And that was Starck's Lament.
I went into this one with a different mindset: I wanted to create something that was less action-horror and more survival-horror. I also wanted fewer and much deadlier enemies for the protagonist to face. I tried for that more survival-horror feel with these aspects and hopefully managed to get that across.
The Bandersnatches were actually not a creature I had waiting in the wings. I had to come up with them pretty much from scratch, and I hope I did okay, given that fact. I also wanted something really just fucking weird with this one. Something creepy. A lot of what I do is pretty run-of-the-mill: zombies, meat machines, aliens, faceless government black ops squads. But I do try to come up with some weird, out there shit from time to time. This was definitely an example of one of my attempts.
Also, I don't know if anyone caught it, but Theseus Station was an intentional...reference, I guess? Motif? Theme? Of being hunted, caught in a maze. I try things like that every now and then but honestly I'm not very good with themes or motifs or anything that's supposed to be subtle.
Starck's Lament marks the last of the stand-alone novels, inasmuch as they can be stand-alone in this series. I probably shouldn't have done that and in the future I'm definitely going to have a more coherent storyline and cohesive narrative. But it was fun, introducing new characters, seeing how they interacted with the already established characters.
Well, that's it for now.
As for what's next, well, Jennifer gets her very first adventure in ALONE? I think you should probably read that one. But the next big novel is DEATHLESS. My personal favorite.
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The twelfth novel in The Shadow Wars. Eric Starck is a man adrift. After fighting in the Systems Wars that ravaged the galaxy, he's spent the past three years drifting from one job to the next, never quite feeling comfortable. The latest in a long l...