The Nuja of Lomar Series (Sword-and-Sorcery meets the Cthulhu Mythos)
"The Sword of Lomar," Short Story, Swords against Cthulhu, Rogue Planet Press, June 2015
“The Sword of Lomar” is a prequel to H. P. Lovecraft's “Polaris”, focusing on a red-haired swordwoman, Nuja of Lomar, as she attempts to halt the horde approaching the land of Lomar's capital city, Olathoë. Nuja of Lomar is heavily inspired by the scarlet-haired warrior women of the pulp era created by Robert E. Howard and C.L. Moore.
"The Summoning," Short Story, The Fall of Cthulhu Volume 2, Horrified Press, June 2015
A fantasy tale infused with some dark humor. This short story is inspired by the works of Clark Ashton Smith and Fritz Leiber. The theme of the anthology is to propose a possible explanation of why the Great Old Ones never returned during humanity's time on the planet. “The Summoning” features a naive young thief, Kasar, who is commissioned to procure a valuable commodity from an isle of sorcerers.
"The Other at the Threshold," Short Story, Barbarian Crowns, Barbwire Butterfly, July 2015
This is a sword & sorcery anthology that is a tribute to Robert E. Howard. “The Other at the Threshold” once again features Nuja of Lomar, as she comes across a chaotic situation while on a quest in the northern lands.
"The Sword of Guspar," Short Story, Barbarian Crowns II, Rogue Planet Press, February 2016
Nuja of Lomar finds herself assisting the Chief Prefect of Guspar in a sorcerous murder investigation. A sword and sorcery detective tale in the vein of Robert E. Howard's "The God in the Bowl."
"The Last to Die," Short Story, Swords against Cthulhu II: Hyperborean Nights, Rogue Planet Press, February 2017
"The Last to Die," is told from the perspective of a proto-Norse invader who meets his match when he and his warriors attempt a raid on the land of Lomar.
"The Legend of Saucy Mary," Short Story, October's End: Beware the Magic Pumpkin, Horrified Press, September 2015
"The Dark Thicket," Short Story, Kill Those Damn Cats, First United Church of Cthulhu, July 2016
Lahir, a pallid feline of Ulthar, finds herself battling a sworn enemy on a nocturnal visit to the Moon.
Tales of the Shadowmen Series (Adventures in French Pulp Literature)
"Ardan at the Pole," Short Story, Tales of the Shadowmen 12: Carte Blanche, Black Coat Press, December 2015, Reprinted in Doc Ardan: The Abominable Snowman, Black Coat Press, November 2016
“Ardan at the Pole” is a lost world adventure tale that sends Doctor Francis Ardan (Doc Ardan) to the North Pole in order to investigate the disappearance of the main characters from Charles Derrenes', People of the Pole.
"Galazi in the Enchanted City," Short Story, Tales of the Shadowmen 13: Sang froid, Black Coat Press, December 2016
“Galazi in the Enchanted City” features Galazi the Wolf from H. Rider Haggard's novel, Nada the Lily traveling to Kisimbasimba, the City of Lions as depicted in Eugène Hennebert's, The Enchanted City. While in Kisimbasimba, Galazi meets its young monarch, Queen Touloumia and her mysterious adviser, Nomma, Mistress of the Waters..
"Symphony of Madness," Short Story, The Whisper Out of Time, Paizo Publishing, November 2016
"Symphony of Madness" takes place in the Immortal Principality of Ustalav, more specifically at the Sincomakti School of Sciences during a special Founder's Day concert featuring a beloved singer and recent graduate of the Karcau Opera, the stunning bard Alora. Accompanying Alora is her older sister and bodyguard, Elena, formerly of the Sleepless Agency, who can't seem to shake a sense of dread regarding the university. Adding to Elena's discomfort is an attractive nobleman from Osirion who seems to have taken a special interest in Alora.
"The Legend of Blade," Short Story, Cirsova #7, Cirsova Publishing, March 2018
Civilization has fallen and mankind has reverted to varying degrees of primitive savagery and feudal society, but hand-in-hand with civilization's demise, the new world has also seen the rebirth of strange and powerful monstrosities...and heroes!
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