Thursday, December 20, 2007

Story & Article and ETC at Mysterical-E

My short story "And a Fall Cometh" is now available in the newest issue of MYSTERICAL-E (http://www.mystericale.com/). Mysterical-E is an online crime fiction magazine published by Joe DeMarco. It features a wide variety of crime stories, reviews and articles.

This is my third time being in the magazine. The first time was in December of 2005, when they published my story "Be My Santa Baby." (I actually wrote a sequel to that story called "Finch and Elias", which is available on AMAZON SHORTS). Then, in March of 2006, they published my story "The Meat-cutter's Wife." That is the first story featuring Dominic Bracco, who has appeared in numerous others since then -- "Rescuing Isaac" (THUGLIT) and "Dead Even" (MEDIUM OF MURDER) as a main character, but several others in a smaller role. (If you want to read the other side of the story to "The Meat-cutter's Wife," it appears in a story called "Running into Darkness," which is in the NEVER SAFE anthology).

"And a Fall Cometh" is a sequel to the story "Pride Goeth," which appeared in the anthology SEVEN BY SEVEN. "Pride Goeth" features Paul, the boxer who refused to throw a fight. His sin of Pride goes unpunished as he is able to win the fight in the round he bet he'd win...thus thwarting Dominic Bracco's plans for the match. "And a Fall Cometh" picks up afterward, chronicling his getaway.

In addition to the short story in this issue, I have an article called "Love, Resentment, and Understanding: The Citizen and the Police Officer." This article explores the dynamic between citizens and cops, as well as offering some explanations for why cops act the way they do...and a little more meandering philosophy, to boot.

So if you get a chance, go to MYSTERICAL-E and check out this issue. Then bookmark the magazine and come back every couple of months. It is published quarterly.

Another reason to check back is that beginning with the Spring 2008 issue, my quartet of SHAE AND LADDIE stories will be published, one in each issue. These four stories are told in reverse order. In other words, the first to be published ("Shae") is actually the last to occur in the timeline. Each successive story takes a step backward in the timeline. The first two to appear are narrated by Laddie, the final two by Shae.

Each of the stories is a stand alone story. It is my hope, however, that the reader will get an even deeper experience by reading all four (and in that order). If you're that reader, let me know.

My sincere thanks to Joe DeMarco at Mysterical-E for featuring my work. Not only is he a great guy, but he also hails from Philadelphia, home of my beloved Flyers. ;-)

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