AWOL in Wonderland


“Cheshires surpass all in terms of mind fuckery. Best Korea doesn’t count because they’re a bunch of cheating whores.” -Nyu Nyu

Just a short story of Cheshire antics to get back on the writing track. Introducing Nymph and the Duchess and getting Tyler a more suitable sense of fashion.
Art: Tyler and Nyu Nyu, by XL Bantz aka Dan

Lost in a foreign world, chapter 3: Unlikely alliance


Decided to change Luxor’s mentality, Akmella decides to ask for help to an old friend, while the group splits and decides it’s next move, they run into none other than the governor himself, making things even harder than before.

Bachelorsville, Texas- Chapter 3: The Good Book


She has her textbook sized artbook out. I notice a stylized black rose on the cover before she opens it to the picture of the buxom woman with feline ears, bat wings and a scorpion-like tail that I had seen earlier.

“Seru was an Imperial Alchemist with the royal court of Vamore before I annexed the kingdom. Now she’s a confident and clever Manticore….”

“Manic Ore?”

“Manticore.” Mari corrects. “A beast whose cunning, beauty and lust rivals even that of my lilim sisters.”

She turns the page and I’m greeted by the striking image of a woman with charcoal grey flesh, wolf’s ears and an eye with dark sclera similar to Mari’s. In her portrait, she seems to be looking at me with a toothy grin, complete with even sharper and more prominent canines than Mari. There appeared to be a mane of dark fur around her neck

Bachelorsville, Texas- Chapter 2: The Vixen Approaches


As I look behind me to see if Mari is following, I’m startled as I turn and see a dark shadow racing along the ground suddenly enveloping me. It’s Mari- she’s gliding down off of the rock with her wings spread and back to the sun, swooping right in on me with a wide grin. For a second, she looks like something out of a Bram Stoker novel. I reflexively stumble a few feet backwards.

“Shit! She was just play-acting as this confused, free-spirited traveller so I’d let my guard down!” is my first thought as I absently reach for a rather empty spot along my belt before realizing that I left the .357 back in the truck.

Mari hit the ground and took two running strides towards me before slowing up. However, instead of

Bachelorsville, Texas- Chapter 1: Don’t Fear Miss Reaper


”Holy shit- wouldn’t that be hilarious if this was Dolores’ Woman in White?” I chuckled as I drew closer and closer to the roadside figure. Despite the supernatural discussion earlier at the bar earlier, I initially assumed I was looking at a stranded or disoriented motorist. However, the closer I got the less whimsical the situation appeared. For starters, she was walking away from town and seemingly towards the distant wildfire.

Her face was partially obscured by a large white summer hat ringed with what looks like roses along the brim- the pattern broken up by something dark above each temple. For some reason, the pale figure reminded me of some of the pictures I’ve seen of the beautiful and photogenic women who show up at the Kentucky Derby on race day. There was something on her back- from a distance I thought it might have been

1001 Starry Knights: The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, chapter 15


A young scholar finds himself shanghaied by Imperial pirates, to be sold into slavery. To save himself, he decides to tell the story of Sinbad the Spacefarer, disgraced captain of the Orion Hierarchy, first human Crown Knight of the Empire. His seven voyages took him from the unknown birthplace of the Whale Clan, to the outer reaches of the Empire, to the deep unknown on the far side of the core, and other, stranger places. Sinbad’s story is a romance, of a man torn between his duty to his superiors, and the strange, lonely Imperials who he finds out among the stars. He struggles to give hope to his people, and the Empire, while forced to confront the fact that he’s a small fish in a great big ocean. In the meantime, the scholar desperately tries to find out why the captain of the pirates has such a deep grudge against humans.

1001 Starry Knights: The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, chapter 3


A young scholar finds himself shanghaied by Imperial pirates, to be sold into slavery. To save himself, he decides to tell the story of Sinbad the Spacefarer, disgraced captain of the Orion Hierarchy, first human Crown Knight of the Empire. His seven voyages took him from the unknown birthplace of the Whale Clan, to the outer reaches of the Empire, to the deep unknown on the far side of the core, and other, stranger places. Sinbad’s story is a romance, of a man torn between his duty to his superiors, and the strange, lonely Imperials who he finds out among the stars. He struggles to give hope to his people, and the Empire, while forced to confront the fact that he’s a small fish in a great big ocean. In the meantime, the scholar desperately tries to find out why the captain of the pirates has such a deep grudge against humans.