Other Short Stories

The short stories below don't belong to any series, but they're still fun reads! If you do read one of these stories and would love to read more in any of the worlds, please drop me a line and let me know. You never know, you might inspire me to write more!


Be careful what you wish for.

Stuck in her dorm room alone on a Friday night, Leah can't imagine her loneliness getting any deeper until she pops a new game into her computer... and gets sucked into it. Trapped in a world of darkness and rain, she fears she'll never see another living soul again. Until she meets Zach. He may be the balm for her heart she's been searching for, but fulfilling her wish comes with a price. Is she willing to pay it?

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Bloodstains

When the clock strikes midnight on Beltane Eve, the rains will fall and flood the lands...

It's the end of the world. But one woman has a way out - gather enough friends and open a portal before the Earth floods, devouring itself whole. Except even if she does, there isn't enough time to save everyone. Who will she have to leave behind?

Hair of the Dog

Lydia needs to see a man about a dog. And it's not a shot of whiskey she craves.

This roaring 20s speakeasy doesn't only harbor flappers and bootleggers. Lydia can attest to more sinister things posing among the normal revelers. She's one of them. And with a hungry beast inside her, she can't withstand her thirst.

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Every book has a heartbeat. And some are louder than others.

Leda loves her job as a college librarian - books are her friends, ones that take her to far off lands and who don't cheat on her like her last boyfriend did. But a strange incident with a student has her wondering if there's something more sinister about the books in this library.

Even Sean, the man who's trying to woo her away from her books, claims the library made him uncomfortable when he attended the college.

Of course, Leda can't confide in anyone about her suspicions, though there have been several questionable deaths on campus over the last few years. Sean would likely think she's crazy.

Is she crazy? Or does danger lurk in between the pages?

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This Is Where I Stand

A warrior torn between obligation and desire.

Zenya fought for and won the right to be Ambrosia's next queen. Now, she waits for the current queen to die and she finds the honor her aunt forced her into is instead a burden. She longs for her childhood home, Trugor, where magic drifts on the winds and infuses every blade of grass.

Those in Ambrosia think magic an abomination. If the reigning queen discovers Zenya's heritage and thoughts, a quick death might follow. Possibly that would be the kinder fate, since her desire to return home and breathe in the magic consumes her. How can Zenya rule a people she despises?

Cold, Oh So Cold

Hearts of men as frozen as the kingdoms they live in.

Hear the static of a radio? Feel the chill sink into your bones and refuse to leave? Then you must be in the three Ice Kingdoms of Chyraine. No matter where you turn, the icicles can be seen forming in the hearts and minds of all the inhabitants. Or being driven into their backs and throats by their enemies.

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It all started with those darn shoes.

Dorothy is stuck in Oz with a trio of off-the-wall, diabolical munchkins, intent on putting her on trial for killing the Witch. She's all for a little bullying, at least when she's dishing it out to the kids back home. But these munchkins go too far when they force her into the Witch's silver shoes and parade her down the yellow brick road like cattle to be judged by the Wizard of Oz.

This story received an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future Contest for the 4th Quarter of 2009.

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"A Little Bit if Magic" (Revised Version) in the anthology Hazard Yet Forward

Does anyone know the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mere? That poem inspired this story. Read my speculations as to why no one answered the Traveller's knock.

"Kindled Morphogenesis" in the anthology Modern Magic: Tales of Fantasy and Horror published by Fantasist Enterprises.

Lost memories surface in Fiona's mind when her lover is murdered, but with the memories come flames that consume her heart and soul.

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❦ "Jasmine, Sage, Lavender, and..." (Drabble) in The Drabbler #1 published by Sam's Dot Publishing [October 2004]

Blublu scented candles can be found in this story, not to mention other alien surprises. If I said anymore, the description would be longer than the story.


❦ "What Will Be Will Be" won 1st Place in Century, Volume 54, Carroll College's literary magazine - published under the name Lori Phillips [Spring 2001]

This mainstream story concerns a young Wiccan's trials with a Christian next door neighbor. It's not too serious though - humor is applied throughout.


❦ "A Little Bit of Magic" (Short Story) won 1st place in Century, Volume 53, Carroll College's literary magazine - published under the name Lori Phillips [Spring 2000]

Does anyone know the poem "The Listeners" by Walter de la Mere? That poem inspired this story. Read my speculations as to why no one answered the Traveller's knock.