In other news, Shadow Schism is finished! Here is the pitch (which is not yet finalized):
Nick considers his life to be relatively normal. However, that perception is radically altered when, in the span of twenty four hours, three unexpected events occur. First, a folk singer tells him that he is the embodiment of sin (although the singer doesn't specify which one). Then a verbose raven tells him that he has been chosen to save the world from impending cataclysmic disaster. Finally, just when Nick thinks he might be regaining some shred of his sanity, an attractive woman named Susan seeks his assistance when shadows attack her in a parking lot. From there, things start to get weird.
Although Nick is an unlikely (and not altogether willing) hero, when strange beings disguised as animals begin to talk to him, what real choice does he have but to listen? Rifts are forming between conscious reality and the shadow world and, as these chasms grow, hostile animated shadows are beginning to leak into physical reality through the cracks. Unless he can seal the rifts, all of reality will be doomed.
Finding himself suddenly saddled with this grandiose and improbable mission, Nick reluctantly embarks upon a surreal journey. He encounters nine different animal totems, each with its own cryptic message. He consults with a witch, an oracle, and evasive subliminal agents in order to learn how best to do battle against the denizens of shadow as they invade waking reality in a variety of harrowing forms. And, with a little luck, he might even manage to win Susan's heart along the way. But will he be able to find a way to close the rift between worlds before it's too late?
SHADOW SCHISM is a droll and unsettling tale of speculative fiction that will leave you questioning what you believe to be real.