Interview with Rik Hunik

Which of your books are most popular?
"The Gold Watch", a western ghost story set during the Barkerville gold rush, has been my most popular story since I published it. My alternate history fantasy mystery novel "Easy Money" has gained in popularity since I set the price to free. Other popular stories are: "The Emperor Germanicus"; "Incident In A Tomb"; 'For Sakina"; "Reality Check", but my most popular book by far is my fantasy novel "The Dark Gate". Of the more recent stories, "Winterland" and "Lakeside Motel" are the most popular.
Of the stories published at Smashwords, which are your personal favourites?
In no particular order: "The Dark Gate", because I invested so much time in writing it, and it is unlike anything I've read. "The Emperor Germanicus", because I always wondered how different the Roman Empire would have turned out without Tiberius, Caligula and Nero messing things up so badly. The idea was with me for a long time and I always conceived it as a movie. "Reality Check", just because it's a cool, frightening idea and it turned out very well. The poem "On Full Moon Night", just because. "Vacation Violation", because it turned out pretty good for a story I wrote and submitted in one day. Also "Witch's Skin" and "Easy Money".
What are you working on next?
Another flower photo book is coming soon, and I have enough inukshuk pictures to fill another book or two. I always have a number of stories in development but my most ambitious project now is "Alien Abduction", a pencil and paper and dice role playing game unlike anything else, with an accompanying novelette. The story is available in Jupiter SF, July 2015. The VRN Elimination Game uses similar score keeping rules but is not nearly as involved. Also in the works, but still a long way off, is a sequel to "Easy Money".
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got tired of rejection slips that kept saying things like: "no, but you have a terrific style and we'd like to see more.": "Shortlisted but a slightly stronger story won out.": "We just did a story with that theme last month.": "We liked it but it just didn't fit.": "You should have no problem getting this story published somewhere else."
I keep sending my stories out to magazines and anthologies. Of course I still get rejection slips like that, and I occasionally get an acceptance letter, but Smashwords is still the best place to find my stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By providing a platform where the general public can find my books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
First of all, having a good product. Second, free books. Third, keeping to a regular publishing schedule.
What is your writing process?
Ideas come first, Then bits of conversation or little movie-like snippets play in my head and I try to translate them into words and sentences.I use an outline to make sure all the pieces go in the right places, then I fill the spaces between, until everything is dense enough to be convincing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Producing a high-quality story and having people appreciate it.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything to me. Without them my writing would be just an exercise in self-indulgence. For too many years it felt like my wife was my only fan. Smashwords has helped to change that.
How do you approach cover design?
My main concern is that the title and byline be legible even in the postage stamp format. I don't have the talent or the time to paint a cover picture for each story and I have a very low budget so I have to rely on my personal library of photographs, which is quite extensive but limited, or public domain images.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't know about five favorite books, but I can come up with five favorite series:Roger Zelazny's Amber books, Piers Anthony's Xanth novels, the Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, and the Garret P.I. series by Glen cook. And I can't leave out Timothy Zahn's Quadrail series. Or Stephen King's Dark Tower series.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working for a living (in construction), working on various art projects, reading, watching movies, puzzles.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing Smashwords, searching categories, tracing back to people who have added me as a favourite, or written a review; recommendations on Facebook; sampling online.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
There were some assignments in grade school, and some forgettable horror and fantasy stories I wrote while in high school. A few ideas were salvaged for stories I wrote much later, but the earliest story I kept was "Green Eyes", which I originally finished in 1985, but it has gone through numerous rewrites and edits before becoming the version published at Smashwords.
When did you first start writing?
Not counting assignments in school I started writing stories while still in high school in the early '70's, mostly derivative, forgettable horror and sword & sorcery. After high school i spent a number of years mostly writing poetry, and then I spent more time painting than writing. In 1985 I wrote "Green Eyes", which is the first story I kept a copy of. It's been through numerous rewrites and edits to become the version published at Smashwords. In the early '90's I became more serious and committed to writing and my output increased.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have Adobe Digital Editions and a Kindle reading app on my computer, but I recently got a Kobo Aura e-reader.I Like it and I use it a lot. It has become my first choice for reading, even beating out paper.
Published 2015-08-01.
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Books by This Author

Ninja Warriors Role PLaying Game
Series: Games, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,650. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Sports, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This is a pencil-and-paper role-playing-game. These ninjas are not mercenary assassins. They are athletes on a television show, who compete in obstacle courses with extreme obstacles that resemble challenges traditional ninjas would face in the execution of their duties. Simple, fast-paced and exciting. Anybody who can add up three dice can play.
Pipe Smoke
Price: Free! Words: 1,080. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.50)
(650 words) An old woman on her deathbed. The smell of pipe tobacco smoke in a hospital. What does it mean?
Alien Abduction The Story
Price: Free! Words: 10,240. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(10,000 words) Zeke went to sleep in his tent. He woke up, with a bunch of other people, on a boat on an alien planet. A voice tells them to swim to shore or die trying. This story was originally published in Jupiter SF #49 July 2015. It is an embellishment of “Alien Abduction: The Game”, a role-playing-game I have not yet published. It's meant to give more background than is provided in the game.
The Thing In The Shack
Price: Free! Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
(1600 words) When Ray found the old shack in the back of his new property, curiosity, or something more, lured him in. When he saw what was in there he realized his life depended on getting out.
The Black Book And Other Poems
Series: Short Story Collections. Price: Free! Words: 7,280. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
(4.00)
A collection of poems, mostly fantasy and horror, but some mainstream and a bit of humor. Some are short, some are long, some are very long. The majority of them rhyme, some of them don't. Several are sonnets. There's structured verse, free verse and even blank verse. Some have been published in magazines and ezines, some have been published on Smashwords, some have not been published before.
Witches' Skins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,980. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The Witch Skin Quartet (4 story bundle, with 2 new stories) Inspired by a nightmare, these four stories are about witches' skins containing the essence of the witch, lying in wait for a chance to influence the living and return from the dead. Which witch skin is which? I'm publishing them all here at once to avoid confusion. Includes Witch's Skin, Witchskin, The Skin Of A Witch, Skinning The Witch
Flowers 5
Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(4.50)
Another collection of photographs of flowers, illustrating their spectacular colors, their symmetry and their intricate structure.
Art Book
Price: Free! Words: 140. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Another book of colorful, geometric art. Dozens of patterns to please the eye.
Swords & Knives & Sorcery & Magic
Series: Short Story Collections. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,560. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
62,000 words. A collection of nine fantasy stories, most of which don't fit into any narrow definitions of Sword & Sorcery. In this collection you will find a serial-killing wizard, a possessed barbarian, a misplaced librarian, a Viking with a magic sword, a treasure hoard, an ancient evil in a buried city, and more.
Artifact
Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
2200 words Darby had made a fortune from mining artifacts to exploit their long-lost technology, but he had spent a lot of it trying to find the hiding place of a legendary ultimate weapon. He was sure she would find it at the bottom of this hole. Soon it would be in his grasp.
Virtualities: A Collection Of Virtual Reality Science Fiction Stories
Series: Short Story Collections. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,140. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(31,000 words) Virtual reality technology continues to advance. This collection of stories offers some glimpses of where that technology might take us. Stories included: Winterland; Vacation Violation; Reality Check; Capital Punishment; Troubleshooter; The Spirit Of The Game; Levels. All the stories were previously published as separate ebooks at Smashwords, and in zines and ezines before that.
Party Ship Of Death
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.33)
(1530 words) Harry wondered how a cruise ship just like the one he was on could cruise up right beside his own ship without anyone else noticing. About that time his wife, Helen, noticed that he was missing. Keep on partying.
Wake-up Call
Series: Short short stories. Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(4.00)
Flash fiction. 670 words. Some days it's harder to get up than others.
Time To Time: A Collection Of TIme Travel Stories
Series: Short Story Collections. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,430. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(20,000 words) All five of my time travel stories in one handy collection, featuring a variety of reasons to travel through time. Also includes reasons to avoid traveling through time.
Flowers: Close-ups
Series: Art Books. Price: Free! Words: 200. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(4.50)
More pictures of flowers, all of them close-ups this time. Take a close look at the incredible beauty at the center of a flower. Check out the details of the structure, see the symmetry, marvel at the vast array of colors. Enjoy nature's art.
More Flowers Again
Series: Art Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(5.00)
Another selection of some of my best pictures of flowers, (some old, some new) cropped, tweaked, and enhanced, for optimum presentation. Included are more roses and some insects. No close ups this time; they're being saved for the next book.
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.)
More Flowers: A Collection Of Images
Series: Art Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 180. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(5.00)
Another selection of some of my best pictures of flowers from my collection, cropped, tweaked, and enhanced for optimum presentation. Included are more roses and more close ups.
How Kreg The Barbarian Became King Of Alencia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
6550 words. When Kreg fled his native village in disgrace he hadn't the faintest inkling of the bizarre set of circumstances that would place him on the throne of a mighty kingdom far to the south. Told in a glossed-over history tome version, and from Kreg's point of view. A slightly different version of this story appeared in 9 Tales From Elsewhere, May, 2014.
The Virtual Reality Network Elimination Game: A Science Fiction Role Playing Game
Series: Games, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,020. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles and brain twisters, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.00)
(Update 3.) A simple, fast-paced, game, takes about an hour to play. In the not too distant future a breakthrough in virtual reality programming and technology creates realistic experiences for participants.These experiences can be recorded and broadcast. The most popular virtual reality show is "The VRN Elimination Game". Every week six contestants face each other, Five of them are eliminated.
Invasion
Series: Short short stories. Price: Free! Words: 700. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.50)
Flash Fiction. 350 words. The aliens are invading and humans can't stop them.
Flowers A Collection Of Images
Series: Art Books. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 160. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(4.50)
A selection of some of my best pictures of flowers from my collection.
Under The Shade Tree
Series: Short short stories, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
(1080 words) A short short story with young love, domestic violence, ghosts, and a maple tree.
Eye Candy A Collection Of Images
Series: Art Books. Price: Free! Words: 160. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
(4.00)
Hand-drawn geometric images and patterns. Scanned, digitized, tweaked, colored, and manipulated to produce vivid, eye-catching pictures for your entertainment.
Winterland
Series: Short Stories, Book 15. Price: Free! Words: 6,280. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00)
(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.
Inked Inukshuks A Collection Of Images
Series: Art Books. Price: Free! Words: 130. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(46 images) Inukshuks are rock sculptures of the Inuit people of northern Canada. They are used as landmarks, guides, messages, sentinels, or as symbols of appreciation or veneration. The subjects of this book are the miniature inukshuks I built, photographed, and rendered as ink drawings.
Inukshuk Book A Collection Of Images
Series: Art Books. Price: Free! Words: 480. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
(5.00)
Inukshuks are rock sculptures of the Inuit people of northern Canada. This book collects some of my best photographs of the miniature inukshuks I've been building for several years,
Золотые часы
Price: Free! Words: 3,870. Language: Russian. Published: September 9, 2014 by Boris Seaweed. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Золотоискатель Пит становится невольным свидетелем злодейского убийства на приисках. В его руках оказываются золотые карманные часы жертвы, благодаря которым судьба Пита меняется коренным образом. Перевел с английского Boris Seaweed.
The Hole
Series: Short short stories, Book 9. Price: Free! Words: 830. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(3.86)
(290 words)A flash fiction horror story. A curious man lowers a camera on a cable into a reputedly bottomless hole.
Lakeside Motel
Series: Short Stories, Book 13. Price: Free! Words: 3,460. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(3.50)
(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.
Night Lures
Series: Short short stories, Book 8. Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00)
(760 words) A science fiction fishing story. This story first appeared in Barbaric Yawp, Apr. 2010
Levels
Series: Novelettes, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,720. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
10,350 words. A science fiction novelette wherein Detective Frank and his rookie partner are confronted with a headless corpse in a locked motel room. When similar murders occur in other places it seems he will have to accept a supernatural aspect, but nothing is as it seems and he’s in for a wild trip that will take him places he never imagined. This story first appeared in Buzzy Mag, May, 2012.
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
(4.00)
(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.
The Dark Gate
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 116,430. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A sword & sorcery thriller novel. At the center of the city of Satyrn the Black Tower rises high. Kharl, the most powerful mage in Satyrn, is building his magical matrix in a secret chamber beneath the Black Tower, where it draws on all the mana in the city and concentrates it for his use. If he can complete his matrix he will open a dark gate and let Shigg'rath, the Dweller Beneath, come through.
Witch's Skin
Series: Short Stories, Book 11. Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.25)
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.
Defiance 2
Series: Poetry, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A rhyming poem about depression and despair and hope. Although this is another poem about defiance, it is a different kind of defiance, a healthier defiance.
Green Eyes
Series: Short short stories, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.00)
Sid hated cats. Sid liked to party. When a black cat spoiled his party he got upset. A short short horror story about a man who tried to run over the wrong cat.
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?
Worse Than An Orphan's Curse
Series: Short short stories, Book 4 · Short Story Collections. Price: Free! Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
(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.
The Sitting
Series: Short short stories, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 1,680. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
Peter Dennis is flattered to be asked by a beautiful artist to sit for her next painting for a book cover. It starts out well but it doesn't go as he'd anticipated. A short horror story. A slightly different version of this story first appeared in "Black Petals, Summer 2003".
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
(4.00)
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.
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
(4.00)
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.
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
(4.00)
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.
A Clone Of His Own
Series: Novelettes, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,020. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
When Sedric got back to his castle after a disappointing third-place finish at the annual scientific symposium he found his servants dead and the growth tanks in his laboratory being smashed by the henchmen of his arch-rival, Dook. Despite serious setbacks, such as being killed, Sedric uses his science and his magic to fight back. A science fiction/fantasy adventure story.
On Full Moon Night
Series: Poetry, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 510. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(3.50)
When the curse of the werewolf takes hold on the night of the full moon, blood will be spilled. A short, rhyming poem (49 short lines) about what it's like to change, experience the hunger, and spill blood.
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.
Easy Money
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,720. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
An alternate history fantasy mystery novel. Berk opened his agency to make use of his magic talent for finding things. On the day he expanded his parameters to include missing persons he was presented with two cases that stymied his talent. In the days that followed more women went missing without a trace, and a serial killer, The Skinner, began leaving more dead bodies on the streets of Agrippina
Defiance
Series: Poetry, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 820. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
A rhyming poem about standing up to the devil, about hellfire, damnation and suffering. I wrote this poem a long time ago. There is nothing autobiographical about it.
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
(4.33)
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.
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 Hole Story
Series: Novelettes, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 11,330. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
This story first appeared in Tales Of The Talisman Volume 5 #2, Autumn 2009. Within an hour of the time Tal wakes up in a strange bed with no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he came to be here on this strange, unknown world, he is being pursued as he climbs endless stairs through featureless fog with Neola, the local teenage girl who took him off the Net and nursed him back to health.
For Sakina
Series: Novelettes, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,670. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
This story originally appeared in Midnight Times #23, Fall 2008. When Jared gets out of the army he discovers that his sister, his only remaining relative, has been missing for weeks. He teams up with her boyfriend and they follow her trail to the home of Jatarkah, a small-time, disreputable wizard, who seems to be responsible for the disappearance of other women as well.
The Tale Of Orm's Revenge
Series: Novelettes, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Inspired by the Sagas of the Icelanders, this sword and sorcery novelette follows Orm as he sets out against Sigurd, who killed his brothers and neighbors, and took their land for the use of himself and his gang. Guided by a prophecy, Orm finds allies and unexpected help, including a magic sword..
Down Among The Hoodoos
Series: Novelettes, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,070. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
An atmospheric ghost story. After many years apart Tom runs into his old friend Lenard, who convinces him it would be fun to revisit their old party spot at The Hoodoos. The gate to the park is closed but Lenard has a 4x4. They set up their music to echo down the canyon like they did when they were young and despite some misgivings Tom starts to have fun. Then the glowing red orb appears.