Scoundrels' Jig (The Chronicles of Eridia)
When a bar full of criminals, scumbags, and psychos (plus a few arguably sympathetic characters) learn about a big hunk of gold half a day's journey west, the race is on to see who can get their greedy, treacherous hands on it first. Along the way the competitors must contend with scheming constables, a killer robot, a peevish dryad, and much more.
A 70,000-word black comedy/fantasy novel. More
Scoundrels' Jig is a 70,000-word black comedy/fantasy novel set in Eridia, a world that was formed when countless alternate realities cataclysmically merged into one, throwing together elves, robots, superheroes, Lovecraftian slime-monsters, average Joes, and all manner of other entities...
When a dying man staggers into a crowded underworld bar and reveals the existence of a huge block of gold in a remote area half a day’s journey west, everyone present naturally wants it for him- or herself--everyone from Bastard Jack, the nastiest bandit in the land, to Kirby and Blunt, small-time crooks whose schemes always backfire; from John Grommet, a timid scribe in need of money to save his dying mother, to Illyana and Luornu, two barmaids who dream of a life free from the pawing hands of drunken idiots. In their mad race to get the gold, the various competitors must contend not only with each other but also with the local constables, the Gorgim (a universally despised race of monster-people), a peevish dryad, a killer robot, and a pistol-toting psychopath in a plastic snowman mask.
Contains egregious amounts of profanity, bloodshed, and general unpleasantness.
NOTE: This novel was previously available under the title Scum and Villainy.