This is Douglas Todd's web page. That would be me. I last updated it in November 2017.
I write stuff. I've been writing fiction for longer than I care to say, and tinkering with interactive fiction and games for almost as long, but most of my projects never see the light of day for various reasons. In 2017 I decided to start pushing them out into the world remorselessly. I'm revising old work and finishing new work. As I make projects public, I'll add them to the list below.
Available on Amazon (exclusively, until such time as I decide it no longer needs to be available on Kindle Unlimited as well). An urban fantasy set mostly in Louisiana of the 1990s, with a bit of political intrigue and a light dusting of horror.
Valerie wants to sell her soul. But it seems like Hell doesn't want it, which is a real disappointment.
Actually, Hell is having some serious problems, and it looks like Valerie is going to get ensnared in them whether she likes it or not. Along the way, she'll meet a lot of colorful and interesting people, most of whom are immortal, many of whom aren't very nice, some of whom would like to see her dead.
She'll also experience some truly horrifying things because, no matter how nice some of the people in it are, when it comes right down to it, Hell just isn't a very pleasant place.
I previously had a note here about novel #2 (it has a name, but I hate revealing titles before publication), which I was planning to self-publish via the Amazon route in January 2018. Instead I am sending it off to open submission at a small SF imprint, which is both good and bad; good in that if they accept it, it might actually get a little exposure; bad, in that I have to wait some 4-6 months to find out whether they're taking it or whether I go ahead and self-publish anyway. Watch this space.
A Handful of Stories
I've dug out a few stories to provide you with supplemental reading. I don't write short stories the way I write novels. I figure in a short story there's no time to do more than make a sketch; the reader is going to have to do a fair bit of the work themselves. I'm aware this can cause problems (I had a friend tell me once "I liked your story, but I needed to read it three times to figure it out"), but I don't seem to be able to write short stories any other way. This is also part of the reason I write very few short stories. Anyway, you may find them rewarding. Or you may not.
The two at the top of the list each stand alone, but they have the same protagonist and universe. If you want to experience the events in them in the same order she does, read "Overkill" before "Reverse Procedural." They are both from 2017. "Codependence" (1999) and "The Vanishing Girl" (2006) are two of my favorites from my older crop. If you have known me for a long time, you may well have read them in other places. "The Lamia in the Penthouse" (2014) is a horror vignette that I forgot I wrote and recently unearthed. It was inspired by an old Virgil Finlay Weird Tales cover.