I’ve been taking advantage of the (relative) downtime to catch up on some old projects while in among the new. Some slight revisions to older works, but mostly putting out new paperback editions for those that didn’t have them. For instance:
The Collected Tymon the Black, The Heavenly Fox, Hereafter, and After, and In the Palace of the Jade Lion all now have paperback editions. This is the second print edition of The Heavenly Fox, which hasn’t had one since its original PS Publishing limited edition hardback sold out ages ago. Likewise for Hereafter, and After. And, of course, the other two were ebook originals and never had a print edition to start with. Until now. Ebooks are still cheaper since production costs figure in more with, you know, a physical product. But for those who prefer paper, now’s your chance.
Not that I need a Lert. (Sorry, old fannish joke).
There will be a price promotion on my novella , Hereafter, and After, starting tomorrow at 8 A.M. PST, and lasting…well, not that long before the price starts going back up. This novella was originally published as a limited hardback from PS Publishing. Here’s what Charles de Lint had to say about it in Fantasy and Science Fiction:
” (It) allows Parks to poke gentle fun and make some serious commentary on our belief systems, and it gives us a terrific read. Hereafter, and After is a story that would have made Robert Nathan or James Branch Cabell proud — and probably would James Morrow, too, who’s still alive and could read it. And it certainly shows that Parks has the chops to work at a longer length.”
Been a while, but I’m still blushing.
Today’s Story Time is “Signs Along the Road,” originally published in Postscripts 22/23, The Company He Keeps, edited by Nick Gevers and Pete Crowther, PS Publishing, 2010. It’s about two very different lost souls, lost for the same reasons, trying to help each other as only lost souls can.
As always, “Signs Along the Road” will remain online only until next Wednesday, January 17. Until then, enjoy.
I don’t often link to review sites, but for this one I’ll make an exception. Not because it’s positive–though it is–but rather it’s that the reviewer mostly got what I was trying to do. And The Heavenly Fox remains special to me. There, I said it.
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This is a heads up for anyone who might be interested. If not, feel free to ignore, as I’m sure you would. For the next few days, my afterlife (?) novella Hereafter, and After, will be avalable on Kindle for 99 cents, then it’s back to the regular price of $2.99.
The image on the right is of the original hardcover chapbook issued by PS Publishing some years ago and long since sold out. The image on the left is my cover redesign. I probably should have used the original image since its long been in the public domain, but I felt like a change. That could have been a mistake but, if so, it is my own. The novella itself remains a favorite of mine, so much so that I’ve resisted the urge to expand it to novel length. Some things are just best the way they are. Besides, it’s only Amazon review says it would be a “decent 3 star short story if it was cheaper.” Now it is. No excuses.
“When a man carelessly steps in front of a speeding garbage truck, that’s usually the end of his story. For Jake Hallman, that’s just the beginning. He awakens on a metaphorical stretch of the Afterlife called the Golden Road, where the angel Brendan comes to escort him to Heaven. But Jake isn’t having any:
“Heaven sounds like a good thing in theory, but what is it really? What will I do there? Can I leave if I don’t like it? Under what circumstances? Can you force me to go?”
Brendan scratched his head. “I don’t think this has come up before.”
With that simple exchange Jake becomes one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the Afterlife — a free soul. What’s a free soul to do? That is, if he wants to remain that way?
If you’re Jake Hallman you team up with a disgruntled ex-valkyrie named Freya and hit the Golden Road, the mystic path that links the Heavens and Hells of every mythos, plus a few places even the gods forgot. The unlikely pair join forces on a quest to discover if there really is any place in the cosmos where a spirit can be truly free.”