My Published Stories at “Theme of Absence”

I’ve been devoting the vast majority of my fiction writing lately to my own blog, but I do have two of my stories published elsewhere. They don’t appear on my blog because one of the conditions of publication was that they be totally unique works.

Both of them are at Theme of Absence.

The first story, The Anything Box was published last September, and tells the tale of a lonely teenage girl’s encounter with a strange object and how it connects her to her deceased Father.

The second story is called The Stalker, and it portrays another teenage girl’s meeting with something incredibly horrible while hiking in the woods. I had originally written it for a Halloween contest (I lost), but it ended up being published in general stories.

I haven’t mentioned them in a while, so I thought I’d dust them off and present them again. Each story is just under 1,000 words so they’re pretty fast reads.

If you have a moment or two, click the links, read my stories, and let me know what you think.


5 thoughts on “My Published Stories at “Theme of Absence”

  1. The Anything Box was charming…such a nice surprise to have the box jumped into at the last moment. An unspoken invitation accepted immediately, and with glad enthusiasm by the young woman is perfectly understandable. How many of us would not gladly join her in her impulsive transition to eternity?

    The Stalker…interesting to have a sentient Ebola Virus that amplifies sensation and emotion for itself, but along the way gives a strange present to the victim that they could never understand is only an after effect of the Stalker’s self-absorption. All illnesses that we experience from infection are hosted by us to an extent, and some more tolerantly than others by us…I cannot help but be grateful that to our knowledge they aren’t particularly against us…just using us as they were designed to do.


  2. Awesome stuff, I liked the stalker more because the story gripped me from the start and kept my attention to the end. It was simple horror and relate-able. The kind of story that sends a chill down the spine. I struggled a bit with the anything box, I think it has a lot of potential but there is something missing for me. Maybe I would have expounded a bit on the anything box make it a bit more mysterious and the ending I felt was rushed. The suspense build up did not reach its peak. It’s still very good writing 🙂


    • To be fair, each story has to be under 1000 words, so yes, “The Anything Box” was probably rushed. I struggled with “The Stalker” because of it’s horror and sexual themes (I’m really kind of shy), but I’m glad it worked out.

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      • hahahaha I should rewrite it and make it downright nasty then email it to you. But seriously, It was really well done. I don’t remember the last time I saw the word carnal in writing.


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