Michael LaReaux

Welcome to my little Elfwood library! Inside are a few bits of fantasy and speculative fiction. I hope you find them interesting. Why write fantasy anyway? What's the fascination with dragons, orcs, elves, goblins, faeries, and the whole host of creatures and characters we dream up? Entertainment is one aspect, to be certain. It can be fun to read a well-written story about fantastic creatures. Going to new worlds is always fun. I think it's more than that, though. I believe that fantasy and science fiction exist so that we can get enough distance to examine ourselves. The best fantasy and science fiction contains the same elements that make all great literature great: they all contain a unique examination of what it's like to be human. Achilles, Sydney Carton, Atticus Finch, Samwise Gamgee and Ender Wiggin all exist for the same purpose. They are mirrors. So keep that in mind when you're reading, and more importantly, when you're writing.
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Stanley Harris and the Muse

Stanley Harris, and aspiring writer, gets advice from a disembodied voice that seems to be coming from a bottle of ink.

The Story of Wilma, the Merchant and the Dragon

Wet Bedsheets, warrior women, wise merchants, and an angry dragon. What more could you ask for in a fantasy tale? And the best part is, EVERYONE in the story speaks perfect American English.

The Stuff of Wizards

A silly look at what Wizards do to unwind. Please don't take it seriously.

If There Be Unicorns

The story of two boys on a quest to find Unicorn Pee. It isn't as bad as it sounds. Really. Give it a try. C'mon...take a look. It's nice, really! It has a happy ending!

The Tragic Tale of Tommy Feebles and the Mermaid

This is, without a doubt, the strangest thing I've ever written. Poor Tommy Feebles gets involved with a mermaid, and lots of bad things happen.

Charwood-A Tale of Lord Gauston

This story explores the question of loyalty, and the price a young officer is willing to pay to maintain that loyalty.

The Recently Deposed Dark Lord's Lounge

What do Dark Lords do when they've been deposed? A lot of people think they sleep, slowly regaining their power until they finally return and lay waste to all that oppose them. I, on the other hand, think that they get sent to a bar in Duluth. This story is dedicated to the fine work of Spider Robinson. If you haven't read his stuff, leave this page and go buy some of his books.

The Starship Explorer and the Curse of the Physics Textbook

Captain Haigh and his intrepid crew encounter the most dangerous force known to futuristic space travel: physics.

Ballard the Brave

The story of Ballard's quest to slay the mighty dragon Maachelion. That's what it's about. Really. But I'm not going to tell you who wins. You have to read it to find out.