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When Dead Ain't Dead Enough, Book 1 of The Dead Among Us
     

When Dead Ain't Dead Enough, Book 1 of The Dead Among Us

by J. L. Doty
 
Paul Conklin is a rather ordinary, thirtyish fellow, sharing his rather ordinary, present-day San Francisco apartment with the ghosts of his dead wife and daughter. He went through a period of excessive grief after their deaths, but now that they're back, he's much better. Suzanna's cooking for him again, and Cloe's bouncing around the apartment in her school uniform.

Overview

Paul Conklin is a rather ordinary, thirtyish fellow, sharing his rather ordinary, present-day San Francisco apartment with the ghosts of his dead wife and daughter. He went through a period of excessive grief after their deaths, but now that they're back, he's much better. Suzanna's cooking for him again, and Cloe's bouncing around the apartment in her school uniform. A piece of Paul realizes he's really just plain nuts, or at least that's what he thinks. He has no idea that a Primus caste demon from the Netherworld covets his soul, and that he's going to have to take a crash course in killing big, bad hoodoo demons, or lose his soul for all eternity.

For Paul, magic and ghosts exist only in fantasy stories, and he thinks they're just hallucinations, that he's losing his mind. He doesn't realize that when Suzanna's ghost cooks for him, he's spontaneously using powerful sorcery to bring her and Cloe back, and spontaneously conjuring real food for his table. But his ignorant and unknowing exercise of unprotected sorceries has drawn the attention of the denizens of Faerie, and some powerful mortal wizards. And since Paul exhibits certain unusual abilities, they think he is either himself a demon, or at least demon possessed, so they want him dead. There's also a Secundus caste demon from the Netherworld that's crossed over to the Mortal Plane. It merely wants to possess Paul's soul. So everyone wants Paul dead, or possessed, and the poor, dumb fool doesn't realize what's about to hit him.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016684789
Publisher:
Telemachus Press, LLC
Publication date:
06/24/2013
Series:
The Dead Among Us , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
295
File size:
819 KB

Meet the Author

Jim was born in Seattle, but he’s lived most of his life in California, though he did live on the east coast and in Europe for a while. From a very early age he made up stories in his head, but he never considered writing. In his family you went to college, got a degree in something useful and got a real job. So he got a Ph.D. in optical engineering, and went to work as a research scientist. But he was still making up those stories in his head, so he wrote the first draft of A Choice of Treasons, and as he says, “It was 250,000 words of pure, unmitigated crap. It was terrible: poorly written, poorly plotted, shallow characters that no reader could come to care about. It was the hardest decision I ever made, but I literally threw it away and turned to other projects.” He spent more than a year writing the first draft of Child of the Sword. Then he went back to A Choice of Treasons and started again, from scratch, a complete rewrite from the get-go. He worked on it for several years before releasing it, and also spent some years putting Child of the Sword through a number of rewrites to insure quality.

Science has always been a passion of Jim’s, but writing is an addiction. He’s finished six books now, with three more that are in various stages of completion. The Heart of the Sands, book 3 in The Gods Within, is scheduled for a 3rd quarter 2013 release.

Jim has a big pet peeve regarding lasers as weapons in science fiction. He spent decades working in the laser and electro-optics industry, even did some research on laser weapons in the 80’s. And when writers use a laser as a weapon in a story, they invariably get it wrong, usually by violating some basic law of physics.

Jim intends to keep on writing and producing more stories, but no laser weapons.

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