John's past is complicated enough, so he tries to keep life simple: Find monster. Kill Monster. But when he wanders into Vista Verde, a small town with a big secret, he soon discovers that the simple answer is a load of bull.
This is a short story from contemporary fantasy author, Elliott James, within his Pax Arcana world. The first of his novels, Charming and Daring, are available now.
Word count: ~8500
Other Pax Arcana Short Fiction:
Charmed I'm Sure
Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls
Bulls Rush In
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
'Loved it! Charming is a giant gift basket of mythology and lore delivered by a brilliant new voice in urban fantasy. Elliott James tells stories that are action-packed, often amusing, and always entertaining.'Kevin Hearne, author of Hounded
'The Pax Arcana books are seriously good reads. Action, humor, and heart with unexpected twists and turns. If you are (like me) waiting for the next Butcher or Hearne--pick up Elliot James. Then you can bite your nails waiting for the next James, too.'Patricia Briggs, New York Times #1 bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson series
'This debut introduces a self-depracating, wisecracking, and honorable-to-a-fault hero who can stand up to such established protagonists as Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden and Seanen McGuire's October Daye. Combining action and romance -- with an emphasis on action -- this is a top-notch new series opener for lovers of urban fantasy.'Library Journal (Starred Review) on Charming
'I loved this book from start to finish. Exciting and innovative, Charming is a great introduction to a world that I look forward to spending a lot more time in.'New York Times bestselling author, Seanan McGuire
'James's world is rich and complex and well worth diving into.'Richard Kadrey on Charming
'In a saturated literary realm, James's tale stands out for the gritty, believable world he builds...This is masculine urban fantasy in the vein of Jim Butcher and Mark del Franco.'Booklist on Charming
'Grab some snacks and settle back as splendid debut author James serves up a Prince Charming tale yanked sideways...Mark this name down -- you will undoubtedly be seeing more from James!'RT Book Reviews on Charming