A Man of the Mountain – The Greatest Showman

Alright, for Friday I figured I’d share some lighter fare. Here’s a chapter from A Man of the Mountain introducing Rick Mansen, an overconfident myth-hunting television host with a degree in cryptozoology. If you need to catch up, the links are below, but I think this chapter is pretty funny on its own too. If you haven’t already, please add Whiteout on GoodReads and share our pre-order links below!

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5. The Greatest Showman

“The small town of Clearwater, destination for local hikers, and home of the famous Clearwater Falls, is under attack.” Rick Mansen strode over to prop himself up against a map of the mountain’s hiking trails. “Ten deaths in the last five years, all explained away as ‘bear attacks’.” Mansen cocked an eyebrow at the camera, sharing a ‘we know better’ moment with the viewers at home.

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A Man of the Mountain – The Falls

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4. The Falls

The sound of gnashing metal blades filled Jonas’s cabin as he ground his afternoon cup of coffee. It had been a long, but uneventful week. Each night, the snows had been heavier than the last, leaving him to shovel the roof every morning to ensure it didn’t collapse. It was hard work, but the weather had kept hikers away, leaving Jonas completely alone on the mountain just the way he liked it.

Though his excursions were difficult in the more extreme weather, the solitude had allowed him to travel farther down the mountain. On the nights he was able to get out, he had gone down the more frequented hiking trails, leaving samples and marks anywhere he could. Most of it would likely be blown away by the storms, but even for the slightest chance, the effort was worth it.

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A Man of the Mountain – Shirley

It’s been a while since I posted, but I’ve been recovering from a concussion! Long story short, I hit my head trying to get my cats out of the building during a small fire, but back on track now!

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3. Shirley

From behind her battered, coffee-stained desk, Shirley more closely resembled a librarian than a journalist. Stacks of books littered her desk, their titles ranging from “My Encounter with the Wild Man of the Forest” to “Big Head, Big Hands, Bigfoot.” Between these stacks of ‘literature’ were equally tall piles of hand-scrawled notes. It was a stark comparison to the other offices at the Local Eye, most of which were filled with photos of local ‘celebrities’ caught in risqué positions and forged headlines about the second coming.

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A Man of the Mountain – The News

I love working on this story. Something about the blend of almost horror and then outright comedy is intriguing. Also, for those who haven’t seen yet, pre-orders for Whiteout, my first novel are now live on Amazon and other digital retailers. Please share the links below to help us spread the word. Every share, like, and tweet helps!

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2. The News

Jonas returned, limbs frozen, mind awash with images of the hiker bloodied in the snow. He felt a strange mix of pride and darkness at the memory. The guilt and shame he had felt before were no longer present. The hiker had died, but that was just business. Any darkness he felt was washed away by the site of an unmarked brown paper package on his doorstep.

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A Man of the Mountain – Prologue

A few of you might recognize this story. I’ve posted it once before, but I’ve decided to do a full rewrite and round of polish. A Man of the Mountain is one of my favorite short stories I’ve worked on, and I’m excited to be back at it again. While this is a Nick Ventner tale, he’s not the primary focus. This story takes a darker look at legends and the lengths people are willing to go to maintain them. Enjoy!

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