Free Story for Halloween Season 2018

Posted October 10, 2018

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 October 18, 2017

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 January 2, 2017

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 September 1, 2016

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 June 2, 2016

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.