As She Looks Away (poem)

James Bowers

This is one of my personal favorites.

A Deeper Calm (poem)

James Bowers

My father and I took a Creative Writing class at Kankakee Community College in the autumn of 2000. This poem was the result of the first assignment in that class - we were supposed to write a poem that contained the words AIM, BOON, WISE, and DECAY. It was published in the 2001 edition of 'The Prairie Fire'.

Tricks of the Trade (Wyverns Project 3)

James Bowers

Yet another tale featuring 'Scorpion', master assassin of Silva. This piece was written as my contribution to 'Wyverns Project 3' (created by Emilie Finn and Lindsey Butler) and also to satisfy Inger Marie Hognestad's hunger for more of this character... My thanks to all three of you!

Candles and Crossroads

James Bowers

Scorpion makes his seventh appearance in this tale written for Project#9. This tale chronicles a turning point - not only for Scorpion but for many who call Silva their home...

Möbius Web

James Bowers

Mobius Web was written in 1989 and was published in Kankakee Community College's 'The Prairie Fire' anthology in 1990. The story is a bit 'dated' thanks to the dissolution of the USSR, but I think it may still have some minimal entertainment value for my fellow time travelers...

The Gargoyle's Shadow

James Bowers

This story was written in early December 2000 and was published in Kankakee Community College's 'The Prairie Fire' anthology in 2001. It features a character originally designed for 'The Dance of the Magpies' PBEM (by Kim Nohr & Helen Leonard) which, sadly, no longer exists. A master of his profession, the assassin known only as Scorpion and his 'Scorpion's sting' have become near legendary. Mothers admonish their rowdy children with a curt, “The Scorpion will come for you if you don’t behave!” Disguise has become a part of his life as natural as breathing, and one can never be certain that the roadweary minstrel, absent-minded alchemist, old beggarwoman, or eccentric tinker does not conceal Death's sharpest dagger. Now as he finds his career nearing its twilight, Scorpion finds himself wondering if he has chosen the correct path. He frequently wonders if he has taken payment from the wrong client, if his dagger or poison has slain one who did not deserve to die. His dreams are crowded with the faces of his innocent and not-so-innocent marks. At times they speak to him, sometimes to aid him, sometimes to suggest alternatives, sometimes to guide his actions, but most often to plead for the life of his next mark...

Darkmoon Ridge (Ch 6 - 8)

James Bowers

The tale of 'Darkmoon Ridge' continues in these, the sixth, seventh, and eighth chapters. They are titled, respectively, as 'Forging An Unlikely Alliance', 'Where Darkness Dwells', and 'The Walls Have Ears'. Chapters 6 & 7 are complete, but (thanks to a minor disaster with my computer) I must rewrite the majority of chapter 8. I will post it here when I have (again) completed it.

Daydream Mist (poem)

James Bowers

This one has actually been published before in an amateur anthology.

Aftermath

James Bowers

As with most of the Project#7 contributors, I also fell victim to the lure of SF combat. Although the 'seed' portion of Project#7 was not genre-specific, I just couldn't bring myself to write in a fantasy vein this time around. I hope you will find it to be an enjoyable few minutes, anyway.

Darkmoon Ridge (Chapter 1)

James Bowers

'Thunder in the Distance' is the first chapter of the Chronicles of Southgate. This is the reader's first brief look at the sorceress, Alorra, and the Earl of Southgate. (Note: All spell usage in this chapter should be considered untranslatable.)

Darkmoon Ridge (Chapter 4)

James Bowers

As Chapter Four begins, we return to T'ralex in Southgate, midmorning on the day following the arrival of the riders from the Reach. The Abbot has a brief but worthwhile conversation with an unexpected visitor. (I am not totally satisfied with this chapter and it may go through several revisions, but there will be no major change in the events or facts revealed.)

Deathbird's Song (poem)

James Bowers

Deathbird's Song was written in 1997 and was published in Kankakee Community College's 'The Prairie Fire' anthology in 1998. I guess this one has fewer elements of fantasy than some would prefer, but the afterlife lies beyond our knowing and thus may exist only in our imaginations. The Deathbird's Song is a siren's call to those who would believe that we visit this world for only a brief moment before traveling on...

Like Rain on Spring Leaves

James Bowers

A short and simple story written for Project#10 (The Wuthering) and published in Kankakee Community College's anthology 'Prairie Fire 2006'...

Ice Dragon (poem) Part 1

James Bowers

Ice Dragon was written in 1986 and was published in Kankakee Community College's 'The Prairie Fire' anthology in 1989. A tale of valor and tragedy continued in 'Dragonbane'. Please visit Tansy A. H. Pye in Lothlorien to see her illustration of the Ice Dragon...

Darkmoon Ridge (Chapter 2)

James Bowers

In chapter two, 'Chains of Honor', the reader eavesdrops on a conversation between T'ralex and Sylnia the healer...

Check, Please

James Bowers

I wrote this story quite a while ago, but the Creative Writing class I took in the autumn of 2000 gave me a reason to dig it up, dust it off, and clean it up. I turned it in as my seventh assignment. This, too, was published in the 2001 edition of 'The Prairie Fire'

Black Coffee

James Bowers

Something of a departure from my usual, written in 2001 and published in Kankakee Community College's 'The Prairie Fire' anthology in 2002.... Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it...

Darkmoon Ridge (Chapter 5)

James Bowers

The Chronicles of Southgate continue in this, the fifth chapter. Earl Gaylord Ulthrond takes the first small measures to ensure Southgate's safety and the reader is introduced to the Earl's most trusted advisor. The hardships of winter seem much less important in light of recent events and the magnitude of possible events of the near future...

Ma'at and the October War

James Bowers

Written as my contribution to the second installment of 'The Project', this is a story of Ma'at (pronounced 'Mayet'), the Ancient Egyptian goddess of justice and truth.

For A Few Silver Coins

James Bowers

This tale was written with two worlds in mind. “For A Few Silver Coins” is a fourth story focusing on Scorpion, master assassin of the port city of Silva. This particular tale was written as my contribution to Debra Lynn Turpin's 'Destiny's Eternal Lovers' Project which blossomed from her brief introductory piece originally titled 'Soul Mates'. Thanks, Debra! It is both an honor and a pleasure to be included. This story was published in KCC's 'Prairie Fire 2005' anthology.