‘Belligerent Man & Other Absurd Stories’ Released

Frank E. Slaughter‘s debut collection of irreverently absurd stories. Featuring Belligerent Man, a satirical morality story. Punctuated by other non-linear narratives, radio plays, poetry, essays, and tall tales that are packed full of dry humor.

A free-wheeling romp through a literary jungle, blending the sacred with the profane, balancing serendipity and fate to create an unforgettable experience. Enter this deliciously disjointed world of vignettes and wild tangents—of important appointed titles, gate keepers, horses that can see the future, and pecking orders within the kingdom of man.

This book is candy for the brain, a small snack for in between meals and you’re advised to be cautious because it just might spoil your appetite.


Please note it may take up to 2 weeks for the paperbacks to reach our distributors.

‘Vile Creature’ Paperback Is Now Available

Paperback reprints of Vile Creature, the first book in H.H. Marcus‘ series: The Franz Fichte Tales, are now available. Previously this book series was only available directly from us, 84 North Publishing.

While we no longer have our store open, we have partnered with one of the biggest distribution companies out there right now. This partnership not only opens up this series to more readers but all future series and titles as well!

While we enjoyed operating our own store here on our own website, this new opportunity streamlines the purchase process for our readers. Now our paper books are in shops where you already buy our e-books.

In the future we may reopen our store but until then please enjoy the reprints and the convenience of these popular stores.


The series is now available in paperback through your favorite stores like Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other major book distributors.

Franz Fichte Tales Paperback Reprints Are Coming

We’re proud to announce that by the end of the month there will be reprints available of our flagship series, The Franz Fichte Tales!

Featuring a brand new cover for each title and a better print size. The updated covers are now available for ebook editions.

84 North Publishing and HH Marcus are proud to present the reprint editions of: Vile Creature, Call to Cairo, Banished in The Asylum, Train To Castle D’Elur, and Return to New London.

Return to New London will be available in print for the first time!

The reprint 2nd edition books will be available through major retailer networks and Amazon.



Return To New London Released

The fifth installment of the Franz Fichte Tales has released on all major ebook retailers including Amazon.

Please note: Collector’s edition print version not currently available due to paper shortages and increased costs.

Return to New London by H.H. Marcus


Franz Fichte renowned explorer, world traveler and adventurer returns in his fifth exciting tale. Franz returns home after his harrowing vacation and soon the call to return to New London becomes his destiny.

His nemesis and the cult that supports him are plotting against him and the entire world. As time runs out he finds himself in the midst of an occult conspiracy.

Paper Shortages

Due to the paper shortages we’re going to be focusing on releasing more eBooks and suspending our focus on print books. The hiatus will last until the prices normalize. Both material and shipping prices have increased steadily since 2020 and continue to rise.

Many of our suppliers are out of our specific paper stock and they have no ETA on when more will arrive. We expect to resume printing all by 2023 but will only be printing select titles in the mean time. The margins are already very low to keep our books affordable and it isn’t currently feasible to raise the cost on our ‘short reads’ series in print.

Thank you for your understanding and keeping checking for more updates as this could change in the near future.

New Covers For Franz Fichte Tales / Store Maintenance

The Franz Fichte Tales as they appear on Amazon Kindle

We are pleased to announce that the new cover illustrations for the Franz Fichte Tales by H.H. Marcus should be live on all eBook retailers.

The original limited edition pressing is now considered to be a collector’s item. The original covers which was always to bear the resemblance of the protagonist’s journal is now updated to new versions that instant appear more vibrant and eye-catching.

A new pressing of print books 1-4 will be done to prepare for the 5th installment of H. H. Marcus’ debut series.

Store Maintenance

Our direct purchase store is down for the time being. In the interim please purchase through our third party partners.

We have no ETA on when direct purchasing will resume and we want to thank everyone for their support and patience.

There are more great titles coming in the near future so stay tuned.

New Release: Train To Castle D’Elur

84 North Publishing is pleased to announce the fourth title in the Franz Fichte Tales, ‘Train To Castle D’Elur’ by H.H. Marcus. Franz returns in Book 4 for another exciting adventure!


Franz under advice of his colleagues decided to take a vacation from adventuring only to have his plans for recreation break down. He finds himself thrust into a quandary and is embroiled in a thrilling mystery full of betrayal, deceit and not everything is as it seems. Franz makes strange new allies at Castle D’Elur, a fortification with a history of legendary power and a curse.

This is another installment in 84 North Publishing’s Short Reads Series.

Announcing The Short Reads Series

84 North Publishing (84NorthPublishing.com) is pleased to present our ‘Short Reads’ series. We have found unknown authors and worked with them to produce novelettes, and episodic serials.

About The Short Reads Series

Our vanguard offerings are VILE CREATURE, CALL TO CAIRO, BANISHED TO IN THE ASYLUM by H.H. Marcus and DON’T STAY IN THE CABIN by Alex R. Frost.

VILE CREATURE begins the Franz Fichte Tales, a series about a jet-setting adventurer caught in a supernatural web of mystery and betrayal.

DON’T STAY IN THE CABIN is a horror story about a couple on a second honeymoon going on a rustic getaway in a sleepy small town. Everything is going fine, until they receive a foreboding warning that sends their vacation into turmoil.

The Short Reads series over time will feature a diverse set of fiction that is exciting to read, short in length and episodic or stand-alone in nature. The aim of the series is not only to entertain but also to provide opportunities for unknown writers that might not get their stories published otherwise.

Inspired by the pulp era and “anthology of the month” publications of old we hope this series will entertain, stimulate and entice readers while bringing more characters, settings and points of view into print. We hope to bring bite-size and classical yet modern stories to our readership in an effort to rekindle interest in fiction.

About 84 North Publishing

84 North Publishing is a small press independent publishing company. Our primary focus is on publishing a wide variety of voices and highlighting the growing list of titles in our Short Reads Series. Our Short Reads Series has grown organically from scratch based on fan response and reader feedback.

Now we invite you to experience what our series has to offer for yourself. Check out our website at 84NorthPublishing.com where you can keep up with all of our latest titles and updates. We have provided convenient links to buy all of our books and ebooks directly and at your favorite book retailer.