Works in Progress
Three generations after the crash of the Icarus, Iapyx is barely hanging on: one of thirteen cities suspended half-way down deep chasms. The sun on the diamond lands above will kill a man in less than five minutes. The ticktock monsters in the fog forest below are a little slower - but quite a bit smarter. Electromagnetic sleet has disabled the computers, the radios, even the lightbulbs. It’s the steam and clockwork age reborn: a careful society, rationed and stratified.
Which suits Simon Daud just fine.
Simon likes the rules, and knows his place - in the shadow of his older brother, Isaac. All he wants is to earn his wings as an ornithopter pilot and get to work in the flight bays. But, on his final test flight, something goes wrong. Isaac is killed. Simon is burned: his body will never be the same.
Neither will his world. Not everything in Iapyx is quite as it seems. Are there monsters in the forest below? If not, what is hiding in the fog? It seems Isaac was close to finding out.
The truth waits on the forest floor. Can Simon survive long enough to find it?
The Dream King’s Daughter
Aurora Kelso is 15 when she realizes she’s been living a dream - literally. Her job waiting tables at a truck stop, her childhood in small-town Saskatchewan, even her name: none of it is real. But the real reality seems to include thunderstorms made out of crows and monsters made out of grocery bags. Aurora’s got only one thing going for her: all her life she’s been able to read people’s dreams by looking them in the eye. Armed with this uncomfortable ability and accompanied by her dream-less friend Polk, Aurora sets off to find her mother, the psychologist who wiped her real memory, and her father, the King of Dreams.
The Dream King’s Daughter is a novel for children and young adults aged 12 and up. It is an action-oriented urban fantasy set in rural Saskatchewan.
Cover Photos by Caleb Coppola and David Michael Lamb, with composition by Caleb Coppola. Photos used with permission. Special thanks to Sam Javanrouh
The Night Girl
Perpetua Collins works for a real troll. Well, technically a goblin, and it’s not as bad as it sounds. Being a secretary for an employment agency finding jobs for goblins and trolls is probably the most unusual job she could find in Toronto, but she’s grateful for it. She’s sick of barely scraping by, of living in a dank one-room apartment over a noisy restaurant, of always being on the verge of chucking it in and going back to the boring small town and overbearing mother she worked so hard to leave.
But as Perpetua settles into her new job, disturbing questions arise. The agency, like the mafia, has no visible means of support. How does her boss manage to keep his “clients” out of the public eye? Has her boss sold his soul to the devil? And what will happen if he decides to take it back?