Stories

My goal is to tell the kind of fantasy and horror stories I developed an early affection for by authors such as Robert E.  Howard, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others.  Ok, I have to add Edmond Hamilton to that list. 
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Biplane pilot finds a lost city!

Tales of Despair Volume I

Lost in a savage Jungle...


Sent off course by a faulty compass, Lieutenant Erik von Mendelsöhn sets his plane down in the treetops of an African jungle after running out of petrol.

Having survived the terrific crash he is now forced with enduring the terrors of a primitive world with no idea where lay the lines of the friendly forces he was attempting to reach.

Soon,  Erik discovers there to be forces at work infinitely more dangerous than the wildlife with which he has contended since abandoning his wrecked plane, when he discovers a mysterious prehistoric city, buried in a valley governed by the time-warp of a distant star  whose grim, gray inhabitants would make of him a thrall.


This is a short story in the Weird Tales tradition.

Published February 8, 2016

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Once upon a time… on a cold and dreary winter’s night…

For many the frightful remembrances of an awful event suffered during youth fade with time. For others, however, the dreadful scene swells with passing years, driving sanity from its path.

Decades after a night of terror an old man, his mind teetering on the ragged edge of madness by his childhood recollections, determines to face his fears by awakening the world to the monstrous visions that haunt his dreams.

Now he sits down to pen a strange narrative describing an event his family suffered while living in an isolated cabin during a blizzard on a night of soul-wrenching horror.


This is a short story in the Weird Tales tradition.

Published February 11, 2016

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An Arabian tale of a quest that could only transpire in another time and place…

When Iskandar’s father came to him and said: “My son, you must go to the tents of mine enemy and bring to me his greatest treasure!” little did the lad guess what was about to befall him.

Now, alone amidst the palisaded tents of his father’s rival, would he come away with the chieftest of the great sheikh’s riches? How would he know this gem among gems? Or would the boy lose his life as he attempted to wrest the most valued possession held by one of the most powerful sheikhs of all Arabia - Akram el-Amin!

Simsalabim!

This is a short story in the tradition of A Thousand Nights and Night.

Published May 4, 2016

A prehistoric tale of the Pleistocene...

A prehistoric tale of the Pleistocene...

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Published March 25, 2020

Banished from his tribe after offending the chief, a hunter named Bru stalks into the tiger-haunted hills with only his stone knife and the furs on his back, determined to find some way to appease the chief so he might return to the tribe. For if he doesn't return soon, the girl he loves will be mated to a hated rival on the night of Wyrm.

Yet Bru's plans are thrown out of kilter when he runs afoul of a visitor from another world. Bizarrely instructed in science and physics beyond his simple ken, savage Bru finds himself making a deal with the mysterious outsider that will allow the hunter to return to his people.

For this story I pulled a first for me -- I painted the cover.  I've created many of the covers I've published but those were created using digital software--this piece started life as an 11x14 oil painting.

As with my other fantasy pieces, this painting dove tails with my writings of the bizarre, outre and fantastical.

I hope you'll enjoy reading the story of the adventures of Bru, a Hunter of the Seven Rivers Tribe, as he goes up against saber-tooth tigers, cave bears and an alien race intent on clobbering his world...

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Published December 20, 2016

Tales of the Tomahawk Volume I

He had the heart of a Viking – and the spirit of an Arapaho warrior

A man of great melancholies who is prone to bury his woes in a  shot glass, Ansen Grost drifts from job to job, typically taking on details for which no one else is suited.

So when a movie producer approaches a nearly-broke Ansen in a dingy bar in Zimbabwe with a job offer as leading man in a film, he decides he has nothing to lose.  After making land, they march inland through a tropical forest to their campsite where they soon suspect they are not alone...

Having carried for years a tomahawk he inherited from the Arapaho medicine man who raised him, Ansen has grown accustomed to how the ancient weapon draws him into confrontation with supernatural evil in bizarre and often mind-blasting forms.

 

But even Ansen is unprepared for what he finds atop the cliffs of this unknown island. 

This is a short story in the Weird Tales tradition.

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Published March 26, 2017

Tales of Despair Volume II

Stranded in a Cosmos of Despair...


Having fled the horrors of a lost city, Erik is thrown into circumstances that might shatter a weaker mind when he and others  are taken into custody by the servants of Deneb.

When he is scanned by their strange science, his brain is found to be suitable for assignment as replacement Navigation Assistant, a position they're desperate to fill since they killed the last one. 

Encouraged by this assignment to a position of note, he is disturbed to learn of an underlying stream of mutiny that threatens to ensnare him and his friends.

 

They leave Earth to rendezvous with one of the hated gray-backs.  To make matters worse, the captain of the star-vessel reveals his lascivious intentions for Peenemünde - the German girl Erik loves.

Erik has a decision to make--one with potentially history-altering reverberations…

A novel in the Weird Tales tradition, this story is a sequel to the The Valley of Despair.

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Published November 10, 2017

In the dawn of the ages…

It’s been years since Conan of Cimmeria last embarked on the sort of grim business for which the King of Aquilonia had become famous. Keeping his quest secret from all but his most trusted inner circle, he is soon on the trail of a mythical object of the ancient serpent people – the fabled Green Stone, stolen from the Temple of the Serpent in the days of the Atlantean known as King Kull.

 

Masquerading as a Cimmerian thief—a role he knows well how to play—he must fight his way into a previously unknown cavern of the ancient race of snake men. Here has been stored a hoard of tokens of power, including the gem of which he has need.

 

But he must hurry!  If he does not return with the stone in time, all he has struggled for will be for nothing and his world will never be the same.

This is a short story in the Weird Tales tradition.

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Published May 16, 2018

A Tale of Conan of Cimmeria

The immortal character created by Robert E. Howard

In the hills of far Cimmeria…

Conan and his band of cutthroats perform a daring night raid in the heady days of their youth when none were safe from the ravages of... Conan the Raider.

This whimsical piece of flash fiction -- based on Robert E. Howard's famous character --doesn't take itself too seriously.

 

I had included this piece as a 'bonus' at the end of Atlas of the Serpent Men, but as I enjoy doing cover art, I decided to publish Old Crem as its own release.  I hope you enjoy.

Originally posted on SwordsOfREH as A short, lively tale of Conan, Nov 8, 2017.

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