Short Stories

Please note: some of these stories are not suitable for younger readers.

Fire Magic

Marko is far too old for romance and adventure. As captain of the king’s guards, all he wants is to do his duty and keep his head down. So it really is a shame that his hotheaded young friend has fallen in love with a princess and that the princess’s chaperone is so infuriating. Because adventure and romance are coming for Marko, whether he likes it or not.

First published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Issue 23, June 2006.

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Finisterre

For twenty five years, since the death of his lover, Thomas Carlyle has drifted from dead-end job to dead-end job. But when he meets a stranger on the underground, and the stranger tells him a secret, he can ignore his grief no longer.

Somewhere, no more than a pen stroke away, his past may be waiting… in Finisterre.

First published in The Third Alternative, Issue 34, Spring 2003.

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The Land of Reeds

Amenemhet has been murdered. Yet when his ghost awakens, he discovers that the way to the afterlife, the Land of Reeds, is closed. And, worse, the man who murdered him is determined to steal Amenemhet’s widow and his children.

His only hope is the ghost of a young girl who still seems to retain her personality. But the dead wind is blowing, and Amenemhet is forgetting himself and his life.

First published in Realms of Fantasy, February 2006.

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Dawn, by the Light of a Barrow Fire

Cameron, Marcy, and Frank are archaeologists working to reconstruct a stone age village and burial mound in Cornwall, England. But Cameron is still grieving over the death of his son, and, as the anniversary of his son’s death draws closer, Cameron will find echoes of the same grief, far in the past.

The distant past may be closer than Cameron realizes, and two fathers are searching for a release.

First published in Realms of Fantasy, December 2002.

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Dragonfly Summer

Once, long ago, four friends made a terrible mistake that ruined their friendship. Now they are meeting up again for the first time since. The old resentments may remain, but that’s all that does, and the past may not be the way they remember it.

First published in Interzone, Issue 215, March 2008.

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The Equation

Cameron Everett hasn’t seen his high-school girlfriend for twelve years when they meet in the queue of a cafe. But both of them have followed very different paths since, and this meeting isn’t an accident. If he can’t convince her that his is the right way, Cameron may not walk away from this.

First Published in Realms of Fantasy, June 2011.

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The Frog King

Once upon a time, a prince was turned into a frog. And that was where it all went wrong, because tradition or no tradition, princesses just weren’t going around kissing frogs anymore.

First published in The December Lights Project, December 2010.

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“Moderate learning disabilities, he says. Schizoaffective disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, epilepsy, depressive psychosis. Well, Keith, he says. Looks like you’ve got a pretty good bundle there.

“The nurse behind him gives me a nice smile. I like her. She’s very pretty.

“Got a cold, I say.

“He raises an eyebrow. He’s laughing at me and thinking I don’t realize it. He thinks I’m stupid.”

First published in Abyss & Apex, Issue 14, 2nd Quarter 2005.

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