Tomorrow, I am launching my new website, as well as a massive, monstery flash fiction project that will allow people to become a part of DREAMER, my horror/urban fantasy trilogy, before it is published. In honor of that, here is a peek at the DREAMER universe:
Western Washington possessed the extremely dubious honor of being ground zero, the location where the Dream started, before ripping across the globe in a paroxysm of carnage and destruction. To the best of their abilities, historians had been able to pinpoint where the first jabberwocky manifestation occurred, based upon the accounts of survivors. At approximately 5:30 pm on April 22nd, 1956, the ocean beneath the Tacoma Narrows Bridge flared with an eerie blue-green light. The water bubbled and seethed as sea life fled en masse from the enormous beast that rose out of the depths: a throbbing heart the size of a blue whale, surrounded by a wreathe of muscular black tentacles as thick around as city buses. The jabberwocky laid waste to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge--which had already been destroyed once less than twenty years earlier at the hands of poor engineering and high winds--smashing it apart effortlessly, as if the bridge were made of bread sticks. At the center of its pulsing organ of a body, the monster had possessed a beaklike mouth that sprayed sticky black jets of oil. One of the largest jabbers to manifest in Washington that day, the beast managed to lumber far inland before finally being destroyed by a group of construction workers, who strategically demolished a building on top of it, crushing it to death. Before it was killed, those jets of oil coated countless streets, buildings, and trees, which were set alight in great sheets of flame by both the special powers of other jabberwockies, and by the humans fighting them. Over four thousand of the city's residents died that day, almost a thousand of them killed by the fires alone.