The Trickster

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This is pulled directly from posts on my Writers page on Face Book. I figured that I have promoted all these stories that I have written in the same series with different genres yet I have not really explained the purpose behind this or how they fit together, until now. Oh and if you like what read on this and want to get updates that I don’t post here, swing by and give the page a like at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shayne-Workman-Big-Cat/715170738549742?ref=hl   Now on with the entry. 😀

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Jordan Davis was a skeptic who thought he knew it all, but he is about to discover that something evil lurks in the dark corners of a realm he never believed in. Trapped in a place where nightmares and reality intertwine, Jordan must find his way back to the waking world before his family falls prey to a malevolent Trickster. This modern day horror fable full of twisted irony is sure to leave you wondering just what is hiding in that place beyond all dreams? Just as Jordan Davis finds that it isn’t what can’t be proven, but rather what can’t be dis-proven that can get you when you let your guard down.

The first published story in the Spirit Realm series was written with a few things in mind. First I wanted to introduce what would be a recurring creature in the series with style, by showing you just how much of a threat it could really be. The reason I chose self publication was because a publishing company would not generally put out something that is just too hard to promote because it has no genre that really defines it. I know that while this story was a horror story that some of the other stories that the trickster appears in would not be. I had no wish to get pigeon holed into the horror genre because of this one story. Take a classic like “The Lord of The Rings novels, because it was an epic adventure tale it could only hint and suggest just how terrifying the Nazgul was. Choosing this path allowed me to show a gruesome demonic presence in it’s prime element so that in the next story when you see a pack of them chasing a twelve year old boy even though that story does not go into the same graphic detail, readers familiar with this creature can still have an Oh Shit! moment and it allows me to add that horror element without having to go into the same graphic territory. Also nothing scares the Hell out of people like the unknown, But how can it be unknown when it is as in your face as it is written in this story? The answer to that is in the concept itself, skeptics can look at this story and say yeah that’s ridiculous, but can you really say that? When you think of all the surprise suicides and murders, and when you think about the fact that it is a concept that can not really be proven false, because if a person faces a situation like the one in the story and they snap out of it, well that was just the most realistic and frightening nightmare they ever had, but if they don’t………. Well take that in consideration the next time you hear of someone dying “peacefully” in their sleep. That is the real power of the horror element in this tale, it’s the What if factor.

It is available now on Amazon.com however when the next story is released, the novella “The Druids Son: A Historical Fable Of The Spirit Realm” on 5/5/15 I am hoping that I can get it formatted to fit the requirements for availability on Barnes and Noble, as well as Apples IStore for Ipads and such and when the day comes that I get my actual website up it will become available there as well.

 

The Journey To The River

 

When twelve year old Todd Grayson is left in grave condition after an accident, he finds himself trapped in a strange and dangerous world. Now Casey his Spirit Guide/Guardian must help him find a way to The Great River to continue the life cycle or lose him to the evil forces that lurk below the surface of the waking world.

Bonus story: Last Night On Earth – A young man acts on a plan to commit suicide in the middle of a secluded forest, only to find there is more to this world than he realized.

Some of you may remember “Last Night On Earth” as the one post story that I put on this page, way back in October of last year. I wrote that while I was laying out “The Journey to The River: An Adventure Fable Of The Spirit Realm” and so I was already laying the groundwork for some of the concepts that were introduced with “Journey” The Great River and it’s function is mentioned to the protagonist Kevin by the Elves who we later are recognized as Nature Spirits or Spirits that have a direct link with the Spirit Realm, but were in fact created by the life energy of the Earth itself. Again huge LOTR fan, I love Elves and I really wanted them for the Spirit Realm series. My Elves are very similar to Tolkiens Elves in a lot of ways. They too, left the world of man when humans in their fear and ignorance began viewing them as oppressive overlords when they in fact were only trying to help us develop, and so they, like Tolkiens Elves harbor a sadness for the break in that connection. In the modern world they get very few human visitors and so they cherish every connection they acquire. We find they even planted the seeds of belief in them through the fictional tales we read and hear in hopes that one day people would come to believe in them again and accept them back. They are real good at planting seeds in peoples minds and in both “Last Night” and “Journey” we see how they use this to aid people, they are themselves lost in a way and so they view themselves as keepers of that which is lost.

“The Journey To The River:An Adventure Fable Of The Spirit Realm” was written with a question many of us have asked in mind. What about people whose bodies are being kept alive through machines in hospitals, I can think of few things that really make people wonder about the existence of the soul more so than this concept. Are they just meat? Is anything left of who they were? And if there is anything is it trapped or has it already moved on? The fact that the Protagonist is a child was not only meant to make exploring this concept a little more poignant, it also played better with how the relationship between Todd and his spirit guide Casey develops. It really is sort of a buddy adventure tale set against the back drop of a tragic situation. The Tricksters return to the series again as the main threat, but like I said before if you read the HORROR story that featured the being, then it added to the fright factor they represented without me having to go into the same graphic detail in a story that it really would not have fit that well. I have said that Stephen Kings Dark Tower series has been a huge inspiration to the Spirit Realm stories and it’s influence really is shown more in how I am tying all of these stories together in one world, I can have the “Adventure” story that happens to have creatures from my “Horror” stories and to me that builds a depth to this world I am writing and makes it more tangible, more real. It’s a world where Horrifying shit wanders about, but so does good things, things that care and are helpful, Bad shit happens to good people, but even though it does, there is a sense of a grand scheme to things and even the worst situation can open a persons eyes to understanding and hope. Some people are lucky, some people shit out of luck and often times whether any of us realize it or not our own choices do tend to play a factor maybe even more so than spiritual influence most of the time. We have free will for a reason.

“The Journey To The River: An Adventure Fable Of The Spirit Realm” is available now on Amazon.com. Like “The Trickster: A Horror Fable Of The Spirit Realm” it too is currently in the process of making sure the formatting is suitable to be able to have it offered on other sites as well.

 

 

 

 

 

THEDRUIDSSON

 

When the Druid Cathasach and Lady Adaryn are summoned to aid a small village, they fall prey to the fear and ambition of a local councilman. Wrongfully accused of murder, Lady Adaryn must flee from the villagers with Cathasachs help. Now the Orders to which they belong, having to choose between exciting the growing misgivings the common folk have towards their kind or hunt their own, have sent agents to help find them. The two find comfort in a forbidden union to one another as they stand against the hatred of the people and the wrath of their own, but they are not alone, for the goddess Nantosuelta and her mate Sucellus have set the stage to ensure the continued existence of the magic users in a world that would seek to wipe them out and humanities connection to the Spirit Realm with them.

“The Druids Son: A Historical Fable Of The Spirit Realm” marks the arrival of many firsts in the series. It is the longest of all the stories to date breaching short story length into novella territory. It also introduces, for the first time ever, the human magic users of old and many new types of Nature Spirits to join the Elves. The first time that the primary threat to the main characters are not spirits or demons at all but rather humans. The first time we meet one of the old gods and the birth of the Twin Flames. The Twin Flame in the Spirit Realm series is the combination of Spirit Guide and Soul that are born at the same time, The Spirit Guide keeps watch over the soul throughout however many lifetimes until the incarnation of that soul is born that makes contact with the spirit guide and from there the connection between the two sparks the flame within both and together they start unlocking their full potential. This is what you know, now for the behind the scenes stuff that most of you are not aware of. In August of last year I was facing a trial for a bulllshit felony charge, having already dealt with divorce and homelessness while in the process of most of the legal proceedings I was on the verge of folding. It was during this time that I started reflecting more and more on my life up to that point and as a way of dealing with it I started writing a story in chapters. It was a story that incorporated many actual events from my life, about me and my spirit guide the Raven Natasha. This story was like self help to put things from my life into perspective, but this story became the basis for the entire Spirit Realm series and the base line for the full length novel to be released on 11/30/15 now titled “The Tale Of The Twin Flames: My Experiences In The Spirit Realm” I went from being someone who squandered most of their time to someone who actually finishes what they start. In truth the closer I get to putting all of it behind me I started feeling compelled to go back to the story, but I did not want to just do a short story that would come after or have to be thrown in the middle of the novel so using another source of inspiration Yu-Gi-Oh! Yeah I’m a geek through and through, I’m also an asshole and as such I am a huge Seto Kaiba fan. The story line from the shows final season Dawn Of The Duel where Kaiba learns about his former life as an Egyptian Priest and how his connection to his trademark Blue Eyes White Dragon began, spawned the idea of giving “The Tale Of The Twin Flames” a historical beginning. No I am not saying I was a Druid in my first life, I do have a lot of Celtic heritage in my family , particularly on my mothers side and I got the idea to set the story around 500 B.C. in the British Isles. and like I said it covers the BIRTH of the twin flames. I will say no more than that so as not to spoil the whole damn story, just give you an idea that it really is more of a love story than anything and if you read the opening that I put up on my blog as a preview and wondered if it was a coincidence that the Druid Cathasachs Spirit Guide, Nuallan is a blue eyed dragon, it isn’t. I like to pay my respects and give little nods of gratitude to the things that keep the gears in my own head turning to keep coming up with these stories. If this tale has a moral it is simply what love must endure for the sake of keeping those connections we cherish from slipping from us, set in the back drop of the question, is it more important to be Religious and rigidly set in your ways or Spiritual and more open to changes for the sake of adapting as the world around you becomes something you no longer recognize.

“The Druids Son: A Historical Fable Of The Spirit Realm” Will be Available on multiple sites for multiple devices on May Day 5/5/15

 

Have you missed me? 😀 Well I have been rather busy of late and now you will find out why. Available NOW you can get a FREE copy of my short story that started it all “The Trickster: A Horror Fable Of The Spirit Realm” before you check out the NEW story “The Journey To The River: An Adventure Fable Of The Spirit Realm” also AVAILABLE NOW and starting 2/6/15 you will be able to get a FREE copy of that one for a limited time as well.

 

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The Trickster: A Horror Fable Of The Spirit Realm

 

The Journey To The River: An Adventure Fable Of The Spirit Realm

 

That is TWO short stories in “The Spirit Realm” Series for you to check out NOW. – Love BIG CAT

Because Amazon.com did not give me the option of what to use as a sample for my short story, I am giving you my own. The following is an excerpt from “The Trickster: A Horror Fable Of The Spirit  Realm”  Copyright 2014 By Shayne Workman, available now at Amazon.com Kindle Store for 2.99.

 

The Trickster: A Horror Fable Of The Spirit Realm

By Shayne Workman

 

Jordan sat in the chair holding Suzie. “How is daddy’s little princess this evening.” Suzie answered with a toothless grin and a coo. Jordan laughed, it never ceased to amaze him the way it seemed children, even those as new to the world as his daughter could have such a wonderful sense of understanding of the world around them. “You get that from me don’t you? You get that from daddy, you’re a smart one and you’re going to grow up and help change the whole world aren’t you?” Jordan’s wife Amanda was standing in the doorway from the kitchen watching this with a smile on her face. “Just as long as she doesn’t take after you where it comes to changing diapers.” Jordan smiled as he looked over his shoulder. “Yeah, I’ve never been much good at the dirty work. Hopefully that is something she inherits from her mommy, so she ends up better rounded than me.” Amanda walked through. “I put the order in for Chinese, it should be delivered here shortly.” She said. Just then Suzie opened her mouth and spewed formula down Jordan’s arm. “Aaaggh, Heh heh, I don’t think our little girl likes the sound of that very much.” He said, handing her off to his wife as he went to get a wet rag for all of them. “How are finals going so far?” She asked as he came back into the room with two damp wash cloths. “Same as usual, frantic. You know I have to wonder if half of them even realize that they do more to hurt their chances of doing well, when they work themselves up in a frenzy like that, instead of having a well laid out plan of attack and just calmly executing it like they have some sense.” Amanda smiled as she wiped off Suzie’s face with the rag. She loved her husband, he had always been good to her and so far he was proving to be an excellent father, but remembering what she had been like in college when they first met, she wouldn’t want to be one of his students for anything in the world. As she looked at her daughters face she wondered if, in time maybe she would actually teach him the value of not always being so heavy handed. “Try not to terrorize them too bad, many of them are still just kids themselves and not everyone can be a super brain.” He shook his head as he unbuttoned his shirt. “It’s what I get paid for dear, I mean, what happens when they fail and drop out? I’ll tell you what happens, they go and work these sad little minimum wage jobs and grow jaded and hateful because they are trying to raise their own families and can barely make ends meet because they think the world failed them, instead of the other way around and they end up making everyone else around them miserable including the brats they fail to raise, who in turn poke fun at anything that resembles a ray of hope for humanity. Do you want our daughter growing up in world like that? I don’t.” Amanda just smiled, heavy handed she thought to herself.

Later that evening Jordan sat in his study going through his stack of papers. Amanda walked in. “I just put Suzie down for the night, hopefully.” Jordan smiled as he peered at her from the page he was reading over. “I take it you’re about to put yourself down for the night.” He said. “Yes, it’s been a long day. Are you coming soon, or are you still going to be awhile?” She asked him. “I have a few more things I want to try to catch up on, then yes I will be in.” She walked over to him and bent down to kiss him goodnight. “Try not to wear yourself too thin.” He gently kissed the back of her hand. “Just a few more things I swear, it’s been a long day for me too.” He watched her leave the study and then went back to reading the paper he had in his hand. His vision was getting a little blurry he noticed. Maybe I’m more tired than I thought. That won’t do and these papers aren’t going to grade themselves. He thought to himself. Taking off his reading glasses and rubbing his eyes, he leaned back in his chair. Suddenly he caught himself thinking about the strange looking Voo Doo dog, it was clearly a mutt, but it was decent sized and the shape of the head suggested that it had Pit Bull in it somewhere. He laughed. Jesus, it’s almost like I’m getting obsessed over that damn dog. Just put it out of your mind. He thought. He continued sitting there leaned back in his chair.

Jordan jerked awake sitting bolt upright in bed. He had just had the strangest sensation one could have in a sleep state, he had felt himself falling. He took several deep breaths to balance himself. That feeling wasn’t all that had him confused. He remembered being in the study what felt like only moments ago, but there was daylight outside and for the life of him he could not remember ever coming to bed….last night? Good Lord. He thought, it really had felt like only a couple minutes had passed since he had been sitting at his desk. He decided that he would ask Amanda when he got downstairs, because apparently she had beaten him at getting up. “I’m starting to think everyone’s right, I need to go a little easier than I have been.” Thirty minutes later he was downstairs ready for his day, but he was slightly distressed that there was no sign of either Amanda or Suzie. He went into the kitchen to the fridge where they always left notes to each other if anything had come up that required one of them to leave without the other one knowing. There on the little magnetic dry erase board in Amanda’s writing was a note that read. “Took Suzie with me for my yearly checkup.” Jordan breathed a sigh of relief. This day had already started out strangely as it was, this however, was a sign of normalcy.

As he walked out the front door his neighbor Henry smiled and waved. “Good morning Jordan, are you off to the university?” Jordan waved back. “Good morning Henry. No I don’t go in today. I just thought I would go for a walk, get out of the house you know.” Henry continued smiling. “It’s certainly a beautiful day for it.” He said. “It certainly is, well I’ll catch up with you later.” Jordan said and continued on his way. He never noticed the odd stillness of the day, or the fact that Henry was still watching him as he walked away with the same smile on his face. He walked to the market he had been to the day before to get a bottle of water, he had planned to walk to the park and knew he would be thirsty by the time he got there. As he walked up to the counter he noticed that it was the same girl who had been working the evening before. She was smiling at him as though the berating lecture less than twenty- four hours before had never happened. “Have you nees ruoy dog again since yesterday?” She asked pleasantly. He shook his head and laughed nervously. “I’m sorry, what did you say?” This time honestly wondering if he was hearing things a little off. She smiled raising her eyebrows. “I dias, evah uoy nees ruoy god niaga ecnis yadretsey?” He drew his head back shocked, clearly she was trying to mess with his head over what he had said to her the night before and she even had the nerve to continue smiling at him without even missing a beat. “Sir, are you alright?” She asked him, still smiling. He was about to ask to see the manager when someone next to him said. “Hey buddy can we move it along? Please and thank you.” He turned his head to see that there were already five people in line, but what disturbed him was the fact that every single one of them including the one who had just told him to hurry up were all staring directly at him and they all had the same smile on their faces as the girl behind the counter. Jordan, who was getting a little freaked out by the whole encounter, put his water down and walked out of the store, looking back once he saw that they were all still staring at him, just staring at him and smiling.

He turned around and saw at least thirty people who had been just walking by a moment ago, stop dead and stare at him smiling, just smiling. One man had stopped as he was crossing the street and waved at him. “S’ti a lufituaeb yad ot eb evila t’nsi ti?” He said, before suddenly getting plowed by a guy in car who was too busy looking out his window at Jordan smiling to notice someone standing in the street. Jordan yelped at the sight, slapping his hand to his mouth. He began fumbling for his phone to call 911, as the phone rang through he expected to hear a dispatcher on the other end. “Yes, I would….” His eyes widened in terror at the laughter he heard. “Heh heheh heh heh heh” The man who had been hit lay twisted and broken his eyes staring at the sky, but he still had that same smile on his face. Jordan dropped his phone. “Hey mister, would you like a hot dog? They’re really good.” Came the cheerful sounding voice of the young girl working the hot dog stand. She too was smiling at him. He couldn’t take it anymore. “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? HUH? REALLY!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?” He heard a snarling noise behind him and he turned to see the same dog he had seen all week. It started barking at him, startling him, but not as much as the buzzing noise that he heard in his head as it barked. A buzzing noise that was broken here and there by words spoken in a voice he had never heard before. “Danger, ped, me, out” These were all he could make out and he hadn’t even done that until he started running as fast as could to get away from the mad scene.

Looking around he noticed people on their porches, looking out windows, all of them were staring at him, and all of them were smiling pleasantly. This is a dream, it’s just a dream. He thought, as he started crying. “I want to wake up now, WHY CAN’T I WAKE UP NOW?”

Amanda found Jordan in Suzie’s room holding her and gently swaying, he was smiling as he looked at his wife. “I was on my way to bed when I heard her wake up.” Amanda smiled at him. “It’s one in the morning you know.” He nodded and lay Suzie back in her crib. He smiled at his little girl. “Daddy’s little princess, I could eat you up, yes I could, yes I could. Night, night baby.” He said before following his wife to the bedroom. They lay down together. Amanda almost immediately closed her eyes again. Jordan lay on his side staring wide eyed into the darkness of the room, a wide grin slowly spread across his face.