Step into a 15,000-year history through the eyes of its least-expected storytellers….
AMONG THE The Mythos refers to six of the Seven Peoples of the Earth, i.e. the Sun and the Darkness, the Guardians and the Dream, and the Fey and the Kin. "Among the Mythos, who are you?" is the standard greeting, regardless of language. It's a polite way of inquiring the other's heritage, which then gives the one who asked some idea... is a Science-fantasy is a sub-genre of speculative fiction that combines elements from both science-fiction and fantasy. The end result is an often messy but usually beautiful tale, broader than either category on its own. Here's the Wikipedia entry. Have fun. Of course, the lack of boundaries is often problematic. Magic must have rules, and science fiction needs the wonder, breadth, and... series covering thousands of years through the eyes of history’s outliers, all the way to the end of the Earth—and what comes after.
Runaway Fey princes, alien Earths and parallel worlds, ancient warriors and know-it-all brats grace these pages with attitudes and truly epic screw-up adventures. There’s also science that grants magic to humans… but for a heavy price.
Welcome to the world of the Mythos.
Note: these books are all standalone. You can jump in at any point, but if you really want to try this chronologically, this order should do. 🙂
0.5: Strings (novelette)
John Baron Grey: runaway Unseelie prince and heir to The Throne, which he really doesn't want. [themedy_alertbox icon="" colour="red" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""] From this point on, you are entering serious spoiler territory.[/themedy_alertbox] The Throne and the Scepter rule the lives of the Seelie and Unseelie Fey, respectively. While both are somewhat sentient, only the Throne is truly awake and aware of... never wanted to be a hero. He has better things to do than save the world from the threat of nightmare-monsters from his childhood, really…
1.0: Half-Shell Prophecies (novel)
Frightened monsters. Stolen time. And one SERIOUSLY underestimated damsel.
2.0: The Sundered (novel)
He must decide who lives or dies: humanity, or humanity’s broken slaves.
3.0: Notte (WIP) (coming late 2017)
He was designed to be infectious and designed to be violent, but his creators forgot one thing: they forgot to remove his soul.
Favorite Short Stories
These are some of my favorites, and pretty much spoiler-free.
A deliciously creepy side story with vampires, a dying Earth, and a secret organization. Dark, mildly disturbing, and – if you’ve read The Sundered – you might recognize a name. (No spoilers. A side-story from Notte.)
It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them. (No spoilers. A short story about Grey, The Fey includes any magical group with a primary drive of survival. They will do anything to stay alive, which drives them to be some of the greatest inventors and innovators among the Mythos. [themedy_alertbox icon="" colour="theme" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""]Note: this is a placeholder. There will be much more information in the future![/themedy_alertbox] World name: the Silver Dawning. The Fey don't... prince.)
Starring a hedgehog who think he’s a fairy. In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, this story is complete cotton candy: silly, cute, and cavity-inducing. (No spoilers.)
The Doctor Will See You Now
A sleep-deprived elf prince. An open-minded doctor. Weird physical therapy. This tale contains a TERRIBLE PUN. You have been warned. (No spoilers. Grey visits the head-doctor. Things do not go well.)
Want to go deeper into the world of the Mythos? Here you go. Enjoy.
Fair warning: there may be spoilers. I’ve mentioned them whenever I could.
The Christmas Dragon
A certain Crow King ruminates to his newest lover about his future plans.
Ten Tips For Raising Your Baby Dragon
(THIS IS NOT A CANON STORY, BUT IT’S FUN.) Katie (and Also known as Vesuvius, also known as the Starling Child, Suvi is the baby dragon prophesied ages ago to reunite the warring Black and Red dragons. As no one knows precisely how he's going to do this, when he hatched, the attempts to both kidnap and kill him both happened (and that conflict is what allowed his handler to get...) lend their advice for the best way to handle a unique situation (including an amorous Crow King). Mild spoilers.
The Doctor Will See You Now
A sleep-deprived elf prince. An open-minded doctor. Weird physical therapy. No spoilers.
A young Grey suffers through homework and the presence of peons (in his humble opinion). NOTE: this one includes pictures from his homework.
(short story) It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them. No spoilers.
Theron the Thief and the (Nearly) Stolen Crown
(short story) A Fey thief, down on his luck and with a heavy debt to pay. A sentient throne guarding the Unseelie treasure. What could go wrong?
Hounds and Jackals
(short story) A mad Roman emperor. An ancient depressed vampire. A bizarre evening to remind the Blood King why life is worth living. No spoilers.
The Big Palooka
(short story) Flappers. Vampires. A thug who stole a necklace and a speak-easy with Jazz to die for. A short, cute story set in New York City in the 1920s. (No spoilers. A side-story from the epic dark fantasy novel, Name meaning: Night (Italian - he picked that one) Other names: Naktam (sanskrit); Night-child; Nox Eterna; the Blood King. He's probably the oldest living creature among the Mythos. The father of all vampires (or Night Children, as they're called), he's a mystery; no one knows where the heck he came from, or who made him. It says a lot that....)
(short story) Just a word of advice: if you see him, don’t run.
(short story) AI do not blame you for your fear. Humans are my prey – but my friend, I do not hunt small children. (No spoilers.)
(short story) Ancient vampire Notte has tea with a friend right in the middle of some… family business. Awkward!
Where the twins came from, nobody knew. They moved like lizards and cuddled like wolves. Also, they both drank blood.
A Hotel room, a Knife, and a Bottle of Chardonnay
Trapped. Hungry. So very hungry. Joshua Run is an African-American lawyer working in Boston. He encounters Katie Lin during the adventures of Half-Shell Prophecies, goes on an adventure from world to world, and ends up gaining more than he loses - but not by much. He has his own short story set after the book here, but be warned: it's spoilery.... has been made into a monster, and he’s losing control…
Ravena, Age 8
(short story) A preview of Notte through the eyes of a child who will one day be very, very important.
This has nothing to do with anything, except that it’s about a hedgehog who thinks he’s a fairy, so maybe it’s important after all.
(short story) A different take on the Princess and the Frog. I apologize for the pun in the title. Pfft, who am I kidding? I apologize for nothing. (No spoilers.)
A member of the Dream outlives his host. Warning: it’s sad.
(short story) Crossover fiction: Eugene discovers he is Kin (not that he knows what that means), and then runs into monster-buster Lucy December from an entirely different universe. Hell of a day.
The Kindly Light of the Setting Sun
(short story) Sometimes a single afternoon is enough to make up for a lifetime of bad decisions; at least, it comes close. This spoiler-free short story follows the last day of Tsehay, one of the People of The Sun include any magical beings with a primary drive and ability to heal. They're great at parties. [themedy_alertbox icon="" colour="theme" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""]Note: this is a placeholder. There will be much more information in the future![/themedy_alertbox] World name: Zenith. People of the Sun live an average of three or four thousand years. As they grow older, they grow more powerful, but.... (No spoilers.)
I thought we’d have longer. I thought I’d grow up. They only come when the oldest natural dies. Then they come, and they take our hearts. I don’t want to die. (No spoilers.)
You may have wondered why this book’s short stories came last. That’s because all of them reveal things pertinent to AFTER the end of the book, and thus, are severely spoiler-filled.
I’d say sorry, but I’m not. 🙂
SPOILERS No Mercy 3rd place winner in the Wordhaus/Becoming Writer contest for scifi!
A slightly different perspective on the events of The Sundered from Aakesh’s point of view.
I Know You (flash fiction)
A creepy tidbit from Aakesh’s point of view.
What is freedom really worth? Maybe not this much.
SPOILERS And Night Fell
In the world of The Sundered, Demos and his brother Tomas were two of Thomas Iskinder's Travelers - many might say the best of them. If you want Demos and Tomas' backstory, I suggest checking out this tale right here, though be warned: it's filled with spoilers.... and Tomas’s sidestory.
SPOILERS Love Makes Whole
A series of short stories from the perspective of the Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind alive in a flooded world. [themedy_alertbox icon="warning-sign" colour="red" font_awesome_att="" custom_colour=""] This wiki page is divided into TWO sections: Non-spoilers for The Sundered and spoilers for AFTER The Sundered. If you don't want spoilers for The Sundered, only read down to the halfway point (don't worry, I'll make it clear). If you're already read the....
MILD SPOILERS Art Lessons
(humorous flash fiction) Complete silliness. A gift for fan artist Sixelona. VERY mild spoilers.
MILD SPOILERS Harry’s Secret Place
Harry Iskinder is the main character in the book, The Sundered. He's nineteen years old and not very tall, to his great lament. However, he's in great shape. His diet is Sundered-designed, lean protein and a perfect balance of nutrition. He's been active since childhood, both in the Academy and out on the Black Water from the age of fourteen. His skin... Iskinder comes from a not-so-good family. When he was five, he ran away from home. This is what happened after.
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