Coven of the Worm

Book One: Estranged Earth

Linda Caldwell attends Putty Hill Senior High with her friends Jane and Candy, where she meets and falls in love with an intriguing young man named David Yeng-Chi.

David seems perfect for her, but he has a dark secret. His father Hamaki had trained him to use a deadly mix of martial arts and magic in the service of his god—Chai'Huon Ju, the Defiler. David is a descendent of the Worm Clan of a long forgotten prehistoric nation called Hunjan. There were other gods and different beliefs among these people, but the Worm Clan had believed in Chai'Huon Ju's legacy of evil.

As the relationship between David and Linda grows, Linda begins to have prophetic dreams warning her to stay away from him. The visions are so insistent and frightening that she surrenders to them and breaks up with David. Enraged, David resolves to have revenge by conjuring his god to Earth.

Linda has a secret too, however—one that might help to save her soul from the Defiler. Prophecy was merely the first of her abilities to develop and—she soon discovers—there were more powers to come.

Book Two: Mystic Moon (in progress)

Eric is the son of David Yeng-Chi, who had unleashed Pure Intensity and wreaked havoc on a Maryland town in 1995—all in the name of revenge. When Eric discovers his true identity, he sets out to fulfill his destiny, which is to assemble a Coven and use it to release his evil god on Earth.

Daniel is an Avatar of the gods, and only he knows how to find the others like him. It is his destiny to gather the Avatars and lead them to battle against the Defiler before he can wage war on Heaven. Together with Dawn Lu, Linda Levinston, and FBI agent Carl Timmers, Daniel searches for Eric and his coven—hoping to find them before they can succeed with their diabolical plans.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Meme #2: Create a Fantasy Monster

Here I am again, running out of ideas for blog posts, so I've come up with another meme. The rules are to describe your own fantasy monster in a well-written paragraph, just as it would appear in a story. It can be from a story you've already written, one in the works, or an idea you have for a future project. And don't forget to link back to this post, of course!

I'll start with a paragraph from my story "Hex Moon," which is part of the Avatar world.

In the center of the clearing, kneeling beside a glowing
stone, was a massive man-shaped creature with crimson,
sinewy flesh. Its hair was long, braided and slick with
grease, and razor-sharp spurs lined its muscular
arms—which were broader than Q'La's head. A mass of
smooth, reddish-brown tentacles writhed on its back, like a
nest of vipers. When it turned its head sideways—in the
direction of the children—as if it searched for something,
Q'La noticed two long fangs jutting from its lower jaw.

Although she had never seen one before, she knew what it was
from accounts in the old stories: a Maug.

This time I'm going to go ahead and tag people, but anyone can take up an open tag if they wish.

I hereby tag:

Jim Melvin at The Death Wizard Chronicles
David McAfee at I Have a Blog?
Howard von Darkmoor at Von Darkmoor's Thoughts

Have fun!

Oh, and thank you very much to Thomma Lyn at Tennessee Text Wrestling for participating in the Review You Own Book meme!

Picture above courtesy of Feebleminds.


bunnygirl said...

Great description, especially the hair!

Thanks for not tagging me, since the only monsters in my fiction are of the human variety. And they can be bad enough!

Crabby McSlacker said...

Yikes, thanks for giving my nightmares extra ammunition!

Great monster description. Too great, if you ask me.

Thomma Lyn said...

Ooooh, great description of a creepy critter! Loved the tentacles. :-D

Michael said...

Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.

Bunnygirl: I kind of figured. I understand that your fiction still falls in the realm of "speculative," but I haven't seen anything that could actually be called "fantasy." Yes, human monsters can be very bad. Some even worse that thing in my story!

Crabby: Hi! Thanks for stopping by. And you've made my day, because that's exactly the kind of effect I was going for (something horrific in a fantasy setting).

Michael said...

Wow, Thomma, you're fast! Thank you!

David L. McAfee said...


I have just the monster...but it's more than a paragraph...

Can I cheat?

Michael said...

That's cool with me, David. I can't wait to read it!

Howard von Darkmoor said...

Tossed a monster on the blog last night - forgot to comment here, though. Thanks for shivering, Mike! ;)

Michael said...

Your very welcome, Howard! Thanks for stopping by.

Jim Melvin said...

This (out of context, of course) from Book One of my six-book series.

For several seconds everyone appeared unable to move. Evoking the name of Mala had stunned the gathering into silence. But in place of the monster, the Warlish witch stepped into view, and the eerie quiet was disrupted by a noise far more unpleasant and painful than any scream Podhana could have conjured.

It began as a low growl, like that of a large predator sighting prey. Interspersed were tiny cackles and high-pitched profanities. The bizarre mixture of sounds bred despair, as if confirming the worst fears of all living beings: Hell was the only true reality and eternal suffering the fate of all.

The effect was widespread. Several of the noble ones, temporarily loosed from the grasp of their captors, bent over and vomited. Sôbhana and the other Asçkhas spat, and then reflexively drew their curved swords. Kusala bared his teeth and growled in return, one dangerous beast squaring off with another. But Torg held up his hand, as if to stay them all.

Michael said...

Thanks, Jim. I like the Warlish Witch almost as much as Mala. Good job!

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