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Jim Stitzel

Joined February 2010 and calls jimstitzel.com home.

142 stories, 4 challenges, 1208 comments, and 57 friends

I dabble a little in a lot of things — writing, webcomics, gaming, photography, web design, music, and more. I’m a full-time code-wrangler and a part-time farmer with 40 acres, a lot of animals, and far, far too much to do.

Stories

  1. Next Moves

    The lights on the command deck were off, with just our stations providing illumination. It was all we had power for. Vec broke the silence. “So. What now?” Valid question. Once the code had stopped generating, it had begun a cascading compr...

  2. Theories

    Harrigan had me checked over again. Visual inspection this time, given the incident with the nanosurgeon. Whatever else it had done, the nanosurgeon had fully optimized the implants. It wasn’t a weld; it was better. They released me with a provis...

  3. Upgraded (Mature)

  4. Aftermath (Mature)

  5. Soul Seed

    The seed nestles itself deep into the new body’s brain. It discharges a series of low-yield electrical shocks, each of which stimulates a flow of select neurotransmitters, creating a chemical bath for the seed to do its work. Immersed in the flui...

  6. Flight

    Lightning flashed, and the boys ran, pumping their legs as hard as they could. “Did you see that?” the first cried. “No, and neither did you! Keep running!” “I can’t,” came the reply. “I’ve got to s...

  7. Market of the Macabre (Mature)

  8. Cursed

    The Callous Demon peered down at Leohand from its perch atop the door. Leohand glared at the leathery creature. “Ah, I see you’ve met Domedra,” Tarvin said, coming back into the room. “She’s harmless enough, but few of my ...

  9. Creeping Up the Back Stairs

    The party upstairs was in full swing, the bump-bump-bump of the music audible even from outside. In the darkness on the back stairs, a shadow moved. The form had almost no shape; it moved like liquid. It climbed each step with meticulous care, coalesci...

  10. Ritual

    His hood is pulled up, casting his face in shadow. The bus rolls to a stop in front of him, and he steps on board. He ignores the driver’s terse greeting. It’s not like he means it. Years of driving kids to school has turned this ritual int...

  11. Never Leave Again

    The kid pushed out through the swinging doors, stepping onto the saloon’s stoop. From here he could see the dirt street (such as it was) and two or three buildings, but beyond that — nothing. The space beyond the ‘town’ was void...

  12. They Left the Eyes In (Mature)

  13. Listen to Ava (Mature)

  14. Heartbreak

    It broke my heart when you left. You were my first and only love. I was certain that we would be together forever. You assured me that we would be. You convinced me that you loved me every bit as much as I loved you. Like a fool, I believed you. How co...

  15. Runes

    Dathla tripped on the rubble, skinning her knuckles as fought to keep her balance. The ruins of the old chapel had been left to molder and rot, but Dathla was convinced something of value must remain. She slipped quietly down the broken hallway where a...

  16. Blessed

    They battled high upon the wall walk, pushing and pulling, slashing with their blades, and slinging spells, neither gaining a foothold over the other. A blast from the Elder and the thief was slung hard against the parapet. The Elder was on him instant...

  17. The Cubic

    The body in the zero-g cubic arched as energy flooded the compartment. The technicians watching saw the mouth open impossibly wide. “He’s screaming,” one said. “Wouldn’t you? This isn’t exactly a gentle process,̶...

  18. Eternal Sleeper

    She walked, barefoot, across a carpet of moss. Her song – soft, haunting – danced on a breath of air, spun through the wood. Only the trees observed her, their bony fingers scraping across her skin, clutching her hair. Dead leaves chittered...

  19. The Midnight Road (Mature)

  20. Two Lamps

    “Choose the lamp on the left, see visions of the future. The right, taste of madness.” The crone’s words burned in the girl’s mind like festering sores. What kind of choice was this? Madness versus prophecy? The choice itself wa...

  21. Conventus (Mature)

  22. Eye of Newt

    The cauldron sat in the middle of the room and hissed as the green liquid within bubbled and spat. The stench emanating from the vile brew was nauseating, but the witch cared not. “Leg of lizard. Tail of salamander. African bat guano.” The mixture ...