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Bone Shop is a free, serialized online novella by T.A. Pratt, supported by donations from readers. Pay whatever you like.

       
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A prequel novella about the early adventures
of Marla Mason

(Crime boss. Sorcerer. Badass. Eventually.)



Read all 18 chapters on a single page.


In which endings, of a sort, are attained.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 18.)

In which Marla faces a monster, loses things and finds things, and runs for office.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 17.)

In which Marla goes swimming, takes flight, and investigates a murder.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 16.)

In which Marla faces a killer, loses some flesh and bone, and finds hope.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 15.)

In which our heroine encounters blood, guts, and obligations.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 14.)

In which a god is summoned, love is professed, and lives are snuffed out.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 13.)

In which Marla leaves the nest, and Artie's old obsession returns.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 12.)

In which Marla and there's no nice way to put this rips off a little boy's jaw.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 11.)

In which people leave, and time passes, and Marla finds a cloak.

(Best read afterward: notes on chapter 10.)

In which meetings are taken and promises are broken.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 9.)

In which Artie gives a filthy soliloquy and Marla handles a filthy artifact.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 8.)

In which fighting and sex occur, milestones are reached, and promises are made.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 7.)

In which Marla takes a ride and makes a new friend.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 6.)

In which Marla learns about penis thieves, phantom limbs, and how some things are better for insects than people.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 5.)

In which Marla acquires a knife, and meets things to stab with it.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 3.)

In which Marla takes a meeting, acquires gainful employment, draws blood, and encounters the inexplicable.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 2.)

In which Marla converses with a pyromaniac, commits some minor crimes, and hears a curious proposition.

(Best read afterward: trivia and authorial blather about chapter 1.)



T.A. Pratt lives in Oakland, CA, and works as an editor for a trade publishing magazine.