Short Story Review: The 13th Prophet by T. Lucas Earle


Title: The 13th Prophet

Author: T. Jucas Earle

Genre: science fiction, mystery



Mulligan Burke, an over-the-hill P.I. who has forsaken the evils of Personality implants, is brought back from Alaska to investigate the murder of one of the Prophets. The Prophets inhabit the highest position of the social hierarchy – they dictate fashion trends. Fashion, in this instance, encompasses much more than clothing. And, as Burke discovers, being fashionable is something to die – or kill – for.

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My Review

I received a free e-copy of this short story from the author for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The 13th Prophet is a different kind of dystopian story. There are twelve Prophets who each have their own personality, such as Control, Bliss, Defiance, etc. Surprisingly, they are owned by a corporation. The Prophets’ own personalities are implanted into people and they require updates periodically. Mulligan Burke is a P.I. who refuses to conform and has his own personality, so he is chosen as the best person to investigate the murder of one of the prophets. No one is sure what is going to happen when an update is due and the people using that personality don’t get it.

The author does a good job of character development and tells an interesting story in just a few pages. And there is even has a surprise ending. It is definitely a story that will make you think. 

If you’re looking for a short but good read, The 13th Prophet fits the bill.



About the Author

T. Lucas Earle is a writer, filmmaker, and amateur statistician  He lives in LA, a comfortable 60 meters above sea level, where only three out of every 100,000 people are murdered. 

T. Lucas has a degree from Emerson College, which makes for a terrific placemat. He spends his days reading scripts – a job for which he receives  nominal remuneration. Like many slightly brain-damaged children of hypoxic former left-wing political cult members of the 1970s , he will review almost anything. 

When T. Lucas is not reading and groaning quietly to himself, he writes and groans much louder.  He has written several short stories, a screenplay or two, and is working up the courage to write a note to the fetching young lady who works at the Starbucks on Glendale Ave. He’s been published in Electric Spec, The Colored Lens, and on Amazon, where you can find his short stories. 

T. Lucas also writes blogs filled with hidden SOS messages, in the hopes that one day someone will find him and rescue him from the Internet.