About The Old Gods of Desolation by A. L. Plumb:
Free on Kindle between the 14th-18th of December, and the first chapter is always free on desolatetales.com, as well as a few other short stories that I have written.
Before Earth, there was Desolation, a dark and barren world filled with gods and monsters of which even your darkest nightmares couldn’t fathom. The gods were once a peaceful race, and with their control of almost every planet in this solar system, they were perhaps one of the most powerful forces to ever exist. That was until the affects of living in such vastly different environments changed their physiology and granted them false senses of superiority, enticing a war that whittled this once proud race down to a handful. The last survivors fled to Desolation, where they lived happily for many generations. But when violence started to break out again, they knew their race was doomed to fail. They decided to create and nurture a new race to carry on their legacy in a more peaceful way. That race was humanity. While many accepted and cherished this new race, there were many who hated the concept of being replaced by such primitive beasts. They sought to destroy humanity and all who would dare to protect it. The only problem was that those who protected the infant race were far too powerful to defeat. The renegade gods decided that they too would create their own race to surpass all others. They create the Aangshin, a demon/god hybrid with more potential than anything ever known. The only problem is that he was created far too quickly and turned out to be both overly kind and inept at tapping into the powers he held deep within. If they want him to be their saviour, the renegade gods must nurture his rage and hone his skills until he is ready for what would be the most important battle in the history of the gods. But above all, they would have to make sure the enemies didn’t find a way to redirect this anger back at its creators. Children can be so easily swayed after all…
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My introduction to writing was rather sudden and unexpected. I always enjoyed writing stories when I had to at school, yet I never considered going down the writing path until I had a nightmare during university that made me thing “some of things I dream could probably make good horror films”. Not being adept at film making, I tried writing instead and it just felt right. I started by making some short stories out of dreams that I could remember and altered them to fit into one big story that ended up being around 40k words. The Old Gods of Desolation was in essence an experiment to see if I could write a full-length story, and to see if people would like it. I got the full-length story out (78k words), so now I’m trying to get opinions to see if it is worth me carrying on with this line of work.