We all have skeletons in our closet. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway, but I can’t prove anything, and I’m sure that one thing you did that one time wasn’t your fault. But if you get to be more than two thousand years old like the Druid Atticus O’Sullivan, you’ll probably need a closet the size of a ballroom to hide all the bones of your past.
A character as old as Atticus would have seen some pretty amazing stuff throughout history, but I rarely get to play with that as much as I would wish since the focus of the Iron Druid Chronicles is very much on current events. Fortunately, the digital platform gives me the opportunity to tell some stories that are outside of the series’ timeline and mine the depths of Atticus’s past shenanigans.
GRIMOIRE OF THE LAMB is an eBook novella set four years before the events of HOUNDED, but it’s all about the consequences of a raid Atticus conducted on the Library of Alexandria centuries ago before it burned down. He offended Bast back then and that makes visiting Egypt dangerous for him now, yet he has to go when a magical grimoire from the old Library falls into the worst possible pair of hands. Once he’s there, he has to deal not only with Bast but with a Crocodile Priest who dabbles in demonology, and he also runs into the very oldest of all Druidic enemies. Oberon the Irish wolfhound accompanies Atticus and it’s a good thing, for he provides vital assistance at one point. You can find GRIMOIRE OF THE LAMB wherever you buy eBooks for $2.99.
I also have a short story coming out in the UNFETTERED anthology called “The Chapel Perilous” that shows us what Atticus was up to in sixth century Wales, back before it was properly called Wales. It deals with a series of events that eventually came to be immortalized as the Grail quest.
Going forward, I’m hoping to explore more of the Iron Druid’s past in short fiction wherever I can squeeze it in—I still have to get the novels finished! Book six, HUNTED, will be coming out at the end of June, and I’m working on book seven right now.
Happy reading, and may you always have plenty of room in your closet.