I’ve just uploaded one of my short stories, Death Warmed Up”, onto Smashwords. Find it here:
I originally wrote this story as a 22-page comic strip, and then translated it into prose. Hence, I feel there may be too much detail crammed into too short a space. Please read it and let me know what you think. It’s free!
Andrew Dodd drew the sparse, atmospheric cover for me, but the boring typeface is my fault alone. My very-better half, Laura Coles, gave me some ideas and inspiration for the story too.
One of the reasons I put so much research into the subject matter, Voodoo, is that I am sick and tired of modern writers being so bloody lazy. Thanks to silly but entertaining 1930s and ’40s Hollywood movies and pulp stories about Voodoo and Haiti, there are many false comprehensions about this much maligned religion (voodoo dolls and pins equalling pain for the subject in real life, anyone?). Even nowadays, in our much more enlightened twenty-first century, we use these concepts, because it’s easy and recognisable.
Now, I’m not a religious man, and don’t believe in anything supernatural at all, but I’d like people to at least respect other folks’ beliefs. And Voodoo is in no way “evil” or “sinister”, as perceived by many even to this day. It is a religion that was born in the midst of suppression and violence from white slave owners. The only way that those enslaved could carry on worshipping their own gods in the face of an overbearing, self-righteous and unforgiving Christian world.
I could go on, but I won’t. I’m not here to preach – I’ll leave that to those who think that people are actually listening.
Anyway; download the book to your kindle or kindle-for-pc (which you can download free from Amazon), and while you’re at it, please feel free to get my small collection of stories, “Grey Mars and Other Short Stories” from:
This one is free too.