The Grave Stompers


The Grave Stompers: Six Tales from the Southern Earth

There’s blood in the Southern Earth. Meet twin brothers bound to the sacred rite of grave stomping and a young girl indebted to a darkness in the woods. Visit a small town where pro-wrestling takes the place of human sacrifice and an alternate reality where meteorite-born mutations rend the fabric of society. It’s a world where giant catfish roam the man-made depths of Kentucky Lake, racial horror haunts the shadows of small-town life and all we can do is wonder at our own twisted roots in the soil.

This one’s been coming for a while. “The Grave Stompers” itself is a very personal tale, initially conceived prior to my father’s death and then rediscovered in strange months after his passing. The others all deal with at least some portion of the American South, ranging from bizzaro alternate realities to something resembling the world as we know it. These tales needed out. Two publishers went belly up before they could publish it, so I decided to push it out myself before such a fate could befall yours truly. These stories need to breathe. They need to live.  So I invite you to let them in.

You can read this collection as an e-book on Amazon Kindle, or as a physical paperback. The e-book is also up for grabs on a number of internatonal Amazon sites: UK DE FR ES IT NL JP BR CA MX AU.

Oh, and that lovely cover illustration is the work of the highly-talented Zelda Devon. I think she captured the beauty of it perfectly. You can explore more of her work right here.


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Silba Dreams of Earth (Text and Audio)


Image by Philipp Igumnov (via HSW)

The vast majority of my output at How Stuff Works and Stuff to Blow Your Mind is nonfictional in nature — or at the very least explores fictional elements as way to discuss science. But every once in a while, I get to craft fiction as a sort of thought experiment. So far, I’ve written two of these : a consideration of therapeutic sexbots titled “Edwin and the Box” and “Silba Dreams of Earth,” a transhumanist vision of life beyond Earth.

I think Silba is the better of the two pieces, but part of this might be the art. Plus, the story now exists in audio form thanks to the voice over talents of Anney Reese. She recorded the audio for the latest episode of the HowStuffWorks NOW podcast, hosted and produced by Lauren Vogelbaum. Lauren also edited the piece, resulting in some key improvements that elevated the work.

“Silba Dreams of Earth” is essentially sci-fi flash fiction. It provides a snapshot of humanity’s possible transhuman future beyond Earth. Give it a read and definitely give it a listen right here.

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