Filed under: Guest Posts Nov 6, 2016
Destiny’s End, a story of werewolves, is the first book set in The Strange World universe. It begins at the turn of the twentieth century in Great Britain and introduces Warrick Synclaire and Thomas Fortescue-Smythe, who are boyhood friends and eventually lovers. Warrick’s mother hears rumors about their friendship verging on the unnatural, and they’re separated.
The evening before he’s scheduled to leave Kent, Warrick is bitten by a werewolf, and while the curse doesn’t affect him at this point, he’s warned that “when the time is ripe,” he’ll return to his home and fulfill his destiny.
This world is very like ours, in that many of the same events occur. Jack the Ripper went on his killing spree. The Austrian archduke was assassinated, leading to the Great War. The Stock Market crashed. And the people inhabiting this planet drive the same vehicles that were driven a hundred years ago in our world.
What’s strange is that it’s also inhabited by creatures of the night: werewolves and vampires, wise women who can accurately foretell the future, and ancient gods who put in an appearance every now and then, because that’s what they do. There’s also the odd alien, from outer space, not across the border. Of course, the normals are completely unaware these beings walk among them, and the creatures work to keep it that way.
The series diverges with the second book, Lagoon of Dreams, which takes place in the United States and along the Amazon River.
The third book, Rainbows in My Eyes, brings together characters from the first two books.
Destiny’s End has proved to be one of the darkest stories I’ve written. Even when there are scenes set in daylight, it feels as if dark deeds are hovering just out of sight. Having said that, by the time Destiny’s End comes to its conclusion, the characters are where they need to be and with the partner they’re destined to be with.