Worse Than An Orphan's Curse

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(3800 words) A pair of fantasy stories wherein an orphan's curse brings about the death of a ship's captain, but the captain's dying curse is worse. (Yes, the title is from that poem by Coleridge) In the sequel, “Dead Man's Ashes”, Dar, a young thief, is sent into the darkest part of the city by Peli, King of the Beggars, to recover the ashes of the man who cursed him, so he can exact his revenge.
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Words: 4,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301015672
About Rik Hunik

I’m fifty-seven years old. I live in Quesnel, BC, Canada, with my wife Jo and a 17-pound, blue-eyed, white cat named Mister. I mostly build houses and shops to earn a living but I’ve written dozens of stories, including fantasy, horror, sword & sorcery, mystery, humor, erotica, and science fiction, frequently combining genres. Thirty have been published in small press magazines and e-zines, from the 200-word "The Hole" in Ascent Aspirations, to the 10,000-word novelette "Levels" in Buzzy Mag, published in May, 2012. My high score is four stories to Barbaric Yawp, Some of them are available now as ebooks at Smashwords.
I also dabble in art and photography. I have over forty of my own paintings hanging in my home. I build inukshuks and sell them in a local craft shop. I take photographs of them and photoshop them into art prints.
Contact me at: rikhunik@hotmail.com

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Review by: Michael Carter on Feb. 15, 2014 :
More good writing here; Rik Hunik could easily become a favourite author.

This story is an enjoyable glimpse into a fantasy world, and tells the second-hand story of a curse and counter-curse. Easy to read, descriptive, and compelling, but I give it four stars instead of five because while the ending is satisfying enough, I thought the piece ended too early, without much of a climax; there didn't seem to be quite the completeness and closure that I was looking forward to. Of course, this is always better than a story that rambles on. Here, I wanted more.

Good story. I will read more, Mr. Hunik.
(review of free book)

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