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ADAM | AIDEN | ALEX | BRAN | CROSSOVER | DEATH | DIS | ELIJAH | ELSA | EUGENE | GEORGE ISKINDER | GREY | HARRY ISKINDER | JASON ISKINDER | JONATHAN | JOSHUA RUN | KAI | KAIA | KALARASTRI | KATIE | LUCY DECEMBER | MAB | NOTTE | PENELOPE SYKES | RANDOM | RANIER BLOOD | RAPUNZEL | RAVENA | ROB GOODFELLOW | SEISHIROU | SNOW | STEVEN | SUNDERED ONES | SUVI | TERRANCE
He got away with it all. In the end, it was the damned cows that caught him.View Book
Court-appointed therapy doesn’t go quite the way Rapunzel thought it would.View Book
Rumors of her appear in the news, but who can credit tales of a pale little girl freezing things with a single, bloodied touch?View Book
A mad Roman emperor. An ancient depressed vampire. A bizarre evening to remind the Blood King why life is worth living.
Ravena has her reasons for refusing Notte – and none of them involve survival. Terrance, meanwhile, has no reason to doubt Notte… except for the new fear Notte might leave him.. A continuation of HALF-SHELL PROPHECIES.
This short story is part of a much bigger universe, and on the off-chance you’re picking it up without context, allow me to give you a few tidbits so you can just sit back, read, and enjoy.
Notte: the first and most powerful of all Night Children, Notte is the “Father” of them all, and he takes that very seriously. Every decision he makes is to ensure his family’s safety and happiness—including strict control to help them keep their bloodlust under wraps. Not everyone appreciates that.
Ravena: his oldest “child,” she broke away from Notte three hundred years ago to form her own family of vampires. She believes that both she and Notte have outlived their time, and that he especially needs to die—but Notte believes that if he dies, so will his children, so he won’t take the risk. His death is the only thing he’s never been willing to give her. Because she was once his Knife, she feels possessive of and bound to him, and refuses to die herself until she can ensure he does, too.
Terrance: Notte’s current Knife, Terrance does the messy work—hunting rogue vampires, removing threats to the family—and he does it with gusto. Once a thief and murderer in 12th century Ireland, he loves being Notte’s Knife as much as he loves being Notte’s, and there’s nothing he’s not willing to do. He might be a little bit of a psychopath, but at least he has a healthy outlet.
Jonathan: he doesn’t appear in this story, but he does play a big part. He’s an impossibility: a magic-user who became a vampire, which simply doesn’t happen. His particular skill is telling the future by painting it, and he’s never wrong. He was Ravena’s, once upon a time, but Ravena doesn’t take well to rebellion, and she tortured him for years. Notte finally took Jonathan away from her because in her anger she was going to kill him.
Seishirou: Ravena’s “Sword”—which is her version of Knife—he was an honorable Samurai centuries before when Ravena took him. He’s been unerringly faithful to her with one single exception: in the story Jonathan, he helped Jonathan escape Ravena and go to Notte, a transition Ravena considers theft. Seishirou had good reason for it, but she doesn’t respond well to betrayal, so he’s been doing all he could to hide his involvement. Unfortunately for him, she already knows.
Ancient vampire Notte has tea with a friend right in the middle of some… family business. Awkward!View Book
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.View Book
Club Hedgie, Dante’s Inferno, and The Doctor Will See You Now: three short stories following Fey, a dragon, and a very confused hedgehog.View Book
The Big Palooka, Shadow Seed, and Wolf: three short stories following flappers, vampires, and other People of the Darkness.View Book
Eugene discovers he is Kin – part-human, part something else – and then runs into monster-buster LUCY DECEMBER. Hell of a day, Eugene.
CROSSOVER WARNINGView Book
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.View Book
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.View Book
A pretty lady always knows how to smile. (Flash Fiction)View Book
Punish me, will you? Two can play this game. (Flash Fiction)View Book
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.View Book
Succession, Theron the Thief and the (Nearly) Stolen Crown, and The Kindly Light of the Setting Sun: three short stories following Fey intrigue and a remorseful member of the People of the Sun.View Book
She skipped her way to father’s throne, through the decrepit ruins. Her shadow danced over jagged remains of statuary, castellations born of destruction and too much time. Her syncopated steps tapped by themselves down halls occupied only by dust and shadows. The breeze was her own, and she took it with her from room to room. A continuation of HALF-SHELL PROPHECIES.View Book
The soul had been flayed, shredded into suffering ribbons, and Death had to think carefully about how to handle it right.View Book
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.View Book
There was a bee on the mug.
Not a real bee. A sort of stylized round thing, cheerfully ribboned and capped with a squiggly “stinger” that looked more like a piece of dropped thread than a biological weapon.
Death stared at it for a long time, his mismatched purple gaze fixated on the gold and black stripes, on the dot-and-line combo that gave the bee an incongruously human expression of contentment.View Book
Jason Iskinder’s Hope of Humanity was never the only ship, even if his arrogance made it sound that way.
Iskinder’s people met the Sundered Ones.
Other survivors had other luck.
Note: this trio of stories may start slow, but trust me – they’re going somewhere important.View Book
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.View Book
“Go calm down the idiots, would you?” said Iskinder, gaze locked on the screen. “It is time for you to use your particular talent for crowd control.”
Easier said than done.