The Eighteen Revenges of Doctor Milan is my latest science fiction novella, about thirteen months in the making. It sprang from a dream I had of a man in prison conversing with an angel, and the dreams he had of being caught in the Second World War (inspired in no small measure by Tad William's Otherland series, no doubt). After months of revisions and complete restructures - including the complete excision of the WW2 aspect, the introduction of a science fiction setting, and a lot of research into karma and the role of a satguru, Eighteen Revenges was finally finished on Dec 23rd, 2012.
The story goes like this:
Cezar didn't come to the prison colony known as the Pike for rehabilitation. He came for revenge.
Ten years ago, Cezar witnessed mutiny and murder aboard a colony starship. He survived, and with the aid of the enigmatic Doctor Milan he's worked his way into the Pike to kill the man who led the rebellion: the warden himself. But before he can get his hands around the warden's neck, he has to deal with the prison gang known as the Song, a Buddhist preacher with a suspicious interest in Cezar's past, and the creature lurking in the mines at the heart of the Pike... a monster that devours men whole and that may, in a way, be instrumental to Cezar's plans...
Cezar has his fists and a head filled with Milan's combat circuitry. The warden has a platoon of armed guards. The only way out of the Pike is death.
The time has come for karma and blood.
THE EIGHTEEN REVENGES OF DOCTOR MILAN is a 32,000 word psychedelic science fiction novella, in the tradition of Michael Moorcock and Alfred Bester, and is available exclusively on Kindle.
So it's about blood, visions, vengeance, twists, Buddhism, betrayals, prison riots, and an impossible monster. I like it a lot - if I didn't like it, I wouldn't have written it - and I'm glad I can finally show it to the world. Thank you to Nyss, Andy, Adam, Andrew, Anna and Merrilee for their feedback and ongoing support. I couldn't have done it without you!
Now, back to Century of Sand, book 2! Have a great NYE, everyone.