Timetripper, Book One: Yestermorrow

In this intriguing new novel (and series start) by Stefan Petrucha, the author of various Kolchak graphic novels, new Nancy Drew novels, and the excellent White Wolf-related Dark Ages: Assamite, young Harry Keller finds himself able to see the future. And the past. And the current. All represented as mobile streams in what he calls "A-time," a state of mind or a physical location to which he has somehow been led by his late father, a mathematician obsessed with beating Death since the staggering loss of his wife, Harry's mother.

In A-time, people's timelines are living streams Harry can view or interrupt, but there are also creatures he dubs "Quirks" who invade timelines and become life events, accidents, or worse. Like monsters, Quirks resist being thwarted. And there may be higher lifeforms in A-time, beings whose actions have more influence on people than even Harry knows.

Harry appears to his peers and adults in his orbit as yet another troubled, at-risk teenager, a result of his personal tragedies and on-going therapy. It's rumored he may be crazy, and he sure acts that way—rearranging chairs randomly in a crowded school auditorium just before a notorious troublemaker whips out a handgun and opens fire on a popular jock. What's not immediately apparent is the result of Harry's actions. Only Siara, a somewhat rebellious but secretly romantic schoolmate, realizes there's something way wrong and way right with Harry. He's a kid on the edge of becoming a throw-away, and she's also close to being misjudged by everyone including her own parents. And she's the only one who sees beyond the "crazy" Harry image, even when his unpredictable behavior and genius-level eccentricity threaten to alienate her, too. Siara and Harry both realize that dangerous Todd Penderwhistle, the troubled, low-IQ school shooter, is about to commit suicide and decide they must stop him. Visiting A-time, they also begin to understand why Todd has turned out the way he is. Unfortunately, Todd is in as much danger from a gang of low-life drug-dealing thugs as he is from his own hand, and therefore so are Siara and Harry.

Stefan Petrucha's Timetripper series is an SF-Horror hybrid that manages to confront teenagers' real-world problems while exploring a whole new mythology of individual destiny and free will. Clever, witty, and genuine dialogue in the Buffy-zone keeps the action moving and makes the book relevant as more than escapist fare but without a heavy-handed moral. This Young Adult series is meaty enough for adults who see themselves or their kids facing the unknown with a sense of wonder.

About the Author

W.D. Gagliani

W.D. Gagliani was born in Kenosha, WI, but grew up in Genova, Italy. He now lives and writes in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his Master's degree in English at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where he also taught Composition and Creative Writing. Bill's first novel, Wolf's Trap, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004—and was published by Leisure Books in 2006. He is also the author of the novels Wolf's Gambit (2009), Wolf's Bluff (2010), and Wolf's Edge (October 2011 from Samhain Publishing, who will also reissue Wolf's Trap in a new edition in 2012). He is also responsible for the thriller Savage Nights, and the novellas Wolf's Deal (2011), and The Great Belzoni and the Gait of Anubis, as well as the collection Shadowplays (all of which are available in all the popular ebook formats). With collaborator David Benton, he has published Mysteries & Mayhem, as well as various short stories and the middle grade novel I Was a Seventh Grade Monster Hunter (as A.G. Kent). Recently he has had nonfiction in On Writing Horror (WD Books), Thrillers: The 100 Must Reads (Oceanview), and the October 2011 issue of The Writer magazine.

His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Dark Passions: Hot Blood 13, Malpractice – An Anthology of Bedside Terror, the German anthology Masters of Unreality, and the ezine Dead Lines (all with David Benton), plus Undead Tales, Wicked Karnival Halloween Horror, Robert Bloch's Psychos, More Monsters From Memphis, Extremes 3: Terror on the High Seas, Extremes 4: Darkest Africa, The Asylum: The Violent Ward, Small Bites, The Black Spiral: Twisted Tales of Terror, and The Midnighters Club, among others. Fiction has also appeared in mostly now-defunct ezines such as Horrorfind, 1000 Delights, The Grimoire, and Dark Muse.

Besides ChiZine, his nonfiction articles, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, HorrorWorld, Paperback Parade, Flesh & Blood, SFReader.com, Bookpage, BookPage.com, BookLovers, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Science Fiction Chronicle, Bare Bones, The Scream Factory, Horror Magazine, Midnight Journeys, and various others.

Along with the Bram Stoker Award nomination for Wolf's Trap, he has had six Honorable Mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and won the 1999 Darrell Award of the Memphis Science Fiction Association. He is an Active Member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Authors Guild. For more info: www.wdgagliani.com. Find him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wdgagliani and on Twitter @WDGagliani.