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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23 Apr 2018 03:52
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 Secrets of Another -- Part 5

  V   LURKING IN SHADOW   “ Contentment with life is not a feeling, but it is a decision we must make. ”   —Joyce Meyer     The final bell had rung, and the students of Riverhaven High School were dismissed from another day of class. The hustle of young adults moving throughout the building slowly died down as time went on, some of them finding their appropriate school buses,...

Added 07 Mar 2018 | Category Young Adult | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 155

The Secrets of Another -- Part 4

  IV     AND THE DREAMS COME       “ Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary . . . ”     —Edgar Allan Poe   The rain had not yet ceased, even as the sun fell below the horizon. Many of the town’s residents turned in for the night, and the shops began to close due to the lack of business caused by the gloomy weather. Streets were empty, with the golden...

Added 22 Feb 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 139

The Secrets of Another -- Part 3

  III   WHERE THE RAINS POUR       “ Love will find its way through paths where wolves would fear to prey. ”   —Lord Byron   She closed her eyes to hold back the urge to hyperventilate and listened to the muffled drops of rain that fell upon the roof of the car. Her head sank, and she took several deep breaths. The tight nerves and stiff muscles unclenched soon enough, and...

Added 14 Feb 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 150

The Secrets of Another -- Part 2

  II     UPON THE EDGE OF REALITY     “ The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. ”   —H. P. Lovecraft   The forecast called for heavy cloud cover, with a high chance of rain into the evening. The overall temperature slightly increased as the week went on, and averaged somewhere between forty and...

Added 06 Feb 2018 | Category Supernatural | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 169

The Secrets of Another -- Part 1

  I     FROM THE DEPTHS OF SOLITUDE       “ Social or physical barriers kindle romantic passion. They enable one to discard the facts and focus on the terrific qualities of the other. ”   —Helen Fisher   Autumn has come. The air cooled, leaves began to fall, and the people of Riverhaven try to avoid traversing the town when the sun fades below the horizon. Nights grew longer,...

Added 03 Feb 2018 | Category Romance | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 154

The Village

Why do humans feel at ease within the confines of a group? Be it our own tribal nature, reminding us that our survival depends upon the vigilance, labor, and protection of others? That the higher the populace, the more social interaction, and thus, the lower the chance of a slow and solitary drift into madness? The lower the chance of utter starvation? The lower the chance of being hunted...

Added 19 Dec 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 283 | 2 Comments

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXXI

Entry XXXIX – Could it be that every inch of our world above the vast seas is stained with the blood of the innocent? Is there but a single patch of soil pure and untouched by the aftermath of heinous cruelty? What horrific crimes purge our existence in the name of a self-indulgent just cause? It is quite ironic, if I may say the very least, of our Bishops to utilize their faith as a...

Added 08 Nov 2017 | Category Horror | Votes 4 | Avg Score 4.75 | Views 176 | 2 Comments

The Chronicles of Claudia Labelle -- Part XXX

Entry XXXVIII – At midday, all of the remaining students and faculty that had not left the Priory gathered within the Chapel, for an hour or two of song and prayer in celebration of Christmas. Miss Lindberg was among the minstrels, the only female in an ensemble of male vocalists, and, as it always had, her soprano voice reigned supreme above them all. I could not help but feel a sense...

Added 07 Nov 2017 | Category Young Adult | Votes 1 | Avg Score 5 | Views 165

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 261

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 4 | Avg Score 4 | Views 264 | 1 Comment

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