Showdown With Demons

Delicately crafted and written by an author who certainly has an uncanny knack for prosody and verisimilitude, ‘Crossings’ is an entertaining read.

About The Book

Tourists often annoyed Old Ebe–but the bullying outsiders breeding vicious attack dogs on his family’s old land endanger the peace of his quiet mountain town…and the life of his best friend.

When Ebe’s dog, Dipper, goes missing, the widower expects help from his new neighbors. It’s the way of the mountain community. However, when Rabler, leader of the lowlanders, threatens to kill his dog if he sees the animal, Ebe begins to suspect the newcomers hide something more sinister than raising attack dogs. Unfortunately, authorities turn a blind eye to their bullying activities.

Ebe turns to the reclusive Dissenters, a people with magical powers who live deeper into the Sierra foothills, once led by his former teacher, Old Nance. When a young man, Ebe had tried to join the mage community, but he didn’t control enough magic to be accepted. Though Nance tries to help her former student, she only manages to anger the bullies. A gang of them murders her for interfering with their lucrative business.
To regain his self-respect, Ebe must find a way to revenge her against “dog farmers’ with little magic and fewer allies.

Showdown with Demons is a classic fight of good against evil, where revenge and redemption drive Old Ebe into a deadly confrontation against enormous odds. The e-story, along with Night for the Gargoyles, is a prequel to M. K. Theodoratus’ novel: There Be Demons–with the telling of why Britt’s Granny Nan wasn’t there to help the teen fight the demons invading Trebridge.

5***** Reviews: “a strong blend of adventure, magic, and feel-good heroism” & “The writer keeps the reader’s attention and the suspense rolling with a well-crafted solid plot!”

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” Delicately crafted and written by an author who certainly has an uncanny knack for prosody and verisimilitude, ‘Crossings’ is an entertaining read. “

Amazon reviewer

” Set in the fantasy world of Andor, this is the tale of Crossings, a quiet town where people go about their own business and don’t like change. “

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M.K. Theodoratus

About the Author

I’m one of those weird people who has played with fantasy as long as she can remember. Had a pretend friend by the time I was three, play acted elaborate fantasies even after I learned not to talk about them, read loads of Silver Age comic books, and discovered Oz, A. L. Merritt, Andre Norton, and Fritz Leiber before my teens. Some of my favorite authors now include Alexander, Briggs, Belcher, Cooper, Croogon, Pierce, Butcher, Elkins, McCrumb, Gaiman, O’Connell, etc. etc. etc.The gears changed to include writing fantasy after the sixth grade. Before then, mysteries ala Nancy Drew were my favorites. Most of my fiction writing has been lost over the years. Must admit, though, I still have the Clue of the Clay Cats, written in the sixth and seventh grade, sitting in some file drawer.Many fantasy worlds entertain me…but I’ve only written in two since I started writing fiction again consistently. My main two worlds are Andor where demons prey upon humans and other supernatural events occur and the Marches of the Far Isles were the elder Half-Elven fight socio-political change.Mostly I’ve published shorter fantasy which is mostly free. My Andor short stories include Night for the Gargoyles [which inspired Andor and There Be Demons], Showdown at Crossings [prequel to There Be Demons], Doom Comes for a Sold Soul and The Ghost in the Closet.Visit my author website for more information about my writing– As for social media, I blog about books [aka book reviews] at almost weekly. I also post on Facebook as M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer]. Yeah, there’s Twitter [@kaytheod] to promote mostly and GoodReads– For fun, I do Pinterest and enjoy my Gorey pics. If you comment on my Facebook page, I usually answer back.

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