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“A Dark Place” in Denizens of Distant Realms

Dark seashore“A Dark Place” was the first story I sold at semi-pro rates, back in 2014. At that time, it was the most money I’d ever been paid for one of my stories. It originally appeared in a magazine called Fictionvale (which has since closed up shop), and it later reappeared in Disturbed Digest in 2016.

This story started out as a very different story, which I first concocted as a Cobalt City story. But there wasn’t really anything superhero-related in my original idea, so it wound up instead becoming a strange sort of dark fantasy story with some possible mad science (or at least mad alchemy of a sort) crossover. It took a lot of revision and rewriting to get it from my original idea to what it became, but it wound up all the better for it. The plan was always for Navar to wind up in a no win situation. The question was whether he’d make it out or not.

These days, you can read “A Dark Place” at Curious Fictions, or in my collection, Denizens of Distant Realms.


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