M. K. Theodoratus


Fantasy has been part of my life since I can remember, starting with a fantasy playmate who kept me company while I was locked on the front porch with my toys. My brother, Jerry, still hasn't forgiven me for naming my friend Jerome. Yeah, my mother was a copycat.

My formal introduction to fantasy came with the discovery of the Oz books. I read every one I could find, even if they were larger than the other books brought to our school from the library. I became a serious book buyer when I discovered my dad's army/navy store sold used paperbacks, including authors like A. L. Merritt, Andre Norton, and C. L. Moore--plus my favorite of favorites Leigh Brackett.

Now, I write fantasy about snarly elves, the Half-Elven of the Far Isles, or humans fighting invading demons in Andor.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't know if read is the right word. When I was three, I used to look at the National Geographic Magazine for hours. Adults shut my questions up by sticking the Geographic under my nose. Of course, when I came up for air, I had more questions.

Guess it's one reason I like exotic settings so much.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire it out. But I do insist on a legible font so dyslexics like me can read my covers.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find M. K. Theodoratus online


Tales of Andor
Before and after the Demon Wars of Andor, humans have struggled with magic and over magic. The worse times were when demons from another plane tried to conquer Andor. Their homeland was growing too cold to successfully hatch their eggs. The demon princes opened portals into Andor for their attacks. Many demons escaped their commanders during the chaos of battle and hid by possessing humans. Others manned secret missions to support the invasion. In all cases, they preyed on humans


There Be Demons
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,330. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
After her parents' divorce, Britt Kelly's life shatters when her family moves into the projects with her half-sister. But her problems don't end with adjusting to no money and a new school. She is drafted to fight on the side of the Gargoyle Guardians of the City against invading demons. An engrossing tale of good and evil with a different take on fantasy clichés. There Be Demons delivers a world
Running from Demons
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 89,320. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
A girl with a secret past. A demonic conqueror. The fate of a world hangs in the balance… Pillar Beccon can't remember belonging anywhere, especially not in the Freemage commune where she grew up. After she graduates from high school, she jumps at the chance to learn why her mother ran away from her family far to the East. But danger haunts her journey as a demon seeks to destroy her.
The Ghost Crow
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 18,430. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
Dumdie Swartz knows ghosts walk among us. She’s seen them since she was a little kid. Dumdie does her best to avoid them--harmless or dangerous, alike--even though she annoys her family when she does. Now, with her unwanted ability growing stronger, a demon possessing a mundane boy notices her special talents and has plans that will change her life forever.
Working with a Demon
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Demons are coming to take Dr. Allsdipp, a Nobel Prize Winner, away. He doesn't want to go, and his fight to keep his soul has made him the oldest person alive. Grant Highgrim, a down and out reporter, has a chance to become a real reporter again--if he can interview the oldest man alive, but first, he must save the geezer from a legion of beetle-demons coming to claim his soul.
Hear That Damn Owl?
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 3,590. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Enraged that he gave in to his mother's demands to return home or lose his inheritance, Crayton takes his anger out on a dive-bombing owl prowling a gas station in the mountains. When a codger warns him about wrathful owls, he dismisses the cautions as local folklore. Will the owl seek revenge?
Showdown With Demons
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Ebe loved the peaceful live of his isolated mountain community until abrasive newcomers started raising vicious guard dogs. The newcomers terrorize the locals, and Ebe finds himself in their sights along with an old family friend because they oppose their abusive ways. When the 'dog-farmers' murder a local healer/magic-worker, Ebe must defeat the demons if he's to regain his self-respect.
The Ghost in the Closet
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Some say seeing ghosts is a gift, but after losing her job, Dumdie Swartz says, "Hogwash". After trying to avoid them all her life, she'd become homeless after she lost her job because of them. Now she's in a homeless shelter with a ghost haunting her room. Dumdie must find the ghost's will if she's to stay off the streets.
Recognizing a Demon
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
5* Reviews: "A shadowy tale of witchcraft and darker dealings" with a “sharp lush tone and vivid imagery” Having a crippled leg and latent magical abilities aren't Cassy Mae's worst problems. A stalker, who lusts for her growing magic, seeks to possess her.
Night for the Gargoyles
Series: Tales of Andor. Price: Free! Words: 3,070. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Who to fight? The Demons overrunning the city or Orvil, the rival lusting for his position. The four gargoyles guarding Trebridge are outnumbered. Gillen, their leader, is caught between fighting Demons and the schemes of Orvil to replace him. He tries patience with Orvil and asks the angels for reinforcements. Will help come in time? If you liked this story, please review it. Thank you.
The Foiling of Gorsfeld: A Tale of the Half-Elven
Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
This suitor is unwanted. When Gorsfeld, scion of the richest family in the Marches, comes a courting the young Mariah, he refuses to take "no" for an answer. Mariah needs to discover a way to discourage her unwanted suitor without breaking the code of hospitality or making her foster father angry. --- A Far Isles Half-Elven short story. If you liked this short story, please review. Thanks
Cavern Between Worlds
Price: Free! Words: 7,310. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Where have all the seals and birds gone? Captain Hattenel, a Half-Elven, ranger, joins Voron, a disreputable sea captain, to solve the mystery. They are captured by dog-headed magic workers after falling into a trap. They must escape before the heavy gravity of the alternate world or the dog-heads kill them. --- A Far Isle Half-Elven short story. If you liked this story, please review. Thanks
Price: Free! Words: 17,080. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Furious Half-Elven parents seek vengeance when sea raider attack leaves their daughter at death's door, only to discover a strange magic that threatens all they hold dear. A tale of the Far Isles Half-Elven.

M. K. Theodoratus' tag cloud

action    action suspense    adventure    alternate worlds    alternative worlds    angels    coming of age    coming of age fantasy    contemporary fantasy    creepy short story    creepy stories    dark fantasy    dark folklore    dark suspence    demon fantasy    demon short story    demon thriller    demons    dog headed magic workers    dog short story    elf romance    elves    fantasty stories    fantasy    fantasy about angels and demons    fantasy about demon possession    fantasy about gargoyles    fantasy about owls    fantasy about pirates    fantasy alternative worlds    fantasy and adventure    fantasy author    fantasy contemporary    fantasy dark    fantasy demons    fantasy ebook    fantasy for 12 year olds    fantasy realism    fiction    fiction fantasy    free fantasy story    free short story    gargoyle fantasy    gargoyle fighters    gargoyles    ghost    ghost haunting    ghost short story    ghost stories    half elven    half elven fantasy story    half elves    halfelven    high fantasy    historical fantasy    m k theodoratus    magic    magic and fantasy    magic fantasy    magical realism    mystery amateur female sleuth    mystery and ghost stories    mystery ghost story    occult fantasy    occult fiction    occult suspense    paranomal    paranormal    paranormal fantasy    paranormal mystery    paranormal urban fantasy    romance    scary fiction    scary short stories    scary short story    scary stories    short stories    short story    sorcery    spooky stories    stalking demons fantasy    story about an old man    story about demons    strong female character    supernatural    supernatural fantasy    supernatural suspense    suspense    suspense noir    sword and sorcery    taking vengeance    teen    teen adventure fantasy    teen and up supernatural suspence    teen and ya sci fi and fantasy    teen fantasy alternative worlds    teen fantasy short story    teen urban fantasy    teenage demons slayers    theodoratus    thriller suspense    urban fantasy    war    world portals    ya    ya demons    ya fantasy    ya paranormal thriller    young adult   

Smashwords book reviews by M. K. Theodoratus

  • The Vicar's Revenge on June 22, 2011

    A little short on logic and motivation but loooong on smiles. Fun and worth the read.
  • The Brave Tale of Maddie Carver on June 25, 2011

    Vulnerable character with a talent to see the dead is sought by the walking dead on Halloween. Story's a little descriptive at the beginning, but settles down into a good mood piece.
  • Delightfully Twisted Tales: Wisps, Spells and Faerie Tales (Volume Four) on July 01, 2011

    Nice, well-written twists on popular themes.
  • Suicide Plunge on May 25, 2014

    Suicide Plunge is an intriguing coming of age tale, sure to entertain. Growing up is always hard to do, but it's especially difficult for Billy Frank whose father brought shame to his family when he appeared to throw a previous year's Suicide Plunge. The Plunge is a race down a steep incline and across a river important to the Confederated Tribes of Eastern Washington state, and one of the highlights of the year. Billy dreams of regaining respect for his family by winning the Suicide Plunge. Arnold creates a suspenseful tale that has enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing. Overall the characters and settings are well drawn, but the manuscript could have done with tighter editing. An entertaining coming of age tale that'll keep you guessing.