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About J.L. Royce
J. L. Royce is an author of science fiction and macabre stories who strays (when left unattended) into noir, horror, and non-genre fiction. He resides in the United States upper Midwest, where he listens for inspiration from the coyotes and owls.
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What if the Ripper had kept killing, Hitchcock had directed Titanic, or an alien attack forced two adversaries into an unlikely alliance?
Visit worlds where wartime experiments unlocked genetic potential, where magic and magical creatures flourish, and where two detectives solve crimes in a world where Rome still rules.
The third Tales From Alternate Earths arrives with more stories and more award-wining authors. Discover these worlds if you dare!
Thirty Usher-Inspired Stories and Poems
Whisper the words “The Fall of the House of Usher” and you conjure strange imagery… a brooding, black tarn… sullen siblings… the frenzy of undeath…
This famous story, published by Edgar Allan Poe in September 1839, continues to hold sway in our society over one hundred and eighty years later. This volume is composed of thirty stories and poems inspired by this great gothic work.
Explore the vaults of the House of Usher and this haunted palace will reveal to you its horrifying secrets. When, at last, you reach the end of this harrowing journey, you will be rewarded with a deepened appreciation for the original tale.
Curl up with Love Letters to Poe and enjoy these haunting tales!
A realtor desperately tries to sell a haunted house before it consumes her body and soul. A young couple’s vacation at a campground takes an ominous turn when something menacing lurks nearby. And a haunting melody leads a curious girl to a bittersweet tale of love and loss…
Grab your partner and join the spirits on the dance floor. Scare Street’s latest collection of supernatural horror is a grand ball of fear and nightmares. This sinister collection is bursting with fourteen tales of terror—more than enough to keep you dancing with demons all night long…
The music plays faster and faster. You struggle to keep up, but you can feel your life force ebbing, your flesh withering. Something is feeding upon you, draining your essence. But no matter how hard you try, you can’t stop moving to this deadly beat.
And once the music ends, the only sounds you hear are your own screams of terror…
This volume features the following stories:
1. Marshmallow Murderer by Melissa Gibbo
2. Organ Manipulator by Justin Boote
3. Camping with the Carnival by Jason E. Maddux
4. Serenade by Craig Crawford
5. Sold by Renee Miller
6. Gram's Garden by J. L. Royce
7. The Gift that Keeps on Giving by Peter Kelly
8. The Womb by Edwin Callihan
9. Eyeless by C. M. Saunders
10. Dark Home by Simon Lee-Price
11. The Wooden Box by P. D. Williams
12. The Limb Farmer by Caleb Stephens
13. Ouroboros by Melissa Burkley
14. Crow's Books by Ron Ripley
Love Edgar Allan Poe and want more? Explore new gothic stories and poems inspired by Poe in this haunting, award-nominated anthology.
Take a tour through Poe’s Baltimore home, experience “The Tell-Tale Heart” through the old man’s eyes, go corporate at Raven Corp., witness “The Fall of the House of Usher” from the perspective of a hidden Usher sibling, and much more.
Don’t miss the award-nominated stories “The Heart of Alderman Kane” by Eleanor Sciolistein and “Midnight Rider” by Melanie Cossey, 2021 nominees for Poe Baltimore’s Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards.
Curl up with Love Letters to Poe and enjoy these haunting tales!
This volume features the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted stories from the Very Ghostly Christmas flash fiction campaign Ghost Orchid Press ran in December 2021. It’s a festive treat full of chilling tales with a traditional Victorian fireside vibe, so make yourself a mug of cocoa, curl up in your favourite armchair, and prepare to be spooked!
Featuring stories by: Alex Ebenstein, Alice Austin, Andrew Lyall, Anthony Engebretson, April Yates, Clyde Davis, Danielle Edwards, Eleanor Sciolistien, H.B. Diaz, J.L. Royce, Jay Seate, Jessica McHugh, Leila Martin, Lori Green, Maggie Nerz Iribarne, Marisca Pichette, Nicole Little, Olivia Graves, R.L. Summerling, Rebecca Jones-Howe, S.J. Townend, Sally Hughes, Samantha Arthurs, Scotty Sarafian, Sharmon Gazaway, Sophia DeSensei, Vivian Kasley, Warren Benedetto
Adventures among the stars need a ship to get you there.
Stories Rule Press presents Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel
Space Opera heroes and heroines explore the stars and discover cool new places in ships which range from beat-up rust-buckets to sleek technologically advanced craft that are the envy of the galaxy. Space ships are quintessential for the adventures and challenges our favourite characters face.
Come and explore over 400 pages of worlds of wonder and the ships our heroes fly with Stories Rule Press' 2022 edition of Space Opera Digest.
Space Opera Digest 2022: Have Ship, Will Travel is the second volume in a quarterly collection of genre fiction anthologies presented by Stories Rule Press.
"Sole Survivor" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"Captain" by Stephen Sottong
"Big Top" by Sonia Orin Lyris
"Cycle Three" by Stephanie Mylchreest
"Star Cruise" by Ron Collins
"Watch of the Starsleepers" by Christopher D. Schmitz
"Tome Raiders" by Eric Del Carlo
"The Passenger" by Eve Morton
"An Ordinary World" by J. L. Royce
"Insanity is Infectious" by Cameron Cooper
"Achemar" by Jasmine Luck
"Moby Dick's Doors" by Michèle Laframboise
"Learning Curve" by Neil Williams
"Exotic Matters" by Phil Giunta
"An icub on Mars" by Barbara G. Tarn
"Of Hedgehogs and Humans" by Rob Nisbet
"Smugglers Blues" by Blaze Ward
"Altered Skin" by Sara C. Walker
"An Unexpected Taste of Home" by Terry Mixon
"Symphony" by Douglas Smith
Space Opera Science Fiction Anthology
Stories Rule Press is a family-run micropress in Alberta, Canada, working as a cooperative to bring great story-tellers together and assist them with publication.
Editor Tracy Cooper-Posey is one of the original authors with Stories Rule Press. She writes across several fiction genres, including space opera under two different pen names, and grew up reading classic science fiction.
Particular Passages 3: West Wing
Down another forgotten hallway
lie more unexplored rooms.
Each room contains another world
waiting to be discovered.
Some are wonderful and beautiful,
others are dark and terrible.
You won't know which
until you step inside.
So take a deep breath, and open the door...
15 stories by 15 authors
J. A. Campbell, W.O. Hemsath, D.H. Aire, Michael James, C.J. Dotson, S.A. McKenzie, Amelia Kibbie, Carolyn Kay, J. L. Royce, Kitty Sarkozy, Erik A. Johnson, Lynne Phillips, Kat Farrow, Stephen L. Antczak, G.A. Miller, edited by Sam Knight
Lovecraftiana: the Magazine of Eldritch Horror - Halloween 2021
Featuring the works of
Steven J. Alvarez
Lee Clark Zumpe
Mike T Lyddon
Halloween Pub Night by D.M. Burdett
Hungry by Dale Parnell
The Butcher of Blengarth by David Bowmore
Dolly by Erica Schaef
Howls by Galina Trefil
Karma by Galina Trefil
Cannibals of Kentucky by J.L. Royce
Reinventing the Night by Jacqueline Moran Meyer
The Boy by Jodi Jensen
Ritual by Kimberly Rei
The Tea Party by Kimberly Rei
Only Ever Night by L.P. Hernandez
The Nocturnal Soldier by Matthew M. Montelione
Dead Faces by R.J. Meldrum
Candy Corn Wolves by Stacey Jaine McIntosh
Death Spores by Stephen Herczeg
Pig Man by Stephen Herczeg
Sinister Changeling by Zoey Xolton
Unbreakable by Zoey Xolton
Contains stories by B.K. Bass, Chris Durston, Gary A. Fagan, Zach Friday, Anthony Harris, Christopher Harris, Mackenzie Littledale, Tim Mendees, Michael D. Nadeau, Michelle River, J.L. Royce, Mark J. Schultis, CD Storiz, and C. Vandyke. Edited by CD Storiz and Chris Durston.
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It wasn’t that long ago when you could make a simple phone call, answered almost immediately by a very nice young person who would make your appointment, or direct you to a person who would help you with just about any problem you might have.
Those days are gone. The sweet young voices have been replaced with robots. Some of them look like computers, others like assembly monsters who can work 24 hours a day without pay. In most instances they’re nowhere near as capable as those entry level customer service employees and assembly line workers who made the fatal mistake of requiring payment for their services.
This collection includes, a myriad of robot types, from internet security robots, to home assistants, and even electronic prostitutes.
As you might imagine, a robot is only as good as its programmer and because programmers are only people we hope our collection of stories will both warn and entertain you with the unexpected results that can happen when good intentions go bad.
Today when your computer asks, "Are you a robot," you can only answer no. What will the world be like, when you can answer "yes, yes I am."