I’m very pleased to introduce the first guest author at Signal+, E.M. McDowell and his novel, Dark Luminance. In his book, today’s guest author poses a perturbing question:
Dark Luminance is the story of Dr. Mackland Luther and his companions battling undead mutants and a telepathic madman in an attempt to get back to their own universe after an experiment gone horribly wrong.
I couldn’t get a hold of author E.M. McDowell for a one on one interview, (word is that his publisher has him chained in a dark room with nothing but a laptop and a bowl of pretzels) but we did get a few pages from the journal of Mackland Luther, found at the site of his latest experiment.
“Post-Experiment- Day 4- 8 P.M. ?
Not sure whether we are better or worse off now. We got away from Jerrington and his gang, but we can’t get clear until they move on. This apartment is as good a hole to hide in as any, but with his search parties roaming the streets below, I don’t know how much time we have.
My ribs are killing me, but I need to get some sleep while I can.
Post-Experiment – Day 6 –
I needed a few days to recuperate and process what we’ve found since I wrote last, but here goes…
Running into Grizzly was the craziest thing, but it is probably also the best thing that could have happened to us. I don’t think there is a bad bone in that huge body, and he has given us everything we need to rest and recover from the past few days.
I’m worried about Billy. He hasn’t been the same since the attack on Sean. It’s not like him to withdraw, from anything. He deals with everything head on, balls-to-the-wall. The last few days, it’s like he’s been afraid to take any chances, or even risk getting to know some of the people here. There’s been a few breaks, but he always retreats back into his own head, and I don’t know how to get him back out. Maybe Lily will have some ideas; I need to talk to her about it.
I’m not sure what this Council of Grizzly’s is up to, but he doesn’t seem overly concerned, so I’m not worrying about it. However, we can’t stay here much longer. We need to get out of here, get the Collector back, and find the energy cell so we can try to get home. Grizzly has been hinting that he wants to get out as well, so I am hoping he decides to go with us, at least for a while; his knowledge of the area would make getting into Cheyenne to recover the Collector merely improbable, instead of impossible.
It’s been two days, so hopefully Jerrington has given up and gone on the Cheyenne Mountain, but I’m not holding my breath. If he is controlling the Psidead, he could have them patrolling forever, since they don’t need food or rest. He is going to be looking for us, and we still haven’t come up with a plan for getting past him to get the Collector. Our best bet is to contact Ming and hope he is willing to help us from the inside.
I talked to Lily, and we agreed to give things another day or so before we make a final decision. Hopefully something will present itself as a better solution by then.”
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About the Author
Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, E.M. McDowell first started writing in high school, consisting primarily of sappy poems aimed at impressing girls. A four year stint in the Marine Corps pushed literary endeavors to the background, where they remained for the next twenty-odd years, until they were uncovered by a mild mid-life crisis.
In the intervening years, he has worked in various technology jobs, and is currently the technology manager for a small county government.
Married for twenty-two years to his best friend, and blessed with two wonderful daughters, he works to balance his writing while living in a house full of women.
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