Teaser Tuesday 9/18/2012: More “Ghosts: The Complete Series”

Still reading “Ghosts: The Complete Series” by Amy Cross.  At this rate, I’ll be finishing it up just in time to become eligible to borrow another book from the Kindle Lending Library.  After spending all my book money for, oh, the next year or so on car repairs last month, this is a good thing.  Long books FTW!

“Just tell me,” I say.  “Don’t say I can’t handle the truth.”

And in case you were wondering, she is not talking to Jack Nicholson.

And of course, here’s this week’s teaser from “The War of the Ravels”!

In effect, she would be using herself as the battery to power Daras-Drûm’s prison. That might work for a while, but the way everyone talked about this entity, she didn’t think she’d be able to contain it for very long; you didn’t get to be nicknamed “the death-wind” without having some kick.

Indeed, one way to get nicknamed “the death-wind” is to be a demonic entity with a group of necromantic priests as followers commanding legions of the dead; another is to be Tucker the Vizsla.  Guess which one Daras-Drûm is …

Teaser Tuesday 9/11/2012: “Ghosts: The Complete Series”

This week I’m reading “Ghosts: The Complete Series” by Amy Cross.  It’s a set of eight books—actually more like novellas—that, together, add up to about 150,000 words, or about the same length as “Shards” and “The War of the Ravels” put together.  I borrowed it for free from the Kindle lending library.  So far I like it much better than the last book I borrowed.  The premise of “Ghosts” is that God and Satan, as part of a bet with each other, erase their memories and come to a small town in Texas to try living as humans, and an angel comes to find them and bring them back where they belong — or, as the angel might put it, “Beings that would correspond to your ideas of God and Satan are in town and I, a being who would correspond to your idea of an angel, am here to retrieve them.”  Weasel words aside, it’s a quick, amusing read so far.  And now for the teaser!

“He smuggled pure adrenalin into the execution chamber, injected his own heart moments before the governor was about to give the order to kill him.  Everyone was very annoyed, as you can imagine.”

Or, as Steve Dallas once told Bill the Cat: “How would we look if we let you die in prison before we could execute you? Pretty damn silly, that’s how!”

And of course, here’s this week’s teaser from “The War of the Ravels”!

“Nobody’s doing any farmhouse-barricading,” Mercy said. “Doesn’t work in the movies, won’t work here.”

Oh dear. Barricading oneself in a farmhouse? That can only mean an impending zombie attack! Or something worse …

Random Rejection: Clocktower

Today I reached into my massive pile of rejections and pulled out a relatively boring one from Clocktower Fiction’s webzine. This one was for “Love and the Tides of Darkness”, a short story that I originally wrote specifically for an anthology called On The Eighth Day. I really liked this story and tried to sell it to a bunch of different markets, but once the year 2000 rolled around, it was pretty much obsolete.

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Random Rejection: “On The Eighth Day”

Back in the 90s, there was a lot of concern about the “Year 2000”, and this translated into a large number of film and fiction projects that dealt with the upcoming inevitable apocalypse.  One of these was an anthology called On The Eighth Day, which almost included my short story, “Love and the Tides of Darkness.”  Almost.

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