Ostium Mini Episode: “Nighttime Blues”

Jake has some introspective thoughts after his showdown with Brandon in Episode 7: Visitors, as he drives back to Ostium.

Written by Alex C. Telander.
Performed by Chris Fletcher.

Background music featured in this episode was by Shadows of the Snow, courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

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Ostium Mini Episode: “The Crinkle in the Wrapper”

In this mini episode, Monica has some introspective thoughts and contemplations while walking around Ostium.

Written and performed by Georgia Mackenzie

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Check out the Ostium Store

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It’s official: the Ostium store is now open. In the store you’ll find a whole range of products related to everything Ostium, whether it’s cellphone covers, iPad cases, clocks, shirts, skirts, stickers, posters, bumper stickers, and so much more.

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Ostium Mini Episode: “Save the Clock Tower”

Having recently arrived at this strange town called Ostium, Monica decides to go on a bit of an adventure and find out what exactly is going on with this whole clock tower thing. Does the clock wind up? Can she get it working again? Does it have a chime? And how exactly does one get to the the top of that clock tower?

Written by Alex C. Telander
Performed by Georgia Mackenzie

Background music by BG Subset, courtesy of the Free Music Archive.

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“The Furthest Station” by Ben Aaronovich (Subterranean Press, 2017)

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The furthest station in question of this short novella refers to the last station on the Metropolitan Line of the London Underground, and the one located furthest from London. What’s piqued the interest of PC Grant and the Folly – officially known as the Metropolitan Police’s special assessment unit, which is essentially your Mulder and Scully: the people you bring in when the case involves something unsolved and what can only be classed as paranormal – are sightings of ghosts on the Underground.

Teaming up with Jaget Kumar of the British Transport Police, along with Toby the ghost hunting dog (one of Grant’s ongoing “experiments”) and his “wizard-in-training” teenage cousin, they meticulously work their way through the investigation: scouting as many of the Tube trains as they can during regular business hours when these ghosts have been sighted; drawing them in with magic, and Grant making a hypothesized deduction that there’s been a kidnapping. The question is who?

Often, these Subterranean Press novellas are really great, because they give fans a new albeit shorter book to enjoy before the next full-length one is released. And, alternatively, if you’re new to Ben Aaronovich and his particular brand of British urban fantasy, the Furthest Station is the perfect introduction, as it features all the main characters, an engaging story, and allows the reader to get sucked into the series and want to start at the beginning once they’re done.

Originally written on April 26, 2017 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Ostium Mini Episode: EMU #4 – The Beginning of the End

In the fourth installment of Enigmatic Mysteries of the Unknown, Dave is physically and emotionally reeling from the nuclear plant disaster. (For more info, check out Ostium Episode 4.) He also talks about Jake’s latest adventure passing through a door in Ostium.

Written and performed by Alex C. Telander.

Warning, this episode contains explicit language.

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The Hunter: Awakening by Nicholas Arriaza

The Hunter: Awakening, is the first of a series of novels that will explore the nature of good and evil and the question of redemption: Is it available to those who have perpetrated great evil? Not long after the theft of a leather-bound book from a hidden hillside tomb in LA, a young hiker inadvertently awakens something fearsome that has been laid to rest some two hundred years ago. Soon after an emaciated, amnesiac man falls from a cliffside trail into the backyard of young, pregnant, neurosurgeon Melisa Castro. The young doctor feels compelled to help the “John Doe” regain his memory. Meanwhile a vampire who no longer has a hunger for blood comes seeking to rectify the awakening only to find himself in the middle of a power struggle within the family Melisa’s fiancé Chris leads. Chris has yet to tell Melisa of his true nature and the fact, she is carrying a werewolf’s baby.

From the San Francisco Book Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. The plot was great. Who doesn’t love a story about werewolves and vampires? If you don’t, you should. Even though Melisa was the main character, I actually liked Aaron, her future brother-in-law, and Ranald the best. Ranald, the sarcastic vampire, was an enjoyable character to read about. I hope that if I ever become one of the undead, I can still keep it light like he does. Aaron makes his brother, Chris, who is the father of Melisa’s child, just look bad. He’s willing to go as far as needed to protect her and her unborn child.

There were some very small errors, which can be somewhat typical of eBooks, and that is the version I read. There were a few grammatical errors, and one time a different name, which was obviously a spelling error, was used for a character who was referenced a few times. Otherwise, it was very well-written, and the story flowed nicely. It left you wanting more. I look forward to finding out what happened to the Hunter, what it’s going to be like for Melisa as she develops her gifts and has her son, what happened to Ranald, and if Melisa will marry Aaron instead of Chris.

Nicholas Arriaza has worked as a pizza maker, an electrician, a carpenter, a luxury home electronics salesman, and an owner operator of a successful luxury custom home theater design company. He is now a stay at home dad and fantasy writer. He lives with his wife, their infant son, and Pit-Bull Basil in Los Angeles, CA. THE HUNTER: AWAKENING is his first published novel. He is currently working on the second novel of the saga.