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A Form of Love

The soul had been flayed, shredded into suffering ribbons, and Hades had to think carefully about how to handle it right.

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ASK YOUR PARENTS FIRST

Just a story about magic, cereal boxes, and long-lost Mesoamerica gods. No, who am I kidding? It’s about a badass convenience store manager with a taser.

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Seed: Two Short Stories

Seed 1: Ravena She usually did not come when called. Of course she knew this was dangerous. He could force her; He could just make her do it, just snap His fingers and control her. Of course He never did, but that wasn’t the point. He could. That was all.  So she...

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Good Dog

Now, he knew what this place held. Monsters, magic leaves, things all meant to stop him and eat him and stop him and hurt him, and he wouldn’t be fooled again.

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No Reparations Are Expected At This Time

THIS WAS A VERY BAD DAY. Salis buffed his shoes, ironed his uniform, used magic to change the shade several times until the seams began to fray, and finally gave up and purchased a brand new one. He'd needed one anyway. Half-troll heritage made regular clothing...

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Jonathan

He’d always painted what he saw; these visions pushed him, bled out his eyes, and the only cure for augural blindness was to splatter it out in colors, shapes, forms.

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Favors

I knew I’d have to pay them both back. I just didn’t expect them to collect on the same day.

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Marked

On a hill, he sat. Alex didn't match the location. Casually ragged jeans and a worn orange shirt stood out in this fantasy-field setting, at odds with distant four-winged birds and the glimmer of unicorn horns. Sunset light haunted the whole of the air, kissing...

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The Bet

She'd won. She'd won! He had got it wrong, but she'd won. No way was she going to pass up collecting. Dis was nothing if not thorough. She skipped her way to father's throne, through the decrepit ruins. Her shadow danced over jagged remains of statuary, castellations...

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They Come (Case No. 59B26-AA)

I thought we’d have longer. I thought I’d grow up. They only come when the oldest natural dies. Then they come, and they take our hearts. I don’t want to die.

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Regrets

I do not blame you for your fear. Humans are my prey – but my friend, I do not hunt small children.

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Succession

It is as if each generation bled, leaked ink or paint or power. Or perhaps it is something else that has left them.

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The Big Palooka

Flappers. Vampires. A thug who stole a necklace and a speak-easy with Jazz to die for. A short, cute story set in New York City in the 1920s. (No spoilers. A side-story from the epic dark fantasy novel, NOTTE.)

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Tea

Ancient vampire Notte has tea with a friend right in the middle of some… family business. Awkward! (No spoilers. A side-story from NOTTE.)

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Wolf

A word of advice: if you see him, don’t run. A dark and disturbing short story. (No spoilers. A side story from NOTTE.)

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The Twins

A deliciously creepy side story with vampires, a dying Earth, and a secret organization. Dark, mildly disturbing, and – if you’ve read THE SUNDERED – you might recognize a name. (No spoilers. A side-story from NOTTE.)

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The Kindly Light of the Setting Sun

Sometimes a single afternoon is enough to make up for a lifetime of bad decisions; at least, it comes close. This spoiler-free short story follows the last day of Tsehay, one of the People of the Sun. (No spoilers.)

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Someday

Someday, he’d just leave. Nobody would call him prince, or Highness, or expect him to do anything miraculous.

Someday could not come soon enough.

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Shadow Seed

The Crow King, a dark and powerful being of Darkness, ruminates to his newest lover about strange and intimate things. (No spoilers.)

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No Home

A sad little tale following a type of creature even the ancient vampire Notte knows nothing about: a creature of The Dream. Explanation is given at the end. Enjoy. (No spoilers.)
No Mercy

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Freedom

A dark short story following no one – that is, no major characters, nor even anyone we see again in this universe. If you ever wondered what happens to ordinary folk while heroes are off doing great things, this tale may answer that question. (No spoilers. A side-story from the bestselling science-fantasy novel, THE SUNDERED.)

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Dante’s Inferno

A different take on the Princess and the Frog. I apologize for the pun in the title. Pfft, who am I kidding? I apologize for nothing. (No spoilers.)

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Club Hedgie

Starring a hedgehog who think he’s a fairy. In honor of National Tell a Fairy Tale Day, this story is complete cotton candy: silly, cute, and cavity-inducing.

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Ten Tips for Raising Your Baby Dragon

You didn’t know you needed advice from a brand-new adoptive mama and her baby dragon, did you? Well, you do. Trust me on this. I’m (not) a doctor.(Mild spoilers. A side-story from THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON.)

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A Hero’s Journal

We were tasked with stopping the end of the world, but it’s too late for that. So, failing that, we are tasked with preserving what remains.

Easier said than done.

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Redacted

CROSSOVER FICTION: Eugene discovers he is Kin (part-human, part… something else), and then runs into monster-buster LUCY DECEMBER (a Jewish vampire detective written by John Morey). Hell of a day, Eugene. (No spoilers.)

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Ravena, Age 8

A strange event in the life of little girl who will one day turn the world on its head. (No spoilers. A side-story from NOTTE.)

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