“Arkham Horror: Secrets in Scarlet” and Kymani Jones
CONSPIRACY! ARCANE MYSTERY!
What more could you ask for, right?
So here’s the deal … I have a brand new short story in SECRETS IN SCARLET, the latest Arkham Horror anthology from Aconyte Books. The book was released on October 4 in the United States and will be released December 8 in the United Kingdom but you can order it RIGHT NOW from Amazon.
Which is pretty cool, but you may be asking, “What is Arkham Horror?”
According to its Wikipedia entry, “ARKHAM HORROR: THE CARD GAME is a cooperative living card game produced by Fantasy Flight Games. It is set in the universe of Chaosium‘s Call of Cthulhu role-playing game which is itself based on the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft and other cosmic horror writers. The title refers to Lovecraft’s fictional town of Arkham, Massachusetts, which is mentioned in many Mythos stories.”
And this year Arkham Horror is expanding with a new campaign called The Scarlet Keys. It features new characters and new challenges, and as part of its much anticipated launch the tie-in anthology SECRETS IN SCARLET is introducing many of these characters by running them through their own individual adventures.
So, yeah, if you’re thinking my transition to writing more short stories continues along with my association with HPL, you’re right. But the really cool part about this story, “Forty Grain Weight of Nephrite,” is its protagonist Kymani Jones.
I love rogues, scoundrels and bent heroes. Historical figures like John Henry “Doc” Holliday (“This is funny.”) and fictional characters like Captain Louis Renault (“I’m shocked! Shocked!”) from the 1942 film CASABLANCA.
Now there is Kymani Jones. If Kymani had a job description it would be freelance insurance claims adjuster and expert in objet d’art by day and picaresque vigilante thief by night.
Strange disappearances have been haunting the city of Arkham for a while now. I mean strange disappearances. Objects, buildings and persons aren’t just vanishing. They are being erased from history and memory. Now disappearances like these are occurring in other parts of the globe and a secret organization called The Foundation hopes to defend humanity against this otherworldly threat by researching and collecting paradimensional objects known as The Scarlet Keys. Helping The Foundation learn about and locate these eldritch items is an eclectic group of folks like Kymani with not-your-average skills and education known as investigators. But The Foundation isn’t the only secret organization searching for Keys. The Red Coterie is also collecting them and its members are much more cavalier when it comes to their methods and their concern towards mankind.
In “Forty Grain Weight of Nephrite” Kymani warns the renowned archaeologist/adventurer Professor Aron Vayner that an attempt might be made to steal his most precious possession, the Xiamen Bi, from his fortified Nob Hill estate. When it is inexplicably stolen Vayner hires Kymani to retrieve the priceless artifact no matter the cost, unaware that the Bi is a Key that Kymani intends to return to China if it is recovered.
But getting to the Bi is not going to be easy.
Standing in Kymani’s way are a warrior dedicated to protecting the Bi, an Interpol agent determined to expose and apprehend Kymani, and a Chinatown cabal led by one of The Red Coterie’s most dangerous members.
Want to know more?
To read brief interviews with me and the other SECRETS IN SCARLET authors just click this link!
You can also check out these Youtube gaming sites for more information about THE SCARLET KEYS and Kymani Jones, who has been generating a lot of excitement:
And that’s all for now, but be sure to check back here for more information as the release of SECRETS IN SCARLET draws nearer!