S5E451 - "The Wizard and the Queen of Demons" - Urban Fantasy Short Story - by Dennis Maulsby

 
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The Irish-born Father Donahey has retired from many years of service as a Catholic priest in South American countries to Winterset, Iowa. It’s not to be the life of books and long rural walks that he expects. The community and the surrounding area are awash with supernatural creatures. Some are friendly, some not, but all must be dealt with in order to protect his new parish, state, country, and the wider world from chaos and destruction.

Dennis Maulsby’s poems and short stories have appeared in The North American Review, Mainstreet Rag, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Briarcliff Review (Pushcart nomination), and on National Public Radio’s Themes & Variations. His Vietnam War poetry book, Remembering Willie, won silver medal book awards from two national veterans’ organizations. His books, Near Death/Near Life and Free Fire Zone, published by Prolific Press, received gold medal and silver medal awards, respectively, from The Military Writers Society of America. A book of short stories, Winterset (Eric Hoffer Award winner and Global Ebook gold medal winner), and a novel, House de Gracie (Reader Views silver medal winner), were released by NeoLeaf Press in 2019 and 2020. Maulsby is an associate member of the SFWA and past president (2012 – 2014) of the Iowa Poetry Association. For more information, go to www.dennismaulsby.com.

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