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Jan 13, 2014 06:59PM

41784 Thanks, Matt. Appreciate it. Afraid I forget the little things. Hope you enjoy, mate.
May 30, 2013 08:35AM

41784 Cheers. :)
May 27, 2013 09:01AM

41784 She dragged her long finger nails down his chest and smiled as he sighed. The room was bathed in moonlight. A cool breeze wafted through the window and ruffled her long, black hair.

“Please?” the man whispered.

Ama leaned down and kissed the hollow in his throat. He moaned. The gold cuff studded with lapis glowed a soft blue in the darkness. She stroked a hand through his thinning, grey hair.

“It has to be this way,” she whispered. “You’re getting old.”

“Don’t— Don’t care,” he breathed.

She touched her lips to his. The lapis glowed bright enough to light the room. Their tongues touched and he moaned. She pulled away from him, fighting the need.

Her fingers curled around his erect penis. His body jumped, arched, and then he emptied himself.

Ama smiled and kissed him as he convulsed in soft moans.

He fell asleep curled around her. She continued stroking his hair long after his breathing became deep and unlabored.

She put her lips close to his ear.

“Haidar,” she whispered. He moaned something in his sleep. “When you wake, you will forget me and my home. You will leave this part of the city and return to your family.”

“I will?” he asked in his sleep.

Ama nodded and wiped a tear from her cheek. “Yes, beloved. You must.”

“Don’t want—“

“Shh.” She touched his forehead and his body went slack. “I will miss you, Haidar. But you are not the one.”

The man said nothing.

Ama continued watching him until dawn, drinking in his naked body. He was wrinkled, but still well-muscled. The years had gone by too fast, as they always did. The lapis had done its job, keeping him from dying early, but even its power wasn’t enough to keep the damage from spreading.
When sunlight crept in through the open window, she robed herself and walked out into the city. The scrabble sand ground wasn’t yet warm enough to be uncomfortable on her bare feet. With slow steps, she passed through alleys lined with garbage and headed toward the northern gate.

The great Ziggurat of Ur rose in the east, reaching toward the sky. She watched as the sun dazzled against the gold decorations on its top.
White robed men and blue robed women were climbing the steps. Morning prayers to the god Sin for rain, fertility, any end to the scorching summer. The En would be among them, or perhaps she was already waiting for her supplicants.

Before she had found Haidar, he had worshipped Sin as well. Whenever the moon rose during their love-making, his face would always turn to catch its glimpse before he allowed himself to climax. Until he aged and forgot all about the moon god.

Ama wiped another tear from her cheek. The sun was rising over the horizon. Shimmers of heat rose from the distant sand. Before long, the temperature would spike once more leaving the city in misery.

The people of Ur had made offerings every night for two moons, begging Sin to forgive them and dispel the cloudless skies. She didn’t think the moon god was listening. Even the faithful in the city were beginning to lose hope.

Flood and drought were the cycles. The earth gave all or the earth gave none. The merchants from Babylon had claimed it was Sargon’s ghost, haunting the remnants of the Akkadian kingdoms.

Merchants, she thought, always lying to strike a trade.

Today was the last Market Day before Name Day. The night before, the caravans had entered the city. In a few hours, the travelers would set up their shops in the marketplace and hawk their wares. It would be the day’s sole respite until nightfall, when the entertainers began their dances, juggling, and story-telling.

Most would stay in the city until after Name Day. They would have few sales on the first day since most people were saving their money for the actual celebration and, of course, to see what entertainment their king might provide for free.

Ama shaded her eyes and made out a lone red-robed figure standing atop the ziggurat. The En. She seemed to be looking down at Ama from beneath her veil.

She turned and headed toward home. By now, Haidar would be gone. His memory would be fuzzy and his body would feel as though he’d been asleep far too long.

No more tears, she thought. But she knew there would be more shed. For forty seasons, he’d shared her bed, amused her, kept her fed, clothed, and

She would soon have to find another.
May 22, 2013 06:32PM

41784 You're welcome. Bwahaha...
May 21, 2013 01:09PM

41784 The ladies at Balticon have banned me from ever doing female voices again. Which is one reason why I've employed several different actors to handle those parts. So, John, you won't get those again. Unless, of course, it's in The Street series where all bets are off.
May 19, 2013 08:39PM

41784 So here's a question for y'all. Which books attracted you? Did you find me through the Fiends tales or stumble upon Garaaga? Which are your faves? Do you enjoy books that take place in the nitty gritty here and now, or the stories that have happened in the ancient past? Enlighten me.
May 19, 2013 08:25PM

41784 Pretty sure you're the first person to name Interlopers as their fave. Herodot is my personal the stories y'all have read.
May 19, 2013 05:54PM

41784 The series in general has focused on the non-Garaaga characters. That's going to change as we move into the Common Era. There are reasons for this. One has to plant a legend before one can trace its travels through history. Children and worshippers don't make legends--people who are in awe or fear do.

As the series moves to the First Crusade next year and then to the Spanish Inquisition, things are going to change. The transformation will bring you more of everything you liked in the previous stories.
May 18, 2013 05:14PM

41784 Well, you'll be happy to know that Ama is Drimesh's mother. In other words, you're going to meet three generations of that family. Hela, Ama, and Drimesh. :)
Jan 20, 2011 04:20PM

41784 I think it depends. I love the essays because I'm usually babbling about something I'm pretty passionate about them. Otherwise, why bother? The FiendMaster Minutes are lots of fun because I get to poke fun at myself and my fans and just let it all hang out. Sometimes it's good to be goofy as hell.

Performing the fiction is "work." I have to really pay attention to my voice quality, the narration, and characters. It's much more difficult. Also, the actual editing is a pain in the ass.

That said, though, there's something so special about bringing your worlds to life that I can't say I don't like it. It's just grueling and for long long works (ie, Closet Treats), there's a lot of pressure to be consistent. I'm not sure I did such a great job on consistency with CT and I know that's something I need to work on in the future.

I can't wait to put out the next book. It's been too long and I'm looking forward to it. Until then, I'll be putting out more FMM and essays. Perhaps a review or two. And bug your ears as long as you're wiling to listen.

Jan 07, 2011 09:59AM

41784 Um, I was going to try and finish that story before Xmas, but things got WAY too crazy. Yes, I have started something, and hopefully I'll get back to it once the current madness has finished.
Stuffing (4 new)
Jan 05, 2011 10:04AM

41784 Well, yeah. I was, um, motivated to say the least. I imagine I'll be able to bang out another one. But first, Fiends Vol 1 and then Track 9. Oops, did I say Track 9?
Stuffing (4 new)
Jan 05, 2011 09:59AM

41784 There is no plan to revisit this the next five minutes. I have ideas for at least 5 more stories and hopefully once Fiends: Vol1 has been launched, I'll have the time necessary to get some of those going.
Jan 02, 2011 05:57PM

41784 Sue wrote: "Which of the characters that we've seen so far do you have definite plans to bring back in subsequent stories?"

I think it's pretty clear from the end of Closet Treats that Tony Downs and Dewhurst are going to show up again. I'd also have to say you're going to see Jackson from Tattoo as well.

As far as the Fiends themselves go, I'm keeping shtum. Wouldn't want to ruin any future surprises...
41784 For all of you that joined up, may I present this little file a little early. If you have questions, please post them here on this topic forum or at I shall, of course, be making updates as we progress toward February 14th.

Blue Moose Press will be publishing "Fiends: Vol 1" in hardback next year. On February 14th, presales will open up for 250 signed, limited edition, personalized copies. The volume will contain "Canvas," "Tattoo," and "Closet Treats" as well as bonus material that will not be available in future trade paperback editions.

In addition, all purchasers of the limited edition hardback will receive a free copy of the E-book edition when it's available.

When these copies sell out, that's it. No more will be printed of the hardcover. The books will ship in March 2011 and you will be able to have me personalize it in any fashion you like.

In April, the trade paperback edition will be made available via, and The E-book will be available through all the major retailers as well as directly via the site.

More details will be coming soon, but I figured it was time to make the presale pre-announcement. Hopefully, it's good news for you to hear.

Thank you for your attention, joining the group, and feel free to cause mayhem all NYE. Take care, stay in touch. Cheers.


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