The world of Morshan emerged from combining two different genres: fantasy fiction and superhero stories.
But it also stemmed from a question: if the average person in the world really did have the chance to become a superhero, how would they actually use their power?
We all like to think of ourselves as people who would use power for good.
But our own selfish desires often deceive us, and we find ourselves making decisions we later regret.
This short story collection is about the heroes who strive and the heroes who fail.
It’s about characters who learn to rise above their own longings to make truly heroic decisions.
And it’s also about characters who waver and, like the rich young ruler, can’t quite bring themselves to do what needs to be done.
Eventually, I hope to write a much longer series of stories set in this world.
But in the meantime, let me leave you with the official pitch for Visions of Grandeur (and Other Stories):
An old woman who can change the future must choose between two terrible futures.
An idealistic guard has to destroy his reputation to stop a murderer.
A plucky shapeshifter has to save a man he accidentally incriminated.
These are the god-blessed of Morshan.
And they’re about to learn how supernatural powers can be both a blessing and a curse.
Living morally was easy when their lives were normal.
But now that they’re gifted, they carry additional responsibilities–and face impossible dilemmas.
Which ones will rise above themselves to become the heroes they’ve longed to be?
And whose visions of grandeur will just turn into fruitless dreams?
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What Readers Say:
“The Martian Chronicles meets The Stormlight Archive!”
“It has been awhile since I’ve read something with this much depth.”
“I’ve been searching for contemporary works like yours for a while now—stories that entertain yet provoke thought, are creative yet full of sustenance. Your collection of short stories touched upon a few things that I’ll be thinking about for a while, I think.”
“I don’t normally read superhero stories, and I was kind of reticent at first. But the stories weren’t at all like the exaggerated overtwists I’d expected — it was pure, normal, delectable fantasy.”