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Jay’s Tales

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 20, 2017

I have been busy on the writing front. And it keeps getting busier. Here’s what is published and forthcoming, with links on where you can get them! I’ve listed stories in inverse order of publication, so the most recently published stories appear first.  Note that the most recently published might not be the same as the most recently written. I’ll try and keep this page updated regularly.

You can also find my author page over at Amazon, but it won’t include things published exclusively online, etc.

Blood Creek Witch (novel)
A tale of monsters, magic, and mayhem in the hollers of West Virginia, inspired by traditional American folklore. Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, a monstrous evil rises, and the only one who can stand against it is a teen-aged witch who doesn’t believe in magic.

Grieving and lost after the death of her parents, Jenny Morgan is sent to West Virginia to live with an aunt she’s never met. It’s there that Jenny is confronted with an unbelievable family heritage of witchcraft and magic – something she immediately dismisses as old-fashioned superstitions. However, once her new home is threatened by deadly horrors straight out of myth and folklore, her aunt’s stories become impossible to ignore.


“Shoot First” (short story)
StoryHack #3
A street gang is in possession of a powerful magical amulet that can kill with a single thought, and Donovan Flint must survive long enough to retrieve it. Another Donovan Flint story (first featured in StoryHack #0, “Dead Last”).

“The Martian Princess” (short story)
Planetary: Mars
The luxury space-liner “Martian Princess” disappeared without a trace many years ago on an almost-routine voyage between Earth and the Mars colonies. Once thought destroyed, a struggling salvage company has discovered the ship drifting lifelessly in a non-ecliptic orbit around the sun. Unfortunately, they must not only contend against ruthless pirates, but against whatever killed the crew and passengers long ago.

“Voices of the Dead” (short story)
Mirages & Speculations
A hunter is compelled by the voice of his dead wife to seek aid from priests in a perilous trek across the dry mountain lake bed… only to find that his destination may be more dangerous than the journey.

“Retrieving Abe” (short story)
StoryHack #1
Lydia Madison is the daughter of a dragon hunter, and the second of three wives in a plural marriage in a tiny village in the Utah Territory. When her husband is abducted by a dragon, only Lydia can rescue him… even if it means trading her own life for his.

“A Drop of Kruger, a Bottle of Dunning” (short story)
Sibyl’s Scriptorium Volume 4
A struggling writer finds a magical key to success, but the cost may be too high. Honorable mention for the 2017 DragonComet Writing Award.

“Dead Last” (short story)
StoryHack #0
An operative for a secret magical agency is locked in a running battle with a necromancer with the power to turn fallen allies into enemies.

“The Queen of Shadows” (short story)
Cirsova Issue #5
An exiled warrior returns to aid his sister only to learn that she may have awakened something far worse than an old family feud in the tunnels beneath the ancient city of Deodanth.

“Crawlers” (short story)
Electric Spec Vol 12 Issue 1
In the aftermath of a terrible earthquake in Salt Lake City, a man and his neighbors must contend not only with heat and loss of utilities, but an ancient menace from beneath the lake that has come out of hibernation.

“Doubleblind” (short story)
Altered States II: A Cyberpunk Anthology
Experimental neural enhancements give volunteers amazing new skills, but the monthly upgrades are a nightmare. Unfortunately, nobody survives “opting out” of the program. Phil Draxton may not be the first.

“The Priests of Shalaz” (short story)
Cirsova Issue #4
Seeking rescue from the strange world of Shalaz, fortune-hunter Jesse Calhoun instead finds himself caught in a crossfire between the British Empire and powerful mystics.

“Best Wishes” (short story)
Sibyl’s Scriptorium Volume 3
A modern-day genie encounters a mysterious obstacle to granting three wishes to a struggling single father. The winner of the 2016 DragonComet Writing Award.

“Cold Spot” (short story)
Beyond the Wail
Where do things go when they seem to just “disappear?” Two computer security specialists track down a missing laptop and discover that there are some things they are better off not knowing.

“The Van Tassel Legacy” (novelette)
Mechanized Masterpieces 2
A steampunk sequel to Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Fifty years later, a young man comes to inherited property in Sleepy Hollow, and discovers the dangerous secrets of the van Brunt family.

“Dots, Dashes, and Deceit” (short story)
Terra Mechanica
A telegraph operator and mute autistic savant must foil a kidnapping plot against a local inventor.

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