"BEWARE DARK POLLEN" read Alesia, staring at a rotting wooden sign. The halfling and the Knights knew they had passed through the sinking forest, and were now in Dreadmire. The paladin said a quick prayer, before they silently moved forward into the evil Perdition...
Based in the campaign world of the popular Dreadmire role-playing game accessory, three-time Darrell Award winner, author Elizabeth Donald, takes its elaborate characters on a daring journey through the malevolent swamp: Kancethedrus, the clumsy paladin; Alesia, a voluptuous red-haired Creep; Angiss, the wise halfling prophet; Wynter, a lost elven druid; her lover Tam, a Moor Knight gone rogue; and the dysfunctional elven wizard, Salia; all on a quest to destroy the legacy of the mysterious Witch Hammer. Harrowed by unspeakable dead things and a myriad of strange swamp monsters, an unwitting group of adventurers attempts to save the sinking forest they fearfully call, Dreadmire.
Elizabeth Donald's first novel, a vampire mystery titled Nocturnal Urges, was published in 2004. It won the Darrell Award and was a finalist for the Prism Award. The sequel, titled A More Perfect Union, was released in 2005. Both books were combined in a trade paperback titled, Nocturne. The third vampire book, Abaddon, won the Darrell Award as well. Elizabeth has written a number of short stories and essays that have appeared in a variety of online and print publications. One such story, Wonderland, won the Darrell Award in 2006. Her short-story collection, Setting Suns, was also published in 2006. Current projects include The Cold Ones, a zombie novella coming out in fall 2009. In the real world, Elizabeth is a newspaper reporter in the St. Louis are, and writes CultureGeek, a pop-culture review blog & column at www.ElizabethDonald.com.