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Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” – Chapter 3

Mortal Gods: “Sodom by the Susquehanna” is an original story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. I am publishing it serially on an irregular schedule. Click on the “Mortal Gods SBTS Serial” tag at the bottom to access all chapters that have been published.
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Chapter 3:
Adam and his teammates had arrived back in Pennsylvania only a few hours earlier. He got less than three hours of sleep.
He hustled down the stairs of his family’s Boiling Springs home; wood-paneled walls greeted him as his feet hit the carpeted basement floor. He headed for a darkened corner of the basement and pushed against a portion of the paneling. It moved in and he slid it to the side. Behind it was a thick, metal door with a combination on it. He quickly spun in the correct numbers and the lock clicked. He grabbed the handle and pushed it open. The door wouldn’t have stood a chance against his superhuman abilities but its weight alone would’ve stopped just about anyone else.
The room the massive door hid was …

The Theme of Evil Existing and the Need to Destroy It

Evil exists and we should want to destroy it. That’s a theme that appears in my stories.
The idea that authors should imbue evil characters with “nuance” so as to make them sympathetic and relatable to the reader is an idea that remains popular. But I reject it. Evil characters aren’t nuanced. They may not be seemingly engaged in doing wrong at every moment of their lives, but that doesn’t change who they are. And it’s wrong to want people to sympathize with them.
This isn’t to say that every antagonist is evil, or that every character who does wrong is irredeemable. But there is nothing romantic about bad guys. Furthermore, there is nothing honorable about trying to blur the line between good and evil.
All of us know the truth on some level. In fact, we see it even in the people who try to put nuance into evil characters, or who try to show that good guys aren’t really the good guys. This results in twisting good into evil and vice versa, but it still ends with the idea that there i…

How a New Story Combines Superhumans and Espionage

Superhero movies continue dominating the box office. Spy movies remain a popular genre too. I combined elements from both these genres to create “Presidential Pardon,” a unique tale involving superhumans and espionage.
“Presidential Pardon” is another story set in the universe of Mortal Gods. It also is part of the anthology, Appalling Stories: 13 Tales of Social Injustice. (I previously wrote about the anthology here at The Loftus Party. Dave Dubrow, Ray Zacek, and I authored it, which is available as both an eBook and in paperback.)
There are no superheroes in the Mortal Gods universe; just superhuman individuals. These individuals do not run around as costumed vigilantes fighting crime. Instead, they have to live within the constraints of the law like anyone else. Or if they don’t, the government goes after them like it would anyone else. Superheroes are a far-fetched idea. People with superhuman abilities are not. . . .
Read the entire column at The Loftus Party.

Rock to a Bagpipes Cover of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ [VIDEO]

Not only do three women native to three separate continents use bagpipes (or redpipes—I’m not sure) to partially cover Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” as the second song of a two-song medley, but the video is posted to the YouTube account of an Indian woman calling herself, The Snake Charmer.
The Snake Charmer lists her real name as Archy Jay (alternatively, Archy J). The two other women playing with her are a Scottish woman named Jane Espie, and an American woman named Chelsea Joy. . . .
Read the entire post and watch the video at The Loftus Party.