Next Cab/s off the Rank:
There are many stories awaiting a spin of the story-wheel of fortune. This page will be updated in late 2021 to reflect the ones to come …
Plans and outlines underway for three, four, five stories … more
The following stories are set in the same place with characters who need help. They call in the man who deals with problems no one else can or will. He’s the shady negotiator, whose price may be more than the weight of a soul —
Under construction: the Black Stories
Blackened Rose – Published August 2021. It’s the story of Rose.
Black takes a case for a woman who scares him into paranoia, but when his friend asks a favour and he has to call the woman in as an expert in the field, he finds that even his secret skill isn’t enough to get everyone out alive.
Two young women need to stay out of sight for a while, and take up the offer of work on a station — cooking, cleaning, the usual, and a bonus — any help on the nearby paleontology dig is extra pay.
But the mud-map directions to Bent-bone road lead them beyond the world they know, and the skeletons on the side of the road are only the first sign of things to come.
Monsters behind, below, above. How can they fight their way out of this situation? The crime boss wants them dead so he can have his talisman, the station boss wants them as food for his other tenant, and the ghosts that follow Pella want something she doesn’t understand.
The last fire warrior of magic sends Black in to steal back her family heirlooms from the water snakes, but the job goes wrong and Black’s suspicion of the strange woman is high until she comes in as part of the team.
What is it that drags Jayce back to the town where the only thing left standing is the bridge over the dry riverbed and the screaming memories of the deaths of his family and friends? Maybe this time, he can bury the ghosts. If not, he’s going to take the final step and blow the bridge into oblivion before the terror returns …
All Hope Abandon, All Ye Who Enter In. That’s the sign on the gate, but Klio has no choice. Some of the souls she’s responsible for chose the wrong path, and now she has to set them straight even if she has to take their place and bear their punishment. That’s what angels of death do, isn’t it?
Not sure about this one being in the Black series, but if not, it will be a standalone dark urban fantasy.
The Call to Magic
Novitiate is out now. If there’s interest in this story, I’ll keep going with the others. If not, it may be unpublished.
The Call to Magic is a series of novella stories based on the Paths of Magic. Ten (?) stories about travelling each of the paths to reach the magic stage/number.
From Novitiate to the End stage of magic, one novella at a time. Magic, Urban Fantasy, Dark, with splashes of horror.
The Call to Magic: Maiden – Part 2 of the Magic novellas. Stay tuned for further updates (release schedule tba).
Novitiate, Maiden, Muse, Seer, Sage, Sorcerer, Sacrifice, Ferity, Fury, Nomad. The final stage on the path to magic is Zero, the Ouroboros, the one who sees all. The travellers on the path meet together for the last time to take on the final task to save it all (want to keep reading? I’ll let you know when they’re ready to meet you).
In the meantime, there’s these stories:
Finit – The End – Done – Available:
Meet the man who works the night to find the price of a soul.
Dark Urban Fantasy, horror (Dante-esque) — Awaken, spirit of Maiden, soul of purity, heart of empath. Come, seek your true purpose, if you dare …
Stories of Hope – I have a short in the anthology to raise funds for the fires in Australia: Milli n Muddy, so check it out.
Valkyrie in the style of an eddic saga, this nouveau-noir story steps through a man’s love and devotion to a cause.
He trained her, named her, set her on the path.
A collaboration of two storytellers …
Dark Urban Fantasy, horror, Central Australia – Two people, one Other, and the 9,500 square kilometre lake. The Gate is open, the Diaballein breaks through …
Thriller, espionage, rural Australia – A damaged ex-covert operative seeks the quiet life but has to deal with the niggling problems from the last job before she can settle in real life.
This one may become an unpublish later in the year … watch this space.
Urban Fantasy/Arcane/soft sci-fi – A mother’s loss vs the millions of lives in the Icosa – which will the Gate-Keeper choose?
Kraken, Dragon, Cat vs Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Crocodile – Fantasy Allegory – Can Cocky save the world from the rule of Overlord Cat?
A collection of short stories.
— More will follow!
If there’s anything you want to read, any title that tugs at your desire to know what it’s about, do this: email me