The Rogue Investigations is a "something" I have been working on for the entirety of my adult lifetime. Most of these stories have roots going all the way back to my childhood, and over half of them were written before I was 21. This may account for both the strengths and weaknesses of the stories involved. They are not as "mature" or in-depth as most of my current works, but they are very fun, and fast paced in nature. I guess you could call them literary candy.
I first invented the characters of Zachary "Spike" McCain and John Rage way back in 1992. They were originally far-fetched action heroes, but over time they have evolved into more down-to-earth characters who investigate unbelievable things.
The earliest story in this collection, "Games Against The Soul," was first plotted sometime around 1993-94. The original story involved Spike and Rage fighting the demonic entity known as "The Shade," and it was pretty much what we see happening in the second half of the current draft. The back-story involving Zachary's fiancée and the assistance of Detective Meaderson were not added until I began writing the actual short story in the summer of 1999.
With the exception of .405 and the prologue, all of the stories in this collection were plotted well before I came into adulthood. They show the promise of my imagination, and are a prime example of my early writing style. These fanciful tales take us all the way back to my point of no return, when I started on this inescapable pilgrimage to become a writer of speculative fiction.
This volume contains most of the short stories I have finished to date about the Rogue Investigators, but I have literally hundreds of stories plotted around these characters, as well as others about the people and creatures they will meet in their journeys, so this is not the end. This is only the end of the beginning.
If you enjoy these tales of paranormal intrigue, make sure that you share them with friends, and let other people know about the book's existence. The more popularity it gains, and the more copies that sell, the more encouragement I will have to complete the sequel. Without the support of readers like you, the tales will fade away, and nobody will know what happens next.