A Minor Malevolent Spirit and Other Tales
With stories ranging from classic sword and sorcery adventures to contemporary horror to twisted takes on myth, legend and folklore, A Minor Malevolent Spirit offers ten tales of magic, mystery and the supernatural… with a dash of humor thrown in for good measure! A man discovers a demon living in his basement, then hires it to advance his career. A young king in exile challenges a powerful wizard in a battle of wits to reclaim his throne. The Aztec pantheon gathers for an unusual contest to win the favor of the immortal Serpent King. A proud warrior queen plots bloody retribution to avenge her murdered family. Ten fantastical tales promise to deliver thrills, chills and even a few laughs. As an added bonus, author notes for each story will give fans a glimpse into the craft of writing and my creative process:
A Minor Malevolent Spirit: A man discovers a gremlin living in his basement, then hires it to advance his career.
It’s a Living: An assassin contracted to eliminate a powerful wizard discovers there’s more to the job than he first imagined.
Monster: A dark, modern take on vampires and the Van Helsing characters that hunt them.
Dead Men Usually Tell No Tales: A gangster story with a supernatural twist.
Paradise Lost: A bold reinterpretation of the classic Adam and Eve tale.
Hydra and Us and Them: Two very different versions of a classic spy tale, with author notes examining the creative process and author choices that led to each particular version.
Castles and Kings: A young king in exile challenges a powerful wizard to a battle of wits to regain his throne.
Feast of the Gods: The Aztec pantheon gathers for an unusual contest to win the favor of the immortal Serpent King.
Volsung Blood – A German Folk Tale: A proud warrior queen plots bloody retribution to avenge her murdered family.
WARNING: These stories contain strong language and scenes that may be disturbing for some readers.
Previously Published Works:
It’s a Living
Officially published in the second Carnifex Press anthology Clash of Steel: Book Two – Assassin in March of 2006. Pretty tough to find copies of this one anymore; consider it a collector’s item if you have one. Also appears in A Minor Malevolent Spirit and Other Tales.
Feast of the Gods
My first published short story, this appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of Paradox magazine. A Tangent On-Line review mentioning my story can be found here. Also appears in A Minor Malevolent Spirit and Other Tales.