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About Cathbad Maponus
With an Associates degree in Literature, Cathbad has published several short stories, the novel "Flight of the Elves" and its companion, "The Shen (Elven) Language Guide". Also in the series, "Stories of the Elves of Kali", Volumes I and II. Also "Darganau: Autobiography of Dragon". Look for Book 2, "Darganau: War and Pieces", in late June/early July.
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Also featuring the Sidewise Award-nominated story Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon, by Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria.
Our world could have been so very different...
Eight stories take us on a journey into how our world could have been. What if the nukes had flown that day over Cuba? What if Caesar had survived? Imagine the Tunguska meteor with a different outcome. What if there was a true story behind HG Wells' most famous tale? See the world as it might have been if China discovered the New World first. And what if all of this was never meant to be and dinosaurs ruled the Earth?
Authors Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Terri Pray, Rob Edwards, Maria Haskins, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, and collaborators Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria show us the world that might have been - if the butterfly's wings had fluttered a different way, if the world changed between heartbeats, if a moment of decision saw another choice.
This is the fourth anthology from Inklings Press, aiming to provide a platform for new and upcoming authors and to open the door onto different worlds.
WELL SUITED by D. A. D'Amico
FERTILITY POD SUBJECT 803 by K. J. Kaufman
DEAD SPACE by Cathbad Maponus
BLIMEY by George Strasburg
WHAT CAN’T BE SALVAGED, YET MUST BE by Jim Lee
TRANSIT by Michael W. Clark
SPARKLE SHIP SHINE by Hall & Beaulieu
CRY HAVOC! by Shawn P. Madison
FINAL STATION by D. A. D'Amico
Skeptical still, he allows himself to be guided into that underworld city. What they find astonishes and amazes all three. A city both ancient and advanced! What did their world really used to be like? Still, Darganau sees nothing of worth to add to his collection; though Chastyra convinces him the dwarves will pay much in gold for their finds.
But the mountain hides another secret, deep in that buried, ancient city: The trolls Darganau so loathes have learned magic! And the creation that troll wizard has constructed will prove one of Darganau's most deadly encounters!
Come get a taste of Cathbad's writing, in multiple genres, and tell him what you think.
But this is one dragon that might be his match!
Living in an island mountain, this strange dragon has been feeding off the coastal residents. And it ha already taken the life of one would-be Slayer!
Told in Darganau's own words (as dictated by Chystyra, his long-time elven servant), you will hear one of Darganau's most arrowing - and different - adventures.
Captain William Jarvis made the decision to breech the anomaly, and investigate the odd ship.
And thus began the adventures no one had ever expected!
Now Captain Jarvis has wrangled a peace treaty between the warring parties in this strange galaxy. Whether or not the peace will hold is yet to be seen. But it is not off to a stellar start!
Captain William Jarvis makes the decision to breech the anomaly, and investigate the odd ship.
And thus begins an adventure no one had ever expected. The ship proves to be alien… and the crew of the Vangoeth finds themselves in a strange galaxy, millions of light years from home! The Vangoeth comes under attack quite soon after passing through the anomaly/barrier. And that initial combat shows the Earthlings just where they stand in the hierarchy of the galaxy they find themselves in.
It may be years before the crew develop a way to get home. Now they must assume the role that seems thrust upon them in this strange part of space. The way they handle things will not only determine their own survival, but how the rest of the universe will view Earth’s humanity.
One last time, an old man, with his young friend, will watch one of the old films, now that those films have been sold, and are going elsewhere.
The movie is an old B-Movie few have ever heard of – which is why the old man wants it to be the last one he watches. But near the end of the movie, something appears on the screen that should not be there: An abomination, wielding a deadly blade!
The creature walks out of the movie – and real life becomes a hell of its own!
Six months later, the boy – having survived the horror of witnessing his friend’s death – happens to read an article of a similar killing, in one of the new places mixing theaters and diners. The boy, who was never considered a reliable witness on the death of his friend (no one believed his wild story), decides to find the celluloid films, and do what he can to end the horror!
But, will he be in time?
A crime family, a comatose victim and a host of low-lifes are intregal parts of the mystery. Fortunately, there are some good cops who can lend their support along the way.
But, who culd have been prepared for the supernatural? And how will even the department's most experienced detectives handle it - or even, can they?