JDC Burnhil occupies positive but irrational map coordinates, which in most geometries work out to somewhere in New England. Burnhil enjoys things, many of which it is personally responsible for reifying. It is hard at work on multiple projects and loves to hear from readers.
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by JDC Burnhil
(5.00 from 1 review)
High schooler Hitomi Harada pursues a mysterious warrior known only as the Black Princess, seeking answers to the disappearance of ordinary people all over Japan, and to the mystery of her own missing memory. A tale of action and suspense, influenced by the tokusatsu shows of Japan.
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Witch Garden and Other Stories
on March 16, 2012
Seven stories previously published in magazines and anthologies, from a couple of short gag or sting-in-the-tail yarns to a complete YA horror tale that makes up half the volume. Smooth and assured writing throughout; however, readers who crave a strong sense of closure may find themselves frustrated. Too many of the stories have resolutions that could be described as "The interesting thing that was happening stops happening," or "The mystery element is revealed to be something that fits within the theme of the original anthology."
The best is saved for last; "Bad Blood" is an exciting YA horror-adventure story, set on a 1980s wilderness trip. Through well-chosen incident and dialogue, the characters are quickly made to feel like the teenagers you really knew back in high school, or would have liked to. The plot is solid, keeping the tension building through twists that keep you guessing if and how the scared protagonists will rise to the occasion. The ending is solid on its own but also opens the door to further stories of Val Sherwood and her friends.