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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
Published May 5, 2019 · 5,052 words (19 minutes) · 25 views
We all know zombies bite. Maybe the way to fight them is to bite back. When I was invited to submit to CHICKS AND BALANCES, the final CHICKS IN CHAINMAIL anthology, I realized I had no ideas for a story. Nothing. Bupkis. So I combed back through my files and thought it might be nice to find out what Dagmar and Ramdane have been up to. The deadline was only a few days away, so I wrote in a great hurry. Later I discovered the publisher had chosen "Bite Me" for the cover!
Published Apr 15, 2019 · 8,819 words (33 minutes) · 44 views
In which our heroes handle a trapped familiar, an evil magician, and a gorgon. All at once. "Smoke and Mirrors" first appeared in Esther Friesner's TURN THE OTHER CHICK anthology, the fifth of the CHICKS IN CHAINMAIL series. I wrote a sequel to it for the last Chicks anthology. I'll post it next week!
Published Apr 8, 2019 · 1,598 words (6 minutes) · 1 like · 48 views
How do you defeat the most powerful djinn in the world when you have no power of your own? I love djinn and I love tricksters. Here, I got to use both. This story originally appeared in MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY'S FANTASY MAGAZINE.
Published Mar 24, 2019 · 14,523 words (53 minutes) · 1 like · 74 views
Last week, I posted "Thin Man," a dark fantasy set in Victorian London about a climbing boy named Dodd. Decades later, I was invited to submit a story to THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY steampunk anthology, and it occurred to me that Dodd's story wasn't finished yet. So I wrote "The Soul Jar." Out of all my short stories, this one is my favorite. See if you agree. THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY is still in print at Book View Cafe: https://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/the-shadow-conspiracy/
Published Mar 17, 2019 · 7,437 words (28 minutes) · 83 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!
Published Mar 10, 2019 · 6,075 words (23 minutes) · 1 like · 75 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.