"Heavy Metal & Heinous Magic" is a fantasy war story, and while this would be a typical hack-and-slash story, I do pose a question: How far would you go to win a war? Heroes are people who live and die for others, but when they do die for the sake of someone else or for a cause, how is their sacrifice honored? If you had the capacity to bring back a great war hero or martyr, would you, or more importantly should you?
The story "Imaginary Friends" was actually one of several experimental stories in this anthology. I wrote it with only dialogue, hoping to evoke a feeling of suspense while also letting the reader figure out who (or what) was speaking. I developed the idea for the story when I thought of my own childhood. I couldn't really commit too long to the idea of an imaginary friend when I was younger, but I wondered if those children who do commit have more than an idea... What if they are actually speaking to something otherworldly, perceived only by them?
That is all for today. If you would like to check out these two stories and 97 others exclusively by Yours Truly, please find Freaky and Fantastical 500 Words or Less on Amazon today! Also, if you want to check out a book with some creations by Yours Truly and many other independent creators, MEGABOOK 5 is finally here! You can download a copy today on DriveThru Comics. It features my short comics "David and Goliath" and "Terrors of Oz" along with a short story titled "Rite of Passage" from the upcoming Chimera Chronicles anthology, created by myself! There will be more to come soon!