A novella in the Sigils and Totems mythos, rereleased in ebook from Crossroad Press.
I’ve been having a nightmare off and on since I was a boy. It’s of a bird – a huge, black, bird. The stuff that dreams are made of.
In the nightmare I’m on the edge of a high sea cliff. I feel the wind on my face, taste salt spray, smell cut grass and flowers. I feel like if I could just give myself to the wind I could fly. Then it comes, from blue, snow covered mountains way to the north, a black speck at first, getting bigger fast. Before I can move it is on me, enfolding me in feathers. It lowers its head and puts its beak near my ear. It whispers.
The bird’s most recent appearance in my dreams was early this year, and the next morning I had an idea that fused my own history, my favorite movie and my bad habits into one coherent whole.
In this one you’ll find a New York brownhouse, a broken cop, betrayal, smokes, hard liquor, the dreams that stuff is made of, memories, regrets, more smokes, more liquor, and a black bird.
BROKEN SIGIL is the most personal thing I’ve ever written, and was the kicking off point for what is an ongoing mythos of Sigils and Totems stories. It’s also among my favorites of all my works.
Will we talk about the black bird?
A bravura performance. – Pete Tennant, Black Static #38
The book has a strong and interesting story. The dread is mostly in the unseen, with little violence or gore. It’s all very subtle, and following a satisfying conclusion, very rewarding. – SCREAM Magazine
…would have made a great ‘Twilight Zone’ episode. – British Fantasy Society
While Broken Sigil is filled with ghosts, its true power lies in how it will haunt the reader’s mind even after the last word is read. Broken Sigil is one of those rare stories that is powerful enough to make the reader think about every word and turn it into something much more meaningful than just another story. – Examiner.com