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Novels are my forte, but variety is the spice of life, after all. This is where I'll dump all my short stories when I feel like combing through my files.

๐๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ. Cassandra "Cassie" Thomas is a nineteen-year-old Cambridge student with a passion for literature and writing. For an assignment, she has to read one of Danielle Miracle's best sellers-The Race for His Heart. However, a dangerous wish transports her into that very novel. After an accident with Princess Verity, she is now one of the candidates in a race for Prince Henry's heart. ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ. โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ”โ” Cover by GirlWithSparkleEye (Wattpad + Insta)

[COMPLETED] Young and disillusioned, Nicole Fischer decided a long time ago that she wanted to take a break from dating. Exasperated with the wait after two years, her sister, Andrea, forcibly sets her up with a friend. Nicole has no choice but to humour her sister and so, goes on the date, only to have it end abruptly. When she meets her date again in a cemetery while fighting an angry ghoul, they suddenly find themselves in a corridor of doom - aka, the Netherworld... which isn't actually a very bad place for someone craving alone-time like Nicole. There are only two choices: either embrace love or be stuck in the Netherworld forever. Nicole has to make the choice. What will she choose?

Assorted writings and poems

A woman and her dead dog. Trigger Warning: It's all right there. Don't say I didn't warn y'all

Olivia Kingsley is famous in her town for her delicious food and warm, friendly demeanor in her bakery. She's top dog in town,until rival Eli Mason sets up his bakery just down the street from hers. Olivia is furious and determined to ger rid of Eli, once and for all. But what happens when Olivia starts opening up to Eli and him with her? Crazy antics and some serious chemistry, that's what!

1500 word science fiction story for a competition The story takes characters from the HereAfter Series and twists the Prologue from Book 2 into a Sci Fi short story some elements of which, may or may not make an appearance, down the track, in Book 2.

A song inspired by a visit to Gettysburg way back in 1976. The Bi-Centennial year for the USA. I visited at the insistence of my friend and fellow traveler, Michael. He was in the Army Reserve in our hometown Sydney, Australia. Michael planned our trip itinerary so many historical military sites were naturally included. Gettysburg, although I'd heard of it I doubt it would have been a must see for me save for Michael. It had a profound effect on me to this day. When my friend in Perth Stoney Martin was asked by a friend in Texas to write a song with Texas mentioned in the lyrics. Stoney and I thought that the USA may be headed for another civil war and we both thought we could come up with an anti-war protest song about the Civil War. I set down some words in 2020 In the middle of the Covid madness. Covid and Facebook restrictions took precedence over songwriting for us both. Stoney concentrated on his own music as a retired professional musician. Meanwhile, I got out my, now old, Casio Keyboard and finally resolved to learn to play the piano. In 2023 I decided to come back to writing and renew my interest in my HereAfter Series of books. I also decided to make a book of the lyrics to our protest song.

In late spring, a tornado sweeps through the idyllic mining town of Paradise, Texas. On the same day, seventeen-year-old Cindy Ackerman doesn't arrive home. As the mystery over her whereabouts deepens, Nick Brennan's curiosity for the girl from his school morphs into obsession. Why can't they find her? How far is Nick willing to go to help? What if each new clue points towards him? And if he knows more about the night Cindy never came home, why can't he remember? Everyone has a story. One has a secret. Copyright 2020 S J James

A quartet of freshly-graduated mages is tasked with looking after a young prince for the day. While it all sounds simple in the beginning, keeping tabs on the boy in a city filled with the hustle and bustle of a festival turns out to be harder than expected. When a dragon's shadow falls over the merrymaking crowd and the prince is nowhere to be seen, the four friends must do all in their power to find him and save their hides.

After civilization is propelled in a new direction, a cheap, no-frills way of housing the dead is required. A relatively humane solution to a world-wide inconvenience was born in the form of Zombie Park. Compound owners were hero-worshiped, and dubbed America's next generation of forefathers. Miles is a pen-keeper at the weirdest zoo on the planet. In co-charge of the Raptors, Gnashers and New Converts, something unexpected appears on his manifest, and he's forced to face the past he ran from. But times have changed, haven't they? Can you be held responsible for decisions taken to ensure your survival? Would Miles' dead ex-girlfriend think otherwise? ยฉCopyright 2021 S J James Cover from Canva template - meiyuanstudio

Following the death of his brother, Drew's parents leave him to his own devices. Unable to cope and incapable of grieving alone, Drew is turning invisible. Forced to relocate for spring break, he stumbles over what could be his salvation in the woods behind his grandfather's house. For Aiden, his former childhood crush that's arrived back is now all sorts of weird. But before he can decide if it's good weird, he's unwillingly pulled into a plan to help Drew keep a secret-one that would put him at odds with his own parents. ยฉCopyright 2019 S J James

Adrian's headed for a collision. He doesn't know when; he just knows that he is. With his father ill and his mother devout at his hospital bedside, Adrian is left navigating the world of grief, microwave meals, and first love alone. The sole person who makes him forget is Heather, his childhood crush who is eternally drifting away. When Adrian initiates a dare-to-be-great-moment, although criminal, he holds hope it may just keep her in his life a little longer. ยฉCopyright 2021 S J James

In the heart of Tokyo, tucked away in a narrow alley, lies a mysterious bookstore that appears only to those in need. When Hiroki stumbles upon it, he is drawn into a world of ancient mysteries and mythical Japanese creatures. As Hiroki's senses adjusted to the surreal surroundings, he couldn't shake the feeling that he had stepped into a different realm altogether. The air was alive with whispers, and every rustle of leaves seemed to carry a message meant only for him. There were kitsune with fiery tails and mischievous grins, tanuki with bellies as round as the full moon, yokai and spirits of every shape and size.

The world of Zenshou is vast, and the characters have their own lives outside of their individual stories. Short stories revolving around characters in the world including Kali, Spike, Thorn, and Thistle of The Sorceress's Murderous Companion, and soon to be other stories set in the world. Contains elements of body horror, eco horror, soft moments between characters, eventually a story about a pop up tea shop is in the works.

||Book 1 of the TRIBE Chronicles Series.|| <<At the dawn of retribution, his true legacy begins.>> Traumatized by the events of a tragic past, a young teenager, David Blaze, must find traces of his family murderers. Modred, a powerful sorcerer from the occult called the 'Chaos Force,' tries every means to stop David, aiming to retrieve a relic called the 'Map of Mysteries' and then, silence the latter for good. However, the heated events that unfolds afterward will ultimately set David on a solemn journey to seek what he truly wants.

In the wake of her husband's mysterious demise, journalist Sara Dutch embarks on a relentless quest for truth, aided by her steadfast colleague, Rayan. As they delve deep into the shadows of deception, their journey becomes a perilous dance with danger. Amidst the shattered promises of a life cut short, Sara discovers fragments of Leon's secret past, hidden like pieces of a fractured puzzle waiting to be assembled. With every revelation, the line between the living and the departed blurs, and she must confront the remnants of her once-secure reality, where the past and present converge in a delicate dance of fate. Prepare to be captivated by a tale where secrets linger in the whispers of the dead, and the answer to one question may unlock a universe of enigma: Do you believe in ghosts?

Welcome, monsters, to the inaugural issue of Notes in the Margins of Nightmares, a zine written/edited by T.L. Bodine. Step inside for a taste of dark fiction, an exploration of horror history, writing advice, and more...

Everett Donovan and his wife, Dahlia recently suffered a major loss, their baby daughter, Nora died from pneumonia. It's a struggle for all your of them. But their thirteen year old son, Kyle, seems to feel it most of all. Wanting to get away from everything, Everett takes his grief stricken family away for several weeks during the summer to an old, abandoned house. Things seem to start getting better, until one night, Kyle mentions the girl in the house. Neither Everett or Dahlia believe him until they see the girl themselves. Suddenly, strange events start happening, doors opening and closing by themselves. Stuff disappearing and returning in odd places. And sometimes, the girl starts crying because she wants her parents. Everett, Dahlia and Kyle realize that they have to discover the truth of the girl's mysterious death and help her move on. WARNING THIS STORY DEALS WITH INFANT DEATH AND FRIGHTENING IMAGES, CHILD DEATH AND ALCOHOLISM.

This is a club for people who suffer from some form of anxiety! It can come from anything, whether it be stress, OCD, ADHD, Autism, phobias, etc. or even everyday problems. If you have anxiety or stress, this is the book for you!!! It will be a vent/rant/help book to share experiences in the comments and to find like people and to know you're not alone! Open to advice and suggestions! Cover by @winteringpages- This book is created by me, Ashley Griffith. I own this story, no one has the rights to copy and use the ideas without MY permission. I do not condone people stealing other people's work!

The Goddess of Youth learns that trusting a Trickster comes at a heavy price. *** To be the Goddess of Eternal Youth is to be the most important among the Aesir. But it can sometimes be a tedious existence. Enticed by her friend, the Trickster-God Loki, Iduna dares to leave the Realm of Asgard and descends to Midgard, where only mortals dwell. She arrives amidst preparations of a spectacular feast and is drawn into the merriment. Then, she meets the mysterious and charming Thomas. He is unlike anyone she has ever met before, and is overwhelmed by him. Yet, as the last stroke of midnight nears, she realizes that Thomas may not at all be as he appears. ยฉ2022 Lorraine Tramain. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic methods, without the author's prior written permission. This book can only be found on Kerning until further notice.

A battle-hardened war hero embarks on a perilous quest to cleanse the streets of Paris of a sinister threat. *** Captain Phoebus de Chateaupers returns home after years of war to find Paris in a state of fear and the girl he was supposed to marry horribly slain. By order of the highest official and driven by a vow of vengeance, he sets out to dispose of the demon prowling the city at night and its masters. But as the decorated Captain and his loyal cyborg-squire venture into the ever-growing mystery surrounding the fiendish killer, the creatures known only from legend and the very facade of Notre-Dame awaken. The line between monster and man blurs as there is more to this demon than Phoebus was led to believe, and the question arises - what is the true terror haunting Paris?

A most unlikely pair is matched by the Queen of the Faeries. Can their love stop the strife that holds fair Verona in its grasp and keep the shadow of Death at bay? *** Two households both alike in dignity. In fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. From forth the fatal loins of these two foes a pair of star-crossed lovers are ripped from mortal life. 'Tis not the tale of Romeo and Juliet I tell to thee. For another pair of hearts weigh equally as heavy in strife and sorrow, if not more. One, determined to protect his fair cousin and House Capulet, the other, swept away by princely duty yet bound by friendship with House Montague. In the space betwixt, they meet where none exist but them. Where none know the love they bear for one another. Alas, love alone cannot save them. Mayhaps the mischievous sprite and fairy Queen who opened their hearts upon a Midsummer's night can. Yet Death lurks. And her song beckons more than one ill-fated heart.

In music, we find solace. We find strength. Our voices soar. "Our heart song is the voice you hear inside, who you truly are." - from the movie 'Happy Feet.' In stories, we find escape. We find dreams. Our minds soar. "Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams." - Neil Gaiman. Each of the following stories, varying between fairy tale, fantasy, and drama, is based on and inspired by the music and lyrics of the wonderful upcoming Belgian symphonic metal band Worlds Beyond. Do not expect a happy ending on all of these, for that is not in my nature.

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