Aleph

Biography

Please visit us at malakh.com for lots of information about the Malakhim series. It is a labour of love, built out of bits of the world's mythology and the personal mythology of one slightly addled but good-hearted artist. It is a cryptic love letter to the lost and lonely, it is a supernatural horror story, and above all it is the story of one lost little boy. Reader discretion is advised, the language is uncensored and the violence can be painful. We adhere to no particular religion but try to respect them all to the extent we know how. Our angels are not intended to represent, nor affront, any faith. They are what we see when we peer behind the curtain, and nothing more. These are our dreams, our nightmares. Come and share them for a while.

Aleph is the pseudonymous author of the Malakhim stories, and their original creator.

We do not intend any confusion with anyone else using the pseudonym. It was quite uncommon when Aleph first used it as an artist in 1994 out of an affinity for the ideas it represented (tied into the idea of an ox as a work animal among other things) and its endurance through many iterations and many transformations. Since then, many properties have found it fashionable to name a character or product after the first letter in humankind's oldest alphabets, and who can blame them? But we intend no confusion between our artist and anyone else.

There is no intended reference between Aleph's chosen pseudonym and any mystical/scriptural/other materials beyond the idea of the letter itself and its origins, and its relationship to the ox. Oxen in general are very special to her, as many references within the text indicate.

Inquiries for Aleph should be sent through the general webmaster address at the malakh.com site. Aleph used to respond to each personally, but unfortunately that policy has been much abused. We appreciate feedback, but will ignore heckling entirely. Life is too short for us to put up with that, especially Aleph's.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I couldn't have delivered these books any other way. No publisher in their right mind would let me. Nothing about this series is targetted at a marketable audience. It makes no pretense at being high art— I drive myself crazy trying to get it right, but ideally it's just genuine to the perspectives involved. A publisher would be taking a risk on a complex work like this, and I couldn't justify it enough to pitch the idea. I'm not a good gamble. My health would never let me be reliable with deadlines.

I can't ask anyone to back me under those conditions. I'm still not sure I'll have enough time left to finish the entire series. The plots are scripted out, though, from beginning to end, so Syl will be able to tell people how it ends if I don't get there. If she chooses to. It will all belong to her, when I'm gone.
What is your writing process?
First and foremost, I treat it as work. I have to. I get over myself, put my back into it, and get to work on the story. I have a plan, I have a structure, I have things I want to say. There are notes I need to hit in each book, foundations that need to be laid. Then I walk through the events with the characters, and help them express what's going on. I couldn't treat this as my baby, because I have to gut it and rearrange it when the pacing comes out wrong, or when something is unclear in a way I didn't intend. I try to tear out every unnecessary word, everything that doesn't serve a purpose or help vividly express what's going on. Then I hand it to my team and ask them to help me hunt the repeated words and aphasic blunders I miss. Thus, the editing fun begins.
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Where to find Aleph online


Books

Malakhim Volume 7: Greener Pastures
Series: Malakhim, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 210,990. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. What nobody told Ben was that once he got there, it wouldn't be the other side anymore. What's the point of clinging so hard to what's already dead and gone? All these angels. All this power. Ben's gone further than Nathan ever imagined he would, but what is any of it for?
Malakhim Volume 6: The End of Everything
Series: Malakhim, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 104,640. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The movies lied to Ben. They sang to him of impossible dreams. Ben's heavy, dense translation of Cervantes broke that promise. It broke Ben's heart. It's hard to let go of the idea that everything works out in the end. It's time to do that, though. Everyone knows it's time to let go. Knowing and doing, though. They're very different things.
Malakhim Volume 5: Super Human
Series: Malakhim, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 68,350. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ben couldn't save Nathan, when the angel needed saving. As usual, he couldn't do anything on his own. Now, Ben's getting stronger. He's not powerless anymore. He's learning to move the world the way angels do. A little dead boy entrusted with celestial might. What could possibly go wrong?
Malakhim Volume 4: In the Blood
Series: Malakhim, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 82,030. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A promise to an angel. One Ben didn't want to make, and one he really doesn't want to keep. Everything's going so wrong, and all Ben's supposed to do is watch it happen. Can he really manage to do that? Can he keep himself from giving in while everything he has left just slips away?
Malakhim Volume 3: Fool's Errand
Series: Malakhim, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 72,810. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A soul is a fragile thing. Gossamer and light, rising on breathless air. They all go up, why do they go up? Not Ben's, though. So many captives crying out. They must be answered. Shall we play a game? Heads will roll. Tails will turn. The stakes must be raised. It's not gambling if you can't lose.
Malakhim Volume 2: Sight Unseen
Series: Malakhim, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 108,280. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
It's been a summer of storms-- dark and terrible clouds overhead, and turmoil in the hearts of those below. A cry of defeat draws two broken hearts together, to search for a broken angel. Now bound to the Death by a promise and a hostage, Ben can only watch as Heaven's war seeps into his world. After all, what else could a little dead boy do?
Malakhim Volume 1: Here After
Series: Malakhim, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 82,020. Language: American English. Published: February 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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For a dead kid, Ben is taking this whole war of Heaven thing pretty well. At least, he thinks so. Believing in angels isn't hard-- he's been hearing stories of angels and demons since he was a little boy. But Nathan is not exactly what Ben was expecting from Heaven, and Ben is definitely not what Nathan has learned to expect from the earth.

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