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50 gorgeous pictures with 50 amazing quotes from poetry, rock music, classic literature, and beyond.

Tales by Anthony Trendl

Fantastic Stories

On Sale: The Raging Giant Blue Goldfish

Tree Fort Books is for readers. These are tales you buy to read on the train, in a park, or, well, in a tree fort.

Curled away in a corner today will be countless readers lost in a book of short stories. Adventures, silliness, and amazing tales bring us to new places. Join me as I tell a few whoppers.

Steal away to your favorite book nook, whether it is a tree fort, your library, or your couch, and smile a little more.

Slowly, the goldfish became a lively blue. That had something to do with absorbing the light from the sky. Its bowl was near a window and, thanks to its irradiated flakes, the fish could now soak up light. When sunset began, the fish absorbed parts of that as well. All those oranges and reds, and pretty much another color which painted the sky, became part of Po’s bioluminescent nature.

-from The Raging Giant Blue Goldfish: 22 Short Stories

Silly tales for the slightly older child. Easy and quick to read aloud with the occasional tongue-twister, my tales are the sort of stories you heard as a child. Like Richard Chase’s Jack Tales, each is more outlandish than the next. With rich rhythms and delicious vocabulary, enjoy well-told stories in your favorite tree fort.

New: Death, Misery, & Other Curiosities: 12 Dark Short Stories Filled With Angst and Tragedy

Death. Loneliness. Fear. Failure. Sin. Pretense. Arrogance. Doubt. Find all those here. Tales looking at executions, suicide, murder, and other manners of demise. Stories resounding in brokenness and despair, each grabbing for the unreachable.

Sample from This Is the House

This is the house where I will die.
This is the house where I will lie.
This is the house where I will stay.
May they all be merry in the morning.


You know how it goes. That old poem. Maybe your mama sang it to you. Or your daddy did when he came home drunk, right after he beat you and right before he collapsed asleep on the living room couch.


Those verses just hang with you, showing up at the strangest times, like when you’re in church receiving communion, or at a party when you should be singing, “Happy Birthday.” Maybe it isn’t this poem. Maybe you’ve got a different one. An old pop song— “Yesterday” by the Beatles or “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.


I wish. I’ve got the awful one about the house. This one is mine, and it crept in this time when it is true. It’s like a mosquito in the middle of the night in winter. It makes no sense but you can’t escape. I’d rather the Stevie tune.

Young boy inventor of the most horrible ice cream

Fun Tales

Animals stuck inside a house trying to escape
A boy who would rather dream than have adventures
The inventor of the most horrible ice cream
A baseball game that goes much differently than expected
A kid name Pepper Jack creates wind

A man is trapped inside an old farmhouse without food or water

Macabre Tales

A man faces execution and receives an unbelievable offer
Two dead men tour a cemetery
A man is trapped inside a house without food or water
A town leader is memorialized as a statue, and is sentient
A father thinks his young daughter is dead, but can’t face the truth


Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.

- Dr. Seuss


No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning


A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

- C. S. Lewis

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