Short Stories

A Series by Rik Hunik

Widdershins
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Series: Short Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When Roland's daughter and his wife Berdine disappear into thin air right in front of his eyes in his own back yard he is shocked. When his eccentric old neighbor comes around and tells him his family has been taken to Elfland he is skeptical at first, but he will go there if he must and face the Goblin King to get his family back. (This story is a modern retelling of an old English folktale.)
The Gold Watch
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Series: Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
While prospecting a creek in the Cariboo Mountains near Barkerville in 1866, Pete comes across the corpse of a murdered man clutching a gold watch in his hand. Pete decides to return the watch to Sylvia, the name engraved on the back, but the owner of the watch, even though he is dead, has vengeance in mind, and a job for Pete. This story first appeared in Crimson Online Magazine #13, 2000.
Key Service
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Series: Short Stories, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Robert Jarvis has a problem with losing or misplacing his keys far more than the average person. Fortunately he has one of those little plastic "Key Service" tags on his key ring so they keep getting returned to him. So far the service has been free. Until a strange-looking dwarf shows up at his door asking for a dollar before handing over his keys.
The Spirit Of The Game
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Series: Short Stories, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A Thanksgiving Day dinner with a dysfunctional family: the daughter, who has been away at school; the son that never grew up, who earns a living play-testing video games; the widowed mother, out of shape, out of touch; and, in spirit, the father, dead for thirty years. A slighlty different version of this story appeared in the ezine Wild Violet Vol. 6 #2 Summer 2007.
The Hollow Idol's Eyes
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Series: Short Stories, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
It was well known that Aztor, the blind king, would give much for any information that led to his acquiring sight, so when he heard about the magical power of the Hollow Idol's Eyes, and learned the location of the Idol, he sent a large expedition to fetch the eyes. He got all that he wanted and more. This story first appeared in "Of Unicorns And Space Stations", Winter 1999.
Incident In A Tomb
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Series: Short Stories, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A short H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror story. When Joe and his cousin Ward broke into a tomb to try out a spell to raise an ancestor they got some unexpected results.
The Ghost In The Kettle
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Series: Short Stories, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A slightly different version of this ghost story was published in Midnight Times # 18, Summer 2007, under the title "In The Kettle". When Jeff first heard about the ghost at the Phoenix Tire Retreading Plant he thought the old timer was pulling his leg, but when a young coworker told him the ghost wanted to talk to him he had to change his thinking.
The Eruption At Mount Sarna
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Series: Short Stories, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Zakk has it made; a legitimate store front selling relics of the past, an illegal operation selling fake artifacts in other cities, and an entire buried city to loot, as long as he can keep it secret. Then the temple is discovered, with a sealed door protected by spells in a chamber below the subbasement, and his regular wizard is unavailable.
Joyride
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Series: Short Stories, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A slightly shorter version of this story originally appeared in “Tales Of The Talisman”, Volume 1, Issue 2, Sep. 2005. Darien thought he was pretty clever when he stole the Black and Gold Special Edition 1977 Trans Am before Fast Eddy could get to it, but before he can sell it he has to endure a road trip fraught with mishaps. And what's with that license plate?
The Treasure In The Monkey's Fist
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Series: Short Stories, Book 10. Price: Free! Words: 5,640. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A slightly different version of this story appeared in Wild Violet, Vol. 6 #1, Spring 2007. A fantasy story wherein a young man learns of a fabulous treasure, beats everyone to the treasure cave, and becomes trapped inside by an ancient spell.
Witch's Skin
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Series: Short Stories, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
While cleaning the attic in her inherited old house Suzi finds a secret room containing a shelf full of mysterious items and a shrine dedicated to a murder trial from decades ago. The room also contains a booby trap, a spell that compels her to don the long-dead witch's skin like a garment. A slightly different version of this story appeared in Tales Of The Talisman, Vol.4 #4, Apr. 2009.
Forces Of Evil: The Board Game
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Series: Short Stories, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
A horror short story about a young couple at a cabin in the woods who find a role playing board game about defending a warehouse from an army of zombies. By playing the game and losing they shift the balance, giving evil the upper hand. As evil runs rampant in the world they race against time and zombies to set things right.