A Tale Du Mort
Mort Oleander wasn’t always the assistant embalmer to the world’s worst funeral director. Once upon a thousand years ago, he was the G.O.D. (General Operations Director) of the dead, kicked out of the job thanks to corporate-wide strikes led by his brother, Sy.
Faced with mountains of paperwork and a staff high on revolution, Sy decides he’s acted rashly. His afterlife was meant to be margaritas and getting caught in the rain, not Mort’s. Ignoring the inevitable consequences, Sy brings Under out of the dark to mingle with the living.
Assisted by a trio of seamstresses living semi-retired in Florida and his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, Mort must stop Sy before the Veil dividing Under and Above is destroyed.
SACRIFICIAL LAMB CAKE
Rain Johnson escaped the insanity of her radical environmentalist family, only to end up waitressing for a living. Her scale of success—with her at the bottom—only goes as high as that college degree she never got, until she gets one hell of an epiphany from a Trinity Corporation public-relations guy who calls himself Jude. He tells her she’s the Lamb of God, and it’s time for that whole Second Coming thing. But when her first minor miracle gets her arrested and an ecoterrorist using the name Messiah starts blowing up pesticide plants, Rain and Judas are in for way more apocalypse than either of them expected.
Jude scrambles to save his personal plan for salvation, but Lucy, the devil herself, has her own well-laid plans. It doesn’t matter that Rain’s a conflict-avoiding lesbian and Jude is history’s worst traitor. They’re all that stands between humanity and an end of the world that wasn’t supposed to happen.
Oz, an employee of The Department, is mostly content doling out death from his ancient typewriter, until he wins the office lottery. The prize? A new assignment – to return to the world of the living as a Reaper.
At first, Oz sees this new assignment as a blessing. He is given a body and a second chance at life, but then, during a lesson with a surly, seasoned Reaper named Bard, Oz is forced to watch a childhood friend die. Shaken, Oz questions his willingness to do the job he’s won.
With each new lesson, Oz begins to wonder if being a Reaper is really a prize or a punishment.