About ZMahnke


I'm an aspiring novelist looking to improve my writing ability with short stories.

If you have taken the time out of your life to read part of, or all of, the Chronicles of Claudia Labelle, I would like to say thank you. It's very deeply appreciated.

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Zachary Mahnke
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Indiana, United States
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26 Mar 2017 01:28
Reading, writing, learning, history, philosophy, politics, freedom of thought, mythology, folklore, legendry, books, novels, geography, biology, chemistry, psychology, zoology, self-improvement.
Favorite Books:
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Ables by Jeremy Scott
The Principles of Success in Literature by George Henry Lewes
On Writing by Stephen King
Carrie by Stephen King
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Ethics by Aristotle
On Poetics by Aristotle
The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián
Favorite Authors:
Bram Stoker
Stephen King
Jeremy Scott
Stephen Covey
Fredrich Nietzsche
Baltasar Gracián
Daniel Cohen
Dr. Bob Curran
Favorite Movies:
Any movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, except for Guardians of the Galaxy.
Favourite TV Shows:
I don't watch TV. I don't even own one.
Favorite Music:
Metal, Trap, Dubstep, Classical, Choral.


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The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XVII

Entry XXIII – I was awakened in the dead of night by the sound of a slow drip of liquid somewhere within my living quarters. Rancid air filled my lungs, staining my heart with a dreadful terror to open my eyes. There was a voice I heard in the distance; faint, but sharp, that of a woman. I curled the blanket closer to my face and sealed my eyelids tight. She moaned in a struggle for...

Added 22 Mar 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 56

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XVI

Entry XXII – I arrived at the library just before the twilight hours, searching through the cases of books for a few minutes to find where Vukan had been waiting. At first, I thought maybe he had returned to his own quarters, as he was seemingly nowhere to be found. There were a few students throughout, but not nearly enough to consider any part of the library occupied. I was going...

Added 19 Mar 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 59

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XV

Entry XXI – My living quarters have become a little dusty since we left for Sigtuna, and it seems Sister Agnes has continued to make her rounds despite my absence. There are a few things that are not where I left them, but that does not bother me. When we gathered up our things and set off for Saint Ansgar Priory, the Prior was yet again quiet, and again he would not look at me. It...

Added 14 Mar 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 60

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XIV

Entry XX – Throughout much of the morning hours, my clustered thoughts have left me wondering what exactly my wedding to Henry Beauclerc will be like. If I may write honestly, I do not know where these thoughts have come from. Perhaps it is the light of the morning sun, rising into the cloudless blue sky. I have not seen the sun in a few days, and its warmth has romanticized my mind. ...

Added 07 Mar 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 89

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XIII

Entry XIX – Practicing my gift has been quite the undertaking, especially when I am all alone. It is not that I am saddened by my loneliness, but it would be much easier to train if the Prior was still speaking to me. Nevertheless, I have attempted to replicate the process of sight into the Realm of Death through memory, and have had . . . some success. My first few efforts were...

Added 03 Mar 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 80

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XII

Entry XVII – I had a dream last night. A beautiful one, indeed. When I awoke, I did not want to rise, for I truly believed what I had experienced was real. It may seem strange, but in the dream, I was lost in the forest, and I very much enjoyed the wandering. The trees and ground were thick with freshly fallen snow, and the sun was high in the sky on a cloudless midday. My senses...

Added 01 Mar 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 82

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XI

Entry XV – I am troubled by my interaction with the Prior yesterday, as I may have brought about some ache to his mind. This morning I awoke and went downstairs to the dining room, expecting to find the Prior waiting for me by the stone fireplace. But he was not there. It came as a bit of a shock, really. He has always been awake before me, even throughout the journey to Sigtuna. I...

Added 19 Feb 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 118

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part X

Entry XIV – We arrived in Sigtuna early this morning, shortly before the sun rose above the horizon. However, I was unable to see the sun at all throughout the day, as the clouds were a thick gray and barely let any of its rays pass through. Nevertheless, Prior Anders was not at all discouraged by the weather. In fact, he seemed to admire the gloom. He would stare into the pine...

Added 10 Feb 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 70

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part IX

Entry XII – My father's letter has left me flabbergasted. Not because of the blatant lack of interest in my well-being, nor the obvious rush he has placed upon the political excuses as to why I am here. But it is the logic of sending me to Sweden when there is a goddamned University in England! Why did he not send me there?! Would I not learn faster if I had been sent to England to...

Added 09 Feb 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 76 | 1 Comment

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part VIII

Entry X – It will be difficult to attend my lectures without thinking over what happened yesterday. Even so early in the morning, my mind is flooded with the conversation I held with the Prior, and what I had read in that book from the library. How am I to focus on the lecturers if my thoughts are elsewhere? Should I skip them as I did yesterday? What is truly important; my studies or...

Added 08 Feb 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 67

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