Kevin Harkness is a Vancouver writer who has just finished a third career as a high-school teacher. His first two careers: industrial 911 operator and late-blooming university student, were nowhere near as dangerous and exciting as teaching Grade 10s the mysteries of grammar and the joys of To Kill a Mockingbird. He also taught Mandarin Chinese – but that’s another story. Outside of family and friends, he has three passions: a guitar he can’t really play, martial arts of any kind from karate to fencing, and reading really good stories. In this fourth career, as a writer, he attempts young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
on June 06, 2013 :
I love this short story. Marick is an orphan, whose mother has recently died. Poor and hungry, the boy turns to stealing, an activity that he's not only good at but enjoys as well. While dealing with his own inner demons, Marick meets a real one.
The author is excellent at character development and "scene painting." I could believe I was there with Marick as he ran from the angry merchants he had stolen from. I can't wait to read City of Demons.
(review of free book)