Michael Darling’s first novel, Got Luck, was released on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, 2016. Perfectly appropriate since the novel borrows from Celtic mythology and the Irish Gaelic language. The novel hit #1 on Amazon in December 2016.
Police-officer-turned-private-investigator Goethe “Got” Luck is known for rolling with the punches and never taking anything too seriously. When he picks up a seemingly dead-end murder case, his life begins to take a crazy turn. Shot at, chased by people he has never met, and attacked by an invisible liondog, Got quickly learns that there is more to this world than meets the eye.
The latest novel in the Behindbeyond series, Got Hope continues the adventures of private investigator Goethe “Got” Luck as a deadly mystery forces Got to protect a mortal woman stranded in the land of the Fae.
Private investigator Goethe “Got” Luck saved humankind once already. With one dangerous enemy dead and another in exile for one-hundred years, both the mortal realm and the realm of the Fae—the Behindbeyond—seem to be safe. Now Got can go back to nice, normal detective work.
Until a beautiful cheerleader lands in front of his house, strapped to a bomb.
More Tales from the Behindbeyond
UAAnthology Obvious Things
Michael Darling’s story “The Mark” won both the short story and the overall writing prize in the United Authors Association fiction contest. Featuring characters from the Behindbeyond universe, the story is a prequel to Got Luck but also has characters from the sequel, Got Hope.
“I’m gonna get a bullet in the chest,” Big said.
“She predicted that?” Small asked.
“Are her predictions accurate?”
“Twice. So far.”
“Huh. And she has some kind of business deal for me?”
This anthology also features characters from the Behindbeyond and the story in “Lucky Day” runs parallel to the events from Chapter One of Got Luck. The story stands on its own, but readers familiar with the Behindbeyond will appreciate the story more deeply.
Anyone looking at the boy would notice his shirt but would never guess he was waiting for a man with a gun. Observers might also assume the boy’s mother dressed him that way because she found the Renaissance Faire interesting, but they’d be wrong again. Where he came from, everyone dressed this way. While he had been given the shirt by a woman who appeared to be much older, she wasn’t his mother. She wasn’t older either.
Short Stories from Other Places
The challenge in writing a story for this anthology was trying to create a scenario for the end of the world that hadn’t already been done before. War, pestilence, zombies, meteors — they’d all been done to death. Pun intended.
However, with the NSA Data Center located in Utah, one thing does lead to another in Michael’s short story, “Meredith in St. Louis.”
This was the day. The day Meredith would force herself to do the thing she was afraid to do. She wanted to do it but she hated herself for penciling the scary thing into her calendar. Once it was penciled into the calendar, there was no turning back.
What if the most beloved writer of the 19th century and the most famous magician in world met on a distant planet in a far-flung future? What if they gave a performance to a world full of people so perfect, they were called “angels?”
That’s the premise of “Spera Angelorum” published in the anthology Future Worlds. Like Fantastic Worlds, this anthology comes from Future House Publishing.
The ship arrived planetside without a hitch. The landing procedure was smooth. The attendants were immaculate and polite. The meal on the flight was sliced manna with ambrosia sauce. The sheer perfection of it all pissed me off.
It Came From the Great Salt Lake
“Grandmother, Who Breaks the Sky” blends a touch of H.P. Lovecraft with a healthy dose of Ray Bradbury as one young boy faces off against the imminent arrival of a deadly Ancient One. The story is both poignant and terrifying.
Before the poetry of autumn had a chance to start its verse, death came for Danny.
It started innocently, while Danny and the Mason twins walked home after school. With sidewalks wide enough that they could walk side-by-side, they trudged along, backpacks bouncing, whispering details about going to see the body of a girl.