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Michael McClung

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in San Antonio, TX, The United States




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About this author

Michael McClung was born in San Antonio, Texas, but now lives in Singapore. He has had the required number of odd jobs required of a speculative fiction author, including soldier, book store manager, and bowling alley pin boy. His first book, the Sword & Sorcery novel "Thagoth," won the Del Rey Digital first novel competition in 2002.

You can find his short dark fantasy work in the anthology "Flesh and Bone: Rise of the Necromancers" and in the upcoming anthologies "The Big Book of New Short Horror" and "The Trigger Reflex," all available from Pill Hill Press.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys kickball, brooding and picking scabs.

New to everywhere but the inside of my head: Comes The Conqueror, an epic fantasy in serial form. This one I started more than a decade ago, but it was so vast in scope, and so strange in its premise (no spoilers, sorry) that it frightened me, and I shelved it.

Things are different now. I can write it, which I had no confidence in being able to do more than a decade ago. I can also
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Thagoth (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 24, 2011 07:02AM
Description: Del Rey Books is proud to be publishing Thagoth. This powerful first novel from an exciting new writer was selected by online readers as the winner of the Del Rey Online Writing Workshop First Novel Contest in the fantasy category. In the proud tradition of Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser comes a new team of daring, quick-witted heroes in a swashbuckling sword and sorcery adventure. . . . Amra is a thief with morals—she won’t steal from anyone poorer than she is. Fortunately, anybody that poor generally doesn’t have much worth stealing! Holgren is a mage with a distaste for magic and a soul bartered away to dark powers who will transport him to an eternity of torment on the instant of his death. Together they embark on a quest for the fabled city of Thagoth, where the secret of immortality is rumored to be hidden. But Amra and Holgren aren’t the only ones after the secret. Many others seek to utilize the hidden magic for their own twisted ends. And waiting in the ruined city with dark plans for the world are the twin gods Tha-Agoth and Athagos, a brother and sister whose illicit passion is as destructive and vengeful as they are. Now, as potent sorceries clash in a violent struggle for dominion over all that lives, Amra and Holgren face a choice between the unthinkable and the unbearable—with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. . . .
An excerpt from Double Dose: Two Digital Short Horror Stories by Michael McClung (Horror)
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Description: "All the World a Grave by Michael McClung is another terrific story. [It] tells the tale of an unnamed man and his role in an apocalyptic world of zombies and wraiths. This is really oversimplifying it, but that is the crux of the yarn. The story is depressing while being mean and author McClung manages to make you both feel sorry for and hate the main character." -Horrortalk.com
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Michael McClung voted on a poll in the group Fantasy Book Club
November Book Poll. First and second winners will be read in November. POLL EDITED TO CORRECT RULE VIOLATIONS. Remember, no one who is not already a member can vote in this poll.

He voted for: The Magicians
"I'm quite pleased that The Magicians is doing well. There's a lot to chew on in that book. "
"I enjoyed Elantris, but not enough to be squealing with delight right now :D "
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