My story, Cinder and Smoke, has been published in A Grimoire of Eldritch Inquests: Occult Detective Monster Hunter.
I consider “Cinder and Smoke” to be the best short story I’ve written yet. It’s got mystery, vaguely Lovecraftian horror, a claustrophobic setting, Belle Epoque Paris, and, of course, an occult detective—M. de Ravenot, a gentleman from the Académie de la Metaphysique.
I’ve wanted to write an occult detective story for years. In between other projects, I’ve slowly been developing an occult adventuress series full of tongue-in-cheek adventures, ghosts, and pulp fiction/penny dreadful fun. This is not that story. Despite or perhaps because I’ve spent years working on it, the adventuress is nowhere near ready.
So I created something “Cinder and Smoke” instead. It exists in Ravenot’s darker, more moody world of astrological signs, hidden magic, family secrets and terrible experiments. I look forward to returning to Ravenot’s world in the future.