Do you know the story of Salamongue Greymouth, Waspkeeper of Hell?

“No? I’m not surprised. His story was left out of the canon of the world religions. It taught the wrong lesson for the priests, you see. “Salamongue was a minor angel who, in the great conflagration, spoke against patience and understanding, choosing instead to condemn his rebellious brethren with fire and damnation for daring to question the divine. Not openly of course. He spoke only … Continue reading Do you know the story of Salamongue Greymouth, Waspkeeper of Hell?

Wandering the Forest of Forgetting

There isn’t a common name for the magical community—other than that cumbersome phrase, I suppose—which is unfortunate because it’s a tower on a hill. A bastion, a keep, a prison. It gets its fair share of tourists, of course, but those who stay tend to make it a lifestyle more than a hobby. It permeates their identity. The closest thing to it that I can … Continue reading Wandering the Forest of Forgetting

First taste of Bright Black

Here is the first bite of an opening scene, which follows directly after the events of the last two. The only real spoiler is that the narrators from the first four courses of the book return in the last, which is narrated by the beautiful Milan, the chef’s enigmatic familiar. Cover image by Esao Andrews “Could he really smell emotions?” Doctor Everett had walked up next … Continue reading First taste of Bright Black

Birthday Sale – My Entire Catalog is 99 Cents (or less)!

It’s my birthday this week, but you all get the gift. I’ve discounted my entire catalog. All of my books are either 99 cents or free. I’m going to keep this going only until it runs out of steam, so jump while you can! For those who prefer buying from Amazon, click here for my author page. Click here for Barnes & Noble. Click here … Continue reading Birthday Sale – My Entire Catalog is 99 Cents (or less)!

The Archaeology of Five: Origin of The Heretic Arcanum

I did not create Etude Etranger, the shaman-chef of my occult mystery THE HERETIC ARCANUM. I summoned him. All of my other characters were deliberate inventions, and they were iterative, the result of quiet, intentional reflection requiring several revisions to make right. Xana, for example, my eight-foot-tall strong woman from THE MINUS FACTION, started life as a 110-lb. teenager. Etude alone appeared fully formed through … Continue reading The Archaeology of Five: Origin of The Heretic Arcanum

Zombies, Werewolves, and One Bad Apple: How societies reflect fear

Just as chefs innovate for a repetition-weary palate, so too I try to offer today’s sophisticated readers something novel for their money. Turns out entertaining you all is hard when everything’s been done. When inspiration fails — which is most of the time (don’t wait for it) — my weapon of choice is INVERSION. I take something you know and turn it on its head. … Continue reading Zombies, Werewolves, and One Bad Apple: How societies reflect fear

Attack of the Green Vampire Worm!

it so happens that there’s no way an author can include every single bit of backstory, every tiny morsel of world-building, and still manage to tell a well-paced tale. there are always crumbs after baking and bits of batter clinging to the bowl. i sweep all that up and dump it into a “frags” file, which, if you were to attempt to read it, would … Continue reading Attack of the Green Vampire Worm!