Thursday, February 1, 2018

I've Been Bad

I've been bad. I haven't updated this blog since January of this year. Time flies when you're working and doin' the family thang, and breathing, and writing, and running around.

Also, I let certain things going on in our nation get me down, batter my spirit and make me feel like WHY I AM EVEN DOING THIS WRITING STUFF?

I have to tell you, being down and letting it get the best of you, killing your passion for life, when it is something you really can't control...that is bad and you shouldn't let the stuff you can't directly control or influence kill your creative spirit or drive for life. Keep moving forward. KEEP MOVING FORWARD.

As it's been a while since I have spoken to you, dear friend and reader, I have a few offers from my written work that have since been released for public consumption.

BULL is the second novella involving JOE CROSS: URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER. The last time we'd seen him (Running with the Devil), he and his stuffed brown bear companion Albert had been goat-roped into working for Reganshire, a very nasty little place to the west of Grand Rapids.

In BULL, you get to find out what became of the massive mutated bull that crashed and trashed the VSU campus out in Allendale in TRANSPORT. You thought it was gone. Nope. Still here.

On a salvaging mission to get some "treasure maps" of northern Michigan, Joe barely gets out of town when he runs across two Reganite troopers who want to head to the lakeshore for a new life. They want Joe to take them and are very persuasive as they do it at gun point.

Fate or luck (the bad kind) step in and decide different.


The second offering of my writing insanity is THE SAGA OF BRACCUS STRAUN. This is a epic fantasy yarn that I have been working on, and re-working, for quite some time. I finally got it all spit and polished, and it came out around Halloween of this year.

Braccus was and is a labor of love and a huge nod to the purple prose and fantasy pulp fiction I read as a kid and young adult...and still read from time to time now. It is definitely a nod towards Michael Moorcock's ELRIC character and his "living sword" STORMBRINGER. I liked the idea of a character venturing across the land with a sentient weapon at his side. Braccus Straun and his sentient whip were the result.

In this first book, we meet Braccus Straun: husband, father and town executioner. He is simply trying to provide for his family, and took the only job a lumbering gent like he could acquire. Unfortunately, he picks the wrong day to go into work as a very very powerful sorcerer, Falkair Kem, decides he's had enough of the local king butchering his people. He ensnares Brac's wife and young daughter, puts a 48-hour poison in Brac's system and sends the big man on a series of missions to acquire magical artifacts to take down the king.

Should Brac succeed in acquiring all the items Kem wants, Straun's wife and daughter will go free though Brac will still die from the poison. If Brac fails, the sorcerer promises the man will see his family butchered before his dying eyes the same way Brac butchered Falkair's associates.  

If you are looking for truly EPIC fantasy adventure, you need go no further than reading about the adventures of Braccus Straun.


Going forward, I will try and not be so bad as to let this blog stagnate.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the books mentioned (other than Michael Moorcock's LOL), I have a link here in which you can purchase directly from me and I will send you a signed copy.



BULL (Peninsulam Publishing) 
$7.99 + $2.63 shipping and handling within continental US

$11.99 + $2.63 shipping and handling within continental US

TRANSPORT (Book One) (Seventh Star Press)
$10.00 + $2.63 shipping and handling within continental US


By Grand Rapids Herald Reporter, Pink Watermink

As far as adventures in the POST post-zompoc West Michigan and along the Lake Michigan lakeshore, all the way from his hometown of Alsip, Illinois, JOE CROSS has been through quite a bit. After coming up to the Grand Rapids area, Joe worked for the Wyoming-Grandville Consortium, and then, after revealing his skills, became a member of the infamous village of Reganshire.

We caught up with Joe, his stuffed toybear traveling companion, Albert, and his vehicle called Lacey, just before leaving for Grand Rapids Proper with the daughter of Reganshire's town leader, Rebecca Regan.


WATERMINK: Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk to you.

CROSS: Buddy, you cornered me. Lucky I'm not one of the true locals, or you would've gotten your head blown up.

(Watermink Note: Reganshire isn't known to be the friendliest of places. It may have something to do with the rows of spiked heads waving along the village's fence-line perimeter. End note.)

WATERMINK: What is a URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER anyway? What do you do? Do you need special training?

CROSS: In a less glorified title, some people might call us Trash Collectors. But in this day and age, the stuff we collect can be used for building, trading ...survival. As people have migrated to walled and fenced and guarded cities and towns, there is a lot they left behind, and I am one of those that can be contacted to go outside comfortable confines and, hopefully, bring you back what you've requested or need. You don't need special training, just a good head on your shoulders, a rational (or maybe not) thinking brain inside that head, a fully gassed-up vehicle ...and a gun or ten.

WATERMINK: Do you simply collect things for other people, or for yourself also?

CROSS: I need to survive also, so often times, if I am just working for myself, I go out and "salvage" things I can take back to town and sell or trade.

WATERMINK: Besides the feral zombies still wandering the land, do you run across any other things or creatures that have tried to foil your salvaging activities?

(Watermink Note: Cross looks at me funny here. Like I ought to know something that recently transpired. End Note.)

CROSS: The zombies, really, are nothing compared to, ummm, some of the BULL I've run across out there.

(Watermink Note: Cross pauses, looking at me again like I should know something of importance or that has recently made news. End Note.)

WATERMINK: Elaborate please.

CROSS: You're from the Grand Rapids Herald? Grand Rapids?

WATERMINK: Yes, umm, well, I was stationed in Lansing until recently so...

CROSS: That explains it. Anyway, yes, there are some big ass, wild animals roaming these parts because of, what I've heard, some geneticists from the local university mucked around with diseased DNA, trying to find a cure for the Undead. I think that DNA testing statement was a lie, as what I've seen out there are ...things much more frightening than the actual Undead. So I wouldn't recommend going unescorted, say, west of Grand Rapids and Reganshire, though I may have helped take care of one of the bigger threats out there.

(Watermink Note: Cross seems to shiver uncontrollably at this last statement, and his dour look tells me he'd rather not discuss the subject further. End Note.)

WATERMINK: The latest news is that you are taking Rebecca Regan into Grand Rapids. I thought the Regans, old man Silas, and Rebecca were on the outs with the big city.

CROSS: Where did you hear this? Is it common knowledge in Grand Rapids that Regan is heading there?

(Watermink Note: Cross seems suddenly very, very nervous. End Note.)

WATERMINK: No, not common news at all outside of Reganshire. I just learned about the trip when I stepped foot in here. I take it Grand Rapids and good Mayor Honeywell don't know you are coming to visit?

CROSS: ...

WATERMINK: If there is something you need to say off record, feel free. I know the price if you get in trouble around here.

(Watermink Note: Severed heads on pikes along town perimeter. Armed Reganshire guardsmen in black uniforms. Stockades in town square. A stone's throw west into the feral wilderness. Nuff said. End Note.)

CROSS: ... Myself, personally, I think it's a bad idea to bring Rebecca Regan into the city. I don't know where her father actually left things with Grand Rapids, but, for better or for worse, I think taking his daughter in there might end up being extremely ...catastrophic.

WATERMINK: How so? Do you know her motives?

CROSS: I don't. That's why it's a bit unsettling. She's given me various reasons to take her: visiting an old boyfriend ...nasty... going after one of her mother's stolen heirlooms ...I never have heard what happened to her mother... having a meet-up with a pharmacist-of-sorts...

WATERMINK: Drug dealer? I know that goes on in the city. I heard they use some of the local undead as mules.

CROSS: Heard rumors of that.

WATERMINK: Who is going to the city with you, just yourself and Rebecca?

CROSS: The Regans never travel without their big-armed, armed thugs. Rebecca's got four giant gentlemen she plans on taking, along with her personal nurse of who I think is more CAPTIVE participant than willing assistant. 

WATERMINK: How much city opposition do you think you'll face if Rebecca goes in with hostilities?

CROSS: Oh geez. Let's see: the city police, the city militia Grand Rapids Central Command. Tanks. Armored gun vehicles. Troops with all many of weaponry.

WATERMINK: I get it. And, honestly, you're going why?

CROSS: ... (He nods towards the rotting heads waving on the pikes.) I kinda have no choice, and since Rebecca knows I'm a Salvage Engineer and can help her find those aforementioned items I mentioned earlier...

(At this point, Joe Cross looks at the toy stuffed brown bear, he says something to it that I don't think I hear correctly. "You think I ought to shut up you say, Albert? Maybe you're right." And he seems to wait for the things response. A vehicle drives past us, rumbling the ground. The bear's head wobbles back and forward a few times.)

CROSS: I think we're done with this interview. Where can I read this when it comes out?

(I look at the heads again. Those rotting, sad heads wagging on those tall poles.)

WATERMINK: I'll be in contact when the interview is published. Good luck with your excursion into Grand Rapids. I'll say hello if I see you.

CROSS: (Under his breath but just loud enough for me to hear) With Rebecca Regan with me, you may want to NOT do that.



There's a monster in Grand Rapids. The dread beast's name is Rebecca Regan, and Joe Cross can be blamed for bringing her into the big city. A vengeful spirit cannot be calmed or detoured. Joe discovers this when he ventures into Grand Rapids with Rebecca, her main body guards, and Regan's "medical attendee." Providing vague, questionable motives for entering the city, Regan's excursion quickly unravels into danger and chaos. In the midst of Grand Rapids' heavily-armed and mechanized militia, the GRPD, and a underground group of anti-zombie renegades, Joe finds there is no rest for the wary or the wicked. Joe is neck deep in it this time, and realizes, sometimes, you have to stand up, and take matters into your own hands to resolve a bad situation.

Where to get THE GIRL WHO RULED THE WORLD, the next JOE CROSS installment:

Or for a signed copy by the author (free shipping in continental US), email:

Or, February 24th 2018 (Saturday) Peter Welmerink will be at THE COMIC SIGNAL where you can pick up this book and the other Joe Cross novellas and MORE!


Monday, January 2, 2017


I write adventure.

Happy 2017 We're going to have a good year, folks, regardless of anything else you hear. You can make it great. You can.

Here's what I've done to keep MY MACHINE, myself, going forward: following a passion I've had since I was a little kid.


Writing tales of adventure.

Here's what I've done to date, as far as published and available works:
(Click on title to be brought to book store.)

Self-Published (ebook only)

One of my first short Fantasy yarns. Saw publication in a few different anthologies way back in the day. Someone said it is very "purple prosey." Yup. Okay. I painted this one in broad swipes of color and detail and emotion.

Oh, and it is FREE.

My blind Viking mercenary, Boldolf Andersson, in his first adventure. A bit of historical fiction laced with fantasy and intrigue and an ancient Lovecraftian beast from the dark ocean depths.

This was written during the time I was writing the BEDLAM UNLEASHED material with Steven Shrewsbury so I was quite submersed in Viking and ancient history lore.

This great little yarn is only 0.99 cents USD.


Below via various publishers (paperback and ebook)


Staying on the epic and fantastical, heaped in historical real lands, mixed with the supernatural, turning some Fantasy tropes on their head, I bring you BEDLAM UNLEASHED. A truly epic Viking adventure featuring Erik Bedlam and his traveling companion, Alanis Johansson.

Written with larger-than-life and the very talented Steven L. Shrewsbury, if you like your adventuring big, raw and bloody action-packed, BEDLAM is for you.

This is the first book in a series of four.

Cover by the very talented Tim Holtrop 
Editor: Scott Sandridge
Publisher: Seventh Star Press

(paperback and ebook)

Science Fiction

If you enjoy a action-packed romp with a adventure hero from the depths of space, arriving back on Earth and finding his home not quite the way he left it...STRANGE HOME is for you.

Cover: Tim Holtrop
Editor: Julie Williams-Bonner
Publisher: Peninsulam Publishing

Post-Zompocalypse Adventure

My TRANSPORT "universe" and story lines grew from a desire to write epic adventures in the very real place of my birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan. This fictional universe and characters, with some real locations peppered within, has been slapped down in a POST post-zombie apocalypse world. All the initial viral and zombie-eating-your-face insanity has come to pass and Humankind is re-building and moving forward. The Living are still here. The Undead are still here. Which group make the place a bit hellish, you can decide.

Travel with Captain Jacob Billet and crew and their 72-ton armored transport, the HURON, as they venture through West Michigan on a covert mission to bring the much-hated William Lettner back to his lake shore base of operations. The Living and Unliving dog their every step. The events outside the HURON are furious and fiery enough, however Captain Billet must maintain himself and keep his firearm from blasting what he carries within the HURON. Though Lettner doesn't realize it, he is being transported across the land by a angst-filled soldier, Billet, who knows Lettner is responsible for the horrible death of the Captain's wife and young son.

Cover: Jason C Conley
Editor: Rodney Carlstrom
Interior art: Tim Holtrop 
Publisher: Seventh Star Press

Captain Billet and crew must pursue a rogue tank commander and his 68-ton very deadly Abrams through the flooded wasteland of West Michigan. With communications down, a group of local Undead washed downstream and wanted by the city (and possible unsavory people) and Billet struggling with some form of ailment, can a Heavy Transport Vehicle with a 25mm gun survive against a Main Battle Tank with a 120mm cannon ta boot?

Heavy duty action and adventure awaits.

Cover: Jason C Conley
Editor: Rodney Carlstrom
Interior art: Tim Holtrop 
Publisher: Seventh Star Press

After a "heart attack," Captain Billet comes out a coma to find the world more upside down than when he fell prey to his ailing body. Mercenaries hired by a corrupt city official have infiltrated Grand Rapids and the city's military outfit. The said-corrupt city official has gone AWOL and run to a small town, Reganshire, governed by a tyrannical overseer and his insane and partially Undead daughter. The Grand Rapids mayor is on his way back from lake shore trade negotiations and is targeted to die. And William Lettner seemingly has come back to life to dog Billet's every step as the good captain tries to derail all of the above.

An epic conclusion to a epic series.

L. Andrew Cooper of Horrific Scribblings: "...a fascinating sign of where zombie narrative, road narrative, and narrative in general might be moving."

Cover: Jason C Conley
Editor: Scott Sandridge
Interior art: Tim Holtrop 
Publisher: Seventh Star Press

On the heels of TRANSPORT comes a stand-alone character, JOE CROSS: URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER...

Joe Cross is a Urban Salvage Engineer, a collector of items and resources from the wastelands outside barricaded cities and towns and villas in the post-zompoc lands of West Michigan. In this first story, Joe Cross and his traveling companion, the stuffed toy bear ALBERT, run afoul of Reganshire, ruled by a tyrannical overseer, Silas Regan, and his insane and partially Undead daughter, Rebecca. Joe will have to prove his worth to survive in this upside-down world and his mantra as being: the best salvager in the Midwest.

Cover: Peter Welmerink / Jordan Richardson
Interior art: Tim Holtrop
Publisher: Peninsulam Publishing

Galloping from the pages of TRANSPORT into Joe Cross's world, Joe will find himself pitted against a mechanized thug and his henchman, a Reganshire scout hellbent on finding his colleague, and a massive mutated experiment-gone-wrong of the bovine variety stomping through the wilderness...and a small group of dangerous Feral zombies ta boot.

Never a dull day for Joe and his fuzzy brown traveling companion, Albert.

Painted Cover: Russ Colter
Editor: Scott Sandridge
Interior art: Tim Holtrop
Publisher: Peninsulam Publishing

Short Adventure Stories of Horror and Intrigue 
in a fictional West Michigan

Join a young woman haunted by faces of her past, fighting a future she is no longer sure she wants to be part of in the title story: Faces in Perdition. Find out why you don't want to be out near the destroyed Valley State University genetics campus on a dark and stormy night in Revenge of the Roadkill. In a alt-history America after the Korean War find out the fate of Humankind and what rests 900 feet below Lake Michigan's surface in the haunting and powerful Signal in the Distance. Find strength and courage in a young man fighting for his city, his life and the fate of his sister and her young son as final night falls across the land in the nail-biting Final Rights.

Cover: Peter Welmerink
Editors: Various
Publisher: Peninsulam Publishing

An Anthology of Awesome Authors

The Middletown Apocalypse series is on its second book. I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to write a story for the second anthology that has some very talented authors and very awesome stories between its covers.

The premise of the anthology: the setting, events and characters are very close to being the same, but it is each author's voice and how they take the gist of the pre-prescribed tale to make the book a truly interesting and entertaining piece.


I write adventure.

And will continue to do so.

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned...there is definitely more to come. 


Peter Welmerink writes action-adventure tales, thrown into different genres: Horror, SciFi, etc. But at their heart, they are about Humankind facing some sort of hurtle, and trying to overcome it. His first collaborative novel, BEDLAM UNLEASHED, with Steven Shrewsbury, is available via Seventh Star Press in 2016. TRANSPORT is his first solo novel series, and JOE CROSS, via Peninsulam Publishing, is a standalone character from that “universe.” He’s written, and is continuing to write, high-octane adventure stories and books related to the area he lives and loves: Grand Rapids and West Michigan. He is married with a small barbarian horde of three boys.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What We Do

Writers. Authors. Artists. Illustrators. Musicians. Dancer. Etcetera.

What we do is tell a story and/or make you think. What we do is entertain you. What we do is take you out of your own world for a while, and bring you into ours. What we potentially do is inspire you to come out and work out your own story, no matter what it is.

In BEDLAM UNLEASHED. In Joe Cross's BULL. In Gorias La Gaul's BORN OF SWORDS, we take you on a  fictional trip into a world of adverse situations and people, drag our characters through it, and reveal how they come out the other end of the adventurous, chaotic tunnel.

In all circumstances, no matter how grim, these characters, like us nonfictional folk, press onward. They, like us, have to KEEP MOVING FORWARD. Fighting the good fight. Surviving. Doing what they have to do to right their world, to right themselves, to, hopefully, make the world a little brighter.

It's a tough job, both fictionally and non-fic, they, like us, must persevere.

What Steven and I do, along with associated publishers Seventh Star Press and Peninsulam Publishing, is write and try to take you, the reader, out of your world for a while, and dip you into another world and into someone else's shoes, boots or bare feet, and provide you several minutes of someone else's life adventure.

Life is an adventure.

Keep moving forward and come adventure with us.

Happy Turkey Day.

Peter Welmerink and Steven L. Shrewsbury

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Absolutely Some Cool Sh*t

I am usually very low key about tooting my own horn when it comes to my literary work, but I have to say I am very proud of these two newest West Michigan-based works.

BULL is a continuation of the JOE CROSS: URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER series started with RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL via Peninsulam Publishing.

FACES IN PERDITION is a collection of four short stories/novellas of material either published and out of print, or submitted-for-publication, almost-made-the-grade, never-before-in-print work. All the stories are locally-based, featuring a fictional future with characters fighting the good fight and sometimes winning and sometimes...not so much.


What's BULL about?
Note: You do NOT have to have read the TRANSPORT Series to enjoy this book. But I won't complain if you do. :)

Joe Cross is part of the Reganshire community during the events of TRANSPORT (Book One). He knows some bad sh*t happened to a entourage of Reganites who ventured out to the sprawling Valley State University campus where a commune of crazed geneticists had created something...not-so-good for them or the surrounding countryside...and IT got loose and stomped the bejeezuz out of everything and everybody.

The creature, a giant, mutated, undead (??) bull had been run off by a local military transport and her stalwart crew. (As seen in TRANSPORT Book One)

A year later, Joe is heading out of town on a special salvaging trip, after the events of TRANSPORT: UNCIVIL WAR. He happens across two Reganshire soldiers who are considering going AWOL. They hold Joe at gun point, tell him he WILL take them out of town, they run into another soldier--this one bloodied, torn and half-crazed--and things get chaotically amped-up from there.

Joe always enjoys being a pull-toy behind a gigantic, raging creature of POST post-apoc West Michigan.

Umm, yeah. Not so much.


What is reflected in FACES?
(See what I did there. LOL)

Four main short stories and some commentary about what and why I do (write) what I do. The four stories are:

A young woman, trying to survive in post-apoc West Michigan, starts to have issues with her current "job" with collecting and distributing drug-toting zombies. As her close peers see her potentially going soft, she gets tested in the field one final time. The odds are against her but with the eyes of past victims haunting her, she won't go down without a fight.

A far-flung future Grand Rapids is fighting for survival as the lights are going out all over the globe and dark, ferocious creatures stalk along the lines of shadows waiting to consume Humankind. A young sharpshooter, battling cancer, must rush to New Holland on the lake shore to bring his remaining sister and her son back to the city... before the ebon tide and death swallows them whole.

The crazed geneticists from Valley State University have been dumping the carcasses of their failed (and grossly successful) experiments into the Grand River valley. A small group of GRCC troops (Grand Rapids Central Command) find out first hand that sometimes you shouldn't stop to inspect the mooshed rabbit-thingie on the side of the road. Oops.

A 1950-esque, post-Korean War alt-history story. An ex-soldier comes out of his underground bunker on Grand Rapid's West Side to find what he believes to be the Chinese Red Army infiltrating his wartorn city. His path leads him out to Grand Haven, to the Lake Michigan lakeshore, where he gets to be the first living human to witness the rise of a Cthulhu-esque Old One from the 900 foot depths of the big lake.

NOTE: I don't write doom and gloom to write doom and gloom. Hell, my main goal isn't to write doom and gloom at all. I write stories of strong characters facing survival and often impossible confrontations, BUT they keep moving forward no matter the odds. It is a goal I believe in...KEEP MOVING FORWARD AGAINST ALL ODDS...and it is what I try to instill in these stories of intrigue, action and adventure.


Anyway, I am proud as hell of these two new books because, simply, they kick ass and in the style the Midwest hasn't seen or been part of...and now, they...YOU...are!

You can order the books online through Peninsulam Publishing or Amazon, or ask for them by name via your favorite bookstore. Or you can come see me and say hello and grab a copy or two at any upcoming book gig (B&N Muskegon Oct 28 6-9 and Comic Signal Nov 12 11-2).

This is exciting and cool stuff. It is.

Thanks for your time.


JOE CROSS: URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER copyright 2015-2016 Peter Welmerink
Cover art by Russ Colter
Cover art by Peter Welmerink & Peninsulam Publishing
Other illustrations by Tim Holtrop, Jason C Conley
Editing credits: Julie Bonner-Williams, Scott Sandridge, Rodney Carlstrom

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Albert the Bear from JOE CROSS Series to appear at THE COMIC SIGNAL

Albert, aka Albert PeeWee, is scheduled to appear at THE COMIC SIGNAL, August 6, Saturday, from 12pm to 4pm, with West Michigan author Peter Welmerink. 

The co-star of the Joe Cross: Urban Salvage Engineer adventures, Albert is Joe's on-the-road companion and confidante while Joe adventures in and around the post-apoc landscape of West Michigan 2025-2026 in Peninsulam Publishing's JOE CROSS Series.

Stop by and say hello to Albert. He doesn't bite, but Joe might if you try to take the bear.

Author Peter Welmerink also does not bite, and will be happy to sign any Joe Cross, TRANSPORT and/or Captain Paul Wells/Space Voyager books*

*--Books will be available onsite at THE COMIC SIGNAL the day of the event.
All books suggested for ages 15+.

The Comic Signal
4318 Plainfield Ave. 
Grand Rapids, MI 49525


Joe Cross: Running with the Devil

Kindle Ebook

Cover by: 

Interior Artwork: 
Tim Holtrop

Monday, July 25, 2016

Billet, Joe Cross and Captain Wells to respond to THE COMIC SIGNAL

August 6, 2016, from 12-4, I will be at THE COMIC SIGNAL on Plainfield--4318 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI, to be exact--signing books and talking to people about a POST post-zompoc West Michigan. 

No doom and gloom. It's all about MOVING FORWARD NO MATTER THE ROAD BLOCKS.

Will have copies of my TRANSPORT Series and JOE CROSS, and also my Lake Michigan lakeshore SciFi yarn RETURN TO STRANGE HOME featuring Space Voyager, Captain Paul Wells.

Stop by and say HELLO.

(Plus its a dang cool comic book store...and more.)