Lore du Jour ~ Nostalgia

Photo by John K ~ Nostalgia

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…

In the YA fantasy/sci-fi novel I’m writing, Lore of the Shadow Girl, I want to give the reader the feeling of a particular time and place — 1970s New England — without making that setting the focus of attention. So I’m dropping little hints here and there, bits of nostalgia, to do the trick. Like product placement in the movies.

For instance, remember this classic Ford wagon?

Almost on cue it hit the brakes. A door flew open. The bag flew out. The Country Squire took off like a rocket.

And these kids’ sneakers?

He kicked at the stick with his muddy Keds and mumbled. “You daydreamed the whole darn thing, dude. Don’t be a dummy. She’s not coming back.”

Or those wicked cool bicycles?

She climbed on her yellow banana-seat bike, the twin of Johnny’s green one. Haylee peeled out.

How ’bout a drink?

There was a rusty old coffee can in his hand. He shoved it in Johnny’s mug. Chock full o’Nuts. He took a big whiff of it… but got a noseful of something else.

Is that Jimi Hendrix I’m starting to hear?

[Photo: A blast from the past in Mystic, Connecticut, USA]

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Lore of the Shadow Girl ~ Chapter 4

Photo by John K ~ Sleepless

Lore of the Shadow Girl is a sci-fi fantasy and the first young-adult novel of the epic Lore universe. I’m writing it right now and posting previews just for you. I hope you enjoy this new chapter. Comments welcome! – John Klobucher


Chapter 4 ~ Sleepless

“Back to the scene of the crime,” Johnny muttered. But everything seemed to be different now.

There was nothing up. Nothing going down.

A ghost town.

He biked the road unseen then ditched his trusty Schwinn in the woods.

Though Johnny wasn’t taking chances this time. He’d come armed. Or sort of.

The kid was sporting a broken broomstick that he’d grabbed from his father’s shed. He wielded it like an old-time pike. The way he’d read in Robin Hood.

“Come out, critter… wherever you are…”

Suddenly Johnny heard a screech. It wasn’t far. He had to see. Continue reading

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Photo by John K ~ Lore of the lake

Fantasy fans, sci-fi buffs… a strange and brave new world awaits. A saga for FREE (but not for long). The Lore Anthology on amazon.com

Now through Tuesday, December 15 you can download this Kindle edition of all eight Lore of the Underlings episodes, a collection of epic adventures and colorful characters, for merely a click. Come explore the lyrical lands of the Lore, a bittersweet realm of gold and shadow told in classic style. Old-world words. New-world wit.

Click here: The Lore Anthology Kindle Edition

Here’s one reader’s review:

An enticing mix of Shakespeare and Tolkien, written for a third millennial audience. Exciting, mysterious, humorous. Lore of the Underlings moves along at a lyrical pace, deftly balancing dry wit and creepiness. Can’t wait to read more!

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Photo by John K ~ Lore of the hills

Fantasy fans, sci-fi buffs… a strange and brave new world awaits. A saga for FREE (but not for long). The Lore Anthology on amazon.com

Now through Tuesday, December 15 you can download this Kindle edition of all eight Lore of the Underlings episodes, a collection of epic adventures and colorful characters, for merely a click. Come explore the lyrical lands of the Lore, a bittersweet realm of gold and shadow told in classic style. Old-world words. New-world wit.

Click here: The Lore Anthology Kindle Edition

Here’s one reader’s review:

An enticing mix of Shakespeare and Tolkien, written for a third millennial audience. Exciting, mysterious, humorous. Lore of the Underlings moves along at a lyrical pace, deftly balancing dry wit and creepiness. Can’t wait to read more!

Latest Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#14 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Anthologies & Short Stories

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