November 9, 2015 by Laird
X’s for Eyes is available for preorder at JournalStone and I’m sure all other venues will follow. Paperback version includes an electronic copy. This is a novella, just under 25k in length. The first half of the novella is called “We Smoke the Northern Lights” and will also run in The Gods of HP Lovecraft. Both books are slated for release on December 11th.
Many thanks to Christopher Payne, Vincenzo Bilof of Bizarro Pulp Press, Lori Michelle, and Matthew Revert for bringing this project to life.
art by Matthew Revert
Brothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair-haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists. Alas, life is complicated in mid-1950s USA when you’re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises, a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli’s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes, Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds, would be a swell company logo.
Consider also those long, cruel winters at the Mountain Leopard boarding school for assassins in the Himalayas, or that Dad may be a supervillain, while an uncle occasionally slaughters his nephews and nieces for sport; and the space flight research division of Sword Enterprises “accidentally” sent a probe through a wormhole into outer darkness and contacted an alien god. Now a bloodthirsty cult and an equally vicious rival firm suspect the Tooms boys know something and will spare no expense, nor innocent life, to get their claws on them.
Between the machinations of the disciples of black gods and good old corporate skullduggery, it’s winding up to be a hell of a summer vacation for the lads.