Fiction by

Brent Knowles

novel & story collections

Bone Dreaming

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BONE DREAMING - A young woman dreams herself to her husband who has been sent to fight in a war that cannot be won.What cost will she pay to be reunited with him?

THE DAUGHTER'S OATH - Two lovers find themselves on the opposite sides of a great conflict but which of them is prepared to make the sacrifice required to stop the bloodshed?

THE RAVEN-KEEPER - Young Dalon is not a hero. Nor does he desire to be one. He is quite comfortable hiding while others lose their heads. Yet an unfair bargain struck with the forces of death compel him to stumble his way towards rescuing a princess.

STONE EATER - This is the tale of a master builder, sentenced to death and forced to watch while incompetent fools finish the construction of his masterwork tower. When offered the chance for vengeance, will he take it?


"Dreams are flesh draped over smoldering bones, as real as wishes," mother had once answered Aneel when asked if the dreaming was true.

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(This short story collection contains reprints alongside original fiction.)

Stone Eater

A builder sacrifices his life and family, to construct the ultimate tower but then finds himself forced to do the unthinkable. (Story - originally appeared in Abyss and Apex)
Ongar stopped eating the pebbles on the eleventh night of his impalement. The badger that had collected them growled at him, frustrated and concerned, but Ongar was determined now to end his life.

Foolish Wishes, Fairy Kisses

A man returns to the isolated island where he spent his childhood and searches for a vanished friend. (Story - originally appeared in NewMyths)
Josh hurried up the stairs but she backed away, into the house. What had he expected? To be greeted with hugs and kisses? Not after what he had done.

Slaying Dragons

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A mother must make difficult decisions to keep her son alive. (Story - originally appeared in Plasma Frequency Magazine)
“Will the servants ever learn?” Taloma muttered as she swirled away from the polished metal mirror where she had been preparing herself for night. The double doors were to be used only during the day! Guests who came late always entered via the…

Great White

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A young man finds himself in the possession of a powerful item belonging to another superhero. (Story - originally appeared in Oomph Anthology)

The Onion Farmer

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The onion farmer must right the failures of his past in order to secure a future, not just for himself, but for the kingdom he once served.
The onion farmer watched the princess from his hiding place within a thick copse of trees. Bending low she used her hands to turn the soil and then placed the baby into the shallow depression she had made

An Author To Watch

Other stories though - "Mama" and "The Mogul's Wife" - are close to perfect in the way they provide enough detail so you understand the world of the story, and why the characters act as they do. Both these stories and "Fleshsmith" also describe intriguing possible future/alternative worlds.

Mama | Amazon Reviewer

Nikki 2.3

The narrator is the mind of a sexbot simulation, yearning for liberation. Fortunately, she is able to remotely control an electronic masturbator and is now able to meet the real world...

Nikki 2.3 (Mama Collection) | Lois Tilton

[W]e ... root for

It's a really neat idea, and the character that Knowles explores it through is someone that we can relate to and root for as he grapples with his failures, both to his family and his species

Sin and Toil | Brandon Crilly

an ideal short story

the story continues by revealing that Ongar has been tied to a stake facing the tower that he has helped create, his grand masterpiece, which is now being built in ramshackle fashion by an inept overseer.

Stone Eater | Andy Goldman

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