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“You think the world would be a better place if everyone thought more like yourself? Or let me put it this way, Mr. Edwards. Is the world a better place with you thinking like yourself?”

Stevie Ludich stumbles upon a dry lakebed covered in writing that tells the story of a man who goes to a job interview with a weird corporation that seems to know an awful lot about the job candidates. As Stevie dictates the words into an old reel-to-reel, he can't help but wonder who wrote them, and why?

And that's not the only thing going on in Cartago. The police chief is on the reluctant lookout for biblical signs, a young photographer/waitress is making decisions about her future, and Guy and Jeanne Valleroy have their hands full with the Communal Orgone Accumulator, the mummy of 'Ambrose Bierce?', and the impending arrival of some colorful guests. What excitement will their big event bring? And how will all of these things overlap?


Petrichor is a well-paced black comedy with a paranoiac dose of science fiction washed over with ruminations on identity, language and the composition of reality.

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Petrichor is the best kind of page-turner, and I feel it deserves a wide readership. It had me hooked from the first chapter, providing enough plot points, character depth, and philosophical food for thought to keep me going until the final page. I recommend it without reservation.”Andrew Powers, Prick of the Spindle

“Ewers's black comedy delivers a strong dose of magical realism as the central character becomes caught up in the experiences of the person in the story he is reading, finding it sometimes more real than his own narrow life. ...fans of modern fiction and magical realism should appreciate the author's storytelling talent.”Library Journal

David Scott Ewers was born in Pomona, California. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland. He has been to Cartago and recommends the biscuits and gravy.