Words without Pictures
Blue lips and crayons
In Blue lips and crayons, friends go home to mourn their friend and find out that more things have changed over time than just themselves.
Crane, Virgil and Dan leave the city to go to their suburban childhood home of New Hebron and mourn the death of their friend Drexel who died in a suspicious accident. One other friend is absent at the funeral and the young men go looking for him and find him. His name is Benjamin and he was the rich kid when they grew up. His lips also happen to be stained blue from an accident in high school that connects the beginning and the end. An unresolved grudge haunts the characters and now so does a suspicious accident they find isn't an accident at all.
Peter Miller is a reporter and his brother dies under suspicious circumstances. His mother prevents an investigation because a psychic said he committed suicide, so Peter sets out to debunk psychics and change his mother's mind. During his investigation at a psychic training camp, Peter discovers a conspiracy that transcends dimensions and is bestowed with the task of saving humanity.
Santa's a Zombie?
A classic tale of what happens when Santa becomes a zombie and seeks his elves' brains. Jack Frost and Mother Nature play pivotal roles as the head elf named Rizzle seeks a cure for Santa and humanity. Humor? Satire? Maybe. Maybe not.
Seventeen year old Les Logan is an aspiring comic book artist who begins to doubt himself after Aki Kubo, his friend and creative partner, dies in an accident in which Les is involved. From beyond the grave, Aki contacts Les through a cell phone and tells him there’s a problem. Aki can’t cross over because a girl named Rachel is wasting her second chance at life after receiving his donated liver. Les must help her so Aki can move on to the afterlife. There are a few big problems: one, if Rachel doesn’t move on with her life soon Aki’s spirit will disintegrate. Two, there’s a limited amount of time and they can only communicate via cell phone. Three, Les hasn’t driven since Aki’s accident. And finally, a devious scientist named Professor Gluck finds out about Aki and wants to capture the ghost in the cell phone so to prove his theories about the paranormal. He gives Les a job so he can keep an eye on him and set a trap for Aki. Les enlists the aid of his two off-beat friends and sets out to discover a way to save Rachel but encounters with Professor Gluck stand in his way. When these friends believe in each other, and do what they think is right, not even a mad scientist can stop them from saving the living as well as the dead. In essence, this is a rescue tale. Les must rescue Rachel but by doing so he also rescues Aki and his own dreams for the future.
The Excess Road
The Excess Road is an allegorical tale where youth must pay a toll and the path to wisdom starts at the hilltop campus of Wessex College. There you can find a good party but you can also lose your mind like Joaquin Chandler did in 1993. The party scene at Wessex is overwhelming for Joaquin and even though he feels like an outcast the kid makes friends. Then the beautiful Elyssa comes along and his heart sets. The chase for her affection begins with an unsettling event but she enters his life. After an initiation into the grittier reality of college life, Joaquin discovers his new best friend Tim is the campus drug dealer and that some girls aren't who they appear to be. Anxiety attacks and hallucinations begin to haunt Joaquin after a bad LSD trip. Joaquin fights to regain control of his life as the anxiety attacks get worse. Then, at the end, a tragic events calls for a choice and change. He makes one. The novel was inspired by William Styron and Brett Easton Ellis as well as real events.