Episode 5 of a 6 part Season!
Once, the empire of Vhur was the world's most powerful. But that was before the Lichy plague. Now, twenty years and millions of dead later, only a few cities remain. The survivors walk a fine line between staying alive and crumbling into the grave.
Come the Night of Knives, even these last few might perish.
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About the Author
John McGuire is an engineer by day and writer by night. He attended Georgia Tech to obtain a civil engineering degree. While his left brain absorbed information on E-mag, Calculus, Statics, Dynamics, Structures and Road Design; his right brain devoured the works of Jack London, Mark Twain, Anne Rice, Alan Moore, Kurt Busiek, and Mark Wade. Today, John is a registered professional engineer and professional writer.
His love and collection of comic books began when he was 10, in a convenience store in Waycross, Georgia. It wasn’t long afterwards when he started writing his first comic related stories. This passion has continued throughout his adult life as he remains an avid comic book reader and collector.
In 2002, he was a founding member of Terminus Media. It began as a writer’s collective in the back of the Dragon’s Horde Comic Book Store in Decatur, GA. Through the next decade Terminus, published anthologies in which John was both an editor and contributor. The Gilded Age, published in 2013, is his first on-going series. The relationship with Terminus also grew into some Work for Hire opportunities for both corporate and government entities.
In 2009, John joined Headhunta Studios, a collective of Artists and Writers. In 2013, Tiger Style was published by Arena Comics. John currently has projects in production for Arena Comics.
In 2010, John took the story telling skills that he had learned and applied them to the writing of novels and short stories. The Dark That Follows is John McGuire’s debut Novel.
John McGuire currently resides in Suwanee Georgia with his wife, Courtney, and two cats: Westley, and Inigo.
He maintains that he would have been a Marine biologist, if not for Jaws.
J Edward Neill is, more than anything in his life, a writer. He lives in the good ole southeastern US of A, where it’s hot, muggy, and hot, but his roots are in the frosted outskirts of Chicago. The winter, the wind, and the cold, endless nights on his grandparents’ corn field are where it all began for him. Someday he’ll go back there and write a book about the snow, but not yet. He has other work to do…
Eons ago, while glooming about his house during a mild North Georgia winter, J Edward sat in the shadows and scribbled the first outline of his first short story. He has been obsessed ever since. Tugging the cobwebs out of his skull and redistributing them as words on a page is his passion. He writes the kind of stories he likes to read, and he’s inspired by any book that focuses on the character rather than the plot. The plots have all been done before, but the characters…those have a chance to be unique.
J Edward’s inspirations are many. He favors Tolkien’s wordiness, Dan Simmons’ gritty characters, and Shakespeare’s hard truths made poetic. He likes fantasy, but not the sort with pretty elves and clever gnomes. He likes epic tales written for adults, stories accessible to everyone with a sharp (and maybe a bit twisted) mind. But more than any of these, he likes to lurk at night in his man-cave with all the lights off and no other authors’ books within reach. Ideally the windows will be open, the eve will be chilly, and the stars high and bright. These are the best nights to write on. He likes to think these are his nights, his and no other…
J Edward’s prime focus is the completion of his epic fantasy trilogy, Tyrants of the Dead. The Tyrants trilogy follows the lives of several people, good and evil and in-between, as the soulless creatures known as the Ur attempt to tear the mortal world apart and rebuild their haunted civilization atop the ruin of mankind. He released Book One, Down the Dark Path, in July 2013, and Book Two, Dark Moon Daughter, in May 2014. Nether Kingdom, the chilling conclusion, is planned for winter 2014. He also plans to release Hollow Empire, a post-apocalyptic, dark ages opera co-authored with John McGuire, in winter 2013.