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Who is Mercer?
Coyote. Soul smuggler.
A body-hopping, phantasmal anti-hero. A disenfranchised spirit doomed to inherit the earth, cursed by both Heaven and Hell.
An enemy of God, but no friend of the devil.
Soul Smuggler collects 9 Mercer tales:
“The Coyote” – In the future, Mercer’s services are requested by a powerful man seeking to keep his stepdaughter quiet about certain indiscretions.
“Soul Smuggler” – An orphan boy seeks Mercer’s help in reuniting with his dead mother.
“The Second Option” – Father Thomas, assassin from the clandestine Terra Sacra order, sets out to destroy Mercer once and for all.
“Abomination of Desolation” – A boy with horrifying powers is at the top of the Church’s extermination list, replacing Mercer for the time being. Father Thomas makes Mercer a deal he can’t refuse if he helps rid the earth of the young abomination.
“The Coyote’s Word” – When Mercer says he’ll take a soul across the border, he’s true to his word. But navigating the afterlife is no easy feat, even for the Soul Smuggler.
“Back for Blood” – A ravenous monster is on the loose in the city, and a young nun seeks out Mercer’s help. It may take a monster to get rid of a monster, but Mercer has never dealt with anything like this before.
“A Coyote’s Revenge” – Armageddon is coming, and the devil wants his due: those suicidal souls Mercer has been escorting to the Pearly Gates.
“Mercer’s Ghost” – In this weird western, a young man on the frontier in search of fame and fortune instead finds himself swindled and left destitute. But help arrives in the form of a phantasmal, body-hopping gunslinger who seems to have ulterior motives.
“Coyote for Breakfast” – In this post-apocalyptic tale, a young girl grieving after a recent loss seeks out Mercer’s help, but both she and the soul smuggler get more than they bargained for.
Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. Over the past five years his short fiction has appeared in more than 100 publications, including AE SciFi, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Nature, Shimmer, and the Wastelands 2 anthology. Two novels and a variety of short story collections are now available.