Ozark Mountain Nightmare and the Mundus Occultus

At the beginning of the month I released my second novella on Amazon:

ozard mountain nightmare-1

For sale on Amazon – Kindle only.

Megan has been coming out to the cabin every summer since Eric and Liz brought her and James with them on their family vacation after their sophomore year of high school.  Things have changed since then – Eric’s gotten married; James is now exclusively gay – but the tradition remains: the axis of peace and hope and, for lack of a better word, family around which her otherwise banal and depressing year revolves.  Angel comes with them, now, and every year James brings a different boy.  This year is no different,  at first.

An unseasonable cold hits the mountain as evening approaches, and a cold rain falls as the sun sets.  The wind sounds like someone screaming, and the lamps don’t illuminate the cabin like they should.  They manage to convince themselves it’s just their imaginations, at first — rain happens when you’re camping, right?   And James’ buddy Randal is just a religious nut who’s scared of storms.  Nevermind that the locals don’t go out alone after dark, or the number of tourists “lost” in the Ozarks every year.  The darkness can’t move outside the window.

What’s worse, though, the darkness, itself, moving?  Or something moving outside in the darkness?

Having released my second story set in that world, I am also releasing the logo, which you will also see at the top of my page to the right.  All my stories will be available at that link as they are released.

mundus occultus logo

The Mundus Occultus is my world of occult horror and supernatural mystery.  Unlike most of the genre, however, my stories are rooted as much in my life experience as a neo-Pagan witch as the conventions of the genre.  Along side all the werewolves and vampires and flesh-and-bone monsters, half the thigns we love, you will see magic that makes sense, refferences to books you’ve read, books you wish you’d written, and an insider’s perspective on how Pagans and magicians would live in such a world.  I also strive to defy the conventions of the genre in respect to the treatment of queers, women, and people of color.  This is not a world with hero cops or innocent white boys.  The world may not be saved.  That may not be a bad thing.


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