Marchverse Short Stories

These are various short prequels and side-stories taking place in the universe of [The Unnatural Philosophy of Kit March]. Old Fashioned and Conception focus on Amelia and Kit, showing how the College came to be and the beginnings of Kit’s enmity with the Greensward as well as exploring the roots of Amelia’s long-running frustrations with Kit. Certain Eldritch Artefacts explores Darius’s meeting of the belt and the beginning of his years in the Eastern Confederacy. These are all slightly-humorous fantasy stories with anxious, queer, pansexual, asexual and aromantic trans autistic protagonists, set in places that are mostly accepting of trans people, working to make places accepting of autistics or survive those that aren’t.

Forthcoming stories include Blood Test (the beginning of Darius’s lessons with the blood witch Eren Adalet), the re-write of [The Adventurer King] (the story of how Darius met Aysun and Efe Kadri) and A Census of Dragons (a story detailing Master Faiza’s previous life as a scholar counting dragons and dealing with dragon princesses).

Amelia March: Old Fashioned

Cover image for K. A. Cook's "Old Fashioned: an Amelia March Story". Cover has a vector image cartoony style picture of a bedroom with rough-made furniture--bed, stool, chest of drawers, a shelf. Magical items like bone amulets, glowing mushrooms and spell bottles are hanging from or sitting on the shelf. The title and author credit are written in red and white handwritten type.

Old Fashioned takes place forty years before Tes arrives at the College.

Amelia March is tired of suitors breaking into her house after dark to express their undying love. Sure, it might be the fashion, but whatever happened to getting to know someone first? Why won’t they listen to her when she says she isn’t interested? And what does it mean that her cousin Kit thinks there’s a word for her approach to romantic relationships?

Old Fashioned is a story about finding words and the importance of fake cobwebs in the windows.

Vendors: [Smashwords]

Formats: [PDF] | [EPUB]

Amelia March: Conception

Cover image for K. A. Cook's "Conception: An Amelia March Story". Cover has a vector image cartoony style picture of a lounge room with rough-made furniture--mantel, rocking chair, stool, table--in front of a stone fireplace. Magical and household items like bone amulets, glowing mushrooms, spell bottles and a glowing capsicum sit on the mantel, books and flowers sit on the table and a loaf of bread sits on the stool. A round brown rug covers the stone floor, and laundry hangs from the roof. The title and author credit are written in a red and white handrawn type.

Conception takes place thirty-nine years before Tes arrives at the College.

With Kit gone to the Greensward, Amelia March is content with her faked witchery, the ailments of her villagers and romance confined to a novel. She isn’t pleased, therefore, to find her cousin darkening her doorway—her cousin with two feet, a belly, a sword of some distinction, a story, a young girl named Osprey, a beaming smile and an undying hatred for the elves. Still, Amelia thinks she can survive the chaos, at least until Kit announces a grand plan to start a school for divergent magicians…

Vendors: [Smashwords]

Formats: [PDF] | [EPUB]

Darius Liviu: Certain Eldritch Artefacts

Cover image of “Certain Eldritch Artefacts” by K. A. Cook. Cover image shows a cartoony, stylised vector image scene of a market scene with hanging peppers and fabric above the text and rows of corked potion bottles sitting on a wooden counter display surrounded by vegetables and sacks. Title and author name are written in a dark brown handdrawn type.

Certain Eldritch Artefacts takes place fourteen years before Tes arrives at the College.

Newly-graduated, divergent magician Darius Liviu has scoured half the world in search of the rarest of rare magical artefacts: a tolerable talking sword. After a year of failure, one last rumour sees him risk Rajad’s chaotic, cluttered, terrifying Great Souk. The noise, the smells, the people and his inability to move without provoking disaster make everything difficult, but Darius dares the nightmare of chaos and conversations in hope of an item will draw the eye of the man he thinks he loves.

The sword he finds isn’t elegant. It isn’t tolerable. It has no intention of being gifted as a lover’s token. It is, however, set on destroying Darius’s acceptance that awkwardness and a life of misunderstandings is the best he can hope for.

Certain Eldritch Artefacts is a story about autism, adulthood and the reasons why one should never enchant inanimate objects…

Vendors: [Smashwords]

Formats: [PDF] | [EPUB]