stevedoyle

I like to collaborate with photographers and visual artists to combine my poetry with their work and enter shows. Sometimes I'll write something to go with a drawing or photo, sometimes a visual artist will want to illustrate something I've written. Feel free to do that, just share your work with me, too. I have also done commissioned works for people to give as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Once a poem is matted and framed it usually makes a good presentation, especially when paired up with visual artwork. I have actually won awards at art shows for such work. I have had one poem published in an anthology and intend at some point to produce a couple of my own books. “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead & rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” —Benjamin FranklinA list of my stories & poems written for The Herscher Project (Those in silver are not available here in Elfwood. Contact me if you would like to read those.) Visit James K Bowers page for more info about The Herscher Project and links to other author's pages.Project 6 "Oz Never Gave Nothin' to the Tin Man...": The Memory Preservation Project Project 8 "The When that Wasn't": The Great Confederacy Project 10 "The Wuthering": Keepers of the Light Project 11 "Careful What You Wish For": The Magic Lamp Project 12 "By the Numbers": The Black Legend Project 13 "Triskaidekaphobia": The Thirteenth Member Project 14 "Dark Futures": The Prometheus Project Project 15 "Aging, Ascents & Entropies": The Floridian Fountain Project 17 "Dragon's Breath": Puff Returns Project 19 "The Gift of Vision": An Angel in Flanders, The Doctor's Hammer Project 20 "Through the Looking Glass": Beyond the Black Mirror Project 21 "Pretty Paper, Ribbons, and Bows": The Lion and the Bear Project 22 "With Angels Watching Over": The Guide Project 23 "Into the Fiery Furnace": Fire from the Sky Project 24 "Jailhouse Rock": Hell Afloat Project 28 "Fear's Playground":The Nightmare, Inside the War Room at the Pentagon Project 32 "Get a Grip": Madness! Project 33 "Pirates, Privateers and Buckaneers": Joining the Privateers Project 34 "Show Us Whatcha Got!": The Orphan Project 36 "Rebellion!": End of the War Short stories: The Black Mirror The Sound from the Attic Home Time Destruction of a Vampire The Memory Preservation Project Final Victory My Mistake Some people you should visit: Carolyn Anderson - seems to have run off again. James K Bowers - Fearless leader of The Herscher Project Rachael Jean Evans - very bright and colorful gallery Maisha Foster-O'Neal - 'Dance of Innocence' is awesome Laura Hewett - Check out 'The Legend of the Fae' Chris A. Jackson - author extraordinaire, read everything Emily Cerulean Li - lot's of fun on her page Amber Silver - some very good reading here Heather Sluys - Read 'Sleeping' Deb Smith - An excellent writer Loraina Tubbs - More good reading Favourite music Anything by the Moody Blues
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The Lion and the Bear

This is a Christmas present for my friend Saana from Finland. Sisu is a uniquely Finnish term defined as a special strength and persistent determination; a resolve to continue and overcome in the moment of adversity…an almost magical quality, a combination of stamina, perseverance, courage, and determination held in reserve for hard times.

The Last Patron of the Black Dragon

This is the story of a fairly confused old man who can't seem to figure out just where (when) he is.

The Note in the Bottle

This has basis in an actual event. The Mary Celeste was a ship that embarked from New York to Italy in 1872. She was later found completely seaworthy but without a soul aboard. For more on this see: http://www.deafwhale.com/maryceleste/

The Sound from the Attic

This is a ghost story.

My Mistake

This story is from the perspective of the ghost of a suicide. Though short, it is meant to be an emotionally powerful story.

The Scaring

Typical frustrated ghost, having a little trouble with a scaring. He's no Casper, though.

Destruction of a Vampire

Notes Details concerning the vampire came from The Vampire: His Kith and Kin by Montague Summers, London, K. Paul Trench, Trubner, 1928. Text of the Absolution of Excommunication copied from the 1964 edition of the Roman Ritual translated by Rev. Phillip Weller from Fr. Jason Spadafore's Resource Center.

The Memory Preservation Project

This is my contribution to James Bowers Project #6 - Artificial Intelligence.

Bad Blood

The good doctor must choose between two evil forces.

The Devil's Dance

On August 19, 1692 five 'witches' were hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem, MA. One of them was a former Minister of Salem Village. People were convinced that with him, they had captured the leader of the local witches.

The Farmer in the Field

Typical story of the little old lady vs. the big bad bank.

The Game

It's only a game, right? I mean the pieces don't really care what happens on the board. Do they?

The Lawn

This is about a man who hears ghostly voices in his head. They belong to his father and grandfather. They're toying with him.

The Apple

One little apple...

The Birth of Pegasus

This is a sequel to 'Minerva's Curse' Check out the illustration by Ramona C. Bogott, Pegasus' Birth

End of the War

Inspired by this pic of which my friend is the subject, this is an attempt to explain the evil that exists in the world

End of Days

This is my idea of the Armageddon of the Greek gods.

The Forgotten

Someone said you never really die until everyone has forgotten that you lived...

The Floridian Fountain

In 1531 Juan Ponce de Leon was killed by Calusa Indians as he explored Southern Florida. Rumor has it that he searched for the Fountain of Youth. He never found it, but what if...

The Hubble Returns

Since Mars is so close, I wanted to write something about the red planet.

Home

We often think of fairies as small, beautiful creatures that live in the forest and love music and dancing. But they can be very dangerous when crossed as you'll see in the following tale.

A Leprechaun's Tale

This is 'An Irish Tale' from the point of view of the Leprechaun. I think it's funnier than the original. Elfwood artist Richard Svensson has created an illustration for this poem, called The Leprechaun. Check it out!

Beyond the Black Mirror

This is a companion piece to The Black Mirror. It was written for the Herscher Project #20: 'Through the Looking Glass.' Notes Black Mirror © 2003 by Maisha Foster-O'Neal. Reprinted with permission. Some of Maisha's other work can be found here. The Internet Sacred Text Archive is an excellent resource for information about witchcraft in Ireland. Information about the death of speedboat legend Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane Segrave can be found here. Information concerning scrying with a black mirror came from Katyln Breen on the awesome Crystal Forest website.

Flowers for the Forgotten

This sequel to 'The Forgotten' was inspired by some of its comments...

Final Victory

When I read the Catharist belief that procreation is Satan's work and shouldn't be practiced I started thinking: What if everyone adopted that belief and no more children were born? Ultimately... Notes Information concerning Catharist beliefs came from The Medieval Source Book. The xenophongroup provided the history of the Albigensian Crusades.

The Headless Horseman

This particular piece of the story never made the Disney movie.

Martian Note Translated!

This is the hidden meaning behind the note in 'The Hubble Returns'. This will probably make more sense if you read that one first.

Minerva's Curse

Inspired by some pictures of Medusa that I've seen around here.

The Pasture

This story is based on actual testimonials that contributed to the murder by hanging of several people accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692.

Run Little Stick Men

This was inspired by a drawing my friend Crymson-Rayne drew a while ago, which can be viewed here

Pegasus

This poem about the famous winged horse was written at the request of my friend Laura.

Time

The narrator of this little story is the ghost of a fourteen year old girl.

War's Minions

A shanachie is someone whose job is to record the deeds of heroes. A good one will know all the major combatants on both sides of a battle.

An Irish Tale

This is the story of a fellow who comes across a leprechaun. If caught, the leprechaun has to grant 3 wishes and reveal the secret location of his pot of gold.

A Ghost

This is about as close as I get to writing 'romance'.

The Autopsy

Classic story of differing points of view. Someone is obviously failing to understand the situation. But who?

The Black Mirror

This tale of sorcery was inspired by Maisha Foster-O'Neal's poem Black Mirror. A black mirror can be used to communicate with spirits in the same way as a crystal ball. Notes Black Mirror © 2003 by Maisha Foster-O'Neal.  Reprinted with permission.  Some of Maisha's other work can be found here. The Internet Sacred Text Archive is an excellent resource for information about witchcraft in Ireland. Information about the death of speedboat legend Sir Henry O'Neal de Hane Segrave can be found here. Information concerning scrying with a black mirror came from Katyln Breen on the awesome Crystal Forest website.

The Football Game

Sometimes it just doesn't pay to go all the way to the game...

Gettysburg

This was written for the 130th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address November 19, 1863. In attendance are 2 very special delegates - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1825) & Benjamin Franklin(1706-1790) - they're concerned about their country during this time of civil conflict, and have appeared to hear what President Lincoln has to say...

I Miss

This is a vampiric poem of love.

I Am My Brother's Keeper

A very short vampire story An even shorter version of this story has been published at Residential Aliens

The Magic Lamp

Typical genii in a bottle story. Written The Herscher Project #11 'Careful what you wish for...'

The Mischievous Child Wind

One windy day, I was working and the wind kept blowing paperwork all over the room. It seemed to be doing it on purpose...

Werewolf Waiting

Oh, those late night walks in the woods!

The Thirteenth Member

A young girl is torn between loyalty to her father and her aunt who wants her to become 'The Thirteenth Member' of her coven. Written for the Herscher Project #13: Triskaidekaphobia.