I’m pleased to announce that I’ve sold a short story, “An Incident at the Plateau of Tsang”, to Ill-Considered Expeditions, a forthcoming anthology from April Moon Books (publishers of Dark Rites of Cthulhu). “An Incident…” is a grim little story, with a singularly horrific protagonist, on an equally horrific journey to the eponymous plateau. I won’t go into the why’s and wherefores of that journey, save to say that it is, like many things I have written of late, Lovecraftian in nature.
“An Incident…” is set in Outer Mongolia in the 1920s. It’s loosely based on the atrocious career of Roman von Ungern-Sternberg, an anti-Bolshevik Russian officer-turned-warlord, who rose to power in the aftermath of the Russian Civil War and ran riot across Mongolia for a few bloody years until his death at the hands of his own officers. While the protagonist of my story isn’t Ungern-Sternberg, they’re of a type: brutal men, determined to achieve their ends by any means necessary…even if that means bargaining with the devilish inhabitants of a hidden city.
Ill-Considered Expeditions will be available from April Moon Books in Spring 2015.