Crimson Street Magazine

It Dances Now

When Cecil Gibbs's mind shatters during the American Civil War, he becomes a battlefield horror. The man slips through the shadows, carving the wounded like art as the war's first serial killer. However, once word of Cecil's atrocities hits the ears of Union command, they send in a Pinkerton by the name of Oliver Lamb to investigate. Through his perilous tracking of Cecil, Oliver learns that Cecil might not be alone. Witnesses have glimpsed a shadowy figure dancing along Cecil's side, whispering instructions to the broken surgeon as he continues his onslaught. 

Ariel Chart Journal

The Ocean Sisters Three

Long ago, when the world was young and the forgotten walked the Earth, three sisters of the ocean visited the sea kissed towns of men. Though Sister Gold and Sister Blue were welcomed, the fishing villages trembled at the sight of Sister Grey. This fear drove Sister Grey into malaise, and soon she no longer visited dry land. Without her presence, the clouds never cried and sun never fell. Soon, the people of the surface regretted their foolishness, and begged for Sister Grey’s return. 

Rogue Planet Press: Candlemas Cthulu Anthology

The Offering

When Captain Garvey accidentally leads his crab vessel off course, his worst fears are that his crew will refuse to work for him next season. That is until his nephew, Danny, claims to see a drowned woman underneath the frigid depths. While Captain Garvey initially tries to convince Danny that it’s his imagination, he must concede when the crew later pulls the tangled woman from one of their crab pots. Danny swears that the beautiful unconscious woman held in their galley was hideous when he last saw her, and is an omen of terrible things to come.

Castabout Art & Literature: Halloween Anthology

The Lantern Quietly Screams

When four history students researching the Underground Railroad can’t find records on the old network near the Blue Ridge Mountains, they put out an ad in the paper. Luckily, an archivist, and descendent of a former slave-gone-guide ,agrees to drive up to tell her grandmother’s tale. However, as the group waits along the base of the dark mountain, ghostly lantern lights flicker in the wood line. Luckily, their source arrives before anything else eerie can happen, or so they think. 

When we imagine Urban Fantasy books, we may dream up wizards trotting along dirty streets or dragons soaring between skyscrapers. But why do readers enjoy this outlandish genre? In this blog, Urban Fantasy: The Modern Fairy Tale, we’ll see that we’ve been using fairy tales of old much as we use urban fantasy today, forged by the fires of contemporary issues. Join me in examining urban fantasy’s market hurdles, and how we can help preserve these modern fairy tales for decades to come.

Scarlet Leaf Magazine

Urban Fantasy: The Modern Fairy Tale

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Unfading Daydream Magazine 

Time Will Tell

When Jasper, a company man with a guilty conscience, works through his supper, he finds himself starving for a late night meal. Unfortunately for him, protestors have been demonstrating outside of this corporation’s megaplex day and night because of Jasper’s push to raise prescription costs. Desperate, he scampers to a local diner, but finds that he’s possibly being followed by a middle aged stranger. Jasper takes refuge within the restaurant, and nearly forgets about the stranger due to a newscast about linear particle reversal. That is until the stranger enters the diner, confirming Jasper’s worst fears. 

Drunken Pen Writing & Podcast

A Blind and Terrible Thing

When Hitchiti Park Rangers, April and Ian, have to investigate a grizzly murder, they suspect that it’s Hank Wadley, an escaped convict from a nearby state prison. However, as they continue the manhunt, April recollects the stories of her people, the First Nation, and the rumor of the Tall Man that wanders the area. Is it just a person they’re after or is it something more? And if it is just a man, does April have the guts to do what she’s always feared…taking a life?

The SCRIB Arts Journal

The Cold Toed Giant

When giants once walked the land, one in particular, the Cold Toed Giant, wished for nothing more than to live in his cozy mountain. However, when his kin force the Cold Toed Giant to find a wife, the Cold Toed Giant resigns to acquire a bride in haste, so he can return to his home. That is until he meets a mysterious beauty along the peaks, who wants nothing more than to claim his heart. 

Inlandia Literary Journal

Time Will Tell (2nd release)

When Jasper, a company man with a guilty conscience, works through his supper, he finds himself starving for a late night meal. Unfortunately for him, protestors have been demonstrating outside of this corporation’s megaplex day and night because of Jasper’s push to raise prescription costs. Desperate, he scampers to a local diner, but finds that he’s possibly being followed by a middle aged stranger. Jasper takes refuge within the restaurant, and nearly forgets about the stranger due to a newscast about linear particle reversal. That is until the stranger enters the diner, confirming Jasper’s worst fears. 

Running Wild A Blind and Terrible Thing

Running Wild Press

A Blind and Terrible Thing (2nd release)

When Hitchiti Park Rangers, April and Ian, have to investigate a grizzly murder, they suspect that it’s Hank Wadley, an escaped convict from a nearby state prison. However, as they continue the manhunt, April recollects the stories of her people, the First Nation, and the rumor of the Tall Man that wanders the area. Is it just a person they’re after or is it something more? And if it is just a man, does April have the guts to do what she’s always feared…taking a life?

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