Friday, 5 February 2016

SFFS 6/2/2016 Sorrel Swordless - part 1

This is my snippet this week for SFFSat. SFFSat is a place where a number of authors post snippets from their written works, and give the opportunity for comments, support and encouragement. Please also explore the other blogs that are part of this group - you can find the information here.


I've missed a couple of weeks due to real life interfering with important things like books. I warned that there wouldn't be any more Impcatcher for a while - instead, I present Sorrel Swordless. This is a complete short story (in snippets) set in Sorrel's world. For those who have already read the Sorrel novels (and if you haven't, you should - they're good books!) this is set after the end of Sorrel in Silver - but you don't need to have read the novels for it to make sense, and it doesn't contain too many spoilers for the main trilogy.

So with no more ado...




Sorrel Swordless




'Why not pick on someone your own size, you volging lafquas?'

Usually when I say that, I'm goading someone to take a swing at yours truly. Not this time - fear and anger were churning in my stomach and making my mouth sound off without me thinking about it, but for a change, I didn't want my target to go for me. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything else the horror could pick on. It was over nine feet high, with a dozen spindly legs supporting a violet, snake-like body. 

If it had been blue, and a bit smaller, I'd have called it a ruzdrool, but this looked like a ruzdrool's angry big sister. Just like a ruzdrool, where a mouth ought to be on any sensibly-designed monster, there were a cluster of long, writhing tentacles, each tipped with a vicious spike. But this had two extra tentacles, each ending in a white globe the size of a large apple, each twisted towards me – a black dot was in the middle of each globe. Normal ruzdrool don't seem to have eyes, though this doesn't stop them. This brute? I suspected the white globes were eyes, which meant as well as sensing me with whatever freakish senses an ordinary ruzdrool had, this one could see me as well. Great.


 As always, comments welcomed! The picture, by the way, is actually a fendahleen, from a very old Doctor Who episode, which has been doctored (sorry!) to be a little more like my own horror. The tentacles aren't long enough, and lack spikes, and it is a little too like a slug rather than a  snake, but it's at least close. I'll try and produce a better picture of one before next time.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Imp of the week - the Truggulkin

I've created a number of strange creatures for the Impcatcher novels. This is another page from Garkosio's Guide to Imps, which is the most widely used reference book in Tal's world. This is Tal's copy, with his annotations in blue.


As always, comments are most welcome!

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Imp of the week - Vrusks

I've created a number of strange creatures for the Impcatcher novels. This is another page from Garkosio's Guide to Imps, which is the most widely used reference book in Tal's world. This is Tal's copy, with his annotations in blue.



As always, comments welcomed!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Imp of the week - The Moulis

I've created a number of strange creatures for the Impcatcher novels. This is another page from Garkosio's Guide to Imps, which is the most widely used reference book in Tal's world. This is Tal's copy, with his annotations in blue.

A couple of people have asked if I'm going to produce a complete book of imps. I'm wondering about doing a guide to Impcatching, using these Garkoskio pages plus some other bits and pieces. Alternatively, I wondered about doing a D&D monster manual-style book either for D&D5 or for Pathfinder. Anyone got any views?
 


Friday, 15 January 2016

SFFS 16/1/2016 Impcatcher


This is my snippet this week for SFFSat. SFFSat is a place where a number of authors post snippets from their written works, and give the opportunity for comments, support and encouragement. Please also explore the other blogs that are part of this group - you can find the information here.

 


Today's snippet is from Impcatcher, which is now on sale on Amazon for the Kindle and in paperback, and DriveThru in pdf format. The general epub version is at Lulu.

When we last saw Tal, a demon was trying to kill him. It isn't giving up...

 
Another lunge, another attempt to carve its name in my stomach. Two narrow red lines appeared, as if by magic, on my tunic. This was a good tunic, too – I snarled an objection, but the demon really wasn't interested. 

No way I was getting out of this. I was facing a glorathnar. Tenacious, tough, ruthless, and they didn't give up. Whoever had sicced this upon me wanted me dead.

Common sense said I should give up, let it slaughter me cleanly. At least it would be quick and relatively painless. Glorathnars aren't sadists, not like some of their ilk. Whoever had summoned this had picked a demonic assassin quite considerately.

Most of my ex-girlfriends will tell you I have no common sense. I wasn't going to give up quietly. I would go down fighting.

As always, comments welcomed! The bad news is that this is the last snippet from Impcatcher I'm going to put up for a while - so if you want to know how Tal gets out of this, you'll have to read the book!

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Imp of the Week - Lurgals

I've created a number of strange creatures for the Impcatcher novels. This is another page from Garkosio's Guide to Imps, which is the most widely used reference book in Tal's world. This is Tal's copy, with his annotations in blue.


As always, comments welcomed!

Friday, 8 January 2016

SFFS 10/1/2016 Impcatcher

Happy New Year to you all!    

This is my snippet this week for SFFSat. SFFSat is a place where a number of authors post snippets from their written works, and give the opportunity for comments, support and encouragement. Please also explore the other blogs that are part of this group - you can find the information here.

 

Today's snippet is from Impcatcher, which is now on sale on Amazon for the Kindle and in paperback, and DriveThru in pdf format. The general epub version is at Lulu.
When we last saw Tal, a demon was trying to kill him. It isn't giving up...



 
It swung at me again, confident that I was on the deck and couldn't move fast enough again to escape being ventilated. Good guess, but wrong – becoming a pin-cushion is not one of my ambitions, and my lack of such a plan for my future gave me a strong incentive to move. I rolled clear and was back on my feet before big and dangerous could recover.

“Only prolonging the agony, Djandiss” the demon growled.

I shrugged. “You might get bored and give up.”

“Got a high boredom threshold.”

Would you believe it? A demon with a degree of witticism.

It lunged again. This time I struck with the dagger at the incoming arm. My blade scored home, carving a deep red trench into the demon's red skin that oozed black ichor, and the demon leapt back, snarling obscenities that would impress a hob.

“Sure you'd rather not get bored and give up?” I asked cockily.

“Positive - want some revenge, now...”

 
As always, comments welcomed!