The Rider - Best of the Rest

The three winners, plus the ten best runners-up, in the Crimson Cloak Publishing 2016 short story writing competition, were published in the anthology entitled THE RIDER

Here you may read a selection of the best of the other entries that were received.

Suspended Charge, by Rosita Bird
Peaceminders, by Melanie Callahan
The Gibbet Cost, by Lynn Case
Pursuit, by Alpin R. Geist
The Greater Good, by Hripsime Hovnanian
As the Mist Wanes Thin, by Grace Jones
The Thief, by Mary Steinbroner Lugo
Of Nights and Men, by Alex Olson
Dark Skies, by Irene Petrucci
The Akahymmi River, by L. J. Pilmore
The Hooded Rider, by Isabella Smith
Angel of Death, by Steve Wade


PEACEMINDERS, by Melanie Callahan


PURSUIT, by Alpin R. Geist

THE GREATER GOOD, by Hripsime Hovnanian


THE THIEF, by Mary Steinbroner Lugo

Of Nights and Men, by Alexander Olson

DARK SKIES, by Irene Petrucci


The Hooded Rider, by Isabella Smith

Angel of Death, by Steve Wade

ROSITA BIRD, Suspended Charge
Rosita is married with two children.  She has worked as a legal secretary, a childminder, nursery assistant, and as an accommodation provider for fostered teenagers. She attributes former health problems to not eating properly as a child, thus many of her books with Crimson Cloak Publishing are aimed at encouraging healthy eating and have received positive feedback from Jamie Oliver's team.  In addition several of them raise money for various charities.

, Peaceminders

I am 57 years old and have always resided in Utah.  At this point in my life, I am embarking on a career as a writer.  I have lots of stories, it's just getting them down on paper and out there for people to read that seems to be the tricky bit.  I have a prolific blog, which tends to be dog-centric, as Huny, my 9 year old chihuahua, is the apple of my eye.  The blog is eclectic though, something for everyone.  The story included here is my first attempt at fantasy, I hope you enjoy it.

, The Gibbet Cost
I have been a writer for almost as long as I can remember.  I only wrote stories for my own amusement until one of my cousins read "Fear's Revenge" my first novel.  She strongly encouraged me to publish it so others could read it as well. 

Since then I have self published 3 more novels. Fear's Revenge was first, then Return to Lily Cove.  I followed that up with Gabrielle, just a year later.  The my latest novel, Feathers in the Wind, was  released this past February 2017.

When I am not writing, which is rare, I enjoy cooking and enjoying life in in our home near San Francisco that I share with my husband of over 30 years.

Please take a few moments to check out my website to get a sneak peek at some of my books at


"Since before molting into adulthood, Alpin has been creating fantastical stories and crafting worlds during its normal human schedule. Alpin would like to assure all earth residents that it is fully vaccinated against appropriate diseases within the population.",
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Hripsime Hovnanian, The Greater Good

Though I am French, I'm fascinated by the English language and hence write in English. I'm currently working on the second draft of what will be my first book. I aim to complete it by the end of the year (2017). I love writing, but also painting. I couldn't live without them. In my opinion, different types of art complete each other. Should you wish to contact me, don't hesitate to do so on

Grace Jones, As the Mist Wanes Thin

Grace Evangeline Jones is a girl living in the provincial South where she dreams of the experiences she cannot gain there. She relishes exotic cultures, adventure, and the beauty of story. If she could go anywhere in the world, she‚€™d probably just take her mother to see the whole thing.  Grace furthermore loves all things literary, the arts of dancing and music, and the Gilded Age. Her goal is to attend college for a degree in English or Creative Writing and eventually become an author.


Mary Steinbroner Lugo has been writing since she was seven years old, exploring everything from poetry and essays, to short stories and novels.  She draws on her wealth of life experience to give color to her tales.  Mary attributes her continued passion for the written word, and sanity, to the antics of her five children, nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.  She currently lives in Southern California with her private IT person (her son) and a little black cat.

ALEX OLSON, Of Nights and Men

Alex Olson is a college student from Port Huron, Michigan. He lives with his girlfriend and their two-year-old son. His first published novel EROSION will be published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.


Irene A. Petrucci was born in Brooklyn, NY and has spent most of her younger years publishing poems and selling art work. She has always had a special love for children and animals and it is reflected in her poems and drawings. Irene has been a foster and adoptive parent to special need kids and is now residing in Tennessee were she is writing a series of children books which follows the life of three young sisters growing up in a single parent house. The first of the series is called Snow Girls and is for sale on amazon books in digital format. You can contact the author at

 L. J. Pilmore, The Akahymmi River

LJ was born just outside the city of Nottingham, UK. He now lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he writes middle-grade stories and young adult horror as well as children's short stories. LJ studied Music Technology in Nottingham and music remains one of his biggest passions. He also enjoys cooking, cycling, and learning languages.

Isabella Smith,
The Hooded Rider

Isabella Smith likes to listen to music in her free time, hang out with her crazy friends who give her inspiration for her stories, and go camping and hiking.

, The Angel of Death

A prize nominee for the PEN/O‚€™Henry Award, 2011, and a prize nominee for the Pushcart Prize, 2013, Steve Wade‚€™s fiction has been published in over forty print publications. His unpublished novel ‚€ėOn Hikers‚€™ Hill‚€™ was awarded First Prize in the UK abook2read Literary Competition, December 2010. Among the publications in which is work appears are: Crannog, Boyne Berries, Zenfri Publications, New Fables, Gem Street, Grey Sparrow, Fjords Arts and Literary Review, and Aesthetica Creative Works Annual, 2011 and 2015.