One thing I was never crazy about in DC Comics was all the cities they fabricated. Central City, Metropolis, Gotham City, etc. Marvel comics did this, but not to DC’s extent. Sure some were based on actual cities, but for the Infinatum stories, I always tried to keep based in reality, in real places.
I have since altered that opinion, slightly. To facilitate some of my more expansive story-lines and ideas, I found it necessary to create some fictional places. But instead of saying Character A lives in Fictional City, I needed to create a history for this place, so that it wouldn’t be so generic. As with many of my ideas, they took on a life of their own. In the case of Canyon Beach, it just didn’t become a place for one character to hang his hat, it became a magnet for other characters, which in turn generated more ideas. It also became a comment on American society, of how the rich over-look others to achieve their goals. In short, it became more than just a place.
Canyon Beach was going to make its first appearance in my novel “The Black Wave Event”, but I found a place for in an up-coming installment of my online series, “Pry”. The following is a sneak peek at the brief introduction to Canyon Beach as it appears in “Pry 4”.
“Once upon a time, Glitter Beach was going to be big. They called it the Las Vegas of California, nestled within the City of Angels. Resting on the coast, it would have some of the most beautiful, man-made beaches seen anywhere. The boardwalk, with its shops and restaurants, would be the envy of Atlantic City. Within Glitter Beach’s core, massive shopping centers, filled with only the most popular and high-end stores to draw in tourists and the elite shoppers. Having a flagship store in Glitter Beach meant more than just a retail outlet. It would be a showcase of that brands quality and uniqueness. It would be a place to make a statement! Deluxe apartment buildings that would rival any in New York, Paris or Dubai. Cavernous subways, state-of-the-art tunnels, and sky bridges allowed people to travel the entire five-square miles of this modern city within and city in air-conditioned comfort. They would never have endure soaring temperatures, or inclement weather, while they lived, shopped, and entertained themselves and their guests. At the gateway to this shining beacon of capitalism was the Nova Grand, a hotel built with the grandeur of early 20th century architecture a la New York City, with the material and technology of the 21st century. Even before its grand opening, all the most expensive rooms were booked solid for the first two years.
Some called it a 21st century Sodom and Gomorrah, while prominent politicians and investors praised it as a landmark in urban redevelopment and lifestyle. Those that lived on the land, consisting of low-rent housing, shopping and rampant crime, fought for their heritage. But they lost to progress and media’s lack of interest in the stories of the poor and homeless.
Like Sodom and Gomorrah, Glitter Beach was struck down, not by fire and brimstone, but by tectonic plates shifting along the southern segment of the San Andreas Fault.
Millions upon millions of dollars of investor’s cash literally fell into the Pacific Ocean. Water and sand washed up the cracked and fractured main boulevard, destroying store fronts owned by some of the biggest and most successful retailers in the world. Buildings that didn’t topple and fall were damaged to the point of being unusable. The Nova Grand was one of only a handful of buildings that were salvageable, but by this time, the financial damage was done.
The politicians and investors that once praised Glitter Beach, fell over each trying to distance themselves from the debacle and cut their already considerable losses. Ownership of what became known as Canyon Beach, named by the surfers who rode waves down flooded streets and alleys, became as big a legal mess as the ruins of the once dream city.
Like so many things in America, Canyon Beach was forgotten amid stories of Government-sponsored animals/ human genetic experimentation, mass shootings, elections, and celebrity gossip. Legalities were settled. Investors compensated. Politicians removed and replaced by more of the same.
The Nova Grand became just the Nova, low-rental housing for those that had originally lost their homes to the Glitter Beach dream. The homeless lived amid the ruins. Small shops opened. Soon, it became a community. Once it became a community, the crime came and fed off the community.
These days, there are those that feed off the criminals, as well as helping the community, in their own ways. Once such place is Pen Delaney’s next destination.”
Canyon Beach, Pen Delaney, The Black Wave Event, Pry, Infinatum © 2010- 2013 Mark James MacKinnon. Any use of these characters, without permission, is strictly prohibited. Any similarities to individuals, living or dead, is purely coincidental.