For Bryan's Hookline Blogfest at Time Guardian.
Thanks, Bryan, for suggesting and hosting such a useful blogfest.
The Gladiator's Son
On the isolated slopes of the western Andes, a soldier guarding America's supply of lithium awakens an earthly Andean spirit that attacks his child, and is cast into a dreamlike battle to save his son thousands of miles away.
Walk With Me Into the Darkness
Set in rural East Texas, Walk With Me is a disturbing look at the lives of two children abandoned by their parents, one trying to escape a life of abuse and rape as a Beaumont prostitute, the other forced into solitude as a lone specter haunting the East Texas Piney Woods.
Centered around the idea that everything happens for a reason, Evander's Forge follows a pair of men bent on ending their lives to kill their emotional pain, one obsessed with shooting himself, the other haunted by dreams of a blue-faced and emotionless God who will not let him die.
When the agrarian culture of New Texas is threatened with extinction by Earth's Consensus, the Sutter sons must unite the planet's most powerful ranching family with the outlaw band of Black Raiders, and resurrect the skills of a dying breed of cowboy.
After making a hole-in-one on his golf course, greenskeeper Harold Murphy realizes his greatest wish is granted -- the power to kill anyone he names -- and his obsession with killing threatens not only his soul, but that of his daughter.