Joel Byers (aka The Twisted Historian) has been described by the industry as the laziest, most brilliant, unpublished talent currently pretending to write. He has vigorously protested this appellation, as he claims he was dead all those years and has the paperwork to prove it. Since regaining his corporeal form he has promised to write more, as writing is the second most fun thing he can do with his clothes off.
Where There's Smoke
by Joel Byers
This Date in Twisted-History
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published in Warps in the Tapestry
published in Critical Mass and other stories
50 stories and 1 illustration
published in Shared Words: Volume One
published in Lynsey Moon's Fever Dreams
Wilder Investigations #1: Mirror, Mirror
written by Joel Byers, C. Scott Davis and R. Eric Smith
illustrated by R. Eric Smith and L. Whyte
A twisted set building game for 2-4 players
created by Joel Byers and C. Scott Davis
Abaddon: This story gave me big Supernatural vibes, but it was also very unique in exactly *who* was attacking the demons. I love the Point of View used in this story and I think Byers did an excellent job in setting up the Underworld setting. It was also sort of amusing, in a way - the story starts off with one of the demons "crashing through the dark and ornate palace doors" in a panic, and I just love the idea of these demons having a very human-style freak out. This was definitely fun read, and, like the Time On Earth story, had an absolutely *excellent* ending.
Rating: 5 Stars ~~ Britt on Goodreads
Infernal Ratio: When I was asked to review this series of short stories, I was told that the theme behind the compilation was largely inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. I've never read Lovecraft so I can't tell you how accurately these stories portray his ideas, but I *can* tell you who this short story, Infernal Ratio, does remind me of: Stephen King. Specifically, it reminds me of his novel Rose Madder. I do think this particular story was a little slow-paced, but the plot events themselves were easily horrific. The mental image of Robert, driven crazy and having painted for days, is particularly haunting. The imagery was particularly good in this short story, and I think the imagery was definitely Infernal Ratio's strongest point - rather fitting, considering the story centers around an artist.
Rating: 4 Stars ~~ Britt on Goodreads
Where There's Smoke - NaNoWriMo 2006
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