Monday, November 16, 2015

Joining forces

Mr. Cernovich has an announcement:
Although Gorilla Mindset was the most successful non-fiction independent book launch of 2015, I always look for ways to move the needle. Those who have read my books know the drill:
  • Be grateful for what you have while focusing your vision of higher peaks.
  • Keep moving forward.
  • Appreciate who you are today.
  • Visualize who you can become tomorrow.
The only way to become better than you are is to work with the best.

Vox Day is a man I admired long before he knew of me. I was linking to his insightful, if controversial, blog as far back as 2009. And while he and I do not agree on everything, that is what free men say of one another. Clones are for cults.

Vox himself had a highly successful non-fiction book launch this year. SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police debuted at #1 in Political Philosophy and stayed there for 12 straight weeks, making it the successful political philosophy book launch of 2015. It may have even been more successful than Gorilla Mindset, but who cares? When you join a championship team, the rest is just details.

He followed up that success with a book he edited, 4th Generation Warfare Handbook, going straight to #1 in the Strategy category. Castalia House currently publishes five of the top 40 books in a category usually dominated by classic names like Clausewitz, Musasshi, and Sun freaking Tzu!
Read the rest of it at Danger & Play.



Blogger Rabbi B November 16, 2015 3:54 PM  

" . . . but who cares? When you join a championship team, the rest is just details."

Good people. Very, cool Vox. Congrats!!

Blogger Josh November 16, 2015 4:07 PM  

Congrats to Messrs Day and Cernovich

Blogger Dave November 16, 2015 4:10 PM  

Impressive. So CH will publish pretty much anything now; truly eclectic collection.

Blogger VD November 16, 2015 4:11 PM  

So CH will publish pretty much anything now; truly eclectic collection.

As long as it is interesting, good, and has a legitimate shot at hitting #1 in its category.

Anonymous Geoff November 16, 2015 4:17 PM  

Very good news.

Looking forward to you signing Milo next.

He's got a book in him.

And by "book" I don't mean a big black dude.

Anonymous Anonymous November 16, 2015 4:20 PM  

I've been wanting to point out for a while that the "Gorilla Mindset" was not only mainstream, it was literally fundamental to the Edgar Rice Burroughs's classic Tarzan novels which flat out caused a sensation among readers in America. A great many adventure stories of today are fairly well tame in comparison and are part and parcel to the same narrative the springs from journalists, academics, and even the pulpit.

Anonymous Anonymous November 16, 2015 4:26 PM  

I think this is an excellent move.

Anonymous Donn #0114 November 16, 2015 4:31 PM  

Damn, CH is kicking ass. Are there plans for expansion?

Anonymous Anonymous November 16, 2015 4:34 PM  

That is very cool. What a strong team up. Is mike a christian?

Blogger Student in Blue November 16, 2015 4:47 PM  

Very interesting.

I have a feeling things will explode once more when Cuckservative releases.

Blogger Azimus November 16, 2015 4:50 PM  

And while he and I do not agree on everything, that is what free men say of one another.

Civilization is built on this. It is so tiresome to hear the RINO screeds and hand-wringing whenever someone's political course varies a half-degree from the true line. Libertarians are famous for self immolation - their penchant for finding enemy agents within and purging impure blood is staggering - and the result is nothing meaningful will ever be accomplished by Libertarians.

It's refreshing to see people who may be 90% aligned get together to do big things. I know I know, it's like church growth - better 10 new people who are active and on-fire believers in Christ than 1000 pew-sitting coffee drinkers. But at the same time, that strategy has put together a long, unbroken chain of avoidable defeats. I appreciate people like Cernovich and Torgerson who see the bigger picture, even if I don't agree with them entirely on the Nicene Creed or the benefits of organized labor. I'm excited!

Blogger VD November 16, 2015 5:11 PM  

Damn, CH is kicking ass. Are there plans for expansion?

As resources permit. One step at a time. We did, however, put out our first press release today.

Blogger Alexandru November 16, 2015 5:12 PM  

I picked up Gorilla Mindset on your recommendation and enjoyed it. I will pick up this one also.

Blogger Dave November 16, 2015 5:30 PM  

Press release...gotta update CH website. Will be interesting to see reaction.

Blogger chris November 16, 2015 5:37 PM  

Well, this is going to be good. Just do not recruit any SF authors I like, Jerry Pournelle included. Because VD needs to write more, and Ringo and his merry bunch of mercenaries (run by Baen) need to write more.

That includes Kratman. I want more Patricio Carerra.

Blogger Dave W. (#0257) November 16, 2015 5:39 PM  

Nice! Looking forward to checking out his book. I can just hear the anti-GG radfems shrieking in outrage now.

Anonymous Cash November 16, 2015 6:12 PM  

This is good news. Now that CH has the PR ability of Cernovich I see great things happening, including the discovery of a new talent as of not known.

The man is all over on Twitter banging it out everyday. He gets attention in a way that makes the other guy look like an idiot, this is rare. Just look at the thing with Cuck Rogan.

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery November 16, 2015 6:27 PM  

I want more Patricio Carerra.

Seconded. There's tons of military science fiction but relatively little good mil sci-fi.

Kratman is one of the best.

While Carrera's on hiatus, one of my favourite military sci-fi writers at the moment is B.V. Larsen. He has a couple of dozen novels free on Kindle Unlimited - the STAR FORCE and UNDYING MERCENARIES series. They're not deep books, and they're not clever books. But they're fun books, packed full of nonstop action with violent space battles and evil aliens getting splattered to bits. And what more do you want?

Relatively few fantasy books catch my attention. But anything by John C. Wright is on my shut-up-and-take-my-money list.

His awesome fantasy adventure SOMEWHITHER is the best damn novel of 2015, IMO.

It's a bit like GLORY ROAD meets FLASH GORDON meets THE NIGHT LAND, with tons of adrenaline-pumping action and Wright's trademark imaginative brilliance.

SOMEWHITHER is the kind of book you'll want to share with your sons. Or your daughters, if they love thrilling tales of adventure and heroic deeds done in magnificently strange alternate worlds.

Blogger pyrrhus November 16, 2015 6:29 PM  


Blogger James Sullivan November 16, 2015 6:54 PM  

As for mil-Sci-if, I've recently gotten into the Caiphas Cain (a Flashman/Blackadder type character) novels (Warhammer 40K universe). They're a surprising amount of fun for the "grim dark" world.

I also enjoyed Rolf Nelson's The Stars Came Back quite a bit, too. I'd like to see more of those.

Blogger JaimeInTexas November 16, 2015 8:14 PM  

"It’s an honor that a man I once looked up to now views me as a peer."

This gave me a smile. Vox, are you the old sarge now?

Blogger LP999/S.I.G. Burnin' Up! November 16, 2015 8:26 PM  

Awesome, these are thrilling updates!

Blogger LP999/S.I.G. Burnin' Up! November 16, 2015 8:32 PM  

Great strategy, planning and presentation of latest news.

Blogger rumpole5 November 16, 2015 8:34 PM  

May you walk and not be weary, run and not faint!

Anonymous DC (#sqrt(-1)) November 16, 2015 9:14 PM  

May I recommend to fellow Ilk looking for good military sci-fi two series?

David VanDyke's Plague Wars (I bought them all, and the follow-on series as well). IIRC, he has a contribution for RTRH #2 also.

H. Paul Honsinger's Man of War series. Think Jack Aubrey in space, and you'll be relatively close.

Guess I'll have to pick up SJWAL and Gorilla Mindset to keep up with the cool kids, now!

Anonymous Hawk S. Rabidus November 16, 2015 11:00 PM  

Wasn't one of the complaints about the Hugos (as dominated by Tor) was that it was message fiction?

A complaint that shows how projection works. Evidenced by the fact that Castalia House will publish anything message-related.

Blogger rycamor November 16, 2015 11:18 PM  


No one complains that message writing is message writing, idiot. The complaint was about fiction that is more message than story.

Blogger Student in Blue November 16, 2015 11:24 PM  

The complaint was about fiction that is more message than story.

...and by extent that stories were winning awards because of having the *right* message, rather than having the superior story even with a distasteful message.

Blogger Jack Ward November 16, 2015 11:30 PM  

Seconds on JCW " SOMEWHITHER' Finished it a few days ago. Excellent. Now for Nowhither, whenwhither it comes out.

Blogger SciVo November 16, 2015 11:37 PM  

No, Hawk, the complaint was that it was boring. Non-fiction can be entertaining, but fiction must.

There is no good reason for boring fiction to exist, except to promote something else. For boring fiction to be given an award, it must be an award for good messages, not good stories. That simple.

Blogger Theproductofafineeduction November 16, 2015 11:42 PM  


As a libertarian what you said is all too true. I am hard pressed to find a group that is willing to let perfect be the enemy of the good.

Blogger Markku November 17, 2015 12:14 AM  

Wasn't one of the complaints about the Hugos (as dominated by Tor) was that it was message fiction?

No. It was that the message is more important than the quality of the story.

Blogger Markku November 17, 2015 12:16 AM  

In every interview I've given, they have always asked if we publish message fiction, and I have always answered that we do, in fact, publish message fiction along with non-message fiction.

Anonymous Anonymous November 17, 2015 12:20 AM  

This is excellent news! Congrats to both of you, and to the community as well! We benefit from this move too.

Anonymous Anonymous Something November 17, 2015 1:36 AM  

In case anyone's living under a rock and missed them somehow, I recommend Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife books. They're kind of like Weber's Honor Harrington series, except the political digressions are a tenth the length and the main character somehow manages to be less of a Mary Sue despite being a bona fide space princess. (I love the Honor books, but her character arc is kind of ridiculous and damn but the middle books were preachy. Also, the side series are getting out of hand--the 1632-verse is already too big to keep up with, I don't need another forty-novel world.)

Blogger rho November 17, 2015 2:26 AM  

Vox defers to Cernovich. This should be interesting.

Blogger Cee November 17, 2015 3:43 AM  


Thanks for reminding me I need to get the Caiphas Cain stuff. I'd also recommend anything else Dan Abnett's written for the Black Library; the Gaunt's Ghosts series is outstanding.

Warhammer 40k is absurd and I love it.

Anonymous Anonymous November 17, 2015 5:49 AM  

One more step on the path to World Domination for CH congrats!

On the reading front, just finished Chris Kennedy's Beyond the Shroud of the Universe which was pretty good, then stumbled into a gem of new book, TFS Ingenuity, by Tori Harris. He came up with a neat take on war-by-proxy with Earth as the pawn. Also started re-reading the Stars Came Back. Damn if I don't mind the screenplay format at all.

Blogger James Sullivan November 17, 2015 7:05 AM  


I love Abnett's stuff too. But Cain is my favorite in that crazy universe. If you haven't read Cain at all, be warned, he is nothing like Gaunt...

Anonymous Anonymous November 17, 2015 7:53 AM  

Cain is definitely my favorite in that series. In spite of himself.

Anonymous Anonymous November 17, 2015 7:54 AM  

Cain is definitely my favorite in that series. In spite of himself.

Blogger Douglas Wardell November 17, 2015 9:01 AM  

This is exciting news! Congratulations to both of you, and to all of us.

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