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Author has written 5 stories for Horror, Historical, Thriller, Mythology, and Fantasy.

My name is Sam Chapman, a.k.a. oracle93, and I'm an aspiring novelist. Right now, my flagship work is a web serial entitled The Clockwork Raven, which I update every Tuesday and Friday--from small beginnings, with one setting and two characters, it'll develop into an epic adventure. Friendship and sacrifice, dragons and ornithopters, survival and apocalypse, clockpunk and shapeshifting, it's all there. Here's the long description:

"For ten years, Karla and Kio have known nothing but Nashido–the castle, floating thousands of feet above a vast ocean, that protects them with a combination of unreliable technology and unfathomable magic. Every day, they tend the massive vines that produce the oxygen they breathe, hunt birds for dinner with spring-loaded spears, and charge the castle’s engine battery by steering through lightning storms. They don’t remember much about when there were other people on Nashido, and the parts they do remember, they don’t talk about. Ever.

One thing keeps them going: Raven, an ornithopter they’re patching together in the hope of one day reaching the surface. Both of them have promised that they’ll set out for land together, or not at all. But then a skeletal winged beast attacks the castle without warning, reminding Karla and Kio how little they know about their flying prison…or about one another."

The Clockwork Raven is also hosted on its own site; click here for the latest installment, and here for the table of contents. You can also find it on Wattpad and Royal Road. Finally, I'm a self-supported writer, so I'd be honored if you'd consider a donation to my Patreon funding page: patrons get access to advance chapters, bonus material, and much more.

My other major work is a novel entitled Cold Snow, and it's completed and at rest in the Thriller section. It's about a young man who, in running away from his abusive parents, accidentally kicks off a chain of explosive and violent events that lead him on a bloody race into the Canadian wilderness. I also write for, as cuttlefishcrossbow--check it out!

Some of my favorite quotes:

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir mens' blood."-Daniel Burnham

"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric; and out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry."-W.B. Yeats

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."-Robert J. Hanlon

“They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”-George R.R. Martin

"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." -T. E. Lawrence

"Every generation thinks it has invented sex."-Robert Heinlein

"Call him happy and lord of his own soul who every evening can say, 'Today I have lived. Tomorrow Jove may blot the sky with cloud or fill it with pure sunshine, yet he cannot devalue what has once been held as precious, or tarnish or melt back the gold the visiting hour has left behind.'"-Horace

"Omit needless words."-William Strunk

"Space elevators will be built fifty years after everybody stops laughing."-Arthur C. Clarke

"There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the heavens obeyed the voice of a man."-Joshua 10:14

"The soul is a verb. Not a noun."-David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

"In 1843, two other Frenchmen are said to have fought a duel by means of throwing billiard balls at each other."-Wikipedia, "Dueling"

"It ain't no sin to be glad you're alive."-Bruce Springsteen

"History says, Don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that a further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells."-Seamus Heaney

"Long, long ago he gazed far out at sea in a sweet languor; this was not he who'd fought with gods, embraced sea sprites, laid out the grooms like slaughtered beasts and choked his courts; his mind was now a virgin boy, his hands white roses, and his old longings shone like mother-of-pearl deep down, far down in the sea's depths as he, above it stooped, smiled and with slow caresses combed his star-washed hair."-Nikos Kazantzakis

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Kuekuatsu (Reboot) by Spriggs reviews
A young witch embarking on a journey of self discovery encounters a werewolf by chance, and together they learn that fate has a plan for them.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 13 - Words: 40,826 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 10/29/2017 - Published: 11/29/2012
The Grey Tale by Light Darksoul reviews
In every tale ever told of the eternal struggles of good vs evil, dark vs light, there are ones who you never heard about. In the shadows of Fate's legendary warriors are a race of people who make the warriors legend. The Greys can not be touched by the hands of Fate, and you do not challenge Fate.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 6 - Words: 18,731 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Updated: 8/12/2017 - Published: 3/17/2017
Akin Minds: Remnant Shadows by Ryoku Dragontalen
The third installment of the Akin Minds series. After a dire battle with Ordeus, a member of the Eternity Network who hid in Orden, Ryoku must turn his sights to the second infiltrator of their vast network. Shadow Wizard Ricker, who posed as Chris Olestine and drove Ryoku straight to him. Meanwhile, new threats continue to rise and the state of the world is threatened.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 79 - Words: 403,834 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 7/21/2017 - Published: 8/24/2016 - Complete
The Otherworldly World of Animals by CocoJaypee reviews
JOURNEY TO THE WORLD ANIMALS ONLY KNOW. Everybody knows that when humans kick the bucket, they go to somewhere very far away called Paradise. But what about animals? Where do they go when their time is up? Where is their Paradise? That is what Vesper, an orphaned Calico cat, discovered after an accident happened to him one fateful day.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Fantasy/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 45,639 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 4/27/2017 - Published: 11/26/2016
Dux Bellorum: A Story of King Arthur and Vampires by Shoshi.Cooper reviews
The moment Seo, time-traveler from the future, hears about Excalibur, she knows she needs to steal it. But when Seo realizes what Excalibur really is, she begins to understand that King Arthur's story is wrapped up in her own. With a threat spreading, threatening Arthur and his warriors, Seo must face her past and childhood fears, to save all of history... from Arthur, to now.
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Fantasy - Chapters: 75 - Words: 158,863 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/23/2017 - Published: 8/10/2016 - Complete
The Dogwatches by Lady Patriot reviews
When HMS Cornwall gains a strict new captain just before sailing to take part in the siege of Charleston, the changes he enacts are not well-received by the frigate's seamen and Marines. American Revolution 1780 - 1781.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 22 - Words: 105,120 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 9/18/2010 - Published: 8/17/2009
Falling on Unyielding Ground by Sashile reviews
Nothing that happens at war makes much sense, as Dr. Jeff Cunningham and Captain Kim Tomblin discovered. Falling for each other was the last thing either would suspect, and sometimes accepting things isn't easy when you're so used to fighting. Complete.
Fiction: Action - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 84 - Words: 195,116 - Reviews: 288 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 29 - Updated: 8/13/2010 - Published: 3/3/2010 - Complete
The Thousandth Night by Cosmos Senshi reviews
Reader, I take you to a sun soaked land ‘cross oceans, mountains and deserts of sand. Through the bazaar where rare wonders are sold to a man upon a throne of pure gold. With graven face he ponders kingly cares. Who among his wives shall carry the heir?
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 16,753 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 24 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 3/28/2007 - Published: 2/4/2007 - Complete
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The Glass Thief reviews
Staever is a lobster and leader of the Cuttlefish, the most skilled band of thieves in the sandcastle city of the Eye. When his latest heist turns up a mysterious key that points the way to a lost land of abundant water, Staever and his friends are targeted by villains who are using the persistent drought to consolidate power in their claws. Site: glassthief(dot)wordpress(dot)com
Fiction: Fantasy - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 32 - Words: 30,395 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 2/24/2018 - Published: 1/13/2018
Cold Snow reviews
The lives of a teenager, his best friend, an assassin, a social worker, and many others collide as Alex Orson makes a desperate bid to escape his abusive parents with a thousand-mile journey through the Canadian wilds. See my profile for more information.
Fiction: Thriller - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 30 - Words: 105,792 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 4/19/2011 - Published: 10/23/2010 - Complete
The Brawl that Created the World reviews
A short tale of five omnipotent beings who bickered and fought the Earth into existence.
Fiction: Mythology - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,043 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/30/2010 - Complete
Outside Shiloh reviews
Tennessee, 1862. Dr. Bradford Trevor is a family physician turned field medic, fighting to save lives at the Battle of Shiloh. With the help of the battle-hardened Lt. R.J. Ewing, he must face an enemy far more dangerous than anything on the fields.
Fiction: Historical - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,384 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/14/2010 - Complete
Orpheus reviews
A traveller in the Appalachian Mountains learns that he is not alone.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,680 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/6/2010 - Complete