“Snowrunner” (13.8k)

As of this writing, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. are in the icy grip of yet another record-setting blizzard. This comes not long after a record drought in California last year. This repetitive cycle of lots of snow with nowhere to go in the Northeast followed by the increasingly parched, arid landscape of the American Southwest every year made me wonder just how long it would be before companies and governments started shipping New England snowmelt to SoCal cisterns. “Snowrunner” is the result.

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“The Red Candle” (5.7k)

I have walked with Mordan Redgrave through winding mountain paths and claustrophobic caves for many years. This is the first time that one of his adventures – perhaps his greatest one – has been put to paper. Inspired by tales like “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, the Fountain of Youth, and “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, this story explores the fascinating interconnected circle of life and death. Whether this story takes place in this world, one that came before ours, or one yet unseen, I leave up to you, dear reader. – DT

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“The Moribund Maiden” (16.8k)

If you like steam-punk, turn-of-the-20th-century era history, bloody horror, and/or detective stories, there’s something in this tale for you. If you like stories crafted in the vein of Frankenstein’s monster, atypical vampire tales, mad scientists, and serial killers, there’s something here for you as well. Cast in the mold of a penny dreadful, “The Moribund Maiden” could very well be a true tale that was never told, the details of which were lost to the ravages of time and tide … until now. – DT

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“Winder” (3.2k)

Pulled from the darker side of sci-fi, “Winder” (pronounced like the “winding” of a watch) is one of many of my short stories that exist in a shared universe. This future-set tale finds the technologies of 3D printing and bio-mechanics working in concert to create replacement body parts (and possibly even whole bodies…) atom by atom, molecule by synthesized molecule. But what can be built can also be broken down… – DT

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“Aurora’s Kiss” (15.3k)

This is one of the earliest stories I’ve ever written. Looking back on it now, I barely recognize the person I was when I wrote it: a lonely, confused, frustrated, yet passionate, ambitious, and optimistic young man. (Maybe things haven’t changed that much, except the “young” part, relatively.) It’s a love story chock full of embarrassingly purple prose; it’s rough and uncultured; it’s also an endearing artifact of my very early writing history. Your mileage may vary. – DT

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“The Man from Amarillo” (2.2k)

Anyone who’s ever spent a few minutes inside a casino (or merely walked through the Las Vegas airport) knows how chaotic and sensorially repulsive the cacophony can be, and yet the lure of big winnings teased by the games of chance manages to prove rather enticing. I wondered how an artificially intelligent being might respond to such stimuli and how it might use its superior processing ability to its advantage. This short story is the result. – DT

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“First Day of School in America” (1.7k)

There’s no arguing that we have an issue with gun violence in this country. “First Day of School in America” was inspired by the frustration I felt concerning this problem that everyone is aware of, but no one seems to know how to fix. This short story envisions a not-too-far-flung future in America in which everyone is armed. Cynical satire or spot-on prognostication? You be the judge! – DT

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