Combine the mind splintering horror of the Cthulhu Mythos and the heart shattering portion of that most terrible of emotions - love - and what do you have? This collection of short stories from some of the best working in the fields of horror and dark speculative fiction blends romance and Lovecraft in a way which will may make you sigh, smile, weep, or leave you the hollow shell of your former self. Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails is a collection of dark speculative fiction whose stories all focus on themes of loneliness, isolation, and abandonment.
Enter into strange worlds envisioned by some of the most inventive authors writing today. In post-World War III, small town Michigan, a self-proclaimed, violent, and insane High Priestess has taken control, reducing the remaining men to nothing more than slaves and playthings.
Jericho, the reluctant leader of the Resistance, must fight her own family to preserve the freedom and equality of all in her care - male and female alike. She's torn between love and duty, and with traitors around every corner, she has no idea who to trust anymore. The battle is over, but the war has just begun. Jericho returns to the Obsidian camp, only to learn that her sister Candace destroyed it as part of a plot to dismantle the resistance movement that brought down their mother, the High Priestess.
The rest of the resistance blames Jericho for the deaths of their friends, but that's the least of her worries. Not only does Jericho now have to right the wrongs her sister has done, she must contend with a few guests to the camp who bring secrets that will change her life forever. Either she'll redeem herself in the eyes of her comrades, or she'll die trying. Seriously, hang on a minute before opening this book.
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Berkeley campus in nearby Berkeley, Calif. Through a haze of pot smoke and salt air, Krieger had fallen in love with the West Coast. He hatched two dreams for his future: The first was to one day build himself an oceanfront cabin in the wilderness, and the second was to some day sail around the world.
In the early s, Krieger returned to Vancouver, securing a job on the North Vancouver docks, which turned into a nearyear career as an electrician and an inspector for the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. The larger-than-life Bernard Krieger and his thick black moustache went on to become an infamous character in Desolation Sound through many death-defying adventures.
I was fascinated by the blue-collar giant and soon realized that his bark was worse than his bite. He and his faithful German Shorthaired Pointer, Dude, swam great distances together in the ocean. In the mids, Bernard Krieger fell uncharacteristically ill. He was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which had been lingering in his body since his days of sharing drugs in the late s.
He fought the disease with the strongest treatments allowed, which conquered the virus, but at a terrible cost that was still to come.
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While still suffering from the after-effects of Hepatitis C, which often negatively affected his mood and behaviour, Krieger managed to sail from Florida to Central America with help from friends and family. But fate dealt Krieger a winning hand when he met Darragh McCarthy, a dreadlocked young Irishman vagabond who was a skipper-for-hire. McCarthy fixed the motor and together they made the passage through the Panama Canal, bound for the open Pacific Ocean and adventures beyond. She asked that her name not be included in this story.
By the time Krieger and McCarthy reached Ecuador in South America, Krieger had fallen ill again: fever, chills, and this time, three large lumps in his neck. Leaving the Irishman with the boat, Krieger flew back to Canada where he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, a known risk from the aggressive treatments he chose years earlier to rid his body of Hepatitis C.
Over the next few years, between cancer treatments in Canada, Krieger would embark undaunted with McCarthy on many farflung sailing adventures. Krieger would often show up for the voyages straight from treatment and still clearly suffering. The storm lasted three pounding days, but they survived. All but one of their sails were destroyed in the storm.
They later found out they had survived Cyclone Tomas, a severe Category-4 tropical storm that caused millions of dollars of damage on Fiji. In the fall of , Krieger was declared cancer-free. The big German felt like he had a new lease on life. In a matter of years, he had beaten Hepatitis C, cancer, and Cyclone Thomas.
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He loved life on Fiji and decided to plant roots. At age 64, Bernard shocked his family back home in Canada when he married a Fijian woman, Miliana Waqatabu. At age 65, Krieger shocked himself when he found out he was going to become a father for the third time. Krieger and his wife bought land in the Fijian seaside town of Savusavu, famous for its tidal hot springs.
They made plans to build a home. But I wish he would have called home a lot more often. McCarthy, meanwhile, departed. When he saw Krieger settling down, he hopped on another boat and continued sailing. The two never saw each other again.
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Life on Fiji was wonderful for Krieger, until one final, confusing night when fate dealt Krieger a losing hand. In the early hours of April 12, , after a night on the town, Bernard Krieger was chatting with several Fijians at the top of a grassy shoreline embankment. In the inky darkness of the tropical night, somehow Krieger misjudged where the edge of the embankment was. He slipped and tumbled roughly three metres to the rocky beach below.
The hot springs of Savusavu are so hot that Fijians have used them to cook their food for generations. The springs maintain an average boiling heat of C F. Krieger suffered massive third- and fourth-degree burns from his chest down, covering over 65 per cent of his body. He managed to somehow stay alive in hospital for another four days, but succumbed on April 16, , at age Krieger is survived by his wife, three children, three grandchildren, 10 siblings, many nieces and nephews, and the countless friends he made around the world.
Many fondly remember the big German for the amount of life he managed to pack into his 66 years.
No matter what the odds, Krieger lived his dreams , and those dreams carried him to the end of the earth, and to the end of his life. Bernard the German: the tragic tale of Desolation Sound's giant 'I will always love this beautiful bear'.