The Aphorisms of Kherishdar

The Aphorisms of Kherishdar is a short fiction project by M.C.A. Hogarth, consisting of 25 stories of 500 words or less about an alien culture, the Ai-Naidar of Kherishdar. Each one illuminates some facet of their society, beginning with a specific word from their language. The Ai-Naidar call stories of this length and type fil ekain, or "incense stories," since, as a small stick of incense can perfume an entire house, these stories are short but linger.

This project was funded by reader donations. Each donation of $15 sponsored a new short, which is posted on the haikujaguar livejournal and archived here. A chapbook of all 25 incense stories will be offered for sale once the full run of stories has been sponsored and posted.

You may choose to join the list of patrons, or you are welcome to enjoy the incense stories that other people have made available with their donations. If you prefer to read on Livejournal, each incense story is tagged under the aphorisms of kherishdar for easy browsing. You may also wish to browse the author's information on the Ai-Naidar, or search the author's illustrations of the Ai-Naidar on Stardancer.Org.

You may contact the author at mcah AT, or join other readers and the author in discussing each short using the link at the bottom of each story page.

Thank you for reading!

© 2007, M. C. A. Hogarth