Jo Kapernick is, to the best of his knowledge, has always been a loner, fighter, and survivor. Gifted with the ability of an exceptionally quick, even superhuman, sidestep. Jo travels the land in search of a way to unlock the powers hidden deep inside himself. Along the way he meets and befriends other talented fighters with superhuman abilities who may just help him find what he’s searching for.
From weaving through crowds to monsters after philosophy class to deadly priests to boa constrictors, this short story collection has it all! A compilation Josiah Akhtab’s best short stories taken from his blog The Akhtab Weekly and placed in one comprehensive book for your reading pleasure!
As a super-intelligent organism with little to no challenges or excitement in life, Jake Matthews is bored out of his mind. Speaking of his mind, it drives him insane. So insane, that it manifested a dark side that’s haunted him since his childhood. One night, while going about his listless existence, he is dragged away to another dimension to a planet known as Figueroa. On this planet, he meets The White Figure General, X-Otropolis, who tells Jake he’s been chosen to stop The Great Figueroan War and defeat The Black Figure. Jake is forced to lean swordplay and develop his might to save a planet that is more connected to Earth than he thinks as The Great Figueroan War spreads across dimensions.
“The Deadman’s Gift” is the story of Rudy Sarabelli, an orphan whose poetry strips him of everything he cares about and drives him to suicide. In “Madame Emerald”, a man’s life spirals out of control and he comes upon a psychic that leads him to spiritual awakening, forcing him to face his demons. “The God Memory” recounts the life of a boy who has a strange and omnipotent gift he can’t control, becoming enough of a problem to send him seeking answers. In “Wolfgang”, a group of wolf biologists goes on a winter break in the search for a long, lost man in Minnesota Tundra only to find themselves getting stuck in a cave and being picked off one by one, during which friendships–it is discovered–are not as binding when lives are on the line.
Cameron is an untouchable, a position assigned to him by the Devil. His assignment is to find and recruit people to participate in something called The Devil’s Game, which is anything but. Cameron doesn’t want to do this; in fact he hates doing it, but, to have a chance at regaining his life, or what’s left of it since his lover was killed, he must recruit others to suffer fates worse than death.
Welcome to The Devil’s Game, where many enter but only one makes it out alive.
From unrequited love to the nature of existence and reality to twisted and off-beat fantasies, Josiah Akhtab’s poetry explores different aspects of human life and facets of the human mind. From poems with bland titles with deep messages to fanciful titles with hidden sentences, Josiah Akhtab explores the possibilities within poetry to tell a story, to take a white canvas and fill it with vibrant and colorful prose poetry and simple rhymes.
Ellie and Brandon are two detectives at the Porting City Detective and Vampire Hunting Agency who happen to run into Vanguard, an immortal and owner of the agency, one night while hunting a vampire. The three meet formally the next day and Ellie and Brandon’s world change completely. Ellie finds out Brandon is not who she thinks and, hurt by his betrayal and lack of trust in her, seeks the truth which is far darker and uglier than she thinks. Brandon, a man bent on revenge for the death of his parents, lives in Consumer Central where vampires reign in the night and hunts them down to find his parents’ killers ends up letting his thirst for vengeance endanger the only person alive he cares about and has to work with Vanguard and others to make things right before it is too late.