Fantasy Short Stories








Fantasy has long been thought of as long, well-crafted tales of quests or adventure. These stories often encompass many years of the characters’ lives, from the time most are teens seeking answers until their grandchildren are picking up the search for answers. Many feel fantasy can only be based on sword and sorcery, with dragons and fair maidens in distress.






That is until we entered the twenty-first century and the publishing world took on major changes. This includes how certain genres are written. Some of the best fantasies that I’ve read in the last almost two decades are those tales where all the old rules are broken. We’re now seeing fantasy set in the contemporary or futuristic world. Those books based in historical worlds hasn’t remained the same either. That fair maiden might now be a warrior, seeking vengeance for a wrong done to her family. The knight in shining armor could now be a young lad seeking answers to his past or being content with a position once thought only of as a woman’s.





Along with those changes is also the accepted length of a fantasy story. Where once people would settle with a thick book that might take them months to finish, they now can pick up short stories or novellas that can be read on e-readers or their smart phones while they’re commuting to and from their jobs or standing in line at a store.


Blurb



Cats await a new arrival…

A queen in hiding…

Much more than an attic…

And other fantasy tales

Debbie De Louise, Margaret Egrot, KateMarie Collins, Rick Ellrod, Rocky Rochford, Stephen St. Clair, and K.C. Sprayberry will bring enjoyment to your day with these fantastic stories.



Excerpt


Old Tom the tabby was at the Gate. Next to him stood Shadow, a black shorthair who had been summoned while sun bathing on the Bridge. Shadow knew the reason Tom wanted to speak with him. It could mean only one thing, another resident was arriving.

“Sorry to disturb you,” Tom said. “But I’ve had orders from above that Kate Stewart’s Siamese cat, Sam, will be joining us. He’s had a long life and much happiness with her, but it’s his time. Please alert Kate’s other cats about the new arrival.”

Shadow nodded his dark head. “I will be on it right away, sir. When is the welcome party scheduled?”

“Looks like tomorrow morning around six. Remember, it takes time for the soul to reach us.”

“Who will be in charge of the party?” Shadow knew that, according to Bridge rules, the last cat admitted from a human’s family was the next in line to welcome the incoming resident. A year ago, a car hit Shadow after he stupidly ran out the door when his human, Ben, came home from a doctor’s appointment. There had been no cats in Ben’s family on the Bridge or at least none  with whom he had forged the forever bond, so Tom had welcomed Shadow. Now it was Shadow’s job to notify the last member of each incoming cat’s family until the admittance of another first-timer.





About the K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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