“Borderlands 2” was my perfect storm videogame. It came at the right time, had the right kind of humor and design sense, and offered me such a likable bastard of a playable character that, whenever I think of my favorite videogames, that one’s still in my top 3. It wasn’t just that Axton the Commando had a pet in the form of his handy, dandy autocannon, but he had a great voice, and a beautiful look. While he came with a prefabricated backstory, I wanted to give him something more. So much that I built a whole extended galaxy around him.
From Hell (A Love Story)
Axton’s story – at least the way I envision it – begins in my Wild West-inspired space opera novel From Hell (A Love Story). It doesn’t end there, though. Not by a long shot. There are over 50 (and counting) follow-up tales, from a sequel novel, to short story collections, to sexy little vignettes that take the characters from one stage of life to the next, including breakups, domestic squabbles, parenthood troubles, and more.
Before Axton, I’d never written a main character who was not firmly heterosexual. Like all of my protagonists, his journey is one of discovery, mostly about himself. In his case, that journey took the form of finding love with another man. Of course, it’s also about guns, sex, and bounty hunting, in no small quantities. As a story, it’s an exercise in indulgence. One I loved every minute of.
If you like mad loot, big guns, and hot dudes, I invite you to take a look at From Hell (A Love Story) or another of my Borderlands-inspired tales.
From Hell (A Love Story) : A tale of how the Commando got his turret…and so much more. NSFW.
The Young Ones : Mordecai is annoyed; Brick gives him something else to think about. NSFW.
Who doesn’t love to see their favorite and original characters rendered by an artist’s pen? Below are some links to artistic creations I’ve commissioned or that artists have done on their own. All art belongs to its respective artist, with full rights reserved.