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Free Friday the 13th Story–“The Beach”

She sat alone on a wide sandy beach that Friday the 13th, nothing but her chair and an umbrella to remind the world that mankind lived upon it.  There wasn’t a cloud in the great blue sky and not a bird or beast to be seen for miles.  A shadow passed over her.

THE END

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Smashwords Update

So in the first day, 60 people downloaded my free short story I posted on Smashwords.  I actually think that’s pretty good (don’t know what most people achieve.)  Hopefully they will like it and go buy my book.  Somebody even bought a copy of the short story I have up for 99 cents.  Personally I think it’s crazy to buy a short story for 99 cents, but don’t tell anybody.  Also, I have published a short story through Kindle Direct Publishing, “The Substance of Shadow.”  It was previously available on this site, but now it is over on Kindle.  It’s free for Prime members.

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Free Short Story on Smashwords

Earlier I posted a new story on Smashwords for 99 cents.  As part of my continuing experiment with this forum, now I’ve posted a free short story.  It’s The Chamber, which is also available on this site.  But hey, if you want to download it for your Kindle, check it out here.

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So I Published A Short Story on Smashwords

I’ve been toying with this idea of self-publishing something for a long time.  I’m not sure that I could ever do it with a full novel (I think I would pay somebody to format it if I did.)  The name of the short story is “Death Comes Late.”  It’s one of my personal favorites, a horror story about a particularly difficult passing that an old and somewhat faithless preacher has to oversee.  I priced it at 99 cents.  That was as low as they would let me go without going free.  I may do some free ones later.  Anyway, if you’ve got an extra buck you can afford to part with, check it out.  The link is here.  I’m really interested to hear your thoughts on the content and the technical aspects (formatting, etc).

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Read My Story, The Spaces Between Space, on the Lovecraft eZine!

My short story, “The Spaces Between Space,” is featured in this month’s issue of the Lovecraft eZine.  Not much of a reader?  Well you are in luck!  You can also download an audio version read by Chris Dead (appropriate name) complete with creepy sound effects.  Altogether, a pretty awesome publication.  Enjoy!

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My Short Story, The Spaces Between Space, To Be Featured in the Lovecraft eZine!

The next issue of the Lovecraft eZine features my short story, The Spaces Between Space.  It explores a theme that has been fascinating me lately, namely the notion that our enemy lurks not in the shadow, but rather is the shadow itself.  Combine it with “The Substance of Shadow,” and you have a good idea of the basis of my next book.  Here’s a sample of the next issue.  Enjoy.

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In The City of Lights (I try my hand at literary short stories)

So as you guys know, I write a lot of horror.  But the thing is, I like to write other types of fiction as well.  Here is my literary short story, “In The City of Lights.”  Not a single horrific moment.  Check it out, and let me know what you think.

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Read My Christmas Story “Last Year’s Eggnog” For Free!

Merry Christmas!  I’m posting my story, “Last Year’s Eggnog,” on the site for free!  This story comes from the anthology, Christmas Lites.  I am hoping that you will read my story, love it, and decide to buy the anthology so you can read the even better stories that are contained therein.  Remember, every dime goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Give yourself a gift and help others too.  Read my story here and buy the anthology here.

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90 Minutes To Live Anthology and More Music Suggestions

Hello my children, my children.  Journal Stone’s 2011 Anthology, 90 Minutes to Live, debuts on Friday.  Do I have a story included?  Yes, as a matter of fact, I do!  All proceeds from this book go to a medical fund established for the current president of the Horror Writers Association, Rocky Wood, as he battles Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Do your part in the fight against ALS and get a great book at the same time.  Here is the Amazon site, and here is the Goodreads page for the book if you are interested in checking it out.

Also, don’t forget, if you are looking for a Christmas anthology, Christmas Lites is still going strong.  Another charitable offering, all proceeds go to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Buy it here.

Now that’s enough selling for today, don’t you think?  You’re musical interludes are below.  The first explains why we build the wall.  The second is more uplifting.  A scene from a play, it’s the love story of a dragon and a fighter from Dungeons and Dragons.  Nerdy?  Nah.  Well, maybe.

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Read My Story “Last Year’s Eggnog” For Free!

I’m posting my story, “Last Year’s Eggnog,” on the site for free!  This story comes from the anthology, Christmas Lites.  I am hoping that you will read my story, love it, and decide to buy the anthology so you can read the even better stories that are contained therein.  Remember, every dime goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Give yourself a gift and help others too.  Read my story here and buy the anthology here.

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