Tomorrow (13/1/18) will mark the release of Death Echo: Vol. 2. It contains ten stories, a mixture of fantasy, science fiction, and good old regular fiction. The cover and inside illustrations were all done by Jade Andrews.
Vol. 1 came out back in March 2017 and there was a big build up to it. This release is a quieter affair.
The first volume came in at a modest 16,000 words whereas this one is closer to 26,000 words – still well below the length of a novel – all the stories are a nice manageable length for the most part. It will be going for the same price (eBook £1.99 and paperback £3.99).
In the far future a dying man chooses to take his own life under an alien sky. A young girl sets off to find twin lights she saw fall from a mountain top and in a post-rapture town three survivors are hunting divine prey. The Echo continues.
Upon receiving awful news a young woman must return to her estranged grandmother, despite every bone in her body telling her to turn tail and run.
A man and a boy are on a strange, endless road-trip through the long arid stretches of middle America. What drives them forward? And for that matter what drives the car – the gauge has been on EMPTY for a long time now.
Falling into the Sky
Even in the far future there are illnesses that drive us to extreme measures. Oswen Shaff has lived a long life, but it is not without regrets. Under the sunset of an alien sky he is left alone with his thoughts, and copious amounts of drugs.
Nothing happens on the Hollow family farm, except one night when something DOES happen. Esmeralda is too young and headstrong to understand fear so she goes to investigate. Perhaps tonight she’ll learn how deep the shadows really are…
Everything is fine in the Holy City of Midden, according to the old Grand Leader. His people are happy and protected and the faith is strong. Admittedly he hasn’t looked outside in a long time, but why would his faithful servants lie to him?
The Last Wedding of Plas Teg
The apocalypse is here. More specifically the apocalypse is gathering around the Plas Teg stately home. Time is running out and the vicar is nowhere to be seen…
Blood for Barthmont
Tael gave up his old life in the treacherous South to protect his new life in Barthmont. Winter is approaching the mountains he patrols and it rarely travels alone. Barthmont is a pretty prize for any daring enough to try and take it.
It’s Nold’s job to raise servants into willing cattle for the Immortal Lords of the Forbidden Palace. He enjoys his job. He’s good at his job. So why does it concern him so much that one Lord seems to refuse his offerings? Why does he feel like Lord Ruine is planning something?
Perhaps it was the rapture, perhaps not. All the same the strange creatures that came from the skies on golden wings have got to go. Enter the two man kill-team of Al and Fezz, backed up by young Ben, who is about to learn that his life underground hasn’t really prepared him for the violence of top-side.
Below the Storm
When something nearly wiped out all life on Earth some humans managed to escape to an orbiting station. Generations later they want to take Earth back, but what awaits them under the strange storm that covers the planet?
I’ve had a few problems with the up-loader where certain alterations haven’t stuck. Hopefully this will all be sorted as soon as possible and it shouldn’t affect your enjoyment. Do let me know if the format has been thoroughly messed up though and I’ll do everything I can to make it right!
I’ve learnt a lot more this time around, not just about the obvious (editing and writing) but also about myself. Volume 2 was not an easy road for me. I struggled with motivation a great deal and pushed the release back a few times – Christmas happened slap bang in the middle of it too (the nerve!).
All the same I’m relieved to be at the end of it and see the fruits of all those sleepless nights. I still feel like I’m learning a lot about writing every day and it means the world to me that there are people out there willing and able to join me on this strange little literary trip.
I appreciate you all. Thank you.