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 and launched the Behindbeyond series, which currently includes a sequel, Got Hope, and two short stories, also available here and on Amazon.
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 second 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
“Sailing on the Tides of Burning Sand”
A Year of the Monkeys Anthology
This short story is a science-fiction piece about a couple with a shared past that they cannot remember. They find themselves on a boat, sailing over rust-colored sand dunes with only the desert landscape around them. Inexorably moving forward, bits and pieces of their former lives come back to them. In front of them stands a thousand-foot high wall of fire and their course lies dead ahead. The couple will need to remember what they mean to each other, and soon.
Time is running out.
The Hunger: A Collection of Utah Horror
A frightening parasite that feeds on brains.
A worthy quest.
And a story that will have you talking long after you’ve turned the last page.
This flash fiction piece was selected as the anchor story for this delectable anthology, and appears in the finale.
Like a fine dessert, the flavor will linger on your tongue as you discover you are what you read.
“Meredith in St. Louis”
Apocalypse Utah: A Collection of Utah Horror
Meredith is a young woman with her whole life in front of her. She has a great career working for the NSA in a secret laboratory and she’s building up the courage to introduce herself to that cute guy who sometimes shows up on the commuter train after work. His name turns out to be Louis and, unfortunately, he’s one half of a very deadly equation. As Meredith puts one and one together, the situation gets hotter and the chemistry between Meredith and Louis could result in the deadliest of plagues.
Future Worlds: A Science Fiction Anthology
This story answers the question: What if Charles Dickens and Harry Houdini met on a distant planet a few centuries from now? And what if they were hired to entertain an audience of perfected beings? The intriguing premise and suspenseful writing has earned the story some great reviews:
“The . . . story I really loved was by Michael Darling. It features a couple of performers traveling together on tour, when Harry meets an audience member who won’t play along.”
— Cindy on Goodreads
“I found the world in ‘Spera Angelorum’ (where humans have inhuman power over their surroundings) to be the most interesting. In this world, normal people who can do (or have done) impressive things without using the all-too-common superpowers are a form of entertainment. The story covers a show where two of these humans perform for an audience of ‘angels.’ The details of the performers’ lives, their philosophies, and their very identities are all caught up in the suspenseful action that takes place on stage.”
— R. Andrew Lamonica on Goodreads
“Grandmother, Who Breaks the Sky”
It Came from the Great Salt Lake: A Collection of Utah Horror
Two boys, best friends, meet in the Museum of Natural History to see the mummified remains of a Shoshone Indian girl. One boy is destined to summon an ancient entity who will lay waste to the Earth and enslave humankind. The other is destined to defend the innocent at any cost. Their conflict sets the stage for a titanic battle of good and evil.
This story was selected to lead off the anthology and appears first.
Secrets & Doors
(Currently Out of Print)
“The Temp” is a futuristic look at a society living in a domed city where lower-class workers provide energy for the upper-class. The main character isn’t sure everything the supervisors tell her is true, and she may be willing to test her programming if it will help her find the man she loves.
This story is related to a projected novel in the same fictional world. There is no set time for that novel to be published yet, however, this story may be made available again in the future as part of a publicity package.
Old Scratch and Owl Hoots: A Collection of Utah Horror
Noted author Michael Collings called this story “the ultimate haunted house” tale, which is wonderful praise since Collings has written books on the grandmaster of horror Stephen King. This was my first professionally-published short story. It’s centered on a house that existed in the 1800s at the bottom of a lonely hollow.
And if you have offended its resident ghost, you’ll never get out of the house alive.