Next Book


© Cover art for the next book, designed by R.L. Herron

So, before you ask, what does the title “Zebulon” mean?

Good question. I looked it up for you:

Zebulon \z(e)-bu-lon\ as a boy’s name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Zebulon is “dwelling of honor.” Biblical: the name of one of Jacob’s son.

What does that mean as far as my new book is concerned?

Nothing. I just like the word.

My next book is a collection of short stories. The best definition of genre would be fantasy.

The collection contains stories that range from the ultra-short fiction of “Conversations with a Lonely Island God” to the 8,600 words of “Zebulon.” They run the gamut from sad, and maybe sentimental, ghost stories to pure and simple fantasy.

However, while there might also be a touch of science fiction, there is no sword and sorcery here, no epic fantasy or horror. Most stories here would rightfully be called low fantasy; stories that are set in a relatively normal world, containing fantasy elements.

More than anything, they are stories of life and love, and the experiences of ordinary, if not exactly normal, people.

Hmmm, sounds like I may just have written something I can use in the forward!

As a teaser, here are a few sentences from one of the stories in the book, “The Devil & Charlie Barrow.”

When he stepped into the bar that cold night in December, Charlie acted as if Flanagan’s was definitely not the first stop he had made. If anyone had asked, everyone, and I do mean everyone, from me to Mayor O’Reilly, would have said Charlie looked like he had been partying since noon.

Still, he somehow maintained the dignified presence that seemed to follow him wherever he went.

As Charlie slowly wobbled his way through the tables, I shook my head in wordless wonder. Charlie ignored many empty seats and finally plunked himself down at the bar.

He took the stool right next to old Beelzebub.

Interested yet?

Find out more about my current book, “Reichold Street,” and plans for the next books at my writing web site: Broken Glass.

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