GRUMPY OLD GODS 2 is available for preorder



Having lived and traveled in Mexico, where grumpy old Gods abound, I have many tales about Gods in retirement.

My tale in this anthology Hotel Quetzalcoatl, tells about Quetzalcoatl’s hotel, logical right?

“Quetzalcoatl had lived too long. Now he was human… for a while. He had survived over two thousand years of changing shape, species and place, undergoing all those pesky cycles of death and rebirth that always befall a God who has lost his followers.

These days he ran a small hotel in Guanajuato.”download (1)

Gudownloadanajuato is in central Mexico. Its network of narrow streets, alleyways and tunnels is typified

by the Callejón del Beso (Alley of the Kiss), so named because the balconies are close enough for a couple to reach across and kiss.

It’s also know for the mummy museum, immortalized by Ray Bradbury in The Mummies of Guanajuato 51QK-FVd6dL._SX362_BO1,204,203,200_

The story was born when I was visiting Guanajuato with my niece Gillian.

We stayed in a hotel that consisted of four suites, each one took up an entire floor.

We were the only occupants.

The walls were covered with odd animal heads that watched us out of glassy eyes.

A deer, a lion, a leopard – realistic, but obviously not real.

The deer antlers were ridiculous, obviously papier mâché and constructed by someone who’d never seen a deer.

Nonetheless, the heads had a quality of life about them that made them peculiarly unsettling, like china dolls, with eyes too knowing, and porcelain teeth too sharp.

The owner, Arturo, lived at another location down the hill. He had a rakish charm, and an easy smile.

The weather was windy and (2)

Gillian, we asked when we would have better weather

He said, “I won’t have any control over the weather for another 10,000 years.” His grin concealed mysteries.

I checked the internet and discovered that Quetzalcoatl was due to return in 10,000 years.2000px-Quetzalcoatl.svg

Next time I saw Arturo I said, “You are Quetzalcoatl, aren’t you?”


“I love tourists like you,” he said, and the story was born.

Of course the mummies made it in the story too.

Mine is only one of many fabulous tales of Gods gone Grumpy! So please buy, and share, and enjoy.

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About E.E. King

E.E. King’s has published many short stories. Ray Bradbury calls E.E. King a writer “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought provoking. I can not recommend her highly enough.” HER NEW COLLECTION new Collection of Short Fiction “Another Happy Ending,” comes out in October 2013. There is a book launch and party @ Ray Bradbury’s favorite Bookstore Mystery and Imagination Bookstore October 20th @ 2:00 -3:00pm Her first novel, Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, came out 2010, released in Spanish in 2/2012. She is performing bits of "Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife, all you need to know to choose the right heaven.” (in costume) October 30th @ 7:30-8:30 @Echo Park in “Stories Book and Café.” 1716 West Sunset Blvd • Los Angeles • CA [213] 413-3733 The New Short Fiction Series, Los Angeles’ longest running spoken word series, launched her anthology, Real Conversations With Imaginary Friends, 1/2012. Sponsor, Barnes & Noble. All her books as well as her children’s book The Adventures of Emily Finfeather or The Feathernail and Other Gifts are currently available on audible. E.E. King is the recipient of various international writing, biology and painting grants. Her murals can be seen in Downtown Los Angeles and Spain. Elizabeth Eve King has a background in teaching, painting, theater, comedy and biology. She will be an artist in residence at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art June -Sept 2015 Ms. King is the recipient of two International Tides painting fellowships, and two international biology Earthwatch grants. She was an advisor for the J. Paul Getty’s and the Science Center’s, Arts &; Science program. She was the Science and Arts coordinator in Bosnia with Global Children’s Organization (a summer camp for war orphans and refugees) in 2000. She was the founding Arts & Sciences Director for Esperanza Community Housing Corporation . She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain and planted butterfly gardens in South Central Los Angeles. The butterflies wish she had chosen a different location. Her short stories have been published widely
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