For many, the United States is a land of opportunity and new beginnings – unless you happen to be ‘different’ from everyone else. Hadi Shahir is one of those people, different in more ways than one. Hadi can manipulate fire; he is ‘Evolved’. All he wants is a new life and new adventures in this land of opportunity. His dreams become endless nightmares, however, that begin with an inexplicable hate crime that leaves the young man traumatized and untrusting of the world around him. A chance encounter with a pretty face cracks that shell, showing him that not everyone in Chicago is out to get him until a rash of violent, deadly fires breaks out around the city. Suddenly, all eyes focus on Hadi when too many coincidences bring his abilities to the forefront. In a matter of moments, Hadi jumps to the top of the AEC’s most-wanted list. His quiet life as a bartender quickly turns into a tangled mess of chaos, lies, and murder that drag the entire city of Chicago down in flames with the remnants of Hadi’s ruined life.
In a quiet corner right on the edge of rural Virginia, there are things that go ‘bump’ in the night; there is a curse, whispered across campfires or in obscure online chat rooms of the black-eyed-children that seek out vengeance for wrongs done in life. The American Supernatural Research Society has come to unearth the gritty details of these restless spirits, and bring closure to several mysterious and gruesome deaths at a local theme park – – unless, of course, they become victims themselves.
Sightings of black dogs go back for centuries and are found in the folklore of many cultures from around the world. In some legends the dogs are harbingers of death, while in others they are protectors. These four short stories provide a modern take on an ancient legend.
Black Dog Asylum – There is darkness and evil in the world–more than anyone could possibly imagine. Ava fights the terrors that plague her under the guise of mental illness because she knows the real truth: knows that real evil exists and it is haunting the halls of Holy Trinity Psychiatric Hospital, reaping the souls of the innocent to feed the souls of the damned.
Begun as Victorian science Fiction, steampunk has taken on many forms over the years. The authors of Corrugated Sky translate their own ideas on the genre into these four
novellas. From crystal-hearted golums to high-Flying
dirigibles they are all racing for something.
Heart of the Matter – Imagine a world run off steam, and smoke; a world where the supernatural powers have over-ruled the nuclear ones; where science and mysticism meet in an eternal battle for supremacy. Twelve years ago, that battle came to a head, starting World War III with the total destruction of Paris, France. Now, nations are falling, armies crushed beneath the weight of giant automatons or irrevocably mutilated by the supernatural powers that are wielded as weapons of an ‘enlightened’ age. Among the horrors of war, Geiger Fallon and his twin brother, Tristan, find themselves caught up in a wild conspiracy of experimentation and sinister plots that undermine the entire cause of the war at hand. The end result will either bring them closer together or permanently tear them apart.
**Works under the author’s pen name, Noa Rose, can be found through Smashwords.