From the vaults:
Sci-Fi short story [2K words]
A half-human/half-cyborg soldier returns home after fighting in an interstellar war, to find a less than warm reception awaiting him.
Fantasy short story [6.7K words]
After the bloody Sudlander invasion of Caledon lands, a cunning Sudlander lord forces a local tracker to hunt the creature most sacred to his people—a dragon.
Fantasy short story [5K words]
An untested young Caledon highlander must face savage Nordlander raiders when they attack a coastal village and threaten to steal his cattle.
Horror/Fantasy from circa 1996 [10K words]
Otto von Schist must fight for his life against corpses resurrected by a mysterious sorcerer who seeks revenge upon his family for reasons unknown. Kinda hokey, but maybe the seed for later stories.
Fantasy/Horror from circa 1999 [18K words]
A young Caledon highlander, Lochalain, must battle winged demons and twisted sorcerers to stop a dark conspiracy from bringing ruin and destruction to his homeland.
My stories wot got published in the dim, remote past @ Eggplant Literary Productions, R A G E machine, Aoife's Kiss, Cyber-Pulp, Strange Horizons, Oceans of the Mind, Neverworlds, SBD SF&F, Planet Relish, This Way Up, Fortean Bureau, Quantum Muse and other venues, some gone now, others still hanging in there.
My Sci-Fi webcomics!
My fun hobby. Secret Agents, Space Pirates, Robots, Cyborgs, Ninja.
The Shufflin' Deid
Horror Novella [50K words]
Marty returns home after a short all-expenses-paid holiday in the local jail for joyriding, only to find the streets of his home town of Braenock full of shuffling, snarling crazies who want to take a bite out of him.
Every time somebody falls doon deid, they get back up again to join the crazy horde. It looks as if the zombie apocalypse might have arrived! But this isn't the movies, this is Scotland, where only the cops have guns and they're all locked away in police stations. Problem!
Armed with only a tyre iron and a bag full of stolen sandwiches, Marty has to find his way home so he can make sure his mum and his sister are okay, even if they might not be too keen on seeing him again. And then he has to figure out what he's gonny do about this mess, because no one else seems to be trying to stop it.
Starship Captain: Call To Arms
THE DEMON WARS #2
Sci-Fi Novella [21K words]
Captain William Star returns to Sol System and finds Space Navy's home fleet has been attacked and annihilated by a superior opposing force. As the cunning enemy lurks in ambush, probe ship Bluebird finds survivors among the wrecked fleet, including an admiral who insists Star counterattacks at once. But Star sets course for Mars instead, risking court martial and charges of cowardice. Can Star tilt the balance or is it already too late?
The King's Secret Service
A Steampunk Adventure Novel [90K words]
Irish smuggler Shaun Keagan is unwillingly recruited by the British Secret Service and ordered to discover why a Prussian ironclad lies crippled in a French port, its dead crew hideously burned. But Keagan finds much more than he bargained for. The dangerous secret that powers Prussia's undefeatable ironclads and war machines is nothing compared with the darker secret of the Übermen, the real power behind the Prussian throne...
The Kaiserine's Champion
The 1st Kaiserine's Champion Adventure! [27K words]
To avoid having his neck stretched, ex-soldier Manfred must fight in the Arena, where he finds himself matched against a deadly enemy: vampyres! Only by drawing upon his own inner strength can Manfred hope to keep his life and his soul intact.
The Werewolf's Curse
The 3rd Kaiserine's Champion Adventure! [40K words]
Newly arrived in Schloss von Krazny, half-vampyre swordmaster Manfred must solve a grisly series of what appear to be werewolf-related killings.
(This novella was scheduled for release in early 2015 by Eggplant Literary Productions but alas this didn't happen. But check out the sweet might-have-been cover art on artist Francesca Baerald's site.)
Starship Captain: Enemy Within
THE DEMON WARS #3
Sci-Fi Novella [21K words]
Captain William Star and his small flotilla—consisting of Bluebird plus new build probe ships Faith, Hope and Charity—jump back to the Moon to engage the OPFOR warships that destroyed Space Navy's home fleet.
But Charity is no longer showing on the scopes. Star fears her lost, along with her crew, but strange behavior from Bluebird's antimatter power source suggests the missing ship is trapped in the Warpstream. Star leads a daring rescue to get the crew off the stricken ship, but the mission is interrupted by a mystery hostile with deadly intentions.
Adding to existing complications, Star is contacted by an honest-to-goodness little green man who tells him about the Hellspawn—the murderous race that attacked the human colony worlds and is now preparing to attack Earth.
Starship Captain: Red Alert
THE DEMON WARS #1
Sci-Fi Novelette [13K words]
Four colony worlds abruptly cease communication. Probe ship Bluebird under the command of Captain William Star is tasked to investigate Procyon Colony. Upon arrival in the system, Bluebird encounters radioactive debris, the remains of the two probe ships Star was to rendezvous with. Hundreds of colonists are dead or missing. The war has begun. But who is the enemy?
The Adventures of Manfred, the Kaiserine's Champion [Vampire swordmaster collection]
3 action adventure novellas in one: The Kaiserine's Champion, The Vampyre's Kiss, The Werewolf's Curse. Adding up to 90,000 words!
See further down the page for descriptions of individual novellas.
A Dark Renaissance
Historical fantasy/horror novella [40K words]
A pair of young political rebels in 16th century Italy plan to free their city from its tyrannical ruler and his deadly guard captain, unaware that the captain is in hot pursuit of a monstrous fiend who is murdering the city's prostitutes.
The Vampyre's Kiss
The 2nd Kaiserine's Champion Adventure! [26K words]
Manfred is recruited by Eva, the Kaiserine's daughter, to assist in the underground war between the Secret Police and the vampyres of High Sazburg. But when the vampyre Families also attempt to recruit him, Manfred finds himself immersed in a deadly conflict that threatens to overwhelm the entire city.
by Stephen Knight and Derek Paterson
International security consultant Jerry Manning has a lucrative sideline: he kills people for the Chinese Mob, so quickly and so effectively using his martial art skills that the Chinese call him the White Tiger, a nickname born out of respect—and fear.
When wealthy Chinese businessman James Lin's son is brutally murdered in a San Francisco penthouse where he was seducing a beautiful actress, Manning is hired to fly back to the States to help track down the killer. But closely guarded family secrets are reluctantly dragged into the light. Lin's older son was also recently murdered in Shanghai, with the same M.O., suggesting that the real target was always James Lin, and that the killer is an assassin with skills every bit as deadly as Manning's.
S.F.P.D. detectives determined to uncover the truth behind the murder are on a crash course with Manning, blocking his view as the elusive assassin slashes their way through Lin's defenses, intent upon exacting old-fashioned blood vengeance upon their hated victim, whose past crimes have finally caught up with him.
WHITE TIGER is an action/thriller novel of approximately 125,000 words/400 pages.
Revenge is a dish best served bloody!
Available right now this very second from Kindle Store
Check out the reviews!
"Great Characters, Great Story" / "Great story!" /
"A Sexy Thriller" / "Terrific story!" /
"To much sex and graphics and bad language. Stopped after a few chapters and returned it. would not recommend this book"
OMG MY BOSS IS A WEREWOLF, I KNOW, RIGHT?
A Noir Fantasy novelette [13K words]
Suddenly unemployed, office clerk Jane reluctantly applies for a secretary's job working for shady private investigator Dick Kruger. But before her interview is even over, she finds herself involved in a shooting. Soon she's kidnapped by mobster boss Mickey Ferro, whose howling mad gang makes her doubt her sanity. Is she going crazy, or are these guys werewolves? And can her would-be boss rescue her before they eat her?
Sci-Fi short story [4300 words]
It's High Noon on Ganymede when a homicidal cyborg comes a-lookin' for trouble. Two spacemen have to think fast before the shooting starts.
Sci-Fi short story [8K words]
An offworld research station is about to be fried unless its suspicious crew can learn to trust a rogue Artificial Intelligence to protect them. If only it didn't look like a giant trapdoor spider, and keep stealing things...
Sci-Fi short story [11K words]
A future detective struggles to solve an unusual murder: the victim has been completely drained of calcium. It's a coin-toss over who'll kill him first, the murderer, or his cynical world-weary partner.
Fantasy/Noir Mystery [6.5K words]
“Lucky” Malone's uncanny ability to guess cards and numbers draws him to the attention of gangster boss Jimmy the Nose, who wants Malone to steal something important from a rival gangster’s safe. Blonde femme fatale Velma tags along to keep an eye on Malone and see he does as he’s told. Trouble now!
Fantasy/Horror/Mystery [10.5K words]
A young woman lies dead in the morgue, brutally slain. Her distraught fiancé admits to killing her. But Kapitan Franz Drubber of the Ministry of State Security discovers the murder is anything but simple, and the culprit remains at large.
Dial W For Writer
A Noir Fantasy novelette [9K words]
Pulp fiction writer Betsy has to think fast when Rose, a member of her writing group, asks for help. Rose has left her romance novel manuscript in gangster boss Pazzini's office, and if he finds out she's looked at his hit-list, she's dead! Luckily Betsy has assistance from her lead character, Bonnie, a beautiful femme fatale who becomes more real to Betsy than ever in her hour of need.
Sci-Fi short story [6K words]
On Ganymede, a lovelorn woman pursues the pilot of her dreams, with the help of a nutty A.I. and a bunch of little guys. But someone wants them dead.
Sci-Fi short story [2600 words]
A spaceship crew stuck in hyperspace and desperate to return home is haunted by the ghosts of dead lovers and crew members who don't want to be left behind.
From the vaults:
How to Get a Head in Life
Fantasy [1100 words]
Greek legend Perseus seeks out the Ugly Sisters in his quest to get his mother married off so he can par-tay with his buds.
Fantasy [2800 words]
Complications ensue when a socially inept servant invites a charming young lady to dinner in his master's Transylvanian castle.
Sci-Fi [2K words]
In a post-apocaltyptic world, the arrival of an enigmatic motorcyclist at a roadside inn triggers a bloody orgy of violence.
Fantasy [2K words]
When a goblin horde threatens civilization, Lord Rychard must call upon a mythical hero to swing the battle in his favor.
Horror [3.9K words]
A U-boat is ordered north of the Arctic Circle to investigate a strange iceberg that would appear to be hollow. The crew is unprepared for the horror they find within. Lovecraft-inspired horror.
A young blonde woman recalls her brief, doomed romance with her slightly unusual lover, a giant ape.
Horror [3.9K words]
An unrepenant Nazi flying ace recounts his final fateful mission, to thwart an otherworldly menace before it rises to destroy the world. Lovecraft-inspired horror.
Sci-Fi [2K words]
The richest man in the Galaxy seeks a foolproof defense against his rivals, at any cost.
Sci-Fi [2K words]
A diplomatic meeting on a distant planet turns into a fight to the death—with the two human delegates outnumbered and outmaneuvered by a wily foe.
Sci-Fi [2K words]
On a distant starworld, the Prince of Thieves breaks into a temple, looking to plunder loot, but finds himself plundered instead!