Blood in the Forest, Part 1 of Shadows of the Heavens

      Gareth Lewis

Blood in the Forest, Part 1 of Shadows of the Heavens

A scholar's murder in an unimportant village threatens to ignite political tensions in the empire. Village enforcer Adajo must accompany the city examiner investigating the death, navigating an alien landscape of intrigues and unfamiliar masks.An 11000 word fantasy novelette.A scholar's murder in an unimportant village threatens to ignite political tensions in the empire. Village enforcer Adajo must accompany the city examiner investigating the death, navigating an alien landscape of intrigues and unfamiliar masks.An 11000 word fantasy novelette.Shadows of the Heavens Not even half-way into its first century the empire is riven by strife hidden behind a polite facade. With political factions vying for imperial influence, regional politics subverting imperial law, and society still recovering from recent wars, how much is due to mythic beings many no longer believe in? A scholar's death triggers a series of events which could unravel the tenuous empire, drawing into the deadly game a young enforcer searching for his childhood friend; an examiner who desperately wants to avoid politics; a masked woman whose curiosity could cost her everything; and a prince with nothing better to do.
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    Nomabduce

      Gareth Lewis

Nomabduce

When a ransom demand arrives for a planet’s name, the inhabitants realise they can no longer remember it. What will they do to get it back?A 2300 word Science Fiction short story...."Th' man who wrote it was presumably fine t'do," ah remarked, indeavo'in' t'imitate mah companion's processes. "Such paper c'd not be bought unner ha'f a crown a packet. It is peekoolyarly strong an' stiff." "Peculiar--dat be de real wo'd," said Holmes. "It be not an English sheet at all. Hold it down t'de light. Man!"...The story is an unique version of Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia" created with the help of Dialectizer. We bet you've never read before Sherlock Holmes talking Jive or Doctor Watson talking Redneck. This version will help you to look at "A Scandal in Bohemia" from an unexpected angle and to appreciate it more. No offense to people who talk featured dialects intended.
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    In Tartarus

      Gareth Lewis

In Tartarus

The galaxy's sixth greatest thief is sent to Tartarus, a prison orbiting a black hole. What could possibly go wrong?A 3,000 word science fiction short story.Red Moon Slices of Life are fragments torn from the daily lives of side characters of the novel Red Moon’s Reflection. They are not full stories; their only goal is to show the characters more in detail and serve as a teaser (if you haven’t read Red Moon’s Reflection) or an extra (if you have read it).01. Damon's Slice of LifeDamon Blackdart could, as the leader of Lost clan, get anything he wanted, except one person: Trinity, his Beloved, who died centuries ago. But now in the 21st century he can feel his Beloved soul on earth once more and he is willing to do anything to get it.02. Uriel’s Slice of LifeUriel, the oldest of three brothers, wishes for only two things: his brothers’ safety and to be free of the chains that bind him to Angelica -- who is angelic in name only. 03. Muriel’s Slice of LifeMuriel has always enjoyed the company of animals, but that’s probably because a part of him is an animal, too.04. Haniel’s Slice of LifeHaniel had never much cared for rules, even though he had to abide by them as a full-fledged Lueeshareteer, Bloodeater, and member of the Damned clan -- but only because his brother would get on his case if he didn't. Actually, his brother would get on his case anyway.
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    Spikebreaker

      Gareth Lewis

Spikebreaker

Telepaths are heavily regulated, virtual third class citizens, second class if working for the Specialist Psychic Intervention unit, dealing with psychic crimes, and handling Spikes, newly emerged telepaths endangering all around them.Lydia is a SPI telepath. Jack is her Spikebreaker, a mentally compatible police officer. Together they fight, well, mainly each other.An 11,000 word noveletteTelepaths are heavily regulated, virtual third class citizens, second class if working for the Specialist Psychic Intervention unit, dealing with psychic crimes, and handling Spikes, newly emerged telepaths endangering all around them.Lydia is a SPI telepath. Jack is her Spikebreaker, a mentally compatible police officer. Together they fight, well, mainly each other.An 11,000 word novelette.
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    Glyphpunk

      Gareth Lewis

Glyphpunk

Glyphs are the technology holding together the kingdoms of the Scarred Sea, and the means by which competing guilds control most of them. For all their benefits, not everyone is content with the world they've created. When the theft of valuable glyphing metal increases tension between the guilds, Thjorn, the glyphpunk responsible for the theft, will ensure that's only the start of their trouble.Glyphs are the technology holding together the kingdoms of the Scarred Sea, and the means by which competing guilds control most of them. For all their benefits, not everyone is content with the world they've created. When the theft of valuable glyphing metal increases tension between the guilds, Thjorn, the glyphpunk responsible for the theft, will ensure that's only the start of their troubles.
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    Geographicide

      Gareth Lewis

Geographicide

The world's greatest assassin was hired to kill a country. His clients are unhappy with the results. A 2,000 word short story.The world's greatest assassin was hired to kill a country. His clients are unhappy with the results. A 2,000 word short story.
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    Razza Ma'Razza: It's Called a Snuggly Puff, Silly Boy

      Gareth Lewis

Razza Ma'Razza: It's Called a Snuggly Puff, Silly Boy

Razza Ma'Razza is the biggest media star in the galaxy; loved and adored by billions. Yet, she can't help believing that her talk show host rival, Brock Caster, is somehow always one-upping her. So, after "The Caster" brings his new pet onto his talk show, Razza is bound and determined to outdo her ratings nemesis. The results are not quite what anyone expects.166 is a dark, horrific short story about the 7/7 London bombings- from the perspective of the home ground terrorist Germaine Lindsay. The student written story displays a deep, realistic portrayal of a man's last thoughts before stealing the lives of countless people.
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    Expressions of Freedom

      Gareth Lewis

Expressions of Freedom

You mind your own business, do your job, making the influential uncomfortable under your journalistic gaze, and what happens? Shadowy sources tell you the democratic system is compromised, the people behind it lean on your publisher to kill the story before you've got it, and your life could be ruined if you carry on. But at least they’re not trying to kill you. Oh sh...A 10,000 word noveletteSo you're minding your own business, doing your job, making influential people uncomfortable under your journalistic gaze, and what happens? Shadowy informants tell you the democratic system is compromised, the people behind it lean on your publisher to kill the story before you've even got it, and your life could be ruined if you carry on. But at least they’re not trying to kill you. Oh, sh...A 10,000 word novelette.
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    Dwimmerscout

      Gareth Lewis

Dwimmerscout

Rumours of a remote magical resource becoming active again attract disparate factions.Artous is a dwimmerscout who examines such resources. His regular duties don't include getting between warring factions. Sometimes it can't be helped, forcing him to negotiate a peace amid violence and veiled motives.A 3,400 word fantasy short story.Rumours of a remote magical resource becoming active again attract disparate factions. Artous is a dwimmerscout who examines such resources. His regular duties don't include getting between warring factions. Sometimes it can't be helped, forcing him to negotiate a peace amid violence and veiled motives. A 3,400 word fantasy short story.
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    Silent Echoes

      Gareth Lewis

Silent Echoes

In the ruined heart of a shattered empire brute force and spliced magics hold sway, and strangers are suspect. Using this suspicion, Skerin gains the attention of the local gang boss, drawing him into a violent game for a prize once very close to him.A 4900 word short story.Gone Girl meets The Big Sleep: "Flowing prose has the sense of murderous urgency, reminiscent that of classical hard-boiled mysteries." For the longest time, nobody even realized that Richard Barnes had joined the ranks of the 2,000 people who go missing each day in the United States. It is the middle of yet another cloud-free, rain-free, pseudo-idyllic summer in Los Angeles. It’s the heart of the modern depression and NPR is playing interviews with those affected on the hour, every hour. It’s on just such a day that Jack Pelham, a freelance reporter for a paper you haven't heard of, and a man whose personal and professional life is crumbling around him, is sent to interview a woman who reported that her husband went missing - six months ago. Even with that peculiarity, Jack goes in thinking it’s a nothing story, and he keeps thinking that right up until the moment he’s accosted in by men brandishing firearms demanding to know everything he knows about the missing man. It’s from that moment it all becomes something Jack never saw coming. The chase for the story - from the underbelly of LA to the rough and tumble of Baja California - proves all-consuming and damaging - to him, to everyone around him. Before the day is done, Jack is no longer writing the story, he becomes the story - right up to the point of he himself becoming the missing man.
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    Street of Lost Gods (Tales of the Thief-City)

      Gareth Lewis

Street of Lost Gods (Tales of the Thief-City)

Rax Darkthorn was the greatest Knowhound in Nexi, the thief-city, and one of the few to ever escape it. When a friend dies, he returns to learn what can kill a god, even one reduced to selling miracles on the Street of Lost Gods.A 7000 word fantasy short story.The world's #1 Big-Data Detective returns in yet another extremely unlikely, if not impossible adventure. This time the wrong things are happening at the wrong times in the wrong places while pasts and futures hang in the balance. Part Freakonomics, part Sherlock Holmes, part Doctor Who, part somewhere on the spectrum and 100% completely absurd, The Outlier series continues with "The Outlier #3, Lost Souls, another Dillon Sharif Tall Tale.
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    Soul Food

      Gareth Lewis

Soul Food

A woman dead in a derelict hotel. Hardly an unusual sight working homicide. Already under IA scrutiny, Blake must hunt the killer through a maze of cults, criminals, fake mediums, and things which make him question his sanity. All while trying to shoot as few people as possible. Fatally, at least. And there's the very unreal possibility of his soul becoming food for things that shouldn't exist.
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