Fans of fantasy liteature and fiction of a generally unusual nature, here is a place to park yourelf
and read for a while! I am S.E. Nordwall and this is my personal site featuring excerpts from full-length novels I have written and am trying to promote as well as short stories
that I've written for fun (free to the public in their entirety). I even have a section reposting
a selection of my derivative works (fan fiction) - some of which you may have seen elswhere around the Internet.
If you're here for the fan works, I have only posted pieces that I feel to be my best here. If you
are here out of curiosity regarding my original works, thank you and happy reading! My email is posted
at the bottom of this page for commentary and feedback. I am not afraid of constructive criticsm.
I've been on the Internet for a long time, so I'm open for good, bad and ugly. Links are below to browse at your leisure.
Rating: My stories are young adult and adult (but not "adults only" ) speculative fiction. As such,
they may strike some as "clean and wholesome," while others may think of them as having triggering themes.
One of the posted short stories, in particular, has a subtext about senseless violence in the modern world. While I find
my work less violent than some of the published young adult fiction I have read, I still feel the need to make potentially
sensitive readers aware of general level of what is there.
Mira is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in Rust, a town surviving on the remains of an ancient city. Discontent to remain there without having at least one great adventure in her life, she summons a Guardian from the Heavens to protect her on a journey to her nationís capital, Resurrection. Guardian creatures are commonality for the people of Rust, so, Lazarus - Miraís new horned-lion with giant leathery wings - does not strike people there as strange at all. This is not so in the outside world, where most people do not believe in Guardians and therefore do not see them.
This is the first chapter of Mira's journey.
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Welcome to Tyrgea, a world populated by mythological beasts and long since colonized by human beings whose civilizations have been steadily crumbling. Belinda is a servant in the favor of the lord of her small nation. She is charged with the care and raising of another of her lordís slaves Ė Malarkey, a rudely-named gryphon who is the first successful attempt of the kingdomís mages at resurrecting an extinct species. Neither is happy with their lot in life and, together, they help each other to find freedom.
This is the first chapter of their journey.
The world of Mistaire is one that runs on sacrifice. Akelle is a boy who has come of age
within the high walls of a sheltered scared country where he was taken to be a human sacrifice when he was very little.
The time has come for him to fulfill that duty by taking upon a quest that will lead him into the
lands beyond. He chooses not to take up the sword or conquest - but to seek out and catalog birds and other animals.
Even such a simple thing prooves the most hazardous of journeys as he alters the world in ways unseen.
This story is currently being edited.
A few of the better short stories I have written. While my novels run a little more
along the vein of traditional "fantasy," my short stories to be a little more magical-mundane
or "surreal" in quality.
Chain lives in a parallel world where the local scientific advancements have allowed humankind to
divide into two distinct and mutually-dependent races. Chain has been chosen to be elevated
from the working class into the "Elites." This involves alterations to the heart to "dull fantastical
and overly imaginative passions." Chain wonders about life before and after the alterations. Also, there
are giant cats.
A "creative non-fiction" or "fictionalized reality" exploring the art of fishing from the
perspective of a rock bass. Inspired by my own experiences fishing - I tend to keep and eat my catches.
The city was devoid of human life. The world, for all apperances, had ended. Far from feeling
sad or frightened about it, Sola had never thought the world so beautiful.
A story about a man who experiences an unwanted resurrection and must live with the changes
in the world and in the memories of those that loved him that have happened in his period of abscence.
This tale follows an old woman suffering from a "spiritually"-connected
mental illness in a society that distruts anything that is immaterial.
Her son seeks to forcibly cure her
even though she has no wish to be cured. A little something exploring concepts of illness
and identity. This story was the first in a series set in an otherworld I never quite built
up to my satifaction, but it stands alone.
Horror/ Humor. An autobiographical account of how I survived a zombie uprising.
Bricklayer is about a fortified city where people have a tradition of
stripping the bones of their dead and using them to build an inner wall
as a memorial. They don't have a lot of space for burial and some
eccentric family long ago started this as an art project that successive generations
saw fit to continue. The wall serves as a memento mori for the entire town and is a
beloved way to honor their fallen. The people who take up the sacred duty of preparing
remains for the wall, however, are a marginalized group. (Few volunteer for the job - they
are forced into the position due to poverty / family status). In addition to being
looked down upon by their own people, visiting outsiders tend to see the entire city
as a quaint, pitiable, superstitious lot. One young journalist sets out to really try
to understand the Bricklayers on their own terms, which is where our story begins.
To be updated haphazardly. Subject to future indexing.
This comic is something of an experiment.
A selection of various artworks illustrating my novels and stories including some mock-covers
I created for fun.
A selection of some of my better derivative works. I have never profited
from any of these and unlike my original pieces, I do not seek to
ever experience monetary exchange for these. All of the intellectual properties
I have done fan work for are, as far as I know, ones where the creators turn a blind eye to the popular
phenonmenon if not actively encourage it in their fans. I have posted only what I feel
to be a selection of my best pieces here, as my fan work can be found elswhere on the Internet.
Unlike what is the stereotype for fan fiction, my works are primarily centered upon general
adventure and drama, not romance.
A link to a site showcasing some of my most unusual art. This is art
utilizing things from nature - turned surreal.
Comments? I welcome feedback, constructive criticism included.
All text, all characters and all related artworks are
Copyright S.E. Nordwall 2013-2014
(with the exception of the Fan Fictions as noted on the Fan Fiction Page).
All characters in the stories presented here are fictious and not meant to represent any real persons living, dead or undead.
The exception, of course, is anything biographical, autobiographical or partially so.
This little section is included for all of you who live by the letter of the law. This site was
coded in text by S.E. Nordwall and all of the page-artwork and scrolls were hand-done by the same.
Your friendly author is kind of goofy that way, the kind to have fun with odd little details. Also, a control freak.
The author is not responsible
for any spontaneous quests, kidnapping by gryphons or maulings by zombies the reader may experience outside
of the fiction. Do not taunt Happy Fun Pen.
Site updated on April 2, 2014.
More updates to "Bricklayer" - I doubt it's being read, but I don't care.
If it is,
I should get an index page up for it soon to make it easier to navigate.