I asked fellow Midnight Roost anthology contributors to share some things about themselves prior to publication and those generous enough to do so will be appearing here for the next week or so.
Each entry gives a taste of their contribution, a little about them, how to contact them, how their story came about, and definitely a link to Midnight Roost (which you should purchase because it would make each and every one of us happy.
you do want to make us happy, don’t you?
i mean, considering what we wrote, you want us to know you’re a good person, right?).
Let’s start with a Hallowe’en-themed introduction to the anthology as a whole:
The Beach is one of three of my pieces in Midnight Roost. Here’s the opening:
He found the gate. His hands remembered the twists and turns of the road and he guided his Maybach to a beach he hadn’t seen in forty years.
Moss and ivy grew over the gate’s red brick pillars, once clearly visible, striking in their elegantly manicured columns and granite-ball tops obscured by leaves and branches; its rusted black angels, their wings spread wide in flight—or warning. He never knew which—swung back from the road and into the overgrowth, the once firm hinges and hasps now slipping and twisted.
Birch and elm canopied the long twisting driveway, scrub pine marked its edges. Potholes blistered the once smooth pavement and roots broke through, scarring the surface.
He guided his Maybach at a crawl to its final destination, an animal wary in unfamiliar surroundings.
How the story came about:
The Beach is based on actual beach I discovered my first time through college. Pretty much everything in the story is based on what really happened…except killing. The killing is specific to the story. Aside from that, riding my bike, discovering the cove, seeing the mansions, even returning after successes in business (although just to see if the beach still existed, not to develop the property) are all based on actual events from my life.
I’m boring and dull. I’ve learned to live with it.
Hopefully my stories aren’t. You decide, and let me know.
More about me and my social links here.
See all Midnight Roost stories here.
For the truly adventurous, here’s me reading The Beach. Enjoy!