The Face of the Deep

I admit this is a touch off the topic of Into the Ruins, but I assume those of you reading this blog have at least some interest in what I am up to, and the availability of new fiction. So I wanted to drop you all a line to let you know that my new, original story, “The Face of the Deep,” is now available in part on, my author website–and in full right now for purchase as a PDF file.

Mind you, this isn’t deindustrial science fiction, but you may see some themes that align, and I suspect that if you enjoy my writing at all, you’re likely to enjoy this story. I hope you don’t mind me letting you all know about it.

Here are the details from my author’s email list:

I’m very excited to be publishing an original story exclusively through my author website. “The Face of the Deep” is a story of grief and suspense, run through with elements of horror, mystery, and the supernatural.

Plunged into grief by the loss of his wife, James tends a small plot of land in a rural farming community while struggling to make sense of his life in the wake of his wife’s death. A series of strange occurrences sets his world into mystery as he works through memories of his wife, their relationship, and his own sense of failure.

There are two ways to read the story in full. The first is to be patient and to read it on the blog. I have published the first and second of three installments. They are roughly 4,000 words each and the third and final part will be published Sunday, August 2nd. At that point I will move it over to the Stories page with a link to the text in full.

The second way to read it is to be impatient and to support my writing monetarily by purchasing a high quality PDF version of it through Payhip for $1.49 (or more, if you’re inclined to help me cover fees). You’ll get the whole story at once as a downloadable file, yours for the keeping. And you’ll provide support for my further writing, which I appreciate.

Regardless of how you choose to read the story, I have a favor to ask. If you like it—a little, a lot, if you think it’s at all worth your time—please provide the link to others. Please promote and broadcast it to anyone you think might be interested. The best way to support my writing is to help me gain more readers.

I also would love to hear your feedback. You can comment on the story on the blog, or you can contact me at

I’m proud of this story. I hope you all enjoy it.

In the meantime, I am still at work on the final issue of Into the Ruins and should have further word on that for you all soon. Don’t despair, more deindustrial science fiction is on the way. And it isn’t likely to end with Into the Ruins. More on that soon, too.

I hope you all continue to have a great summer.

Take care,

— Joel Caris, Editor & Publisher