"And you couldn't explain that to your mother and father, who were creatures of the light. No more than you could explain to them how, at the age of three, the spare blanket at the foot of the crib turned into a collection of snakes that lay staring at you with flat and lidless eyes. No … Continue reading Found my old copy of ‘Salem’s Lot….
My recent review of yet another spook-tacular Jan novel can be found here: http://kendallreviews.com/book-reviews-house-of-skin-jonathan-janz/
CHAPTER 7 Stanley almost got caught in a lie. After breakfast, he followed his wife into the kitchen. She placed the plates into the sink, turning on the hot water. He kissed her forehead and flashed his most innocent smile. "You meeting up with the boys?" she asked. "Yeah," he said. "A few of us … Continue reading THE FERAL EFFECT (excerpt, novel WIP)
I do not have to pull back the curtains to know that they are watching me. The house has towered above the small inlet of Thorne’s Bay for over one hundred and thirty years. Three stories tall and five times as wide, it stands as a reminder to the citizens below of our family’s wealth … Continue reading WITHIN THESE WALLS (short story excerpt)
(I wrote this last October, trying to capture the essence of Halloween goodness and childhood enjoyment- before turning up the creepy factor in the end.) The majority of the trick or treaters had already abandoned the streets, divvying up their spoils of war and sorting their favorites into piles in the safety of their … Continue reading PUMPKIN (short story excerpt)
(I originally posted to Twitter, but wanted to give this a proper full-length post) Happy to announce that later this year, I will be published in an upcoming anthology, courtesy of Flame Tree Publishing. It will be AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 15TH. http://blog.flametreepublishing.com/fantasy-gothic/gothic-fantasy-successful-submissions-detective-mysteries-and-epic-fantasy?fbclid=IwAR3UwJPy5_oZ0jAuLUulA1dizpadqlk79zb1Yxih0_Yrj6g81ULPEWnSpbI A part of their wonderful Gothic Fantasy series of collections, this is an anthology of EPIC FANTASY. It is … Continue reading FAITH IN THE FLAME (and my writing, too)
The first game was called “KNOCK”. Originally, it had been her father’s game. He had created it as a way to pass the time while her mother was in the shower one morning. Elisa would stand on one side of her closed bedroom door, with him on the other. They would take turns knocking. The … Continue reading ELISA’S GAMES (short story excerpt)
Kathy did not need to open her eyes to know that she was in trouble. A sharp pain emanated from the left side of her jaw, just below the eye. A dull, throbbing pulse ebbed there, crawling across her forehead as she opened her mouth. That proved to make matters worse. It felt as though … Continue reading “LET FREEDOM STING” (short story excerpt)