Mask of the Other is a novel about soldiers confronting the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos and watching their lives fall apart in the aftermath. It's been well-received and I found myself wanting to go back to those characters again, after the horrible events of the book, to see what other horrible events were going on. If I can raise $550.00, I'll release the story that arose from my continued interest in Dirty John, Rick Hazard, Doug from Wisconsin and one other character, a minor one: Lala.
"Whatever Happened to Lala?" touches on Dirty John's girlfriend and common-law wife. In the novel, she talks to one of the soldiers on the phone, and later John reminisces about her in a very vague and drunken way. But I felt there was more there and I wanted to dig it out. This story is the result.
It's not a monster story, but it is a horror story. There's no paranormal stuff going on: This is just fallout from the novel's events, a hurt that keeps on hurting even after death. It's a story about trying to do the right thing in a world that doesn't care, and doing it to people who care rather too much.
If it's funded, I'll put it up for free, for everyone, on www.gregstolze.com/fiction_library , with all the other fruits of my Kickstarter projects. Hope you like it!
(The music in the video is a Bach Toccata performed by Felipe Sarro, accessed through www.musopen.com -- which was funded right here on Kickstarter. Hah!)
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