They say that people go there when they’re ready to die. They say Death himself is a patron. That’s where the tavern gets its name. Azrael’s Stop. Watering hole for the Angel of Death.
But that’s just rumour. Ceph doesn’t trade in rumour. He just serves drinks. Except, of course, that every couple of weeks, someone dies at Azrael’s Stop.
Azrael’s Stop is an experimental fiction and music project, about life, death, and friendship. It is the story of a mystical tavern and how the people who go there develop over the course of a year: Ceph, the seventeen-year-old bartender who has seen all his loved ones die; Tom, the depressed old man, whom death will not take; Rye, who visits every day, though he died a year ago; Nael, the blind minstrel who saw war too young; Lona, the mysterious hunter of the dead; Trin, the girl who refuses to deal with her past; and the crow who watches over it all, cawing only when someone dies in Azrael’s Stop.
You can read the first few chapters of Azrael’s Stop here. The full novella is available at Amazon or our store as a .pdf, .epub, and .mobi. It is best accompanied by the Azrael’s Stop Official Soundtrack, which includes music referenced in the story. Finally, check out Tales of the Stop, an anthology of short stories meant as a sequel to Azrael’s Stop.
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Who We Are
Azrael’s Stop was written by Lucas J.W. Johnson, with music by Devin Vibert. It’s published by Silverstring Media Inc., a digital storytelling company in Vancouver, BC. Check us out at silverstringmedia.com.