Short Stories

Short fiction is wonderful.  A short story needs to be impactful and self-contained.  It is a difficult art form in some ways, but I enjoy writing them. Hope you enjoy the short stories in my books listed below.


The literature of the past fascinates the modern reader.  Part of this fascination is the paradox of the time and distance that creates a sense of the alien while remaining relevant in the present.  Such literature is both ancient and modern.  Some of the most interesting examples of such work can be found in the codices, such as the Exeter Book, that are frequently compilations of anonymous older texts. Codex Rosmanicus (“The Book of Rosman”), as the title implies, is modelled after such works.

The codex is a collection of writings compiled by the fictitious narrator/compiler Jaren the Traveller, a retired bard.  The corpus consists of twelve bardic tales.  The lines between fiction and reality are nebulous as the book contains personages/settings from the real world as well as those that are fictitious/fantastical. No attempt has been made to separate the two, and the result is a work that could be real but isn't.

In keeping with the feel of an ancient compiled work, the codex contains a mixture of literary forms:  poetry, a play (a dramatic tragedy), and short stories.  Thematically, they can be divided into the genres of fantasy, dark fantasy, high fantasy, horror, supernatural, and/or magic realism. 

This book is populated by the bizarre.  A death knight, an Ice Maiden, and a collection of the denizens of faerie lurk within its pages.  The text struggles with light and dark, wrong and right, and the sometimes obscure border between fantasy and reality.

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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.

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