James Comins is the author of Fool School and Fool Askew, formerly available from Wayward Ink, "Notes Found Inside the Body of the Convict Clarence Skaggs," published in CrimeSpree Magazine #48, and other stories. He currently lives in New Orleans.
Tonight, Raiya descends the steps of her apartment into the New Orleans night, hearing calliope music like churchbells. Visions of saints and angels appear to her, and they tell her she has a job to do. Her father was the protector of the City that Care Forgot, and now that he's gone, Raiya will need to take up his rainbow and shine a light.
My entry to Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Author Quest, published with kind permission of the Jim Henson Company. Set thousands of trines before the events of the film, PLAGUE OF LIGHT is the story of Cory and Loora, Woodland Gelflings searching for a cure to an arcane contagion that has infected the people of Thra.
In a small Midwestern town, kids are turning up dead. Strange and creepy creatures get them, traps and tricks get them, voices from beyond the grave get them. In thirteen stories, thirteen kids work to turn the tide of monsters.
Living at home is driving Casey crazy. She's stuck in Seattle with no job, no money for college, and a goth-ass sister who's marrying a Boeing tech boyfriend and getting her own place, leaving Casey alone with her shut-in mom. If only Casey could get out of the house and into the world. A boyfriend, a new bestie--anything to feel like life's started post-diploma.
Once upon a time--today, specifically--there was a shepherd of stones and his son. It's time for the lad to seek his fortune in the big city. But the big city is abuzz: the tin princess and the silver queen have gone missing, and the golden king is desperately worried. The stone shepherd's son begins his quest. But the ladies are hardly helpless, thank you, and there's other business needs doing.
Book 3 of Lenna's Story. The flood of magic is dammed up--for now. Lenna returns to Asgard to find that the gods have gathered for a great meeting. But since Lenna accidentally released a certain evil shapeshifting redheaded Norse god into the world, she can't be sure of anything or anyone. Not even herself.
Oh, and Binnan Darnan totally has a boyfriend.
Book Two of Lenna's story. Now that the World Tree is shattered and the last dragon slain, the world will soon be destroyed in a flood of magic. Lenna's strange powers allow her to walk alone into an alternate reality inside the magic to repair the damage. But evil beings wait to ensnare her.
A free collection of contemporary and sf/fantasy short stories from author James Comins. In "The Soft Operative," a corporate saboteur kidnaps a genetically modified employee. In "Four Seasons of a Man," a Vietnam war vet's life is seen in four vignettes. In "Matt and Maggie," a punk couple live through a suicide attempt. Twenty stories and poems and poem-story-things.