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An Early Winter
     

An Early Winter

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by Dominic Tzimisces
 
The first snowfall came early to Blackwoode this year, as it does once every generation or so, topping off a strange, ominous year. Old folks shook their heads and muttered about bad omens, passing around half-forgotten tales of things that came out when winter begins in October. Younger folk mostly took advantage of the chaos and enjoyed a nice day or so off,

Overview

The first snowfall came early to Blackwoode this year, as it does once every generation or so, topping off a strange, ominous year. Old folks shook their heads and muttered about bad omens, passing around half-forgotten tales of things that came out when winter begins in October. Younger folk mostly took advantage of the chaos and enjoyed a nice day or so off, chuckling at the crazy old coots who kept on glancing over their shoulders when the sun went down. Unfortunately for those incredulous souls, there was truth to their elders' warnings, as one man was about to find out for himself...and in so doing, solve a mystery over a hundred and forty years old... If, of course, he lives to tell...

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012910646
Publisher:
Mavronero Press
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Series:
Tales of the Mavronero Mythos , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
24 KB

Meet the Author

I'm an aspiring author with a passion for a good mojito (or at least a mint julep). After 21 years in the Air Force I've finally decided to grow up...leaving me only to figure out what to grow up into. I've been a writer for most of my life (ask both my kindergarten teacher and poor supervisors over the years) with an unfortunate penchant for acquiring rejection slips. They make good wallpaper, though. My current focus of work revolves around a series of short stories and novellas set in an alternate reality wherein a group of refugees from Constantinople managed to escape the fall of the eastern Roman Empire and flee to America. There they found a land where things...weren't quite right. It's a volatile mix of weird fiction, alternate history, scifi, and good, old-fashioned Lovecraftian cosmic horror that I'm still trying to find the right formula for. Centered around the town and lake of Mavronero, I call the series simply 'Tales of the Mavronero Mythos'.

Simultaneously, in the same alternity, I've a series of hard-boiled mysteries revolving around Det. Pik van der Tass of the Ysbergstad, Aleyska Police Department. A profiler-alienist (basically a criminal psychologist/psychoanalyst with a touch of psychiatrist), he's made his way up the ranks in a city dominated by the close-knit Afrikaaner families who fled from the Boer Republics in the 19th century to the Aleyska Territory. There, the immigrant mining combines carved out the City of Ice underneath the cyclopean gaze of the towering Mt. Ys, the tallest peak in North America. It's a dark city in a dark world, with people who are at once reserved and passionate, and where crime and redemption go hand-in-hand.

I've played the van der Tass series fairly straight in terms of realism, leaning towards the noir vice the weird fiction of the Mavronero Tales, though because of the alternate history angle, some of the technology is different (think the World of Tomorrow you'd see in pulp fiction). I use the same world as a touchstone, to give the readers two sides of a shared world, and to stretch out my literary wings a bit.

I'm happy to hear any feedback you'd care to offer and I'll try to respond as quickly and as completely as possible. So sit back and enjoy a trip into the strange!

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