About Devil’s Hand:
poker ace with supernatural luck is swept into a world-ending conflict between fallen angels and otherworldly shades, in a thrilling debut novel for readers who enjoy Dean Koontz, Jim Butcher, and Tim Powers. Las Vegas
The lone survivor of a tragic plane crash, Trent Hawkins inherited a mysterious lucky streak that made him famous, and hated, in the poker circles of the City of
. It wasn’t long before the eyes in the sky threw him on the blacklist and chased him out of town. Now, after years away, Sin Trent returns to , and walks right back into trouble. Las Vegas
As a serial kidnapper terrorizes the city, Trent and his wife, Susan, rescue a strange, thirteen year-old girl, only to find themselves caught in a fallen angel’s plot to cleanse
with an unholy blizzard. Las Vegas
As the neon dims and the city freezes,
is forced to make terrible sacrifices in order to protect his new charge, and learns dark truths about himself and the creatures plotting against mankind. Poker-playing demons, fallen angels, and otherworldly shades all vie to enlist his strange luck, and Trent must choose his role in the coming War, or watch our world fall to ruin beneath a blanket of shadow and ice. Trent
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Listening to The Man in Black
by M. E. Patterson
In another blog post, I talk about looking for your next door muse – finding that activity or source that inspires and seeds and stretches your brain with new and fascinating ideas. But, in my writing experience, there’s lots more that you can do to put your head in the right space to generate badass fiction. And one of the big things for me has been music.
Now, I’ll admit that some days I find music distracting and have to turn it off and write in silence. For whatever reason, this often seems more conducive to generating the quiet, carefully-plotted creepy scenes. It’s hard to concoct a moment where the protagonist is beset upon by silent, lurking shadows when you’ve got Lady Gaga blasting in the background.
But when the moment’s right and the scene is right, the perfect music accompaniment can draw out more nuanced emotion, more complicated behavior, and sometimes a surprise left turn when you were expecting the character to go right. It’s almost as though the characters themselves can hear the soundtrack, and respond accordingly.
From his classics like “Ring of Fire” to his more recent covers of powerful songs like “There Ain’t No Grave” and “Hurt,” Johnny’s voice and styling evoke a deep and complicated relationship between man and God, sin and redemption, and law and rebellion. Of course, these are all direct themes in Devil’s Hand. Johnny Cash’s songs, and indeed his own life, reflect the more difficult aspects of stories tied to the Judeo-Christian traditions. It’s simply not that easy to be a pure man of good in a world so dark. Every choice made has both light and dark repercussions. Every path taken can lead to Hell if you don’t pay attention to the road signs.
Johnny Cash understood this better than anybody. He walked those roads, turned around, came back, then found himself heading right back down them again. This personal struggle defined his life and music and, instead of burying it behind a glitzy mask and effervescent smile like so many other popular musicians, Cash brought it out, full and clear and uncompromising, in his songs. As far as I’m concerned, Johnny was the musical equivalent of
’s Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno. Milton
The next time you lay fingers down on your keyboard, ready to build up your newest hero or villain, think about their personal soundtrack. What musician or song encapsulates your fiction in five minutes of tune and lyrics? What speaks to the incidents and decisions and personal demons that drive your character forward, hold them back, haunt their waking hours? What music would make them happy, giddy, jubilant, triumphant?
Yours doesn’t have to be dark and brooding like Cash; that works for me because of the story I’m writing. But maybe your heroine sashays to the sultry sounds of Norah Jones. Perhaps your hero rolls on waves of bass beneath the
sun. Your mad scientist works feverishly against the violent, building crescendo of a great symphony. And when an important character dies, is a full military band playing taps, or is a lone vocalist standing just out of sight, her song quiet and forlorn? Los Angeles
With the right soundtrack, there ain’t no grave that can hold
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. E. Patterson is an author of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and thrillers, as well as an information technologist. He received an English/Fiction Writing degree from Virginia Tech, where he studied under nationally-recognized writers and poets. He has published short stories on RevolutionSF and his first manuscript for his book, Devil’s Hand, placed in the top five in the Writers’ League of
You can visit his website at or his blog. Connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.
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