Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shades of the Shadowlands #atozchallenge


For the A to Z Challenge, I'm featuring twenty-six flash fiction pieces from my Foxwick Kingdom and its surrounding neighbors. A to Z Flashes of Foxwick is now available from Smashwords and Amazon and includes the bonus short story "Lady Death." You can add this to your Goodreads list here.


Shades of the Shadowlands

Death used to be mortal, but he abandoned his mortality when he discovered the entrance to the Shadowlands. His spilled blood had opened the crevasse, and he could do nothing to stop his downward spiral into Death’s realm.
Bluish light, cold as ice, illuminated the Shadowlands. Stalactites dripped from the ceiling, and he had skirted around them. He’d planned to challenge the original Death and combat against him like heroes of old. His sword had gleamed in the pale light. Shapes formed slowly, like a near-sighted person squinting into the distance. Blacked shadows metamorphosed into many souls.
He’d recognized loved ones, friends, enemies. All resided in the Shadowlands in the end, and they had swarmed around his fading life.
But now these shades were in his keep. The years had passed, and his lands expanded to conform to these dearly departed souls. Death used to be a mortal man, but now he was so much more.

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Laura Eno said...

Intriguing idea, flash fiction glimpses into what I assume will be a forthcoming novel?
New follower here from Alex's blog!

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M.J. Fifield said...

Another very cool flash. I especially liked that last line.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cool flash, and great A to Z theme!

The Golden Eagle said...

Intriguing! It makes me wonder what Death was like before he abandoned mortality.

(This character actually reminds me of one I wrote about, though I never finished the novel.)

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...


Christine Rains said...

Wonderful. I love the mythology of Death you have in your world.

Julie said...

Loved this piece, very chilling. I particularly loved the image of the stalactites, and the shadows morphing into souls.

Nicole said...

Nice job capturing all the subtleties in a few short lines!

Tracy Bermeo (aka A2Z Mommy) said...

Hello! Visiting from the A to Z via Alex J. Cavanaugh. This is a great flash fiction piece. I love the idea of an original Death and a new Death. Cool concept.
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