No Bad Deed – A Short Story

Greetings friends and readers. As promised, what follows is a short story I wrote sometime back. As you’ll note, the story has an introduction that may sound familiar to some. A closer inspection will reveal from whence the inspiration for this story came. If you can guess it, please leave a comment. I’ll let you know in a future post who was right🙂

Anywho, without further adieu, here is No Bad Deed


Sitting at the table, top hat in hand and linen bag by his feet, is Mr. Fineus T Barlow.

It is 1865, and a terrible Civil War has just ended.

Mister Barlow and compatriot are sitting ‘round and discussing financial opportunities presented by the end of the terrible and destructive war.

Mister Barlow is a salesman, though his goods-in-trade are not made of wood, metal, leather, or cloth. Mister Barlow trades in lies, scams, and broken dreams, making a living off those who are too poor, depressed, or downtrodden to see exactly what a poor salesman Mister Barlow actually is.

Like most of his ilk, Mr. Barlow believes he’s checked his conscience at the door.

But he’ll soon find that the little voice cannot be silenced utterly. And that all things do not stay equal.






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Back to Bidness!

Greetings Readers!

Well Shyene’s out, and I hope everyone is enjoying her story. After having finished, I’m sure you’ll have at least one one burning  question in mind, perhaps two. The answer to both is yes. There will be a sequel, and I am working on it right now. When it will be ready, well I can’t answer that yet.

As noted in the forward to that work, when I first came up with the idea it was going to be a sprawling post-apocalyptic sci-fi political thriller with vampires. But the more I delved into Shyene’s character, who was always going to be a starring player along with several others, the more I became, enamored, with her. I felt she deserved more backstory, and I was finding it difficult to put all that into this huge epic. I was afraid the larger story might drown out Shyene’s part, and, I didn’t want all her baggage slowing the main story. So, I made the decision to just tell her side, and set it just before the bigger plot.

Will one need to have read Blood Marriage to understand the next story. No. But it will give the reader much more insight into Shyene’s motivations; why she hates the vampires so much and why she’ll go to such lengths to bring them down.

But, that’s later. How much later, I really don’t know. When I do, you dear readers will be the first to know.

I know lately there’s been a dry spell in my postings, both here and on Tales of Aeonith. This owes mostly to my situation in lifet. I am now in a better place, both physically and emotionally, to continue that work which gladdens my heart most. Writing! So there’ll be more to come soon. Hooray🙂

In lieu of that, keep your eyes here for a short story I wrote a while back. It’s not an Aeonith tale, so I don’t want to put it there, so the Night Castle seems the logical choice.

Anyway, that’s all for now, so take care and as always, thanks for reading.

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Blood Marriage – Shyene Released!

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Greetings Friends and readers! Good news! The first adventure starring Shyene Lucas is now available! Here’s a small excerpt from this thrilling sci-fi adventure.

Shy landed like a cat, ready for another leap.

“I have no wish to do battle,” Zorak’s half-metallic voice said, “and the baron has ordered me not to harm you, but if you persist in this pointless distraction I shall be forced to subdue you.”

A shudder went through her as she considered what he meant by, subdued?

“That’s exactly what you’ll have to do,” she replied defiantly, “or get out of my way. Probably should just stand aside though. I’m not what you’d call ‘easily subdued’.”

Zorak seemed unmoved. His right arm lowered the sword in his hand.

“His majesty the baron has no ill will or intentions toward you. Please accept his invitation.”

Shy narrowed her eyes at the cyborg. Either he didn’t know his master very well or he was just a terrible liar.

“Sorry friend, but it’s my invitation the baron will accept. An invitation to hell!”

The daggers shot forward again, this time one flew high while the other dived low. No way even a cyborg could deflect them this time.

And yet he did. In a move so fast the eye barely caught it, the steel and silver weapons went sailing across the yard.

Again, Shyene took advantage of the diversion.

She closed the distance, a third dagger in her hand, this one longer and shinier than the two she wore at her sides. Suddenly she was within striking distance of him.

And then suddenly she wasn’t.

He’d actually only seen her closing just in time to raise his left arm. A half-second later and he’d have been too late, that long dagger would be stuck in what was left of his heart.

As it was, an invisible, compressed wave of sound suddenly blew from his outstretched palm. At such close range, Shyene took the full force of the blow, sending her back nearly twenty yards.

Twisting around at the last possible second, Shy landed on her feet, hands open. The daggers flew through the air, returning to their master.

She was ready for the next round.

The opponent’s squared off.

Shyene carefully gauged him now.

He seemed almost uninterested.

“Last chance.” She said uttered softly.

When Zorak failed to respond, Shy struck again. The daggers flew this time in a wide arc, circling down toward her foe. In an instant she was on him.

But instead of a dagger, she pulled her weapon of last resort. The solid grip of the pistol she kept behind her back filled her hand as she brought it forward, to fire at nearly point-blank range.

Zorak’s metal arm grabbed the barrel just as Shy brought it to bear, pointing it up and over his shoulder.  She heard her daggers hit the mark, one thumping into the flesh of his right shoulder while the other clinked into his metallic arm. Neither seemed to slow him down in the slightest.

Shy pulled the trigger, hoping the blast might throw him off-balance enough for her to get in a final attack. The pistol roared, Zorak held firm. Shy reached with her other hand to withdraw her last weapon, the silver long-dagger.


Blood Marriage is more than a sci-fi adventure though. It is a character study into the life of a strong young woman whose past casts a long shadow over her soul. Though her quest for vengeance against the vampire overlords drives her ever onward, she can never outrun her personal demons.

Blood Marriage is available today on Amazon, both in paperback and Kindle formats: links below

Amazon Paperback: Blood Marriage

Amazon Kindle: Blood Marriage

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The Dabba Don:

Kudos to everyone who gets this!

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X-Files S1 E5 – The Jersey Devil

Hello and welcome back to another X-Files Rewatch!

Here we are in episode five. A decent enough outing, well-acted and so forth. Probably one of my least favorite of the season, but that by no means reflects on the writing or production values. The story was just, I don’t know, boring. (I hope  I never write like that, though I’m terribly afraid that everything I write is somehow lackluster.)

This one is the first instance of the show taking a real world legend, urban or otherwise, and putting a possible X-Files explanation on it. It’s as plausible as anything, I guess. When you finally found out what the ‘Jersey Devil’ actually is though, you’re so hyped up for something else that the truth is a bit of a letdown. At least that’s the way I felt.

It’s fun watching Duchovny spend this first season finding his way as Mulder. He brings such an  intensity to the role, an intensity that I think he loses in the later seasons.

Scully goes on a date in this episode while Mulder’s out chasing the thing. You can almost see her squirming, that’s how uncomfortable she looks. Great acting by Gillian Anderson.

I’d write more about this one but it wouldn’t be fair to put more into this post than I put into watching this one. :()

To me, it’s one of those episodes you’re glad you watched once, but probably wouldn’t go back and see it again. Unless you were writing a Rewatch column.🙂

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X-Files Rewatch – S1 E4 – Conduit

Welcome back to another rundown of one of science-fiction’s best shows. Certainly of the 90’s.

Here we have the fourth episode, a girl is abducted in the middle of the night. Mulder immediately assumes its aliens, while Scully talks to local law enforcement and gets more grounded explanations. For fans who watch the show closely, this episode is no small mirror for Mulder’s own life, because his own sister taken in the middle of the night as well.

That lady you’ve seen in a bunch of other stuff is actress Carrie Snodgress, by the way(your welcome)

The show does a great job of leading you first down one path then the other. Maybe she was abducted, no wait she could have just run off with someone else’s boyfriend. No, it was aliens. Wait, she was pregnant and ran away.

In the end, well, either you already know or I’m not gonna tell you.🙂

There’s a sweet little twist at the end, when you finally figure out what the little boy is drawing while he’s staring at the static on TV. That was a great little piece of plot engineering.

It’s a solid episode in a solid show. Not my favorite of the season but one of the good ones, for sure.

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Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, has died, according to news reports.

Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, has died, according to news reports.

Today we lost a sci-fi great. Mr. Nimoy helped push Star Trek, and with it sci-fi,to the forefront of the national conversation.
After Trek, he also made innumerable contributions to art as well. 
Goodbye sir,you will he missed.

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