Author: Ben Van Dongen

2019, Where did you Go?

Hello all you AWP friends. Did you know it’s already November? Did you also know that November is the second last month of the year? Somehow, the majority of 2019 is over and 2020 (a year so far in the future that at one time it was the setting for science fiction stories) is just over a month away.

There is one more events left in the year and its happening this month. On Saturday, November 23rd, Christian and Ben will be at the Tecumseh library with several other authors for a book signing event.

20191030_193239It was a lean middle of the year for events, but both Christian and Ben took advantage of it and got some good writing done. As for 2020, they have already started to reach out to their regular events to try and secure a spot, and they’re looking for new places to go throughout the year. But all that stuff is for next year. There’s still December to get through. With no events for that month, it’s going to be a frantic dash to get some projects competed (or farther along) before the end of the year. The deadline may be arbitrary and self enforced, but that doesn’t make it any less real.

Hope to see you at one or both of our upcoming events!

September Boss Rush!

maxresdefaultIt’s September (even if August was cooler than the heatwave we’re dealing with now). The summer slump is over. Christian and Ben are in the middle of a write-every-day, finish-every-project dash in an attempt to catch up for their slow (though better than average) summer. Christian has the excuse of his children being out of school, but the slacker Ben spent the entire season trying to figure out why he fails so spectacularly. (You can follow his journey on his weekly blog, you know, if you like. You may as well follow Christian too). (more…)

July was Uncommonly Quiet

20190626_214004Hello everyone who will read this. How are you? I’m doing alright, thanks. It’s Ben, here, from Adventure Worlds. After a hectic spring where one of our authors finished a novel (and is shopping that bad boy around) and the other (me) released the second book in his novella series, things are getting a little more quiet than we are used to. With Action Comicon being cancelled, our biggest event for the month is gone. That leaves us with more free time than we’re used to. (more…)

A May Update

20190414_095208_hdrBen here. I was successful in explaining the value of taking turns posting here each month to Christian. Really, I did that update in March and we got a bunch of views and followers out of it, and he agreed that we should have some news on here at least once a month. Thankfully, we tend to have enough going on to warrant at least a monthly update. I was going to post about The Neon Heart for this one, but Christian was nice enough to do that for me last month. (more…)

Just a Little Update

20190215_182705I’m not sure how to start this post. I’m so used to having some concrete things to say on my weekly blogs over on my personal site, but it has been nearly a year since I’ve posted here. I suppose I just want to let any visitors know that Christian and I are still kicking, doing stuff on our own websites, doing lots of stuff in out in the world. We’ve managed to keep the events page on this website updated, so continue to check out what we’re up to there. We’d love to see you at one of our readings, or at some random convention we attend. If you tell me you know us from the Adventure Worlds website, I’ll see if I can’t give you a discount. (more…)

The Thinking Machine


The Thinking Machine

The Thinking Machine, the new book from Adventure Worlds Press author Ben Van Dongen, is out now!

It’s a cyberpunk novella straight out of the 80s. Printed as a pocket paper back (at 4×6 inches) it’s a short, fun read that should take you no time and keep your pulse racing. Technically, it’s the first part of a new series of novellas, but you’ll have to wait until the fall to learn more about that.

The book page is up here and on Ben’s own page. Stay tuned there for his behind the scenes writeup coming in the near future. For now, the book is available at Anchor Coffee House on Huron Line in Windsor, and wherever Ben will be for the foreseeable future, including all our upcoming events.

The Fifth Monday Four: Ounta Part Three

Ben Van Dongen

Jagged talons and a cracked beak snapped at Aen. The old Aquillo, Lethwin, flapped his leathery wings, but they smacked the inward curving walls. Instead, the old bird screeched, sending spittle like sea spray. The dim candle went out, turning the shadowy corner into a dark void.

Jumping back, away from the grasping talons, Aen saw no more than the shine of the bird’s eyes. His skin burned from within as he fought his urge to change form, the recent rebuke from his mother fresh in his mind. Instead, he took up a defensive hunting stance he learned from his human tribe. He had no spear to keep the beast at bay, but the reflexes drilled into him on the hunt helped him dodge the swooping attacks from Lethwin.

“Mother. What do we do?” Aen stepped behind a nearby table.

“Be quiet! The old fool cannot see properly,” his mother chided. In a flash, her own eyes reflecting the meager remaining candle-light of the room, she charged at Lethwin. Ducking under a swooping wing and sidestepping a raking talon, she struck the Aquillo in the midsection.

Aen heard the huff from the old bird, a half cough, half wheeze. He could not make out her actions in the dark, but heard her call out in pain. Lethwin laughed, making Aen’s blood boil. He felt his bones ache to change. To give him the power to cut down the foe who threatened his mother. A shrill cry escaped him as he fought the desire to transform. (more…)