Mario Acevedo and Juniper Gossip – Ezekiel 37:23

This is Mario Acevedo drunk.

This is Mario Acevedo drunk on Jesus.


Kidding! I’m kidding.

But not really.

What’s funny, when I first approached Mario about writing a story in the world of The Juniper Wars series, he immediately had an idea and then sent me the picture above, the one with the mad pioneer with the bible in one hand and a rifle in the other. He said, and I quote, “THIS CAPTURES THE HEART OF MY STORY!”

I gulped. I nodded politely. I backed away slowly.

Actually, working with Mario was a treat. I was so impressed by his professionalism and his raw talent. Edits were a breeze because he is such an amazing writer. And earned his amazingness after decades of hard work, cheap booze, and a weekly critique group, which I so honored to be member of for years and years.

So, yeah, good writing shows in the final product, but we don’t see all the years of doubt, tears, sweat, and dead bodies.

I hoped I helped Mario’s story shine a little brighter. It really is a great piece of short fiction.

Click here for “Ezekial 37:23” by Mario Acevedo (a zip file containing the *.mobi, *.epub, and *.PDF)

Prophet Brother Othniel has given his followers an order: find women and find babies. Josheb, a hardened veteran and true believer, will discover a horrible secret that will break the bones of his world. Let the cleansing begin.




Mario Acevedo is the author of the bestselling Felix Gomez detective-vampire series, which includes Rescue From Planet Pleasure from WordFire Press. His debut novel, The Nymphos of Rocky Flats, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the best Paranormal Fantasy Novels of the Decade and was a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He contributed two stories for the award-winning horror anthology, Nightmares Unhinged, by Hex Publishers. His novel, Good Money Gone, co-authored with Richard Kilborn, won a best novel 2014 International Latino Book Award. Mario lives and writes in Denver, Colorado. Visit him at his website at

This is Mario sober.