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Steven Harper Piziks was born with a last name no one can reliably spell or pronounce, so he usually writes under the name Steven Harper. He grew up on a farm in Michigan but has also lived in Wisconsin and Germany, and spent extensive time in Ukraine. So far, he’s written more than two dozen novels and over fifty short stories and essays. When not writing, he plays the folk harp, lifts weights, and spends more time on-line than is probably good for him. He teaches high school English in southeast Michigan, where he lives with his husband and youngest son. His students think he’s hysterical, which isn’t the same as thinking he’s funny. Visit his web page at http://www.stevenpiziks.com or http://www.theclockworkempire.com
Mar 17, 2019 · 7,437 words (28 minutes) · 22 views
Modern children fear the monster in the closet and the creature under the bed. Victorian climbing boys have no closets and no beds. What do they fear? This story originally appeared in MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S FANTASY MAGAZINE as the cover story. Year later, I wrote a sequel to it. "The Soul Jar" appeared in a steampunk anthology called THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY, and I'll post it next week. Click LIKE or SUBSCRIBE. I can't do this without my fantastic readers!
Mar 10, 2019 · 6,075 words (23 minutes) · 1 like · 23 views
It's tough enough being a vampire hunter. It's even tougher when the vampire you hate most in the world shows up begging for her help. This story was first published in FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES, part of Esther Friesner's series of suburban fantasy humor anthologies.