October 2nd, 2014

PA Comic Book Issue 1

Front Cover 2 LRThe Pact Arcanum Comic Book continues with Issue One, available now at Createspace!  https://www.createspace.com/5017679

The Kindle and Epub editions will be available Oct 31, 2014, but the Kindle version can be preordered now at Amazon.com (http://smarturl.it/PactArcanum1).

Don’t forget to pick up Issue Zero at https://www.createspace.com/4802414.

New pages of the webcomic edition will continue to be posted at http://pactarcanum.net.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

August 9th, 2014

GRL Print Book Pre-orders

grl-2014-logoTo attendees of the GRL Convention (http://gayromlit.com) in October, I am accepting discounted pre-orders (Payable by PayPal) for print books to be distributed at the conference.  The pre-order form is available here:  http://bit.ly/XRK7io.  For those wishing to be more spontaneous, I will be selling a limited number of print editions on-site, but these will be sold at list price plus local sales tax.  I look forward to seeing you there!


Arshad Ahsanuddin

July 27th, 2014

To My First-time Readers


I’ve posted about this a couple of times before, but it’s a common criticism from MMR (Male/Male Romance) readers that the story of Sunset (Pact Arcanum Book 1) isn’t romantic or sexy enough, just as SciFi readers criticize the story for having too much of a focus on romance.  The complexity of the timeline is another common complaint, and mainstream romance readers even object to the story being “too explicit” and “gratuitous” in its fade-to-black handling of gay sex.  The difficulty in writing a cross-genre story is that it does not fully conform to the narrow constraints of established genres, and so its placement in any particular genre becomes problematic.  Currently, I tell people it’s non-explicit gay paranormal space opera, and just let them make up their own minds.

Unfortunately, most of the character backstory that validates the romantic elements is in Sunrise (Book 2), because I made a conscious decision to concentrate on plot and action in Book 1, which is why Sunset starts in the middle of the story and gives some people headaches.  If I had left those elements in, the first book would have been on the order of 1000 pages long, which would have generated even more problems.  It also created the need for flashbacks in the first book to cover backstory material that was contained in the second book, which added to the complexity of the storyline.  These flashbacks are therefore largely absent from the other books in the series.

The Integrated Omnibus edition reformulates the entire series into a linear storyline, without flashbacks.  Readers who found Sunset too dry or convoluted might find that version more to their taste, if they have an interest in reading the rest of the story.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 18th, 2014

Advance Pages to Patreon

I’m going to set up a posting rhythm for my Patreon Page subscribers (http://www.patreon.com/pactarcanum).

Title Page LRI’m going to post the rough pencil images I’ve received from the artist (Jayant Mall, J Labs) on Saturday, then the final image the following week, followed by the official post on my website the week after. So that means subscribers will get two pages a week (one rough, and one finished), in addition to the official post on the Pact Arcanum website. Subscribers will only be charged for the advance finished page, however. Let’s kick the process off with the roughs for page 3 of issue 1 (pages 1 and 2 are the cover and title page), now posted to the subscription feed.

Enjoy! And tell your friends! :)


Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 16th, 2014

Webcomic New Pages

The launch of the new pages for the webcomic is scheduled for June 1st, 2014.  And there was much rejoicing.

Title Page AdFeel free to contribute on a sporadic basis through the donation button at the bottom of the pages.  If you wish to make a recurring donation, please sign up for a subscription at my Patreon page:  http://www.patreon.com/pactarcanum.  In the meantime, you can view the existing comic book pages at http://pactarcanum.com/comic-book-media.  I am looking forward to this new project.  I hope you will join me as I bring the Pact Arcanum story to a new medium.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

May 7th, 2014

Webcomic Update

So, I have been quietly moving ahead with the Pact Arcanum Webcomic, to bring the books to a new medium.

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Currently Issue Zero is online, at http://pactarcanum.com/comic-book-media/, and I expect to start posting new pages weekly of Issue One, within the next month.

This is an expensive effort, and while I plan to post weekly for free, I would welcome any donations to defray costs, either through the donations link at the bottom of each new page, or though the Patreon account I am setting up. If I reach $300 in donations, I will post an additional page the following week.  Further details will be forthcoming as we approach Launch Day.

As always, thank you for your support.



Arshad Ahsanuddin


April 12th, 2014

Zenith Giveaways

My latest book, Zenith (The Interscission Project: Book One) is available for free in a couple of venues:

Working Book Cover5aA Goodreads giveaway for 5 print copies is now running for the next two weeks at: http://bit.ly/1sQuOBF

A free ebook can be downloaded for reviewers at StoryCartel.com for the next 9 days: http://bit.ly/1lxNILN

March 31st, 2014

Zenith at Story Cartel

Working Book Cover5aFor a limited time, download a free reviewer copy of Zenith (Interscission Project #1) from StoryCartel.com!  http://bit.ly/1lxNILN




Arshad Ahsanuddin


March 15th, 2014

Nadir: Interscission Zero

Nadir (The Interscission Project: Book Zero) is live at Smashwords.  Other distributors to follow.

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This is a free short story, a companion piece to Zenith, which tells the story of Gifford, a corporate shark from future-past who stumbles upon the secret to ultimate power: the technology to travel across time and change history.


Arshad Ahsanuddin

March 12th, 2014

Zenith Now Available

The Interscission Project is officially live, with the publication of Zenith (Book One)!

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The book is available from most major electronic distributors.  The Apple iBookstore and Print-on-Demand editions are still pending.



Grounded after a rescue attempt in Earth orbit goes bad, Commander Martin Atkins of the Confederation Navy is approached by the Interscission Project, a consortium of civilian corporations on the verge of perfecting the technology to travel to another star. Despite his misgivings, the chance to get back in the pilot’s seat is too much to pass up, and he convinces his best friend and crewmate, Charles Davenport, to leave the military temporarily and join him as part of the crew of the Zenith, humanity’s first starship.

Edward Harlen is a brilliant young engineer, and a key player in the construction of the Zenith to take advantage of the untested technology of foldspace drive. But Edward has his own agenda in joining the project, and a bitterly personal score to settle with his boss, Trevor Sutton, a vendetta of which Trevor is entirely ignorant. But when Edward’s sister Stella enters the picture and manages to secure a position on the project, all of Edward’s careful plotting is upset, and she might spell the downfall not only of his plans for revenge, but of the entire Zenith mission.

The spark of attraction between Edward and Martin is a complication that Edward can’t afford, but of which he can’t let go. For Edward knows the secret at the heart of the Interscission Project, the hidden potential of the technology that in the wrong hands could become the ultimate assassin’s weapon: the ability to rewrite history, not just once, but many times. As an unseen enemy moves to destroy them, and the body count multiplies in their wake, Martin and Edward must choose whether they will allow the possibility of love to challenge their destinies, or will they instead take up arms in a war to control the most ancient and terrible power in the universe.

Time, itself.





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Arshad Ahsanuddin