Stories

I’m a multi-tasking kind of person, thanks to my software developer heritage, so I tend to work on multiple stories at the same time. The effect is like having a pipeline full of stories in different stages of progress. Now that stories have begun exiting this metaphorical pipeline, they’re heading for different destinations. I’ve put a few online for free, some are starting to be published in different venues and others are destined to be indie published.

Books

Most of my stories are novelettes (about 30 – 70 pages) or novellas (about 71 – 160 pages). Many of them are arranged into different fantasy or SF series.

Clash By Night: It’s 2114 and a traveling exhibition of priceless artwork has gone missing in war-ravaged Brazil. Emily Dunkirk and her band of mercenaries and art historians have a bold plan to rescue the works. Unfortunately, they have competition…

Pub: Mar 2020 — 245 pages

The Monumentalists #1

The Whispering Voice (Cover) The Whispering Voice: Anna Brodie has a problem. She’s got to rob a bank, or a gang of criminals will kill her family. Desperately seeking a way out, she finds help…magical help…where she least expects it.

Pub: Nov 2019 — 58 pages

The Rooftop Game (Cover) The Rooftop Game: Lydio Malik is the Royal Bodyguard for the infant Princess Analisa. Trapped by assassins, he finds a unique way to hold them off.

Pub: Sep 2018 — 140 pages

A Thousand Kingdoms story

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The Good Book (Cover) The Good Book: Malcolm Jameson is planning to throw himself off a bridge when a passing bicyclist stops and hands him a magic book. Unsurprisingly, the book has a considerably different plan for Malcolm. And a bad attitude.

Pub: May 2017 — 48 pages
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Anthologies

The nice thing about building a backlog of short stories, novelettes and novellas is that they’re starting to appear in various anthologies.

Black Market (Cover) Black Market: An anthology on the theme of black markets. My contribution is a short SF mystery novel called “Finders, Keepers,” about a detective tracking down a stolen clone before she’s sold on the black market.

Pub: Dec 2020 — 350 pages

The Forever Inn (Placeholder Cover) The Forever Inn: Stories about a magic bar that randomly appears throughout the multiverse, staying just a few days before moving on. I have two stories in it, “On Fighting Evil” and “Hunting Expedition.”

Pub: Mar, 2021 — 300 pages

The Outsiders (Cover) The Outsiders: An anthology of stories about outsiders, from mysterious strangers to the odd to the mad. My contribution is an unusual fantasy crime story called “Death Comes to Town,” a Thousand Kingdoms story.

Pub: Dec 2019 — 350 pages

Second Round (Cover) Second Round: Stories about a magic bar that appears in different times and places, with Gilgamesh as the bartender. My story is “The Whispering Voice,” about a mother, a deadly problem and a forgotten god.

Pub: Jun, 2018 — 300 pages

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The Curator (Cover) The Curator: Who is the Curator? How did the Curator end up dying in a high-tech cargo container filled with priceless works of art? My story is a military SF heist story called “Clash by Night.”

Pub: Dec 2018 — 348 pages

Character interviews: Emily Dunkirk and Carlitos Paiva.

Fantastic Defenders (Cover) Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders: An anthology of five novelettes about heroes defending against fantastical threats. My story in this book is “The Rooftop Game,” a Thousand Kingdoms story.

Pub: May 2017 — 350 pages
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Tranquility (Cover) Tranquility and Other Myths: An anthology of seventeen short stories, including my own “Winter Roses, ” a short fantasy story from my Thousand Kingdoms story cycle.

Pub: Apr 2017 — 269 pages

Reliquary (Cover) Reliquary: An anthology on the theme of relics. My urban fantasy novelette, “Road Trip,” is included.

Pub: Jan 2017 — 314 pages

Check out the “interview” with Rocco Fitch, the hero of my story.

Storytelling

I enjoy the long-neglected art of storytelling, and sometimes craft stories specifically designed to be presented to live audiences. They are often distinctly different than more traditional stories aimed at printed distribution, since voice, gestures and staging are key components of “performing” a story. Some of my storytelling sessions have been recorded and are available on YouTube.

On Fighting Evil On Fighting Evil: Rocco Fitch experiences the weirdest interview of his life in a mysterious inn that shouldn’t possibly exist…but does.

A Forever Inn story.

Pub: Dec 2016 – 6 pages
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The Match (Cover) The Match: A man engages in an unusual high-stakes wager in order to support his family during the height of the Great Depression. Historical, based on a true story.

Pub: Feb 2015 — 6 pages
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Learn more about Robert Hjort, the star of the story.

Winter Roses (Cover) Winter Roses: The young heir to the mountainous Cragenrath Kingdom thought he’d met the love of his life. Instead, he got a lesson in crime, betrayal, magic and revenge.

A Thousand Kingdoms story.

Pub: June 2015 — 5 pages
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Crossing the Chasm (Cover) Crossing the Chasm: A mighty warrior on a treasure-seeking quest encounters an unexpected ordeal in which his physical skills, weapons and magical artifacts are useless. What, then, is a warrior to do?

Pub: Jan 2015 — 5 pages
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Foreclosure (Cover) Foreclosure: Little Johnny goes trick-or-treating. He’s not the only one. A Halloween story in just 101 words (counting the title).

Pub: May 2017 — 101 words
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