Released in mid-November:
“Tales of Earth” is a collection of very different stories, set from the distant past to the present and a little beyond. Many genres are represented, from literary to mystery, fantasy to alternate history, satire to experimental, and more. They range in length from the micro, flash fiction, to the macro, novellas.
What are you likely to find in these tales? Well, tornadoes pop up here and there to cause mayhem. Jack the Ripper stops by a couple of times, sort of, along with other persons of ill or odd repute. One young man has a fascination with a mermaid. Another keeps a pet cockroach. Another seeks healing in the silence of a muskrat. A woman looks to the tragedies of others to find meaning in her own loss. A farmer finds his meaning in fireflies and rain. An escaped slave meets his former master. A Civil War prisoner just wants to go home. A doctor’s wife shows the power of a small act of kindness.
These are stories of odd connections: A winter storm conjures up images of the past and future, time and life. A drainage tunnel reveals the truth of domestic abuse and, ultimately, death. Snow and ice in a tropical climate. A chicken, a cannon, a tornado. Christianity and Native American religion. Christianity and old Norse mythology. A diary from the future, found in the past. Shakespeare dies early, Marlowe doesn’t. An assassination unites a divided country.
And then there’s that last story … and who in this world knows what connections are happening there?
Table of Contents:
The Hand of the Dead
Till Human Voices Wake Us
The Gaps in the Storm
Plainview, Part One: The Shoe Store
Plainview, Part Two: The Blood Cools
SATIRE (WITH TORNADOES)
Souls of the Harvest
The Things You Did Not See
In An Old Man’s Lap
HISTORICAL FANTASY / SCIENCE FICTION
In This Sign
City of the Dreadful Night
The Onely Shake-scene in a Countrey
Ne Cadant in Obscurum
In This World