The Stepping Stone Cycle

The Author Has Thoughts

Ever wondered how an author comes up with his ideas? Ever wanted to know where I get my characters, or the stories behind the stories that I write? Watch my new video series, The Author Has Thoughts, a running commentary on each of the novels I've written. 

The Stepping Stone Cycle

The Stepping Stone Cycle is an episodic series of cosmic horror novellas set in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos by Gary A. Ballard, the acclaimed indie author of the cyberpunk series The Bridge Chronicles. It was released as a series of novellas, each around 30,000 words, released exclusively as eBooks. The books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Smashwords. For more information on where to get your copy, see the Buy My Books page. All six novellas have been released, starting with First Stone. Compilation volumes of all six novellas is available, The Stepping Stone Cycle: The Complete Season One in eBook and paperback versions. The first four novellas are available as audiobooks as well.

Episode 5, The Empty Reflection Beckons and Episode 6, Stepping Stone, have just been released.

The Stepping Stone Cycle series is meant to form a television series with each novella representing one episode of that series. Read More About the Series Concept here.

Latest News

For those not in the know, Amazon has been offering the authors who use their self-publishing platform Kindle Desktop Publishing (or KDP) a new sales channel known as KDP Select for the last few years. It sounds like a great deal for struggling authors like myself – more promotion on the Amazon platform, the ability …

The Experiment, or Why The Stepping Stone Cycle is an Amazon Exclusive Read More »

It’s time. I started this series in 2013 and while I never thought it would take this long to write, it’s finally done. I’ve just released all the files for the last two books and their requisite compilations to the requisite online retailers. At the latest, you should be seeing these books appear by Wednesday, …

The Final Stepping Stone Cycle Books Are On Their Way! Read More »