Originally I wasn’t going to offer my old novella I wrote a lifetime ago, The Weary City, as a free download on e-book, but the passing of rock star David Bowie whose album, Diamond Dogs, inspired it makes it feel sort of appropriate as a tribute (no pun intended for those who read the novella). This album was a big influence on me because I had an older family member who was a fan. It had a lot of concept art, and indeed, one of the pictures on the album cover directly influenced my setting of a post-apocalyptic blasted city, the dog motif and even my villain. I haven’t been able to find the picture anywhere when I looked for it, so here is a scan of it from the CD:
So The Weary City is the result of mixing his album with my foray into reading banned Russian literature from the 1920s Symbolist movement, like Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog and Fatal Eggs and Andrei Bely’s Petersburg. I was thinking I may add another installment to this Russian-inspired novella using similar form and influences with an East Asian twist, and I have an outline ready, but I don’t know if or when I will actually write the piece. For now, you can download the e-book here from January 17, 2016, through January 21, 2016:
David Bowie, RIP.