Luke Swanson

an author in the making

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Luke Swanson

from the ground up

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Luke was raised on a steady diet of stories. You can find him with a book constantly in his hand. He is the author of full-length fiction as well as a handful of published short stories. He lives with his wife in Oklahoma City.

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Works

Novels

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"The Ten" (2016)

Thou shall not steal.
Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Thou shall not kill...unless it’s torture.

Abel believes he is chosen by God to rid the world of the unrighteous. One by one, he hunts down those who break the Ten Commandments and plots heinous deaths.

Odious deaths.

Monstrous deaths...

Abel’s goal is to smite one sinner per commandment, and with that, start a revolution. Others will follow. Others, who are equally as loyal and subservient to God’s wrathful side as he. Up until now there has been no one smart or brave enough to stop him…that is, until Jason Flynn.

Jason has been to more crime scenes than he can count, but the recent string of homicides has been extraordinarily gruesome. As the bodies continue to surface, Jason knows he is out of time.

He has only two choices…

Track down the elusive serial killer and save the next target from a grisly demise, or wait for Abel—the self-proclaimed assassin of God—to trigger the most horrifying religious war of his time.

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"The Other Hamlet Brother" (2021)

Meet Tim Hamlet, the identical twin brother of the famously melancholy Danish prince. Tim has abandoned royal life and is trying (and failing) to make it as a playwright in London. But then, tragedy rears its ugly head—King Hamlet dies, Claudius takes the throne, and young Hamlet dons an "antic disposition."

Tim charts a course for home despite his better judgment, setting sights on Denmark for the first time in years. On his journey, he crosses paths with Nick Bottom, Romeo Montague, Prospero, and other familiar faces, all the while on a collision course with fate. This tragically funny and funnily tragic adventure will keep you on your toes every step of the way, never knowing what exactly will happen next.

 

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Here's what the real bards are saying about "The Other Hamlet Brother"

“Buckle up! In The Other Hamlet Brother, Luke Swanson introduces us to the Forrest Gump of the Shakespearean world. Lovers of Shakespeare will enjoy this romp through the life and times of his characters, which proves beyond a doubt that all the world's a stage.”

-Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's Star Wars and the Pop Shakespeare series

 

“A playful poke at the canon that's part mad north-north-west, part Mad magazine, replete with irresistible meta-jokes and Shakespearean shout-outs to spot. What a piece of work!”

-Adam Bertocci, author of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

“In a style reminiscent of Christopher Moore's comic fantasies, Swanson guides the reader through a playfully audacious riff on Shakespeare's greatest hits, finding comedy in tragedy, with laugh-out-loud moments intertwined with scenes of genuine pathos and heart. It's a work of endless imagination, a must-read for anyone wanting to know more about Denmark's most dysfunctional royal family.”

-David Davalos, award-winning playwright of Wittenberg

“It's an entertaining and humorous tale that shows off Swanson’s razor-sharp wit. I enjoyed Tim’s story and rooted for him all the way through to the end, and what an ending it was! Full of adventure, tension, and expert storytelling, this is Swanson at his very best!”

-Kiersten Modglin, author of I Said Yes and The Liar’s Wife

“This book is a delightful read for any Shakespeare aficionado who will appreciate the re-emergence of characters whose foibles once again take center-stage.”

-Michael Fedo, author of Art's Place

“After reading The Other Hamlet Brother, you’ll want to go back and read Shakespeare’s play to figure out why the Bard left this part out. With subtle jokes and witty banter on every page, this book is part fantasy, part mystery, and wholly entertaining.”

-William Steele, author of Going the Distance: The Life and Works of W.P. Kinsella and Ph.D. of literature

Hamlet meets A Knight's Tale meets Gulliver’s Travels in this serious—but not too serious—nod to Shakespeare. Swanson wrangles words into unique turns of phrase that give you the perfect imagery, make you contemplate life, or leave you laughing hysterically. It's several classic stories stuffed into one big Shakespeare sandwich...extra Hamlet.”

-Dusty Crabtree, author of Shadow Eyes

“Swanson has written a fasting-moving adventure, but The Other Hamlet Brother is more than that. It moves beyond adventurous hijinks and clever plot twists to an exploration of the bond between brothers, as well as an examination of the relationship between fiction and reality.”

-Dr. Kae Koger, Professor Emeritus, University of Oklahoma School of Drama

Short Stories

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"The Six-Foot Ladder" (2016)

In 1950s Oklahoma, there are no cell phones, no witnesses, and no escape.

Ramona Price is on the run from the specters that she's seen her entire life. She makes an unexpected stop in the small town of Crawford, where nothing is as it seems.

No longer in publication

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"Sacrifice" (2017)

In the wake of "The Ten," Detective Jason Flynn finds himself chasing a killer, searching for answers, and battling his own damaged psyche.

No longer in publication

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"Olympia in Whipple" (2018)

Members of a sinister traveling circus finds themselves on the other end of a horror story when their latest small-town destination turns out to have a murderous agenda of its own.

No longer in publication

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"Cronos" (2019)

Nico is a young ringmaster in a carnival being strangled by the Great Depression. Everything changes, however, when he finds an old bus in the middle of the woods.

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