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Antlers, Colorado by Marn

A serialized writing project about Austin Jones and the several years he spent away from home. 

Austin Jones, a budding medium, flees from his home in Havenwood, PA in the year 1999. He is running from a predestined position at the Department of Paranormal Research, an agency his family has run for decades. The ghost of his father, Richard, follows him.

In the fall of 2000, Austin finds himself in the town of Antlers, Colorado, cut off from the family bank account by his older brother and shacking up with easygoing med student Otter Redford. In search of a job, Austin finds himself an unwitting consultant to Sheriff Monty Maxwell and her deputy Mac, who take advantage of Austin’s mediumship to unravel the origins of the strange cases that only seem to happen in Antlers.

Antlers, CO is equal parts horror, humor, supernatural, and Southwestern gothic, with a cast of diverse, LGBT protagonists. It deals with themes of displacement, loss, familial loyalties, concepts of home and differences as strengths.

Note: Antlers, Colorado contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

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Listed: May 26, 2015

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I Don’t Really Know What the Word Spoopy Means, But This Serial Feels Spoopy

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of A Bad Idea

Nov 29, 2015: This is a well-written serial. It’s important to say that right out the gate, because some serials, while fun, aren’t necessarily well-written. This isn’t the case here. From the very first post, it’s clear that Marn is a serious author.

Just take the first line, “When Austin Jones leaves his home on the back of a motorcycle at the age of twenty, he barely stops to consider that he has been followed.” There’s a sense of craft there: the proper elements [more . . .]

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Welcome to Antlers

By JPV1000, author of Warbler

Nov 17, 2015: Antlers, Colorado, is one of the best Serials I’ve read so far. It seems to share much storytelling DNA with Welcome to Nightvale, which is definitely not a bad thing. It’s told in Third-Person Present Tense Omniscient, which I was skeptical about at first, but actually suits it very well. (And strengthens the Nightvale connection in my mind.) However, it did lead to a situation where I was unsure of what I was reading for a few chapters, as that feel is often employed in prologues. (Clue: There is no [more . . .]

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By krasmataz, member

May 29, 2015: Antlers, Colorado is a great read. It updates according to a strict schedule, and each update is a short, sweet manageable chunk. The "chapters" are really more like books, length-wise, and they update in parts that are several pages long apiece. I have read all of the first chapter, and I can definitely recommend it to readers fascinated with local monster stories. Plus, the main character, Austin, is the kind of protagonist you immediately love. He’s grumpy, but gee does he have good reason to be. Plus, he’s queer, [more . . .]

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