Category Archives: Short Stories

Short Story Sunday: Partial Eclipse

Partial Eclipse by Graham Joyce

In a future devoid of creativity, a couple is about to become parents for a second time. This comment on expectations and disappointment manages to flesh out an entire world—replete with an alternate history—beautifully in its few short pages, although its real message is cleverly revealed in an ending the reader doesn’t expect.

Personally, I love this story for its corporeal rendering; there are at least two images I never forgot after having read this for the first time over a decade ago.

“Partial Eclipse” is the opening story in Joyce’s collection Partial Eclipse and Other Stories. I did not realize how lucky I was to have a signed, numbered, limited-edition copy of this book (and now I’m sorry I wrote in it, but hell, it’s what I do with every book I cherish!) until I went to find information for this post. Everywhere I looked was sold out. Amazon, it looks like, occasionally gets some second-handers: https://amzn.com/B000MVQWTA If you’re desperate, reach out to me through my Contact Page.

Summer road trip? Get TRICKS AND TREATS on audio!

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Nothing makes a road trip go faster than a good audio book…Tricks & Treats: A Collection of Spooky Tales by Connecticut Authors–which contains my short story “Crawl” and was selected as Best Anthology in Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll 2016 — is now available in audio format; you can pick it up here: http://a.co/hP5G4l5

IF YOU ARE A REVIEWER, WE HAVE CODES AVAILABLE! Please reach out to me through my Contact Page.

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With a Foreword by writer Rob Watts, Read the rest of this entry

MYSTERIES FOR THE BEACH? Get MURDER AMONG FRIENDS!

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I’m excited to announce that the collection Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier–which will contain my mystery story “A Cricket in the Wall”– is now available! You can pick it up on Amazon here: http://bit.ly/MAFCricket, and don’t forget that ALL PROCEEDS go to benefit the Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill, MA!

I’m honored to appear with some well-known writers, some old friends, and some of Greenleaf’s contemporaries. If you love mysteries, this is perfect for the beach! Here’s the Table of Contents. For bios, visit here.

Edith Maxwell (Murder in the Summer Kitchen)
John Greenleaf Whittier (The Murdered Lady)
Pete Rawlik (On the Black Ice)
Victoria Weisfeld (The Flock)
Ken Faig (The Goodwife and the Bookseller)
William Cullen Bryant (The Murdered Traveller)
David Bernard (The Death Clock)
Susan Oleksiw (Miss Larcom Meets the Neighbors)
Kristi Petersen Schoonover (Cricket in the Wall)
Gregory L. Norris (Antiques)
Lucy Larcom (The Murderer’s Request)
Rock Neelly (Cane Fishing)
Celia Thaxter (A Memorable Murder)
John Greenleaf Whittier (A Mother’s Revenge)
Judi Calhoun (Exposed for Murder)
D.G. Critchley (The Skeleton on the Ski Lift)

In case you missed it, my story “Shreds of Black” appeared in Snowbound with Zombies: Tales of the Supernatural Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, a collection of horror stories which also benefits the birthplace. You can pick that up here: http://a.co/hqRzScZ

Read “Where There’s Smoke” for free now in THE HAUNTED TRAVELER!

I’m pleased to announced that my short story “Where There’s Smoke” — inspired by the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and the fact that my brother lives just a few doors down from the original building–is now available to read for free in the May 2017 issue of The Haunted Traveler: A Roaming Anthology. You can go ahead and check out the issue here! https://www.weaselpress.com/tht4

If you like what you see, please support The Haunted Traveler by “liking” their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thehauntedtraveler/

My story “Where There’s Smoke” soon to appear in THE HAUNTED TRAVELER

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I’m not sure that the true cause of the fire was ever discovered. This is interesting — and it has a direct connection to my story even though I’ve never seen this headline before I posted this–I swear!

My short story “Where There’s Smoke” will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Haunted Traveler: A Roaming Anthology. The first half of the story takes place on the premises of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which survives today on Greene Street in New York City (my brother lives near there). There is definitely a special brand of chilling silence in that area–at least for me. In fact, here’s an interesting article about the building’s current state: https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/triangle-fire-the-building-survives/?_r=0

If you’re not familiar with the tragedy,  this Cornell University website is a good place to start: http://trianglefire.ilr.cornell.edu/story/introduction.html

The Haunted Traveler publishes twice a year. You can find out more about it here. To check out past issues: Vol. 1, Issue 2; Vol. 2 Issue 1.

INK STAINS January 2018 issue update, call for subs: April, 2017

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The last couple of months have been busy on the Ink Stains January 2018 issue. It hasn’t been easy finding pieces that ring my bell for this anthology–I’m looking for that specific something that’s intangible, really; pieces that are making a specific statement about decay that isn’t the same statement that any of the already accepted pieces have made. So far, though, I’ve been lucky! Since the last update, contracts have been signed to publish:

“The Depths,” by Elizabeth Allen

“Stikini,” by Travis D. Roberson

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MURDER AMONG FRIENDS release date announced!

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I’m excited to announce that the collection Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier–which will contain my mystery story “A Cricket in the Wall”–now has a release date of April 25, 2017.

 

I’m honored to appear with some well-known writers, some old friends, and some of Greenleaf’s contemporaries. If you love mysteries, add this to your shelf! Here’s the Table of Contents. For bios, visit here.

Edith Maxwell (Murder in the Summer Kitchen)
John Greenleaf Whittier (The Murdered Lady)
Pete Rawlik (On the Black Ice)
Victoria Weisfeld (The Flock)
Ken Faig (The Goodwife and the Bookseller)
William Cullen Bryant (The Murdered Traveller)
David Bernard (The Death Clock)
Susan Oleksiw (Miss Larcom Meets the Neighbors)
Kristi Petersen Schoonover (Cricket in the Wall)
Gregory L. Norris (Antiques)
Lucy Larcom (The Murderer’s Request)
Rock Neelly (Cane Fishing)
Celia Thaxter (A Memorable Murder)
John Greenleaf Whittier (A Mother’s Revenge)
Judi Calhoun (Exposed for Murder)
D.G. Critchley (The Skeleton on the Ski Lift)

In case you missed it, my story “Shreds of Black” appeared in Snowbound with Zombies: Tales of the Supernatural Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, a collection of horror stories which also benefits the birthplace. You can pick that up here: http://a.co/hqRzScZ

Here’s a little spooky story I found…

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Just in time for the Ides of March, here’s a little real-life spooky tale I found by Howard Mittelmark, author of Age of Consent (definitely get this novel if you like ghost stories!) and How Not to Write a Novel.

I get a charge out of these real-life shorts; I think each of us has probably had something inexplicable happen to us. Stuff like this is where ghost stories come from.

Read “A Scary Halloween Story” here: https://theawl.com/a-scary-halloween-story-a0cd9034855#.xktehhcee

INK STAINS January 2018 issue shaping up!

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A disintegrating stove in an abandoned Geology lab in Massachusetts in 2010.

I’m happy to announce that the Table of Contents for the anthology I’m guest editing—Ink Stains January 2018—is coming together nicely!

Before exploring the submissions box, I acquired two stories by dear friends that I’d read years ago and never forgotten (both pieces were not intended for publication; they were part of theses, so fortunately for me the rights were still available!). One more—a poem, actually, which will serve as the preface—came along by default, and I have feelers out for another piece, but I won’t know if that’s going to come through for a few weeks, probably. I’ll talk about these in another post.

For now, I’d like to announce that contracts have been signed to publish Read the rest of this entry

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