Looking at the calendar, I’m overdue for an update on the writing scene.
In May, my third and final installment in the Crimson Pact anthology series was published. “The Third Eye” completes the tale that began with young Phideas fleeing down the Meteora.
Spoiler: In the second installment, “Body or Soul,” Phideas ultimately finds Darrius Papadas. Now, despite the efforts of said Darrius Papadas, a demon has come into the world (but I won’t tell you how; you’ll have to read Crimson Pact, Vol. 2 to find out. So much for spoilers).
His failures don’t stop there. Unable to convince the Athenian government to rally the troops, the guilt-ridden Darrius works his way home…only to face the demon again.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. As I’ve mentioned before, anthologies are a great way to explore a genre, discover other writers, and pass hours with a variety of stories.
In “The Interview,” published in March in Short Sips: Coffee House Flash Fiction Collection 2, Monica is accused of crimes she cannot recall.
Behind bars, she believes she may be crazy, perhaps suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The truth and her predicament are made clear when her cohort in crime clarifies a few points. Ah, yes, demons are involved.
Yet another demon, Iorangi, is featured in “Career Calling,” which was published last month in Big Pulp.
I love Iorangi. He has spunk. And, if you’ve every wondered why demons do what they do, he’s more than straight up explaining his career choice.
A caveat about the cover: Big Pulp does not cater specifically to the LGBT community. While the cover of Big Pulp: Summer 2012 illustrates an enclosed story, that story “The Purloined Pearl,” is not representative of the other 25 narratives and poems. Skip that story, if you’re worried. Otherwise, you might find it to be an interesting take on an Indonesian folk tale.
That covers the demon scene. I haven’t written any more tales about those supernaturals, so no more are coming down the publishing pike in the foreseeable future.
As for zombies, I’m on a roll. Brains, anyone?