A hilarious tale of mystery, adventure and the search for freedom in a complex and fascinating afterlife, where angels and humans struggle to navigate their own weaknesses. Purgatory is in trouble. In a bureaucratic Astral existence where science, theology and utter confusion are entwined, something is preventing the dead from ascending. Following her own untimely death by house fire, Alice Shepherd has found herself a nice, sensible job as an administrator at the Office of Transition, where she can work to earn enough virtue to finally rest in peace. But when the power-hungry Mayor Jagger T. Fleisch demands she conceals obvious corruption, Alice takes action to set things straight. This could be her one chance to redeem herself from an awful secret, still burning in her gut like steely battery acid. Can Alice unclog a corrupt system before the streets are overrun by dead people? And what happens when two drunk guardian angels accidentally open the doors to Hell?
Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol investigates a shocking murder—before he becomes the next victim—in this playful mystery in a new series from a New York Times bestselling author. Scrooge considers himself a rational man with a keen sense of deductive reasoning developed from years of business dealings. But that changes one night when he’s visited by the ghost of his former boss and friend, Fezziwig, who mysteriously warns him that three more will die, and ultimately Ebenezer himself—if he doesn’t get to the bottom of a vast conspiracy. When he wakes the next day, Scrooge discovers that not only is Fezziwig dead, but he’s under arrest as all evidence points toward himself: Scrooge’s calling card was found in the cold, dead hand of Fezziwig’s body, and someone scribbled “HUMBUG” in blood on the floor nearby. Now, Scrooge must race against the pocket watch to clear his name, protect his interests, and find out who killed his last true friend—before the “Humbug Killer” strikes again. Joining Scrooge in his adventures is a spunky sidekick named Adelaide, who matches his wits at every turn, plus the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Belle, Pickwick, and even Charles Dickens himself as a reporter dealing in the lurid details of London’s alleyway crimes.
Full of action and wry humor, The Humbug Murders is a fun take on a classic character—Scrooge as you’ve never seen him before.
Glass Heist, by E. A. A. Wilson
It was on a mountainous Plateau suspended in the middle of an atmospheric sphere somewhere in the universe, with nothing but skies above or below. On this Plateau, a river twisted its wet way for hundreds of miles through rocky woods, before plunging over the edge in a waterfall that cascaded in frothy steam towards a never-ending sky nobody had ever explored. Along this river lived four tribes; Fire, Water, Earth and Air.
Join this short story thought experiment and explore what happens when the leader of the Water tribe, Great Wake, has a terrible idea for increasing food production...
“We’re burgling a glass eye factory?” Aventurine scoffed, picking up a convex scleral shell, the sort that sits on top of a dried and shriveled prune of an eye to give it back its twinkle. “Ugh. If eyes are the windows to the soul, then what the hell is this?”
In this short story, jewelry thief George has one shot to impress his boss - the stunning Aventurine. It seems to be going rather well, until a violent interruption shatters his wet dream.
The Humbug Murders, by L. J. Oliver (pseudonym)
"In two days my heart would be ripped from my chest with a silver hook and sacrificed to the stars. My entire life to this point had been a fairly long and rather dull wait."
Asta was always miserable, but that had nothing to do with her impending death. She had no fear of her fate—after all, it had been set even before her birth. In fact, she pitied her sister Ylva and her brothers who would continue their sorry lives never knowing whether they would die from a revolting intestinal disease, or have gangrene set in after a gruesome injury, or if they would wither to death from old age. But when her father returns from the last raid before the sacrifice and presents Asta with an unusual gift, strange things start happening...
Rosemary's Piano, by E. A. A. Wilson
DAMN, by E. A. A. Wilson
Ascension Denied, by E. A. A. Wilson
ELIZABETH A. A. WILSON
The winter was nearly over, so the sun started rising a little earlier and setting a little later. Because of this, a lot of extra light and warmth floated through the air. It fell on the face of an angel and made her sparkle like a morning dew drop. The light bounced off her golden hair and twinkled in her eyes so they looked as blue as a mountain lake. On a crystal colored cloud all the way up there in the never-ending blueness of the sky, she sat down by her beloved piano.
But when Rosemary tries to play the Song of Life, a song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age, she is horrified by what Piano comes out with...
The Starmaiden's Thrall, by E. A. A. Wilson