A ZIP Archive for My Fiction

Mon, 6 Jun 2022

In addition to being a software developer, I’ve also written some science fantasy in the traditions of Michael Moorcock, Jack Vance, C. L. Moore, Roger Zelazny, Glen Cook, C. J. Cherryh, C. S. Friedman, Jacqueline Carey, and M. John Harrison. They started out as JRPG fanfic (mainly Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Parasite Eve, and Shin Megami Tensei) liberally salted with imagery drawn from hard rock and heavy metal lyrics from bands like Judas Priest, the Blue Öyster Cult, Testament, Savatage, Queensrÿche, The Sisters of Mercy, Type O Negative, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, and many others – not to mention movies like Akira, The Crow, Ghostbusters, Vampire Hunter D, The Killer, A Better Tomorrow, The Devil’s Advocate, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill.

It all came down to a few simple questions:

Imagine Saruman in Silicon Valley, but temporarily victorious because of his soft doctrines. I basically threw what I liked into a blender, kitchen sink and all, and set it to purée. One could also say that I took all of the stories I liked, stripped them for parts, filed off the serial numbers, and used them to build something of my own. There’s sci-fi, fantasy, cyberpunk, conspiracies, and even some romance (since I was eventually writing almost as much for my wife as I was for myself). I eventually managed to publish some of it through a small press that is now out of business. I mean to keep writing, but my new fiction will be on my other website at https://starbreaker.org/.

In the meantime, my old fiction is available in plain text from my personal website at https://matthewgraybosch.com/fiction.zip. You’re welcome to download this archive for personal use. I used to just have the old, raw files listed in an Atom feed, but I think that format’s better suited to blog posts and serialized fiction.

Files ending in .txt are pretty-printed from Org Mode in GNU Emacs and thus hard-wrapped. They won’t look right on mobile devices. Org Mode and Fountain files (ending in .org and .fountain respectively) aren’t hard-wrapped and may be more readable on mobile devices – assuming you can open ZIP archives on your phone in the first place.

A copy of this file is also available at https://matthewgraybosch.com/fiction/README.txt, as are all of the files listed below.

NOVELS

STARBREAKER: A ROCK OPERA (2009)

Morgan Cooper’s search for answers after the murder of his ex play into the hands of an immortal sorcerer-scientist who became a demon to fight demons. Only by seeing the world between the lines and facing his nature can he face the real threat to everything he cherishes, but don’t mistake Morgan for a hero: he only stepped up because somebody had to and nobody else would.

WITHOUT BLOODSHED: A STARBREAKER NOVEL (2013)

Morgan Cooper must prove he isn’t the Phoenix Society’s assassin by taking down Alexander Liebenthal without bloodshed. The hard part is that he’s guilty as sin.

SILENT CLARION: A STARBREAKER NOVEL (2016)

All Naomi Bradleigh wanted after her latest breakup was some time away from home. But her inability to ignore rumors of unsolved disappearances in a rural town made her trip the working vacation from Hell.

SHORT FICTION

STEADFAST: A STARBREAKER STORY (2012)

The people of a newly resettled town have stumbled upon one of the old empire’s darker secrets, left festering since Nationfall. Now its guardian is out for blood, steadfastly determined to carry out his final orders, and Naomi Bradleigh must stop him.

THE MILGRAM BATTERY: A STARBREAKER STORY (2012)

Before Morgan Cooper can take his oath as an Adversary sworn to uphold individual rights, he must face a final ordeal: a nightmare sequenced from his own memories and the obedience experiments of Stanley Milgram.

TATTOO VAMPIRE: A STARBREAKER STORY (2014)

Morgan Cooper wanted a real mission, not something any Adversary could handle. For his sins he’s gonna get one good and hard. But when it’s done he’ll just turn around and want another one.

THE HOLIDAY RUSH: A STARBREAKER STORY (2014)

Nobody likes people who show up late for holiday celebrations, but for once Morgan Cooper has a good excuse. He was making sure somebody else got home for the Winter Solstice.

LIMITED LIABILITY: A STARBREAKER STORY (2015)

Michael Chapman is about to launch the biggest venture of his life. Whether he succeeds or fails, the consequences will be earth-shattering, but there’s one person would rather not see the earth shattered…

THIRTEEN CUTS: A STARBREAKER STORY (2018)

A guilt-ridden young man seeks absolution from a therapist who wouldn’t grant it even if he were qualified to do so. The only hope for atonement is a return to the scene of the crime.

UNFINISHED WORK

SHATTERED GUARDIAN, EPISODE 1: CEMETERY GATES (2018)

from an early attempt at a Starbreaker screenplay - the title is from a Pantera song

SHATTERED GUARDIAN, EPISODE 2: THE MEMORY REMAINS (2018)

from an early attempt at a Starbreaker screenplay - the title is from a Metallica song

KILLING MACHINE (2019)

another attempt at writing a Starbreaker screenplay - the title is from a Judas Priest song

SAINT OF TRAITORS: A STARBREAKER NOVEL (2020)

Morgan Cooper knows that Isaac Magnin is behind the trafficking of devil-killer rifles and the attempted coup d’état in Boston, but he can’t prove it. He must therefore pin upon the smoothest criminal he’s ever faced a charge that he can prove. Wage theft and the possible disappearance of a scientist in Magnin’s employ will do nicely.

WHEN YOU DON’T SEE ME: A STARBREAKER NOVEL (2021)

A year after the breakup of Crowley’s Thoth, its members meet on the night of the Winter Solstice to figure out how it all went wrong, only to learn that the truth sets no one free.