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The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After

THE ABANDONMENT OF GRACE AND EVERYTHING AFTER

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  • Brimstone Press, forthcoming
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The best of Shane Jiraiya Cummings, with an introduction by Stephen M. Irwin and detailed afterwords from the author about every story.

The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After features Shane Jiraiya Cummings’ greatest stories: from the seductively dark “The Cutting Room” and the insanity of “Ian” through to the post-apocalyptic tragedy of “Phoenix and the Darkness of Wolves”.

The collection also includes the titular “The Abandonment of Grace and Everything After”, the story of an angel who falls Heaven and carries with him a secret from the future that could affect creation itself – a secret so dark, demonic powers would do anything to learn it.

Dreams of Destruction

DREAMS OF DESTRUCTION
(Ravenous Gods cycle)

Backed by the savage power of Dreamtime monstrosities, and supported by shadowy masters, an Australian cult known as ‘The Reign of Terror’ attempts to detonate a supernatural weapon of mass destruction at a meeting of world leaders in Perth, Western Australia. If successful, their bold plan will devastate the earth. Can mercenary hero Captain Max Calder infiltrate the cult, fend off the yakuza and Lovecraftian horrors, and ultimately bring down the plot from the inside – with one hell of a bang?

THE MIST NINJA
(The Adventures of Yamabushi Kaidan)

In a Japan that never was … while Yamabushi Kaidan is away on a desperate mission to the Summer Peak, his young friends Yumi and Akio are forced to defend the Autumn Valley against the darkness that creeps in with the mist. Can Akio’s courage and Yumi’s skill with a blade resist the threat of the legendary Mist Ninja?

THE SMOKE DRAGON
(The Adventures of Yamabushi Kaidan)

In a Japan that never was … Yamabushi Kaidan is a mountain monk with tremendous fighting ability and spiritual powers, Yumi is a brilliant but untested warrior, fighting for her village and her independence, and Kaidan’s apprentice Akio is a gifted healer with a courageous heart, but can their combined prowess save the village of Kyuusai from the onslaught of the mysterious Smoke Dragon?

THE SONG OF PRAGUE

A haunting song. An enigmatic singer. A confrontation that could tear the fabric of reality apart. Pray the Dreamer does not wake …

 Requiem for the Burning God (2014 cover)

REQUIEM FOR THE BURNING GOD
(Ravenous Gods cycle)

Evil festers beneath the mountains of 1930s Peru, and British Great War ace turned mercenary Captain Max Calder unwittingly stumbles into the thick of it! Calder is confronted by Lovecraftian horrors, the machinations of a world-spanning cult, and a lunatic song that haunts his every step. Armed with his trusty Webley pistol and his wits, Calder must confront a cult that seeks to unleash a monstrosity on the world. Will he succumb to madness … or will he put a bullet between the eyes of an insane god?

APOCRYPHA SEQUENCE: INSANITY

Explore the human mind as it is pushed to breaking point … What if every man you’d ever met was named Ian? What if the stress of an unrelenting routine intruded while you were stopped at an intersection? Insanity is a darkness that can envelop you before you’re even aware of it. Sometimes, it begins with an itch, sometimes, a mysterious invitation. Regardless of the catalyst, it never ends well.

APOCRYPHA SEQUENCE: INFERNO

Monsters and humanity contend for dominion over the 21st century … With the Kraken’s rise off the shores of Western Australia, an age of monsters is ushered in. When wits and heroics fail, a secret cabal of guardians will take drastic, devastating measures to protect everything they know and love. In the aftermath, when the world has been razed in a fiery apocalypse, hope will find a way.

APOCRYPHA SEQUENCE: DIVINITY

Suffer the capriciousness of the gods … Imagine the story of Moses from the perspective of an Egyptian commander who has lost everything to the ten deadly plagues. Can solace be obtained from a religious manifestation that appears only to mock? And in a world of shifting moral values, who is to say the Antichrist isn’t just a decent guy dealing with his own issues?

APOCRYPHA SEQUENCE: DEVIANCE

Explore the darkness within the human heart… Set foot inside the morgue at Stratton Memorial Hospital, a place where the scales of life and death have tipped in the wrong direction, and wander the city beyond, where fantasies of sex, drugs, and violence can become frighteningly real. Redemption may be found under a scalpel, in an alley, or sometimes, by embracing the darkest corner of the soul.

PHOENIX & THE DARKNESS OF WOLVES

Australia has been devastated by a supernatural inferno. Damon believes he is the last ash-covered survivor, a man’s whose past-and future-is inextricably tied to the magick that caused the conflagration. He tracks a phoenix through this apocalyptic wasteland in the hopes of using its magick to restore his lost family to humanity. His family, in turn, have been condemned to limbo as shadow wolves, emerging for a few fleeting moments every sunset to hunt Damon in the hope his death will free them from their torment. The hunt is on!

Shards (2014 cover)SHARDS (e-book edition)

Take a guided tour of the darkest backroads of the imagination. Imagine worlds that are twisted fragments of our own … Shards is fiction at its shortest and sharpest, a collection of disturbing stories from a master of dark flash fiction. A shard is a story read in just moments … but it will linger with you for the rest of your life.

Although not illustrated, the e-book edition includes two bonus stories not found in the print edition!

Shards: Damned and Burning

SHARDS: DAMNED AND BURNING

Take a guided tour of the darkest backroads of the imagination. Imagine worlds that are twisted fragments of our own … Shards is fiction at its shortest and sharpest, a collection of disturbing stories from a master of dark flash fiction. A shard is a story read in just moments … but it will linger with you for the rest of your life.

Shards: Damned and Burning is a free bonus chapbook with a mix of originals and stories that appear in Shards – each lavishly illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan.

Shards

SHARDS

Take a guided tour of the darkest backroads of the imagination. Imagine worlds that are twisted fragments of our own … In one, a woman with foresight puts her scarred body on the line to stop crimes before they happen. In another, a pervert channels the spirit of a dead school friend in the hopes of getting lucky. In yet another, the Antichrist is a misunderstood teenager who is tired of being manipulated.

In Shards, the seasons turn deadly, and a day at the beach becomes a nightmare. A vision in the mirror is anything but heavenly. The zombie apocalypse triggers one survivor’s unhealthy obsession. And where do you run when the world begins to physically unravel?

Shards is fiction at its shortest and sharpest, a collection of disturbing stories from a master of dark flash fiction. A shard is a story read in just moments … but it will linger with you for the rest of your life.

Every story is lavishly illustrated by Andrew J. McKiernan.

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