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About Terrance Grace
Terrance Grace has been working in film and television for more than twenty years. He adapted Maurice Blanchot’s novela "The Madness Of The Day" into a startling tour de force for Wooster Group actor Michael Kirby. "Mr. Ahmed" starred internationally renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah. It garnered several awards and was called "an enigmatic masterpiece" by The Times Of India.
His work as a visual artist, photographer and writer, explores emotionally-charged subjects that cross cultural boundaries. He is currently working on The Locksmith - A five-volume graphic novel series and Spanish Moss: the graphic novel.
Printed issues of The Locksmith and The Crossroads are available here: https://mythicoctopus.com
More information on the author is available here: https://terrancegrace.com
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Titles By Terrance Grace
The twists and turns of the Arroyo Seco watershed, from mountain mud to freeway cement, serves as a metaphorical backdrop to this contemporary noir thriller, where an undercover FBI agent with indigenous roots pursues a crooked cop with ties to corrupt politicians and the drug cartel.
Issue #1: When Coyote Was Human
According to Chumash and Gabrielino/Tongva mythology, the coyote appears as an archetypal hero who retains both virtue and vice. “When coyote was human…” is a Chumash phrase similar to, “Once upon a time…”
Frank Snellen is the best safecracker in Los Angeles. At least that’s what he’d like everyone to think. That’s how his brother Eddie, knows him. That’s why Tommy Malone hired him to break into his own safe at the chinese restaurant, he runs: Hop Ling’s — The only chinese in LA that serves matzah ball soup.
The fact is, Frank is an undercover Fed. There’s a crooked cop in the LAPD and Frank is trying to root him out. Tommy Malone’s phony heist was an insurance payout scheme. It was also Frank’s 18 month ticket to Chino State Prison and the street cred he needed for deep cover.
Enter Eva Garcia — Frank’s boss at the agency, posing as his parole officer. She’s the only one who knows Frank’s true identity. She’s got him setup with a factory job as a means to get closer to Jimmy Frattoni — A dirty cop who did his time and is back on the outside, trying to make right, after a decade of wrong.
The relationship doesn’t last long. Frattoni is hit by a mystery assassin… For whom? That’s the question. The Mexican Cartel? Tommy Malone? The LAPD?
“They say your spirit animal chooses you if you’re lucky. All I know is there’s all kind of bad and some of it gets worse. The worst kind of bad is when it comes from inside. Maybe that makes me lucky.”
– Frank Snellen, Arroyo Seco #1
It’s another 46 pages of amazing art, wrapped up inside an incredible neo-noir, science fiction mystery. Imagine if Raymond Chandler wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey… And you just might have something like The Locksmith! In the conclusion to the first, four issue story arc, the Detective finds himself caught between time as a massive energy field engulfs the planet, wiping away all that has ever existed. He holds the power to restore what once was, but he first must wrestle his own personal demons to the ground and let go of the past… Once and for all.
Brooklyn Heights, New York – 1925
Imagine if you will, an as yet, unheralded H.P. Lovecraft, wandering south, down Clinton Street towards Red Hook. He finds himself standing at water’s edge, face to face with Yog-Sothoth and his own internal abyss.
Another night terror… Or just a severe case of writer’s block? Down here at The Crossroads, it’s Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s Robert Johnson moment. And he’ll do just about anything to write the line that unlocks the last barrier to his soul.
Originally published in the Lovecraft anthology, "Cthulhu is Hard to Spell" and subsequently expanded and published as a standalone board book; this edition contains both the anthology and board book versions of the story.
Part sci-fi, part pulp noir, The Locksmith bristles with gritty drama [and] moves with a steady, solid, and sometimes disturbing momentum. At times feeling like a well-turned X-Files episode, the first issue lays out a number of delicious mysteries, while simultaneously managing to raise the stakes with every new development.
While noir is traditionally a genre of darkness, Grace manages to drag the dread out into the sunlight, and with the aid of Silvio DB’s deft artwork, still manages to make the open city in daytime have an oppressive weight to it. Even daylight manages to exact a toll on the inhabitants of this tale. VERDICT: FOUR Portentous Portals of Doom out of FIVE [Fanbase Press]
Book website: https://thelocksmith.me