PSA: 'Stairway to Badass' Now Available in EPUB and MOBI Formats for Mercury Subscribers

Read the entirety of Stairway to Badass: The Making and Remaking of Doom 2016 on your computer, tablet, notebook, smartphone, and/or smart fridge!


Stairway to Badass: The Making and Remaking of Doom 2016, my book about the development of 2016's Doom reboot/sequel and a deep dive into the maps, weapons, and modding community for classic Doom titles, is now available in complimentary MOBI and EPUB editions for our Shacknews Mercury subscribers.

To download Stairway to Badass, you must subscribe to Shacknews Mercury. If you're not a subscriber, open your Settings and click the Mercury tab to subscribe. For $5 a month, you'll receive an ad-free browsing experience plus access to Rocket Jump and other premium content to be announced in the future.

Once you've subscribed, open Stairway to Badass on Shacknews and use the Table of Contents to browse to the Epilogue. (Only Mercury subscribers are able to read beyond the first three chapters.) At the bottom, you'll find links to MOBI and EPUB downloads. Kindle devices use MOBI files, while virtually all other devices can load EPUBs.

The quickest and easiest way to start reading Stairway to Badass on the device of your choice is to download one or both eBooks, email the file(s) to yourself, and then open the download on the device of your choice. For example, if you read Kindle books on an iPad, downloading any MOBI file should automatically open your Kindle app.

For Stairway to Badass, I interviewed Doom 2016 co-directors Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin, id Software co-founder and Doom co-creator John Romero, and various modders and speedrunners. As a reminder, Mercury subscribers can also download complimentary EPUB and MOBI editions of Rocket Jump: Quake and the Golden Age of First-Person Shooters.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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