I am Death. I am the keeper of the otherworld gate. I am queer. I am magically tethered to a beautiful Japanese mystery. I am...
I could list a million facts reagarding my identity, but none of them matter. Not anymore. Not now my magic has evolved.
She's beautiful. She's magical. She's everything I could have hoped for.
But will she be our salvation?
This 15,000-word short story is set in the months leading up to the first book, The Fifth Horseman. Death is the point of view character here, and you get a sneak peak into his relationship with Famine, his odd connection with Magic, and his overall deliciousness, of course. Gay sexual situations, swearing, and magical stalking ensue.
The First Horseman
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Freida Kilmari, an author, writer, and editor from south-west England, has a passion for unique fantasy, one that started with the likes of Philip Pullman, Derek Landy, and JK Rowling. With their fantastical words, she spent her childhood and young adult life vying to create her own world of words one day. Eventually, after finishing her degree and settling into being a business owner, she started writing fantasy romance with LGBT+ twists, and from there, she's kept twisting tropes, retelling fairy tales and legends, and seeing just how far you can push the boundaries of sexuality and gender.
Living in south-west England, she owns and runs Penmanship Editing, a fiction editing business that strives to make the most out of each author's unique story, words, and heart. "Every writer is different, and it's those differences that make our work a part of who we are." She's worked on over 100 books in the last two years and has received praise from authors and other editors alike for her encouraging and togetherness approach in a field that is lacking uniqueness and empathy.