JM VanZuiden


J.M. van Zuiden was born and raised in the upper Midwest in a small farm town. After two years attending a local community college, J.M. joined the US Army at age 21 being stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with the US Army’s 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq in 2004 for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he experienced combat first-hand. J.M. currently resides in Illinois where he serves his fellow Veterans as a Veterans Service Officer.

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Shadows of Illyria: The Letter
Price: Free! Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Letter is a Shadows of Illyria short story which highlights the races, key creatures, religious ideas, and critical history of the world of Aarden. Complete with illustrations, each entry is written like a simple encyclopedia-style entry. Enjoy this teaser into the world of Aarden and remember; Beware the Phantoms of War.
Price: Free! Words: 2,680. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
Based on a fictionalized true story, this war horror/thriller takes place in the Al-Dora neighborhood of southern Baghdad, during the intense fighting in Iraq of 2004.
Shadows of Illyria: Tales from the Realm, Draken Slayer
Price: Free! Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Draken Slayer is a dark fantasy fiction short story, part of the Shadows of Illyria: Tales from the Realm Series. Written by author JM VanZuiden, the Shadows of Illyria Series is a unique twist on fantasy fiction, incorporating his real-world combat experience into the characters and events of an epic fantasy world.

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  • The Teithwyr on Aug. 19, 2017

    Great short...everything you want in a flash-fiction horror piece.