Leah Cutter

Biography

Leah Cutter currently lives in Seattle--the land of coffee and fog. However, she's also lived all over the world and held the requisite odd writer jobs, such as doing archeology in England, teaching English in Taiwan, and bartending in Thailand.

She writes fantasy set in exotic times and locations such as Tang dynasty China, WWII Budapest, rural Louisiana, and the Oregon coast.

Her short fiction includes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror, and has been published in magazines as well as anthologies and on the web.

Read more stories by Leah Cutter at www.KnottedRoadPress.com.

Follow her blog at www.LeahCutter.com.

Where to find Leah Cutter online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Last Dancing Leaves
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The adults claim that the electro-magnetic-pulse (EMP) knocked the world offline. But nothing came back online afterward. Something important had changed. Rifts opened. Myst pooled in the cities and other places men lived, killing everyone, everything that didn't flee. If humanity isn't helped by the new creatures, they're doomed.
The Maker, the Teacher, and the Monster
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,620. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Five years have passed. The worlds above and below have recovered and changed. The fairies from the Clockwork Kingdom return every year, asking for Dale’s help in vain. This year, Cornelius, the head of the fairies, brings dread news: Kostya has returned.
The Popcorn Thief
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,230. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2014 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Franklin loves popcorn. He used to love his mama more. Then she died, but didn't pass on, and now haunts him like all the other ghosts. Only popcorn brings him solace. When an angry ghost leaves an ear of corn--stolen from Karl's crop, with Franklin's fingerprints on it--at the scene of a murder, Franklin knows his troubles just started.
The Shadows Wars
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 31,830. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The shadows are here... Five dynamic stories from the clans, telling the beginning of the shadows and beyond. Stories included: "The Third Raven" "Shadows' Door" "Prophesy in Shadows" "The Tiger's Shadow" "The Viper in Tulum" Plus, the first chapter from the novel, "The Guardian Hound."
Sisters
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,810. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Lin Han wants to honor her sister, but few options remain open to her. Still, she struggles to do the right thing and to keep her sister's memory. Historic fiction taking place during Tang dynasty China.
The Viper in Tulum
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Shadows plague Zane. They tease him, take away his sight, hide him from all others. Time and alcohol cloud Zane's senses as well. Yet, Zane still hides things from the shadows, even after decades of waiting. Important things. Today, Zane can right the wrongs of his youth. Or is it too late? This story is set in "The Shadow Wars" series, and has SPOILERS for the novel, "The Guardian Hound."
The Guardian Hound
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,590. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Lukas first dreams about the end of the world when he's five. As a prince of the hound clan, he is steadfast and loyal, able to take the form of any hound. Yet, no one believes him except his grandmother. The shadows, a corrupting force determined to suck the life out of everything on Earth, have infected the hound court. How can Lukas survive to adulthood?
The Tiger's Shadow
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Betty misses England. She misses her friends, the calm rain patting the leaves in the garden, the cool of the summer evenings. The British are leaving India. Her Indian cousins walk taller with their independence. They tell her she can't understand. But Betty has a secret. She has seen a shadow, that promises her power and strength. It will just cost her some of her tiger soul...
Prophesy in Shadows
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Bernardo serves at the primary temple of the Viper clan, in Guatemala, taking care of the mystics who read the sacred smoke. When Bernardo's lifelong dream of having his own vision comes true, he must go on a long and dangerous journey, from the high mountains to the sea, and beyond. Can he trust his traveling companion to get him there safely? Or will the shadows in his vision stop them both?
Shadows' Door
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,060. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Hans can never do anything right. He's a disappointment to his father, his employer, even the hound clan. But Hans' Grandpapa was a brilliant Apotheker, and his old books contain many potions. Maybe Hans can find just the right one. . .Or maybe he makes a serious mistake. This story is set in "The Shadow Wars" series, and is part of the novel, "The Guardian Hound."
The Tortoise and the Maiden
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Bing Yu meets a magical tortoise at the village well. He gives her good advice and helps her mother. But her father needs help too. As a respectful daughter, of course Bing Yu wants to do everything she can. But what price is Bing Yu willing to pay? This is a historic fantasy, set in Tang dynasty China.
Of Heaven And Hell
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,490. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
December 21st, 2012 hadn't been the end of the world, only the Great Unraveling. The veils between the Seen and Unseen worlds shredded and the living learned they weren't alone. My Andrew, he is not the only one who faces such things as Heaven and Hell. For me though, it's more personal, helping a friend who has lost so much of her soul.
Beyond the Garden
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,610. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
There are a lot of gardens, as well as green growing things in the stories in this collection. However, the most important tales take place beyond the garden, outside the fence, when you stray from the path and walk under the trees, into the wilderness and beyond. Tales included: "Gulkhanam," "The Other Story," "The Doom of Alokai Temple," "One Fall Day," and "Walking Gods."
(In)Substantial Shadows
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,370. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
I am a shadow, living in the shadows, always among you, always watching. Come hear how those of you living in the world, you brights, seduced the best of us to cross the barrier and try to live beside you. We're a people trained to observe, not act. Yet that sweetness of doing became our undoing. I am a shadow. This is my story.
Dragon's Son
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Long Yen works hard to be a good dragon's son, doing everything his family asks him to do, even if it involves being a money launderer or stealing a miner's ID. Now, he's been arrested, and this strange, foreign lawyer is asking him to turn against his family for his freedom.
The Raven and the Dancing Tiger
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,250. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Peter is interested in just three things: dancing, finding a girlfriend, and hiding his raven soul. When Peter meets Tamara, he knows she's different. Special. He doesn't learn until too late that she has secrets too. Tamara is a tiger warrior. And her kind are only interested in killing his kind.
Old Friends
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Wei Fu not only loves the law, he respects it, which is more than those lazy students of his do. When one of his students shows an interest, Wei Fu befriends him, answers his questions. Too many of his questions. Until Wei Fu finds himself contemplating breaking the law himself, unless an old, true friend steps in to help. This short story is set in Tang dynasty China.
The Shredded Veil Mysteries
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,800. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
December 21st, 2012 hadn't been the end of the world, but the Great Unraveling. The veils between the Seen and Unseen worlds shredded. The living learned they weren't alone. Andy had seen it all, done it all, as a detective working Vice when he'd be alive. Now, as a ghost, he works as a private investigator. Come explore the mysteries of Heaven and Hell, of cameras with souls and others.
The Piano Time Rag
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,840. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Sadie Louise restores wooden furniture, returning it to its former glory. With just a touch, she finds the strength flowing along the grain or where a joint will shatter with the right pressure. She also frees the spirits she discovers in the wood, trapped there by accident or design. The spirit Sadie finds in an old player piano is unlike any other. Maybe not all spirits should be freed.
The Oracle of Seattle
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Jacob practices polismancy: he divines the future from the entrails of his beloved city, Seattle. What happens when the city still willingly bleeds for him, but the voice of God grows silent? Contains the bonus story, "The Doom of Alokai Temple."
Zydeco Queen and the Creole Fairy Courts
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,720. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Zydeco in her heart. Fée in her blood. Can Francine ever earn respect and love from the one who matters most-her papa?
High Stakes Hell
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,960. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Andy had seen it all, done it all as a detective when he'd be alive. Now, as a ghost, he still works as a private investigator. Gambling with the dead is different than with the living: no bodies to betray their tells. The stakes are higher than ever this time, involving not just Heaven or Hell, but his best gal, Betsy.
Hell For The Holidays
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
December 21st, 2012 hadn't been the end of the world, only the Great Unraveling. The veils between the Seen and Unseen worlds shredded and the living suddenly found out they weren't alone. Andy had seen it all, done it all as a detective when he'd be alive. Now, as a ghost, he still works as a PI. This time, it isn't just Heaven or Hell, it's much worse: it's families and the holidays.
The Third Raven
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,380. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The raven clan takes pride in the education of their children, the fierceness of their warriors, and how they care for their own. However, Pedrek finds a raven clan boy alone in a remote village, ignorant of his heritage as well as cursed, with one human arm and one black raven's wing. Can Pedrek break the curse and bring the boy fully into the clan? Or has he been too long on his own?
The Other Story
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,680. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales
Once upon a time in the kingdom of Illumignot lived the handsome King Franklin and the clever Queen Isabella. They loved each other dearly and their only wish was to have a child. After a decade of trying, the brave Prince Kyle was born. All the kingdom celebrated. That night, while they all slept, the Blue Fairy came and stole all their shadows.
The Secrets of 9s
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
One of the secrets of 9s: they always return. They may come disguised in the coyness of eights, with the rigid line of the one hidden at their back. Other secrets are that 9s are anarchists, hyper-local, and stand alone at the end. Come learn about the 9s and their more militant anarchists. This story has mature themes, bodily fluids, and a high body count. Reader discretion advised.
Were-Teen
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Patrice is happy, successful, and cursed. Every month during the full moon she reverts to her awkward teen-aged self, complete with braces and acne. This year, it's Patrice's 25 year high school reunion. She finally has a chance to confront the witch who cursed her, and maybe get the spell reversed.
Hunting Ghosts In the Machine
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Overcrowding, pollution and acid rain have reduced humanity's livable areas. For most, space is achieved through virtual reality. Only a few see behind the mask. They're the collectors, who hunt the ghosts in the machine. But who watches the watchers?
To Hell And Back
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,310. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Andy has seen it all, done it all as a detective when he'd be alive. Now, as a ghost, he still works as a PI. This time, he's fulfilling his promise to the beautiful Toni, going to look for her brother all the way to Hell and gone, in Yakima, WA.
Golden Charms
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,510. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
As a child, Jolene learns she has a gift: She can see a person's fate. It appears as a golden charm around their neck. She doesn't want her gift. She wants a normal life. Now, Jolene can't get pregnant. She makes a deal with the lady in the wall, then follows a strange professor into the land of creole fairy courts. What must she sacrifice there to make her dreams come true?
True Vision
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Devil? Or angel? Gabriella has lived all her life following other people's plans, using their definitions of her body, allowing them to judge her abilities. Finally, though, Gabriella is ready to take her life into her own hands.
Magpie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,850. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Sarah finds a beautiful, porcelain bird hidden inside a hollow brick inside her fireplace, she just thinks it's odd. Then her jewelry starts going missing. What will the magpie steal next?
Hell By Any Other Name
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,810. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
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Andy had seen it all, done it all as a detective when he'd be alive. Now, as a ghost, he still works as a PI. This time, he's investigating a myth: a stone that could change his destiny, and open the gates of Heaven to him.
The Power of Preserving Pictures
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,820. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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Paints that are magic? Nonsense, Ikuno maintains. Until the animals he paints start becoming extinct.
Cold Comfort
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,210. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011 by Knotted Road Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
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What if the northern lights cast dreams into the ice that are mined and sold to shape the future of children? Contains bonus story, "One Fall Day."