Bret James Stewart

Novelist, poet, playwright, short story author, non-fiction writer, and game designer


photo by John D. Wright


Bret James Stewart's Welcome Video



Welcome to my official website.  I am an eclectic writer in many genres, thoroughly addicted to reading and writing since I was old enough to do either.  Whether you like fantasy, poetry, general fiction, regional and area non-fiction pertaining to hiking and other interests, or the careful non-fiction work of academic and scholarly writing, I probably have something for you.

I have an abiding love for games.  I design board games as well as role-playing game material.  I have been an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons for around 30 years and, when I am not reading and writing, I am generally gaming.


My Latest Work

Tales From Transylvania



A person is not readily-definable by one descriptor or limited to a false label based upon his preferences.  Neither is this collection. Magical realism, supernatural, horror, psychological terror, dark fantasy, high fantasy, religious, social commentary, literary realism, and humour can all be used to describe the works in this compilation, but one such label will always fall short of the essence of existence these stories represent.  The entirety of life with all its glory and vagaries is the goal of these tales, welded together in a mosaic of life and death that defines what it means to be human.

At some point in their lives, most people have brushed against the odd, the macabre, or the unexplained.  These experiences leave those involved grateful to be alive, morbidly curious, shattered emotionally, or dead—but it never leaves them unchanged. Most of the stories contained in Tales from Transylvania depict such occurrences.

In dreamscape versions of familiar settings, good and evil vampires, deadly wizards, brooding faeries, ghosts, , other horrors, and the boundless recesses of the human mind all demonstrate that, more often than not, things are not what they seem. These illusions often crumble with devastating consequences for those involved. These tales, set in recognizable settings, seem even stranger than they would in an unknown setting. 

Terror and despair, though, are not the whole of life, and they are not the sum of this collection. Relationships, time, and the divine are inseparable from the human condition, so they have a place herein. Humour is also present because it is a vital part of existence. Tales from Transylvania touches on a number of themes and genres, and should appeal to a wide variety of readers.

See the Book Page for more information.

Available at the following:

Paperback at Amazon

Kindle at Amazon

ebook at Smashwords

Paperback at Lulu

Paperback at Barnes and Noble

ebook at Kobo

ebook at Lulu

Hardback at Lulu




My Writings

All my writings by genre


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Non-fiction

Academic  scholarly works about literature, history, and other topics

Biblical

Hiking Trail Reviews  covering all the trails in DuPont State Forest, Gorges State Park, and the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina via my website, blueridgehiker.com



Druidry

Druidry  I am a Christian Druid.  This category differs from biblical writings in that it may include non-biblical material


Role-Playing Game

Dungeoneer Games  this is my own rpg company.  As you might imagine, I write a lot for it

Bloodstone Classic Fantasy Role-playing Game Review  containing a number of great reviews of modules by many different game companies


Fiction

Short Stories  many different genres, but with a focus on fantasy, horror, and magical realism

Novels  longer works; includes novella-sized and larger books


Poetry

Poetry  I am first and foremost a poet.  I have chapbooks and full length books


Humour

Humour  is typically incorporated into my other works, but stand-alone humour is here


Plays

Plays  in a variety of genres and styles  


Book Reviews

Book Reviews on Goodreads

My Books

My Books  Everything regardless of genre in order of publication

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