Michael W. Layne


Mike has been writing short story fiction since his college days, and recently has turned to the novel format with his science fiction/fantasy adventure novel, "The Conservation of Magic."

He is currently working on a sequel to his supernatural thriller, "Whittier," and a novel entitled, "Runner-X."

Mike lives in Northern Virginia with his dog, Rocky, and lots of computers. He does not get nearly enough sleep...

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Trapped in Whittier
Price: Free! Words: 40,390. Language: American English. Published: February 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Trent Walker is a mentalist who makes his living off of people believing in magic and the afterlife, even though he doesn’t believe in anything other than science, logic, and sleight of hand. When he finds himself trapped in the Alaskan town of Whittier, with no way to leave until the next morning, he's forced to fight for his life against an unnatural force that his logical mind can't explain.
The Applicant
Price: Free! Words: 15,690. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Chris is nervous, yet excited about his job interview. He has no idea that he's about to be introduced to a company where magic and technology blend together seamlessly. When he experiences the power stored in the company's mysterious cubes, he wants the job at Rune Corp more than ever. But first he must prove that he's the best applicant for the position and be willing to fight for it.
The Gate
Price: Free! Words: 15,210. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A Horror Action Thriller A man wakes up in Hell--naked and intertwined with a hundred other terrified human beings who have also just arrived. After fending off a gang of demonic men and rescuing a beautiful woman, he fights his way through a crowd of billions, heading for the only rumored means of escape--the Gate.
Running Club
Price: Free! Words: 14,010. Language: American English. Published: May 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the future, people are disease-free and thin, but physically weak and increasingly lazy. Intensive exercise is viewed as the primary risk factor for accidents and injuries, and is all but outlawed by powerful health insurance corporations. This is the story of one man who leads an underground running club as its members prepare for an upcoming race they are determined to win at any cost.

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