The fourth installment of The Phenomenologists, “Spirit and Beast,” has Murchison and Leeds looking into reports of strange beings sighted in the countryside north of London. Their inquiry leads them to relive a nightmare with fatal consequences…and to the discovery of a wondrous mystery.
And in the meantime, Abilene Leeds is summoned…once again.
From “Enter The Phenomenologists,” by Gil C. Schmidt, the adventures of Murchison and Leeds blend science fiction, mystery and action in what one critic called “a Victorian X-Files.” Volume One presents seven thrilling stories, each of them a challenging adventure that pushes Murchison and Leeds far into the unknown.
When I wasn’t tearing around the neighborhood crashing into things (trees can be tricky) or acting like each baseball game (or any game, for that matter) was a “winner take all” epic, I was reading. Plenty of short stories, particularly those in “Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine” and “Boy’s Life.” Also comic books, tons and tons of comic books, along with science fiction by the truckloads. And anything else I could find, from “Newsweek” and “Reader’s Digest” to “Highlights” and the encyclopedia.
Like most avid readers, I wanted to read more than the story in front of me: I wanted to read MY story, the way I would write it. Started in the 7th grade and received praise, which was nice, but I knew I needed to do better.
Kept writing, pages and pages that were stored in boxes, page that were taken out every few months and after re-reading to see if I’d made progress, stored again, out of sight. Started submitting and got rejected, but sold three stories on my first day of acceptance into professionalism and that kept me on track.
Now I write daily, though most of it is not fiction. Still, it is writing, and when I get the chance–or more precisely, when I make the chance–to write fiction, I revert to the boy on the couch, lost in a story. I think that most writers truly love that feeling, of being “in” the story, lost but intrigued by what comes next.
I’m currently working on a new fantasy series, the second book of The Phenomenologists and a dystopian serial novel. Hopefully most of that will see the light of day (or the backlight of a e-reader) in 2012.