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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About Rik Hunik

Rik Hunik was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, in 1957, and has lived his entire life in BC, except for a few summers in Alberta, and a few days in Washington State climbing rocks. He has lived in Ymir, Wells, Quesnel, Prince George, Quesnel, North Vancouver, Quesnel, Burnaby, North Delta, and Quesnel. I live with my wife Jo and a blue-eyed, white cat named Mister. I mostly build houses and shops to earn a living but I'm also a writer, poet, artist, photographer, role playing game designer and independent e-book publisher. I’ve written dozens of stories, including fantasy, horror, sword & sorcery, mystery, humor, erotica, and science fiction, frequently combining genres. Forty 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. Some of them are available now as ebooks at Smashwords.
Contact me at: rikhunik@hotmail.com

Also in Series: Short short stories

About the Series: Short Story Collections
The collected short stories of Rik Hunik.

Included are science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery stories, frequently combining genre. Lengths will vary from 200 to over 10,000 words.

Collections will be themed.

Also in Series: Short Story Collections

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Review by: James Jenkins on Aug. 18, 2018 :
Engaging read.
(review of free book)
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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