New Short Story – All Monsters

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Art by Alberto Soto. He’s as talented as he is Latin. Which is to say very.

Hi all, just wanted to let everyone know that I’ll be releasing my first of many short stories entitled All Monsters. It’s about Dane Curse, the former black cape turned PI, on a kidnapping case for a scion of Gold Coast City. If you want an absolutely free copy be sure to sign up for the Gold Coast Chronicle quarterly newsletter. It’ll ship in about two weeks, followed by another installment three months later. These tales won’t be available on Amazon, the only way to take this ride is to get it sent to your virtual mailbox, so why don’t you subscribe with that address you only check once a month because it’s exclusively used for deals like this, and enjoy!

Alternate Cover Art: Dane Curse

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Behold, alternate cover art by Kim Herbst, the woman with the golden hand. And silver tongue. And, I don’t know, possibly a copper foot. I didn’t ask about that because she probably wouldn’t tell me, and frankly it seemed rude, especially after I inquired about the tongue and hand made of precious metals. But anyway, here’s her alternate cover for Dane Curse. I’m still married to my Dan Strange original, but I’m just saying that on occasion, when I make love to it, I think about this one. Sexy cat sound!

Dane Curse Original Artwork

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Feast your eyes on a still shot so sweet it makes the Gummy Venus de Milo seem like a sour ball dipped in milk left on a radiator for a week. It’s drawn by Kim Herbst, artist extraordinaire, and for the uninitiated, this is Lynx with her henchmen in Henchmen’s. The bad news is, now that you’ve seen it you can never see it again for the first time, but Kim’s got three more pictures from the novel, so… you know… there’s a silver lining.

Jael Reviews The Coconut Swindle

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Once again Jael, my favorite indie reviewer, has taken a spin with Dane Curse through Gold Coast City, and much to my delight she’s given The Coconut Swindle a five star rating! “How can one man earn so many stars for his writing?” you might ask yourself. Begging. Also, the bribes* don’t hurt.

*(jk, Jael is crazy honest and super ethical, but those traits don’t garner laughs.)

The Coconut Swindle – Book 2

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In this exciting prequel to the critically acclaimed Dane Curse, a pair of black capes are found dead on the floor of Wentorf Hall, mere inches away from the world’s largest diamond. Of course the cops think the pair killed each other over the heist. After all, everyone knows that the Vandenberg Coconut is a one size fits all motivation for murder. Everyone, that is, except for Dane Curse.

But when the former villain turned PI takes the case he’ll discover that the truth has more sides than a diamond has facets. And in order to get to it Dane will follow a trail that leads through an old enemy with a bagful of grudges, a killer who specializes in assassinating super villains, and a wealthy socialite with a murky motive. A thorny maze indeed, and sitting at its heart, mysteriously returned from years in hiding, is Dane’s very own daughter.

Will Dane Curse discover the thieves’ secret in time to solve the case, save his agency, and protect his only child from a vicious death? Or will he lose it all, just another victim of The Coconut Swindle?

What the critics are saying…

“Full of action, tension, and suspense, this novel seamlessly blends the classic noir PI trope with soft sci-fi superheroism. It’s a triumph.” – Pulp Detective 

“Matt uses, abuses, subverts, and pays worshipful homage to the trope-defining elements of the hardboiled private eye with the comic book intensity of a superhero series.” – BarbTaub.com 

“With grit, action, and fast-talking characters I found this book hard to put down.” – The Reader’s Hollow 

“I was really looking forward to reading this novel at the end of last year and wasn’t disappointed… very well written.” – Katrina Marie’s Writing, Inspiration, and Muses

“I loved Dane Curse the first time around, but I have to say the second spin was even better.” – West’s Indie Authors

“Wonderfully written with fast paced action and fantastic humor.” – AReaderRecommends.com 

“Considering how saturated the superhero market is these days it’s amazing to find a novel that actually brings a fresh angle to the genre, and Mr. Abraham does just that.” – Superhero Hustle

“Dane Curse is easily comparable to characters like The Punisher, or Ghost Rider, so if you’re into borderline heroic bad guys, then this book is for you.” – Time Zone Comics

“The author’s writing style makes it easy to immerse yourself in this amazing and exciting story. I loved the first book… this one is even better!” – Newfreekindlebooks.com 

“If you enjoy action, twists that leave you guessing, and great dialogue, definitely get this book.” – Jael’s Reviews

“I don’t know how you keep getting my number, Matt, but the restraining order’s still in effect.” – Stan Lee, Marvel Comics

The Author

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Matt Abraham, Pulp Detective’s Best Newcomer of 2015 and winner of the University of Nottingham’s NC 2016 short story competition, spits hot PI palaver mixing Mickey Spillane with the classic super heroes from the golden age. In his series Black Cape Case Files we follow Dane Curse, a former black cape turned PI, as he navigates the powered underbelly of Gold Coast City. While not writing, Matt’s engaged in juggling his newborn baby boy Kal, and supportive wife Jenny, all in the People’s Paradise of China. You can contact him at mattabraham@danecursepi.com.

Dane Curse – Book 1

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If you lose a black cape, and can’t go to the cops, then you come to me because that’s what I do. I’ve been in the game for years. I know all the curves and all the angles, and if it gets rough then so be it, I got plenty strength, I’m double tough, and I never quit. And if need be I’ll pull my artillery to get you some answers, because I don’t care about the mistakes you’ve made or how you chose to live your life, sometimes even the unjust deserve a little justice.

At least that’s how it was before a mysterious murder threatens to plunge Gold Coast City into a super powered war unless I find the killer in five days’ time. But getting to the truth won’t be so easy. I’ll have to face ruthless black capes with secrets to hide, a powerful government agency bent on national expansion, and even teams of white caped heroes whose intentions are less than pure.

No easy task for a small time PI, so I’ll need every bit of my strength and guts if I’m going to find the killer, save my city, and maybe even get some justice for the greatest hero the world has ever known.

What the critics are saying…

“With its dazzling pace, terrific fight scenes, and snarky humor, Dane Curse is a fast, fun read.” – Barb Taub (author of Null City series)
 
“Dane Curse is a rollercoaster ride at every turn.” – Claire Loves to Read
“Written with intelligent humor, easy dialogue, and an action-packed story line, Dane Curse is a must-read.” – Please Pass The Books  
 
If you like old school noir detectives, you’ll like this book. If you like super heroes and their culture you’ll love it.” – Celtic Frog Reviews
“This was a lot of fun… like Harry Dresden meets Braineater Jones with a major sci-fi twist.” – The Readers Hollow
                                                  
“Five stars… Filled with lots of action and humour, and will keep you engaged and entertained.” – Jael’s Reviews
“After the initial shock wears off, you’ll find yourself believing that Gold Coast City and the ‘capes’ that live there… Five stars” – New Free Kindle Books
“Contains all the explosive you can think of blending fiction fantasy mystery thriller.” – Musings of Immortals Reviews
 
The story romps along with plenty of humour and action.” – Unlimited Book Reviews 
 
… it scored in all the avenues. It is definitely a fun and unique reading experience.” – The Verdict is Out
I loved the book… I would highly recommend it.” – The Book Eaters UK 
“A well written, original story.” – Juniper Grove