The Dragons Demise , a short story by Daan Katz

I’m delighted to announce that my short story “The dragon’s Demise” has been accepted to be included in the CHILDREN OF WAR anthology. (Proceeds from this anthology go to the Voices of Children Foundation, Ukraine)

“Dear Daan

thank you for your submission of “The Dragon’s Demise” to the Children of War charity anthology. We are happy to accept your submission for the anthology. Your story is a fantastic contribution and offers a unique aspect on the general topic. The idea is wonderful and really well executed….

Kind regards,
Astrid and the New Wings Press team”

The Dragon’s Demise

Forced to watch the brutal murder of the Imperial Family, Runig carries the scars of the Ingravian Rebellion with him into his adult life. A misfit and a recluse, he has nothing to lose when his dying father sends him on an impossible mission.

Since this is a story about war an the lasting effects war can have on a child, it’s not a pretty story. But then again, nobody expects me to write pretty stories. Be aware that this story (unlike most stories in this Children of War anthology) contains graphic violence and mention of sexual abuse.

That said, there’s certainly room for entertainment in the story. I wrote the lyrics of a rowdy song. The kind of song you’d expect a group of rebels to sing when they are sure of their victory.

Rebel Song, from The Dragons Demise
Rebel Song, by Daan Katz

My friend Michael composed the music and made a fantastic recording of the song, with him doing the lead vocals and me the backing vocals. The result is the video you can watch below.

I won’t lie. I’m very pleased with how it came out and rather proud of it, too!

“Children of War” is set to release on August 24, 2022.

Children of War, a charity anthology

Help the Ukrainian children, and pre-order your copy today!

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