Category Archives: Short Stories

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!

Stove in abandoned lab

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

Coming Soon: ‘A Cricket in the Wall’ in mystery collection MURDER AMONG FRIENDS!

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I’m thrilled to announce that my short mystery “A Cricket in the Wall” will appear in the collection Murder Among Friends: Mysteries Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier. All proceeds will benefit the 327-year-old birthplace museum, which is a favorite educational field trip destination for students of all ages in the Haverhill, MA area.

For this collection, writers were tasked with Read the rest of this entry

New release: Read “Roots” in PERNICIOUS INVADERS

This public domain illustration is from an 1886 book called Sea and Land by J.W. Buel and depicts a person being consumed by the legendary Madagascan Man-Eating Tree.

This public domain illustration is from an 1886 book called Sea and Land by J.W. Buel. It depicts a person being consumed by the legendary Madagascan Man-Eating Tree.

My short story, “Roots” is available in the anthology Pernicious Invaders from Great Old Ones Publishing!

“Roots” is inspired by the famous legend of the Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar (read more on this here — but for a really in-depth fascinating look with lots of wonderful art, read this here), and I’m not saying more than that because it’ll ruin the story. Get your copy of Pernicious Invaders here: https://amzn.com/1539140008

Pernicious Invaders Cover

 

Short Story Sunday: Volcano

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Volcano, by Yvonne Weekes

Back in 2008, this piece of creative nonfiction blew me away: it’s a heart-rending, four-page glimpse of the devastation wrought on Montserrat by the Soufriere hills in the mid-1990s; I felt her unfathomable despair as I watched her friends leave and her world turn black.

It made such an impression on me that I when I found out, eight years later, that it was an excerpt from a full-length memoir of the same title, I bought and devoured it in one day. Still, I recalled the more succinct narrative packing more punch, so I dug it up and re-read it.

The four-pager is more intense because it’s not an exact lift; it’s some of the most powerful, grief-infused paragraphs from several pages throughout the book made into a haunting piece in its own right.

I recommend reading both.

Full Memoir: Volcano, by Yvonne Weeks: https://amzn.com/184523037X

Excerpt: Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad https://amzn.com/1580051391

Literature Without…

A decade ago (I can’t believe it’s been THAT long), I was lucky enough to do the teaching practicum required for my Goddard MFA at Gibbs College in Norwalk (thanks to my friend Chris Emmerson-Pace). I taught Comp 101, which required this book which was expensive as hell (as most college textbooks are): Literature Without Borders.

Despite the book’s cost, it was the absolute cheapest thing I’d ever seen. Pages–in sections–started falling out. By Week Four of teaching, I had to use an elastic band just to hold the pages in. By the end of the semester, there wasn’t one page attached to the binding or the cover. It might as well have been a loose stack of manuscript pages.

I’d forgotten about it, but last weekend, I was looking for another book when I discovered it in the bottom of one of my many bins of books. Apparently I was annoyed, because look what I did to it.

New release: Read “Blood on the Snow” in INK STAINS 3!

My ghost story “Blood on the Snow” is now available in Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Anthology Volume 3, published by Dark Alley Press!

Ink Stains 3 Cover

You can pick up the print edition here: http://a.co/7RWaa1Q and the Kindle edition here: http://a.co/3l03pco.

Angevine Farm 2002

Angevine Farm, 2002

“Blood on the Snow” takes place on an abandoned Christmas tree farm in rural Connecticut. I’m not going to give anything away, but here’s a link to the story’s real-world (and very much still in business!) counterpart: Angevine Farm. My family, however much it’s changed over the years, has been getting our Christmas trees there since the 1970s. I don’t have many photos from that time period, but here’s a montage of the pix I do have — notice some of the landscapes, particularly on a gray day with snow. It’s the perfect place for a ghost story.

If you love ghost stories–and stories about being haunted by the past–then Ink Stains Vol. 3 is for you! Here’s the full Table of Contents: Read the rest of this entry

INK STAINS 3 — which includes my story “Blood on the Snow” — releases next week!

Ink Stains 3 Cover

How amazing is this cover?

My short story “Blood on the Snow” will be available in Ink Stains: A Dark Fiction Literary Anthology Volume 3, published by Dark Alley Press, on Tuesday, January 24!

If you love ghost stories–and stories about being haunted by the past–then this collection is for you! Here’s the full Table of Contents: Read the rest of this entry

New Year’s Eve news: I’m guest editing an antho for Jan. 2018!

Thrilled to announce that I’ll be guest editing the January 2018 edition in the Ink Stains anthology series (and my awesome friend Tamela Ritter, author of From These Ashes, will be guest editing for April 2018!) In addition, my short story “Blood on the Snow” will be out in an upcoming Ink Stains edition in just a couple of months! What a way to kick off the year! Two editions of Ink Stains are already available. For info, go here: http://www.darkalleypress.com/inkstainsanthology/

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