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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.


Lair of the Deadly Twelve (Storm Phase #2)

Lair of the Deadly Twelve (Storm Phase #2)

69 parts / 116 pages, updated Apr 15, 2014PG
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
875,652 reads votes 12,444 comments 1,051
The Shadowed Manse

The Shadowed Manse

2 parts / 8 pages, updated Mar 29, 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
153 reads votes 11 comments 4
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
117,340 reads votes 3,184 comments 264
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
2,059 reads votes 88 comments 5
The Storm Dragon's Heart

The Storm Dragon's Heart

Fantasy #137
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
1,469,633 reads votes 11,032 comments 1,049
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
38,894 reads votes 1,753 comments 190
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
2,227 reads votes 59 comments 20
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Ha! Yes.
Chains of a Dark Goddess

Oh dear, a Frozen reference.
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You don't really get to see it because the story focuses on Turesobei, but most wizards can't do half what Turesobei can do. Most wouldn't even be...
Lair of the Deadly Twelve (...

That's correct. Sumada is white-steel. Cuts through magic like a hot knife through butter. There's no piece of magic that can stop white-steel.
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Ha! Thank you. :-)
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