Short works

Short stories

“Burning”–Hath No Fury, (Ragnarok Press, coming December 1, 2017)
“Royal Daughters”–Sword & Sorceress 32, (MZB, coming November 2, 2017)
“Plot Problems”EMG Shorts, EvilGirlfriendMedia.com (2016)
“Maintenance”EMG Shorts, EvilGirlfriendMedia.com (2015)
“A Great and Terrible Hunger”–Madness on the Orient Express (Chaosium, 2014)
“The White Tunic”–By Faerie Light  (Broken Eye Books, 2013)
“Vasilissa’s Doll —When the Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press, 2013)
“She Who Is Becoming”–The Phantom Queen Awakens (Morrigan Books, 2010)
“Jack and Jill”–Flash Me Magazine (Winged Halo, 2009)
“Lorelei”–Worlds of Their Own (Planet Stories, Paizo, 2008)
“Trophy Wife”–Lilith Unbound (Popcorn Press, 2008)
“Burning Bright”–Catopolis (Daw, 2008)
“Dead Men Tell No Tales”—Sails & Sorcery (Fantasist Enterprises, 2007)
“Ravens”–Modern Magic: Tales of Fantasy and Horror  (Fantasist, Enterprises, 2006) 
“Juniper”–Cloaked in Shadow: Dark Tales of Elves (Fantasist Enterprises, 2005)
“Knight of the Lake”–Black Gate Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 3, Winter 2002
“Hidden Blades”– The Doom of Camelot  (Green Knight Press, 2000)

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Forgotten Realms Short Stories

These were originally published in Forgotten Realms anthologies or in DRAGON Magazine. Most of them were included in the collection The Best of the Realms Book III:  The Stories of Elaine Cunningham.

“The Bargain”—Realms of Valor (1993)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“The More Things Change”—Realms of Infamy (1994)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“The Direct Approach”—Realms of Magic (1995)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Rite of Blood”—Realms of the Underdark (1996)/The Best of the Realms, Book 1 (2003)
“Secrets of Blood, Spirits of the Sea”—Realms of the Arcane (1997)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“The Great Hunt”—Dragon Magazine #246 (1998)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Speaking with the Dead”—Realms of Mystery (1998)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Stolen Dreams”—Dragon Magazine #259 (1999)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Fire is Fire”—Realms of the Deep (2000)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Possessions”—Dragon Magazine #282 (2002)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“A Little Knowledge”—Realms of Shadow (2002)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Gorlist’s Dragon”—Realms of Dragons (2004)
“Games of Chance”—Dragon magazine #335 (2005)/The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“The Knights of Samular”—The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Tribute”—The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Answered Prayers”—The Best of the Realms, Book III: The Stories of Elaine Cunningham (2007)
“Redemption”–Realms of War (2008)

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Star Wars Gamer Magazine Short stories

“The Crystal”–Star Wars Gamer Magazine Issue #5, June 2004
“Red Sky, Blue Flame”–Star Wars Gamer Magazine Issue #7, October 2004
“The Apprentice”–Star Wars Gamer Magazine Issue #8, December 2004

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Pathfinder Tales Short fiction

“Dark Tapestry”–“Legacy of Fire” Adventure Path, Issues #19-24 (Paizo, 2009)/Dark Tapestry e-book compilation (Paizo, 2011)
“The Nature of the Beast–Wayfinder #2 (2010)
“The Illusionist”–Wayfinder #3 (March 2011)/Pathfinder Tales Web Fiction (April 2011)

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Other shared-world short fiction

“Song Snatcher”–Tales of Ravenloft (TSR, 1994)
“The Sleeping Sauran”–Tales of Tethedril (Del Rey, 1998)
“A Single Thread”–Kingdoms of Legend (IPG, 2012)
“The Fairest Flower”–A Knight in the Silk Purse: The Ghosts of Taux (Art of the Genre, 2014)
“Never a Moon So Bright”–Champions of Aetaltis, Mechanical Muse (2015)

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Novellas

“Beyond Dreams,” a novella in the three-author paranormal romance anthology Beyond Magic (Tor 2008)

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Graphic Novel Adaptations

“The Great Hunt”–Worlds of D&D, Vol. 8 (Devil’s Due Publications, 2008)

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Poetry Anthologies

Halloween Haiku, Popcorn Press, 2011
Cthulhu Haiku 2, Popcorn Press, 2013
Halloween Haiku 2, Popcorn Press, 2014
Zen of the Dead, Popcorn Press, 2015
Lupine Lunes, Popcorn Press, 2016

12 thoughts on “Short works

  1. Just found you as a new author. Completed the changeling books, Shadows in the Darkness and Shadows in the Starlight. Enjoyed them so much probably will try other books you have written. My question is do you think you will ever complete the series or has inspiration left.

    1. Hi, Donna.

      Yes, I do have an idea for a third book, but this project was shelved for a variety of reasons. I’d like to return to it at some point, but I don’t currently have it scheduled. I’ll post more info as plans develop.

      I probably should point out that the Changeling books are quite different from most of my other stories. This is urban fantasy, contemporary setting. Most of the other books are in licensed settings and (except for the Star Wars novel and stories) are elves-and-dragons fantasy. I did write one paranormal romance novella at the request of a Tor editor who enjoyed the Changeling books. “Beyond Dreams” is in the 3-novella anthology BEYOND MAGIC. (This is closer to the Changeling books than anything else I’ve written, but it’s not really THAT close…)

      If you do decide to read some of my fantasy stories, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. It’s often very informative and helpful to see fantasy stories through the eyes of people who are not “fantasy readers,” per se.

      Best,
      ec

  2. Hello,

    I love your books! They are awesome! I was wondering, are there more books with the characters from “Beyond Dreams”? It seemed to end very abruptly.

    1. Hi, Anna. I hear what you’re saying about BEYOND DREAMS. There’s a lot of info packed into this novella–a little TOO much, to be honest–as well as lots of characters who all have their own, off-stage stories going on. There are no other stories in print at this time, but I do have a story in mind for each of the O’Mally siblings, and a few ideas for what might be in store for the second-generation O’Malley girls.

    1. Hi, Steven. At this point, it doesn’t look likely. The Forgotten Realms fiction line seems to be winding down. If thing change, though, I would definitely be interested in seeing what Liriel’s been up to. 🙂

      ec

  3. Hello, I just wanted to say that I admire your writing, especially the way you develop characters and plot. It’s well-balanced! I’m currently writing my own book and so I’ve taken to studying your works that I may better understand story structure, settings, and characterization. And in so doing enable myself to write better as a result.

    1. Thanks, JeQera! Outlining novels that are similar to what you want to write is a great idea. It’s something I often recommend doing, because it helps you see the “bones” of the story.

      Another tactic that can be helpful is doing a short narrative outline of the story from the point of view of your hero, and another from the antagonist’s POV. In genre fiction, the hero and villain usually want the same thing, but for different reasons, and they (usually) employ different methods. This exercise clarifies motivation, prevents plot holes, and deepens characterization.

      Good luck with your writing, and thanks again for the kind note!

      ec

    1. Unfortunately, the prospects for new Forgotten Realms writers isn’t good. Over the past few years, the line has been winding down, with the releases dwindling from one or two every month to only 2-4 a year. This year, R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt series came to an end with HERO. Erin Evan’s tiefling series also wound up. There are, to the best of my knowledge, no books scheduled for 2017. I have no idea what plans Wizards of the Coast has for the future, but at the present time, there isn’t a path for new writers to enter the world. If you’re interesting in keeping up with possible future developments, I’d suggest joining one of the Forgotten Realms forums, such as the Forgotten Realms Archives group on Facebook, http://www.Candlekeep.com, or EnWorld.

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