Authors: Jeff Somers
Above and beyond all of these, of course, Olympian and leviathan-like, stands the man who actually signs the contract that sends those pennies cascading to be collected in unused mason jars by my aforementioned literary agent on behalf of me, the author, the guy who actually writes the book, and that person is, of course, my editor, Adam Wilson, whose suggestions and ideas for the book were disturbingly intelligent and interesting, and I thank him for it while simultaneously becoming enraged that anyone might contribute something to my story I did not myself think of, and whenever I express these feelings of rage to my aforementioned literary agent, she pours out two glasses of good Scotch and at first I think she’s going to have a belt with me but then I slowly realize these are medicinally intended for me. And she’s right, I feel lots better.
nonmechanical magical object, often but not always inhabited by an intelligence that guides it
Rite, Ritual, a major spell
The Rite of Death
literally, to fly out
golem, an animated sculpture or object, guided by an intelligence
mechanical magical object, trapping a demonic intelligence or reproducing a complex spell with no, or only a very small, sacrifice
demon, Summoned by a dual sacrifice from which it takes form
a Fabrication, literally, to overwhelm, destroy
little magician, Trickster
literally, change, alter
Cantrip, minor spell
to die, death
literally, to stop
literally, to push at
demon, a specific Artifact
was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, but as a student of history, you already knew that. Credited with being the first author to discover a penchant for drinking booze and laying about, he frequently forgets what day it is and where, precisely, his pants might be at any given moment. As a young child his family was hopeful he might grow up to make a difference in the world, but as he made his way through his schooling they slowly lowered their expectations. When he announced a desire to write fiction they collectively threw up their hands and stopped paying attention. He oftens claims to have invented the dance known as the Dougie.
In 1995 Jeff began publishing his own magazine,
The Inner Swine
). His first novel,
, was published in 2001; the Avery Cates series, beginning with
The Electric Church
, was published by Orbit Books from 2007–2011; and in 2013 republished
with Tyrus Books. He’s also had stories published in many magazines, most of which regret the connection. His story “Ringing the Changes” was chosen for “Best American Mystery Stories 2006” and his story “sift, almost invisible, through” appeared in
Crimes by Moonlight
edited by Charlaine Harris in 2010.
He currently lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with his lovely wife, Danette, and their plump, imperious cats Pierre, Oliver, Spartacus, Otto, Coco, and Homer Spit. Jeff insists the cats would be delicious.
In between all this and writing, too, Jeff plays guitar, chess, and staves off despair with whiskey.
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