For the Grimdark Fantasy Reader

The point of her shovel chips the ground where she drops it. She presses her foot on the blade’s flat rim and pushes. Clods of dirt break free, tossed aside to tumble and slide down the slope. Rimma presses her lips behind her teeth and digs into our bone wall alone. Her shovel has gouged a well nearly a foot deep when she hits something hard. She widens the hole’s edges, digging around the thing until she can lever it up. On her knees, she reaches in and pulls from the soil, the first long, pitted, ivory bone.

More shovels join in the excavation, the exhumed grave widening and deepening until shovels aren’t required, the bones resting on bones like loose gravel, bones nestled in bones in pockets of air, a tomb built of millions upon millions of bones. They rise from the top of the wall one at a time, in handfuls, in bouquets of rib bones, the thick-clubbed remains of arms and legs, blades of the back and hips, butterfly bones of the spine, hollow-eyed grinning skulls, the delicate twigs of fingers and toes.

The People watch with sober faces as we unearth their past, our past. I wonder if they’ve clawed into these walls before, if this vision is as fresh and tormenting to them as it is to us. The bone wall extends for miles. How far and how long will Rimma dig? I don’t believe she can stop.

“That’s enough, Rimma,” I say, squatting beside her. “Peace, Sister.”

She sits back on her heels, eyes closed, a tiny skull in her lap no larger than her clasped hands, an unborn child perhaps. She raises it over the open pit, and when her fingers open, it drops clattering back in, the toothless jaw snapping off. I believe that if I didn’t stand there, at the rim of her experience, at the edge of the gaping hole in the bone wall, she would have leaned forward and fallen into the grave herself. Without a word or glance, she rises to her feet, and with the shovel over her shoulder, trudges back up the spoke to Heaven.

~The Bone Wall

Yep, a little promotion 🙂


Flood Update: We are safe and dry and have lights as of late last night. Thank you for all the kind thoughts and comments. All is well.

49 thoughts on “For the Grimdark Fantasy Reader

  1. Love the excerpt. A powerful alternative to the schmaltzy Christmas stuff we’re swimming in right now (sorry, no watery pun intended)

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  2. Dark indeed, but it makes me want to know more! A great teaser. 🙂

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  3. Glad to hear the flood waters are receding and everything is getting back to normal. Due to holly-daze madness, missed the promotion, but this is so next on my Amazon list!

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    • No problem, Julie. I find the season hectic too! Today is my get-my-act-in-gear-for-Christmas day or I’m going to miss it again. One year I sent out my Christmas letter on July 4th, and last year on Valentine’s Day. I’m improving 🙂


  4. dgkaye says:

    Powerful excerpt here Diana. We have only ourselves and the kindness of others to promote us so plug away. Now, I’m off to check if that’s the book I have in my reader or I’m going shopping! 🙂

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  5. balroop2013 says:

    Thanks for that free offer! That picture of skulls is kind of scary. Wishing you all the best Diana.

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  6. joannesisco says:

    Every once in a while, I read a word differently from what is actually written. This time I had to read it 3 times before I realized it DIDN’T say “a little premonition”.
    .. I had an OMG! OMG! moment.

    As a promotion, it’s GREAT! 🙂

    Glad to hear your world is getting back to normal again!

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  7. Reblogged this on Riley Amos Westbook and commented:
    This was a great read!

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  8. Downloaded! Thank you so much for sharing, and for the powerful excerpt.

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  9. Annika Perry says:

    Lovely to see your post Diana and happily surprised. I am just imagining you trapped in your house, collecting water, surviving on a few hours of electricity. Have you got lots of candles?! We’ve done that for a few days in Sweden when we had problems, but then not all the worry about others suffering. Here in the northwest of England the area flooded last week are under water again. Very grim. Oh, meant to start with liked you self promotion piece, powerful dark writing. I like the name, Rimma. Sounds almost Viking or such? Keep warm and dry! Hugs

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    • Thanks, Annika, glad you like the grinchy holiday piece – ha ha. We are back to normal. We live “off the grid” a bit anyway, so limited internet was the hardest part! Some in town will have a harder winter ahead, and I heard about the flooding in the UK. 😦 Wishing you and everyone well.


  10. Sabiscuit says:

    I love that top photo. It depicts the dance of life, at least to me. I’m happy to read your updates because it means you’re safe. Sending you “safety” thought supplies.

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  11. vgabow says:

    This sounds awesome! I’m excited to read more. 🙂 I’m glad to hear you’re safe and dry. We had a similar flooding situation here a few years back where the lower half of our neighborhood along the river flooded. It was scary to see, so I’m glad you’re on a hill.

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  12. Jed Jurchenko says:

    I’m glad you guys are safe and sound. Thanks for the book too. I just downloaded my copy and am excited to check it out!

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  13. I am so glad you are ok! we have had tons of rain as well over the past week but no flooding so far! Love the read! Awesome!

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  14. davidprosser says:

    I’m so glad things are getting back to normal for you and that you’re alright.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  15. The V-Pub says:

    I just got the kindle version of your book and I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m happy to read that you and your family are safe and sound.

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  16. Glad to hear you’re warm and safe. Thanks for the preview. I want to buy the book…still like my paper books ! ☺

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  17. Thank you Daina, my holiday reading, will give a review!

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  18. Nurse Kelly says:

    I second Richard – sounds fantastic! Glad all is well 🙂

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  19. Looks a wonderful read, Diana. I hope the promotion does great. And we’re glad you’re still safe.:)

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