In 2012, Rick Hershey and Jason Stoffa ran a Kickstarter to reboot Steampunk Musha, which I collaborated on for both the original edition for Politically Incorrect Games and the d20 edition (which was never released). As part of the stretch goals the Kickstarter succeeded in reaching, Rick edited an anthology of short stories, many of them by fellow game designers including Christian Alipounarian, Jason Wallace, and Andrew G. Schneider. My piece, "The Gamelan Device," centers on Tran Vui, the only female police inspector in Kuang-Cho, the underground city. Vui and private investigator Amura Hiroko, from my unfinished comic "Riddle in Red," also included in the anthology, were partners, and the two meet in an unpublished 8-page teaser comic set in the same world. One day maybe that comic will also see the light of day!
In 2011, I had the chance to contribute to a Flames Rising Press original anthology, Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror, which received the top honor in the Preditors and Editors fan poll for anthologies that year. My piece, "Missing Molly," was one of two stories in the anthology to receive an honorable mention for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year volume 4.
Dylan Birtolo invited me to contribute to a limited edition anthology, planned to be in print for only one year (just long enough to sell at two GenCons). The resulting collection, Ransom: The Anthology, features a bunch of great writers whose stories all center around the theme of, you guessed it, ransom. My story is a modern fairy story, based on the old legend of Tam Lin, called “Don't Let Go.”
Baeg Tobar is an ongoing, in-flux shared-world project. I've written two stories for the site -- "No Matter How You Hide Her" and "She's Never Hard to Find" -- which may reappear on the site someday.
Through my work at Empty Room Studios, I got introduced to the world of Crown, a setting for Dark Quest Games. I've contributed two short stories for two different anthologies set in Crown. The first, “Choosing Fate,” appears in Crown Tales.
Short Fiction Online
- “The Valley,” a dark fantasy short story about the dangers of true love, was hosted at The Edge of Propinquity through the end of 2009.
- “Nomi's Wish,” a fairy story about two pairs of sisters, is hosted at Coyote Wild.
- A short monster sketch, “The Hounds of the Morrigan,” appeared over at Flames Rising.com for the 2008 Halloween special series.
- I posted an unpublished short story, “Autumn Leaves,” in honor of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day 2009.
Hosted Short Fiction
Virgil and Beatrice is proud to present our first hosted short fiction, "Cool, With Plenty of Water," by Andrew G. Schneider. Check it out, and hit Smashwords for the novel that continues the story, Nothing Left to Wish For, with a gorgeous cover by friend of V&B, Sarah Schanze.