Free E-Book Download of David Bowie-Inspired Novella

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:


DD Bowie

Diamond Dogs Back Cover Art

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.


About Lady Xiansa

Lady Xiansa is a writer, linguist, artist, and dancer. She has been a core volunteer for the Silk Screen Asian Arts Organization since 2007 and has provided content for Pitt JCS anime events since 2011. She has taught both ESL and Beginning Korean. Her novel, The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak, won the Bronze Award for Young Adult Fiction E-book in the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
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