Short Stories

Widdershins
Series: Short Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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
Series: Short Stories, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Historical » Canada
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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
Series: Short Stories, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2013. Categories: 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.
Incident In A Tomb
Series: Short Stories, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 3,300. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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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
Series: Short Stories, Book 7. Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
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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
Series: Short Stories, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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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
Series: Short Stories, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 6,590. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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?
Witch's Skin
Series: Short Stories, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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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
Series: Short Stories, Book 12. Price: Free! Words: 6,760. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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(6300 words) 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.
Lakeside Motel
Series: Short Stories, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
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(2970 words) When Dwight has an argument with his wife and storms out of the house he is forced to take a motel room for the night. All the motels in the small town are full but at the Lakeside Motel he finagles his way into a room reserved for someone with a similar name. Later that night he has an unusual visitor.
Winterland
Series: Short Stories, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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(5850 words) After Bryce's eight-year-old daughter tells him she can't remember last summer, or any summer for that matter, he starts to notice discrepancies in the world of his cozy little town. How long has this winter lasted? And why does he feel so cold all the time? A slightly different version of this story appeared in Wild Violet, Feb. 2013.
Late Night Delivery
Series: Short Stories. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4230 words) A librarian, working night shift in a library, gets an unexpected shipment of unusual books. Because she signed for the order she feels responsible, so when the crates of books are stolen right in front of her she tries to intervene. She is kidnapped and taken for a wild ride in a horse-drawn coach in an alternate world. (Author's note: This is mostly my wife's story.)