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.

Check out the Publishing Schedule for 2016 and Q1/Q2 2017.

Publications

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

Worlds Enough: Fantastic Defenders

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

Length: 350 pages
Published: May, 2017
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Reliquary - Edited by S. C. Megale

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

Length: 314 pages
Published: January, 2017

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

Whispers of the Apoc

Whispers of the Apoc: An anthology of stories about surviving the zombie apocalypse, notable for featuring many different locales. My story is “SkyriZe,” about a computer geek trapped in a skyscraper in downtown Manhattan.

Length: 330 pages
Published: December, 2017

Tranquility and Other Myths

Tranquility and Other Myths: An anthology of seventeen short stories, including my own “Winter Roses.”

Length: 269 pages
Published: April, 2017

Uncommon Threads

Uncommon Threads: My short fantasy story, “Winter Roses,” appears in this anthology. It’s actually part of my Thousand Kingdoms story cycle.

Length: 214 pages
Published: June, 2015

Stories

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. But not the first one, which is a stand-alone.

 

The Good Book

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.

Length: 48 pages
Published: May, 2017
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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.

Crossing the Chasm - By David Keener

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?

Length: 5 pages
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Foreclosure: A Halloween Story in 101 Words

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

Length: 101 words
Published: May, 2017
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The Match - by David Keener

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.

Length: 6 pages
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Learn more about Robert Hjort, the star of the story.

Winter Roses - By David Keener

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 short story from the Thousand Kingdoms setting.

Length: 5 pages
Published: June 2015
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