High Country Curse

Lightfinger, Bigfoot, and Vampire I read a Facebook comment considering the fact that an adventuring party consisting of a Victorian gentleman thief, an old west gunslinger, a disgraced former samurai, and an elderly French pirate was plausible. I took this as an urban fantasy challenge and the following free story is the result. Copyright 2020 … More High Country Curse

Depot Phantom

I attended another Howl at the Moon open mic this week and shared a couple of tales. The first one was the result of a challenge to write a flash fiction piece with a train station. Here it is: Carli’s Last Gift Carli was gone. Twenty four years old, degree in hand, beautiful, and ready … More Depot Phantom

Fantasy Language

While considering the massive amount of effort that goes into creating a believable fantasy language, I had to recall where I heard the first one. I do believe the first time I was conscious of one would be the book and then the movie, “A Clockwork Orange”. “There was me, that is Alex, and my … More Fantasy Language

The First Vampire

Contrary to popular opinion, Bram Stoker’s Dracula is not the first English language vampire story. That credit goes to Lord George Gordon Byron, in 1813. His epic poem, The Giaour, has some chilling vampiric scenes that later authors, including Dr. Polidori, have applied to the legends. Some folks credit Lord Byron’s personal physician with the … More The First Vampire