Before full night comes, when the air is indigo and objects less distinct, time and space can shift…this is the magic hour. For homicide detective Nathan Byrne, it is a time that signals chaos. As he tracks down art thefts connected to a murder in an abandoned mine, his head injury from a car accident triggers blackouts that pull him into the shadows of an alternate world, one that seems much more than a hallucination.
Sent by his captain into a backwater small town in the Pacific Northwest to get his act together, Nathan finds himself drawn to the slower pace of life the town holds, to the work of solving a real-life murder with the local sheriff, and to Sela, an artist and preacher. But the blackouts continue and each time he is drawn deeper into the destiny of a mysterious place called Elaimat whose leader, Naliv, tells him her world and his own have the same origin, and both are at risk without his help.
As the border between the two worlds continues to merge, he is terrified he’ll lose his grip on what is real and there will be no way back.
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I call my website “Stories from an Unexpected Universe” because that is how my stories appear to me and come into being, arising out of what is familiar and unknown at the same time. Storytelling is an ancient tradition. My hope is for the stories and books I write to bring you a good read, a respite from the frenetic pace we sometimes live, and most of all, a path into other ways of seeing. My short stories have appeared in Thrice Fiction, Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, Over My Dead Body!, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, among others. I have also been a ghostwriter, published a book on environmental management, and created an online workbook on soul development for the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. Happily, I was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for my script about a mother seeking the disabled child she had abandoned, in “Second Chances.” My fantasy book MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobook competition. Two short stories have been featured on The Strange Recital podcast in Woodstock, NY. After working on both coasts, in Texas, and overseas, I have come to call the historic and beautiful Hudson River Valley region my home now, and it pleases me no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth.