Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, with more than 30 million books sold, writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres.

At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang, and the Mary Jo Assassin series.

His monthly magazine, Smith's Monthly, which consists of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and offers readers more than 70,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

During his career, Dean also wrote a couple dozen Star Trek novels, the only two original Men in Black novels, Spider-Man and X-Men novels, plus novels set in gaming and television worlds. Writing with his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch under the name Kathryn Wesley, he wrote the novel for the NBC miniseries The Tenth Kingdom and other books for Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.

He wrote novels under dozens of pen names in the worlds of comic books and movies, including novelizations of almost a dozen films, from The Final Fantasy to Steel to Rundown.

Dean also worked as a fiction editor off and on, starting at Pulphouse Publishing, then at VB Tech Journal, then Pocket Books, and now at WMG Publishing, where he and Kristine Kathryn Rusch serve as series editors for the acclaimed Fiction River anthology series.

For more information about Dean's books and ongoing projects, please visit his website at

Aliens Among Us edited by Dean Wesley Smith

Where can you find stories that serve up not only high-quality fiction, but stories also just a little off? Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, of course!

And wow do aliens bring out the "Pulphouse factor" in writers. This volume contains the best alien stories from Pulphouse in the first ten issues. It also includes a special treat: a story from Pulphouse editor Dean Wesley Smith. These alien stories just go way off the beam, and we do mean way off, so far off, the beam seems too far off to see.

So sit back and enjoy some of the best and strangest alien stories from the pages of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine.



  • "This is definitely a strong start. All the stories have a lot of life to them, and are worthwhile reading."

    – Tangent Online on Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #1




I had help with narrowing this down, I have to admit. My problem (as editor) is when I go back into the pages of the first ten issues of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine looking for a certain type of story, I glance at a story and next thing I know I am reading.

Every story. Every issue. No matter how familiar I am with the story.

So thankfully, I had Gwyneth Gibby, the Associate Publisher of WMG Publishing narrow the field for me so that it only took me a few days of reading instead of forever to find these stories among all the alien stories we have published.

Now granted, my problem is a good problem to have, liking every story I publish. But sometimes there is liking them too much to get any work done.

So, thank you, Gwyneth.

Stories in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine cover all genres, from science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and literature. And just about everything between all of those. In fact, I look for the stories that are not only high-quality fiction, great stories, but also just a little off.

Stories that don't fit, that just feel sort of different, but in a good way.

And with each issue I also try to balance the different genres as much as I can. So even though you think you might not like a mystery story because you read science fiction, in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, you might discover you really like that mystery story that follows that great science fiction story.

In fact, mixing the genres, both from story to story and often in the stories themselves, is one of the great features of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. A feature that I intend to continue as long as I can find good stories.

With this fun book, my task was to find the best stories with aliens in them in that were published in the first ten issues (from Issue Zero through Issue #9.)

And wow do aliens bring out the "Pulphouse factor" in writers. Stories just go way off the beam, and I do mean way off, so far off you often can't see the beam anymore.

And for fun, I included one of my own alien stories as well that would fit perfectly in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine pages. I just don't put my own fiction in the magazine. You get enough of me with my editing and introductions in there. But in this fun book, I just couldn't help it.

So now sit back and enjoy some of the best and strangest alien stories from the pages of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. You will never look at aliens in the same way again.

Dean Wesley Smith
Las Vegas, Nevada