• The Journal of Daniel McCullen

    The Journal of Daniel McCullen

    25 pages by Stephen M E

    In the darkness deep underground,


    There lies danger and monsters to be found,


    And there are things that you don’t see,


    So be watchful for things that should not be.


     


    In the darkness of his soul,


    Daniel finds monsters made whole,


    In tunnels dug not by humanity,


    Roam creatures that will steal your sanity.


     


    In the darkness of the night will come many fearful a sight,


    For our hero of the lamplight will face dangers he will have to fight,


    With means of magic and of might he fights for friends and folk alike,


    But with his deeds committed to paper we shall see how far he may tread,


    In the dark places known to monsters with dark fur and eyes gleaming red,


     


    Follow Daniel as he discovers a world within our world and the creatures that wait to greet him.

  • The Mercy Seat (and other stories)

    The Mercy Seat (and other stories)

    25 pages by AdrianPartridge

    This short story details the last 16-hours of Hatchet Sam Packer, a convicted murderer on Death Row, circa 1950's Louisiana. He tells the story in his own words, starting from breakfast and working his way through the meetings of the day, including his lawyer, the Reverence, the warden, his family, and the family of the people he murdered.

  • Lost Leaves

    Lost Leaves

    25 pages by Uchiha_Indara

    A Story about the life of Kurmayasha Keru, a teenager who never knew his parents, he lived a normal life until one day he moved to New York where he started to uncover his family's dark past. leaving Keru with shock and feelings of revenge to the traitors of his family.

  • Fanatic's Nightmare

    Fanatic's Nightmare

    25 pages by Cornan Boiled

    As a fanatic, Norman always wished for the zombie apocalypse to happen, so he could get away from his normal, boring life. Little does he know, what hapoens is far from what he actually imagined.

  • Dragon Destiny

    Dragon Destiny

    25 pages by Finaliter

    From Award winning Author Guy Lozier and Jimmy Rose and their days of Dungeons and Dragons comes this epic fantasy tale centering around two Knights who have been accused of crimes they did not commit. Banished from their lands they seek to regain their honor. But it is the mystery of one of the Knight's destiny which is the catalyst for it all.

    The Fire Islands, far to the North, holds the answers to the future. Slaying a dragon will give them their honor back. A suicide quest but their only hope.

    Yet a God of the Elves guides the outcome. The one God that no one likes. The one God that tricked all the other Elvin Gods into other dimensions. The only Elvin God left.

  • STIGMA: The Sins of our Father

    STIGMA: The Sins of our Father

    25 pages by DrunkMinstrel

    It is Year 2019 M.D (Mortuus Diabolus)


    Humanity have gained the ability to travel through space and built kingdoms and empires throughout the galaxy.


    However, with the introduction of Interstellar Travel, a new type of enemy appeared.


    The Unborn.


    Creatures that mimicked the forms of living things in order to feed on humanity.


    It is a time of strife, battles, and loss.


     


     

  • The Tampered Life of a Cynical Boy

    The Tampered Life of a Cynical Boy

    25 pages by Acrytyn

    ‘Contribution points’ is an innovative approach brought about by Peak’s Academy to aid in the overall development of students. In addition to scoring requisite minimum in the tests, students are also required to earn enough contribution points to graduate. Enrolling oneself in a club and participating in club activities is the best method available to earn contribution points.


    But this is not so for a cynical lone wolf, who has disregarded himself from normal students. He refused to enroll himself in a club, where he will be surrounded by lackluster minds. Hailing as the best scholarship student of the academy, he barely made it to the third year due to his lack of contribution points. Graduation is impossible without minimum contribution, as such the ever mysterious Dr. Cameron Smith forces the boy to help with club activities. Each encounter with his mentor makes him realize that Dr. Smith is abnormal. This abnormality instigates an interest within his cynical brain and he sets forth to uncover the identity of his mentor.

  • Blacklist

    Blacklist

    24 pages by Vulcan27v1

    Like everyone, I obtained my -Chart- at age 18. Noone knows why Aaron Fontus, god-like being made the system, but do enough good, and become immortal. Do enough evil, and die instantly.


    And now I have a job. Governing the System. Like I wanna do stuff like that, that sounds important and tedious!

  • The Tyro Captain

    The Tyro Captain

    24 pages by SaltyNewt

    The Golden Age of Piracy saw countless Pirate legends throughout the West Indies, such as Blackbeard, Ben Hornigold, Calico Jack, Charles Vane, and many more. And when a boy named Silas becomes the captain of his own ship, he travels throughout the West Indies to join their ranks.

  • The Original Sin

    The Original Sin

    23 pages by Skaaly

    This once started out as a way to waste some time when I finished my studies last year and was just drifting around with nothing to do but job hunting.
    But I am not a very artistic or creative person, and it took me the last two weekends just to put some order into those few words I managed to put on paper.


    I eventually decided to put this out there in the hope that somebody more talented and with more time will pick up my idea and make something out of it.
    So, if you like the idea of it feel free to pick it up. Scrap whatever I wrote or continue with it however you like.
    Just shoot me a message so that I get a chance to read what you made out of it.
    And in the unlikely case something ever gets published then just gift me a copy of the book(s) and a coffee.


    I knowingly decided to not pick Tags as this is just an introduction or a short-story at best.
    But in general I envisioned a Grimdark & (High) Fantasy setting with a focus on Mythology.




    I claim full ownership for the cover. I took the photo on my last trip to the Alps in Austria.
    (But no clue what mountain that is, it's just pretty, deal with it.)

  • GIRL IN THE MIST I

    GIRL IN THE MIST I

    23 pages by Elisia Ellis

    A LA trauma surgeon is suspected of a gruesome murder.

  • Heroes Always Help

    Heroes Always Help

    23 pages by Minarett

    Cay Flanner is an ordinary Highschool student. He goes to class. He does his homework. And he helps people out. Having been raised by his father who he considers his role model, Cay has always tried to do his best to help those who need it.


    However, helping people out gets a bit more difficult as more people exhibit the so-called 'Hallucinations'. Incidents where people exhibit unnatural and superhuman feats. It could be a man surviving a bullet wound, it could be a woman disappearing from her prison cell, and it could also be a man jumping off a building yet never hitting the ground.


    However one thing is for certain. Heroes always help.

  • The Heart of Hunger: The Six Mistakes of Al from South Embre

    The Heart of Hunger: The Six Mistakes of Al from South Embre

    23 pages by K. Hayes

    Great men accomplish great things. Legends echo across the deserts of time and their actions shine like diamonds atop the sands of history. Their strength is unmatched. Their hearts are ablaze. Their will as powerful as the forces that move the sky. It is their destiny to change the fate of mankind and bring about new eras of existence. No evil may stand in their light. No darkness can snuff the fires of their lives. They are fables that inspire others to greatness, creating more legends in turn by those who carry those legends with them.

    Al is one of them. Not a legend. The one that carries those legends. And that's why he left the island of South Embre, to gather those legends, carry them, and inspire more legends with his words. While the library of stories that his mind is endless, the repository of common sense is a little bit barren. In the pursuit of great stories, common sense is the only thing that would have saved him from the dark mythos Al will fall into like a suffocating abyss. But if he survives, it'll make a hell of a legend.

  • Simádi

    Simádi

    23 pages by JiViA

    Come and be part of Michael's story, as we join him in his early years as a 12 year old boy. Living as an orphan since his father died from war and his mother from child birth. With his two friends, they are living in the slums of the City of Baruch, capital city of Proule Kingdom.


    Certain circumstances happened where in he and his friend where able to enroll in the Academy. Academy, where in students are called scholars, and are being taught the History of Simadi Continent. In here, Michael was able to find his dream.


    But an unexpected turn of events happened that his dream shattered in pieces... 


    Lets explore how Michael encounter Love, Grief, Pain, Suffering, and Hardship. All together in this one journey.

  • Falling for the bad boy

    Falling for the bad boy

    23 pages by Alexia Travis

    There lived a girl named Alesha Green. It’s her first day of school of moving from Florida to Utah. What she didn’t know is that she will bump into someone that everyone is drooling over, and some people fear because he is the bad boy his name is Jaxon Smith. She is in for a treat. Alesha has green eyes, long blonde hair, and is an honors student. Jaxon has brown eyes, brown hair w/ a blue streke, and is the school bad boy. There are other characters included in this story. You will find out their names later in the story.


    This story is only one chapter


     

  • Gate Marshal

    Gate Marshal

    23 pages by Jack Twohey

    Beyond the pale thresholds of this earth, beyond the fury and roar of human splendor and human folly, there lies another realm.  An entire body of worlds, occupying the same place in the universe as our own, yet entirely removed from ours and whole unto themselves.  Some of them are only just around the corner, waiting to be discovered where they lay hidden deep within the mists of mundanity, while others hurtle invisibly above us through the trackless stars.


    Between these worlds there lies the dark fog of the astral planes, where demons and feral spirits lurk in the shadows of existence.  From the abyssal dungeons of the underworld to the farthest dimensions of the universe there are countless powers unfathomable to man, powers which if unleashed would lay waste to creation.  Seeping through the cracks of reality is an endless stream of wild magic, wearing down the walls which separate worlds and piercing them with fissures. Standing firm against these chaotic tides are the Good Folk, the crafters and stewards of creation, who constantly rebuild and fortify the gateways between worlds.  And manning the gates are those servants of the Good Folk who are their chosen soldiers from the ranks of man. Those born of earth who pledge their lives to the defense of their world and its people.


    Those who are called Gate Marshals.


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    This series is the third entry in my fantasy anotholgy series "Journeys in the Fairworld".  Unlike my previous works, it is being written as a serial.  New installments will be posted as I create them (which will hopefully be quite frequently).  I hope you will enjoy it (or at least be mildly amused).


    Be sure to check out my other two novels set in the universe of the Fairworld, also available here on Royal Road!


    "The Gatekeeper": https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/19338/journeys-in-the-fairworld-the-gatekeeper


    "The Brigand of Potham": https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/19369/journeys-in-the-fairworld-the-brigand-of-potham

  • The Bleeding Ghost and the House it Lived in

    The Bleeding Ghost and the House it Lived in

    23 pages by T-L-G-T-W

    A writer with newly inherited money to burn and a lack of spice in his life buys and renovates a large house atop the small town of Hollridge, Nova Scotia in the hopes of finding new experiences-that which would be unknown in the bustling city he grew up in. He finds them.

  • The Library of Immortals

    The Library of Immortals

    23 pages by Aileus

    The Library knows all, the Library controls all... Do not go against the will of the Library or the Heavens themselves will obstruct you. Fear it - as it is your god. 


    Deny the order the Library has enforced, control your destiny, break free from the bonds of Immortality! 

  • The Chase (need help with title)

    The Chase (need help with title)

    23 pages by Karvest

    The concept is far from simple so bare with me.


    tragedy befall three friends and two of them end up as mortal enemies. she is pissed of at him for a percieved slitght in her most vulnerable moment, and he is scared shitless of the girl he has always admired. trapped in his own body he is trying to call her for help, and yet almost certain he will die if she ever catches up to him.


    i think this is the best i can do spoiler free so i hope u enjoy.


    Ok everyone this is my first try at writing something of this size. i in no way feel confident to do this idea of mine justice but i finely manned up and said fuck it ill just do it. im not a native speaker of english but seeng as im currently pursuing a degree in english language i dont expect too many errors apart from some typoes (but still im very oppen to your oppinions). This idea first came to me a long time ago but i havent writen too much becouse i didnt know too many people who read fantasy so i couldnt bounce ideas off of anyone. but now i have you guys... hopefully... So feel free to tell me what u like and what u dont like, i'm always trying to improve. I only wrote a few chapters and even those were in erratic order and in my native tongue so i plan to translate the first few chapters and hope to see your thoughts on them as i try to write the rest directly in english.


    ps please help me find a title for this book im so wraped up in it and there are soo meny plotpoints that i can not look at it impartially tnx

  • Journey of Light

    Journey of Light

    23 pages by DatsRandom

    http://royalroadl.com/submissionThe Blessed, humans who have the capacity to manipulate a form of light, and cast it as magic. These unique individuals have been gifted at birth by the Shines, the five gods of light. As for these blessed humans, each have a destiny, a path, a journey to follow through. An ancient world filled with mysticism, gods, monsters, and immortal kings is bound to bring about great change as it has. For a young girl and young man, they will soon see the world unfold before them.

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