Stories tagged “Dark Fantasy”

  • Yellow

    A coward has it easy: they’re only really afraid of one thing … being afraid. Everyone else has many fears. Meira was constantly teased by her classmates. She jumped at the smallest things: little bugs, harmless snakes, birds taking wing, a...

  • Violet (Mature)

    She hated her name as much as the cliché for which it stood. Violet had to be coaxed and cajoled out of her shell by those who found her pretty. When her father had arranged her to marry a jeweler from Oxford she thought it a blessing. But on their we...

  • I hunt a succubus (Mature)

    As I raced up to the house, I knew that she was there. The “she” in question was a succubus, one of the worst. For this one had immortalized herself into every child’s heart, so when she showed up, she was never opposed. She… wa...

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Renewable Resource (Mature)

    Tunali, the largest of the trolls, lumbered through fields. Young, elvish ladies (all either in labor or close to it) lined the rows. Shackled to the ground, blood ran from many places on their bodies, most of which was the sacred cradle. One after the...

  • Meat-Eater

    In hindsight, Trista realized she probably shouldn’t have fallen asleep under that tree. - Pus dripped into Trista’s eyes from the multiple infected sores on her scalp. She wanted to wipe it away, but the tree held her fast, pinning her arm...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Seeds

    Johann dug at the hard-packed soil with the dull edge of his hoe. Sweat, beading on his forehead, dribbled down into his eye. As he dabbed his face with his rough sleeve, he surveyed the field. Birds fluttered overhead, and far beyond them, scuddy clou...

  • Broken Accord

    The Arch known as Bar Gabriel stood in the shadowed room and spoke with muted vehemence. “This is unacceptable, Dur Goldath. Accord was broken long ago. How then can you aid its fall upon us once again?” The Kako grinned impishly, savoring ...

  • Blood Rite

    The albino stood on the platform and dragged the knife down his forearm. Blood ran in scarlet rivulets over his hand, his fingers. It dripped the sidereal pattern of his god onto the wooden planks around his feet. Before him the air shimmered as it str...

  • Chess: Gambit

    My attack was two-pronged and subtle. I had the demon’s King – my prize – backed into a corner. It was a brilliant, tactical solution. He could block check from one direction, only to open up a line of attack from another. Capture the...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Golem

    Rain lashed down on that ravaged plain in furious sheets. The broken earth drank it up through ragged cracks that went down forever. At the center of the plain, a gaping maw of a hole sucked down water in great, sodden gulps. Perversely, gouts of flame...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Chess: Calculated Move

    I had unconsciously crept up on the board as I focused on the duel over the demon’s King. I sat back from it now, closing my eyes briefly as I struggled to shake off that sense of self-imposed tunnel-vision. A couple of deep breaths to calm my fr...

  • Distraction

    The Demon stood motionless, eyes fixed looking downward. I could tell he was having trouble working out what had just happened, as was the intended effect. After a while I realised I hadn’t been breathing, so I inhaled deeply. “Are YOU prep...

    • Author: Seb Feast
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Chess: Castle

    The demon stared at the board for so long that I began to wish we’d set a game clock. My nerves were raw by this point, and I was getting antsy. Deliberate or not, as psychological warfare goes, the delay tactic was brilliant. All I could do was ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Fight and Flight

    They crashed through the banister as they fought, smashing it into splinters to fall the six feet to the floor below. David rose up and brought his fist down on the black-armored creature’s skull, stunning it but not killing it. The thing lashed ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Making Enemies

    I watched the blond get up from her table and carry her purse with her to the bathroom, while her date smiled nervously and nodded. It was easier to think of her as the blond. Even thinking her name would twist my emotions into knots. It was better thi...

  • Nine and One

    Unperturbed by the landing, as he would be by any minor inconvenience, the heavy-set man exited the wicker basket, brushing unseen dust off his jacket. Dressed like the ring-master for a dark carnival, he possessed a natural flair for the theatrical. A...

  • Chess: No Concession

    Panic clawed at my belly. A drop of sweat slid into my eye, burning fire. I blinked, rubbing my eye with the ball of my hand, then turned my attention back to the board. There had to be a way out of this mess. There was too much at stake. She was at st...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Chess: Endgame

    The next several moves were made in silence. White’s Bishop moved here. Black’s Knight developed there. A Pawn exchange opening a file for Black’s Rook. Black’s Queen marched across the board to attack. The demon’s grin re...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Chess: To the Victor Go the Spoils

    The demon hissed. He now saw it as plainly as I did. “Mate in four,” I declared, unnecessarily. The demon’s eyes flashed. The game was all but over. The demon’s King was situated to be forced through a series of closing moves, e...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5