Honeycomb: Boljelam by Junior Sokolov is a SciFi Action, Adventure.
life lived for parties, sex and drugs spiraled into grief, she went to selling
herself and fighting for survival.
Now one Boljelam’s angry rebels, she leads a cheapened life on one of the most unjust space station in the universe. Then, she finds an unexpected way out.
An escape from a life of abuse and hardship in the form of a ticket on a ship set for Honeycomb. Taken from a dead woman’s purse, it’s a one way ticket to a new pristine planet, to heaven.
Will she be able to pull it off and get out alive?
Or will two rabid cops, a zombie AI and a level full of monsters in her way keep her escaping?
And what about that bio-engineered murderer dogging her steps. He wants out as bad as she does!
The deformed little bastard has been following her for blocks; her mistake had been taking out her boarding pass in plain view of anyone with a set of functioning eyeballs. Why, why the hell had she done that? Because every time she looked at the brightly colored, thin, encoded metal pass she felt excited about what amounted to an adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to live on a
real planet, that’s why. And it had gotten her this wraith on her tail. Damn him.
She walked faster, ducked into an alley, so close to the ship, so close.
She sprints and hears him pick up his pace. She’s about to scream for help when he catches up to her and pushes into the wall.
“Shut it, just shut it! I don’t want to hurt you. Give me your pass and your backpack, and I’ll leave you alone.”
She can’t help the revulsion she feels; her disgust etches a mask of repugnance on her face. The monster in front of her has gold-yellow eyes with pupils that aren’t entirely round — the scales of his skin give him an almost metallic look and his coloring keeps changing.
“Get away from me, you, you think. You sick—”
Like a soul possessed she rakes his face with her nails.
He hits her then, and keeps hitting, fist flying inflicts one cruel blow after another; deep buried within him a core part of his being screams at him to stop before he does something he’ll regret forever. But lost to the rage of emotions that core part is overwhelmed by the anger, and it can only watch as if from far away, out of body, as his hands wrap around the woman’s neck. When the barbs in his palms inject his poison, he starts to cry because he’s gone too far and can’t go back.
Yelling from the alley’s entrance breaks the moment.
“FREAK, you quit that! Pick on someone your own size!”
About the Author
Reclusive writer from the Pacific Northwest. Hates peanut butter loves Mojitos (sin alcohol, por favor). Sometimes found around 60 feet (ca. 18 m) underwater in the Puget Sound or at about the same depth in the blue and clear waters of Cozumel hovering over a coral reef and hoping to see a shark or a large majestic green turtle.
“I love thinking of the intersection of new science and horror, the future haunted houses could be space stations or our own scientifically enhanced and hacked bodies.”
Hi Junior, and thank you for being here.
So, where are you from?
The great northwest, specifically the Oregon part of the Great Northwest. Portland which sadly, is no longer weird. But still has lots of good restaurants and Powell’s Bookstore.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
It changed from month to month. Vet, austronaut, cowboy, doctor
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Read, work out.
What is your favorite food?
I’m not picky, but I hate meatloaf.
Tell us your latest news.
I just completed my first solo novella in the Honeycomb series. Honeycomb: Boljelam
What inspired you to pen your first novel?
Wren Cavanagh, good friend, knows me well.
Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
William Gibson and working in the technology environment
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?
It was supposed to be Honeycomb: Dock Lizards, a reference to lot lizards, the sex workers in the trucking industry. As the story grew so did my appreciation for the characters and the term Dock/Lot lizard started to feel disrespectful. Also Boljelam, the huge space station where the action takes places grew in presence as I kept writing.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Everyone should be treated humanely and with respect. Unless they are the bad guy. Then you shot them into space.
What are your current projects?
The sci/fi-horror scify/horror-colonization full length novel in the Honeycomb series. Quint, the chief lawman for the town of Revaltion will have to deal with native monster, an incoming religious faction crash landing nearby and human turned monsters. It’ll be great!
What is the hardest part of writing?
Making the event timelines work, and doing your best to entertain the reader.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in writing your books?
Recognizing that some of my characters defects, were in fact my own. It helped me address those flaws in myself.
Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?
Be excellent to each other.
What are you reading now?
Radium Girls, Endurance and of course I just finished Midnight in Chernobyl
What scares you?
Serious illness, poverty the loss of loved ones. The current condition of the planet. Letting people down.
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite horror book and why? And what is your favorite book outside of the horror genre?
Ghost Story by Peter Straub is one of my favorites. The Stand of course. House of Leaves is not quite horror but I enjoyed thoroughly. There are just so many.
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