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

Posted November 3, 2020

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 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.