On October 2, 2014, we released Chuggie and the Prisoner Gods (which you can buy here). It’s the third installment of Mischief, Mayhem, Want & Woe, my dark fantasy series set on a world called Mag Mell. It is dedicated to my cousin Tim Bays, and it was released on his birthday. In his honor, half of the money I make off this book will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The book features illustrations by the amazingly talented David F. Starr. Here’s the cover!
Here’s the synopsis!
Strange winds have blown Norchug mot Losiat, known better as Chuggie, to a world called Glughu. It is a realm of blood and bone where tar pumps like blood, where blood pours like wine, and where wine flows like booze. With the injured blade cultist Fey Voletta – as well as a painted woman named Araza – at his side, Chuggie crosses a tar-filled wilderness to reach the city of An Croi. It’s a city filled with fanatical killers in the service of a bloodthirsty master, who has conquered and imprisoned the old gods. A secret battle threatens to draw Chuggie in, but all our drunken hero wants is to get home to Mag Mell. The only way home is through a bleeding gateway, and to open one Chuggie will have to pay a heavy toll. Will Chuggie get home in time to prevent a war? What will he have to do to get there? How will he carry all that booze?
And now here’s a nice blurb:
“Chuggie is the MAN! Brent Michael Kelley, you are a demon writer! When’s the next one?” – Nancy Holder, NYT Bestselling author (The Wicked Saga) and winner of five Bram Stoker Awards
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In February of 2014, we released a short story called Chuggie and the Fish Freaks of Farheath (which you can buy here). It isn’t part of the story in the novels, but it’s a nice introduction to Chuggie and his world for the uninitiated.
SYNOPSIS: Chuggie, the permanently intoxicated embodiment of Drought, has run into a bit of trouble in the city of Farheath Harbor. He is on trial for crimes he didn’t commit, and a guilty verdict means his execution. What happened down at the Farheath Docks? Is Chuggie too drunk to defend himself in such a trial? Will he be able to defeat his executioner in the ultimate battle of wits?
My short story “JP” was published in an anthology called Little Visible Delight in December of 2013. The anthology’s theme is obsession, and my story is about my little buddy JP, who spends a lot of time inside my shirt while I sit at my desk. Buy it here.
Often the most powerful and moving stories are generated by writers who return time and again to a particular idea, theme, or image. Obsession in a writer’s imagination can lead to accomplishment or to self-destruction. Consider Poe and his pale, dead bride; his fascination with confinement and mortality; his illness and premature death. Or Flannery O’Connor’s far less soul-crushing fondness for peacocks. Some writers pay a high price for their obsessions, while others maintain a crucial distance. Whichever the case, obsessions can produce compelling fiction.
Little Visible Delight is an anthology of original stories in which eleven authors of dark fiction explore some their most intimate, writerly obsessions.
The Receiver of Tales by Lynda E. Rucker
Needs Must When the Devil Drives by Cory J. Herndon
A Thousand Stitches by Kate Jonez
The Point by Johnny Worthen
Calligraphy by James Everington
This Many by S.P. Miskowski
JP by Brent Michael Kelley
Kestrel by Mary Borsellino
An Unattributed Lyric, In Blood, On a Bathroom Wall by Ennis Drake
Black Eyes Broken by Mercedes M. Yardley
Bears: A Fairy Tale of 1958 by Steve Duffy
My second novel, Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways, is available HERE.
SYNOPSIS: Chuggie, the perpetually intoxicated embodiment of drought, returns for another adventure in Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways. It s been five days since the Desecration of Stagwater, and our hero has work to do. With the help of some ghostly new cronies, he searches for a lost little boy, explores a new world, and does his drunken best to avoid the clutches of pursuing Steel Jacks. What are the secrets of the bone dagger he carries? What allies and enemies will he find in the wilderness? Where will he get more booze?
My first novel, Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater, is available HERE.
SYNOPSIS: In the first installment of Mischief Mayhem Want and Woe, Brent Michael Kelley unleashes the horrors of Desecration on Stagwater.
Norchug Mot Losiat, Chuggie to his friends, is walking Drought. When, in his rambling, he stumbles upon the remote city of Stagwater, he finds love, temptation, and treachery. He fights against men, demons, and his own nature to battle the sinister forces threatening the city. But Chuggie? All he wants is a boat.
My short story “A Friend in Paga” appeared in the anthology Fortune: Lost and Found, from Omnium Gatherum Media. In the story, a creature called Paga has enveloped the earth in its sepia skin. Everything has changed, including sleep. A peaceful slumber is all anyone wants, and one man has discovered how to get it.
This is one of the most twisted things I’ve written so far. I’m quite proud of it. If you read it, I’d love to hear what you thought of it!
This is a secret: If you go to that Amazon link up there and click on the “Look Inside” button, you can read my story right there. This anthology is chock full of brilliant authors, though, so make sure you buy three copies.
My short story “Ride” has been published in DETRITUS, a twisted anthology of horrific delights. Stories by Kealan Patrick Burke, Jeremy C, Shipp, Mary Borsellino, Brent Michael Kelley, Phil Hickes, L.S. Murphy, Michael R. Colangelo, Neil Davies, Louise Bohmer, Edmund Colell, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Montoure, Lee Widener, Pete Clark, and Opal Edgar
Get yourself a copy from Amazon by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.
In January of 2011, Rebel Books published my story-poem “Gnoem” for their children’s anthology A Pocketful of Moondust. It’s my first published work, and I can’t tell you how cool it is seeing my little story in print.