Scott Roche

Biography

I've been writing stories since I was a boy, but only recently have made inroads into becoming a published author.

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Books

The Firestorm Wastes
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 19,170. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Euphegenia Starr has studied magic for months under the watchful eye of her barbarian tutor, Harlan. Now, together, they must face the threat of the Fireland Wastes. Bandits, undead creatures, and scorching rain stand between them and the only man under the Moon-That-Was who can unite magic and technology. A powerful gift and the next stage of her education awaits her in his hands.
Down To Earth
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,470. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An anthology to benefit the Office of Letters and Light, Down To Earth Features stories by established and up and coming science fiction authors. Mankind has journeyed to the stars and now they are returning home. Clone hunters, explorers fleeing first contacts gone awry, and time travelers all seek the birthplace of their species. Can you go home again?
Dead Ends
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,110. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
Seven bloody stories by seven bloody good authors. "In The Deep Dark" by Justin R. Macumber "Morning Dew" by Edward Lorn "Power In The Blood" by Scott Roche "Getting Even" by Philip Carroll "Breakers" by Paul E. Cooley "Breakup" by JR Murdock "Blister" by Jake Bible
Two Steps From Hell
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Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 27,440. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Laurent, a faerie sorcerer, lived for centuries. When it ended, instead of drifting into oblivion he awoke in Hell. After countless years of indescribable torment, a half-faerie half-human conjurer summons him to 21st century New Orleans. Laurent now has twenty-four hours to discover who used him as an unwilling murderer and to avoid a return to damnation.
Stand Up Fight
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Euphegenia Starr, seer and budding sorceress in a world recovering from a centuries-old apocalypse, is on the run from a treacherous mayor and his pack of fire-breathing hounds. Her only hope is to seek out a barbarous bounty hunter. But how can she trust someone who used to work for the very man she's running from?
With Power Comes Responsibility
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You set the price! Words: 6,780. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Kayla Charney discovers that she's different than the average teenage girl. Somehow she's gained the strength, speed, and endurance that even top athletes would find amazing. How did she get her powers and how will she use them?
Reflections
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You set the price! Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
This story takes place in Lumiere, a shared universe I helped create with some writers from CHUD.com. That’s the same universe that the Grim Reader stories and a few other “EC Comics” type of stories take place in. A writer confronts his past and present and finds out why he’s still in this strange place.
Powerful Spirits
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,220. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Dr. Emil Lazarus, town drunk and physician to the unserved Chinese in 1906 San Francisco, is able to see and speak to the town's deceased population. Long time companion and ghostly philosopher Chin Lao brings him dire news of a creature that is consuming the local spirits and may eventually jeopardize the living. Defeating it may require Doc to join his only friends prematurely.
Ma Coleman's Faerie Giant
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 9,190. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Fantasy
Father Ian gets a strange request from Garda Coleman. The large officer's mother believes she's seen a giant man on her property. Father Ian thinks there may be more going on than an old woman whose mind is slipping. He and Jared visit her farm to find out precisely what's going on.
Knife's Edge (Children of Legend Book 2)
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 10,890. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Maria Perez gets tangled up with the Dragon's new Leader, James Durham. He makes her an offer she'd be wise not to turn down, one that has her dancing on the knife's edge between life and death.
Far And Away
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,090. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Have you ever wanted to escape the world for just a little bit? Of course you have. You’re reading a fantasy anthology, and what fan of the mysterious and mystical hasn’t wanted to do just that? Well I hope that this little group of stories about beings in that very situation help you along the road.
Caveat Veritatem
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Truth is a dangerous thing. A little of it goes a long way and it can come back to bite you. That’s why our society (and most societies I would imagine) encourage the polite, little lie. Thus my title for this anthology “Caveat Veritatem” or “Beware of the Truth”. Here are five stories that tell various truths, no matter the consequences for you or for the characters.
Hostile Takeover (Children of Legend Book 1)
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 9,160. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Mark has been given abilities beyond even his understanding. He plans on using them to take over his high school, starting with the local gang leader. His efforts put him in opposition to the school's shape-shifting, butt-kicking protector. With enemies on every side, he's forced to execute a hostile takeover.
Compass Rose
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You set the price! Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Coming of age
(4.00 from 4 reviews)
This is a prequel story for an upcoming series of novellas that I'll be writing. Standing up against bullies was nothing new to Rose. As a transgendered teen, she'd stood up to enough of it in her own life. This time though it had dangerous, almost deadly consequences. Given the power to level the playing field, she must decide on the best direction to go.
Here, There Be Dragons
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You set the price! Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is a prequel story for an upcoming series of novellas that I'll be writing. Maria Perez runs afoul of a local street gang and finds an unlikely ally. She also receives an alarming and transformative gift to face just such problems in the future.
Let Go
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Faced with the atrocities he's committed to keep his wife and son safe and provided for, Chris is forced into a bitter decision. He must find a way to let go of his family and move on. But in a world gone to hell, is there any other choice?
Ginnie Dare: Crimson Sands
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,110. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Come and solve the mystery of the missing space colony with communications officer, Ginnie Dare, and her family.
Through A Glass, Darkly - A Horror Anthology
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,760. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
This combines the following short stories: "Fetch" "Power in the Blood" "A Good Samaritan" "The Good Doctor"
The Battle of Wildspitze
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Will the airship HMS Columbia XII and its precious and mysterious cargo make it through the mountain pass intact? That's the challenge that Norris and the other mages on board are charged with. Led by the indomitable Ms. Bennett, they will face obstacles heretofore unknown and fight for England's glory. Scott co-authored with with Zach Ricks.
The Behemoth - A Colonial Steampunk Tale
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 8,030. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Mehta, tired of being mistreated by the British occupiers sees an opportunity to destroy their latest steam powered monstrosity, though it may cost him his life.
Power in the Blood
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Reggie grows more and more tired of the beatings and daily bullying he puts up with. He finds a new source of strength and power, but it comes with a price. Will it be his undoing?
Fetch
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Father Ian promised his parishioner to investigate a mysterious sighting at the nearby cemetery. When he does and finds nothing out of the ordinary, he arrives at the man's house only to find him dead. Evil is roaming the Irish countryside and has its sights set on the good Father.
Vicious Cycle / Piercing the Veil
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,040. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
These two stories are snapshots of distant futures. "Vicious Cycle" shows us a man who has the knowledge to avoid the mistakes of history. Will he release the freedom fighters under his thumb or will he succumb to the vicious cycle that has brought his world to this point. In "Piercing the Veil", a flash piece, mankind is about to take a step into a new world. Or so they think. What awaits them?
Old Friends
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,750. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Dmitri and Piotr have a gentleman's agreement to meet four times a year. Well it's a gentleman's agreement if a vampire and a werewolf can be called gentlemen. Piotr has missed it and it's up to Dmitri to rescue him at the risk of exposing their secrets.
Tales of the Grim Reader vol. 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,470. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
(4.00 from 1 review)
This trio of macabre tales takes place in the weird little town of Lumiere and features a book store I came up with called “The Grim Reader”. It’s heavily influenced by my love of EC Comics and all of the weird, twisted children they spawned. I hope you enjoy them and if you do there will be more to come in this world.
X Marks the Spot
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You set the price! Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This is a prequel story for an upcoming series of novellas that I'll be writing. A young boy goes digging for treasure and finds more than he bargained for.
Music Box
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
Rob's latest art project seems to have caught the attention of a restless spirit. Music haunts his dreams and drives him to find a way to put her to rest.
Bitter Release
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
A young soldier finds himself trapped in a cave in with only a case of absinthe and his memories to keep him company. Will he escape or find his only release in the embrace of the green fairy?

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Smashwords book reviews by Scott Roche

  • Double Deal on April 21, 2010

    I quite enjoyed Lost Gods, so when I found out Drew was on Smashwords, I sought him out. This is an excellent little story, gritty yet charming.
  • Tumbler on April 21, 2010

    Brand Gamblin is writing the sort of science fiction that I am rapidly becoming very fond of. It takes characters that seem as real as my next door neighbors and puts them in a futuristic world that’s less about ray guns and aliens and more about life on the frontier of space. I'm looking forward to his next work.
  • Lilith on Dec. 03, 2010

    The Bible as it stands tells us that in the beginning God created one man and one woman, Adam and Eve. There is a tradition however, in texts from the Middle Ages, that God created an equal to Adam and her name was Lilith. In the short story, or rightly classified faeirie tale, by Dan Sawyer begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting we get to see what she might have been like had she existed. I first got to hear this story in podcast form. If you’re not familiar with Dan’s podcast work I highly recommend it, particularly Down From Ten. You can find it all at his site http://jdsawyer.net/. Why, you may rightly ask, would I go through the expense, however minimal, of buying a short story I’ve already heard? Well, that’s a good question. I think that some stories benefit from being read in addition to being heard. There’s also the matter of thanking an author for an excellent story by buying it where there’s opportunity. My purchase of Lilith is actually a result of both. There’s a fair amount of sex in this story, though much of it is less about titillation than it is about power. Sexual politics is at the core of this story. The struggle for equality, the different roles and gifts that men and women have, things that have been plaguing relationships since perhaps the very beginning of civilization are played out in these three thousand plus words. Of course all of this is filtered through Lilith’s point of view and like any first person narrative you have to ask yourself how reliable a witness she is. She does, after all, represent chaos and all of the pros and cons that involves. Like any good fiction, this story raises a good deal of questions about our own reality and our relationships with others. Does Lilith fall into the same traps that some men do in achieving her desires? She holds the Voice, the creator of the universe, responsible for the state of things. We strive to do the same with God, hesitant to take responsibility for our own actions. Is that warranted? There’s a lot more I could say, but that risks revealing things about Dan’s story that I’d rather you discover for yourself. If you’re looking for a provocative and interesting tale for your e-reader then I can definitely recommend this one. When you’ve read it make sure you reach out to Dan and let him know what you think. Then drop me a line and we can talk about the rest of the story. I give Lilith four and a half out of five Golden Delicious.
  • Breakers on Dec. 30, 2010

    I’m a big fan of Paul’s. In a world where most fiction classified as “horror” involves an excess of gore/sex or sparkly undead, he’s a breath of fresh air. What fiction of his I’ve read uses a degree of subtlety that I appreciate. It’s also horrific in ways that truly exemplify the word. At four thousand words it goes quickly and the price tag of “FREE” is perfect. A true “review” of this is difficult without going into too much detail. I find that’s always true with short stories. Here’s what I can say. He sets up a world in this story that could easily be the one we’re living in right now. That alone makes this frightening. Check it out and if you like it, I think you’ll enjoy his other fiction. I give it four out of five scalpels.
  • A Ghostly Christmas Present on Dec. 30, 2010

    This is as noir as the previous entry, so if you like it, you’ll like this. This one is a bit more fun than the first, though no less dark or edgy. I read it all in one sitting and it kept me going until a quarter to one in the morning. If that’s not enough to push you in the direction of buying this, then let me see what I can do to nudge you along. In addition to being a modern noir, this is also a classic murder mystery with a twist. He makes a number of nods to Agatha Christie and/or Sir Doyle, but as with the classic noir of “And Then She Was Gone”, he adds modern sensibilities. Dan takes the time to walk his readers through the processes Clarke uses to solve the crime, though never at the expense of pacing. There’s a dash of action, a dollop of sex (handled with humor and taste), and more than one laugh out loud moment. The only thing that really hurt the story for me were a few sections of prose early on that I had to re-read a time or two for clarity. I think $2.99 for a story that comes in at over thirty thousand words and provided me with a few hours of pure entertainment is money well spent. I give this story four and a half out of five bloody icicles.
  • Alive From New York (Terrorist Chronicles Vol 1) on March 08, 2011

    I'm not a huge fan of the political thriller genre, preferring to confine my reading to horror/sci-fi, but I listened to New World Orders and thoroughly enjoyed Ed's work. When I found out he was coming out with a new work I was excited. This didn't disappoint. This is a tightly written and gripping story. It's very timely and well worth that buck you've been saving for your next e-book fix.
  • New World Orders on April 12, 2011
    (no rating)
    What you've got here is a very clever, well written thriller. The pass is quick and I love how Talbot plays with some of my favorite conspiracy theories and pulls them all together. The main characters are well realized and I really cared about what happened to them. As good as that is, what really hooked me and kept me going was the pacing and the plot. Talbot knows what he's doing in this genre and it shows. For the price this is a steal and you'd be foolish not to buy it. In fact, I'd suspect that you were a government agent out to bring about the downfall of the e-book. So get it and alleviate all suspicions.
  • Borrowed Time on June 13, 2011

    Time travel as a sci-fi trope is pretty haggard by this point. I got particularly tired of the various Star Trek series attempts at doing interesting things with it, but they aren’t the only culprit. So when I see a book whose central plot line relies on it, I’m skeptical. Enter Borrowed Time by Keith Hughes. First, let’s get the science-y bits out of the way. The way that time travel works in this universe, essentially using an app built in to a PDA to harmonize you to a future or past universe’s resonance, seems a little wonky. But then so does slingshotting around the sun or a nuclear powered DeLorean. The interesting twist in this particular tale is the farther forward or back you go, the shorter your stay can be, thus the title. The requisite dramatic tension is supplied by the men with guns and power that are after the PDA. Very Bad Men want what Relevant has and intend to do Very Bad Things with it. They’re willing to do anything they can to get it and Relevant needs to think fast and use every skill at his disposal in addition to taking advantage of time hopping to get and keep the upper hand. It moves very quickly and kept me anticipating the next chapter. What’s this story really about though? Is it just a good read or is there more to it? (If you want to honk a writer off, ask them that question.) Not to be corny, as the story never falls in to it that I notice, but it’s really about making the best use of time that you have with the people in your life. That’s reflected in Relevant’s relationship with the professor that invented the device as well as in his failed relationships. Lacking a time machine it’s best for us all to remember that we’re all on borrowed time. I think this story could stand to be fleshed out a bit. I’d like to get to know the professor and Relevant a little better. I’d also like the Very Bad Men to be fleshed out a little. As it stands they’re kind of two dimensional. It works in the framework of a fast paced sci-fi thriller novella, but I’m a sucker for a well written, complex bad guy. Overall, it’s that that keeps this from being the five star book that this could be. This book is well wroth the price of admission though, and I hope you check it out!
  • Invasion of the Orb Men on July 05, 2011

    “Orb Men” is a novella clocking in at about twenty-thousand words. It’s not exactly science fiction, so much as it is historical fiction with a pulp sci-fi feel, a touch of the political thrills, and a dash of good humor. Paul’s put a lot of work into this story and it shows. The lead investigator, Creeger, is a well thought out and well executed protagonist and the whole story has the feel of a fifties movie. I’m not sure how he accomplished it, but I could see the scenes playing out in my head in black and white. The dialog is tight and the rest of the characters, including Creeger’s team, are believable. The most satisfying part is the ending (are the endings>) and while I won’t spoil it for you, I can say that everyone gets what they deserve.
  • Angels Unawares on Sep. 14, 2011

    I don't give stories five stars very often, but when I do it's for a well told story that you will read more than once. This is one such story. Dan breaks a few of the "rules" that I hear on a somewhat regular basis: "Don't write in dialect." "Don't write in first person." "Don't get involved in a land war in As.." Okay maybe not that last one. Suffice to say this is a touching, haunting, beautiful story and is underpriced at $.99 in terms of how much pleasure I will get out of it.
  • Smoke Rings on Jan. 21, 2012

    Once again, Dan has hit it out of the park. A sexy, emotional, dangerous story that I almost literally couldn't put down.
  • Cargo on March 21, 2012

    Good little piece of military sci-fi.
  • My Teacher is a Zombie on April 03, 2012

    Goosebumps for a slightly older set, this is a very good,gory little tale. If your middle schooler likes zombies they'll love this.
  • All Our Tomorrows on April 05, 2012

    Black holes, zombies, time travel, this book has them all. This collection of ultra short fiction is like a tray of dim sum. Each little bite is different from the last. You may like some, you may not like others, but as a whole it will leave you satisfied. You may even want more like this down the road, I know that was the case for me.
  • Silent Victor on June 19, 2012

    Every once in a while, I read a book that leaks through the walls we build as fans, writers, and publishers. Then there are books like Silent Victor: A Clarke Lantham Mystery by J. Daniel Sawyer (Smashwords / Amazon) that kick through those walls and do mean things to them while they’re down. At its core, this book continues in the vein of the other Lantham stories. That is to say, it’s as close to a traditional noir as anything Dan does is close to anything “traditional”. A long time genre blender, Dan takes this story and infuses science fiction into its warp and weft. Lantham is handed perhaps the strangest case in a long line of strange cases. A meteorite has been stolen from the California Academy of Sciences. If that’s not SF enough, it was taken by a commando team of gray aliens who also abduct and ostensibly probe a security guard, in full view of the cameras. Okay so the probing doesn’t happen in view of the cameras, but there’s evidence. Like his other cases, Lantham must get at the reality behind the appearances. Sometimes, and this case is no different, the truth he uncovers is stranger than the fiction. There’s also a good deal of science laced throughout the book, so I’m okay with hosting the review here, however tenuous calling this science fiction may be. This is the longest book in the series and as such it does move more slowly. Dan has more time to weave the complex plot threads he loves with the rich characters he always develops. The risk there is that we as the audience have time to breathe. In past stories the pace has always been breakneck and that provided a great source of tension. That’s not to say this book is lacking in that department. With international incidents, shootouts, murders, explosions, and car chases aplenty; he does keep the pace up, but there are also times where things taper off. Other books might get bogged down in those in between places. That generally doesn’t happen here. Dan uses those times to twist the knife/throwing star in Lantham’s flesh. I did find myself checking the number of pages I had left once or twice, but again I credit that with being used to much shorter stories featuring these characters. On that note, one of the things I loved about this book was more Rachael. Lantham’s partner in training, she provides a great deal of comic relief and sass. She takes no BS from her boss and there are a couple of great scenes where he’s teaching her the craft. I humbly request, nay DEMAND more screen time for her. He promises us several more Lantham books to come, so a fan can hope. As usual there’s also the matter of the setting being a “character”. The Bay Area is brought alive in these stories and is crucial to nearly everything that happens from the chase scenes to the culture. I’m sure it’s evident by now that I enjoyed this book. I give it four and a half Grays out of five. It loses a little for the aforementioned occasional slow bits. If you like your noir spicy with a bit of SF then check it out!
  • Stuffed Monster on Sep. 21, 2012

    This story was a lot of fun and is one I'll be sharing with my kids!
  • The Day She Was Born on Dec. 10, 2012

    More a vignette than a story. It could benefit from another editing pass, but it was enjoyable.
  • A Swan in Siam on Dec. 10, 2012

    Excellent bit of colonial Steampunk. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to see more of its like.
  • The Hunt on Dec. 10, 2012

    I'm a big fan of Paul's. I enjoyed it and while it's not his best writing, if you came for the gore and intensity you won't be disappointed.
  • Darkest before the Darkwater on Dec. 11, 2012

    Intriguing beginning. Be forewarned that this isn't a complete story. Mr. Morris has said that he is working on the next installment so viewed as the first entry in a serial. I quite enjoyed it.
  • Hanuman's Gift on Dec. 11, 2012

    Probably my favorite entry in the Tales from the Archives this fair. What starts as a somewhat typical entry in this universe ends in an awesome take on a horror classic.
  • From Paris, with Regret on Dec. 11, 2012

    I suppose if viewed as more of an entry talking about the romance between two characters from the MOPO universe it's not bad. What was problematic for me is that the plot that I actually wanted, the case that that agents were on, was shoved to the background/glossed over. Another two to three thousand words would have added a star.