Bats in the Belfry…

Various, seemingly unconnected ideas swirling madly, like bats in flight during a full moon…

That’s how story ideas begin. Those random thoughts and ideas begin to grow, to take shape, finally coalescing, connecting the dots on their own.

The trick is to capture them, get them down on paper as quickly as you can. The finessing and fine tuning come later, once the capture is complete.

I’m at that early stage right now. A very old blues song by a very old bluesman, a date carved in Roman numerals, odd sounds and random voices inside a set of headphones, all these things spiraling, waiting for the glue to connect them.

It’ll come, when it’s ready to, as they always do. The frustration is the waiting. Much like waiting for answers on submissions, the waiting is the most difficult part, because it’s out of your hands.

Sometimes, they pop all at once, as happened with the newest one, “Just a little Bloob”. That one may or may not ever see the light of day on the printed page, as it’s dark humor at its darkest. We’ll see…

Thank you, and Welcome!

A word of thanks and welcome to those folks who have chosen to follow this blog…I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

I have three short stories slated for publication in the upcoming months:

1.) “Bequeath”, appearing in the debut issue of Hinnom Magazine from Gehenna & Hinnom publishers

2.) “Shower Time”, appearing in Patrick Reuman’s anthology titled THE EDGE : INFINITE DARKNESS

3.) “Ear Wax”, appearing in “Year’s Best Body Horror Anthology 2017”, also from Gehenna & Hinnom publishers

In addition, I have a number of stories in submission right now, awaiting decisions from the publishers, so this list will hopefully expand soon.

I’ve just completed my first novella, consisting of three parts, and look forward to seeing that published when it finds its publishing home (discussions are underway).

I’ll keep this blog up to date with new work and with new release info. As you’ll see looking through previous posts, there’s a lot of “thinking out loud” there, which offers insight into the stories as they’ve developed. I don’t foresee that changing much, as I’ve always liked watching the progress of works I’m interested in.

So, welcome aboard, and thank you for your interest. I’ll try my best to make time spent here worthwhile.

Trilogy…

First, there was “Bogeyman”…

Then, there was “Marion’s Rest”…

And now, work is complete on the final leg of the Carson’s Mill trilogy…

“Spirit of the Dead”…closing the circle

Debut…

I was thrilled to receive an email tonight, telling me my new short story, “Bequeath”, has been accepted for the debut issue of Hinnom Magazine, from C.P. Dunphy and Gehenna & Hinnom Publishers!

My flash piece, “Ear Wax” is going into the “Year’s Best Body Horror Anthology 2017”, also from Gehenna & Hinnom, due out this fall.

Forming a good working relationship with these fine folks, looking forward to the future.

A boy and his dog…

A little boy sits crying, his dog caught somewhere. A good Samaritan, just passing by, offers to help him rescue his dog.

A rather tasty good Samaritan, as it turns out…

Things are not always what they seem to be, especially in Carson’s Mill…

Timmy and Lassie are not part of this short tale, although they do get a mention along the way.

Coming Soon…

One of Two coming out this fall…

“Shower Time” will appear in Patrick Reuman’s anthology of horror, a tale about switching places with the most notorious ghoul in American history, the inspiration for Norman Bates, among others…

Blind Terror…

You wake in a strange place, a cold, damp place.

You cannot see. Have you gone blind, or is this place so completely, perfectly dark that no light at all makes its way in?

Without sight, you try to find your way, to create a mental image of where you are, and more importantly, the way out, feeling the cold stone, sniffing the air, listening for something beyond the sound of your own breathing.

That other sense, not one of the usual five, the primal sense deep inside suddenly alerts you…

You’re not alone.

“Blind Terror”…coming soon.

Sleep well…

Pause and reflect…

Wow. It’s been a burst of activity, between the writing, the editing, networking, finding markets and submitting stories, then tracking those submissions, updating the website, adding blog posts here along the way…

Busy times, good times.

Learning more every day, the writing getting stronger with each new effort, good stuff.

What’s been lacking, though, is simply reading for pleasure, so that’s next on the agenda. Jot down ideas as they come, save them in the strongbox for use later on, wait to hear back from the submissions, and just put up my feet and read a book or three.

Or, maybe just this one…