The World of Muses Universe
The Boy Who Kissed the Rain
The forest outside of Wasser is filled with magic. When the rains fall over the land, it is because of the dances of mystical beings called Little Thunders. Long ago, the people of Wasser agreed not to explore the wilderness beyond the river. That land belonged to the Thunders. In exchange, the Thunders would continue to bring rain to Wasser if the people there respected the boundaries and rules. All was well until Lance ventured beyond those boundaries and met Luna, a Little Thunder.
From Shane Wilson and his World of Muses, The Boy Who Kissed the Rain is a story of forbidden desire, impossible choices, and parents' love for their children. Read the original, 2017 Rilla Askew Short Fiction Prize-winning story and the stage adaptation here, collected for the first time in a single volume.
The Smoke in His Eyes
When TJ—a musical prodigy—witnesses a traumatic event as a child, his senses are overrun with intense hallucinations. Over the years, his visions increase in frequency and intensity, but he hides them from those he is closest to, including his best friend and musical partner, Lila, who challenges TJ to reject formulaic creation in order to create something beautiful and unique. But when Lila signs a record deal, TJ feels left behind and alone with his art and his visions.
That’s when TJ meets an artist named Muna. In his eyes and visions, Muna is made of smoke, and as this magical woman helps him learn how to manage his visions and how to translate what he sees and hears into music and lyrics, she begins to disappear. His journey into Muna’s past is a journey to discover where inspiration originates and what happens to an artist when that inspiration is gone.
A Year Since the Rain
Available now from Snow Leopard Publishing
When his town dries up and begins to fall into the earth, Alan—a heart-broken, stubborn, and naïve computer programmer—refuses to leave until the sirens and witches in his life help him see that home is more than the ground beneath his feet.