L.E. Sterling earned her M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature. Her first novel, The Originals (DC Books, 2002), was an indie hit also published in French translation (Editions Triptyque, 2005) under her original pen name, L. E. Vollick. Her poetry, short stories and a literary essay appear in several anthologies. More recently she co-wrote the Sci-Fi web-series, Process: A Series of Events, slated for release in 2012. Currently Erin is co-editing a collection of non-fiction dating stories, preparing her Urban Fantasy novel Pluto’s Gate for publication (DC Books) and working on her Voodoo Wars Urban Fantasy series.
Pluto's Gate (DC Books, 2012)
DC Books, 2002
The terror of atomic war, a paranoid arms race, a stark divide between rich and poor – in The Originals, L.E. Vollick’s debut novel, Reagan-era legacies such as these are seen from the perspective of nightclub subculture and the food bank. Magpie Smith confronts a street-levelzeitgeist of fatalism in the early 1990s, bringing to life in the process a dysfunctional family of disenfranchised youth, from Benny, the self-glamorizing drug dealer to Jackson, the overprotective bouncer at the Underground.
When Jackson brutally beats a would-be thief at the club, Magpie must rethink her allegiances. Through a haze of illness, inebriation and LSD, what becomes increasingly clear is that individual interests are beginning to blow the solidarity of the Underground apart. Vexed by the disappearance of her friend and intellectual guide, PK, Magpie tries to hold things together, but is led increasingly to question the fragile foundations of both her own small world and the larger one.
“I'm not exaggerating when I say that The Originals could be the Catcher in the Rye of our generation.” Hour, March 2002
“What sets The Originals apart from so many other novels about malcontent, clubbing youth – aside from the author's arresting prose – is the fact that Vollick has firmly rooted her novel in the political context of the 1980s and 1990s... In The Originals, character and context are indivisible, which makes the story simultaneously universal and deeply personal.” Paper Plates, 2003