My newest short story “Jack and the Pouch of Plenty” is up at Liquid Imagination. It’s a stoner comedy urban fantasy about a slacker at a music festival who finds a bag of marijuana that magically refills itself every time it’s emptied.
This is basically my attempt at a modern day Jack Tale or an Appalachian Harry Potter but it’s also kinda minimalist and mumblecore. Could be the start of a short story series, if I can ever stop being so lazy.
Sam Gavel is a private detective who chased a crook into a chemical warehouse that exploded. But he survived! The exposure of experimental chemicals gave him the power to transform from a man of flesh and blood into a plume of living smoke.
In “Fuel of Fools” Sam tries to find out just what was in that factory that caused his transformation and stumbles upon a tale of espionage and conspiracy.
I hope that Sam will return in a future story because it’s so fun writing in a homage to both film noir and early pulp superhero comics, a dash of Hammett and Chandler with a touch of The Spirit.