The Stories



Death of a Jackal

Our first excerpt from The Chronicles of Corwyn takes place on Craggmoä, the central continent where the main novels take place.

A battle rages on in the fields just outside of Calládon, where Jayna lies dying.  She has but a few moments left to live; how will she spend those precious moments to give her life meaning? Check out this free, downloadable short story!


The Dragon & The Three Knights

In a traditional tale of folklore and fantasy, The Dragon and the Three Knights encompasses much of the mythological themes and tropes found in cultures all over the world. One after the next, three valiant knights venture out into the world to find the dragon's den in search of a magical relic.  One knight, a heavily armoured soldier that adheres to the code; another delving headfirst into the den, relying on intuition.  Which of these three can defeat the dragon, you might ask?  Download the story, and see for yourself!

In this edition of the tale there is an analysis section added that goes into detail regarding the various themes and typical tropes that you will find within the story.  Have a look in this free, downloadable short story!


Of Gnomes & Azoth

Gnomes Book

Captain Zee Tegg touched on the story of Azoth in the second novel regarding Anthyn and the Four Talismans.  Now is your chance to learn more about what happened on that particularly gloomy day for the gnomes of Gotrut! You can download the short story here for free!



Nedrick is trapped in a basement by his old partner in crime, Barthez.  Why did she betray him by binding him to a chair, and what is she planning to do to him?  Check out the free short story that was submitted to Dream Quest One's summer writing contest, here.


 A Goblin's Mind

Doctor Harlow is used to dealing with interesting and unusual patients such as Necia, the unicorn-woman whose compulsion to hoard seemingly useless trinkets has brought her a great deal of anxiety–such is an average day for the best therapist in the Skarsgaard Kingdom.  However, when a goblin teenager with a healthy imagination comes to visit, things begin to change for Harlow.

Not soon after the doctor discovers an unlikely link between the green-skinned youngster and the other patients do people start to go missing. Time is running out, and Doctor Harlow must discover the truth about the goblin's mind before it's too late.

A Goblin's Mind is J.D. Dresner's debut novella, initially written during the 3-Day Novel Contest of 2013. Set in the world of Corwyn, this tale is linked to other Corwyn Chronicles tales, while remaining a stand-alone story.

You can purchase this book in paperback or various eBook formats here:

BN150Barnes and Noble

ChaptersIndigoChapters / Indigo


Sword & Witchhazel

A new and incredibly “novel” novelette is now released by The Corwyn Chronicles! Check out the fraternal tale with two titles—named both Sword & Witchhazel and Witchhazel & Sword.

Two stories in one, you decide which of the conjoined tales you’d like to read first—the tale of Pallo, Swashbuckler living in Sword, or the tale of Dinah, Artiste living in Witchhazel. Only when both stories are read will you receive the full scope of what it’s like to live in one of the magically connected towns.

Sword BookIf you're interested in a copy, you can order a copy [here], or contact J.D. Dresner at to make shipping arrangements. Want it signed by the author? Just ask!




The Death Sentence

Taking a good, hard look at the meta-lingual side of a text, an inspector and his assistant attempt to solve a murder by drawing back the curtain of fiction and text.  Take a look at this free, quick-witted, exactly 2000 word short story.


Time Keepers Of The Modified Earth

Enter a fragmented world where time-traveling agents work tirelessly to restore the timeline after one single event disrupted, and mangled the known history.  It is Henry Clogwell's first day, and it is up to Stark to show him the ropes.  They must travel to the points in time where ripples have distorted history, and they must set things right without anyone being the wiser.  Join Clogwell and Stark as they seek to find the answer to the question that lingers in their minds:

By traveling back in time and restoring the timeline, are they really accomplishing anything?

You can download the short story here for free!


Meeting Elvis

You might've read my short story, "The Death Sentence"... this was my earlier attempt at self-aware fiction, where I tossed in as many literary devices as I could, whilst switching back and forth between first, second, and third person narratives. This story might be described as a tale that makes sense, while at the same time makes no sense whatsoever!

You can download the short story here for free!

Vu-Rek was a fantastic librarian and historian who pieced together and chronicled The Ages of Corwyn's past. See his scribblings here.

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