Due to the rapidly deteriorating "political correctness" situation in this country, THE BORDERS OF LIFE, Second Edition has been indefinitely shelved.

There's just too much hate going around, and I have a family to think about.

The Borders of Life was, now that I look back on it, my first foray into what I've come to call "mystical realism". Some decades later, Snow City appeared, but I have to say that Borders came first.  Faulkner-esque though it is, Borders started me on the course I've charted since then, doing my best to create (as Marianne Moore so aptly put it) "imaginary gardens with real toads in them".

Given  its initial failure and well-intentioned shortcomings, along with what what I perceive as the current trends of modern fiction (which appear to swing wildly from the wild seas of the literati-targeted unintelligible to the stagnant ponds of supernatural romance), there is no chance on earth of interesting any kind of publisher in a reissue of The Borders of Life, so I'm taking matters into my own hands and doing it here, for free.

But this is a chance to scrape off all the inadequacies and errors that plagued the initial release of the book (it's a long story, and you don't want to hear it), so I'm doing a stem to stern revision of the book, streamlining it, removing its all too obvious excesses, and slimming it down considerably.

Not only that, but for the first time, this second edition of the book will include the prequel and seminal story "Before", that was first published in a Baen Books anthology entitled Lammas Night.  (And there's a long story there, too.  And you don't want to hear that one, either)  As with the novel, the story will appear in a revised and edited version

Look for a link to PDF, MOBI, and EPUB files when I'm done ripping the novel and story to shreds and have hashed out the intricacies of the publishing program I'm using.

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G. A. Kathryns...

The full text of Poisson Pen, a Lovecraftian adventure, is now available as a PDF file for free download and/or online perusal.A mobi e-reader version is in the works.

Poisson Pen is a Lovecraftian adventure that I wrote pretty much "to order" for an online gaming company.  There were plans for the company to release the novel as a PR effort to attract attention to the game, but those plans were abandoned and the company threw the rights to the story back into my lap.  Since it had originally been released under a Creative Commons license, I couldn't shop it around to regular publishers, so it sat on my hard drive for about ten years.  Now I have the opportunity to release it via the Web.

The original text incorporated elements — places and characters — from the game, but in this revised version, I've replaced those elements with more standard material from the Cthulhu Mythos.

The chapters are short, about eight pages in typescript, so the book (as was desired) is somewhat in the vein of a "penny dreadful" episodic story as might have been published in one of the pulp magazines of the 1930s.

I've revised it, and given it a lick and a promise, but aside from the above mentioned replacement of gaming elements with standard Mythos material, it appears here much as it did originally.

I hope you enjoy Poisson Pen, and I hope you like its spunky heroine, Carly Willis.