My newest ebook, “Grey Scourge”, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com! Hope you all like it.
A man-killing beast terrorizes the countryside surrounding the town of Vaudain, and the local liege-lord has offered a princely sum of money to anyone who can present him with its carcass. Drawn by the chance of some hard coin in their purses, the penniless mercenaries Kozef and Ceinan join forces with an estimable wolf-catcher and begin the hunt. The creature proves, however, to be more ravenously aberrant than they ever could have thought possible – and the mystery of its origin is revealed to be darker than they ever could have imagined.
A medieval adventure novelette. 16,500 words.
My new story, “Leathern Men“, is now available for purchase at Amazon.com. It’s a medieval adventure story, the first to feature itinerant mercenaries Kozef and Ceinan, two characters who I expect to spend a lot of time with in the future. It’s a 15,000-word short story, so it’s very long as far as short stories go, being and a few thousand words shy of novella length. As always, hope you all like it.
Kozef and Ceinan – itinerant soldiers of fortune and hard-on-their-luck seekers of glory – agree to evict a band of violent thugs from a small city inn in exchange for food, drink and lodging for the night. The ruffians, however, prove to be journeymen of the Tanner’s Guild, the criminal syndicate that dominates the city of Thieudan through violence and intimidation. Kozef and Ceinan draw down the hostility of the entire guild and must fight to save not only their own hides, but also the lives of those who they first set out to help.
Alain Gomez of the Book Brouhaha short story blog gave Abomination a positive review, mentioning specifically the grey-and-grey morality of the characters and the psychological aspect of the story.
Many thanks, Alain!
My Gothic horror short story “The Playwright’s Woman” is now available for download. It’s available on Amazon (for 99 US cents) and Smashwords (for free, if you can’t afford 99 cents). Hope you all like it.
In late Victorian London, playwright Kevin Francis Darley struggles with both poor reviews and writer’s block. He begins a dalliance with the mystical spirit absinthe and meets – and falls immediately in love with – an enigmatic young woman from his homeland. She inspires and enlivens him, but the man who knows Kevin better than any other cannot help but be wary of the profound and disturbing change that he sees in his friend.
“The Playwright’s Woman”, a Gothic short story with paranormal romance elements. Yes, paranormal romance elements.
I didn’t just sit down one day and tell myself to “Write a story in a popular genre (like paranormal romance) so it will sell millions”; it really is a story I’ve been meaning to tell for quite a while now. It’s about Kevin Francis Darley, a struggling absinthe-swilling playwright in late Victorian London, and incorporates elements from Celtic folklore.
In terms of publication date, well, as per Blizzard, it’ll be ready when it’s ready. But I’m almost there, bear with me.
Put up a horror/historical fantasy short story ebook, “Abomination”, onto Amazon this week.
The link is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KJMNWO, and you can see my cover art and further details about it in the ‘Short story‘ section of this blog site. It costs 99 cents, and so far it’s only been purchased once (by me, of course) so we’ll see how I go. I’ve sent it to one book-blogger, and it’s on their to-be-reviewed list, but the actual review will probably be months away. I’m quite happy with the piece, but it is only a short story, after all, and I understand that many people will not be willing to pay $0.99 for a 3,600-word story when they can get a 99,000-word novel for the same price.
I’m well aware that I still have a lot more work to do in the way of self-promotion – specifically, actually writing and publishing more ebooks. How about that.