Friday, May 18, 2012

The New Fairy Tale World - guest post by H. David Blalock, author of Angelkiller

Happy Friday!

I have a visitor today, H. David Blalock, who is the author of Angelkiller published by Seventh Star Press. H. David Blalock has written a guest post for Me and Reading - The New Fairy Tale world. You can find some information about the author and his book, Angelkiller, below the guest post!

Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author H. David Blalock!

The New Fairy Tale World


by H. David Blalock



Once upon a time there was a kingdom where life was cheap and crime was rampant. People lived under the rule of corrupt men whose only gods were money and power. Into this kingdom came a storyteller, a man of tall fictions and fanciful poetries. He made the people forget about all their troubles for a little while, gave them respite from their troubles.

The corrupt King and his minions found out about the storyteller. They didn't like that he was more popular with the people. The King determined to permanently silence the storyteller and make him an example for all the storytellers to come.

Now, the King didn't want to make the storyteller a martyr. That would make him even more popular. So, he began to circulate the rumor that all storytellers were criminals who hated babies and stole the leaves right off the trees. According to the rumors, a storyteller was lower than a snake's belly. He stole money from the church poor box. He didn't even like chocolate!

Some people began to believe the rumors. Every time a baby cried, they said it was because the storyteller scared it. When autumn came and the leaves began to disappear, it was because of the storyteller, they said. There was less and less money in the poor box. It didn't matter that no one was donating, it was because the storyteller was taking the money. And all of a sudden there was a large shipment of chocolate from somewhere (those in the know could tell you the King ordered it), so the storyteller obviously wasn't eating his share.

Things grew ugly in the kingdom, and eventually no one came to listen to the storyteller. Finally, the storyteller gave up and moved away. The end.

No, it's not a happy ending. Life is full of unhappy endings. In a society where literacy is denigrated, where people spend more time with their television than their children, where viewers can watch horrible violence being done to others on the news and never flinch, it is inevitable.

We need to spend more time with our children, give them the attention we now give to the television or our telephones and computers. The next generation is more in tune with their technological gadgets than they are with their own parents. They are becoming hardened to human contact because it no longer seems necessary. Courtesy and civility are becoming things of the past. Humanity in the developed countries is becoming more and more isolated from itself.

Only in entertainment do we recognize moral value. We expect the good guy to win in the story and feel upset and cheated if he doesn't. Yet, how often do we support the good guy in the real world? How often do we stand up for moral values, act on our conscience, or just lend a helping hand?
Start making a difference today. Hug your child. Hug your parent. Smile at someone and mean it. Open the door for an elderly lady. Teach yourself or someone else to read.

As the old saying goes, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

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Angelkiller:


Meet Jonah Mason, the oldest, and most experienced of the Angelkillers, an elite force in the Army of Light. They are fighting an ancient war, one in which the Darkness achieved a great triumph long ago that has had profound influence on the fabric of life as we know it. It is the simple answer as to why bad things happen to good people.


The great battle may have been lost, but the war continues in a modern age, pitting Jonah against the Enemy in a way even he had never faced. A provocative mixture of the supernatural and technological, Angelkiller is a very special, thought-provoking tale, one that shines forth in the upper realms of urban fantasy literature.

About the author:


H. David Blalock has been a writer for print and the internet in speculative fiction for more than 35 years. Inspired by the science fiction and horror writers of the early and middle 20th century, he continues to try to bring that sense of wonder and awe he felt at that reading to his audience through his stories and novels. For more information about David and his work, check out his website at http://www.thrankeep.com/.







Thank you, H. David Blalock, for coming by and writing a guest post! It is highly appreciated!

Happy reading!




1 comment:

  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing the synopsis of Angelkiller. I agree about spending more time with your kids. They really are tapped into technology. I wish authors wouldn't feel the need to wrap the endings of their tales in happy ending..sometimes it feels forced and like life not all books should have happy endings.

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