Marlena Frank is the author of books and novellas that span genres from young adult fantasy to horror. Her debut novel, Stolen Book 1 of the Stolen series, became an Amazon bestseller on release day. She has two books coming out in 2020: Broken, the sequel to Stolen, and The Seeking, a dystopian YA Horror novel.
Marlena has also written several fantasy and horror short stories, which have been included in notable anthologies such as Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Not Your Average Monster Volume 2, and The Sirens Call issue #29.
Although she was born in Tennessee, Marlena has spent many of her years in Georgia – where she currently lives with her sister and three spoiled cats. When she’s not thinking up strange tales on her commute to work, she’s an affiliate in the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association and an avid member of the Atlanta cosplay community.
She is also a Hufflepuff, an INFJ, a tea drinker, and a wildlife enthusiast.
Detective Harris is a private detective who is out of luck and out of cash. When a woman walks into his office in tears, he decides to take a gamble on what he assumes is an open and shut case. What he doesn't realize is that nothing about this case is normal.
This short story was a semi-finalist in The Zharmae Publishing Press’ Spring 2012 Writer’s Competition.
Sheriff Ritters keeps a ghastly group of monsters underground to keep the impoverished people of Clarkville in line. Anyone foolish enough to cross his path is thrown to the creatures. Even werewolf detective Colton Fen might be out-matched by this vicious murderer.
Saira has been trained from birth for this: to battle one of the Great Ones and retrieve that precious prize. But Rajani is old and clever, and like the Great Rocs before her, she is wise to the ways of thieves.
A fantasy short story.