The gods are gone. All of them.
When the gods left, their last message to humanity was: "Thank you for believing in us, but it is not enough. We're leaving. Good luck." At first no one took them seriously. Until, that is, all the denizens of all the heavens and hells started showing up on people's doorsteps.
Creatures that were once thought of as myth are now refugees striving to adapt to life on earth. Trouble is, after eons of living forever, they're not very good at being mortal.
Paradise Lot: Interludes is two such stories, following the trials and tribulations of Other refugees as they do their best adjust to life in the GoneGod world.
Good Enough: Aau, the jackal-guard, hates being mortal. Once he was part of RE the sun god’s elite team of warriors, but now he is forced to live in a slum called Paradise Lot. And what’s worse, Aau must live across the alley from a whining human child who smells of soiled diapers and tears. Aau misses who he was, misses his brother, but most of all misses having a life of purpose … And now that this child is screaming, Aau wonders what he can do to regain his former glory.
Interludes: Not all the gods are gone. They left behind one of their own. Seems that Dionysus, the Greek god of revelry, partied a wee bit too hard the night before he was supposed to leave, and was accidentally left behind. Alone and mortal on the lowest of all realms—Earth—Dionysus is forced to find meaning. But what meaning can there be for the god of joy and excess, debauchery and drama? Earth is bleak, boring and full of pain. Dionysus is beginning to think it was a mistake for the gods to leave without first ending all life. A mistake that Dionysus can fix. Paradise Lot is a new urban fantasy series by R.E. Vance that chronicles the adventures of the humans and 'Others' alike, as they struggle to navigate this strange, new post-apocalyptic godless world.
R.E. Vance lives in Edinburgh with his wife, recently born child and imaginary dog where he enjoys a beautiful city, whisky (Scottish spelling, not mine) and long walks. All he really wants is to quit his job and write stories based in Paradise Lot. All he really hopes for is that his child is healthy (ten fingers, ten toes and at least two eyes is a good start) and that eventually he can can get a real dog so that he can have an excuse to go on even more long walks.
Praise for Paradise Lot:
"It's as if Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings married a graphic novel and had an action adventure baby in Neverwhere." - Author J.L. Cragle
"I was immediately pulled into the gritty, beautiful world which Vance creates. The system of magic is simple and elegant." - Celtic Frog Reviews
"GoneGodDamn, I was completely charmed by this story." - Good Reads Review
"R.E. Vance does it again, with his trademark mix of whimsy, wild imagination and characters you care about. Stories this much fun don’t usually pack such a powerful emotional punch, but the GoneGodWorld offers plenty of everything, for a deeply satisfying read." - Spineless Reviews