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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
To help celebrate the wonderful holiday season, we have put up a new “free story” on the site, link is here. The story in question is “That Dreamy Feeling” and is, of course, completely inappropriate for younger or more sensitive viewers/readers.
As well, if you would be willing to write a review of HOW TO DIE WELL on your blog, Amazon and/or Goodreads, send me a PM and I will send you an electronic version for your reading pleasure. That deal is if you agree to write an honest review–which means if you hate the stories and think they suck, then by all means say so. Certainly, if you think they are wondrous and magical and all that written fiction should be, then feel free to say that too. It is totally up to you.
From all of us to all of you, happy whatever you celebrate this multi-purpose season. Thanks for reading and your support, and the very best to you and yours in 2014.
PS. My annual “Favorite Books of the Year” list still to come in 2013.