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I don’t do a lot of short fiction, but over the years I’ve managed to collect a few. Almost all of them can now be found in my 3 collections, published by Bookview Cafe in 2014.

Fantastical Ramblings features fantasy stories in the more traditional form. Thanks to my husband Timothy L. Karr for the cover photo, designed by Maya Kaatharyn Bonhoff.


I went crazy for Steampunk for a while. Steampunk Voyages features short fiction, an essay, a story written just for this collection, and a sneak peak at the upcoming novel The Transference Engine by Julia Verne St. John–my ghost writer. Thanks go to Mark Ferrari for this custom cover.


And finally, my few ventures in science fiction and some left over urban fantasy in Speculative Journeys. Thanks to Don Davis and his wonderful paintings for NASA for the inspiration for the cover designed by Dave Smeds.

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“The Sword of Herakles”  Olympus edited by Greenberg and Arthurs  1998

“The Divi” Treachery & Treason edited by Gilman & Heddle ROC

“Draconis Ex Machina” DAW 30th Anniversary edited by Walheim & Gilbert 2002

Reprint to Wolfsong anthology edited by M.H. Bonham Wolfsinger Publications        2008

“First Contact Café” edited by Greenberg and Helfers Space Station 2003

“Little Red In The Hood” edited by Greenberg and Helfers Little Red Riding Hood In The Big Bad City 2003

“Crystal Arches” edited by Greenberg & Helfers Gateways  2004

“Curse Of The Pendragon” edited by Greenberg & Helfers Slipstream 2005

“The Final Choice” edited by Greenberg & Hoyt Fate Fantastic 2006

“Stink of Reality” edited by Greenberg & Lickiss The Future We Wish We Had 2007

“Alien Voices” by P.R. Frost edited by Greenberg & Lickiss The Future We Wish We Had 2007

Reprint to “Rocket Boy And The Geek Girls” edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Maya Kaatherine Bohnhoff, Book View Café.

“More To Proof Than Truth” edited by Greenberg & S. Hoyt Something Magic This Way Comes 2008

“Not My Knot” edited by Greenberg & Hughes The Dimension Next Door 2008 reprint Dragon Lords and Warrior Women, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford, Book View Café.

“Museum Hauntings” edited by Greenberg & D. Hoyt Better Off Undead 2008

“Super Squirrel To The Rescue” by P.R. Frost edited by Greenberg and Hughes Zombie Raccoons And Killer Bunnies 2009

“It’s A Con World” RadCon GOH program book entry 2003. Reprinted First Contact Cafe, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford, 2014

“A Seedy Affair” Book View Café 2008.

“Of Rats And Cats And Teenagers” Book View Café 2008.

“Dragon Treasure” Book View Café 2008.

“Image Of The Beast” Book View Café 2009.

“Price of Command” edited by Dayton Ward Space Grunts 2009

“Signed In Blood” by P.R. Frost edited by Kerrie Hughes and Martin Greenberg, Girls Guide To Guns And Monsters, DAW Books 2010

“Shadow Dancer” Shadow Conspiracy, Tales from the Age of Steam Book View Café, 2009 edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Laura Anne Gilman

“Queen of French Prairie” Shadow Conspiracy II Tales from the Age of Steam, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford and Maya Kaatharyn Bonhoff, Bookview Café 2010.

“Dancing in Cinders,” Steampunk Voyages, Bookview Cafe 2014

“Little Miss Steam Engine,” Tales From an Alien Campfire, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford, Knotted Road Press 2015



Unless otherwise noted, all stories authored by Irene Radford



Pixies are notorious for pulling pranks and practical jokes. But never on each other, that’s what humans are for–just so they don’t take themselves too seriously. Thistle Down commits the unthinkable prank, making her rival late to her wedding with the man Thistle thought loved her.

She finds herself thrown out of Pixie, stripped of her lavender skin, her purple hair, and her green wings shaped like thistle leaves. Grown to human size she wakes up, stark naked, in the middle of Memorial Fountain on a hot August morning in the middle of rush hour traffic. The only person she can think to call is Dusty, the curator at a local museum. Dusty is painfully shy and continued believing in Pixies long after most children outgrow the need for an otherworldly best friend. Will she believe Thistle’s story? Does she still need her little friend to overcome her shyness and find her life’s destiny? And then there are the men who love her. Her over-protective brother, Dick, of course, has issues of his own with Pixies. Her crushingly hovering mother causes her own problems. And then there’s Chase Norton, Dick’s best friend and the man Dusty has loved since they were children. He doesn’t believe in Pixies at all, despite the evidence all around him.

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In between all those dragons and light and fluffy fantasy, I needed to dig my teeth into the historical periods that moved me to research deeper into the lives and times of favorite personalities. I wanted to write about dynamic periods, then insert a descendant of Merlin to nudge events to make sure they happen the way we remember.

All of these books are available as ebooks at bookviewcafe.com, or amazon, B&N, Kobo, Google Play, and iBooks. Or at Create Space for Print On Demand

For the Merlin’s Descendants Series I started with the Merlin of the Arthurian tales. Then his daughter Wren took over the tale Guardian of the Balance. I jumped forward to King John and the Magna Carta with an aging and almost respectable Robin Hood in Guardian of the Trust.  Research took over my life when I started reading about Queen Elizabeth I. Her period took two books, Guardian of the Vision and Guardian of the Promise, and I still didn’t get to play with Shakespeare. Next lifetime. And lastly, I set Guardian of the Freedom in the ten years leading up to the American Revolution.


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Even though I write mostly fantasy and science fiction, under a variety of pen names. When I want to read for pure pleasure I reach for cozy mysteries. My neighborhood in the foothills of Mt. Hood, Oregon is where I have planted my roots and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. So, when the time came to write my own mysteries, I had to set them here. Skywarrior Books Published Lacing Up For Murder, and Ploughed Under. Now they are waiting anxiously waiting for me to finish Killer Plaid.

I invented the Whistling River where the wind whistles and moans as it races through a canyon, a Lodge and golf resort in the town that grew up around the junction of the Whistling River and the next larger river that will eventually lead to the mighty Columbia and on toward the sea. Local legend claims that when the canyon whistles, the souls of those lost on the mountain warn of danger and death…

Glenna McClain narrates these stories. She started working at the Lodge when she was 15 and worked her way up to manager. Now she, other employees, and local investors own the resort (along with a bank or two). Much of the books show her love affair with the creaky old building and the possibility that ghosts share her love, not willing to leave. She and hunky security chief Craig Knudsen work together to keep the resort safe, prosperous, and above repute. The lodge thrives on catering to small conventions. First 200 lacemakers descend on her with all their arcane tools and delicate bits of antique decorations. Then a gathering of antique steam tractors and those who love them arrive to help pull stumps in a clear cut so Glenna can expand the golf course for money making tournaments.


Murder and mayhem ensue. And a growing love between Glenna and Craig.

Next up in Killer Plaid the Highland Games come to town with kilts and pipes, dancers and murder. Who finally gives in to the urge to kill the most obnoxious grand master of piping?

On October 13,1993 I got THE phone call from my agent. We had sold 3 books to DAW. The Dragon Nimbus Series.  The Glass Dragon, The Perfect Princess, and The Loneliest Magician.

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Shortly thereafter followed two more books in the same world but a different time line. The Dragon Nimbus History.  The Dragon’s Touchstone, and The Last Battlemage are also compiled in omnibus.DN omnibus2sm

And then I wrote two more books, the 3rd in the History series and the 4th in the original series. Odd sequence I know but that’s the order I wrote them. The Renegade Dragon concludes the History series and The Wizard’s Treasure ties up loose ends from both series.DN omnibus3

But I wasn’t done yet! A few years passed, but I knew The Children of the Dragon Nimbus needed to have their stories told. So I picked up fifteen years after the end of Treasure.

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And in between all those dragons, I went back to the beginning of the saga, one thousand years in the past. The 3 O’Hara brothers, space jockeys, outlaws, and smugglers on the run from Galactic law–headed by their long lost sister, crash land on a planet where dragons are real and magic works. They free some slaves and cure a plague with technology. The locals declare them the Stargods.

Then they have to live up to it.

The Hidden Dragon, The Dragon Circle, and The Dragon’s Revenge are now combined in one very large trade paperback omnibus from DAW Books.

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In my copious (NOT) spare time I edit anthologies under my legal name of Phyllis Irene Radford.

BOOKVIEW CAFE: www.bookviewcafe.com

Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls

Dragon Lords and Warrior Women

The Shadow Conspiracy Volume I with Laura Anne Gilman]

The Shyadow Conspiracy Volume II with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Breaking Waves, a charity collection of reprints for Gulf oil spill relief. Now OP

Beyond Grimm, with Deborah J Ross.

SKYWARRIOR BOOKS: skywarriorbooks.com

Gears and Levers Volume I, II, and III

First Contact Cafe

How Beer Saved the World

Healing Waves, a charity collection of reprints for Japan tsunami relief, now OP

KNOTTED ROAD PRESS: knottedroadpress.com/

Tales From an Alien Campfire


Welcome to my world filled with pixies (above),  dragons, history, magic, and mysteries.

I’ve been writing fantasy for DAW books since 1994 and continue to allow my imagination to fly any place it wants to go.

My cozy mysteries (Skywarrior Books) set near my home in the foothills of Mt. Hood, Oregon express my love for my mountain and the great outdoors, as well as a good puzzle to solve.

I grew up all over the U.S in a military family. Moving every two years taught me that books are friends I didn’t have to leave behind. Through them I have wandered the world, outer space, and other dimensions. History is my passion. Lacemaking my addiction. Teaching, be it writing or ballet, is a calling.

In the adjacent pages I have thumbnails to my novels. Plus there’s an entire page of anthologies I have edited and a resume of short stories–most of which you can find in my three collections of short fiction.

Explore and enjoy!

For other books and news relating to Irene Radford my blog is here

I also edit books and articles freelance (no association with a publisher) in most genres and some non-fiction here