The Nightmare: A Short Story

Hades, the ruler of the deadlands, finds light in the gloomiest of places and struggles to protect the only shred of innocence left in a world controlled by gods. The classic Greek myth is told from the point of view of the god of the Underworld himself in “The Nightmare: A Short Story.”

A short story of 7,000 words.

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The Nightmare: A Short Story can be found on Amazon for $0.99!


It was not always this way. When I was a child, I never would have thought that I would become the thing I am today. I can only guess, because I can barely remember a time when I was young. I cannot remember the last time I saw the sun and felt it touch my skin. I have seen generations of men and women, each more audacious and disrespectful than the last. With the passing years comes more bitter resentment towards the generation before. But they all have one thing in common: they all end up here in the deadlands. Eternity will stretch on forever.


What Do People Think of “The Nightmare”?

“I love hearing stories from the villian’s perspective, and seeing how Hades interacted and viewed the other gods was very cool. Great retelling of the Greek myths!”

– J.L. Willow, author of The Scavenger and Missing Her

“This is a beautiful and dark short story about Hades and Persephone. I love them. Perfect for a lunch break read.”

– Nicole Renee, author of Pomegranate

“Though it was short, I completely adored this version of Hades and Persephone. Sandell uses so many evocative descriptions to show the way Persephone changes and brightens Hades’ life. It was an absolutely beautiful retelling.”

– Jennifer Ridge, author of the Faery Realm series

The Boy with Black Eyes

Nine stories come to life in this fantasy anthology imbued with magic and mayhem.

Magic often comes at a heavy price: a ribbon dancer seeks a phoenix for the magic to right a terrible wrong; a young witch is punished after using dark magic she has no memory of performing; and a grumpy witch is forced to face her past when she inherits a baby in exchange for a spell.

But with magic, the impossible comes to life: children create magical worlds only to lose their powers as they grow older; a student helps her grandfather battle a squirrel army of his own creation; and a newly orphaned girl seeks a witch to resurrect her parents only to find another future in store for her.

And, as all tales go, actions have consequences: instead of studying for his exams, a teenager modifies his magical device and unleashes hidden dangers upon his classmates; after losing her temper, an orphan must learn to control her wild magic before the entire realm is doomed; and a past decision haunts an apprentice mage as a dark-eyed daemon preys on his fear.

Visit faraway lands and local neighborhoods in this collection of fantastic tales. Magic can be found everywhere, if you only know where to look.

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My short story, “The Boy with Black Eyes” is featured in The Magic Within, which is available for $12.99 paperback or $3.99 Kindle edition (or free with Kindle Unlimited)!