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Bone Diamond: Weird Stories [Kindle Edition]

Michael John Grist
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When a lowly jeweler in ancient Egypt finds an enormous yellow diamond lodged in the clavicle of a Nile river crocodile, he strikes for riches, selling it to the richest man in Memphis, a living god, the Pharaoh. Then the Pharaoh demands more. So begins a terrifying descent into greed, madness, and murder, with diamonds for all, and diamonds in all, and the blood-red eye of Ra ascendant.

Bone Diamond is a collection of 9 weird and surreal stories, filled with sky-painting giants, gods of the mud, in a world where the direction East can die. It features 5 stories previously published in pro-level magazines- Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Kaleidotrope, Ideomancer, Podcastle, Something Wicked.

Contents:
1) Bone Diamond
2) Caterpillar Man
3) The Tonsor's Son
4) The Mud Girl
5) Flatland
6) The Orphan Queen
7) Sky Painter
8) Leanna Drew The Moon
9) Death Of East

Praise:
- "The dark insanity in this story develops out of greed and terror and self-loathing, until all healthy logic in one person is destroyed. Human life becomes as expendable as filthy Nile water. A very satisfying ending." - Sherry Decker, Tangent Magazine.
- "... a beautiful bittersweet fairy tale, set in the modern day." - Sam Tomaino, SF Revu.
- "Wow. Horrifying and compelling and poignant. This one is going to stick with me." - Kim, Ideomancer.

About the author:
Michael John Grist is a 33-year old British writer and ruins photographer who lives in Tokyo, Japan. He writes strange, twisty fiction, in both fantasy and sci-fi genres. See more at www.michaeljohngrist.com.

Excerpt:
I discover the first bone diamond in a hunk of crocodile clavicle, lodged between the foramen and articular process. I had meant to simply facet the bone tip's lamellar weave, that it might, once polished, dove-tail into a brooch that some high lady in the court might wear to the arena flooding.

Rather, I find a diamond, at least thirty carats in size. It is the most extraordinary bright yellow, like amethyst but glowing hot within. Allory would have loved it.

I take it to my lathe and polish it on corundum, brute it with emery, and at last heat it over a sulfur jet as though it were a citrine. Its yellows melt, whirl, and blaze as though afire inside.

I sit atop my cankerous clay rooftop and hold it up beside the sphere of the moon. Of the two, my bone diamond shines the purest, the brightest, as though the sun risen at night over the slums of Memphis.

I do not know then that it will be the end of everything I know.

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Michael John Grist is a British science-fiction & fantasy author, and ruins photographer who lives in Tokyo, Japan.

http://www.michaeljohngrist.com

- His short stories have been published in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Andromeda Spaceways, Ideomancer, Kaleidotrope, as well as in numerous other publications. He typically writes heroic science fiction and epic fantasy with a dark, surreal humor.

He also explores and photographs the modern ruined buildings of Japan, known as haikyo (AKA urbex), driven by a childhood spent re-enacting the adventures of Indiana Jones and the Goonies in the fields behind his house.

Now that he's grown up, this kind of 'exploring' may seem a bit of a silly thing to do (as one friend pointed out- 'they're just dirty old buildings'), but the appeal of photography, travel, and yes, still adventure, keep him coming back for more.

Some of the 70 or so locations he's visited include abandoned theme parks, military installations, ruins of the sex industry, and ghost towns.

- He has contributed haikyo articles and photography to books, web magazines, encyclopedias, print magazines, and is featured in the award-winning haikyo documentary movie Silent Visitors.

Michael was born in Manchester, England, to an American mother and British father. He was raised in Bolton, where as a kid he wrote snippets of fantasy stories and explored the horse's field behind his house. Nothing much has changed since then, except the snippets became full stories and the horse's field got a whole lot bigger.

In his childhood summers he visited his family in Kentucky, where he learnt how to make s'mores, enjoyed night-time hay-rides, and worked in his uncle's bike shop. In his late teens he worked at a summer camp for disadvantaged kids in Massachusetts, and after graduating high school in the UK he went (glutton for punishment, yes) to high school again, in Indiana, on an exchange program for two semesters. It was there that he first took creative writing classes, and started work on his first novel (which is now maturing on his hard drive like a fine wine). He also took a Greyhound trip around the country (six days and nights on a bus), which reinforced his thirst for exploration.

Now he enjoys the odd game of squash and badminton, working out in the gym, going to ruins, and of course writing stories and novels. He lives in a central Tokyo apartment with his wife and their pet King Frog, and works as an English lecturer at university.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying 17 May 2014
By JA
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Lovely stories, beautifully written. Imaginative and a pleasure to read. A cut above most others at this price. Definitely recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond alright! 31 Dec 2013
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Bone diamond made me shudder. In fact it reverberated right through my bones into my soul. A horrible, frightening, all too likely story of mega greed and total abuse. A dark and shocking reflection of today's corporate world sucking the very best from its people for the benefit of the few. Excellent book showcasing Michael's brilliant talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really strange but good kind of strange selection of stories 18 Aug 2014
By Dollbaby - Published on Amazon.com
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Each story was uniquely it's own. There were ones that left you completely slack jawed in wonder and there were ones that's were so disturbing but you had to read!!! Then there were ones that were written as though it should have been a monologue...I found myself saying dialogue at a cadence in which I would swear the story was meant to be read (aloud). I am a first time reader but I say kudos sir kudos! Mr. MJ Grist also managed to capture the Asian cadence and culture beautifully.

Thank you for sharing your talent.

Dollie Marie
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem... 22 Feb 2014
By Bonemonkey - Published on Amazon.com
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Each story in this collection takes you somewhere exotic or strange, to lands where the rules we take for granted often don't apply, or even exist. It's quite a magical collection and I enjoyed every story, and found it hard to pick one I liked the most, but I think it was "The Orphan Queen" - when a demanding queen tasks four of her servants with a challenge that they cannot turn down or hope to complete, it soon becomes clear that the blame for failure will have to be taken by at least one of them. It's a bit like an episode of "The Apprentice" but instead of being fired, they will be quite literally strung up. Also enjoyed "Bone Diamonds" - another one about a tyrannical leader, just a strange concept and a really good read. All the stories are -

1) Bone Diamond (9/10) A lucky discovery made by a diamond polisher brings him the chance to carve out a better life for himself.
2) Caterpillar Man (8/10) When a man becomes stuck in a rut, he finds that devouring books is the best way to change his outlook.
3) The Tonsor's Son (8/10) A barber finds himself splitting hairs when a brash customer claims to know him.
4) The Mud Girl (8/10) A man is given a helping hand to carry on his fathers legacy, but his brother has other ideas.
5) Flatland (8/10) The boss of a small town finds himself on edge when the population count starts to drop.
6) The Orphan Queen (10/10) A royal puppeteer is ordered to take on a challenge which he is sure he won't be able to handle.
7) Sky Painter (9/10) When a God is in danger of giving up all hope, a young girl might hold the key to getting him back on the right path.
8) Leanna Drew The Moon (9/10) A girls connection to The Moon becomes dangerous for the other members of her family.
9) Death Of East (9/10) When the rulers of a powerful empire begin to lose direction, one of them is certain she knows the way forward.

(The order of the stories is slightly different in the book than it is in the contents list, above is the order in the actual book)

Really cannot recommend this collection enough. Anyone into Horror, Sci Fi or just strange stories should definitely want to get this immediately. A little gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's going on here? 31 Oct 2013
By Rob Nugen - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes I'm afraid to read Michael John Grist's work. I fall in love with the characters and don't want them to get hurt!! But then again, I love to read MJG's work! So full of weirdness and surprises!
Will the world turn upside out with its ear to the stars? Will they live happily ever after? Will they even survive? Every story has a different answer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bone Diamond Weird Stories is a captivating read 10 Feb 2014
By M. Kassin - Published on Amazon.com
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WEIRD stories says it all! The stories kept me captivated! I couldn't stop reading. Some of the endings left me thinking..'What? Huh?' I stayed up all night reading until I finished the book and it left me wondering what's next. If you like to read stories that are " Out of the Box", this is a must read. I really enjoyed reading this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected...even better! 20 Feb 2014
By gentlereader - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually read short stories expecting a quick bit of amusement. These stories were so much more! The title story was worth a second read in itself. There is the soul of a poet that comes through between the lines of these short works. Give this a read and you will not be disappointed!
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