Now FREE for 5 days only on Amazon ~ The Lore Anthology

The Lore Anthology Kindle Edition

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 Thursday, February 26 you can download this Kindle edition of the first five 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!

Join the quest. And may the Lore be with you…

Lore du Jour ~ Frozen

Photo by John K ~ Frozen

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

Our part of the world has turned to snow in a winter of Lore and epic cold. So here are a few fitting words, cold comfort, from the start of these tales of old:

One winter noon now long ago, I woke buried under a blanket of snow in the woods I had wandered as a child… tucked into by something wicked… wild… lost and found out in the bitter cold…

The sting was the first thing to hit me. The fire on my frozen cheek. Rough bark pressed against my skin with the bite of a dozen angry bees.

I tried to make sense of what I was…

Maybe I’ll go back to sleep. Somebody wake me when it’s spring.

[Photo: The ice planet Hoth, aka Framingham, MA, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

Lore du Jour ~ Supernova

Photo by John K ~ Supernova

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

Yesterday, while working on my next episode of the Lore, I needed a little anger imagery to depict a character’s fury. The ginger-haired petty potentate named Fyryx Hurx, scion of a long bloodline of leaders, was on the verge of bursting with rage.

As usual I went back to nature and tapped the power of the sun. Here’s what I came up with:

The red son of Hurx was about to explode. A matter of time till he’d go supernova.

Then I remembered the photos I shot this summer of sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, east as can be on the coast of Maine. More solar poetry for this Sunday.

[Photo: Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor, Maine, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

Lore du Jour ~ Nautical nonsense

Photo by John K ~ Maine light

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

Here’s something fishy from the Lore. A passage more fitting for SpongeBob SquarePants!

Nautical nonsense to be sure. Ready for a Poseidon adventure? A little game of Name that Neptune?

Let’s dive right in…

He paused, standing taller, straight as a rod, and cast his gaze across the courtyard.

“No one escapes this magistrate. By hook or by crook I’ll catch each one. It’s time for a fishing expedition.”

Ho-man reeled in the shoddy exhibit and stood up. He took it and stepped aside.

Treygyn looked on, craning his neck, to see what this sole searching was about. “Holy mackerel!” he gawked. It was large as a barge, an oafish loafer, and more of a toe boat than moccasin. Worn weathered leather. Frayed broken laces. Nothing that he’d be caught dead in. He eyed it like a foreign object.

Then he did a double take. “Slymie…” He cussed something under his breath.

Fyryx charged him like a lone shark. The predator brother smelled blood in the water.

“What was that, small fry?”

The shrimp clammed up.

Ahoy, Mateys! Sea you soon…

[Photo: Portland Head Light – Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

Lore du Jour ~ Mutiny!

Photo by John K ~ Mutiny!

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

This week’s sample of upcoming Lore features some pun fun based on the classic Humphrey Bogart film The Caine Mutiny.

Of course on the Lore‘s island of Syland, those famous strawberries turn into syberries. Hope you enjoy them just the same!

The clerk took hold of Exhibit A, the cane, and stuck it in the floor, not far from where Treygyn was hung out to dry. A droopy sack was attached at the top. He poked it. He peered inside.

“It’s empty.”

Bylo was beside himself. “Impossible!” the big boor blubbered. “My men found that bag by the quagmire, on the fen way to Blue Bayou. Hidden in the reeds and milkweed. It was full of sandwiches — tree nut butter and syberries.”

“Ah, but the syberries,” Freebird teased, with a razz from his crow’s nest on Ho-man’s head. “Awk! It tastes like mutiny to me.”

The Finder wheeled to confront his crew.

“Sorry Bylo.”

“We was hungry.”

“And them sammies was delishes.”

All their excuses fell on deaf ears, in fact steam rose from both of Bylo’s.

But judge Fyryx had heard enough. “You can conduct your court martial later. Exhibit B is what interests me…”

Speaking of classic films, I left out the part with the “citizen’s cane“. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll still slip in Rosebud somewhere…

[Photo: Mystic Seaport – Mystic, Connecticut, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~