The Short Stories

The Children of Loki Cycle
(Collected in The Children of Loki)

All The Dead Musicians
Why were so many musicians suddenly dying?

Why was a certain aging rocker infamous for his overindulgence still standing and the younger musicians weren’t?  

Something is very wrong in the music industry and this time it’s not a publicity stunt in this sardonic tale of panicked music executives, pop stars acting out and a “consultant” specializing in unnatural events.

The Curse of the Goat
The baseball team was poised to go all the way, but there was a problem: they played in a cursed ballpark.

As the curse spills out of the ballpark and into the drunken throngs surrounding it, an alderman obsessed with redevelopment is drawn into conflict with a sinister and entitled group of NIMBYs bent on a sports-free neighborhood.

Mister Lewis has been hired to clean up the mess, but the Curse of the Goat wants blood.

Legal Termination of a Warlock
The tech startup really needs to fire somebody before the sexual harassment suits start dropping, so why not that employee they’re sure is a warlock?

After all, nobody wants an older employee at a tech company, but how do you document cause for termination on a warlock?

The Gentrified Bodega
The neighborhood was improving and people were dying to move in. Then their bodies were turning up in the back aisle of the bodega.

The building wove a web of shady evictions, fake leases and unexplainable deaths.

Can Mister Lewis discover the secret of the gentrified bodega or will the housing crisis be solved by mass attrition?

The Hipster From Hell
Consolidated Student Solutions has a problem. Their customer service reps are disappearing.

Consolidated Student Solutions has a bigger problem: the unemployed folks behind on their loans are paying off the loans in full after talking to those customer service reps. Lost employees are one things, but lost profits are quite another. Can student loans be paid off in blood by making sacrifices at the altar of irony?

Mister Lewis is called in to investigate whether the student loan industry is under siege by The Hipster From Hell.

Surveillance From Beyond the Veil
There was a security breach.

Secrets were leaking. Strange men were sighted in the building, who then vanished in a burst of light. Was this industrial espionage or was the company haunted?  

Mister Lewis was summoned to find out if the company was under surveillance from beyond the veil and who would send the dead to rob the living?

The Soul Tariff
The dead were restless. Their souls could not leave their corpses.

When a conspiracy theorist stumbles across a magical artifact and incorporates it into worldview, a “soul tariff” is enacted as the bodies start to reanimate.

If he’s left to his own devices, the zombie apocalypse might accidentally break out.

Term Limits Don’t Matter If You Have Enough Children
The candidates did not exist.

They filed their paperwork and showed up to press the flesh, but no traces could be found of their past. 

Did they really appear out of thin air or was a mad god making a play for the hearts and minds (and coffers) of the mortal realm?

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