as any I've read in recent years. There's humor, violence, ghosts, and
sex--all the good stuff that has driven stories forever. "
---David Daniel is author of the prize-winning Alex Rasmussen series and,
more recently, Coffin Dust.
From the Author
What happens in a place like that is great fodder for art, especially for writing. It is no accident that Stephen King was raised there, and has based so many disturbing tales in that land. And yet while I have placed the adventures of Zack Taylor in Maine, it is not the Maine of Real Life. No real persons are represented in these pages, and towns exist only as a scenic backdrop to the tale, not as the places they actually are.
While Zack's travails can be read as a ripping action yarn, there are also greater themes represented. A Memory of Grief is from the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the most ancient recorded stories of our species. Gilgamesh was a king whose actions caused such a ruckus that the gods sent down a companion, Enkidu. After adventures, Enkidu dies, and the sorrow of Gilgamesh sends him off the rails. Zack is a flawed character, who finds that a life of grief and anger cause one to commit great harm, even while trying to do good. Doing the right thing may not be easy, but it must be done, despite the cost.