Sometimes Heaven Is Overrated!
Challenges of the Gods proves a powerful
start to a captivating new series......
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Erik Henry Vick is an author who happens to be disabled by an autoimmune disease (also known as his Personal Monster™). He writes to hang on to the few remaining shreds of his sanity. His current favorite genres to write are dark fantasy and horror.
He lives in Western New York with his wife, Supergirl; their son; a Rottweiler named after a god of thunder; and two extremely psychotic cats. He fights his Personal Monster™ daily with humor, pain medicine, and funny T-shirts.
Erik has a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S.C.S., and a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked as a criminal investigator for a state agency, a college professor, a C.T.O. for an international software company, and a video game developer.
Robert is a war hero on his way down. Addicted to cocaine, wallowing in guilt, he meets a beautiful woman with the quirky habit of telling everyone she’s the devil. Rick Bergen learns the true cost of revenge when he enters the world of the voodoo pantheon and meets the manifestation of vengeance.
Rena is kidnapped by polygamist extremists bent on creating an army for the apocalypse—by any means necessary.An ancient evil has returned to stalk the shores of Lake Seneca. A colonial New Yorker, with the help of an Onondowaga warrior, must confront beings that can’t be killed or reasoned with.
A man is trapped in Rochester, NY by a massive snowstorm, but if he doesn't make his appointment in Buffalo, his entire bloody itinerary will be in jeopardy
Mind your step. Don’t attract these devils' attention.
Surreal and constantly surprising, Devils is clearly the work of a writer who knows what he’s doing with Vick taking us to the depths of devilish depravity and beyond. Delivering sharp, and above all compelling nuggets of short, but perfectly framed works of fiction these are stories to be read with the light on and will linger in your memory for days and weeks to come. Short story writing is an art that few authors master but here Vick turns brevity to his advantage with barb sharp stucco prose and deft characterization. It’s cutting and clever and he has clearly mastered the art of expanding on any given moment. It’s most evident in his opening story, The Devil, where we find ourselves staring into the eyes of the Devil along with his hapless protagonist and in Vengeance when Rick finds himself contemplating the cost of his revenge. All in all, there’s no wanton wittering with each story punching above its word count and each one beggaring reflection as we are left dwelling on the different manifestations of evil.
Powerful, clever and above all highly entertaining
Devils introduces an exciting new literary voice to a popular genre
and is recommended without reservation.