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Sic Semper Serpent was an independent publisher dedicated to restoring pulp fiction with inclusive stories told in classic, speculative genres.

   Creative Mission  

Sic Semper Serpent Creative Mission

To revive the pulp fiction of last century with progressive stories, illustrations and art for this century.

   Company Mission   

To tell stories that are good and not bad.

Sic Semper Serpent Company Mission

   Dramatis Personae   

Sic Sempe Serpent Editor-in-Chief T. Martin Crouse

Starred as

Editor - in - Chief

The tyrannical dictator of Sic Semper Serpent

Played the role of

Content Editor

The real hero of this tale

Sic Semper Serpent Illustrator-in-Residence Jason Belden

Appeared as the

Illustrator - in - Residence

A master in the Art of the Inky Fist

Featured a real


Because someone had to do the writing around here

Sic Semper Serpent Star Autor Nathaniel Hicklin
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With appearances by our

Managing Editor

The only one who did some real work

Plus a killer


For total brand ubiquity and ultimate world domination

Sic Semper Serpent Logo Penny Dread

   About Us   

Sic Semper Serpent sprang into this world in the summer of 2012, upon the advent of our literary event Spontaneous Combustion. The idea was to adapt a classic "play-in-a-day" theater exercise for the world of books. Our surprise was that it actually worked. And what's more, some folks even had a little fun.


Plus, we met our star author, Nathaniel Hicklin.


Editor-in-Chief T. Martin Crouse had experienced the original version of Spontaneous Combustion as a Theater undergrad, and knew it could work for short stories. The literary community of Minneapolis and St. Paul drew our editor to the Land of 10,000 Writers to launch his ambitious publishing endeavor.


After arriving in Minneapolis, T. reconnected with his old friend, Michael Strand, whom had recently returned to the Midwest from the west coast. Mr. Crouse quickly remembered Michael's natural genius. T. begged Mr. Strand to join Sic Semper Serpent. Michael reluctantly agreed, and has regretted the decision ever since.

After befriending the trained illustrator Jason Belden in the fall of 2012, Sic Semper Serpent finally had full capability to carry out its true vision: the authentic revival of pulp fiction. Stories you might find in a dime store 100 years ago, made for today.

We published the online short story magazine entitled Everlasting Stories and recorded the Everlasting Stories Podcast. We published Nathaniel's magnum opus, The Adventures of Israel St. James. We sold books at countless fan fests and conventions.

Then in 2022, a decade after its formation, Sic Semper Serpent closed its doors. We are no longer an active publishing operation, but a literary legacy that lives on in the work of our amazing team of writers, editors, and illustrators.


We are no longer accepting submissions.

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