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There are a LOT of stories below. The first story is Dan's newest. Next comes our Hall of Fame. These have been on the site for more than 6 years and have been consistently highly rated by many of our readers. Below those are more recent stories followed by the prior contest winners. Finally, we have quite a few well-rated contest stories for your enjoyment - they may have not won, but they are still very good!


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King Of The Realm
by Dan DeBono Copyright © 2012

This is a stand-alone story but could it be the next novel project after Factual Illusions? Read and rate, please! We want feedback. Also entered into the 2012 Watty Awards

The tale is about Wes, a resident of our distant future, who crash lands on a planet that is a lot like our medieval past. Now, you might think having a gadget to help him learn the language in under three months, and having a few good weapons and, best yet, an encephalo chip that forms a defensive shield around his entire body would make things real easy, right? Well, maybe yes ... and maybe no.
NOTE: Not for free download at this time (available free for limited time on Wattpad).


The Hall Of Fame: Agnatha Anathema
by Dan DeBono
Can sea lampreys really be more deadly than a great white sharks? Believe it or not, the ones in this story are. It’s the Great Lakes meets Jaws in this awesome thriller. So come get sucked in - pun intended! Copyright © Dan DeBono (a.k.a. Jay Jarvis).
Published as a winner in Zharmae Publishing Press' Ends Of Man anthology!
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Tbe story above and the one below are two of the many short stories that Dan collected into a new anthology: Gareth Blackmore's Unusual Tales #4. There are a couple new stories and several others that have been expanded and illustrated. The previously published stories come from a variety of print magazines including: Vision, Weird Tales, Eldritch Tales and the Ends Of Man Anthology). This one will be available on Amazon.com soon (for 99 cents!). The stories are illustrated by a variety of talented professional artists.

Tattoo You
by Dan DeBono Copyright © Dan DeBono.
All Hell breaks loose – nearly literally - when Detective Stephan Kubat steps into Alastor Kuei's Parlor Of Unusual Tattoos to seek information about a string of strange murders. This one is short, but sweet. And if you like Twilight Zone-type stories, you should like it.

Published as a winner in Zharmae Publishing Press' Ends Of Man anthology!
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Factual Illusions Graphic Novel
by Dan Debono

Well before Dan even began writing Factual Illusuone (the Novel) , it was done as a graphic novel.

A group of scientists at the world's top gaming compamy, Virtuallusion, were working on their latest "Reality" (what they call their ultra-realistic simulation/immersion games). They inadvertantly stumble upon a way to travel dimensions ... to shadow Earths and beyond. Unfortunately for them, their boss is currupt and allows a monster to enter their home world.


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CLICK HERE TO READ ENTIRE FIRST BOOK


Bloodsucking Gourmets from Outer Space
Get ready for a cool pulp noir detective story set in 22nd Century New York. This is a sequel to the story "Lair of the Lesbian Love Goddess" being published in Meisha-Merlin's anthology, Lowport (edited by Sharon Lee). by Edward McKeown copyright © Edward McKeown

NOTE: Edward's story has been purchased (yet another of our writers). Details to come, but, unfortunately, the story can not be given out any longer.

UPDATE: Ed recently sent us another story Open Twenty-Four Hours(copyright © Edward McKeown) - please read & rate:
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Touchdown
This one was one of a few very short stories Dan did for Vision Science Fiction magazine back in the 1990s. It's only 4 pages - but a fun read. Copyright © 1991, 2012. Daniel DeBono

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The Bookseller
The Bookseller is a novel in progress and this excerpt is the second scene of chapter one. C. Robert Cales is also the author of the chilling (and nightmare inducing) Devil Glass. It is available at bookstores and Online - search for it!
by C. Robert Cales copyright © C. Robert Cales
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CLICK HERE To See Bob Talk About His Novels On Youtube!


Clone-Drones and the Real Thing
by Dan DeBono
Step inside this short tale of the future where the only cloning allowed is to make theme-park meat puppets. That is, unless you can get away with ... more ... Copyright © Dan DeBono (a.k.a. Jay Jarvis)
Note: No longer for free download


Lily Was Here
A veteran of the Crusades finds out the hard way "there's no place like home" after being abducted by future immortals. Characters loosely inspired by Frodo, Sam, Elanor, and Galadriel (Tolkien.) May not be suitable for children.
Copyright © Jerri Willmore 2003. All rights reserved.
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Walkman
The final walk of a music enthusiast whose desire for great music whenever he wants leads to his demise ...
by David H. King copyright © David H. King.
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Family Train
A man is locked into a super-realistic train-crash simulator - everything is reset after every collision - then his 'family' get on the train.
by Hertzan Chimera copyright © Hertzan Chimera
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Here is Hertzan's Blog


The Beads
This one's VERY short (and seasonal). Could it be that there is someone out there somewhere who was twisted enough to actually 'bless/curse' the beads that are thrown during Mardi Gras parades? Read and find out ...
by Kelli Lowry copyright © Kelli Lowry
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Recent Stories:

Justin Case
(And The Mountain Witch)

Story by:
Dan DeBono

Illustrated by:
Jeff Austin & Armando Gil

NEW: An illustrated story akin to a Conan tale. Jeff (Spawn/FemForce) Austin, a fantastic artist, had an idea for a Conan-type character for a secondary story-line in a comic the two were working on ... here is the result. Copyright © Dan DeBono.

CLICK HERE to read to the story


Contest Winners:

A Warrior of Perdition
This fantasy story is an excerpt from a novel by Wayne Densley (don't forget to also check out his terrific interactive stories that can be found right here on this Website!).
Copyright © 2003 Wayne Densley. All rights reserved.
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Wayne's AMAZING Interactive Story Web Site


And Still the Stars Remained
The world outside had ended. So the Elders taught. But when Matthew Weston commits a minor offense and is condemned to that outside world, he learns nothing is as he believed.
Copyright © Anna D. Allen 2003. All rights reserved.
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Visit Anna's Amazon Page (& Buy Her Novels!) Here.


Be Careful What You Wish For
This is the first story in a trilogy surrounding an elderly woman named Belda, with the unique ability to create potions which can alter people's lives. Her clients, in their desperation, believe these poison prescriptions will make their dreams come true. This story is about a young woman who is hopelessly in love with a worthless womanizer who cares little for her. She is the granddaughter and only living relative of a wealthy philanthropist, and she stands to inherit a fortune upon his death (by michelle hyland). She asks Belda to concoct two potions. One that would eliminate her grandfather, and another to inspire her lover to marry her. However, instead of finding herself married to the man of her dreams, she finds herself standing trial for her grandfather's murder, and her boyfriend suffering a curious side effect from his potion...
Copyright © 2003 By Krystal Lawrence. All rights reserved.
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The Burden
Stephen's story was the first contest story included in our print anthology: Worlds Of Fantasy. It is a tale of medieval Europe, this one has witches and warlocks and a lot more. This is a long one - it's actually a stand-alone, 72-page excerpt from a full-length novel.
by Stephen Lucas copyright © Stephen Lucas
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Buy The Full Novel Here


It’s Only Your Imagination
So, you think your office is bad? Take a look at this place. It's a whole new kind of office politics!
by K.McFarlane copyright © K. McFarlane.
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More Of Kevin's Dark Fiction.


An Act of Worship
A retiring priest stands in judgement of his congregation during his final sermon.
by David H. King copyright © David H. King.
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Highly Rated Contest Stories -
(the contest is closed, but you can still read & rate)


Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Mosimi Project
Ian brings us a tale of violence in the Nigerian/Niger Delta - which some consider a global "hot spot."
Copyright © 2003 By Ian Ikpada. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Curse on the Bones of Quzma, Son of Salimu
The disgrace in the family that leads to retribution ...
Copyright © 2003 By Norman A. Rubin. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Aura
Her home was underneath a freeway overpass. This young woman never had a friend long enough to accompany her underneath the structure; they feared her; she was unearthly. She was born with wings -– a winged stranger who was lost ...
Copyright © 2003 By Mel Thompson. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Unquiet Grave
A nurse in a hospital plays God and puts to death 36 patients over the years. She calls it mercy killing in order to relieve them of pain and suffering.
Copyright © 2003 By Norman A. Rubin. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Boats
BOATS is about introvert Francis who is abducted by a UFO one morning but cannot remember anything that had happened to him during the abduction the next day. He attends a UFO abduction therapy where he meets Dolores and befriends her. He later has to choose between Dolores and his anti-social credo but a familiar visitor comes for him. And Francis learns of the alien truth.
Copyright © 2003 By William Alexis. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Fire and Ice
This is the begining of a novel about two faeries and their journey to save their source of life, a jeweled tree from which they were born, from the corrupt lord Xendar, who seeks to use it to breed his own evil minions.
Copyright © 2003 By Rosemarie Ison. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Orchid and the Edelweiss
A dark conspiracy during WWII. British commandos and German alpinists at the Battle of Crete. An explorer executing his uncle's will follows the tracks of a troubled past, at present time. He descends into a cavern full of buried secrets... The story was written in Greek in 2000, translated in English in 2003 by its author. Enjoy!
Copyright © 2003 By Nektarios of Constantine Chrissos. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Hoop
A tramp relives the past of his youth for a brief moment.
Copyright © 2003 By Norman A. Rubin. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Report Excerpt Rainey Woods.
"I remember that day...yes sir. T'was a cold day out, kinda strange for Mid-September, and I was walking home through those cussed woods. You’ve seen th’ old burnt out church up from the general store? That's where I was a’comin' from. Back in them days, we used'ta play in it much, young’uns don’t know no better."
Copyright © 2003 By Julie Fletcher. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Critical Stage
Critical Stage is a character-driven horror tale of nightmare theatrics in London's West End. Julian Boote's previous competition entry, "Arok's End", was selected for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
Copyright © 2003 By Julian Boote. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Rise of the Phoenix
It has been almost thirteen thousand years since the Gods have walked the Earth. Come meet them now ...
Copyright © 2003 By Gareth Lydell. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
KIDNAPPED
This one is a script/screenplay and worth reading!
Copyright © 2003 By Jackie Wong Tsz Hin. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The States Trilogy - Book 1
Glib, a fifteen-year-old boy raised in a foster-family, learns he has magical talent from his tutor. He befriends a werehound and because of this is treated as a pariah by his family and the citizens of his city. Glib leaves the city with his best friend, Cinch (who tags along for his own reasons) and almost dies in the desert. A mercenary company finds them, helps them recuperate and invites them to join the company. Both Glib and Cinch accept the invitation.
Copyright © 2003 Jamie McGraw. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Hunter's Moon
This story blind-sided the author two years ago, Friday the 13th of October 2000, to be exact, on the night of the full moon. The curious nature of the date inspired this short story, about a vampire hunter who becomes a werewolf.
Copyright © 2003 Dan Shaurette. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Horde Of Ackmire'
Here are chapters 1-4 of a novel about a 4-century old half-elf who must come to terms with his past, and fight against the 'Horde of Ackmire.' Pursued by many villanous creatures, he must turn and fight them, as well as his past...
Copyright © 2003 Stephan Nelson. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Two Years After The End Of The World
Here is a story from the man who brought us The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy (available at Dragon Moon Press - print - www.dragonmoonpress.com)
Copyright © 2003 D. R. Park. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Gerald's Dead
This horror short is about a damaged who man recovers pieces of his memory and then has to pay for it ...
Copyright © 2003 Debra Grace Khattab. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
A Warrior of Perdition
This fantasy story is an excerpt from a novel by Wayne Densley (don't forget to also check out his terrific interactive stories that can be found right here on this Website!).
Copyright © 2003 Wayne Densley. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Insanitarium
Come for a short visit into the Dyavol Asylum ...
Copyright © 2003 Stephen Leech. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Crossing the Bar
A real short story that teaches us the dangers of a bar of soap ...
Copyright © 2003 Charles Langley. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
The Gardener
A little story about a man and his lawn ...
Copyright © 2003 Frank Presto. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Dog Murder
In the world of dog murder all that once seemed so real becomes horrifically twisted and decayed. The walls move, teeth bite at your ankles. You are it's victim. Run! WARNING: MATURE!!!
Copyright © Hertzan Chimera 2003 All rights reserved.
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Kingdom of Demons
When a castle is threatened by an army of demons, it finds a new hero in the local blacksmith. But in order to prove himself worthy of such an honor, is an adventure of it's own.
Copyright © Robert E. Tadlock 2003 All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Two Wrongs
A hunter, his prey and a dirty secret. Come take a look at this really short tale of horror ...
Copyright © James Spry 2003. All rights reserved.
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FTL
In the Future, Humanity is about to take a bold step into space, unless it destroys itself first! Take a trip aboard the Challenger Orbital Space Station.
Copyright © C. Edward Sellner 2003. All rights reserved.
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Contest Entry – Please Read And Rate!
Cellar Dweller's
This story is about a large house. It stands on a quiet street in a quiet town. For as long as can be remembered, no living person has entered this house. But, for this small town that is about to change.
Copyright © By Robert E. Tadlock 2003. All rights reserved.
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