Luc Reid weaves dark magic into the lives of two Vermont families in his new novel, Family Skulls. Reid was a finalist in the 2002 Writers of the Future contest and later won 2nd place in the 2002 contest with his novelette “Bottomless.” Since attending the workshop he’s authored a book on subculture slang for Writers Digest Books and short stories and articles for a variety of pro publications.
The hero of Family Skulls is Seth Quitman, a 16-year-old whose family has been cursed so that no one will ever help them with anything, from stopping a bus to calling an ambulance. When Seth resolves to make the people who cursed his family lift the hex, he finds himself facing a mystery, a series of very convincing lies, or both–and if he doesn’t find the truth behind them before the trap springs, it may be the last mistake he’ll ever make.
Reid drew on his experience of his native Vermont in crafting the story. “One of the things Tim Powers taught us at the workshop was the importance of making stories look, sound, and feel alive. I tried to use that in this story–to capture the slant of the light through trees in the late afternoon and the crackle of tires on gravel.”
Family Skulls is available for the Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Family-Skulls-ebook/dp/B00573Y36W. The print edition is expected out in January.
More information about Luc Reid and his work is available at LucReid.com, where Reid blogs about writing, ePublishing, and the psychology of habits.