Category Archives: Short Stories

One-Thousand, Eight Degrees

phobiasI’ve told the story of the night my arm was nearly amputated in a car wreck on a horrific autumn night in 1988 many times. I was encouraged by a few people to write the story down for others to learn from. About the same time I received this encouragement, there was an open call for Phobias: A Collection of True Stories. As fate declared that I must travel through a vast majority of my life with emotional, physical, and mental scars from that night, fate seemed to want me to share my story with others.

Well… that story is finally out in print. If you’re interested in what happened to me on that night, what it’s done to my body, mind, and soul, and how I’ve been dealing with it for the past 25+ years, you can check out the anthology. My story is entitled One-Thousand, Eighty Degrees, and can be found under my name. There are other stories about phobias and how the authors deal with them. It’s not a self-help guide by any means, but if you have a serious phobia, reading about how others came to theirs and what they do with them might help you get through the day with a little more security or solace.

I hope you check out the book!


An Uncommon Collection is Available!

What a great day for the CSFWG! After almost two years of work, sweat, tears, and maybe a little blood, we’ve finally managed to publish an anthology! You can now find “An Uncommon Collection” on Amazon in paperback and ebook versions! Inside, you’ll find fifteen fantastic stories! Here’s what the table of contents looks like:

If Wishes Were Horses by Hollie Snider.An Uncommon Collection Full Cover
Pinwheel by Melissa R. Kary.
Mutiny in the Marketplace by Todd A. Walls.
Shards of Reality by Sangita Kalarickal.
Accidental Opportunity by Kari J. Wolfe.
A Dragon’s Tome by A.M. Burns.
For Hates Sake by Larry J. Cope.
Charisma by Patrick Hester.
A Poor Fellow Soldier  by J.T. Evans.
Thief of Dreams by Frances Burke.
Jack English, M.D., Dragonslayer by Richard E. Collette.
Scales by Amity Green.
A Page Lost by Nicole Godfrey.
The Truth by Ben Roc.
The Door, the Lock, the Key by R. Michael Burns.

If you’re interested in my story about the Templars coming back into existence in the near future, check out “A Poor Fellow Solider.” It’s nestled in the book between a great story by Patrick Hester and a heartwarming tale by Frances Burke.


Carnival of the Damned

Hey everyone,

I wanted to let you know that my story, “The Carnival’s Children” was just accepted into Evil Jester Press‘s anthology entitled, “Carnival of the Damned.” It is being edited by Henry Snider and David C. Hayes.

I’ve had one other story accepted by Static Movement, but that was a non-paying gig. This anthology is a paying bit of work, so I guess that means I can now officially call myself an “author.” Right? I hope so. Maybe I have to wait until the book actually comes out. Dunno. Either way, I’m claiming that title and am going to run with it.

Here’s to many more good returns and incredibly high sales of Carnival of the Damned.

PS: Many of you may be used to seeing my dark fantasy works floating about the critique group. This particular work is a gruesome bit about flesh-eating, disease-ridden people afflicted with C.L.O.W.N.S. that are roaming an abandoned carnival while our heroes of the story are in search of a little girl they want to rescue. Want to know more? I hope so. You’ll just have to wait and read the story when the anthology comes out. What’s the publication date? Not entirely sure. Le sigh.


Trifecta of Rejections

A few days ago I received a rejection notice (and one of the better ones!) from PseudoPod. I had submitted ZOMBIE C.L.O.W.N.S. to them and their very nice letter said the story was too humorous for their market, and the letter used the plural words “we” and “us.” This meant I made it past the slush pile and was, most likely, given serious consideration. I’m very pleased to have advanced even that far, and I hope to find new markets for the humorous/horror short story in the near future.

Why is this a trifecta? Well, this marks the third rejection from Escape Artists, Inc. My first rejection from them was for AUTOPULSE from EscapePod. The second rejection came for WHISPERING THROUGH THE VEIL from PodCastle (which was subsequently published in Static Movement a month later.) The third rejection of the trifecta is the one that I’m talking about from PseudoPod. I love the work that Stephen Eley started with EscapePod and that continues on with PseudoPod and PodCastle, and I still hope to someday join the ranks of a writer that has his work appear on one of those fine venues.

If you’re not sure what’s up with Escape Artists, then I’ll give you the quick blurb. They are one of the premier markets for free short fiction (though they do pay their authors via donations from the general public.) EscapePod handles the science fiction market. PseudoPod is the horror arena, and PodCastle, the newest of the three, takes care of the fantasy genre. If you’re interested in some of the best stories in the world in any of these three genres, I strongly urge you to follow the links above and check them out. I’ve been listening to them all (from episode #1) for a little over a year now. I’m completely caught up with PodCastle and PseudoPod, and I’m a little under a year behind on EscapePod because it had the longest lead on me than the other two. I can’t wait to catch up to the current-day stories to see how the future has changed.


Published for the First Time

It’s with great pleasure that I’m announcing my first publication. So you don’t have to wait, here is the link: WHISPERING THROUGH THE VEIL on Static Movement.

I’m so very happy right now. I finally get to see my name up in “bright lights” and I can’t wait to see what happens next with my writing career. Things are looking up, and it’s going to be a very exciting ride.

Many thanks to all of the fine members of the Colorado Springs Fiction Writer’s Group that have helped push my skills into the state where the publisher of Static Movement thought my story was good enough to grace their pages.


Acceptance Email

I just received an acceptance email for publication of WHISPERING THROUGH THE VEIL from Static Movement. This is the first for me. I feel fortunate that it only took four rejection letters to get my first acceptance.

Static Movement (located at http://www.staticmovement.com/) is a web-based e-zine which publishes work from a variety of genres, including my specialty of Fantasy.

I can’t wait to see my name “in print” in the July issue of Static Movement.

When the story gets posted, I’ll make sure and link to it for the world to see!