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Alastair Stone Chronicles
Page-turning urban fantasy thrillers featuring mage and occult professor Dr. Alastair Stone.
“You will never forget these characters or their world.” — Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Hugo-nominated author of the Sime~Gen series and Star Trek Lives!
Dr. Alastair Stone, Occult Studies professor and powerful mage, has his hands full trying to keep the two sides of his life separate as he trains a new apprentice, deals with a malevolent entity trapped in a wealthy old woman’s massive home, and battles dark mages intent on enslaving it for their own ends.
“Alastair Stone is like Harry Potter meets Harry Dresden with a bit of Indiana Jones!” — Amazon Reviewer
When a friend asks Alastair Stone to question a disturbed child who’s committed a horrific act, Stone has no idea what kind of rabbit hole he’s starting down. What do you do when you discover an extradimensional plot that threatens the safety of the entire world, but you can’t tell anyone about it because literally anyone on Earth could be part of it?
“If you enjoy urban fantasy, you don’t want to miss this series…Once you enter the world of Alastair Stone, you won’t want to leave.” — Awesome Indies
Where do the Evil come from? How did they get here? As Stone, Jason, and Verity dig deeper into these questions, they make a shocking discovery about the nature of the Evil–and what happened that opened the door into our dimension. What they find sends them on a desperate cross-country race from the wilds of West Virginia to the dark neon wonderland of Las Vegas as they attempt to stop the Evil at its source before it’s too late.
The portals are closed. The Evil have lost their pathway between their home and ours. No longer does humanity need to worry about extradimensional bodysnatchers with a thirst for pain and terror pouring through to wreak destruction on Earth. So that means Stone, Jason, and Verity can rest for a while, right? Yeah, maybe not.
Book 7: Heart of Stone
With Jason and Verity in southern California, Alastair Stone quickly discovers he misses his best friends and favorite confidants far more than he expected to. It isn’t long, though, before he’s got some new matters to occupy his mind: a student who may have fallen under the influence of a magical cult leader, and a budding relationship with a sexy, intelligent, and stunningly beautiful woman who’s everything he never dared to dream of.
Book 8: Flesh and Stone
When mage Alastair Stone’s fiancée dumps him for loving magic too much and her not enough, he never sees it coming. Craving a change, Stone picks a big one: moving halfway around the world to teach Occult Studies at Stanford. But when a gang of cannibalistic serial killers targets the area, he’s certain their origin is supernatural. Drawn into the case after stopping a murder, he soon encounters a bizarre secret society that has its own reasons for wanting the murderers dealt with.
Book 9: The Infernal Heart
When a police detective approaches Alastair Stone to consult on a grisly occult-related murder, he initially considers it nothing more than an intriguing puzzle to fill a few dull late-summer hours. But then the detective becomes a victim, and the murderer begins taunting Stone, daring him to discover the truth before more of his friends join the list of targets.
Book 10: The Other Side
Alastair Stone and fellow professor Edwina Mortenson go together like punk rock and patchouli. So when an unwilling Stone is “volunteered” to participate in a paranormal TV reality show with her, neither of them is thrilled about it—even if the ghost town they’ll be filming in is supposedly the site of a powerful curse.
Book 11: Path of Stone
After fifteen-year-old Alastair Stone is caught performing magic at his prestigious boarding school, he can hardly believe his good fortune: not only isn’t he punished, but his father arranges a trial apprenticeship—three years early—with one of the most powerful mages in all of Britain. He’ll have a month to prove himself, or he’ll be packed back off to school.
Book 12: Necessary Sacrifices
Alastair Stone has barely begun to recover from the death of a friend when he’s rocked by yet another—this time someone who was closer to him than his own father. It looks like natural causes—but a grief-stricken Stone isn’t convinced.
Book 13: Game of Stone
Alastair Stone needs a break. He’d gladly trade a big chunk of his newly-acquired fortune for a few uninterrupted weeks of rest, but that’s not going to happen. On top of dealing with his new magical status and a relationship heading in unexpected directions, he soon learns the bombshell revelations about his family aren’t even close to over yet. As if all that weren’t enough, an ancient and malevolent set of magical game pieces has resurfaced, leaving a trail of murder and mayhem in its wake.
Book 14: Steel and Stone
Alastair Stone, determined to harness enigmatic mage Trevor Harrison’s potent power source, takes a desperate chance—he travels to the dimension where it originates, hoping to convince Harrison to teach him its secrets.
Book 15: Stone and Claw
Things are looking up for Alastair Stone. He’s just moved into his new house, Jason’s opening his investigation agency, and best of all, the University has finally hired a new professor for the Occult Studies department. Carefree days never last long for Stone, though.
Book 16: The Seventh Stone
When a shadowy, sinister organization begins killing apprentices, Alastair Stone is determined to track down the people pulling its strings. But Stone’s life quickly spirals into chaos when a young man contacts him—claiming to be his son.
Book 17: Gathering Storm
When Alastair Stone investigates a tale of odd events at an abandoned Midwestern paper mill, he figures it’s just another hoax. After all, he’s seen hundreds of them in his career. He soon discovers this one isn’t a hoax, though—and neither is the backwoods hunter who’s suddenly developed healing abilities in Pennsylvania. The only thing the two have in common are the strange, possibly extradimensional rifts spontaneously appearing nearby.
Book 18: House of Stone
Alastair Stone isn’t proud of the dark deeds of his family’s past, but he thought they were just that—past. But when a routine renovation of his ancestral home releases a horde of angry spirits bent on vengeance against anyone of his blood, he soon learns that his family’s horrific acts were even worse than he ever could have imagined.
Book 19: Circle of Stone
For Alastair Stone, problems rarely come one at a time. He’s busy helping an old friend with a case of blackmail when he’s contacted about a mysterious wave of minor crimes in the Oakland area—one that might involve magic. He asks Verity to look into it. When tragedy strikes and the petty crime spree leads to a friend’s disastrous near-death, Stone hurries home to investigate the situation himself. What he finds suggests terrifying new connections to a problem he thought he’d already dealt with.
Book 20: The Madness Below
Alastair Stone needs a vacation.
He’s literally stepping through the portal to his home in England when an old friend calls with a horrific tale of a grisly multiple murder committed by teenagers just back from a school camping trip. It doesn’t take long to convince Stone the supernatural is involved.
Goodbye peaceful vacation, hello magical investigation.
In the shadows of the Sixth World where man meets magic and machine, everything has a price.
Out of Time, Out of Options
JackPointer mage Winterhawk left the shadows at the top of his game: these days he indulges his curiosity about all things mysterious and magical on his own terms. But he’s about to discover that the shadows are hard to leave behind, and old enemies have their ways of drawing him back in. (Published by Catalyst Game Labs)
The Sixth World doesn’t give people much time to grow up. Whoever you are, wherever you live, there’s going to come a time when the world is going to throw you some serious curveballs, and if all you can do is bitch and moan about how you’re not ready for what’s coming your way, you’re not going to last long. Get strong, grow up, and figure out how to survive—that’s what everyone else has done. Except for those lying two meters underground. (Published by Catalyst Game Labs)
Slacker corp mage Cody’s bad day is about to get a lot worse. Losing his job is crappy enough, but when his talismonger uncle turns up dead and dissected in his shop, Cody finds himself on the run from some very nasty people who want something they think he has. The problem is, Cody has no idea what it is. Turning for help to old friends from his Barrens roots, Cody soon learns that his problems are bigger than any of them can handle. To survive, he’ll need some heavy hitters on his side–but can he trust them not to sell him out? (Published by Catalyst Game Labs)
R. L. King is an award-winning author and game freelancer for Catalyst Game Labs, publisher of the popular roleplaying game Shadowrun. She has contributed fiction and game material to numerous sourcebooks, as well as one full-length adventure, “On the Run,” included as part of the 2012 Origins-Award-winning “Runners’ Toolkit.” Her first novel in the Shadowrun universe, Borrowed Time, was published in Spring 2015. When not doing her best to make life difficult for her characters, King is a software technical writer for a large Silicon Valley database company. In her spare time (hah!) she enjoys hanging out with her very understanding spouse and her small herd of cats, watching way too much Doctor Who, and attending conventions when she can. She is an Active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers’ Association, and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.
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Some thoughts on the two-year anniversary of the release of the first Stone novel, and this week’s release of the ninth.
I’ve gotten a couple of emails from folks who really like the Stone books, but they expressed concern about profanity. They think it would be better if some of the characters weren’t such potty-mouths, or at least if I left out some of the more extreme ends of the cussing spectrum (like the “f” word).
While I totally respect that opinion, and respect people’s right to limit their exposure to words that make them uncomfortable, unfortunately my response has to be a polite, “I can’t do that, Dave.”
Here I am, reporting from two weeks into the grand experiment! I’m happy to report that writing continues apace, and I’m hitting or exceeding my 3,000 word/day weekday goal. Also, my plan to cook and eat at home is going really well. We should have done this years ago!