Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Some thoughts on Killing the Dead (Assassin Without a Name #2)

This first appeared in the From the Author section on Amazon’s product page for Killing the Dead.

I like necromancy. Not personally, but as an author. The myriad kinds of undead have always fascinated me, which is probably why I'm such a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft and August Derleth. Killing the Dead, however, is not horror, so even though it deals with necromancy, the story explores it from a fantasy perspective. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say (without spoilers) that the story remains firmly grounded, something which I think made for a much more satisfying story.

Much like Fine Wine, Killing the Dead was a lot of fun to write. It's longer than the first one in the series (each story so far gets a little bit longer) and has a more developed plot. You get a bit of a glimpse into our main character's psyche, as he wonders about redemption, and a broader view of Alchester, the city where the series takes place. Also like the first story in the series, Killing the Dead mostly serves as an introduction to the title character, while telling a fun story along the way.

If you enjoy a fun read about assassins, graveyards, and necromancers that you can easily finish in a sitting, then I think you'll like Killing the Dead.

Thief’s Gambit, the fifth Assassin Without a Name story, is now available as a pre-order at Amazon!

The Killing Knife: Release Announcement

I’ve got something new out. It’s called The Killing Knife. It’s conception was simple: Now that there are five stories in the Assassin Without a Name series, totaling about 300 pages all told, I wanted to put out a compilation of the first few stories to give readers an easy way to get familiar with the characters and the series without having to make three separate purchases.

The Killing Knife is therefore a compilation of the first three Assassin Without a Name fantasy adventure stories. It includes:

Fine Wine
Even for an assassin, death isn't always the answer.

Killing the Dead
Some say the dead should stay dead. Not everyone agrees.

Night of Zealotry
The job was simple, right up until the Assassin Without a Name finds himself in the middle of three organizations all willing to kill to fulfill their objectives.

The Killing Knife is available on Amazon only (for another week or so, until all of the Assassin Without a Name titles fall out of Kindle Select, then it will be available everywhere fine eBooks are sold) and is priced at $2.99. That’s a 40% savings over purchasing each of the stories separately. The Killing Knife clocks in at 54 pages.

Thief’s Gambit, the fifth Assassin Without a Name story, is now available as a pre-order at Amazon!

Thief’s Gambit now available for pre-order!

Thief’s Gambit, the fifth story in the Assassin Without a Name series, is now available for pre-order on Amazon!

It's priced at 99 cents throughout the pre-order period. After that, it goes up to $2.99.

Here’s what it’s about:

The hunter has become the hunted, as the Assassin Without a Name is forced from his usual haunts by Gwendolyn Goddard and her Black Guard watchdogs. On the run and out of patience, a welcome distraction arrives in the form of an old flame, Elizabeth West, who recruits him for a special Warder mission. The Jakaree are on the move, searching for an ancient relic so diabolical the Warders are intent on destroying it before the zealots can lay a hand on it.

But the Assassin Without a Name soon learns that Elizabeth has something bigger in mind. Suspicious of her employer's true motives, she sets out to uncover the truth, leading them on a harrowing escapade across Alchester's rooftops, deep beneath the city's once grand temples, and into the sky onboard a Warder airship.

The official release date for Thief’s Gambit is March 10, 2015.

An update on Thief’s Gambit

Thief's Gambit

The next Assassin Without a Name story is in-progress. Seems like it's been in that state for a while, huh? That's because I took a short break after finishing The Goddard Affair before jumping into the outlining of this next one. Then I got a little side-tracked by the Blackguards Kickstarter project. The plus side of that little distraction is that even if the story I submitted doesn't get accepted as part of the anthology, I wrote it as the 6th (or maybe 7th) story in the AWAN series, so the next story after TG is already ready to go.

But, back to Thief's Gambit. I'm 22,000 words into the rough draft now. Based on the outline, I expect this one to hit around 40,000 when all is said and done, which puts it squarely in novella range. That makes it the longest AWAN story to date, and puts a nice round figure of 80,000 words total for the first five stories (I'm thinking anthology here).

But, first, need to finish up Thief's Gambit. Back to it...

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The Goddard Affair (A Tale of the Assassin Without a Name #4) is free on Amazon 9/18-9/22



Continuing with the rolling Assassin Without a Name sale, this time The Goddard Affair is free on Amazon. The sale runs from 9/18 – 9/22, which makes this post notification a little late. Sorry about that. Some unexpected events arose to delay my usual routine.

The Goddard Affair is the longest story in the series to date, coming in at 18,000 or so words (roughly 72 pages). That puts the story in novella territory as far as length categorization goes. In many ways, The Goddard Affair best represents the series. It certainly showcases where I intend to take the series as a whole by mixing pseudo-tech with magic.

This is the last promotion for a little while here as I settle solely into some writing. I'm working on a standalone Assassin Without a Name story for a kickstarter project, then I've got the 5th story in the series, Thief's Gambit, to wrap up, hopefully for an October release.

In the meanwhile, do me a favor and download The Goddard Affair. Until next time.