Chokeville

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Chokeville is an adventure novel about two sisters who work for a courier company called HAWTHORNE GRAIN which delivers things that can’t be delivered via normal or legal or earthly methods. This gets them in a lot of trouble.

KEYWORDS INCLUDE: ice concubines, unsavory surgeons, undersea hideouts, sad orphans, haunted suits, secret diners, shitty robots, erotic torments, ambient terror, the salty abyss

Everything takes place in a city situated between the woods and the ocean. It’s called FORT HOOK and it’s made up.

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It was made up by Joshua Allen, who is me, and I’ve been working on various iterations of this story for ... for longer than I’d care to admit. I’m now putting together the final version, which is sort of a megamix of all those iterations.

If you’d like to chat about this project in a safe, nurturing environment, please drop me a line at josh at chokeville dot com.

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OUR HEROES
Batya “Bat” Hull | courier
Voletta “Letty” Hull | courier

RELATIONS
Father and Lucía Hull | whereabouts unknown
Little Adria | mentor slash betrayer

HAWTHORNE GRAIN, LLC
Margaret Feddema | CEO
Henrietta “Hank” Black | ink
Hogwild | sinew
Capital Sam | privateer
Sister Aether | specter
Anthony | concierge
Hae | HR
Dalia | security, bartender

THE ARCHIVISTS
Anabel | sassy teen
Carmen | crabby teen
Kimani | surly teen
(Rosa) | imaginary mother

HAWTHORNE GRAIN KNOWN ASSOCIATES
Sean Bittman aka Sal | Sal’s Fish House
Maggie Suwannakintho | ex White Clinic, current Fish House
Karl Manz | doctor, no questions asked or answered
Champ | Karl’s dumb robot
China Sweet | bounty hunter
May Petroski | pearl diver
Rufus King | money launderer
Mister Horn | filthy seaman
Jerry | the old encryptor
The Dragonfly | the new encryptor
The Valkyrie | shh
Jane | unknowable executive assistant, Mutable Room

THE CLUTCH, A GAMING EMPORIUM
The Hand aka Son Hillers | owner, dealer
Delfina | Hand’s hand
Blue Eye | carrick player
Malquiades | carrick player
The Boring Kid | carrick player
Señor Deuce | carrick player

THE SPIRE OF ICE, A SEABORNE BORDELLO
Madame Sunshower | CEO, White Clinic
Minna | hunter
Fritz | explorer
Oda | cavalier
Danny | surgeon
Fiona | astronaut
Charlotte | senator
Karen | dictator
Ms. Hawtin | professor
Deaf Chef Geoff | chef

FORT HOOK NOTABLES
The Mayor aka The Fisherman | founder, unkillable
James Glenndenning | CEO, Rustic Industries
Anji Tesoriero | Fort Hook poet
Richard Eng | Fort Hook historian, prick
The Oarfish | Fort Hook hagiographer
Harper Juno | bard of Aeo, ex sky city
Nia Baako | undercity kingpin
Dot Madriz | transportation czar
Buzz Klang | radio personality
Paulo Barretto | sad owner of Cha-Cha’s, a diner
The Wild Orienteers | unruly exploration club for girls
The God of the Sea | pretty self explanatory
The Weatherman | controls the weather
The Eye | insane prophet, owns fleet of taxis

FORT HOOK RANDOS
Kiepper Frico | beholden to the Harmattan, cursed sword
Estra Maxie | bartender at the Embers
The Urchin | sassmouth
Kenyon, Jack Kenyon | dumb cop
Junie | pilot, cartoonist
Margaret Ball | document thrower
Dezzetti | carrick player, Ching Shih
Frank Muto | ex captain of the Black Bee
Master Billy | dumb child crewmember of the Black Bee
Muirín | sea serpent, ex of Capital Sam
Emily Allers | false mayor
Etsu Kimura | undercity ghost, jerk

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GOOD TALK!