Or almost Halloween. Technically it's the first day of Mabon. I was born at Mabon, which maybe accounts for some of my darker and more woeful inclinations. Call me Demeter. Or Persephone? But I'm trying to look on the lighter side lately, because sometimes the dark is just too dark. So even though I'm releasing my first zombie story in less than two weeks, it's kind of a lighter zombie story. There are even jokes. I can't say whether the jokes are funny. But they're in there. So...
Strange is a short story set in New Berlin, though it stands independent of any previous stories. It's a look at the dangers of Craigslist roommate ads, and what might happen if a workaholic chef invited a hoodie-wearing, cash-rent-paying zombie to live in his spare bedroom. It might be weird sometimes, right? Like, who gets the last piece of bacon? And is that blood on my beautiful kitchen floor? But it might also be really convenient, say in the event of a home invasion, to have a roommate with superhuman strength and an insatiable appetite for human flesh. Naturally though it would be a really stupid idea to start crushing on your dead roommate.
So, yeah, werewolves suck (you guessed it, I'm stalled on the second volume of The Hunting again), and zombies are in. Strange comes out October 3rd.
And there will probably be more zombie stories to come, because they are somewhat of an obsession of mine. I can't promise they'll all be light, because, you know, Mabon and the influence of the Dark Mother. But there will probably be more. And then maybe some vampires and/or witches. Possibly we'll go back to a werewolf or two. Eventually--eventually--there will be a return to the fey and incubi and fallen angels. Because the angels are really the point of this whole city, if I didn't keep getting so damn sidetracked.
But for now. Strange. You can buy or borrow it from Amazon October 3rd.
Meantime. Happy fall. Go harvest something.