Sunday, November 8, 2009
New Story at Beat To A Pulp
I have a new story online at Beat To A Pulp, the excellent 'zine edited by David Cranmer.
The story is called "Mortification" - read it here.
"Mortification" is one of a couple of short stories featuring characters from an as-yet-unpublished novel I wrote a few years ago. The novel is titled HOLD FAST TO THIS and features a Pakistani-American detective working in an affluent California suburb not unlike where I live. I'm fond of the cast of characters in the book - Joe Bashir and his family and girlfriend and colleagues in the police department. It's a little difficult to jam even a subset of that cast into a short story, and to be honest, I'm not sure I pulled it off in this one.
I'm hoping to see the other story up eventually somewhere. That one features Joe's colleague Bertrice in the protagonist role.
Maybe someday the novel - envisioned to be the start of the series - will have a shot at publication. For now, this is like a visit with a group of friends who I haven't seen in a while.