*Great news! “Treasure” has been reprinted in the Best Indie Speculative Fiction 2019 anthology from Bards & Sages!
This collection is “our annual celebration of the small press and independent publishing community.” It features twelve short stories of fantasy and science fiction and was published in November 2019. Currently, it’s only available from Amazon here.
- “Treasure,” a fantasy fable, is available in the Dark Luminous Wings anthology from Pole to Pole Publishing. The official anthology publication date was October 20, 2017. Here’s the cover:
“Treasure” is one of my oldest short stories. It features a female thief who’s thrust into a culture very different from her own, so different, she has a difficult time believing such a culture is real. Can someone raised to distrust everyone around her accept grace and love when freely given it? Is it truly given freely? You’ll have to read “Treasure” to find out what Enkid, the story’s protoganist, makes of these questions…under threat of a flying sea monster called the Laklor and the lure of a rock pillar that manifests jewels and….here are the first few lines:
Wind thundered past the slats of the storage cabin. Hidden within a barrel of fish guts, the stowaway braced herself for lurching. But when the ship pitched sharply sternside, Enkid knew it was no ordinary squall. A storm this bad would force the captain out of his quarters despite his usual drunken stupor, creating an opportunity to filch the beveled, green-glass vial he wore around his neck. It held hemlock tincture, a rare poison that would come in handy for someone in Enkid’s line of work.
Dark Luminous Wings is available on Amazon in print or e-book forms.
You can find all the other purchasing options at the publisher’s book page. I’ll leave you with an image from a Paperhand Puppet Intervention show, which may, or may not have, influenced the Laklor’s description.