About ZMahnke


I'm an aspiring novelist looking to improve my writing ability with short stories. A student of Stoic philosophy.

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

"You must not come lightly to the blank page." ~Stephen King

"All the world's a stage." ~William Shakespeare

"Writing is seduction." ~Stephen King

"If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it." ~John C. Maxwell

"If you're a bad writer, no one can help you become a good one, or even a competent one. If you're a good writer and want to be great . . . fuhgeddaboudit." ~Stephen King

"The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet live very little." ~Michel de Montaigne

"We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age." ~H.P. Lovecraft

Zachary Mahnke
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Indiana, United States
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21 Sep 2017 00:49
Reading, writing, learning, history, philosophy, logic, 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,
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare,
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
H.P. Lovecraft
Edgar Allan Poe
William Shakespeare
Jeremy Scott
Stephen Covey
Fredrich Nietzsche
Baltasar Gracián
Marcus Aurelius
Daniel Cohen
Dr. Bob Curran
Favorite Movies:
Any movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, except for Guardians of the Galaxy.
Favourite TV Shows:
I watch a couple of shows on Netflix occasionally. My favorites include Penny Dreadful, American Horror Story, and Salem.
Favorite Music:
Anything really.


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The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXIX

Entry XXXVII – The Library was much warmer than my own living quarters. Some of the candles were lit, indicating that another student had been there recently, or was there currently. I could not hear echoes or distant artificial sounds of any sort; only the breeze of the frozen wind beyond the windows, and my footsteps upon the stone floors. In any case, I found a dark spot between...

Added 09 Aug 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 91

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXVIII

Entry XXXVI – Now that I have more ink, I may continue with my writings. But, before I do, I must say that word of my particular bloody discovery has traveled fast throughout the Priory. There were students staring at me as I went into the supply room to acquire an inkwell. They whispered among themselves words I could not understand. Perhaps the young nobleman that tried to “help”...

Added 27 Jul 2017 | Category General | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 89 | 1 Comment

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXVII

Entry XXXIV – Would it be right of me to go back to entry one of this diary and cross out the line or two I wrote of wolves? I was wrong, as they are far from a glorious creation; they are, indeed, large and terribly ferocious beasts. I am forced to agree with what I have read of them. It scares me just to think of going back into the forest. What other creatures may hide in the fog?...

Added 06 Jul 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 119 | 1 Comment

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXVI

Entry XXXIII – I awoke this morning still shaken by an unnerving anxiety from the main event of yesterday, and it was to my surprise that no horrid nightmares stole my sleep. Indeed, I slept peacefully. Had nature given me a night of rest from the cruel barbarity of my life? After several attempts at breathing deeply, I could not find the strength of will alone to calm the shudders....

Added 28 Jun 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 131 | 1 Comment

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXV

Entry XXXII – I had come to notice Gala—the pretty-voiced minstrel that I had met in the Chapel not long ago—sitting alone at the end of a long table in the Great Hall. She looked quite lonely; taking a bite of bread as she read from a small book that was placed beside her plate of food. There were other students at the farther end of the table but paid no attention to her. Nor did...

Added 27 Jun 2017 | Category Drama | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 145 | 1 Comment

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXIV

Entry XXXI – At dawn, Mr. Vukan and I left the Priory to begin our second expedition together. It was I who suggested that we travel westward since we traveled east on the 13th. He had playfully asked me if I was hiding any secrets to the west, similar to his secret in the east. I told him of course not, and that I have not been farther than the Priory, Sigtuna and the lake during my...

Added 22 May 2017 | Category Adventure | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 170 | 1 Comment

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXIII

Entry XXX – For once I am left speechless. Unable to find the words to tell you, dearest Reader, what I have just dreamt. I am numb, my heart is void of emotion due to the shock, and my mind is fresh with the images of it. Instead of telling you what I saw (like I planned before even opening this diary), perhaps it would be best to describe what I have witnessed in the dream: The...

Added 11 May 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 170

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXII

[SHORT—RAMBLING—FOLLOWED—BY—ENTRY—29]     Tunnel so dank and dark, Where dust begins to collect. The enclave seen through one flame, Seven spectators view her kept in chains. Cold and bare she waits in filth, Muck dripped from her face, shuddered and dazed. Legs gashed and slashed, lacerated in pang and pus. Perverted to the sinful and the depraved.  ...

Added 09 May 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 171

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXI

Entry XXVIII – I awoke early in the morning to pack my satchel with a few traveling supplies. A small wool blanket, rope from the Priory Stables (I only borrowed, I have returned it now), a short canteen of water, and of course, my father's dagger. I was not sure of what else to bring for the upcoming expedition into the countryside, but from what Mr. Vukan said it would seem that I am...

Added 08 May 2017 | Category Adventure | Votes 3 | Avg Score 5 | Views 170

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XX

Entry XXVII – As of late, I have been rereading my father's letter, the one that was delivered to me well over a month ago. It may be no surprise that I have reviewed every word quite carefully, and have come to notice something about the overall tone of the letter: It is as if he is not at all writing to his own daughter, but to a business associate of some kind. The way he...

Added 30 Apr 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 184

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