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By Sean Minster

What Goes Unseen

& Other Tales From Afar

Short Stories

What lurks in the liminal spaces between the known and the unknown? From everyday to ethereal, the seven stories of What Goes Unseen & Other Tales From Afar peer into the cracks of life. Debut author Sean Minster captures the fear, fun, mystery and murder of campfire tall tales mixed with the intelligence, angst, and nostalgia of his unique perspective and ever-curious mind.


Sean Minster

Sean Minster was born and raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up within the Irish-American community participating in hurling, Irish dancing, baking soda bread and scones, and volunteering for the Milwaukee Irish Fest. Celtic folktales and story-telling styles strongly influenced young Sean, as did the hundreds of adventure books he read as a child. They were as much an escape from the bitter cold winters as they were a promise of adulthood adventures, but only if one chose to pursue such a life. He was fascinated by the story of humanity, aka history. And the way things worked or what you needed to do to make something work, aka science. Above all he was drawn to the practice of survival, which breeches not only the human condition but the living condition and is, in the author’s opinion—the purest path to education, experience, and existence.

Readings from What Goes Unseen

Reading the Short Story
 The Great Hodag Hunt

Reading the Short Story
 The Girl In The Mountain


 By Rosie Minster

Long Black Veil

The Great Hodag Hunt

What Goes Unseen

The Boogeyman


In its absorbing passion for the weird and weirded out, What Goes Unseen is an entertaining short story collection… Fantastical elements abound.


From the first few words… Sean Minster transports the reader to a Poe-esque time and place… The beckoning language and pace keep things moving toward a bleak, yet satisfying, resolution. I thoroughly enjoyed Sean Minster’s creation…

Mark Negrete
Author and Filmmaker


A thoughtful immersion into the unknown. Minster doesn’t hold back as he guides you through endless marsh, woodlands, and brutal coastline in this collection.

Jason Demers
—Outfitter and Culinary Artist


Pull back the veil and discover what lies beneath. Sean Minster will transport you to worlds you never imagined… but he did. From childhood adventures to journeys through the cosmos, What Goes Unseen will raise your heart rate and tickle your senses with surprise, adventure, and wonder.

Michael Dvorak
—Educator and Adventurer

Sean's Writing Blog

Seeing the Unseen

The Making of an Author

I don’t think I shall ever see a tree as pretty as a bumble bee.– William Shakespeare” Grandpa Bigley I heard that saying a lot as a kid whenever my grandpa was feeling whimsical or faux-philosophical. I heard it so often it’s stuck with me to this day. It never...

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An Author’s Point of View on What Goes Unseen

What Goes Unseen and Other Tales from Afar is a collection of seven unique, fictional stories plus a bonus story. I tried to depict a range of settings, genres, writing styles, and moods from one tale to the next. They journey from bandit-filled taverns to enchanted...

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