Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Real and the All Too Real

Mary O'Malley
When you look at a spider, what do you see? How about a storm cloud or a mouse? Look again. They might not really be what they seem to be. They might be trying to tell you something. They might be trying to kill you. I know what you're thinking. That girl's crazy. A mouse is a mouse. A spider a spider. I would have thought the same thing before 1924. That was the year I met Alice and the year I went to work for Hanover Fist.
Hanover Fist is a private investigator. But he's more than that. Something is different about him. You see, unlike most PIs who get easy gigs like spying on a spouse having an affair, Hanover's investigations tend to lead him through tears in the weave into other realms. Some of these realms, like the realm of pleasure, he enjoys. Other realms, like the nightmare realm are pretty dangerous. Fortunately, Hanover doesn't work alone. He has me, Regan Worth, and Toledo Cats to help him solve the case. I'm the archivist and an expert in ancient languages. Toledo can talk to spiders, look into your soul, and other things she doesn't talk about to anyone -- not even Hanover. Regan is beautiful and erratic...restless as a panther in a cage. She's also haunted by memories of her past and sometimes by things that only she can see.
So why did we decide to tell our stories? You see, a few years back, we met a couple of writers -- Rachelle Reese and John E. Miller. They convinced us that people would want to read about our adventures in the realms. So we agreed. But before we could tell our story, we had to tell a little about how we came to be. That's what the first four books are about. Angels in Hell's Kitchen is about my mother and father. Rips in the Weave and The Desert Rose  introduce you to the gods of many of the realms and cover the events leading up to Toledo's conception. From the Gator's Mouth tells the story of Hanover's birth. More books are underway and they involve us directly. We'll also tell some of our shorter stories here on the blog.
Well, that's it for now. I guess I left you with more mysteries than answers. You'll get used to it.