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About Raymond Johnson
Raymond Johnson is an army brat who was born in Würzburg, Germany at a very young age. He decided to move to the United States after his father's tenure in the military was over because he was too young to drive on the Autobahn by himself. Ray always had a fascination with superheroes, monsters, horror, fantasy, science fiction, and kung fu and did everything he could to incorporate those things in his daily life, to that end he decided to become a Funeral Director.
He married the love of his life in 1999, unfortunately it wasn't on Space 1999, but he made do and has been happily married ever since. He has five children, one dog and two cats but not a lot of space when you factor in his enormous comic book collection. He also has a deep and abiding love for the LITRPG Genre, and currently hosts the LITRPG Audiobook Podcast where he does skits and generally has a good time sharing his love of books with sound. He does not take life seriously, in spite of his chosen profession, and tries to laugh at least thirty times a day. Please take anything he says to you with a grain of salt, because he does like to have fun with a story. His wife calls it lying, but what does she know?
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Ludus is a dangerous fantasy world from the series Delvers LLC and Nora Hazard.
Surviving Ludus can be enjoyed by fans of Delvers LLC, or any readers who enjoy sword and sorcery fantasy, dungeon exploration, survival, portal fantasy, magic-on-monster violence, or touching moments of love and honor.
Blaise Corvin - "Missing in Action"
A story about redemption, family, and loyalty. This story will directly tie into the Delvers LLC storyline, and contains a major reveal for a Delvers LLC main character.
Bastian Knight - "Friends and Enemies"
With a little bit of luck, could an ordinary guy survive on Ludus? What if he meets the wrong sort of people? Then again, what if he meets real friends?
Raymond Johnson - "A Guiding Hand"
Everything Peacehatchet ever cared about has been ripped from him. Does an ork have a soul?
Jon Svenson - "Beyond the Village Borders"
Poor villagers can become adventurers too. Some people on Ludus fall into this lifestyle, but some search for it.
Cory Gaffner - "Enemy Mine"
When a World War II American soldier and a German soldier are transported to Ludus at the same time, will they be able to repay a debt, or kill each other first?
Daylan Ethridge - "Just Another Life on Ludus"
During an attack on Mensk by demons and cultists, many will lose their lives, but some will step up to become heroes. Will an orphan girl defending younger children be a victim, or a shield for the helpless?
Austin Eberle - "Engineering Ludus"
A wide variety of people have been transported to Ludus over the last thousand years. Will an engineering student have any advantage? Is it possible to thrive on Ludus through using brains, not brawn?
An extinction-level asteroid is cannonballing toward Earth. In humanity’s final hours, a lucky few earn a one-way ticket to the brand-new, ultra-immersive, fantasy-based VRMMORPG, Viridian Gate Online. Making that leap of faith might mean survival, but it comes with a steep price tag: “Travelers” will forever be stranded as digital avatars inside a fantastical world filled with vicious monsters, all-powerful AIs, and cutthroat players. Let the games begin …
Six amazing authors. Six incredible new tales. All set in the best-selling Viridian Gate Online Universe. Side Quests is an anthology for fans, by the fans!
Included in Side Quests:
“A Gentleman’s Work” by James A. Hunter
When an Imperial Inquisitor captures a Thieves Guild Operative, Cutter must undertake a deadly rescue mission while using every grift in the book to stay one step ahead of a Headsman’s Blade. And the prize for this extraordinary quest? Nothing short of the keys to the Rowanheath Thieves Guild. Deception, subterfuge, and heavy drinking—all in a day’s work for a Gentleman …
“The Funeral Parlor” by Raymond Johnson
A young spiderling is stranded in an alien land, surrounded by hostile creatures. Forced to fight for her life in a bid to find her way home, she must transform into the predator she is destined to become or die alone and forgotten, trapped in a dark world know as the Shadowverse.
“The Raiding of Rowanheath” by J.D. Astra
The Crimson Alliance has breached the walls of Rowanheath, inciting Aleixo Carrera’s rage. Now Abby and her rag-tag invasion crew must reach the keep’s Command Center before the defending troops mobilize and shut down the takeover, else they’ll lose the battle and the war for Eldgard’s freedom.
“The Ballad of Jaro Edgewalker” by N.H. Paxton
Jaro is an assassin, and he’s good at it. But when he finds a foe that is insurmountable by normal means and uncovers a plot to destroy everything he loves, Jaro has to balance his morality with his love for his friends and make an incredibly difficult decision.
“Buried Alive” by Nicholas Reid
Carlos Vega thinks he’s escaping certain death by entering the virtual world of V.G.O., but instead he’s swallowed alive by the deadly Barren Sands. He’ll have to overcome the riddles and horrors of a long-forgotten temple in order to escape, but can he do it before the evil sealed there centuries ago finds him?
“A Final Kindness” by D.J. Bodden
Alan Campbell was a talker, not a fighter, until someone murdered his girl. He’d almost given up on finding the killers; now he’s got a fresh lead, a trio of mercenaries who outclass him in every way but his wits. He’ll cheat, bluff, and steal to get his revenge, and as one of V.G.O.’s immortal travelers, he’s willing to die trying.
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Delve into the world of the Divine Dungeon with new and old cultivators alike. Discover the Lion Kingdom’s beginning, learn the origin of Odin and his ravens, and take a philosophical approach to cultivation. These stories and more are included in the first short story anthology set in Dakota Krout’s Divine Dungeon universe.
Eight incredible new tales told by eight amazing authors.
Check out this LitRPG and GameLit fantasy anthology today!
Lion Start by Rohan Hublikar
Join Garron and Andros as they flee an oppressive Noble house and begin learning the secrets of cultivation while evading capture. Perhaps their methods will even create a legacy of its own?
Legacy of Thunder by Steven Willden
Learn the origin of Odin and his ravens, back when they were all simple cultivators in Azguardia. How did a child eventually become one of the most powerful and well-known lightning users of all time?
Flight of the Glitterflit by Ryan Ball
Test both the dangers and joys of surpassing your personal limits with Jack, as he learns what it really means to determine your own destiny. A person’s fate is never what you would suspect.
Splat! by Raymond Johnson
A simple Dungeon Goblin has been killed in the same way over and over, constantly revived by the dungeon it has bound itself to. Is there more to the deaths than simply fighting adventurers?
The Spirit Dungeon by Alexis Keane
An infernal cultivator is driven from his home by true necromancers. During his escape, he finds a secret that could allow him to live nearly forever. Will he be able to control it?
Hidden Lantern by James Auwaerter
The Inquisition has arrived. At least, one of the members has. It is up to him to determine if this area is worth saving… or should be purged by fire.
Butcher Boy by Dakota Krout
Follow the saga of Ramset as he learns what it means to be a cultivator in a city where men are only allowed to be mere mortals.
Axiom by Dennis Vanderkerken
What is cultivation? How is it possible? Philosophy to the rescue! When an old man loses everything, he decides that age is not going to be what stops him from rescuing the young ones that have been ‘recruited’ by the raiders that took them.
In the shadows, otherworldly creatures lurk…under the gravestones, the dead begin to rise… and in that old house down the lane, ghosts rattle their chains. For once more, Trick-or-Treat Thrillers brings you our pick of the best Indie paranormal short stories for 2020. Before you begin to read our selection of 13 stories, however, we recommend you first check under your bed, in your closet and outside of your window.
You never know what may be coming your way.
Herein you’ll find a series of sojourns to places where humans are often quite literally overshadowed by the action at hand. This collection of exciting tales from writers who love the giant monster genre runs the gamut from mutation to invasion—from insurrection to vengeance—from the distant past to a far-off future, all with a single common factor: great big game-changing things. Featuring stories by Essel Pratt, Roma Gray, John T.M. Herres, Raymond Johnson, Mark Henson and Kevin Candela, a poem by Kent Hill and graced with a fascinating and insightful commentary by none other than TJ Storm, the man inside Legendary Studios’ Godzilla suit, this anthology is, in daikaiju terms, “a major stomp.”
Someone dies and wakes up in the afterlife...and it isn’t the nice place, either…
Despite having an exceptionally bad day, that unfortunate someone gets a perk: They can send a message to someone in the land of the living, anyone they want.
What is their personal Hell like? What message would they send? Who would they send it to?
Well, you don’t have use your imagination for this little exercise; instead, you can see what thirteen fiendish, horror authors (along with the two editors) imagined. Cruel devils in their own right, you might just be surprised at what they wrote…
Sure, that rustling out there in the woods at the edge of your backyard in the dead of night—that’s just a scavenging raccoon….right?
That’s not a sea serpent out past the lake shallows—it’s merely a piece of driftwood.
That great shadow streaking over you? Nothing more than a fast moving cloud.
Keep telling yourself that.
In these thirteen stories, lots of people do…until it’s too late.
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?
A thief on a mission to save his sister.
An ambitious demon masquerading as an artificial intelligence.
When Ramzan steals from the Chechnyan Mafia to create a better life for his sister, he knows he’s pissing off the wrong people. They want their money, and they’ve created a diabolical method of extracting information from their enemies. Full Immersion Virtual Reality sounds great, until he learns the horrors this incredible technology can cook up.
Now, he must keep his wits up and his sanity points high as he battles hordes of fearsome abominations on his quest to escape. Zombies, lycanthropes, slime monsters and more stand in his way, controlled by a devious programmer that doesn’t play fair.
Can Ramzan protect his secrets and maintain his sanity against this psychological onslaught? Will he succumb to the terror, and become the monster he set out destroy? He’s gotta stay sharp, and he’s gotta stay sane, if he has a hope of escaping…
The Nightmare Game System.
The original MMORPG Murder, Mutilation, Offensive, Repulsive Player Game
Scratches are those annoying little wounds that randomly appear on our flesh, itching, burning, and pestering us throughout our days. Many times, we know the source of their assault; clawing from our cats, a nail sticking out from a wall, or even a passionate night with that special someone in our lives.
The scratches within this anthology are the result of something more sinister, not something that leaves an blemish on our flesh, but an everlasting scar upon our souls.
Scratches is a spine tingling glimpse into the origins of mysterious terrors that appear or are felt throughout our bodies. Are the hairs on the back of your neck standing because you are scared, or is there a nefarious being breathing down your neck?
What miracles can one hundred debut to bestselling authors do with 100 words?