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Tony Downs--AfterImage-2

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MERRY FIENDMAS!

It's day 6 of Fiendmas. Which means it's time for Episode 2 of "After Image."

This story is available as an unabridged ebook from all major e-tailers.

 

Music by Kevin MacLeoud. Please visit his site.

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Tony Downs--AfterImage-1

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It's day 5 of Fiendmas. Which means it's time for Episode 1 of "After Image."

This story is available as an unabridged ebook from all major e-tailers.

 

Music by Kevin MacLeoud. Please visit his site.

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Tony Downs--The Hunt-3

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It's day 4 of Fiendmas. Which means it's time for Episode 3 of "The Hunt."

This story is available as an unabridged ebook from all major e-tailers.

 

Music by Nine Inch Nails from the album Ghosts. Please visit their site.

Additional voices by Veronica Giguere.

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Tony Downs--The Hunt-2

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Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Additional voices by Veronica Giguere.

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Tony Downs--The Hunt-1

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That's right, fiendlings. This is part 2 of your Fiendmas present, episode 1 of The Hunt.

Now, just so you know, the ebook for The Hunt is already available at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and etc. It'll be on MyWrite soon as well. Therefore, I guess I'll be an autographin' fool very soon.

Tomorrow, December 22nd, I'll release episode 2 of The Hunt, and on the 23, episode 3. Etc.

If possible, I'll get AfterImage to you on Xmas day or Xmas eve. Why? Because I spoil you, dammit.

If you have audio comments, complaints, etc, I'd love to hear them. Record and send them to paul@shadowpublications.com or leave comments at Shadowpublications.com or even on the Shadow Fans facebook group.

All right, enough of that. Let's meet Tony Downs and pretend we don't really know him from Closet Treats or Tattoo. Well, pretend anyway.

Music by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

Additional voices by Veronica Giguere.

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Essay-- Enter Tony Downs

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A few thoughts about Tony Downs and my most recent e-book releases "The Hunt" and "After Image".

The ebooks are available from Amazon, Smashwords, and BN.com

The Hunt:

After Image:

Music by Nine Nails from their album "The Slip." Please visit their site at NIN.com

When old f(r)iends come knocking...

Writers write. Period. It's what we do. And after you do it for enough years, you have a massive backlog of stories. Some are not fit for human consumption. Hell, they're not even fit for printer consumption.

But sometimes, you write a character that haunts you, that you want to know more about. Tony Downs is one of those characters.

In some ways, you might say that Tony is responsible for everything in the Fiends and Garaaga Children's collections. There's a reason why he shows up in Tattoo and Closet Treats-- he belongs in those. He's been with me since 1991 when I started a series called "Residents of Eternity." That series, I promise you, will never see the light of day. And trust me, you wouldn't want to read those tales.

That said, however, I will salvage more characters from the series...if I live long enough. For now, though, I've got Tony Downs and his "gifts" to explore. And as more and more Fiends' and Garaaga's Children tales are finished, you might start to see the pattern, the skein, the tapestry. It's coming. Given enough time, perhaps we'll all get a chance to see how it coalesces.

Cheers.

Tony Downs--Afterimage

Rain fell in the cold December night. Through the mist, he saw himself diving beneath a car as a rifle came to bear on him. The rifle bucked against a shoulder and a gout of flame flashed in the night, chasing away the roof's shadows. The bolt retracted and then slid foward again, a shell casing striking the roof with a tinny jingle. The rifle came to bear again and then suddenly the body went stiff. A huge galvanic push between the temples, a crimson tidal wave of pain flashed in the brain. An interior scream, and then suddenly falling over the dingy edge of the roof. The world spun for a moment and then the concrete filled his vision. Tony awoke with a start, flinching in the bed. He kept his eyes closed for a moment, shaking off the dream. The man falling off the roof, the wet squelch as the body hit the concrete. The broken face staring up at him with lifeless eyes amidst the growing pool of blood. The falling man was the most common dream. It usually came to him in the small hours like a lover. But its embrace always left him cold, shaking, and sure he would go mad. But it wasn't as bad as the shambling homeless men. Although they had just been normal human beings when they died, they became rotting, flesh dripping animated corpses in his dreams. Their arms always reaching for him, their teeth gnashing as they crept ever closer. And in these nightmares, he was never fast enough. Never clever enough. And they always fell upon him, their fingers tearing at his eyes, a metal pipe smashing his brains out for their evening meal.

While on a deer hunting trip with his father in deep east Texas, Tony discovers a new kind of psychic horror, and that playing with people's minds, no matter well intentioned, can lead to dire consequences.

Tony Downs

Tony Downs is haunted by a gift he wishes he could give back. Although the ability to hear others' thoughts has been with him since childhood, as he grows older, so does the power. Tony is trapped in a constant struggle to keep his sanity amidst the clutter of voices, and making choices of when and how to use his gift.

In a world where he can hear anyone's thoughts, Tony discovers there's more than meets the eye.

  • The Hunt
  • Afterimage
  • Push (in construction)
  • Requiem (in brainstorming)
  • Trick (outlined and under development)
  • Reckoning (in brainstorming)

Tony Downs--The Hunt

Searching, letting my mind go out and feel everyone. I found some I would like to have been friends with, maybe even a possible lover or two. But the rest. . . The rest weren't that much different from him. And he was the reason I was there instead of at school studying for my last two finals. I felt him walk through the door while I was in the mind of a guy on the dance floor, his thoughts swirling in an acid induced haze. Through the corner of the stoned dancer's eyes I caught a glimpse of Mikey. Oh, Mikey. He looked so cool in his black motorcycle jacket, slogans in red and blue paint marking it like a bulletin board. The portrait of Dante's Inferno screamed merrily off his back in white and red lines. He didn't paint it. I knew that the moment he walked in the bar. Rachel painted it. Poor Rachel, I thought with a chuckle. Fighting the urge to peer inside him, I wondered just what he thought of Rachel's little "accident." God, I hoped it had had the desired effect. I know the cops liked it.

Tony is out for vengeance, looking for those who killed a loved one. As he travels Houston tracking those responsible, he uncovers a conspiracy and a formidable enemy...

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