New Free Story Posted To (Hopefully) Help With Your Election Day Anxiety

Posted in News on November 3rd, 2020 by Bill – Be the first to comment

Well, it’s Election Day here in the U.S. of A., and if you’re anything like me your brain is completely scattered, your nerves are roiling, and you can’t sit still. I’ve been aimlessly wandering around, checking social media and just feeling unbearably anxious. I picked up a book (the absolutely fabulous BLACKTOP WASTELAND by S.A. Cosby), and it really did help me to relax a bit

In that spirit, I’m dusting off a beloved old chestnut, “The Lost Collection,” and posting it here, on the Free Story page. It’s the rollicking, feel-good tale of two little boys and their respective serial killer doll collections. I can’t promise it will make you feel better or take your mind off the time between now and when we will know more about the results, but if it helps even one person have a few enjoyable moments, then right on.

It’s a little late in the game, but, for goodness’ sake, if you have not voted yet:  PLEASE VOTE.

Bill B. 

Free Story for Halloween Season 2018

Posted in Blog, News on October 10th, 2018 by Bill – Be the first to comment

So here’s a real chestnut. A rarely-seen story that I wrote an early draft of in college, when the title was, I believe, “A Dog’s Life.” It was revised and published as “The Poodle Next Door” in the 1999 anthology Tails from the Pet Shop, edited by Tina Jens for Twilight Tales.

If I was a rock band, this would definitely be a rarity B-side from “the early years.”

You can read the story here.


Happy Halloween.


Bill B.


Free Story for Halloween Season

Posted in Blog, News on October 18th, 2017 by Bill – Be the first to comment

It’s the scary season, so enjoy this Free Story, “It Ain’t Much to Brag About, but It’s All Mine.” A pretty much straightforward horror story about a girl and her pet monster, it was (heavily) inspired by watching the Night Gallery episode “Brenda” when I was a little kid (Which, itself, was an adaptation of a Margaret St. Clair short story by the same name). Also, I shamelessly swiped something from my favorite T.E.D. Klein novella, “Petey,” (in Dark Gods) to use for dramatic effect at a break.

At a whopping 9,000 words(!), it’s a longer read, but I think, in this case, the extra details from the highly suspect perspective of the little girl add much of the fun.  Originally published in the great anthology Book of Dead Things, this story was reprinted in How to Die Well.

Happy Halloween.

Bill B.

New Free Story Posted for Your 2017 Reading Enjoyment

Posted in Blog, News on January 2nd, 2017 by Bill – Be the first to comment

It’s a brand new year, so time for a brand new free story. This is a longer one, written specifically for How to Die Well. I’d like to think of it as a little bit sad, a little bit hopeful–sort of like the way to perhaps approach 2017.

It’s not the end of the world until it is.


Bill B.

Yet Another Beloved Chestnut Posted For Your Free Reading Pleasure

Posted in Blog, News on September 1st, 2016 by Bill – Be the first to comment

The calendar turns to September and autumn is in the air.  This also seems like a good time to update the “Free Story” section of this website.  We have decided to reach WAY back in the archives for a story I wrote while an undergrad in college, way back when dinosaurs still ruled the earth.  It’s called “The Wishing Rock,” and if anything, it proves that, back then,  I was much better at succinct titles that pretty much sum up the entire story.

“The Wishing Rock” plus 20 other fun and exciting stories are available in How to Die Well.

In case you missed it, you can read the story for free by clicking here.

As always, more to come.


Bill B.



New Free Story Posted for Your Summertime Reading Pleasure

Posted in Blog, News on June 2nd, 2016 by Bill – Be the first to comment

It would not be summer without a nice free story magically appearing here.

This one is called “The Lost Collection,” and is a happy tale about young boys and the dolls they love very, very much.

Hope y’all have a wonderful summer.


Bill B.

New Free Story Up on the Curious Stories Site!

Posted in Blog, News on January 21st, 2016 by Bill – Be the first to comment

Maybe it was being forced to watch that motherfucking, traumatizing The Red Balloon movie when I was in elementary school, or maybe it was watching the helium-filled balloons my parents got me slowly lose altitude and then shrivel and die until they looked like something out of Lifeforce (and not Mathilda May), but I never really cared for balloons. Sure, I liked filling them up with water and chucking them at friends, enemies, and anonymous cars driving through our neighborhood, but they were never a big source of joy.

So, eventually, I got around to writing a story about balloons. It was originally published in How to Die Well, but now you can read it for free on the site right here.

More later.

Bill B.

New “Free Story” Posted for Your Summer Reading Enjoyment

Posted in Blog, News on July 1st, 2015 by Bill – Be the first to comment

It has been an eventful last few months, but nothing stops the diligent workers at from delivering the occasional “free story.” This one is a perfect fit for summer fun, so we are running it again. Please enjoy, compliments of the management, “Highsmith Beach,” which you can find either by clicking on the “Free Story” tab, or by following this link.  The story was first published in the collection How to Die Well.

Hope you all are having a wonderful summer.


Bill B.


New Free Story Up at Curious Stories HQ

Posted in Blog, News on February 21st, 2015 by Bill – Be the first to comment

Doing my part to help folks combat the seemingly endless winter that is sweeping most of the US of A, I made a rare visit to the long-slumbering Curious Stories site, and dropped in a “new” free story that hopefully will help all the humans trapped inside kill a few moments of cabin fever.

“New” is in quotes because this story was written a very long time ago (so long ago, it was composed on an IBM Selectric typewriter).  The reason I am giving that information out is that a large part of this story involves mocking (then) current advertising slogans, jingles and other consumer-targeted nonsense. For people who do not recall those, or never experienced them in the first place, the story may seem even more incoherent than usual from me.

Similarly, the painful wincing at the prose of a much younger and self-righteously earnest me strongly suggested that I revise this story to at least minimize personal embarrassment. However, I have elected to let it appear in all the story’s original glory, figuring it is of more interest as a snapshot of a different time. (Oat bran muffins, anyone?) Besides, it is, after all a FREE story, and–as we all know–free stories, like free advice, are typically worth exactly what one paid for them.

Anyway, with that caveat, onward. You can get to the story by clicking the “Free Story” tab above, or by just clicking here to open a new window.

Stay warm,


Bill B.






Happy, Happy Halloween! New Free Story Up For Your Reading Enjoyment!

Posted in Blog, News on October 11th, 2014 by Bill – Be the first to comment

Howdy, hope everyone is enjoying the days up to the best holiday of the year….


I am so excited, I have even added a bonus FREE STORY to the site. It is the outro story from last year’s collection HOW TO DIE WELL. Actually, it is almost a novella, so even better. It is one of the more recent stories I have written, about Ed, Grace, their dog Box and maybe the end of the world…for people, at least. It is called “Hospeace (take this joy wherever you go)” and I hope you enjoy it and have a wonderful Halloween.

More to come,

Bill B.