I was fortunate at the start of my career to have the chance to write novels and short stories set in some of the most iconic settings for the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game. As a teenager, I spent many a late night rolling oddly-shaped dice as I imagined myself to be a wizard or thief prowling through underground mazes. Thus, when I was offered the opportunity to pen official tales for the game, you can imagine my excitement. In all, I wrote five novels and numerous short pieces for the Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, and Ravenloft settings. (I am one of the few people to have written in all three worlds!) While most of these works have gone out of print, the good news is that several of my Dungeons & Dragons novels are now (or will soon be) available for purchase as ebooks. And so these adventures will live on!
When Flint Fireforge, dwarf and metalsmith, receives a wondrous summons from the Speaker of the Sun, he journeys to the fabled elven city of Qualinost. There he meets Tanis, a thoughtful youth born of a tragic union between elf and man. Tanis and Flint, each a misfit in his own way, find themselves unlikely friends. But a pompous elf lord is mysteriously slain, and another elf soon meets the same fate. Tanis stands accused, and if his innocence cannot be proven, the half-elf will be banished forever. Solving the mystery will be a perilous task. Time is on the murder’s side, and he is not finished yet.
Under a dark cloud, Caledan Caldorien left the Harpers seen years ago. Now a mysterious and beautiful messenger from the secret society convinces him to undertake one final, reckless mission. Iriaebor, City of a Thousand Spires, has fallen under the sway of the evil network of Zhentarim. With a fellowship of old friends, Caledan must seek an ancient magic to couner the dark conspiracy of the Harpers’ nemeses. Awaiting them all is a terrible secret that lies beneath the city.
Long ago, the shadow magic transformed an ancient wizard into a being of utter evil, the Shadowking. Now legendary Harper Caledan Caldorien—heir to the shadow magic—has mysteriously vanished. The Harpers mount a mission to find and destroy…Caledan. But renegade Harper Mali Al-maren and the mage Morhion embark on a desperate quest to rescue him, and stop Caledan before a Shadowking stalks the Realms once more!
Beneath the city of Waterdeep lies a city of another sort, created by a mad wizard in ages past. Its subterranean byways are home to all manner of creatures, human and otherwise. When Artek the Knife is offered release from prison in exchange for one small errand, he leaps at the chance. All he must do is retrieve one missing nobleman from the twisting corridors of the dungeon that lies beneath the city. Accompanied by comely but klutzy Beckla, a small-time wizard who may not be exactly what she claims to be, Artek must go deeper into Undermountain than anyone else has bone before. Getting will be the hardest thing he’s ever done. Getting out will be impossible…
In the bell tower of Nartok Keep there lives a monster. At least, so it is whispered in the village below. But Wort is no monster. He is merely a man—gentle and lonely, his form hideously twisted by fate. When a good deed earns Wort only the revilement of Nartok’s folk, he makes a dark decision. IF they think him a monster, then that is exactly what he will be…
Dragonlance: Short Works
- “The Bargain Driver”, The Cataclysm (Tales II Trilogy #2)
- “The Potion Sellers”, The War of the Lance (Tales II Trilogy #3)
- “The Journal of Feldspar Oldstone”, The History of Dragonlance
- “People of the Dragon”, The Dragons at War
- “Mirta’s God”, Dragon Magazine #230
- “The Noble Folly”, The Dragons of Chaos
Forgotten Realms: Short Works
- “King’s Tear”, Realms of Valor
- “The Walls of Midnight”, Realms of Infamy
- “The Magic Thief”, Realms of Magic
- “The Fires of Narbondel”, Realms of the Underdark
- “The Grotto of Dreams”, Realms of the Arcane
Ravenloft: Short Works
- “The House of a Hundred Windows”, Tales of Ravenloft