Tincture is a "weird west" sci-fi adventure story available (presently, for free) via serialized text and audio. There are currently 2 books in the series.
"I loved it...if you find the description interesting, I can pretty much assure you'll love it, too."
- Evo Terra, Founder, Podiobooks.com
"...there are some stories of this type that stand out in excellence and uniqueness...What a great project."
- Legendarium, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
"...this is an author you will want to be able to say you were on the ground-floor with: because he's going places."
- Josh Gaines (Amazon Review)
"Just listened to the last chapter of this awesome SF story...Cried my face off. Awe inspiring stuff."
- Charlette Corwin (Twitter)
"If you are looking for a post-apocalyptic adventure of a slightly different taste...then I have a story for you...it really is fantastic, in my humble opinion."
- Shaun Farrell, Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing
"...you will not find any zombies, vampires or other monsters. No the monsters are quite human in this"
- Ms (Goodreads)
"Fantastic story...I loved the Gunslinger series, and you have done it justice, bravo! Looking forward to more 'such as it is'."
- Mike H (Podiobooks)
"Excellent....this one offers all the right bits of re-building, survival in brutal conditions, dignity and integrity and dirty rotten bastards that need to be stopped."
- Gaeadd (Goodreads)
"If you haven't listened, you have no idea what you are missing."
- Gibbious (Twitter)
"The production is beautifully done, and the music is wonderful."
- Rusty Carl, Author, A Dead God's Wrath
"I will say without pause that Tincture is the absolute best. There is nothing better on the net. This isn't hyperbole, just a correct assessment."
- _rootlock (iTunes)
"The ending...the ending GOT me. I was on the last chapter, then became overwhelmed with emotion...Looking forward to Book 2."
- myfester (iTunes)
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Grave robbing requires a corpse, so at most, this was all just simple thievery.

Rhamuel and the last of his family, Abranyah, travel their barren world, shack to shack, selling tinctures to keep a full belly and evading the dogmatists to keep their throats safe. Time turned funny after The Whatever, an apocalyptic event that few remember and even fewer can explain, danger now as commonplace as the unrecognizable relics of war, and the madman Aphulan - along with an iron rule over his small township - may hold the answers. With a cure for The Sick and a duty to protect their family, Rhamuel and Abranyah set off on a journey to the "other place," the days before The Whatever, and ready themselves for a glimpse into what happened, and what was always meant to happen next.

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Truth found little purchase in a barren sown with lies, and this went doubly so for the Devil.

After the events in the Shimmer Town, Abranyah and her family are left with more responsibility than she believes they can handle - both in her time, as it is, and in the "other place." As the rebuild continues, cryptic clues of a time before hers - a time before The Whatever - have started appearing in Abranyah's life. Truly the only thing certain, in times as they are, is uncertainty. A mysterious figure known as The Lazaran begins to influence events in the barren, The Warrant ushers more and more of the populace under their wing, and a wanted man known as "Devil" makes Abranyah an intriguing proposition. Will her decisions effect life before The Whatever? Will she discover the secret to the blackness? Or, will her choices lead to war?

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"Careful, careful who you attract with this.
Do not trust the stranger, the stranger is the dogmatist."



"Careful, careful who you attract with this. Do not trust the stranger, the stranger is the dogmatist."

( Above: Deep and intense writer-like pose. )

Matthew D. Jordan

Tincture, An Apocalyptic Proposition is an ongoing free science fiction adventure story available via this website, through iTunes, as well as on Podiobooks.com When active, the story grows roughly every two weeks, and new chapters can be read or listened to, both written and narrated by the author.

It began over at Matthew's essay website, The Wayward Irregular, Essays and Storytelling, and has since moved into its own space as interest has increased.

Matthew lives in Washington with his wife, Mikayla, and they are kept company by a fat English Bulldog named Carl and an overly sensitive Pug named Herman. He's fond of salty breakfasts, pipe tobacco, ranch dressing, and believes short pants and the summer-time are to be enjoyed by men of lesser character.

Matthew wrote this in the third person.


Listen to the author's interview over at Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing for an in-depth conversation about the world of Tincture.

the music

The music for Tincture, has (to date) largely been acquired from the Free Music Archive. An amazing resource for podcasters and audio lovers, the Free Music Archive offers pod-safe commercial-works-free audio from a myriad of amazing talent. Much of the music for Tincture relies on this resource, and every track used from the FMA has been tagged with a commercial commons (commercial-free) pod-safe license.

The talents of musicians like Allen Masterton, Dexter Britain Jared C. Balogh, Lee Rosevere, Tom Fahy, and Genetic Engines are responsible for the ambience of Tincture. There are no "no-derivatives" tracks used here, and every song / artist is given proper attribution on each chapter page.

Go check them out!

artwork, teasers, etc.

Book 2, Teaser Trailer

Directed by Trevr Merchant
Edited by Rylan Rafferty
Music by Michael Edwards

frequently asked questions

Apocalypse? Really? Are there zombies?

Nope, no zombies, no vampires. They're cool, but they're not in Tincture.

Who's narrating Tincture?

Me, Matthew, the author. I don't add a lot of preamble to each chapter, as I don't want you imagining me reading it to you - I'd rather you enjoy the story as it unfolds on its own.

Can I get Tincture as an eBook?

You sure can! Go get Book 1 and Book 2 are both available for Kindle.

How can I get in touch with you?

Two ways: 1.) Follow me on Twitter, (@TheIrregular) - I highly recommend starting here. 2.) Email me at channelwood@gmail.com. There's also the Facebook, I suppose.

Will there be a third book?



Want to get in touch?

Easy peasy.

email: channelwood@gmail.com


message me on the Twitters: @TheIrregular