Updated on the first Thursday of every month, the short story section is meant to be your go-to spot for free fantasy short stories. As always, feedback is encouraged and welcome, and if there is anything you want to see more of, just give me a shout! I’m only too happy to spend my time in the world my characters live in!
Alive (05-02-2013) – Teygus, leader of the Black Knights, finds himself under attack by an assassin covered head to toe in black cloth. She remains silent the entire time, even when her wrist gets broken and she is set on fire, never ceasing her attack until he manages to get a look at her face.
Alive – Epub Version
Be Careful (03-07-2013) – With his wife dead, Ignatius feels he can make a deal with a daemon, Monshus, to bring her back. What makes him think his soul valuable, anyway? It’s not like a daemon has any trouble getting them normally.
Be Careful – Epub Version
Brawl (02-07-2013) – Mercius and his allies settle down in an inn for the night, doing their best to stay out of trouble while they look for leads on his father’s death. A few too many drinks mixed with bad tempers can do wonders for a boring night no matter how hard someone tries to keep it dull, though. Co-written with James Kirkland.
Brawl – Epub Version
Seeing (01-03-2012) – Blind and with his family dead, Zaiki finds himself in a Temple of Haneza, the Goddess of Healing. The worshipers there don’t appreciate his questions about why a Goddess of Healing would allow pain in the world or his violent ways of dealing with troublemakers. Little do they realize that Zaiki has more to show them about their faith than they could possibly imagine.
Seeing – Epub Version
Orders (12-06-2012) – Unaware of the boy’s catastrophic and uncontrollable power, Reinier and Luca take Einzer out on his first mission as a Black Knight.
Orders – Epub Version
Mothering (11-02-2012) – Isaac, Lily, and King have finally found a lead that will let them catch Silas. With Lily’s help, he might just be able to find the wizard, but will he let her? Even if he does, can the two of them deal with having to face King’s cruel methods for getting that information?
Mothering – Epub Format
The Longest Walk (10-04-2012) – Carl thinks about the true cost of fatherhood while pushing his weak heart beyond its limits.
The Longest Walk – Epub Format
Dead Ship (09-15-2012) – Jonah and Ronai find themselves on a ship they don’t even remember boarding, at the mercy of a crew that doesn’t seem to exist, and in danger from creatures and forces they can’t fight. Once in the hold of the dead ship, they may find that their own fear can be a worse enemy than anything the ship can throw at them.
Dead Ship – Epub Format
Trembling Hands (08-02-2012) – While assassination attempts are common enough for King Avanarus, it is downright strange to have his entire court turn on him, weapons in hand. Who’s really pushing them to attack him? It’s not like he has a short list of enemies, after all.
Trembling Hands – Epub Format
The Hind (07-05-2012) – Aelmar is under martial law, another captured territory of King Avanarus. Shaylynn, an ex-soldier, is willing to fight back. Avanarus has powerful allies, though, and unless Shaylynn admits that she needs her own, she will find herself in grave danger from places she won’t expect. Her son, for starters.
The Hind – Epub Format
Tock Tick: 6:48 AM (06-07-2012) – The end is in sight. Running through a world without rules or boundaries, a realm shaped by her worst fears, Jill must fight for every inch as she closes in on her dead husband and the truth. After the ravages of Jill’s journey, what will her friends find on the other side?
Tock Tick: 6:48AM – Epub format
Shakedown (05-03-2012) – His son scarred for life, Darvis sets out to find Waker, the wizard responsible. Following him will lead Darvis to dangerous enemies, secret societies, and into alternate worlds as he begins to unravel the truth of what Waker was up to. Is Darvis’ own search just another part of Waker’s plan, though?
Shakedown – Epub Format
Sickness (04-05-2012) – In the city of Zan, the ill are banished or killed in order to keep the city healthy and safe. With his wife and child bedridden from a terrible fever, Zaiki must sneak them away to find help and keep them from the deadly hands of the city’s guardians. More dangerous, though, are the people he used to call friends.
Sickness – Epub Format
Legacy (03-01-2012) – With the settlement’s children in danger, will Mikkjall break his oath to the Goddess and open his sealed chamber, or will he have to watch as they are killed, one by one, right in front of him?
Legacy – Epub Format
Madhouse (02-02-2012) – Trapped in a tower that is rapidly filling with lava, armed guards, and undead horrors, Isaac will need help to escape Silas. The only person to turn to is King, though, and he’s there to kill him as well.
Madhouse – Epub Format
Pawns (01-05-2012) – Kain, a Disciple of Alania, feels it’s beneath him to have to watch over a debauched diplomat until he finds out that the politician is dealing with Black Knights. What Kain doesn’t know is that the deal is about framing him for murder.
Pawns – Epub Format
Luck of the Draw (12-01-2011) – Tarot’s cards lead him to the cell of Danthid, a man jailed for killing a fifteen year old girl. Expecting sympathy from a fellow psychopath, Danthid may be surprised at the reaction Tarot’s cards tell the masked killer to have.
Luck of the Draw – Epub Format
Great Minds (11-03-2011) – Two wizards, one alive and one dead, fight to prove who is right in the debate over the use of Necrotic magic. Will Xlaur be killed once again by his talented apprentice?
Great Minds – Epub Format
Cogs (10-06-2011) – Einzer finds that while his Black Knight training may be physically painful, it is what Teygus seeks to do to harden his mind and heart that is the worst of all.
Cogs – Epub Format
Muck Man (09-01-2011) – Having found out the hard way that looks do matter, even among his own loved ones, Vyald fights to scrape together a living after being scarred during his military service. An opportunity comes his way out of the blue, but will it cost him the only part of himself he has left: his integrity?
Muck Man – Epub Format
Lost City (08-04-2011) – A wizard and his guide find the lost Nehrfelk, an ancient, dead city. To their horror, they find out it wasn’t lost, but hidden, and not dead, but very much alive, protected by old and deadly guardians.
The Lost City – Epub Format
Dinner And Pie (07-07-2011) – Seyin and Kale unfortunately find themselves robbing from the same mark as Squiddly, quickly getting captured due to the consequences of his clumsiness. Will they survive their last meal with their insane captor?
Dinner And Pie – Epub Format
King (06-02-2011) – After losing her husband and baby in a vicious attack, Cayelle finds the creature responsible. When stakes and sunlight don’t kill it, though, she finds herself trapped and in danger all over again.
King – Epub Format
Chasing The Tail (05-05-2011) – Isaac has decided his dangerous life isn’t one a twelve year old girl should have to endure, and tries to find Lily a safe home. It is the last night he should be by himself, as a squadron of Black Knights have been sent by Silas to kill him.
Chasing The Tail – Epub Format
Vitality (04-07-2011) – While searching for the man that scarred their faces, Ronai and Jonah find a daemon who restores lost beauty for a steep price.
Vitality – Epub Format
Dreamless Night (03-03-2011) – An alcoholic ex-soldier, his friends all dead and buried, discovers that allies can be found in strange places. Even among daemons.
Dreamless Night – Epub Format
Tock Tick 2 O’Clock (02-08-2011) – Jill wakes up after shooting herself in the head, finding herself staring into the headlights of the truck that killed her husband and derailed her life.
Tock Tick: 2 O’Clock – Epub Format
Containment (01-04-2011) – The Black Knights are brought in to kill a child that has brought a city to its knees, but wouldn’t that be a waste of an excellent prodigy?
Containment – Epub Format
Blind (12-02-2010) – As a teenager, Zaiki trained to keep daemons at bay in his home town of Zan, learning that you cannot trust your senses when they’re around.
Blind – Epub Format
Slippery (11-02-2010) – A group of thieves share stories about Squiddly, the worst thief who ever lived. If you believe the word of thieves, that is.
Slippery – Epub Format
Good Men (10-05-2010) – Isaac tries to locate a missing child while dodging Silas’ assassins, not realizing how close to him they really are.
Good Men – Epub Format
Whiteout (09-02-2010) – Zaiki, a blind priest, comes across a boy trying to save a kitten from his abusive father, having to rely on the boy’s courage to keep him alive instead of his own strength.
Whiteout – Epub Format
Tock Tick (08-03-2010) – Two women try to stop their friend from taking the catastrophic steps she believes will reverse time and prevent her husband’s death. Dogged at every step by strange visions and presences, is it all in Jill’s mind, or is she really forcing time to move backwards?
Tock Tick – Epub Format
Provider (07-01-2010) – When a job finally floats Colail’s way after months of slow starvation for his expecting wife, he takes it, even if it came from a criminal psychotic who is not known for leaving his employees alive.
Provider – Epub Format
Trap (06-01-2010) – Vincent and the Black Knights have set a trap for the rest of a murdered general’s friends, but don’t see the larger one being set for them.
Trap – Epub Format
By Morning (05-03-2010) – With his grandson going to be dead by sunrise, Silas discovers just how far he is willing to go, and who he is willing to hurt, to save him.
By Morning – Epub Format
Charred House (04/13/2010) – Jonah summons all of his courage to ask the mayor’s daughter on a date, and she agrees if he’ll meet her at an old mansion outside of town. She wants to know if he’s brave enough to spend the night with her in a haunted house. It seems like a joke at first, until reality itself starts to unravel, showing what happened years ago in the old, abandoned house.
Charred House - Epub Format
Peepshow (04/03/2010) – Gareth, a man who kidnaps women and puts on a show with them, makes them do terrible things to each other in order to live. He’s drawn the attention of the wealthy and depraved, in particular a Mr. Faustus. What Gareth doesn’t know is that Faustus isn’t here for the show…
Peepshow – Epub Format
Rite of Passage (03/04/2010) – For someone to become a full Black Knight, they have to kill a warrior and take their armor. Einzer has chosen a suit worn by a daemon hunter, one who is protected by a personal army. To earn the armor, he’ll have to fight them all. Alone.
Rite of Passage – Epub Format
Rite of Passage – Kindle E-Reader Format on Amazon.com
Eyes(02/15/2010) – A group of young warriors stop their training for a day to hear the story of how one of their ancestors wanted to trade his eyes to a Goddess in exchange for his dead brother’s soul, told by a man who has willingly bricked himself up in a cave.
Eyes – Epub Format
Eyes- Kindle E-Reader Format on Amazon.com
Cruelty (02/02/2010) – Poor people are going missing in a city, which draws the attention of Isaac, a man who hunts anyone who harm others while claiming it’s an aspect of their job. His first target: a shipping company that deals in kidnapped people.
Cruelty – Epub Format
Cruelty – Kindle E-Reader Format on Amazon.com
Farmboy (01/16/2010) – A lonely farmer attacks someone he thinks is robbing his house. The strange part is that the burglar doesn’t bleed…
Farmboy – Epub Format
Farmboy – Kindle E-Reader Format on Amazon.com