Featuring a cover by Nick Dragotta and lettering/design by Sasha Head, Darker Than Blue, Volume 1: eight stories from the city is my first short fiction collection. Its 62 pages contain eight stories about citizens, criminals, sons, daughters, and activists in a fictional city, plus one b-side about a favorite mythological figure of mine. Buying it gets you a DRM-free PDF and an EPUB file, either of which should work with your favorite e-reader (Kindle, iBooks, etc) on your computer or phone. Preordering it before release gets you a dollar discount, too :)
“Nah, nah, listen,” Anne said. “We time travel to like 1840...1840-something, right? Before America was really America." She emphasized the last word, deepening her voice, hitting the C so hard it sounded like a K, and putting a white veneer on top of it. "We settle where Oakland is now, set up like an equitable treaty with the Ohlone there, and cooperate, right? We get along like we shoulda been getting along the whole time. We’ll call it ‘Kemet.’ And when America comes in with its big colonial dreams and them muskets and cannons and horses? We show them what that AK-47 sound like.”
When Desmond laughed, it echoed around the small park. “You’re wild, man,” he said.
“Aw, you scared? You a cute little baby gangster now, too afraid to pull it on somebody who really deserves it?" Anne inhaled again and passed it back to Desmond. She looked up at the skyscrapers in the distance, closed her eyes, and exhaled slowly. "If I had a time machine, I'd fix everything. I mean it, Desmond."
Darker Than Blue, Volume 1 contains eight tales of crime, happiness, grief, friendship, and running wild in the greatest city on Earth...and one story about gods and demons.