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Tom lives with his family in Chicago. He likes to write what he calls “twisted fiction” and “weird, stubborn surrealism.” He’d like to write a historical fantasy, to go with his academic training. He’s published fiction in various magazines and e-zines.
“Branded Faith” introduces a man who learns at a young age that his magical power makes him the prophet that a dwindling cult has been waiting for. His power forces upon him the dual role of healer and killer, a role he finds unacceptable. But life itself is poised on the cusp of Yin and Yang; the branded man embodies that universal dichotomy with an uncommonly immediate finality.
The story employs an unusual contrastive device: it recounts recurrent flashbacks in the present tense and the main story in the narrative past.
Tom Underhill’s bio sketch can be found here.
Welcome to Bewildering Stories, Tom. We hope to hear from you again soon and often!
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