Welcome to Curio Killed the Cat—an occult shop in Kensington Market, Toronto. Meet the employees (a lazy hoodoo spellcaster, a feminist succubus, and a snobbish Wiccan priest), their perpetually drunk (and confused) boss, and their strange customers, as they try to keep the shop from closing. . . .
A young man dies, and a grim reaper offers to revive him in exchange for servitude. Responsibilities include saving other people’s lives and occasionally fighting unspeakable horrors. But this particular young man is cripplingly shy. No, seriously. He can barely even speak to people. It’s really bad. Takes place in the modern fantasy world of Eleg. . . .
The supposed memoirs of Arnold Schnabel, a brakeman/poet recovering from a mental breakdown in the quaint seaside resort of Cape May, NJ, in 1963. . . .
What if you really were transported to a fantasy world and expected to kill monsters to survive? No special abilities, no OP weapons, no status screen to boost your stats. Never mind finding the dragon’s treasure or defeating the Demon Lord, you only need to worry about one thing—how to stay alive. . . .
Thalia’s Musings is narrated by Thalia, the Muse of Comedy, as she observes the comedy, drama, and tragedy of the ancient Greek pantheon. But when Thalia becomes more than an observer, the Fates take notice. Are Thalia’s powers limited to helping mortal playwrights hack out a comedy sketch, or can she create happy endings in real life, even for the . . .
Once upon a time, a foolhardy smuggler pulled off an impossible heist, and then was forced to do it AGAIN by people who didn’t realize he’d never done it to begin with. That was Pay Me, Bug! Now, in a Rake by Starlight, the same foolhardy smuggler must survive two revolutions and a secret Black Ops organization suffering from buyer’s . . .
The Slush Pile is a weekly short-fiction blog run by Hal Matthews that runs the gamut of speculative fiction. Updated every Wednesday, the stories can range in focus from power-armored paladins looking for love at the edge of space, to boys getting high with the monsters in their closets. . . .
BEHOLD! The most THRILLING tales ever committed to the inter-net! OBSERVE! As Victorian adventurer and gentle-man of action, Lord Likely, solves BAFFLING mysteries and battles TERRIFYING foes! GASP! As Lord Likely and his hapless man-servant, Botter, encounter killer prostitutes, undead gentlemen, female pirates and HORRIFYING beasts! THRILL! As Likely beds a succession of gorgeous females, while keeping . . .
From the author of the award winning novel “River” and internet cult hit “Catharsis” comes a serialized novel about the end of the world and the lives of those destined to stop it. Three girls are thrust together by their shared abilities and the roles they are to play in the nearing apocalypse. They are guided only by the mysterious . . .
A collection of stories that range from silly to serious. Adventurers will travel through strange lands, filled with stranger denizens, indeed the adventurers in many cases will themselves be curious beings unknown to you. Sometimes you will encounter a more familiar form, only to pull back the hood and see that actually, that elf had goat eyes. It will . . .
Four unlikely friends are permanently linked together when they install a beta “ultimate collaboration” tool on their computers—that allows them to teleport to and from each other’s homes at ease. Of course, they get more than they bargained for when they discover they can’t turn their connections off . . . . . . .
Rowena has a mother: “This is my life, Mom. Not a Jane Austen novel. Not—” “Listen to me, Miss Independence. He’s a nice young man, but men expect things. Even nice ones, sometimes. He’s going to think that you’re inviting him to do . . . married people things.” Rowena tried to interrupt, but when she opened her mouth nothing came . . .
Everything you know is wrong- there are plenty of gods but no afterlife, wizards plot rebellion against eldritch horrors with marketing departments, the Chinese Mafia runs the phone company, every tarot card is a prophesy waiting to happen and most vampires live in trailer parks. Read on to visit a world where every cliche is a parable, every fairy . . .
Jun 9, 2009: Dead Boyfriend is my guilty pleasure: an engaging narrator and fun sex scenes—what’s not to like. The whole vampire thing is trod rather lightly, and though the writing is a bit uneven, when it’s fun, it’s a lot of fun.
Regan St. James is a self-possesed, horny teenaged vampire hunter, in town to take his high school equivalency exams. First night, while out looking to scratch a certain itch, he happens across Ira in a bar near the local college. They [more . . .]
Oct 23, 2016: The Archive is not your typical narrative, and often times it isn’t even technically a narrative, but that isn’t a bad thing! It takes the form of a series of entries in the eponymous Archive, which documents strange events all over the world. It’s really an exercise in continuous world-building, with a sense of narrative peppered throughout via reoccurring incidents and ideas.
Its creativity and wit are notable, and if you like urban fantasy and exploring unusual worlds, you can’t go [more . . .]