Stories of fantasy ranging from dark, to light and inspiring, bring to life to this anthology. The creatures featured throughout, both good and evil, display the devastating or wonderful personalities they were given by the authors who created them for your enjoyment.
The Magical Muse is a compilation of short stories based on a year-long writing contest through my authors’ publishing & promotional business Dragon Knight Chronicles. How the contest came to exist isn’t quite as easy to explain as the fact that it does exist – lol! I guess the main reason I developed the idea was that I wanted to help fellow authors break into print or expand their writing experience. At the beginning I was an active member on the LinkedIn group, Aspiring Writers Short Story Competitions & Discussions. They had a monthly contest but it didn’t really focus in on my favored genre… fantasy! So instead of trying to work around their prompts I decided to create my own contest and monthly prompts. Presently we are expanding the prompts to wider audiences but the main focus will always stay true to our fantasy roots. ~ Kathryn Jenkins
When asked how the magic of their piece spoke to the truth of their story, The Magical Muse contributors responded with…
The Magical Muse comprises of:
Alexis Lantgen who brings a twist to the story of a fairy changeling, showing a dark evil intent behind a mythological practice.
Andrea R. Cooper turns a dark fantasy tale into a lyrical piece that tests your understanding of your own mind.
George L. Duncan features a creature many never saw coming as the source of justice in a corrupt world.
Dark fantasy takes a humorous twist with Oz Durose, who introduces us to a new type of zombie that makes you regret deleting the files off your very own computer… readers beware!
Mythological hounds are a foreshadowing of doom for one man seeking refuge from a deadly chase. Allison D. Reid brings a tale of adventure as seen through the eyes of the hounds and their mysterious master, born from the darkness of hell.
Demons lurking throughout this tale bring a monster into the world. A demi-god finds out her fate as KJ Hawkins spins a tale of triumph and fear.
Matthew Frassetti presses the will of a man trying to save his lover from the hands of a demon. The bonds of friendship between man and beast are tested as this tale of adventure takes a twist.
Khushi Agarwal tests the power of Christmas cheer with elves on strike. Will Christmas come on time, or will it be ruined for all?
And the holidays are here as D.B. Mauldin brings a hard working elf into the spotlight for a special Christmas festival.
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Dragon Knight Chronicles or DKC was founded in May of 2013 by Kathryn Jenkins. Kathryn started with a blog which hosted a short story writing competition, but what began as a site to help self-published authors break into print started growing into something more as new authors signed on.
We are working towards creating a home away from home on the web for fantasy authors, where they can find support and offer support to other authors in return. It’s a place for them to grow in their knowledge and skills in the indie publishing world. Our future is only as bright as the authors that walk through the door. We are in the process of joining teams with The Book Stalker, and who knows what else the future may bring. We are looking forward to working with the many brilliant authors we know are out there just waiting to share their talent with the world!
At DKC, we believe that every author is capable of being great… for some it just might be how they are going about promoting themselves. ~ K. Jenkins
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