“Black C.A.S.T.L.E.” Chapter I – Breach

I. Breach

The outermost gate of Black C.A.S.T.L.E.’s perimeter could bring a 15,000-pound vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour to a dead stop. Any vehicle that tried to breach this gate by brute force would end up looking like a crumpled soda can.

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#NaNoWriMo, #NaNoReMo, and #BlackCASTLE

If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, it’s a month-long event in which aspiring authors attempt to churn out a full novel between November 1st and November 30th. It’s a very cool idea that highlights individual achievements with tons of community support. But as fun and inspiring as it is, some folks struggle to read a novel in a month, let alone write one.

So this November, I’m participating in NaNoReMo, or National Novel Reading Month, by supplying you, dear readers, with a full-length novel one chapter at a time, one day at a time! Fittingly, it’ll be a thriller, a page-turner, an action-packed edge-of-your-seat read that’ll have you zooming through each chapter and waiting in anticipation for the next installment each and every day!

All I can tell you about the story right now is this:

  • It’s titled ‘Black C.A.S.T.L.E.’
  • It’s a science-slanted heist thriller

For more, be sure to follow along with the hashtag #BlackCASTLE and keep an eye out for more over the next few days! The first chapter may just drop as a trick-or-treat special on Halloween!



“I See You” (6k)

For some, nightmares are cause for distress; for me, they’re a cause for celebration. I don’t know how many of my stories started out as nightmares, which I quickly jotted down on a notepad upon waking, but this story is definitely one of them. To tell you about it would be to give away one of the creepier moments so I’ll just say that Mary’s experience, just one of which you’re about to read, comes directly from one of my more disturbing subconscious creations. And what better time for such a story than in the weeks approaching Halloween?



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“Hero” (5.6k)

What makes someone a hero? What keeps them from becoming a villain?

These were the two questions on my mind while writing “Hero,” a short sci-fi story about a brutal, futuristic battle in which soldiers come in a variety of shapes and sizes: hardened veteran fighters, elite super-heroic units, and expendable child-soldiers grown in a lab. The question I have for you while reading this is two-fold: Who do you see being the true hero of this story, and who is the real villain? – DT


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“Sports Stories Presents: ‘Massacre at Mile-High'” (1.8k)

As we prepare to enter into the All-American holiday that is Super Bowl Sunday, I think back fondly to the naivete of my youth, in which I thought pro-football was a pure sport that celebrated incredible human athleticism. Fast-forward a few decades and I’m now disgusted at the incessant branding and advertising fueled by corporate greed, immoral treatment of the League’s players, and overall lack of human decency on display by the owners and managers. Gladiatorial combat never went extinct, it evolved. This story is a look ahead to what the future of football might one day become.


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“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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