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The Van Helsing Paradox

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“A gal has to look out for herself after all.”

Clara Grey’s parents once said that the world was a dark and dangerous place. There was more truth than fiction to those words. There were things that lurked in the shadows which defied the laws of nature: perversions that fed on the dead, terrorised the living, or escaped the chill touch of the grave.

Clara is a member of the Tower, a religious order of hunters who work outside the confines of the Church. As keepers of the arcane, her order takes an active role to counter these threats. The life of a hunter can be short, and many disappear before their training is complete. So, what does it take to succeed against all odds?

Explore Clara’s origin, a child born before the dawn of the twentieth century. Witness her rigorous training, how she faces adversity, and fights in the Great War to become the derringer wielding flapper she is.

Throughout her tale, keep in mind that no matter the threat, a gal has to look out for herself after all.

The Adventures of Spunky the Monkey

Spunky the monkey pulled his little diaper off and threw it on the window of the spacecraft, where it tumbled to the ground, unseen by the occupants of the control deck, who were focussed on their pre-launch checklist. 
Spunky had only moments to reach the craft’s interior before the outer doors closed for launch. Scampering over the rigging holding the spacecraft upright, Spunky reached the edge of the structure, with the open door still tantalisingly out of reach.

Swinging from the rigging by one arm to gain momentum, Spunky hurled himself towards the entrance, catching the edge with his outflung fingertips. Tensing his strong arms, he pulled himself up and into the airlock only seconds before the heavy door thudded into place behind him.

A deep voice sounded over the speaker system: “T minus 30 seconds and counting”. Spunky knew he had to get to the sickbay’s spare acceleration couch before the countdown reached zero. He rounded the corner into the narrow corridor, loping on all f…

Imprisoned Online: Gaming the System

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Commit an online crime, go to an online jail. In this MMORPG penal colony, inmates PVP to gain EXP, loot, and most of all...survive.

Seph has been sentenced to play in one of these virtual correctional facilities. Sounds fun, right? Maybe for some, but there is no worse punishment for Seph, mostly because he isn't a gamer. Will he be able to complete his sentence with all the trials and objectives thrown at him? Trapped in a virtual world he cannot escape, Seph now has to step outside of his comfort zone and align himself with the very thing he's been rebelling against his whole life--the system.

Game designer and avid gamer, P.A. Wikoff wrote this story as a love letter to a lifetime of gaming.

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Our Interview with P. A. WikoffQ1. How did you decide to become a writer?There is a long answer and a short one. I’ll try and give you the medium one. I’ve always had to do something creative to keep myself sane. When I was a teen, I used to satiate myself by being …