These stories are written in response to the 50 Darkfics
challenge, which offers one hundred one-word prompts
on dark themes, to inspire authors to write stories on those topics. The darkfic written for this challenge ranges from lightly humorous to suspensefully dramatic. All of the stories here are set in the Midcoast nations of the Turn-of-the-Century Toughs
universe. Turn-of-the-Century Toughs
is my cycle of historical fantasy series about disreputable men on the margins of society, and the men and women who love them. The novels are set in an imaginary version of Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic states between the 1880s and the 1910s. One of the series in the cycle, Waterman
, combines elements of the 1910s with retrofuturistic imagery from the 1960s.
#92: Wax (The Eternal Dungeon). The Record-keeper of the Eternal Dungeon goes in search of a very special supply.
#34: Broken (The Eternal Dungeon AU). Layle Smith is not always the ideal man for the job.
#10: Torture (The Eternal Dungeon/Life Prison AU). The High Seeker of the Eternal Dungeon visits a foreign prison.