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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!
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.
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
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
Lovecraftiana: the Magazine of Eldritch Horror - Halloween 2021
Featuring the works of
Steven J. Alvarez
Lee Clark Zumpe
Mike T Lyddon
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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A Stranger, Passing Through, by Holly Barratt. A woman, stranded in Italy, watches as her very existence unravels and she is forced to come to terms with some inconvenient truths. And hiccupping is the least of her worries.
The Gun that Killed Certainty James (and Other Collectable Oddities) by D.K. Latta. Time travel at its twistiest, with a now you see them, now you don’t story featuring an antique gun, a mystery neighbour and a scary guy with a yellow coat and a big black car.
The Ping, by David Matthews. Ever feel like the internet knows more about you, and what you might do in the future, that you do? Certainly more than your partner does, in this dark tech tale about the seemingly arbitrary decision making power of faceless computers – and the chilling effect that can have on real life.
Marked by a Dragon’s Love, by Sam Muller. Dragon’s are evil, right? That’s what young Pegala’s always been told, and now the villagers are out for dragon blood. The dragon’s old, though, and not been paying attention to the ways of humans. But she’s not finished yet…
NutriMom by Mark Silcox. When young Emil discovers a mysterious grey box he finds the mother he never had – Nutri-Mom! She’s just a face on a screen but she’s just the guide young Emil needs. Trouble is, she wants him to do such strange things…
Luxury Underground, by Francis Walsh. A post-apocalypse dance floor in an underground bunker with two unhappy people contemplating a commitment that will change things irrevocably. But you’ve got to survive, yes?
The Bee Tailor, by Davin Hall. The Lord’s going hunting and wants the most exquisite clothes he can lay his pampered, indulged hands on. But the bee tailor’s artistry comes at a price – and when the bees start to argue with him, he has some hard choices to make.
Thought Surgery, by Richard Webb. What if you could think yourself handsome? Would it change your life? And how far would you go? Be careful not to fly too close to the sun.
The Coffee Shop Crowd, by J.L. Royce. Jada just wanted a latte and some peace and quiet but the guy who insisted on sitting next to her had other ideas. Soon she’s looking at videos with her new friend Chas, searching for faces, searching for names. And then, impossibly, she sees herself in a place she’s never been, and her whole world changes…
In this issue: a stifling obligation—a genie’s duplicity—a stranded astronaut—an abandoned dinosaur— a house full of stifling memories—a god greening the South—a woman stuck in traffic hell—a brain stuffed with adverts—an android boy stuck in mid stride— a chance to live a new life in a new body—an ostrich feather in the Old West.
And the reviews: a species at war —a witch’s brain—a runaway train. A galaxy in turmoil—a timeline unravelling—a renegade intelligence— a disaster unfolds.
In The Lamplighter's Daughter obligation brings safety but freedom courts disaster - which will she choose? In Last Wish the first two bring you trouble - can your third wish bring salvation? Survival and sacrifice cloud The Last Woman on Mars - can she beat the odds? She'll have to fight the last man on Mars first.
Little Buddy takes a dinosaur to highlight real humanity, and Dust and Memories explores how we cling on to the past - and how to let go.
Plant Man tells the story of a guy in a beat up white van greening the Deep South. He's not all he seems, though - watch out for those sharp pointy little horns. And Interview with Sole Refugee from the A303 Incident crawls over the traffic snarlup from hell, possibly literally.
Imagine a future where ads run in your brain, 24/7. And the only way to avoid them is to embrace them? No One Goes Lonely explores the future in your head - and how to remove it. Malfunctioning androids in They Don't Make Them Like They Used To, disasterous body-swapping in Ask Me About the Old Quarry and a weird wild west Ostrich tale, Plumes, round off the stories
Readers of the first issue thought "Each piece was completely unique and stunningly creative," and "this is certainly something that all fans of SFF and speculative fiction should be reading."
Dark and twisted tales of pleasurable cravings.
Safe Word by A.L. King
Goodbye, Casanova by A.R. Dean
Flaunt by A.R. Johnston
Louve Garou by Blake Jessop
Aramis and Shelby by Catherine Kenwell
Poison Lust by Cindar Harrell
Truly Human by Clint Foster
Nice Face by D.J. Elton
Fair Game by Dannielle Viera
Sexcapades by Dawn DeBraal
Freedom by Eddie D. Moore
Primal Urging by Edward Ahern
Marionette by Erica Schaef
Zantiel by G. Allen Wilbanks
Chad by Gabriella Balcom
Of Oyster Shells and Shit by Hari Navarro
#IAmHuman by J.L. Royce
The Red Pierce Reunion Tour by J.M. Meyer
The Fae's New Dawn by J.W. Garrett
A Cup Full of Tears by James Dorr
Prey by James Lipson
A Matter of Perception by Jason Holden
Mermaid at War by Jessica Chanese
L'amour L'mort by Jo Seysener
The Selkie's Appetite by Jodi Jensen
Lust for Life, or No Job for an Ordinary Woman by John H. Dromey
The Council of Six and a Half by K.B. Elijah
Lucifer's Lament by Lyndsey Ellis-Holloway
Sanguine Enamel by M.J. Christie
Unplugged by M. Sydnor Jr.
Podcast of the Dead by Mark Mackey
Tiger Nut Sweets by Maura Yzmore
Taming the Beast by Maxine Churchman
Tortured Word Games by Michael D. Davis
Blooming Day by N.M. Brown
I Want You by Nerisha Kemraj
My Girl by Nicola Currie
Local Girls Are Waiting For You by Raven Corinn Carluk
The Stranger by Rhiannon Bird
Some Body by Robin Braid
Good Intentions by Sandy Butchers
Digits of Doom by Serena Jayne
Damned by Stephanie Scissom
I Warned You by Stephen Herczeg
I Got a Message for You by Sue Marie St. Lee
Darkness Consumes by Terry Miller
Coitus Interruptus by Thomas Kearnes
Tales by Erica Ruppert, Gregory L. Norris, G. Nicholas Miranda, DJ Tyrer, C. I. Kemp, James Dorr, John A. Frochio, Damir Salkovic, J. L. Royce, Jeffery Scott Sims, Davin Ireland, Alfred D. Byrd, Tais Teng, S. Cameron David, Gordon Linzner, Lena Ng, and your host, M. Keaton with original art by Joel Martin.
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.