Whether you are designing a new campaign setting for a roleplaying game or looking to create a world for your fantasy fiction, the creation of a pantheon will be an important part of the process. Pantheon Building provides a short primer on the issues to consider while developing your pantheon. This booklet discusses Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the role of government in the development of... [click here for more]
This is a collection of seven tales on the borderline of science fiction and fantasy. Seven stories of lost worlds, where carcasses of crashed spaceships litter the landscape and science and technology have long turned into myth and legend.
Enter a world of sacrifices and stone gods, where people live in the hulls of the great space arks that brought their ancestors to this planet, where four-armed... [click here for more]
There are two things about herself that Izzy has always known with absolute certainty: One, that she was adopted and two, that she has an affinity for the sea. For from her earliest memories on, the ocean has always called out to Izzy. But her adoptive parents thwart her attempts to get closer to the sea at every turn.
When Izzy turns eighteen, she goes in search of her past and her birth family.... [click here for more]
Another day, another pile of junk littering the workshop; that's my life aboard the Destiny. I'm Emily, the designated fix-it chick. Wouldn't be such a bad job if the crew would stop ogling me. Especially Commander Black, who just can't get it through his head that we're no longer together. That's what I get being the only woman on this third-class space barge. Unless of course you count the wardroid,... [click here for more]
Jack Slater is the worst sort of criminal lowlife, a pursesnatcher who hangs out on cemeteries to relieve little old ladies of their handbags. But when he snatches Eudora Pennington's purse, Jack gets far more than he bargained for.
This is a short story of 3200 words. This story is also available as part of the collection Murder in the Family. ... [click here for more]
A night at the circus spirals into terror...
A traitorous fiance and a murderous stranger send straight-laced bookish Emmie Kirkwood fleeing into the night fog.
But, the foggy night of 1870's London holds more than mysterious murderers, traitors, and other dark dangers. When a strange gas lamp appears at the side of the road, will it lead her to a place of refuge or a doom worse... [click here for more]
An accident leaves a man's body destroyed but his brain is moved into a brainless clone, a "brainjob." He finds out the clone is of another race too late. 100 years later his clone is breaking down. He seeks help from the company that made his clone but they have other plans for him: He's to be an unwitting test subject in the race to unlock the secret of eternal life. They couldn't be more... [click here for more]
A mafia hitman and wine collector, Montressor, gets revenge on his sadistic boss and fellow connoisseur of fine vintages, Fortunato, on New Year's Eve. Adapted from the short story "The Cask Of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe. A short screenplay by David Sloma. Contains a sample of the first chapter of "Greyland: D.U.M.B.s (Deep Underground Military Bases) Book 1" by David... [click here for more]
The stately mansion stood tall for one hundred years. But after the death of its last owner, the old house has been neglected and forgotten, its garden overgrown by rose bushes.
When three children stumble upon the old house, it gains a new lease on life, doubling for Sleeping Beauty's castle in the children's imagination. But unbeknown to the children, the old house is under threat, for real estate... [click here for more]
Waiting until closing time on Christmas Eve to get a present for his Mom certainly wasn't one of Tim's better ideas. Especially not since the store only has a self-service wrapping station and Tim is utterly hopeless at gift-wrapping. Lucky for him, the lively and unconventional Shannon is there to lend a hand.
This is a short and sweet holiday romance of 5700 words or approximately 16 print... [click here for more]
The long awaited sequel to A Circle of Arcs; this fast-moving historical time travel has been likened to riding a kayak through the rapids. If you were blind and could only see in your dreams, would you ever want to wake up? ... [click here for more]
"Sequel to The Original Sex Gates by the author of the #1 top selling series, The Sex Gates - 2003 Fictionwise.
Children of the Sex Gates takes place in the universe depicted in my book, The Original Sex Gates, NOT the trilogy written with Jeanine Berry. The Original Sex Gates is how I first wrote the novel and is my preferred version, mainly because all the events are contained in the one novel... [click here for more]
The fourth thrilling installment of Gail Z Martin's Chronicles of the Necromancer series sees Tris's kingdom on the brink of collapse and fate of Jonmarc Vahanian hanging in the balance as the vampires and the undead enter into a deadly civil war and threaten to unleash an even greater danger onto the world.... [click here for more]
"Warning: Contains Explicit Language and Scenes of a Adult Nature.
Volume two of Galactic Ecoleers, Inc. Trilogy
Karen is young, beautiful, smart, and more than willing to use all her attributes to get ahead. She knows what she's getting into even though the job requires her to be a part-time prostitute, but the job of being a deep space ecology engineer terraforming planets will make her super... [click here for more]
Dutiful soldier Callum Renwick wakes up in the underground laboratory of a mercenary organization. He learns he was the sole survivor of an attack that destroyed his unit, his hometown, and his family. In addition to the loss of his loved ones, he discovers that due to his injuries, half his body has been supplanted by artificial skin and cybernetic parts. Once he has recovered, he is assigned to the... [click here for more]
Evil Outfitters, Ltd. has specialized in the equipage of dark lords, assassins, necromantic wizards and priests, and rich madmen for hundreds of years--and it's still run by its original founder, Tavrax the Lich. When the baron Drackley signs on as a new client, he ruffles the firm's calm by showing every sign of truly being able to overthrow the king. Even Tavrax takes an interest. Madeline Muir and... [click here for more]
Featherfoot, Space Marine, 67,000+ words, is a science-fiction tale taking place roughly two hundred years in the future. The story revolves around Charles Featherfoot, a native American who joins the Space Marines as he seeks his destiny upon finding that there are no openings in the Galactic Ecoleers. Because his father invoked a request for an ancestor to guide him, Charles finds his path guided... [click here for more]
"The Tower of Glass has been destroyed. Balor of the Evil Eye is dead. But now the Tuatha de Danann clans must face a new threat from the piratical Fomor race. While one faction tries to make a peace, a ruthless military under High-Admiral Tharkus forms a conspiracy to thwart the attempt, gather their forces, and strike back at the Children of Danu. The young hero Lugh of the Long Arm must gain new... [click here for more]
"Galactic Ecoleers, Inc., Volume 3, His-Terrary 72,000+ words, is set roughly two hundred years in the future. The story revolves around Karen, an Ecoleer team leader whose mission is to terra-form dead planets. Karen is young, beautiful, smart, and tough as well as being so rich that she lacks for nothing.
In the His-Terrary Mission, Karen finally discovers the one thing she is afraid of, though... [click here for more]
"Manchester House was built upon secrets and blood. Even the land upon which it was built was considered... bad.
ITEM: Native Americans for untold centuries believed that if a bird flew over the property it would die.
ITEM: On the forced "Trail of Tears" march to Oklahoma, a rival tribe invaded a campsite of a sworn enemy, resting upon the property, decapitated the women and cooked their heads.... [click here for more]
"Four timeless tales from Sheri L. McGathy, together in one collection:
~ THE BIRTH OF SPRING~ When the Winter King stays the wheel, refusing to allow the season to turn, the Summer Queen has no choice but to declare war. Yet, there is one within the southern realms unwilling to see the peoples of Faery wage war. Astara, daughter of the Summer Queen, has taken it upon herself to journey alone to... [click here for more]
"What if we saved planet Earth? What if we conceded that there is no technical solution? What if we adopted all the recommendations of environmentalists, restricted our own freedoms, and changed our ways tomorrow? What would the future look like then? What would humanity look like?
The Yates twins, Anna and Aurora, are born into a true aristocracy: one determined not by gender, ethnicity... [click here for more]
"Warning: Contains Explicit Language and Scenes of a Adult Nature.
Karen is young, beautiful, smart, and more than willing to use all her attributes to get ahead. She knows what she's getting into even though the job requires her to be a part-time prostitute, but the job of being a deep space ecology engineer terraforming planets will make her super rich after only two or three missions."... [click here for more]
This book is a collection of Science Fiction adventures that have previously appeared in Raygun Revival and Spacewestern Magazines. The first is about a miner on a desert planet who risks his life to rescue a woman that he really wishes he hadn't. In the second, romance is in the air when antagonistic races join in a mission to save a peaceful planetary population from immanent destruction. In the... [click here for more]
It's Saturday morning. Time for the Dead End Show, everybody's favourite cartoon program. Hosted by Linda and Dead End Cat, with special guest star Diane, the Vitamin Queen.
It's Saturday morning and Stella is trying to sleep. When she is rudely awakened, she tunes in to watch the Dead End Show but instead finds an infernally boring film about… bananas?
Something nefarious... [click here for more]
He never brings me flowers...
Waiting for your boyfriend to finally come home from work can be hell, especially if it's your anniversary and you suspect he forgot – again. But does the ringing of the doorbell promise roses and sex and the long overdue proposal or something far more sinister?
A foundling, a newborn, abandoned... [click here for more]
Alex got to keep the minivan, but lost the family he bought it for, his wife Helen and little daughter Sandy. But though Alex has long fallen out of love with Helen, if he was ever in love with her in the first place, he would never give up his daughter. And sometimes, murder is a cheaper solution than divorce…
This is a short story of 2600 words. This story is also available as part of... [click here for more]
Peter Simmons is everybody's favourite neighbour, always willing and eager to help. But he's also a man of roaming hands, a man who won't take "no" for an answer, a man who takes whatever he wants, whether it's cookies from a jar or the sweet as honey single Mom who moved in next door. But sometimes, getting caught with a hand in the wrong cookie jar can be deadly…
This is a... [click here for more]
Thirty years ago Jimmy Donnelly was sent to prison. Now he's free again and eager to finally avenge himself on Detective Charles Maryham, the man who put him behind bars. And then there's Maryham's beautiful wife Carla, the subject of many of Jimmy's wet dreams back in prison.
But thirty years is a long time. And sometimes, it's too late for vengeance.
This is a short story of 3700 words. This... [click here for more]
Three tales of broken hearts and love gone wrong
Matt was the great love of Lydia's young life. But how can she possible survive, knowing that he loves another, that red-headed bitch Jeannie?
They got their happy ending, the white wedding, the house, the suburban life together. But every morning when he leaves for work, she secretly hopes he won't come back.
Three... [click here for more]
Nine tales of love, death, vengeance and murder.
He got to keep the minivan, but lost the family he bought it for. But sometimes, murder is a cheaper solution than divorce…
A travelling salesman vanishes, leaving behind a wife, two children, countless lonely housewives and his hat floating in a stream. But what really happened to Jack Bryce?
A foundling, a newborn,... [click here for more]
"Welcome to Fortannis-a place where adventure waits to waylay you around every corner.
It's a land where humans mingle with stubborn dwarves, mysterious elves, and feathered biata against shape-shifting gryphons, necromantic zombies, and silly goblins. It's a land where things are never as they seem; where good and evil are not always clear-cut, and where the strong do not always prevail.
In... [click here for more]
"In a future world where humans are in danger of extinction, the US government is taking desperate measures to preserve a declining population caused by decades of climate change and destruction to the environment. Weather related catastrophes are a common place and coastal cities are under water; people are destined to live in submarine-like underground shelters. Roe v. Wade is overturned and abortion... [click here for more]
17 authors, 17 different stories, and one prompt.A Princess, A Boatman, and A Lizard...
Seventeen authors took up the challenge and responded with works ranging from silly to dramatic across genres such as fairy tale, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, Native American tales and more.
The 2012 Forward Motion Writer's Anthology is an annual showcase of the multi-national... [click here for more]
"At sixteen, Tamya is forced by her father to marry a wealthy older man. On her wedding night she resists her husband and is viciously beaten ... then watches in shock as he bursts into flames and burns to death before her eyes.
She flees her village and meets a sorceress who reveals that Tamya has the Touch--the ability to use magic--and brings her to the Temple of the Order to be trained ... but... [click here for more]
"Lieutenant Freddie Williams played World of Warcraft to escape family misfortunes and the war in Iraq. After an IED attack shatters his mind and body, he descends into his own fantasy world where he pursues quests like in the game. But in this game, the goal is not to get to the next level, but to find a reason to live.
As Freddie emerges from a medically induced coma, he lapses in and out of a... [click here for more]
"Crete faces ruin and starvation as a result of the great eruption. Hero and Aito organise merchants to charter ships and bring in grain. They face mutiny, pirates and storms which drive them to the coast of the savage Scythians who earmark one of the crew as a human sacrifice. Following this escapade, they land in Pontos where ruthless Amazons arrest them, as they allow no man to enter their territory.
Once... [click here for more]
On an Earth ravaged by global warming, human-dolphin hybrids called Aquarians have built thriving reef colonies among the drowned cities of the coast. Now their world is under siege from an enemy whose invisible weapon leaves no survivors. Only Ocypode the Atavism—half-human and half-Aquarian, marooned in the genetic limbo between species—knows why. Disclosing the reason could be as deadly to... [click here for more]
All Jasmine wanted was a calm summer in Pine Bush. When she sees a UFO her first night home from college, she is willing to brush it off as swamp gas reflected off Venus, until two men arrive at her door to harass her into silence about a picture she did not take. Soon she realizes Men in Black may be the least of her worries and that ignoring the Grays and their plans for her will only embolden them.... [click here for more]
"The Vagabond Resistance has found a new ally in a ship of legends, but will its enigmatic commander help their cause or bend the Resistance to her own agenda?
When the Third Leader Jasky tracks down the legendary ship Leviathan, Earth ambassador Hugo Halespear finds his skills as a diplomat in demand once again. Jasky hopes to use Leviathan to unite the Resistance and take the fight to Andromeda,... [click here for more]
Middle-aged teenager and rough diamond Steve Turner plays part-time rock and roll and dreams of the success that he knows has passed him by. He has found love at last, so perhaps it is time to give up. Then a scrap of yellowing paper covered in handwritten guitar chords comes into his possession and he finds himself increasingly obsessed with untangling the music—obsessed, that is, to the point... [click here for more]
"While investigating the murder of a prominent Senator, FBI Agent Erica Blake uncovers a drastic, top-secret operation. A group of rogue American generals are planning a ruthless attack on China, as a way to free the U.S. from the crushing debt the country owes the Chinese. Named Operation BlackSnow, the plan will be carried out without the knowledge of Congress or the public. Realizing the attack... [click here for more]
Raven travels to France to fulfill her destiny as Queen of the Vampires only to discover her family was slaughtered while asleep in their crypt by Vlad Tepes. Demitrius Volcheck is Vlad's grand-nephew, assassin and Raven's lover. Armand Lavoissiere is the human who accidentally bumps into Raven while feeding in an alley, dragging him into her bizarre underworld. Basil is the vampire who makes protecting... [click here for more]
"Far away, in a land beyond the fog, lies the land of Alamptria. From the desolated fortress of Makoor, the dark lord unleashes his deadly undead creatures against the free people of ‘Elysium.' Three powerful knights shall rise with their claymores of powers in hand, and challenge the dark forces.
The dark forces have risen!"... [click here for more]
"Emily is trying to put the past behind her, including the crazy time in Cornwall when she encountered Vivienne, the evil sorceress who once bested the magician Merlin, but even as she denies the reality of the supernatural, it is roiling toward her inside a blue caravan, driven by the splendid Romany Bernard Moses.
Bernard found an unusual pebble he saw on a beach, one that engaged him far more... [click here for more]
"In the tradition of the classic animal fantasy novels of yesteryear comes a new novel... a tale about a young mockingbird and his family and their struggles against prejudice and hate. At its heart, it is a story about the power of love and friendship -- and how a hero is born.
Sunshine and her mate are devastated when one of their babies is born with a life-threatening birth defect. They do... [click here for more]
The centuries-old, lovesick vampire Count Wildheim donates some vintage clothing to a charity. His servants leave an item of the Count's in a pocket: a necklace his long dead lover Catherine gave him. He wants it back at any cost and sends his vampires on a killing rampage to retrieve it, into the Goth club scene of Montreal, where two club kids are falling in love. Who will stop the vampires? -Contains... [click here for more]
"Every kid has parents who embarrass them on occasion, but Gabrielle Jordan has more to complain about than most. Her mother, paleontologist Professor Julia Jordan, has dragged her around the world for most of her sixteen years searching for proof of her bizarre—and embarrassing—theory, that creatures of myth and legend existed 50,000 years ago during the last ice age. As for Gabrielle's father,... [click here for more]