Dayle A. Dermatis

 

Dayle A. Dermatis has sold speculative fiction stories to DAW and Pocket Books anthologies as well as to a number of anthologies and magazines. Her work has been called “ingenious” and “unexpectedly romantic [and] heart-wrenching.” She lives in southern California within scent of the ocean, and she and her husband spend their spare time following Styx around the country (and sometimes out of it), exploring the world via motorcycle, renovating their 1911 Craftsman home, and doing historic re-creation. She loves music, cats, Wales, TV, magic, laughter, and defying expectations. 

~ COLLECTIONS ~

Written on the Coast: Thirteen Tales of Magic & Mayhem Written in Lincoln City, OR 

Once upon a time, a writer journeyed to the enchanting Oregon Coast and took a workshop. Then, drawn by the siren’s song of knowledge and craft, she went back and took a whole bunch more. The result? WRITTEN ON THE COAST: THIRTEEN TALES OF MAGIC & MAYHEM WRITTEN IN LINCOLN CITY, OR. Ranging from traditional fantasy to science fiction to contemporary fantasy to the undefinably absurd, the stories in this collection will appeal to readers of all types of speculative fiction. In WRITTEN ON THE COAST you’ll find out why Dayle A. Dermatis’s short fiction has been called “really, really good”! With a foreword by USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith. 

Includes the following stories: 

• Masked
• Love Makes the Universe Go ’Round
• Dreamseer
• Blood Relations
• Dyrnwyn’s Fire
• Not the Nurturing Type
• Famous Last Words
• Corvus Kidnappus
• At the Mirk and Midnight Hour
• What Price Beauty
• As Delicate and Sharp as a Shard of Glass
• The Change
• If the Shoe Fits 

“This collection of fiction is a fantastic treat.”
USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith. 

“Dayle A. Dermatis’s ‘If the Shoe Fits’ is a funny (and rather ingenious) semi-modern twist on Cinderella, in which we find out why that shoe was really so important to everyone.”
Errant Dreams Reviews 

Cover art © ileana / iStockPhoto.com. 

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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Five Funny Fantasies 

Five Funny Fantasies is the first collection from prolific writer Dayle A. Dermatis. Prepare to be amused by these five humorous fantasy stories involving dragons and slayers, deals with the Devil, 80s hair metal, and much, much more! 

Includes the following stories:

• If the Shoe Fits
• Feline Design
• Famous Last Words
• Hell’s Belles
• What Dragons Prefer 

“Dayle A. Dermatis’s ‘If the Shoe Fits’ is a funny (and rather ingenious) semi-modern twist on Cinderella, in which we find out why that shoe was really so important to everyone.”
Errant Dreams Reviews 

“[What Dragons Prefer’ is] a very good short story with a classic twist at the end. This story is very well worth reading.”
—Steve Challis, Smashwords.com 

“Simply put, the author’s writing style is really, really good!”
—A.A., Amazon.com 

“I chuckled aloud at [‘What Dragons Prefer’]. Brilliantly succinct expression of a neat twist!”
—George, Podcastle.com 

Cover art © Julien Tromeur / iStockPhoto.com. 

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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~ Short Stories ~

“Berengere”

When Berengere’s husband, the king of Coraise, goes away crusade, his brother Jean assumes the role of Regent—and makes Berengere, her sister, her husband’s grandmother, and her closest servants “guests” in his chateau. Berengere knows they’re really prisoners, but there’s nothing she can do except try to make their appartements more pleasing by painting murals of the outside world. Are the murals a means of escape…or is Berengere slipping into madness?

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“Some Old Lover’s Ghost”

Helena runs Paranormal Manifestation Services—PMS for short. When she’s hired by Beth and Marguerite to find out why a ghost is bothering Marguerite, she doesn’t expect to get a crush on Beth…which makes things especially awkward when she learns who the ghost is. Rainbow Reviews called this short story “unexpectedly romantic [and] heart-wrenching.” BONUS: Includes an interview with the author about the writing of the story, her own paranormal experiences, and more.

“Definitely a light-hearted read – kind of a lesbian Ghostbusters. What makes this story stand out is the strong narrator – she’s smart, funny and definitely opinionated. For some reason or other, the word ‘sassy’ comes to mind when I think of this story – and that’s a good thing.”
— Megan, goodreads.com

“unexpectedly romantic [and] heart-wrenching”
Rainbow Reviews

“Some Old Lover’s Ghost was nominated for a 2008 Romance Erotica Connection Award for Best F/F Romance Short Story and for a 2010 Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best Short Fiction.

“Some Old Lover’s Ghost” originally appeared in Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories (Lethe Press, 2008).

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“The Devil Went Down to the Sunset Strip” by Dayle A. Dermatis

“Angrrr Management were four talented guys. (They really were. I wasn’t just some starry-eyed groupie; I knew decent music and I knew stage presence.) Talented, yes, and awfully pretty, all of them. And every last one of them was dumber than a post. Had they never HEARD of Robert Johnson?” “The Devil Went Down to the Sunset Strip” is a hilarious urban fantasy short story about 80s hair metal and selling your soul to Satan.

Includes bonus story “Hell’s Belles”!

“The Devil Went Down to the Sunset Strip” originally appeared in Retro Spec: Tales of Fantasy and Nostalgia (Raven Electrick Ink, 2010).

Cover images © iScream Creative / iStockPhoto and Baris Simsek / iStockPhoto.

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“Blood Relations” by Dayle A. Dermatis

The woman known as the “Vegan Martha Stewart” learns who her infamous father really is…and their relationship threatens to ruin their respective empires. A funny fantasy short story—with a bite!

Cover art © Robert Kohlhuber / iStockPhoto.com.

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“Famous Last Words”

You think you’re panicking about the e-book revolution? How do you think the print books feel? A funny short story about the end of the publishing world as we know it….

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“What Dragons Prefer”

A dragon slayer arrives to rescue a threatened town, but the real threat and the dragon’s true desires are not necessarily one and the same.

“What Dragons Prefer” first appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Fall 1994; and was republished in Dragons: A Celebration of the Greatest of Mythical Creatures, January 1996.

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“Feline Design”

Even Satan needs a vacation once in awhile. But perhaps taking the form of a fuzzy kitten wasn’t the smartest of ideas…. A Miranda Contreau paranormal short story.

“Feline Design” was originally published in The Ghostbreakers: New Horrors (Rage Machine Books, 2005).

Available in a variety of electronic formats
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“If the Shoe Fits”

Is Prince Charming really interested in Cinderella…or was it her shoes that captured his attention? A “funny (and rather ingenious)” short story.

“Dayle A. Dermatis’s ‘If the Shoe Fits’ is a funny (and rather ingenious) semi-modern twist on Cinderella, in which we find out why that shoe was really so important to everyone.”
Errant Dreams Reviews

“If the Shoe Fits” originally appeared in The Trouble With Heroes (DAW, 2009).

Available in a variety of electronic formats
Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords

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“Hell’s Belles”

Teaching etiquette to a spoiled debutante can be hell…literally.

Includes bonus story “The Devil Went Down to the Sunset Strip”!

“Hell’s Belles” originally appeared in Deathgrip: Exit Laughing (Hellbound Books, 2006).

Available in a variety of electronic formats
Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords