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Name David Alastair Hayden
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Aside from his weird tendencies such as collecting vintage manual typewriters, David is a scribbler of thrilling tales of fantasy adventure for young and adult readers.

With a natural tendency toward laziness, he considered selling his soul for instant publishing glory, but given the Great Recession's effect on the demonic markets, he opted instead for long hours pounding away at the keyboard. Which leaves his soul available for buying world-domination once the markets pick up. So watch it. He might stop being lazy. It could happen. 

One might ask, why does David write fast-paced tales of fantastic adventure. Short answer: He doesn't like slow and he's big a fan of things fantastic! If you count looking at colorful images as reading (and who doesn't?), he's been reading comics all his life. So that's where it began. Early on, he got caught up in the idea of space travel, but the charming bunk that is The Sirius Mystery transitioned him from astronomy to ancient history and the fine art of making up stuff.

The mesmerizing cover of the 4th Edition Stormbringer RPG finished him off. To fantasy adventure he went, like a squire charging into his first quest. He steeped himself in the works of Michael Moorcock, Robert E. Howard, and David Gemmell, and he delved into the Star Frontiers, Stormbringer, Champions, and Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying games.

David lives in Alabama, along with his delightful wife, Pepper Thorn, and three lovely cats. He studied history, literature, and religion at the University of Alabama. He practices the Yang Taijiquan long form and enjoys reading about nutrition. He loves Redskins and Crimson Tide football.


The Shadowed Manse

The Shadowed Manse

Science Fiction #94
12 parts / 39 pages, updated Sep 12, 2014G
Abandoned by his family ... trapped in a house of shadows ... destined for more than 7th grade math. Arthur Paladin doesn’t fit in. Not at home with the ultra-strict ... read more
7,860 reads votes 378 comments 16
Storm Phase 3: The Forbidden Library (Excerpt)

Storm Phase 3: The Forbidden Library (Excerpt)

3 parts / 7 pages, updated Apr 30, 2014PG-13
Turesobei may have saved the world, but has he doomed everyone he loves? Trapped in a strange and dangerous land, Turesobei must find a way t... read more
3,367 reads votes 172 comments 44
Lair of the Deadly Twelve (Storm Phase #2)

Lair of the Deadly Twelve (Storm Phase #2)

71 parts / 118 pages, updated Apr 30, 2014PGCompleted
STORM PHASE A teenage wizard burdened with a mysterious destiny, a cat-girl ninja he can't help but fall for, and a bat-winged daemon that doubles... read more
1,099,045 reads votes 19,048 comments 1,203
Chains of a Dark Goddess

Chains of a Dark Goddess

59 parts / 117 pages, updated Jan 28, 2014R
Betrayed by friends and abandoned by his goddess... Back from the dead and hellbent on saving his beloved. Knight Champion Breskaro Varenni served the bright go... read more
136,071 reads votes 4,678 comments 281
The Maker's Brush (Excerpt)

The Maker's Brush (Excerpt)

2 parts / 4 pages, updated Nov 20, 2013GCompleted
Storm Phase Interlude One: The Maker’s Brush The following story takes place before Turesobei wakes up after the final battle in The Storm Dragon’s Heart — du... read more
3,949 reads votes 122 comments 9
The Storm Dragon's Heart

The Storm Dragon's Heart

55 parts / 114 pages, updated Nov 17, 2012PGCompleted
STORM PHASE A teenage wizard burdened with a mysterious destiny, a cat-girl ninja he can't help but fall for, and a bat-winged daemon that doubles as a diary em... read more
1,686,027 reads votes 16,086 comments 1,202
Wrath of the White Tigress

Wrath of the White Tigress

33 parts / 114 pages, updated Sep 17, 2012RCompleted
An eFestival of Words Winner for Best Villain. He thought he was a hero. She showed him the truth. Now he'll do anything to stop the man who made him a monster.... read more
49,140 reads votes 2,503 comments 217
Who Walks in Flame

Who Walks in Flame

2 parts / 11 pages, updated Jul 31, 2012PG-13Completed
Millennia have passed since the witch-king Khuar-na last threatened the world of men. Now returned, he and his fiery behemoth have scorched the fertile fields of the We... read more
3,048 reads votes 74 comments 20
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I know, right? That's why Turesobei doesn't want to think about it.
Lair of the Deadly Twelve (...

Well, it's going to be a series with 5 books and a novelette, so does that make it even better than a trilogy? ;-)
Storm Phase 3: The Forbidde...

Thank you very much for reading! :-)
The Storm Dragon's Heart

You're welcome. Glad you enjoyed it!
The Storm Dragon's Heart

The Storm Dragon's Heart