Success! Page Proofs for “The Button”

My next Lovecraftian tale, following “The Dig,” is titled “The Button.” This is a very special tale, not only because readers voted on the type of disaster story I would write, but because I had the ability to twist the idea of nuclear holocaust into unmentionable shapes with a more traditional Lovecraftian voice.

Here’s an excerpt:

    There was something else, though, another impolite description he used
    that so unsettled my contemporary sensibilities I’m surprised I forgot his
    condescension. He had watched me, he said, and knew that I, like others of
    my weakened kind, were not strong enough to withstand curiosity’s siren
    call, just like Eve all those eons ago.

    I do not view myself to be a modern-day Eve bent on betraying Adam.
    (Though, in my case, I suppose my expertise as a nuclear physicist would
    frighten any Roman man, imagined, fish-like, or not.) Newsflash for ye olde
    fish god priest: if Eve hadn’t taken a bite out of that apple, then Adam surely
    would have, and no woman should ever feel punished for the arrangement
    of her chromosomes.

    Ah, but what do the trappings of our society matter now, when I should
    be focusing on this button? Haven’t I already bitten that luscious apple?
    Don’t I already know a way out of this predicament?

Can’t wait to share the finished version with you!



Monica Valentinelli is a writer, editor, and game developer. Her portfolio includes stories, games, comics, essays, and pop culture books.

In addition to her own worlds, she has worked on a number of different properties including Firefly, Vampire: the Masquerade, Shadowrun, Hunter: the Vigil, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan.

Looking for Monica’s books and games that are still in print? Visit Monica Valentinelli on Amazon’s Author Central or a bookstore and game store near you.

Want to Interview or Hire Me? Send Fan Mail?

Would you like to hire me? Because my projects and manuscripts are in flux, I am always open to discussing new opportunities with publishers and studios. As a full-time writer, I spend a portion of my time seeking new gigs–so don’t be afraid to reach out. If you’re interested, please e-mail me via my Contact Page. I typically reply to work-related e-mails within one-to-two business days.

Want an interview? If you’d like to interview me or request a guest blog post, please connect with me via the contact page, too. Due to time constraints and other communicative concerns, I typically don’t follow up on requests via social media.

Keen on sending fan mail? I am also happy to engage with readers and fans. Please note that I am unable to reply satisfactorily to certain types of queries related to the companies I work for due to the agreements I typically sign. If you have a question about a TV show or a line of books, the best way to get your answer is to contact the studio or publisher directly.

Back to Top