Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Journey #141 - If Dragon's Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear by Ken Scholes

Mel Farrelly faces the edge of the world alone after the death of her father on Dargon's Mass Eve.  Many devout wait for the Santaman to return and save them, but Mel looks elsewhere for the fate of her future.

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Art by Gregory Manchess

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Ken Scholes grew up in a trailer outside a smallish logging town not far from the base of Mount Rainier in the Pacific Northwest.  Baptized into Story at a young age, he fed himself on Speed Racer, Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants and Marine Boy sprinkled with a generous dose of dinosaur picture books.  When he was thirteen, he read Bradbury's essay "How to Keep and Feed a Muse" and knew he had to be a writer. When he was fourteen, he started writing stories of his own and by fifteen, he had started his own Rejection Slip Collection.

After a long break away from writing, Ken returned to it after logging time as a sailor, soldier, preacher, musician, label gun repairman, retail manager and nonprofit director. He sold his first story to Talebones Magazine in 2000 and won the Writers of the Future contest in 2004. His quirky, offbeat fiction continues to show up in various magazines and anthologies like Polyphony 6, Weird Tales and Clarkesworld Magazine.

In 2006, his short story "Of Metal Men and Scarlet Thread and Dancing with the Sunrise" appeared in the August issue of Realms of Fantasy. Later that year, inspired and taunted by his friends and family to finally write a novel, Ken extended that story and Lamentation was born. Lamentation is the first in a five book series from Tor Books called The Psalms of Isaak.  He has since also written Canticle, Antiphon, and Requiem in that series.

Ken lives near Portland, Oregon.  If you'd like to know more about Ken, you can  contact him through his website.

Cast of characters:
Tina Connolly (of Toasted Cake, and co-host of Escape Pod) as Mel Farrelly
Rish Outfield (of the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine) as Brother Simon
Bryan Lincoln (of Bryan Lincoln Productions) as the Bureaucracy man
James Silverstein (author of Necropolis) as Parson Brown
Marshal Latham as Drum Farrelly (and excerpt reader)

Theme music: Liberator by Man In Space

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