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An Old New Book. Or a New Old Book.

My collection of stories titled The World Ends at Five now has a new life as a Second Edition on Amazon Kindle. You can get it here. (The original paperback from 2008 is out of print. But this second edition has the added bonus of a piece of flash fiction that didn’t appear in the first.)

As I mention in the introduction to this new edition, these stories are older, the efforts of my younger writing self. I’ve come a long way since these were written (I hope!), but I feel they still have a place in the world, and I hope readers will enjoy them.

Cover Reveal for Christine Rains’ “1301: The Marquis”

Christine Rains will be releasing the first of her new series of novellas on 13 December, but for now you’ll have to please yourself with the cover image for the first installment. The series is The 13th Floor, and the first tale is “1301: The Marquis.”

Life after Hell isn’t more exciting than watching football and fixing a busted pipe. Once a powerful demon, Marc enjoys his quiet existence and a good cup of coffee. With big ambitions to gain his master’s favor, a trickster demon named Vetis shatters Marc’s peace and vows to deliver Marc’s head to the fires of Hell. Not before he destroys everything Marc cares about, of course.

Marc’s power has diminished over the years. Heaven will never grant him absolution, and he refuses to return to Hell. Running isn’t an option. The city of Carmine is his territory. It’s also home to his favorite cafe owner, Mae Hopkins. The dame has a lovely smile, but it’s her heart and soul that shine bright.

While his city burns and his love is captured, Marc must decide to surrender or let hate and anger fuel him to become the fearsome beast he so loathes: The Marquis. If the Marquis rises, Vetis can be defeated and Mae saved, but Marc would be lost to his demon forever.

About Christine Rains
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy! player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She also has two novellas and sixteen short stories published.


“Adventure of Ichabod Reed” Free Tomorrow!

My story “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of Ichabod Reed” (prequel to “The Mystery of the Last Line”) will be free on Amazon Kindle tomorrow, November 11! One day only! Find it here.

As a related aside, I know I’ve covered the BBC series Sherlock here quite a lot, but if you’re interested in my take on Elementary (or Revolution, or other television shows, or movies, music, books), you should hop over to spooklights, which is where I post all that stuff. And far more regularly than I post here, at least lately.

Playwriting Opportunity: Traverse Fifty (Scotland, Open to All)

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations we are searching for the best voices from Scotland and beyond. We want to find 50 writers who embody the spirit of invention, adventure and risk taking that has come to define the Traverse over the last 50 years.

The Traverse Fifty is a year-long writer’s attachment to the Traverse Theatre. Throughout 2013, we will run a series of tailor-made events for the writers, including panel discussions, workshops and one-on-one dramaturgy with our artistic team. The programme will culminate in a New Writing Festival featuring the work of the Traverse Fifty. At the end of the process we will offer three seed commissions.

Who we want:
50 brilliant writers of any age, from anywhere. You must have had no more than two professional productions staged.

How to apply:
Submit a 500 word play for Edinburgh and a 250 word covering letter outlining why the attachment would be beneficial. To submit your script please go to

For more info on the project please visit our Traverse Fifty page.

Deadline: 12pm, Friday 14 November 2012.

For more info email

Stuff, No Nonsense

Looking for something to read? Go check out spooklights. New layout, lots of random stuff to read about (Sherlock, Parade’s End, Matchbox Twenty, books, &c.), so there’s bound to be something you’ll find interesting.

Also, the AFF finally posted the conference schedule. At the moment, it looks like most of my evenings will be open for those hoping to meet up. However, they have not yet posted the film screening schedule, and there are some films I want to see if possible. So some things remain up in the air.

Other fun news: I will be guest posting on Christine Rains’ blog on Monday, September 24. Go over there on Monday to read my little article about Sherlock Holmes as filtered through horror and the paranormal.