Monday, May 14, 2018

The Temple of the Exploding Head Omnibus by Ren Garcia

Starfarers and explorers, the League settled on Kana thousands of years ago. They found it to be a paradise, a perfect, virtually uninhabited planet waiting just for them in the cradle of space.
Lovely Kana … it was too good to be true …

But, all was not as it seemed. Simmering beneath the ground was a demented god who had soaked Kana in blood for untold ages, luring in victims, lying to them, and rejoicing in their suffering as they died at the hands of his dark angels.

And there will be blood again … From his Temple in the ground, the Horned God stirs.

When Lord Kabyl of Blanchefort, a young man troubled by the weight of the world, dares give his heart to a girl from a mysterious ancient household, one that pre-dates the League itself, he comes to know the shadows of the past that hover over her.

He comes to know of the Horned God, and for love he is destined to face him. All roads lead to the Temple of the Exploding Head, a place of evil and death, rooted in the ancient past, but also tied to the distant future. 

REN GARCIA, is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons.

He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture.
His books are published by Loconeal Publishing and include: The League of Elder: Sygillis of Metatron, The Hazards of the Old Ones, The Dead Held Hands, The Machine, and The Temple of the Exploding Head. LoE Book VI: Sands of the Solar Empire was released in July, 2012 and Book VII: “Against the Druries” was released in 2013. His next set of books,  “The Shadow tech Goddess” was released in 2014 with the most recent book, Stenibelle, released in June 2015.
 He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their three dogs.

Top Ten List
10:  Ren was once engaged to a woman 25 years his elder.
9:    Ren visited New York City and admired the World Trade Center towers just a month or so before the tragedy of 9/11.
8:    The FBI once put a gun in Ren's face.
7:    Bad hearts run in Ren's family. He's already outlived most of his paternal grandfathers, all of whom died in their 30's.
6:    Ren's poor eyesight went undiagnosed until he was in the 3rd grade. Up until that point, he was considered "mentally challenged".
5:    Ren broke his neck playing volleyball in college.
4:    Ren often sleeps on the floor, finding it more comfortable than the bed.
3:    Ren was once held at gunpoint and frisked by the guards of the Prince of Saudi Arabia.
2:    Ren was introduced to his wife via Match Makers International.
1:    In a vast extended family of exclusively brown-eyed people, Ren somehow managed to get blue eyes.



He read the posts as Ki Wafted in with a crash of wind and noise. She was holding a huge book.
“Where did you get that?” he asked.
“I said I inherited it from Aunt Pardock. It belonged to our great grandmother!” Kilos put her hand to her mouth and whispered. “... And she was a Bloodstein Witch. Yeah.”
“Oh,” Kay said, impressed.
Ki flopped down cross-legged in the massive inverted funnel of her gown and opened the book, flipping through the creaky pages.
“Ah!” she cried. “Here it is. Ritual to perform an exorcism. It says the three points of a triangle are very important. It says the top of the triangle represents the present, the left side the past and the right side the future. It says that, if we can surround something of the Pale Ghost on three sides, then we can wish it away or do whatever we want. Oh wait! We don’t have anything of it, do we?”
“I’ve got some of its slobber in my mouth.”
“Good idea! Spit on the floor.”
“It can’t hurt.”
Kay leaned forward and spat on the floor. Reading her book, Ki drew some symbols on the floor in chalk, front, left and then right. “There!” she said happily. That takes care of the Pale Ghost.”
“Is that all?”
“Yep.” She yawned. “I’m going to bed. Performing exorcisms makes me sleepy.”
She Wafted away.
Kay looked at the little three-sided design Ki had made on the floor with his spit in the middle of it.
A Pale Ghost had come to him for a kiss. Why? Thinking back on it, he hadn’t felt scared or put off; her clothes were a little strange and she had seemed a little intense, but that was all.
“Hey, if you can hear me, thank you for the kiss. I wish you hadn’t run away. Why do you hide? What’s your name? Hello?”
No answer.  Oh, wait—Ki’s exorcism. Did it really work? Was the Pale Ghost no longer able to reach him in his room?
He debated it in his mind and then went to his bathroom and fetched a towel. He got down on his knees and rubbed out Ki’s markings and his blob of spit.
He had decided to welcome the Pale Ghost and not shun her.
Kay sat up for a bit longer, wondering if she’d show. Not seeing anything, he went out onto his terrace. Across the way was Harkness Tower, where his sister Kilos, the exorcist-in-waiting, lived. The lights in her room were on. They went out a moment later; Ki must have just gone to bed.
Feeling sleepy himself, he undressed and crawled into bed. As he ventured into the warming realms of sleep, he heard a tiny voice.
That was the worst exorcism I’ve ever seen. It wouldn’t have worked, but I’m proud of you for getting rid of it anyway. Don’t be afraid of what’s on the other side of the door. You might be surprised by what’s there ...

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