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Cold-Morning is a serial fiction podcast and e-novel about a globe-trotting adventure in the 1930s. It is noir, violent, magical, sometimes sexy, often snarky, and intended for a mature audience.

Do you know how to find the vanished world, of witches and stranger things? Mark Simmons dreams of ferreting out those corners where magic lingers, out of the reach of neon lights and iron railed roads. He was raised by seekers who hunted mysteries from the bloody sands of the Sinai to the haunted Mountains of Tibet, but Mark left that life of magic behind when his parents sent him away to school and safety. Now he’s just another man-without-work in the pits of great depression Chicago, except he’s got two fists and a commission to find a missing killer that beckons him back to the roads his parents hoped he’d never see…. What will you find when you look past where the lights end?

Who would you do anything to save? Jenny’s sister was stolen away as a child and their father gave up searching when the markets crashed. Six years later, Jenny is finally free and ready to ask the question: just how far will I go to get my sister back? The only magic Jenny believes is the word ‘please’ and the trick of putting a bullet in just the right spot, but she’s got a sharp-shooting pistol, money, and a mission, and in the end what more do you really need?

Text updates publish on Thursdays. Patreon supporters occasionally vote on which way the story will go, get to read two chapters ahead, and may download pdf and epub versions, including cut content and extra side-stories.

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Gunshot

In which a familiar stranger commits a murder…

Glimmer

In which a heroine makes her appearance…

Shelter

In which a dance hall makes for a poor bullet-stopper…

Shadow

In which Mark negotiates a menu of lead or knuckle sandwiches, swears, and reminisces about worse times…

Sunrise

In which it all comes to a crossroads, a standstill, and an end…

Wake

In which a shovel is wielded to questionable effect, and help comes from unexpected quarters…

Chill

In which the morning is cold, the enemies close, and the friends closer…

Follow

In which the friend of a friend may be no friend indeed…

Chain

In which the rain comes through the roof, Nash gets a cigarette, and we consider the question of flags…

Choice

In which a sandwich is eaten and our hero teeters on the brink of the next…

Heat

In which we visit a Bangkok market and an underdog fights for a prize…

Fever

In which blood sport turns bloody….

Fall

In which a garland of flowers takes on a new meaning, and Summanus says his name…

Broken

In which a new suit of clothes solves all worldly woes, and a matchbook fails to light a fire….

Deal

In which a crime comes to light….

Empty

In which a crime scene is not abandoned….

Need

In which Jenny tells a story….

Night

In which knives dance among the poppies….

Day

In which Summanus enters the place called Bitter Flower….

Rebuke

In which a magician grants a mission….

Crossroads

In which ways part under stone eyes….

Ruin

In which many names are lost, and one remembered….

Ghosts

In which the pit reveals secrets….

Smoke

In which a knife is no match for a Garland, and an old enemy returns….

Breath

In which a monkey meets a bagpipe, a soldier knows secrets, and prophecy is uttered….

Charge

In which it is dangerous to ignore a warning….

Fire

In which wrath stalks amid ruin and Mark must choose his way….

Water

In which an escape plan is sunk….

Father

In which missions collide in the night….

Friend

In which the city groans….

Fighter

In which a plot is hatched beneath dripping thatch….

Run

In which escape is the only option…. or Cat’s Cradle.

Shatter

In which every shot counts….

Madness

In which plans meet problems….

Pit

In which eager gladiators fight to the death….

Hollows

In which secret doors lead secret ways….

Dark

In which waits a perilous choice and the test of all hopes so far….

Deeps

In which shapes move in the dark, words are whispered, choices made, and something follows…

Peace

In which a master reveals secret truth and terrible consequence….

Rage

In which a price is paid….

Dissent

In which Agafya encounters a problem….

Violence

In which a party is thrown and everyone invited….

 

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