Friday 5 November 2021

The Visitor - now free!


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This is a very personal story since it's my attempt to give my severely disabled youngest child some representation in fantasy. Disability is uncompromising, it gets in your face, it can be loud, awkward, hard to deal with, and society has spent centuries hiding it away, incarcerating it in out-of-sight facilities, locking it somewhere it can be ignored. It doesn't fit the traditional tales of charming princes and problems that, like dragons, can be overcome with a well-placed lance thrust.

George RR Martin asked me to contribute a story to the first UK-based entry in the long-running Wild Cards series, an effort that has occupied four decades of writing time, and rather longer than that in the story universe. This was my story. It appears in Knaves Over Queens. Three years later, after an epic struggle with Kindle Direct Publishing, I've put it up on its own, for free!

No prior knowledge of the Wild Cards universe is required. The story stands alone. I hope it will also tempt you to explore the worth of the scores of other authors in this collective effort.

A follow-up story, The Visitor: Kill or Cure, is free on the website.

1 comment:

  1. This is just what I need to hear! I've been looking for something new to read and have enjoyed the Wildcard stories I've read before. Thanks Mark!