The Rikkan Queen #8Sunday #SnipSun


Anthology Genre: 


(various sub-genres)

Story Genre:

Creature feature, demons, fantasy horror, Vampires


Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 30, 2023

Publisher: Dragon Soul Press

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Our featured story:

The Rikkan Queen


Iron and refuse thickened the stale air of the dungeon. Sometimes a door would open and the change in air pressure would carry scents of their captors into Mei Ling’s nostrils. Lemon, cinnamon, or some type of flower, usually, but barely a moment would pass and the decrepit smell would return. It’d been days. Maybe even a week, judging by the vampires’ routine. At night, they’d stir and the dungeon would come alive with the fanged parasites. They’d torture the other victims for hours before one would call out for “A drop of Steel Crest blood”.

About The Author

Edgar Mahaffey is the author of several short stories, including the First Place Winner of The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, “Jin’s Baby”. He is also the head of the creative writing department at Shanghai High School International Division where he also teaches high school literature. In his free time, he loves to read fiction of all genres, play dungeons and dragons, and hang out with his wife, Li Pengyun, and their one-year-old daughter, Evelyn. Together, the three can be found going for walks around Shanghai, traveling, swimming (only two of the three need floaties!), and throwing random dance parties. His view of life is simple: a day spent without laughter is a day wasted.

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  1. Fellow ADHDer here! No worries. Great creepy clip. I'm throughly engaged.

  2. Excellent excerpt! I love the sinister atmosphere.

  3. Just from the description I feel claustrophobic! Mei Ling must be terrified! The last line is absolutely chilling. Tweeted.


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