Dreadful – Dark Poetry

Amorphous shadows swirl around me,

drawn to the void in my soul.

They burn and they freeze,

they rip and they rend.

The shreds of my sanity

can no longer fight

the lure of their wicked embrace.

They howl my name,

and her whispering words,

push away the weight that I’ve borne.

The darkness has claimed me,

I’m swaddled in thorns.

So I let the blood weep from my cankerous wounds,

like the tears that I shed for what I have lost…

Once again.

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A STYGIAN BROOD – Horror Short Story

I just posted an old horror short story to my website.

Check it out! (just click the image below for the pdf)

A Stygian Brood Image

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Main Character of Nemesis Spawned – Alexander Cadeyrn — https://jameswlackie.com/works/

Alexander Cadeyrn

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April 10, 2014 · 9:03 pm

Nemesis Spawned – Read an E-Book Week on Smashwords.com

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Reflections of Shadow: Nemesis Spawned Cover

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Meet the Avatars…

It’s been a little while since my last post, but I can honestly say that it’s with good reason…  After contemplating how to go about bringing life to some of the characters in my books, I decided to dust off my artistic skills (I use the term ‘skills’ loosely, of course) and put them to use in creating a few images of the avatars that you’ll meet in Reflections of Shadow: Nemesis Spawned.

And, after a LOT of work, I’ve come up with the following character visuals:

The first (of course) is SaelenThe Reaver, as he is known, is haughty, condescending, and deadly.  He cares nothing for his creations beyond how they can help him achieve his goals…

Saelen - The Reaver

The second is the beautiful Lycoris.  As vindictive as she is lovely, The Lady hides much more than she reveals.  Her dazzling smile has been the downfall of many – mortal and immortal…

Lycoris - The Lady

And, finally (for now), is Ea’nlilThe Teacher is thoughtful and slow to anger.  Over millennia, he has learned that there is more than one way to fulfill one’s destiny…

Ea'nlil

I hope you enjoy these first few images.

Be sure to check out the first book in the Reflections of Shadow series, Nemesis Spawned, to learn more about the characters!

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The ‘Doctor Who’ Existence

As we live our lives, all people face the inevitable physical changes that accompany growing older.  First, our childhood body is left behind in puberty, then our activities shape our adolescent body.  In adulthood, our lifestyles will change our physical appearance, and having children will change it further (women much more than men, of course).  Finally, old age will begin the process of eventual physical deterioration…

When we die, we are not the same physical entity that we were when we were born.  Our cells have changed so much over the course of our life that we seem to be a completely different person.  We take for granted that, throughout those changes, our mental self remains unchanged – in fact, we’ve built much of our culture around it, including the criminal justice system and the link between the educational system and the workforce.  But, in reality, can any of us truly say that we’re the same person our whole life?

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Doctor Who, you know that the character of The Doctor has been regenerated – reincarnated – twelve times (including the newest change).  He remains the same man, but inhabits a new form after each regeneration, in which he can gallivant around the universe anew.  It was watching this show the other day, that I had a minor epiphany…  You see, we are all The Doctor and, like him, we also regenerate over the course of our existence.

All my life, I’ve been blessed with a phenomenal short-term memory, but an abysmal long-term memory.  As I age, my memories of youth have tended to fade.  For me, it’s like trying to view my life, as it was, through clouded glass.  I’m grateful for the stories that my family tells, and the photographs that they keep, which help me retain the parts of my life that I never want to forget.  Having such a terrible memory, however, has afforded me the ability to compartmentalize my life and look upon it as if seen through the eyes of a relative stranger.  I remember being the boy who joined the drama club to be around a certain (unnamed) girl, but I know that I’m not really the same person.

In a way, I feel that making this distinction has made me a healthier person.  If we allow for a separation of the people that we’ve been, and the person we’ve become – if we allow those experiences to shape us, but not confine us – we allow for a far greater range of possibilities.  Every time we “regenerate,” we give ourselves the opportunity to build new experiences and leave old wounds behind.  Thus, if you’ve live a tortured existence, and all your thought is bent upon ending it, imagine how much healthier it would be if you could just leave that part of you behind, and end your suffering, without taking your own life…

Perhaps, if we recognize that we do not live only one life, but several, we might all be healthier people.  We can, like The Doctor, adapt and become new versions of ourselves, finding new perspectives on old problems and finding new companions to share in our adventures.  The possibilities are endless.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – A Geek’s Nod

So, I’m a geek, plain and simple.

However you want to shape it, I am – and always have been – into science fiction, fantasy, video games, comic books, history, mythology, etc.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually read the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I have copies of BOTH the Star Trek and the Starfleet Technical Manuals on my bookshelves.  I still remember getting excited in anticipation of the next episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the X-Files.  I’ve also seen Ghostbusters about a thousand times…  To this day, I make no apologies for loving these things, for that identity has shaped the man I’ve become and, strangely enough, I’m proud of who, and what, I am (Sometimes).

When I was young, however, it wasn’t cool to be into such things.  Hot girls were NOT impressed by one’s knowledge of Spider-Man’s origins, or the cool new “Easter egg” that you discovered in your favourite game.  Geek culture had yet to leech into the mainstream, as it has so effectively in the last few years.  But I was never alone in my passion for all things geek.  I had my buddy Ash.

Ashraf Ismail, for those of you who don’t know him, is the Game Director for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at Ubisoft.  He’s worked in the video gaming industry for more than ten years, and he’s about to launch one of the coolest games that I’ve ever seen on October 29th, 2013 in North America.  Before he was any of these things, however, Ash was my best friend.  He and I shared a passion for science fiction, video games, and comic books.  We’ve been friends since the fifth grade, and I can think of no better human being on this planet (a statement I stand by, and refuse to qualify).

So, in honour of my best friend’s marvellous upcoming achievement, I’ve decided to share this incredible game with you.  It’s the fourth installment in the Assassin’s Creed series of games, and it centres around pirate culture in the Caribbean at the dawn of the 18th Century (Awesome, I know!).

For those of you who’ve yet to hear anything of the game, check out this trailer to whet your appetite…

The open world that they’ve created in the game is so expansive and beautiful, that any description I might offer would pale in comparison to the actual experience, so here’s a quick walkthrough, narrated by none other than Ash himself…

I hope that you will consider picking up this amazing game.  It will be available on PS3/PS4, PC, Wii U, and Xbox 360/Xbox One as early as October 29, 2013 in North America.

From one geek to another, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

NEW!!!!!!!!! Check out this great review of the game from IGN (written by Marty Sliva)…

IGN Review: AC4: Black Flag

Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not associated with Ubisoft, or this game, professionally in any way.  Any endorsement is based solely upon my own opinions.

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