William Mangieri

Biography

William Mangieri is a karaoke junkie, former theater student, and recovered wargamer who spends as much time wondering "what if?" as "why not?". He writes from Texas, where he and his family live at the mercy of the ghost of a nine-pound westie.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I spend my time thinking I should be writing, or working my day job (IT project governance) and wishing I was writing. Sometimes I play music, or sing (karaoke), or read, or play Flipwords or Scrabble with my wife.

The largest part of my time is spent thinking (ideation). And thinking about thinking (intellection.)

It seems to be easy for me to overthink things...
How do you approach cover design?
There is artistry and pragmatism involved in my cover designs. I work with photographs for my covers, whatever I can find that's free (in the early days, I paid for photos, but I was spending more on the pictures that the book was making, so now I stay within the limitations of FREE until it makes sense to spend more.) I think of two or three scenes from the story, and look for photos with elements of those scenes, then construct whichever scene works best with the photos I've found.

Once the cover art is complete, I choose a font and color that works with it (I think I have a pretty good eye for this) and "feels" right for the story. I always have three text sections - the title in the middle, my by line at the bottom, and a teaser of sorts at the top. That's as close as I get to personal branding.

Collections are simpler - the covers of the included stories with a centered title and bottom by-line (I'm going to have to alter that pattern when I go to collections of collections - we shall see...)
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Where to find William Mangieri online

Series

Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire
The adventures of Herc Tom, the self-satisfied Champion of the feline Ramses Empire.
Purr Mission
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Nipped in the Butt
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Cat and Mouse
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Baastards' Revenge
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Imperial Purrogative
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Cats Out of the Bag
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Detective Jimmy Delaney
In A Flash
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Mixed Signals
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The Right Idea
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The Scent of the Crime
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Killing Them Softly
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Hard Times
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Books

A Tail of Two Species
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,750. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Lynx hasn’t returned from his mission, so it’s up to disfavored Champion of the Empire Herc Tom to discover what’s happened to him, and what the deceitful feline Isabella and the diabolical canine Lord Phylo are up to in this tale of two species. “A Tail of Two Species" is a speculative fiction novelette, and is the ninth of the “Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire" stories.
Imperial Imperilment
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 8. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,540. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Lord Phylo and his Canine Armada have been vanquished, but for how long? What damage does former Empress Isabella intend to inflict on the Ramses Empire? And will Champion of the Empire Herc Tom be able to prevent this “Imperial Imperilment”? “Imperial Imperilment" is a speculative fiction novelette, and is the eighth of the “Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire" stories.
Cats of War II
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,140. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Baastians, Rotters, Empress Isabella, Lord Phylo and his Canine Armada – they all want a piece of Herc Tom. See how our champion saves the Empire at least three more times in this collection of Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire stories 4-7. Includes the stories “Baastard’s Revenge,” “Imperial Purrogative,” “Cats Out of the Bag,” and “Reining Cats and Dogs.”
Swordsmaster
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,390. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The first bright-eye to be seen on the mountain in living memory, Sandrik did not want anyone to think of him as they did the ominous Aurae of legend. He had worked hard to keep his special abilities hidden. But there was more to Sandrik than even he knew. Now that it was time for him to enter the ancient ruins of Taernfeld and be declared a man, what other changes might he be forced into?
Truth in Advertising
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,400. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A paranoid marketer finds himself down a dark alley, just as he expected. But is it always a bad thing when they're after you? “Truth in Advertising” is a speculative fiction with a bit of alien marketing.
Date Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sometimes our demons are all we have. A modern-day witch pins her hopes on an unusual dinner guest. “Date Night" is a speculative fiction short story with an unusual bit of romance for flavor.
Reining Cats and Dogs
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 7. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 18,130. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Empress Isabella continues to increase her hold on power with the help of her Slobberer allies. It’s up to our Champion of the Empire and his friends to do something about it. “Reining Cats and Dogs" is a speculative fiction novelette, and the seventh of the “Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire" stories, following "Cats Out of the Bag."
Cats Out of the Bag
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 6. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 15,160. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Champion of the Empire Herc Tom longs for more interesting times. His wish is fulfilled with the return of the Lost Baastards, a couple of prison breaks, the kidnapping of a Prince, the reappearance of an assassin, an alien invasion, and fifteen different kinds of treachery. Maybe life wasn’t all that boring after all. “Cats Out of the Bag" is a speculative fiction novelette, 6th in the series.
Goddesses, Sleep with the Snowmen, and Other Fantasies
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,200. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of ten short speculative fictions by William Mangieri. Includes: There’s No Present Like the Time Cellfishness Out of Place All the News That’s Fit for You Interview with the Blue Neon God Goddesses Victimless Stalking Rebecca Sleep with the Snowmen The Voices (Currently at a promotional preorder price! Stories also available individually.)
Breathing is Overrated
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Left to die in the abyss of space, Jansen finds something to live for - or it finds him. "Breathing is Overrated" is a speculative fiction short story with a touch of light horror…
The Voices
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,580. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Billy Thompson knows the voices are real, even if they are just in his head. Or are they coming from somewhere else? “The Voices" is a speculative fiction short story.
There's No Present Like the Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,900. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
What constitutes a true waste of time? Peter and Vanessa have different ideas. While on a rare vacation, Peter chances to meet a mysterious woman who brings these differences to a head. “There’s No Present Like the Time" is a speculative fiction short story.
Interview with the Blue Neon God
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Religious
What would you expect if you were to talk to God? A novice reporter is sent after a story that could be a career-maker - or something more. "Interview with the Blue Neon God" is a short, speculative fiction.
The Last Three 'Things I Could Get Out of My Mind'
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,990. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Presented for your approval, a collection of 20 short, speculative fictions by William Mangieri. Within these pages you will find ghosts, undead, assassins, artificial intelligences, super heroes and villains, all manner of aliens, and the mostly normal people who have to deal with them. Enjoy!
Cellfishness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
We all think we're singularly exceptional, don't we? Especially in a society where less is considered more. See Miss Ribo try to keep her students from getting the wrong ideas in biology class. “Cellfishness” is a short, speculative fiction - a fun little story about amoebae in a classroom.
The Next Three 'Things I Could Get Out of My Mind'
Price: $4.99 $2.99 USD. (40% off until Aug. 30!) Words: 65,370. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
18 speculative short-fictions, including: Bugging Out The Unreliability of the Mature Mind My Brother’s Keeper The Black Spot Flee Markets Canabis alienus ‘alien dope’ Mutiny on the Star-Bound Reconcilable Differences New Antiques Dead End Jobs The Re-Entanglement of Grant Decker Anti-Social The Red Barrens Dempsey’s Debut Look Both Ways The Final Ending? Close Enough The Wolves Will Come
Out of Place
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,440. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » General
So many things out of place. Wildlife. Tribesmen. Husbands... Wildlife seems to be overrunning Sue's neighborhood. At first Sue thinks that's all it is, just local fauna run amuck, but her world is changing; an uncomfortable situation for someone who expects everything to stay where it belongs. Who knows where it will all end up? "Out of Place” is a short, speculative fiction.
Sleep with the Snowmen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,010. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ask not for whom the bells jingle. A petty criminal crosses the wrong fat man, and is offered the opportunity to change his path; or he could just “Sleep with the Snowmen.”
Imperial Purrogative
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 5. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,030. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Champion of the Empire Hercules Tom is on the outs with Emperor Maxamillian and, Imperial Purrogative being what it is, has to deal with Rotter plots, traitors, assassins and other Imperial intrigues. “Imperial Purrogative" is a novelette, and is the fifth of the “Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire" stories, following “Purr Mission”, “Nipped in the Butt”, “Cat and Mouse”, and “Baastards' Revenge."
Stalking Rebecca
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
A reluctant date hears a tale from a no-longer-secret admirer explaining her fate. Maybe a love that lasts forever isn't such a good thing. "Stalking Rebecca" is a short, creepy, speculative fiction (and just in time for a Halloween read.)
Just Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,270. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Is there intelligent life out there? Can we choose what we become? Is safety more important than happiness? Can loving someone hurt? Can you keep them safe? What is immortality? What comes after? How should we deal with blood relations? Stories included : The Collective is All Reflections Some Kind of Luck L-O-V-E Among the Stars Burial Details Immortal Solid People You Can't Question the Dead
Baastards' Revenge
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire, Book 4. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 17,090. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Champion of the Empire Hercules Tom thinks this is a mere diplomatic mission to Baast; little does he know what the Baastards have in store for him. But don't worry - this cat has proven time and again that he has more than the usual nine lives. Read to find out how Herc finds his way out of this one. “Baastards’ Revenge" is a speculative fiction novelette, and is the 5th Herc Tom story.
Victimless
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A murderer's defense team proposes a novel approach to making crime truly victimless. Read Victimless” and see if you agree. “Victimless" is a speculative fiction short story.
Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 40,410. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Stories 4-6 of the Detective Jimmy Delaney series: The Scent of the Crime Something smells in Barnstow; can Jimmy use it to find the killer? Killing Them Softly Jimmy suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve several murders. Hard Times Johns are dying in Barnstow - bound to happen in a city where prostitution is a big part of the tourist industry, but not so many fast.
Goddesses
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,700. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A young man lands a seemingly perfect job serving a beach full of scantily clad women. But one should not be too eager to undertake labors proffered by goddesses. Find out why – read “Goddesses.” “Goddesses" is a speculative fiction short story.
The First Three 'Things I Could Get Out of My Mind'
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,960. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A collection of eighteen short, speculative fictions by William Mangieri: Passed Life B.I.T. Through Her Eyes Business is Business A Dish Best Served Quiet! Sasqwhat? The View from Up Here Inheritance The Human Interface Riding the Devil Last Call In Robert’s Memory My Reality Show The Body Choosing the Right Time The Sheila Wulf Chitinoid Sessions Thank You for Your Interest in XenCorp
Some Kind of Luck
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Henry Jacob Dawes is a cab driver with an ear that keeps him out of trouble -- until he has a run-in with someone who has a different kind of luck. See if you can believe his – read “Some Kind of Luck.” "Some Kind of Luck" is a speculative fiction short story.
Immortal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Riddled with a more than terminal disease, Commander Solitaire considers an extreme way to protect the Earth. There's more than one way to be immortal. "Immortal" is a speculative flash fiction which borrows slightly from Richard III (see if you can spot the influence – read “Immortal.”)
The Collective is All
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,320. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Collective is ALL! At least that's what Abbe's been told, but events lead him to wonder if there might just be some intelligent life "out there." Is there? Read “The Collective is All” and find out for yourself. "The Collective Is All" is a short, speculative fiction.
Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,860. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Is anything really safe? Can we truly learn from history? What if you don’t know what you “know”? Is there ever a perfect match? Who decides which life is more worthy? Which should survive? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : The Pipes Good Luck! Ultimate Awareness Mating Rituals Obsolete Endangered (stories sold individually)
L-O-V-E Among the Stars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A space traveler wakes too soon, and must leave the woman of his dreams to the ministrations of another, less-human caretaker. Read to see how gives her his “L-O-V-E Among the Stars.“ "L-O-V-E Among the Stars" is a speculative fiction of (with hints of a pop standard.)
Hard Times
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 6. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,750. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Johns are dying; it was bound to happen eventually, in a city where legal prostitution is part of the tourist industry, but not so many so fast. And if there are dead bodies in Barnstow, Jimmy Delaney isn’t far away. Can you figure it out? Read “Hard Times.” “Hard Times" is a detective story, and the 6th Jimmy Delaney story - also in Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2."
Killing Them Softly
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 5. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,230. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Women are dying in Barnstow. Jimmy Delaney is suspicious when his irresistible nemesis Diana hires him to solve the murders. Can he stop the killer before they strike again? Read on to see who’s “Killing Them Softly.” “Killing Them Softly" is a detective story with sci-fi elements, and the 5th Detective Jimmy Delaney story, and is also in "Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2."
The Scent of the Crime
Series: Detective Jimmy Delaney, Book 4. Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Detective Jimmy Delaney finds himself involved in yet another murder. He knows something smells in Barnstow, but can he use that to find the killer? Read along and see how Jimmy sniffs out “The Scent of the Crime.” "The Scent of the Crime" is a speculative detective fiction, set slightly in the future, and is also available in “Downtown Blues: Detective Jimmy Delaney Collection #2.”
Obsolete
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,980. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
When we leave Earth, will we forget what it’s like to be human? Mr. Omega, the last unmodified "man", stands trial for unthinkingly preserving his own life over that of a superior being. Read “Obsolete” to decide who’s right. “Obsolete" is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection “Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.”
Mating Rituals
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Science fiction » General
It’s been so long… Manti has only one night left on Cuniculus before she returns to Cesilli - why not spice up a paid hit with a little romance? See if you would – read “Mating Rituals.” “Mating Rituals" is a very short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection “Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.”
More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,580. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
What is alien? What is reality? What’s beneath the surface? Is magic the new science? Are there universal truths? Can a dog ever get a fair shake? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : Finding Sanctuary #InWhoseReality? Dredging Things Up Behind the 8-Ball Gladius Saturday He Fed the Cat (stories available separately)
Solid People
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
The afterlife is what you make of it. A run-in with Mr. Topp’s flatbed strands Sarah and her mother in Newbury. Despite her mother’s warnings about becoming attached to things, Sarah decides to spend her time with some Solid People. What happens? Read “Solid People.” “Solid People" is a very short, speculative fiction – a mild, slightly romantic ghost story.
Burial Details
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Be sure to bury your charges deep. An old farmer scraping by after the Sahrian invasion buries his most precious treasures to hide them from the aliens' "salvation". Read between the lines to discover the “Burial Details.”
The Pipes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,450. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Sometimes it's the little things… An unexpected alien visitation has an adverse effect on a Texas farmer's well. Think twice before you drink the water – there’s something in the pipes. Read on to experience a different kind of invasion. "The Pipes" is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection “Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.”
Ultimate Awareness
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Omnius has relied on his Ultimate Awareness to dominate the city, but an interview with a prospective sidekick casts doubt on both his own limits and his career path. How much does he really know? How well do you know yourself? Read “Ultimate Awareness.” "Ultimate Awareness" is a short fiction, and is also in the collection “Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.”
Behind the 8-Ball
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Humanity opens a gate into the unknown, but they need proof their new world is on the other side. Moses can provide that proof, but how could anyone besides his wife believe him? Take a leap of faith with Moses and read “Behind the 8-Ball.” Behind the 8-Ball is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection “More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND."
Finding Sanctuary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
The colonists of The Promise think they've found a home. But is this seemingly perfect world where they'll find Sanctuary? A bit of scifi, a slice of horror; add in alien spiders - how can you go wrong? Don’t resist your impulses – buy “Finding Sanctuary.” “Finding Sanctuary is a speculative fiction short story, and is also in "More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND."
Cats of War I
Series: Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,070. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Join Major Herc Tom on his early escapades and see how he became Champion of the Empire. Cats of War I contains the first three Herc Tom, Champion of the Empire stories: • Purr-Mission • Nipped in the Butt • Cat and Mouse (stories also available individually)
And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get Out of My Mind
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,920. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
How much can we change? Are we doomed to follow our ancestors example? Even when as children we refuse to listen? Who will author your destiny? Can you buy luck? What is worth dying for? These questions and others are posed in this collection of short speculative fictions. Stories included : The Red Barrens Dempsey’s Debut Look Both Ways The Final Ending? Close Enough The Wolves Will Come
You Can't Question the Dead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,010. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Horror » Undead
We take care of our own. A father gives some timely advice as he hopes to apprentice his son in the family business. Blood is thicker than water, but whose blood will it be? We’ve all had family members we’d rather not be associated with – read “You Can’t Question the Dead” and see how familiar it is. "You Can't Question the Dead" is a speculative flash (that means it's really short) fiction.
Good Luck!
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 920. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sometimes the best laid plans don't quite work out. With the Zavian Empire bearing down on Earth, The Chairman gives a final speech on the value of having a Plan B. Do you have yours? Read “Good Luck!”. "Good Luck!" is a flash (that means very short) speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection “Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.”
Endangered
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,910. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Sometimes the best laid plans can be derailed by the smallest of things… Aliens create Hell on Earth in a plan to put Humanity on the endangered list. Sending park rangers to stop them may not be the best option. To see how they fare, read “Endangered.” "Endangered" is a short speculative fiction, and is also in “Some More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND."
Reflections
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,290. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
What are we, really - the sum of our parts, or something less? What if those parts are at odds with each other? How much control do we have over what we turn into? What might YOU become? Read “Reflections” and see yourself. "Reflections" is a very short, speculative “flash” fiction.
Gladius
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Gladius has served his Betelgeusean owners faithfully since he was first abducted from Taurus, but he's about to find out that loyalty isn't a two-way street, and not all slaves are willing to settle for their lot. Don’t you settle – read “Gladius.” "Gladius" is a short, speculative fiction, and is also available in the collection “More, And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND."
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