In the gang-ridden Wormpile District, 16-year-old Larin shouts nonsense words into the decaying alleyways, a magical tourette’s syndrome that has brought grief from every neighborhood thug. But when he learns those outbursts come from Haraf, Lord of Demons, his problems bump to a whole new level. For Haraf is in permanent war with the Six Legged Gods, whose priests case the Wormpile, masking their terrifying agenda with cries for social justice. As Larin and his drug-addicted warrior uncle find themselves surrounded by enemies, their only allies will be an alcoholic priestess and a highborn wizardress, who must hold her nose and work with the street rabble she detests. And Larin will either follow Haraf or face a much greater darkness--one that will turn mankind's soul to ash.
In the misty forests of 8th century Saxony, an outcast girl smells doubt like lye, and can effect wondrous magic with tree-carved runes. But when she meets a mysterious stranger in those green woods, she must decide whether the last of her people’s lore should be used to fight Charlemagne’s Franks, who have embedded in her homeland like pebbles in wool. And she must decide whether her runes and talent for all-seeing will in the end drive away her only true love.
Helen is a woman with dementia trapped in a cognitive impairment facility, abandoned by her family and left to die. As the fog descends, she finds herself visited by two doctors—one who terrifies her, and one who only perplexes her. But though she doesn’t understand everything that’s going on, she knows something about these "doctors" isn't quite right--especially since neither set acknowledges the other, and they seem to have very opposing aims. And though their motives are murky, one of them may just be her salvation…
A science fiction novelette.