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An anthology of horror, science fiction and fantasy short stories, some dark and some light but all challenging the bounds of your imagination. You will begin with an experiment in nano-biotechnology gone very wrong, end with an alternate reality on Olde Aearth, and in between experience everything from dragons and wizards to a hurricane and misadventures in space! More
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About Eric Diehl

Eric is a tinkerer; he likes to make things. Perhaps it began with a custom van built in the long-haired days of the seventies—an old school bus with an engine salvaged from the junk yard. Or with the dozens of motorcycles ridden, broken, repaired and ridden again. Eric has built furniture and guitars; he’s screen-printed t-shirts in his garage and he’s created package-design. As a teen he worked out a billing system for a huge newspaper route (because he didn’t like knocking on doors), and he currently writes software for corporate clients—for a time working out of the traveling RV he and Sue called home. He built and flew a gyrocopter over the cane-fields and beaches of south Florida, and he’s done website design.

But of all the avocations and pass-times in which he’s dabbled, Eric stands most in awe of one. Consider that most elusive of creations—the story, words which capture your mind. Ink on paper, black on white—a collection of simple articulations woven into a journey bounded only by the imagination.

After more than three decades in south Florida, Eric and lovely wife Susan moved to the Upstate region of South Carolina, where the nearby Appalachians clamor for exploration.
When cranky knees allow it, bicycling is a favored indulgence, often on a laid-back recumbent. Motorcycling remains a life-long passion (he enjoys teaching the occasional weekend safety class to bright-eyed newbies, both young and old), and he forever persists in being confounded by the acoustic guitar.

He was likely a cat in a previous life, as there’s a definite affinity. He might look odd to some as he tromps off with his dual walking sticks, a rear-view mirror clipped to his bill-cap. A little girl runs alongside to wave her hand and call out “Hi Mister ski-man!”

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but Eric still wonders what it is that he’ll do, should he ever grow up….

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A Voracious Reader reviewed on on Sep. 1, 2018

*Book source ~ ARC. My review is honest and voluntary.

This anthology is a mixture of paranormal, fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. The writing is great, but most of the stories aren’t really my thing.

Nanny ~ Horror. Experiments on rats gone very wrong.

A Simple Trade ~ Fantasy. This is why leaders should always talk to their elders/counsel before making decisions. This is my favorite story out of this collection.

Spirits of the ‘Cane ~ Horror. I don’t get this one.

Edgar ~ Fantasy. Ok, this was weird. I was so confused throughout this one.

Galinda ~ Horror/Fantasy. Galinda is, um, quite different.

A Kingdom for the Taking ~ Historical/Fantasy. I enjoyed this one.

A Darkness of Spirit ~ Fantasy. Dragons.

Verdara Lightstar ~ Sci-Fi. My second favorite of the collection.

Science and the Greater Good ~ Horror. Oh. My. The science involved in this one strained my brain and the MC is horrifying.

The Roots of Fate ~ Fantasy. A bad guy tries to rise again and there’s magic involved.

A Second Rising ~ Sci-Fi/Dystopian. This is depressing as shit. Well, except for the end.
(review of free book)
Jim MacLachlan reviewed on on Sep. 25, 2012

A bunch of short stories free from Smashwords:

I wanted to review each story & they deserve it, but I didn't. They are often quirky, other times horrible &/or twisted, but all were very good. A lot of different genres were covered from Medieval fantasy to SF. I probably should have rated this as 4 stars, but it's free & very well written. That earns it an extra star & I'm not sure it doesn't deserve it anyway.

"Nanny" is about nanobots with a great ending.
"A Simple Trade" is a fantasy story. Excellent.
"Spirits of the 'Cane" - plain horror with an interesting cast.
"Edgar" A quirky game of magic. Very neat. I'll never look at cats the same way again. I could see them doing just this.
"Galinda" Shades of Grendel with a Gardner twist.
"A Kingdom for the Taking" A Medieval conspiracy.
"A Darkness of Spirit" Magic, dragons, Medieval war, & spirit. Interesting on several levels. I'm still thinking about it, so it must be good.
"Verdara Lightstar" Space opera - fun!
"Science & the Greater Good" Wow! I thought I'd seen most SF twists on this theme. Didn't see this one coming, though.
"The Roots of Fate" Not bad, but not my favorite story in the collection. Still, it was interesting & worth reading.
"A Second Rising" Aliens have taken over our world & turned us into ignorant livestock.

I highly recommend getting this & watch out for more by this author. He's good!
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Cheryl Landmark reviewed on on March 23, 2012

First of all, I want to thank Eric Diehl for offering this little gem for free on Smashwords. I’m very glad I decided to give his anthology a try.

The author has a very good command of the written word and has published a collection of short stories that are obviously the product of a boundless and fertile imagination. He can lead the reader effortlessly into the scientific world of modern technology where nanobots inspire dread, or the whimsical world of fantasy where cat-like creatures play a strange and dangerous game, or the far reaches of space where interstellar pirates prey on cargo vessels, or an earth-like world where cruel aliens imprison humans in shanty towns. Some of the tales will make you laugh and some will make you shudder in horror.

My favourite stories were “A Simple Trade”, “Spirits of the ‘Cane”, “Vedara Lightstar”, and “A Second Rising”.

I would encourage anyone to give this anthology a try. I don’t believe you will be disappointed.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Amber Ivers reviewed on on March 9, 2012

I enjoyed reading some of the stories in this book. I gave it a three star rating because the ones that I enjoyed, I loved. They were creative and people should give this small collection of short stories a chance.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

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