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Have a Halloween Story

Just in time for Halloween, I’m pleased to offer my short story, Playground of a Lesser God, online for free! Alone in her abandoned neighborhood on Halloween night, 10-year-old Elena is surrounded by ghost memories of her past. On the ruined playground where she used to go with her little sister, she solves a puzzle, uncovers a unique invention and… Read more →

“Bedroom Community” in FSM!

I woke up to this lovely review of one of my favourite stories this morning. I’m delighted that it’s just been published in Issue 13 of Fantasy Scroll Magazine—my second story with this magazine. Charles Payseur wrote in his blog, Quick Sip Reviews: This story marks the most serious the issue gets (as far as original fiction is concerned) and… Read more →

A Tasty Sample of Three

Samplers give us a variety of tantalizing tastes or sights that inspire us to want more. In earlier times, samplers were pieces of needlework that a young woman sewed to practice or show off her competency in embroidery. This one, though not old, is appropriate for this post which is inspired by three things. It says: “Three things there are… Read more →

Toyz for Writerz!

Writer, and fellow Quillian, Chuck Heintzelman offers a user-friendly website of free story tools for writers. These are not only fun, they are useful! Toolz? or Toyz? You be the judge.   First, Chuck gives us a tool that will check your writing excerpt for readability. It gives an amazing level of detail. You will get a table with several… Read more →

Power to the People

Have you heard the one about the publishing industry? A writer, an editor and a reader walk into an Establishment Pub[lishing] House. The affronted publisher asks, “What’s the story here?” The writer: “I’d like people to read what I’ve written.” The editor: “I’d like to edit fresh, original stories by real people rather than celebrities.” The reader: “I’d like to… Read more →

The Chain Story

A New Chain Story!

The Cost of a Tasmanian Tiger The Chain Story is pleased to release its twenty-third story, The Cost of a Tasmanian Tiger by Paul Genesse. Click on the story title to read to the tale. Paul Genesse is the author of several short stories featured in anthologies such as Steampunk’d, Fellowship Fantastic, The Dimension Next Door, Furry Fantastic, Imaginary Friends,… Read more →

The Chain Story

The latest Chain Stories

A couple of weeks ago, I posted info about Mike Stackpole’s Chain Story project. Since then, three new boffo stories have come online. Check out: Emerald Guardians, Rigel Ailur – Rigel Ailur’s other stories include “Brigadoon” in the Star Trek anthology Strange New Worlds 10 and (writing as Kris Katzen) “Kaboom, Ka-bye” in the Origins Awards nominated Shadowrun Sourcebook Seattle… Read more →