This short tale by L. E. Sheppard has been authorised and published by Colin Taber, the creator and owner of the United States Of Vinland setting.
Change is sweeping the newly discovered lands west of Greenland as the Norse claim Markland for their own.
Among the new settlers, a woodsman tries to make peace with the ghosts of his past as he works in the solitude of the deep forest.
Until the day he discovers he is being watched from the trees, and is no longer alone.
Welcome to a stand alone short story set in Markland following the events described in The United States Of Vinland: Red Winter (book 2).
About the Author
Born in 1961, Lee Edward Sheppard started writing his first novel at the age of 10, but gave up after two pages, when he found he had already run out of adjectives.
Not fazed by this early setback, he instead made big plans to do well in school, finish University and get a good job to set him up for life. Unfortunately, in 1977 a good friend introduced him to a brand new game that had just come out called “Dungeons & Dragons” and his fate was sealed.
It was his desire to combine his twin loves of writing and role-playing that lead to him being published in “Dragon”, “Dungeon” and “Polyhedron” magazines, before first meeting Colin Taber in the mid 1990s, back when they both still had hair. Working together on “Australian Realms” magazine, their friendship and love of all things wordy has continued to the present day.
It hasn’t all been about multi-sided dice though. Lee has also worked, with varying levels of success, as a Customs Officer, a Corporate Trainer, a computer fix-it guy, and even as a professional actor/improviser. Whatever he has done professionally however, he has always found himself inexorably drawn towards a blank page, the desire to tell stories an addiction that has yet to be satisfied.
Lee currently shares his home in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife of 28 years, his daughter and her boyfriend, and two hilarious cats.
Colin Taber was born in Australia in 1970 and announced his intention to be a writer at the innocent age of 6. His father, an accountant, provided some cautious advice, suggesting that life might be easier if his son pursued a more predictable vocation.
Colin didn't listen.
Over the past twenty years Colin's had over a hundred magazine articles published, notably in Australian Realms Magazine. In 2009 his first novel, The Fall of Ossard, was released to open his coming of age dark fantasy series, The Ossard Trilogy. The second installment, Ossard's Hope, followed in 2011 and was supported by a national book signing tour. Currently Colin is working on the final book in that trilogy, Lae Ossard, and his new series The United States of Vinland.
Colin has done many things over the years, from working in bookshops to event management, small press publishing, landscape design and even tree farming. All he really wants to do, though, is to get back to his oak grove and be left to write.
Thankfully, with an enthusiastic and growing readership, that day is coming. He currently haunts the west coast city of Perth.