Voices of Never
by Bladen Breitreiter
Photo Art by Julie Landrum
The atmosphere radiated hot silver in a thunderous sky that refused to release its treasures. The noon darkness made the pale limestone walls of the dead canyon almost glow with a heavenly brightness. Deep wounds ran in every direction as far as the eye could see, creating a mosaic of hungry earth. The crevices were wider and deeper than any Macarthy had ever seen, making the land appear as if each section of ground was its own pillar. Bending down, she put her tan hand to the dry, fractured soil. While starved, no magical energy radiated back at her. The water had preserved it, keeping it safe, and the drought had consecrated it. She found it nearly perverse that such devastating events had manifested a surface so pure.
Bladen is a scientist by day, rock star by night, writer in between, and someone who enjoys running only in dreams. A graduate in atmospheric sciences, they chase fire and tell the future for a day job. In addition to their work with the Southwest Gothic series, Bladen has written and recorded several varieties of sonic entertainment, including an accompanying soundtrack to the novels. A Desert Southwest native, they do their best writing in the ghost towns of the Texas borderland between the real and the unreal. Also a witch, the second law of thermodynamics is their magical ethos and they try to live everyday as though it were Halloween. Bladen likes cats, honey mustard, yelling at clouds while drinking scotchy scotch, and is composed almost entirely of jokes.
Julie Landrum is an artist from Lampasas, Texas. Julie is a "process artist" who likes to feel the entire process or art in an organic way during creation. She prefers her art to be spontaneous and diverse. Julie raises sheep, whose wool she uses to weave her own pieces. Julie's talents include photography, spinning and weaving, and painting. Julie likes to mix mediums, exemplified in her pieces above.