Currently listening to: Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene (still. seriously, love this song.)
In honor of my latest story being posted on QuarterReads.com this afternoon, I’m posting a little bit about the four short stories currently available on the site. I’ll give the title, word count, and genre of each piece, as well as the same preview you can see on QuarterReads.com*. And after each preview, I’ll also include one of Quarter Reads’ newer features, the subject tag associated with each story, to give you an idea of what, precisely, the story is about.
Surviving Faerie–A Word of Warning (*newest*)
Fantasy, 1482 words
Those are the most important rules of Faerie. Or rather, those are the rules that will keep you safe if you find yourself stuck in Faerie. If you last a full day there without breaking any of the rules, you’ll be returned to the mortal realm unharmed. The denizens of Faerie hate it when they have to let someone go, so they do their best to make sure that you slip up. They’ve gotten very good at it; after all, when was the last time you heard of someone wandering into Faerie and coming home to tell the tale?
associated tag: Faeries
Horror, 1054 words
He found her in one of the dingy Whitechapel brothels. As soon as he stepped inside, he was drawn to her: a pretty, frail creature, no more than twenty years old. She was timid, frightened, and clearly new to a life of prostitution. Her dress hung loose on her undernourished frame, and when she coughed, he caught sight of a few drops of blood on her pale hand before she wiped it away onto her dark, threadbare skirt. He could practically smell death on her, could almost see the Grim Reaper himself standing behind her, waiting to steal her away from life. She was perfect.
associated tag: Vampires
Fantasy, 1978 words
Porcelain skin, auburn hair, glittering emerald eyes…without a doubt, Mirella was the most beautiful girl in the town of Velada—assuming that the accounts that I’ve heard about her aren’t wildly exaggerated—but she was also an absolute mystery. No one knew where she came from; one day she simply appeared in the main square.
After her arrival, Mirella walked silently among the merchant’s stalls, looking at the trinkets and goods for sale. Her movements were somehow disjointed, as though she wasn’t entirely comfortable in her own skin. She wore an expression of vague interest, though she didn’t stay at any one stall for more than a few moments before wandering to another. Curious, but wary, the townspeople drew nearer to the mysterious new girl in their midst. They tried to speak to her, to understand who she was and where she came from, but they quickly learned that she didn’t speak a word of their language.
Everyone was baffled. The girl spoke—she wasn’t mute—but no one was able to understand her words.
associated tag: Love
Fantasy, 1981 words
Stay on the path.
It was the only advice anyone ever gave Mira, and the only advice that mattered. Everyone knew that staying on the path was the only way to make it through the forest safely. The fair folk who lurked among the gnarled trees did not make it easy; they worked tirelessly to entice even the most wary travelers. The twinkling fairy lights and the tempting, ethereal music that often drifted through the otherwise-stale air of the forest had lured countless souls off of the path. Mira knew of no one who had escaped the fair folk’s grasp once they had strayed.
Stay on the path.
The phrase was a constant refrain in Mira’s mind as she stared at the beaten-down dirt. The moon was full and bright overhead, casting the half-dead trees in a luminous haze. It was risky, traveling through the forest at night; the fae were more mischievous and more attentive to the few lonely travelers who walked the path after sunset. But her mother was ill and the medicine woman lived in the heart of the forest. The gossips claimed she was half-fae herself, and Mira believed them.
associated tag: Faeries
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In addition to myself, there are over 70 writers currently active on Quarter Reads, giving you an excellent selection of stories to choose from! Features on the site include a Top List, reflecting the most popular stories every day (which you can further narrow down by genre), a Recently Added List (customizable in the same way, and a list of all current Quarter Reads authors.