Friday, February 16, 2007

Animal Rescue

Sid first posted about the animal rescue effort at Welcome to Suburbia. The idea was for folks to donate stories for a specific time period, which could then be purchased and the money used to rescue animals. I offered them a story, which they are going to put up later this month. I'm not sure exactly when. If you go to the Suburbia website the first paragraph will explain where to find the donated stories.

The tale I sent was called "Dark Wind," which is the last story so far in a fantasy series that I wrote about a character named Thal Kyrin. A magazine called Shadow Sword ran four or five of the stories in the mid to late 1990s, and though they lasted several years they eventually folded and "Dark Wind" was in the hopper at the time. The nice thing about Shadow Sword is that they liked long stories with some meat on their bones, but that has made it harder to sell "Dark Wind" since. It's pretty long at nearly 9,000 words.

Thal Kyrin is not really much of a Conanesque character in most of my stories about him, but "Dark Wind" shows him at his most barbaric. For this story I wanted to pit man against monster in the most physical way possible. The fight scene is like a quarter of the story. It was fun to write.

7 comments:

Kate S said...

Cool. Thanks for letting us know, Charles. I'll be sure to look for it.

Lucas Pederson said...

I too will look for it, thanks. It sounds really sweet! In sweet I mean kick ass! I love fantasy stories if their done right. This sounds, okay I'll say it again, kick ass!

JR's Thumbprints said...

I'll be checking it out. Thanks.

Erik Donald France said...

Charles, it occurs to me that I must order Cold in the Light. Doh! I look forward to reading it.

Donnetta Lee said...

Sounds great, Charles. I love fantasy. Also, isn't it wonderful to love what you do? I mean, you saying that the fight scene was "fun" to write. I want to enjoy the writing as much as reading it! Donnetta

Charles Gramlich said...

Thanks everyone for posting. Fantasy and horror are my favorite things to write, although I can enjoy reading in many genres. Erik, hope you enjoy it if you do order the book.

Sidney said...

It does sound cool. I will look for it.