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EMERGENCE begins!

EMERGENCE begins!

Paradigm Shift — Part Three: Emergence starts today!

Detective Kate McAllister has big problems. Not only has the killer left yet another dismembered corpse on the streets, but the Feds are butting into the case. Worse, her nightmares have invaded her waking life, threatening more than just her job — her humanity itself is at stake!

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Chicago's Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park stretches for about five miles along Lake Michigan from North Avenue to Hollywood Avenue. The location I chose for the final scene of the crime lies near the southern edge and affords some impressive views of the skyscrapers on the Gold Coast.

I used a selection of photos taken on a couple of trips to the park as sources for the views on this page and throughout the first half of the book.

Back in the late ’90s, my editor, Ris, worked at an ad agency in Old Town and we used to meet up in the park for lunch. We often took walks here to discuss this story.

The park also lends its name to the adjoining neighborhood, one of the more upscale on the North Side, and thus is prime territory for bikers, joggers, and others seeking outdoor recreation, especially in the morning hours. At night, it’s a little less populated.

Generally, this is considered to be a “good” part of town, so a brutal killing would shake things up quite a bit.

 

Read it here.

 

Time for a change…

Time for a change…

Part Two: Agitation continues today with the next scene.

What the hell…?”

Kate transforming into a werewolf.

The idea behind Kate’s werewolf transformation was to make it smooth, but horrifying, while retaining some anatomical accuracy. After establishing the Beast’s basic design, I created a halfway form between it and Kate’s human form by combining elements of the features. The first half of the metamorphosis builds towards this form with the growth of hair, claws, predatory teeth, development of a short muzzle, barreling of the chest, and lengthening of the spine. These changes lay the groundwork for the more radical alterations in the second half.

Bad news, folks.

Bad news, folks.

Part Two: Agitation continues today with the next scene.

“I thought I smelled something…”

Whether or not an assault rifle round would knock Kate through the door across the hall remains open to debate. If it have been a 12-gauge shotgun, there would be no question. Clearly she has a good flak vest, though, or it would have gone right through her instead.

READ THE NEW SCENE HERE.