Fall into Fantasy 2019 Anthology
I’m thrilled to announced that this fantasy love and horror story will is available on Amazon now!
I crafted a much different version of this story in response to a “Song Lyric Sunday” writing challenge almost two years ago for Marquessa Matthews. She has long since moved on to other endeavors, but I do have to thank her for making “Demon” go from my imagination, to a very simple concept, to finally a complex and published story.
This tale also has the distinction of having been rejected twice before, which means that for many stories, it’s more a matter of finding the right home for them, than whether you must receive rejection as meaning what you wrote is universally unacceptable.
Tales of the Southwest
My short story “The Strangers” for the anthology Tales of the Southwest is pretty unusual. I wrote it for a completely different submissions call that wanted an “aliens vs. cowboys” encounter in the old west. They rejected it, but a chance encounter on Facebook led me to John Green and a completely different call for a book he was publishing at this indie outlet. If you want to read both classic and otherworldly western tales, the anthology can be found at Lulu.com.
In 1887, the small mining town of Cedar City, Utah experienced an extraordinary event, a strange object from space crashing in the nearby foothills. What happened next would not only change the lives of every single inhabitant, but would send ripples forward in time for half a century and beyond.
The Toilet Zone
My short story “Retired” can be found in the Hellbound Books horror anthology The Toilet Zone. In this case, the title refers to the average amount of time a person sits on the “facility” while reading something. The 32 stories for the anthology had to be just that long.
What would happen if you woke up one morning with two sets of memories, one belonging to you, and the other from the brain of a serial killer? That’s the premise of my tale.
Go to Amazon to purchase the book, and please write a review.
Impossible Hope Anthology
The Superversive Press anthology “Impossible Hope” is now available, but not at Amazon or any other well-known retailer.
28-year-old Bonnie Oliver was diagnosed with Complex Chiari Malformation, Craniocervical and Atlanto-axial Instability and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome type three in 2018. It has been a long and wearisome road to these answers, and her family has watched her health decline for over a decade, with a marked downturn over the past six years. She can’t leave her home without help from a walker and preferably one or two helping hands, and even with that level of support she cannot be out for long.
In order to help Bonnie and raise funds for research into these terrible disorder, A.M. Freeman organized the “Impossible Hope” project. She asked any author who was willing to donate a short story to the anthology which would be sold to raise such funds. That’s why you can’t find this book on Amazon or Barnes and Nobel. You can only get it by donating on Bonnie’s GoFundMe. Donate to help us reach the goal of $110,000 for her surgery, and then download a digital copy of the book. Couldn’t be simpler.
I’m actually pretty honored. My first introduction to the idea that it might actually be possible to be published was through Superversive Press (though this is the first of their books in which a story of mine is featured). Now I finally get to share a table of contents with my teacher L. Jagi Lamplighter and her husband John C. Wright. Others with whom I’m acquainted who have donated of their talents are Dave Higgins, Frank B. Luke, Ben Wheeler, Denton Salle, and particularly Sam M. Phillips from Zombie Pirate Publishing (one of the two indie publishers which first published one of my works).
Click the link, donate, download the book, read it, including my short story “The Switchman’s Lantern,” and don’t forget to write a review on your blog or social media. It’s for a worthy and human cause.
Spring Into SciFi 2019
The Cloaked Press science fiction anthology Spring Into SciFi 2019 is now available on Amazon. It features my short story “The Recall” and the foreword to the book is by SciFi author Ian Hugh McAllister. Be the first on your block to get a copy, and don’t forget to write an Amazon review.
In 1977 a strange radio signal from space gives the strongest indication humanity has ever had that there is intelligent life beyond the Earth, but it lasted only 72 seconds and has never been repeated…until now.
Flash Fiction Addiction
My flash fiction piece “Growing Flowers” is the “Flash Fiction Addiction” anthology from Zombie Pirate Publishing. They received nearly 300 submissions and accepted exactly 101, including mine.
Unlike my two previous stories, this one was inspired by a “writing challenge” on Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. As I recall, the fine folks there posted a collage and I used the images and the quote as the inspiration to craft an earlier version of “Flowers.” When I submit a story for publication that has appeared on my blog, I revise it, sometimes drastically, and remove the blog post with the original story. The latter is because publishers typically ask for six months exclusive use of the story before it appears elsewhere. So what you’ll read when FFA comes out won’t be quite what I had first crafted lo those many months ago.
It is available on Amazon now.
1929: A Zimbell House Anthology
Sixteen-year-old Timothy Quinn grew up in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, working as a “printer’s devil,” an apprentice in a newspaper print shop since age twelve. One day, the teen and would-be boxer starts hearing strange news announcements on the radio that seem to come from the future. Then he learns that in the next seven weeks, a ten-year-old girl will be kidnapped and murdered by a notorious serial killer. No one believes his wild tale, so he sets out to confront the killer himself, but will he succeed in saving the life of an innocent child only to sacrifice his own?
A modern fantasy anthology from Pixie Forest Publishing featuring thirteen fantasy-related tales set in the modern world includes my short story “The Dragon’s Family.”
Aging retiree James Monroe finds a small, injured dragon in a vacant field behind his house, and taking the creature home, discovers that the grief and loss he, his son, and grandchildren are suffering from is mirrored in the existence of the mythical being. Together they learn how to demonstrate great sacrifice, healing, and love, but only after confronting a monstrous evil.
World War Four
This science fiction anthology from Zombie Pirate Publishing features twenty post-apocalyptic tales set in a world that has survived World War Three but that now faces the unimaginable; a fourth world war, has accepted my short story “Joey.”
Ten years after the end of the third world war, on an Earth recovering from nuclear winter, an alien species invades and wipes out all but a handful of the human race. A man and his young grandson make a hazardous journey though the Northwest wilderness, running from hunter machines and hoping to join the remaining resistance fighters, but sixty-year-old Andy Hanson has a terrible secret.
“World War Four,” edited by Adam Bennett and Sam M. Phillips, and features the exclusive novelette “Monitor Logan” written by internationally bestselling SciFi writer Neal Asher.
A Mighty Fortress: Mormon Steampunk
My short story “The Deseret War” has been accepted by Immortal Works publishing for their anthology “A Mighty Fortress: Mormon Steampunk”. This is the fourth volume in this annually released series of tales merging the themes of the LDS church and steampunk. I don’t have any images or direct links yet, but will post them when they become available. Here’s a short summary of my tale:
Once Stephen Isaac Eddington converted to Mormonism in his native London and realized the severe persecution the Church was enduring in the United States, he knew he had to use his unique skills to help defend the faith. But to do that, he would have to steal an incredible invention devised by his scientist mentor who had recently perished, and the greedy and corrupt tycoon who had financed the venture. Eddington and his ill-gotten technology arrived in Utah well ahead of the U.S. Army troops who the President commissioned to remove Brigham Young from power and establish a new Governor over the Utah territory. Now, instead of the Church being a mere pawn at the hands of the government, he provided them with mighty weapons that would not only protect the Church, but establish a brand new nation. However, even Eddington couldn’t anticipate the heavy consequences of his actions.
“A Mighty Fortress” will be available sometime in February 2020.
Dark Drabbles #5: “Unravel”
My “drabble” or exactly 100 word short tale “Death Visits Mexico” was just accepted for publication by Black Hare Press. The theme for the “Unravel” anthology was dark, criminal mysteries, and so I took a tale I’d crafted a few years back and re-edited it to meet the publishing requirements. It’s historical fiction set in 1947 where Jewish private detective Moshe Katz is about to deliver justice to a war criminal in a particularly dramatic way. Look for the print and digital copies on or about October 25, 2019. Here’s more and more.