High in the desert, between the mountains out west, up where the ground throbs from the nuclear test detonations, the casinos still glitter, drawing people from the far reaches of the world. They come here to try their luck, to take a chance, to have the adventures they wouldn't write home about.
In this other-world, the desert offers one last hope for the penniless, the luckless, the loveless, and the hopeless. A pawnshop dealing in wonders, where everything is for sale: a chance to get off the street, a few extra days with a dying lover, an afternoon in the sun, a home to call your own, the perfect wedding, or the chance to become a master magician, or a giraffe for your Sunday morning. But beware of the Master, and price he demands.
Young men make rash choices. At nineteen years old, with no money, no food, and no hope, one man's choices start making themselves. As winter sets in and time runs out, he needs salvation anywhere he can find it--in a brothel, a dumpster, a gun, or maybe in a creepy old pawn shop in a broken down city at the edge of nowhere.More info →
When five-year-old Aldo wakes up his father at 3AM on Sunday and demands a giraffe, his father takes him on a giraffe-hunting safari.
Because when Aldo doesn't get his way, bad things happen.
But Aldo's father might reconsider if he knew the source of Aldo's power: A talking rat with its own designs on a toy giraffe, which can only be found in a dusty display case at a creepy little pawnshop way out on the edge of nowhere.More info →
Stephen got stoned so he could deal with the chemo, but it's his husband who really needs the drugs. After all, watching your partner of twenty years die of cancer can leave you courting bankruptcy, your life in ruins. It can drive you to steal, or cheat, or look for hope in a can of chicken-noodle soup you bought from the demonic pawnbroker at a creepy old hock shop at the edge of nowhere.More info →
A Lombard Alchemist Tale
Aliston Hayes loved three things: getting married, hats, and the late Jac Jarger. So when she got the chance to combine the three with the help of a demon-possessed cat and an ancient book, how could she pass it up?
How could she know that her enthusiasm would result in "The Incident"?