Sensei Russell Newquist performing the kata Bassai.
Sensei Russell Newquist performing the kata Bassai.

My name is Russell Newquist. I am a software engineer, a martial artist, an author, an editor, a businessman and a blogger.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, but I’m technically a high school dropout. I also think that everything in this paragraph is pretty close to meaningless.

I work for a really great small company in Huntsville, Alabama building really cool software.

I’m the owner and head instructor of Madison Martial Arts Academy, which I opened in 2013 less to make money and more because I just really enjoy a good martial arts workout with friends.

I’m the editor in chief of Silver Empire and also one of the published authors there. And, of course, there is this blog – and all of its predecessors.

There’s no particular reason you should trust anything I say any more than any other source. So read it, read other stuff, and think for your damn self – if our society hasn’t yet over-educated you to the point that you’ve forgotten how.

13 thoughts on “About Russell Newquist

  1. Xavier Basora says:


    Regarding your question about the book covers, I prefer D.
    The others try to be a movie poster for a book and they don’t look nice.


  2. Xavier Basora says:


    I’m an early backerfor Saint Tommy NYPD (aka Hellspawn) I’m interested in the 4 book set with the discount. How would I go about getting the 4 books?



  3. Peter Younghusband says:

    Just finished War Demons. The Amazon book page has the suggested reading order

    War Demons – The Prodigal Son, book 1
    Knight of the Changeling – The Tales of Peter Bishop, story 2
    Who’s Afraid of the Dark? – The Tales of Peter Bishop, story 1

    and this is different to the reading order that is listed on the Amazon book page for Vigil.

    War Demons – The Prodigal Son, book 1
    Spirit Cooking – The Prodigal Son, book 2 (Coming in 2018!)
    Who’s Afraid of the Dark? – The Tales of Peter Bishop 1
    Knight of the Changeling – The Tales of Peter Bishop 2

    and is Spirit Cooking going to be released? It is not on your website or Amazon.
    I will read the Tales of Peter Bishop next before Vigil.

    Great job on War Demon. Wonderful and loved it!

    Regards and thanks

    • Russell Newquist says:

      The reading order on the two short stories doesn’t really matter much, as they’re quite stand alone. Who’s Afraid of the Dark was released first but technically takes place after Knight of the Changeling, if that matters to you.

      Spirit Cooking is still in progress. It’s about half written, but coming along slowly. I’ll post later today about why.

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