You thought we were done, but like the Energizer Rabbit, or a horde of zombies, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, we keep coming back. On the day of the deadline, November 30th, Chris made a comeback that would rival Mickey Rourke's and posted five more covers. Observe the visual splendor:
30 Covers: Another Final Batch (1)
Matando Hombres Muertos (Killing Dead Men) - J. Raoul
After bearing witness to a mob hit, a reluctant parking lot guard follows what his conscience dictates and makes an anonymous call to the local authorities. A day later, he is kidnapped and taken to an unknown location, where he is humiliated and tortured for hours. He readies himself to occupy a nameless grave in the desert but a tremendous blunder during the transportation of his body saves his life. Left for dead due to the nature and context of his predicament, he is discovered and a surgeon truly committed to his job ignores the consequences and saves the guard.
A happy ending? Hardly, for the man who saved the guard’s life had yet to know the full repercussions of saving a dead man. Ramsey is now a target of the Masseria family and their broad net of corruption, as well as a political tool to boost the career of an idealistic governor and end the careers of many others. On top of that, seeking to hurt their rivals and gain part of the border's prized turf, the drug trafficking cartel known as Los Duques has entered the conflict, protecting the marked man in pursuit of their own interests.
The general public knows no faith, no hope. There are no prayers or pledges for the soul of Nick Ramsey, only morbid interest upon knowing that he shall die soon at the hand of whoever reaches him first. No one hopes for his survival; they can only wonder who shall eventually kill him.
30 Covers: Another Final Batch (2)
The Staff of Thollecombe Manor - CatsEnjoyPotatoes
"The real mystery here is not that of the murderer's identity, but of why a Manor with only one inhabited room occupied by an old, dying man requires the full complement of a butler, a housekeeper, a cook, countless maids, a nanny, a gardener and a hall boy."
30 Covers: Another Final Batch (3)
A World Without Men - Tomorrow
One hundred years into the future society is being rebuilt and women have made a science that will change society forever - they are bringing men back to life seventy years after the war that killed every man in existence. With the oldest male in society at five years of age how will life change for these women? And can they stand their world changing just as much as it did seventy years ago?
30 Covers: Another Final Batch (4)
He Didn't Take Me to Prom and Other Disappointments - dchadbrown
High school sweethearts reconnect after 35 years and see if the magic is still there beneath all the emotional baggage.
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Welcome to Hell - Takato Metallium
Every God and Goddess has to go to school. Hades is no exception. For third years at Olympia Academy it's 'that year' - the year they discover what they'll be presiding over for the rest of eternity. For some it will be a year they will never forget, and for others it will be a year they would rather not remember...
When Hades, and subsequently the school, learn that he will be presiding over Hell, he is shunned. Soon it seems that even his brother Poseidon has abandoned him. The only ones who don't do this are Loki - Hades' roommate, a mischievous exchange student from Scandinavia - and Bastet, a level headed cat Goddess attending the Academy from Egypt. Both whom eventually become the future Ruler of the Dead's best, and only, friends.
A ski trip to Mount Vesuvius during the winter holidays soon uncovers a much more sinister plot. Persephone is being targeted by an unknown force; completely unaware of the danger she's in. With the help of his friends, Hades must prove his innocence in the downfall of Pompeii and warn the school in time to rescue Persephone from the unknown threat. Or does he have to dive in headfirst with only Loki and Bastet keeping him afloat and hope for the best?
Check out the forums to let Chris know what you think! And give the guy a round of applause, folks, he did an incredible job.
Thanks, and congratulations to all of you for surviving another NaNoWriMo! A true accomplishment.