"Herald Rising" - in Mages & Magic
January 19, 2011 fictionI mentioned this earlier, but I wanted to go into more detail "about the story".
So here's the thing. The story - like so many do for me - came with an image - a cthonic golem, rampaging across the island. But it came with a problem.
But how to tell the story?
It took four tries for me to finally hit on the obvious: Tell a Lovecraftian story like a Lovecraftian story! Suddenly Allica the scribe jumped into my head, inheriting her uncle's papers and discovering the truth that no-one else had really seen. And that truth is only the tip of the iceberg.
And on top of all of that, I'm a bloody left-leaning liberal (mostly). I hate Lovecraft's racism and xenophobia. I hate the smug western european superiority throughout his works. But yet... there's something about Lovecraft's works that continue to speak to me.
So I had the challenge of writing this story while being fully aware of Lovecraft's issues... and avoiding them all. I think I did a pretty decent job of it, and I'd love to hear what you think.
You can read a sample of the book online at Smashwords, and pick up a ePub copy there, or a Kindle copy at Amazon. Perfect for that eReader you just got (or are about to get) - over six hours of reading pleasure for less than the price of coffee at Starbucks.