you ask a bunch of professional writers to send in stories to a Pulphouse Fiction Magazine anthology called Snot-Nosed Aliens, you get a bunch of really, really strange stories. Perfect.

Known for high-quality fiction and off-the-wall stories, Pulphouse Fiction Magazine's first fully original anthology delivers both. Head-shaking laughter, biting themes, and more out-of-this-world aliens than should be allowed.

Thirteen professional writers. Thirteen wonderful stories. An original anthology impossible to put down.

"The Problematic Navigation of the Vessel Clayton Booker" by J. Steven York
"Blue-Eyed Bombshell" by Annie Reed
"Pepper Pretorious Saves the Day" by Dayle A. Dermatis
"Hero of Fire Life" by Michael Warren Lucas
"Bushtits Gone Wild" by Stephanie Writt
"Dog People" by Robert J. McCarter
"Magnitude and Insignificance" by Rob Vagle
"Let the Families Be Joined" by Joe Cron
"Knock Knock Power" by Johanna Rothman
"Ilene's Box" by Alexandra Brandt
"The Goddess Particle" by Daemon Crowe
"Two-Minute Drill" by David H. Hendrickson
"Power Chords" by Brigid Collins




Introduction by Dean Wesley Smith

Too Many Aliens

When you ask a bunch of professional writers to send in stories to a Pulphouse Fiction Magazine anthology called "Snot-Nosed Aliens," you get a bunch of really, really strange stories, which is exactly what I had been hoping to get.

And I already had four stories that I loved and wanted in this book. And the publisher of WMG Publishing had given me a strict word limit of how large this book could be.

So in come the stories. Forty-six strange and wonderful stories to be exact. Depending on length, I could buy eight or so more stories out of those forty-six. Yikes!

And all the writers were professional, so all the stories were good.

Double Yikes!

Luckily, I also had regular issues of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine I could buy stories for as well, and that helped ease the pressure some. But still, I had a lot of aliens. Way, way too many great alien stories, fun alien stories, weird alien stories.

In other words, I was a very lucky editor and I knew it. The writers had made my job difficult by sending me far too many great stories. But after a bunch of time shuffling and swearing and laughing, I managed to get this crazy project down to thirteen alien stories.

They are all original to this volume and a final reward for everyone who supported the Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Kickstarter campaign that helped us get the magazine going almost two years ago. So thank you for your support.

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine is going strong and I am having a wonderful time finding great stories for both the magazine and for fun books like this one.

I sure hope you enjoy these original stories. I sure did.

—Dean Wesley Smith, Editor
Pulphouse Fiction Magazine