An army of the drowned dead, family betrayal, an exiled witch who doesn't know she has power--or that enemies are lurking all around her, spying on her. Follow Kassandra as she discovers who and what she is in this moving underwater fantasy. Kassandra comes from the sea, but she has no memory of saltwater, seagulls, or an incoming tide. She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska. Everything changes the day she drowns in Red Bear Lake, and discovers she can't really drown. Not in the way everyone else can. Then a two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and turns out to be a prodigy with mathematics.
Kassandra cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.
A compilation of previously published material by David A. Hargrave along with previously unpublished material co-written with Paul P Mosher. Included are: Caliban, Citadel of Thunder, Howling Tower and Death Heart as well as Hive Home, The Heart of Darkness Campaign and Tomb of D'Haera.
Meet A.K. Swift, a working-class war veteran and family man who is haunted by visions of nuclear apocalypse. When matters of conscience determine that he can no longer support the State-sponsored institutions that create the machines that threaten the living, A.K.decides to stop paying. Trouble is, he's not a very good tax resister. He forgets to attend the meetings and doesn't bother to fill out the proper forms. Now he worries there may be consequences. From the dustbin of Cold War protest literature, Bradley Smith s The Man Who Saw His Own Liver emerges as a heartfelt meditation on the time problem of the individual against authority. Rooted in libertarian theory and the moribund tradition of American transcendentalism, it is the story of an accidental rebel trembling in comic defiance under the yoke of God and State, and before the face Leviathan of modern Bureaucracy. Smith's writing is animated by a crisp and laconic prose-poetic hum. His is a uniquely personal canvass in which storytelling and gently wrought polemics interweave, seamly, with turns of magical realism coming to rest in that frail, strangely familiar liminal space, where ineffable exaltation and terror transcend the political. Originally conceived and performed for the stage in 1983, The Man Who Saw His Own Liver is presented by Nine-Banded books in novelized form.
It is appended with Smith s short story, Joseph Conrad and the Monster from the Deep. We hope you enjoy it.
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London 1811 – in the steamy heat of early summer. Adelaide – There is a man in my life and he is everything I cherish and despise. He swooped down onto me like hawk, with his charming willingness to help me find my missing family, under the pretense of requesting my hand in marriage. Marriage. He does not know that I, too, have been making dutiful allegiances, and with persons of power and wealth in secret places. I imagine, any woman abiding in the Industrial Age, that self-preservation is a must! And therein is my dilemma. He has charmed me in the most affable way. His lips curl when he regards my countenance, and I will do everything I can to resist his affections. Whether he makes good on his promise to make me his equal, or before I consider the hand of another suitor, who could be his twin, if not for the latter gentleman’s commodiously serpentine attentions. I will not give in that easily! There is my family’s future, I must protect! Brick – Never have I met any woman as enchanting as the Miss Adelaide. She is from the Stuart Family, humble in their ways, but also fiery as the sun in the heat of summer. It’s almost the season, and I am challenged with finding the people responsible for endangering Miss Adelaide’s livelihood, that includes her estate that is part of my family’s many peerages. She thinks I am after only one thing, and perhaps I am. However, there is another, who has come back to London after I, and he has made his intentions to ensnare the handsome Miss Adelaide, because he wants what I will let no other man have. But The Ton is a more dangerous game of chance where power can turn at roll of the die or a bargain struck by a word. Miss Adelaide, the die has been cast. Let the games begin. Enter a world of handshakes and extravagant luxuries, as the men of the Regency vie to control its secrets only The Regent can turn himself! Fall in love with the rich and powerful in the second 20,000 word stand alone Short Story the Wollingford House Secrets Series.
Also, Sweet and Heartwarming Bonus Romance stories included.