Sabino is a teenager like many others. He is rebellious, full of life, and fond of rap music. However, the reality in which he lives is very far from “ordinary.” In Italy’s cities, in fact, the Saints of the Christian tradition roam. They are the new superheroes in the fight against evil. The Pontiff brought them back to life. This mysterious young man freed the world from the Dark Ones‘ threat, diabolical and bloodthirsty creatures. On Halloween’s eve, Sabino discovers an old sheet in the attic. It’s the Holy Shroud, hidden by his uncle Alex on behalf of a secret society. Its members are convinced that the pontiff, obsessed with moral purity, plans to unleash the Apocalypse. For this reason, three formidable warriors have been created, ready to defend humanity from this madness: the Martyrs. They will be the ones to save the boy, arrested for receiving relics and sentenced to burn at stake, like the worst heretics. Chased by the Saints, Sabino will have to embark on a dangerous journey with his new friends to discover that the line between good and evil is thinner than it seems.
There was a time when Hercules was not yet “famous.” At that time, the man who would become the strongest and most feared hero of Hellas was called Alcaeus and led a quiet life in Thebes with his family. The first ebook (Escape to Delphi) tells the desperate struggle of Alcaeus against time and against an adverse Destiny that seems inexorable. Will he be able to get to Delphi in time? Who will be the mysterious god plotting against him? Religious intrigues, honor, and revenge taunt him. The hero will be severely tested by relentless enemies, terrible monsters but above all by ineluctable Fate before “transforming” into Hercules, accepting his Fate. The second ebook (The kingdom of the Sphinx) takes the hero to his hometown, Thebes, the city of the Seven Gates, ruled by the Sparti, the warriors born from the Earth and from the teeth of the Dragon slain by the ancient hero Cadmus. But now the city is threatened by an invincible monster, against which even the dragon-warriors are powerless: the Sphinx. The paperback edition merges the two ebooks and provides maps, genealogy charts, and a glossary.
History is filled with mystery, intrigue, heroism, death, the supernatural, and horror encapsulated in the beliefs of the people in the form of folklore and mythology. That history comes to life in the alternate history known as Shadowed Earth. The world around us is not what it seems, and most of humankind is naive to what dwells within the darkness. Only those with an incredible will to withstand the horrors of knowing the truth can live among humankind while fighting or embracing this darkness. These are their stories, weaved throughout time from Mesopotamia to contemporary days. Tales from the Shadowed Earth include:
“Love’s Strings” by Sarah Lyon
“Keystone” by A.J. Preece
“The Day I Met your Grandfather” by Paul Vogt
“Wild Bloodlines” by Tyler Omichinski
“Box of Blades” by Brian Reeves
“Teenage Kicks” by A.J. Preece
“Pebble and Mel” by Paul Vogt
“The Caress of Oblivion” by Gilbert Gallo
“I Write this Not as a Confession” by Tyler Omichinski
Unspeakable cosmic rulers, blasphemous divinities for whom a man is nothing but a puppet of flesh, born to serve. These are the Anunnaki, the alien race that came from the Great Void to take possession of the ancient land between the two Rivers: Mesopotamia. Impious pyramids of stone and steel rise against the starry skies. Millennial kings raise their scepter above the primeval world. Men have no choice but to bow or perish, subjected to the will of soulless gods. The sacred fires of Marduk burn, and the god Enki gathers his inhuman hosts. It is the time of the Anunnaki! My short story in this anthology is called Blood Brothers and retells the Gilgamesh legend in a different, Stargate-like way.