GUEST PUBLICATION SPOTLIGHT: BLACKFRIARS BESTIARY 2.1 – THE OTHER SIDE (EXCERPT FROM “CHAPTER I”) BY JACK BUXTON

BLACKFRIARS 2.1

Ayesha Swanson woke up as a stranger in a strange land. Her short-term memory gone and her vision blurred.

“Ayesha, can you hear me?” a deep voice said, distracting her briefly from the pain that began to throb in the back of her head. She heard a voice from behind.

Resting inactive on her back, she stared at a sky full of angry looking clouds blowing to the west. Lightning struck close by, zigzagging across her vision, but thunder didn’t follow.

“Wake up!” The voice snapped with an impatience of urgency.

She turned her head to the left and saw an endless forest of dark, dying trees; all which arched to one side like injured war veterans. Each branch hung with misery while thick, green moss covered every inch of their damp bark; scattered between them, laid disfigured rocks of varied sizes, their formation reminiscent of traditional graveyards.

A sight that oddly felt pleasing to her.

“You have to get up,” the anonymous voice pleaded.

Ayesha felt unnerved by the presence of whispers from an unseen stranger, but sat up, and scanned her vicinity.

“Where are you?” she finally answered back.

Just then, she submerged her hands underneath the moist dirt as a painful knot tightened within her stomach.

“Jesus. Where am I?” she grunted through gritted teeth.

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BIO: Upon scorched soil, a life-pod from an alternate universe is uncovered by Politruk Blinov. Inside, there is a man—a captain of sorts—bringing with him an ominous message that could sway the very future of the All-Union.

Meanwhile, another dimension away, Ayesha Swanson, freelance magician for the United Kingdom Xenobiology Division, finds herself embroiled in a plot to rob her of her magic—a plot that may lead her to ultimately discovering her true heritage!

Set within the Love Amongst Strangers universe, the new volume of our anthology series, Blackfriars Bestiary weighs in with nine unique stories, each detailing a unique corner of the vast series universe and featuring a diverse array of characters. Featuring authors such as Jack Buxton (Love Amongst Strangers: The Other Side), Bryn Fortey (Merry-Go-Round and Other Words), Joseph W. Patterson (Psychopomp), Jason S. Kenney (Love Amongst Strangers: Twisted) and Artifice Comics legends, Ed Ainsworth and Matthew James Pierce, Blackfriars Bestiary 2.1 serves as your jumping on point for the adventures of Ayesha Swanson and Mister Mo and the world in which they live.

Recommended for fans of Doctor Who, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and John Constantine, Hellblazer, Blackfriars Bestiary is your first port of call for all things action and supernatural!

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