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S.N.Arly writes adult and young adult fantasy, science fiction, and dark fiction from her basement in St. Paul, MN. Her short stories have appeared in Fearsmag.com, the single-issue World Fantasy Con chapbook Do Virgins Taste Better?, the anthology; Wolfsongs, and multiple issues of Tales of the Unanticipated(ToTU). Her short story collections Magic, Mischief & Mayhem and Practice to Believe are available through Lulu, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. Her novels have appeared on her printer, her desk, and occasionally her floor. She is a member of the writers group Guts and Rocks. Her writing strength is character. Her weakness has historically been plot, though this has gotten loads better with lots of practice. Humor has been a tough nut for her to crack, but she's made progress on that front in the past year. At conventions she likes to talk about young adult fiction, writing combat, weapons, and writing craft. She is currently focusing on novels, the occasional short story her brain foists upon her, and speed writing challenges.
Feb 6, 2019 · 2,659 words (10 minutes)
Short story (2700 words) – In the shadows of Schwartzwald, the Black Forest, lived a powerful king known as Erlkönig, King of Alder. He stood over seven feet in height and was easily as majestic as any tree in his domain. His robe was the blue-gray color of mist. On his head he wore a crown of leaves, of a kind never found on any tree, perpetually held in the bright tints of autumn.