A Short Little Tale for the Holiday

I wrote this a few years ago for a drabble contest – 100 words or less, and the requirement to use certain words in the story. I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and actually placed in the competition. I thought I’d go ahead and share it here:

A Different Christmas Tradition

Grak burped long and loud, then added a flatulent note to the already redolent air. Teeja sighed theatrically, but her disgust was lost on him.

“More grog,” he growled, slamming his cup down on the table.

“More manners,” she snarled, dropping a new jug beside the cup.

“We’re goblins,” he said, filling his cup, “Spending the ass-end of winter in a cavern in Finland. Who cares about manners?” and he gulped some more ale.

“It’s Christmas,” Teeja said sorrowfully.

Grak rolled his eyes. “I’ll take you into town later, you can slay a caroler.”

Her smile was grotesque, but heartfelt.

 

Merry Christmas / Blessed Yule / Happy Holidays

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Looking for a shiver? Try Trembling With Fear at Horror Tree…

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Horror Tree has started publishing drabbles and flash fiction under the heading Trembling With Fear, and this week my 100 word story Starting Over… In Style is available for your reading pleasure. Go check it out, along with the flash story Resurrection by Chanelle Pina, and another drabble, Separated Again, by Patrick Winters.

 

(I had a previous drabble, Young Love, that appeared in Trembling With Fear back in January, which you can find here…)

GAIA: Shadow and Breath Volume III

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Gaia: Shadow & Breath Vol. 3 is now available! You can get it at Amazon here. Or, enjoy a 15% discount for the next few days when purchasing from CreateSpace (link and code: CFAK5JBZ). As with past volumes, the proceeds will be donated to The Nature Conservancy.

Fantasy by David Tallerman, Sandi Leibowitz, Janet Haigh, H.L. Fullerton, Tim Major, Rose Blackthorn, Gwendolyn Kiste, Ingrid Taylor, Anjali Ravi, and Scott T. Barnes. Cover art by Verboten Valley Art, interior illustrations by Carrion House.

What We Do For Love…

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My flash fiction story “What We Do For Love” is now available over at Digital Fiction Pub. This is a reprint, appearing previously on the Kazka Press website, and at 69 Flavors of Paranoia, neither of which are still around. Some of you may have already read it, but for those who haven’t, it’s an odd little tale about the lengths we’ll go to for the one we love. Click on the link below.

Read it here.

Year of the Zombie… plus, y’know, Halloween

This month has been crazy for new releases of which I’m a part. It’s almost serendipitous the way things have come together, seemingly by accident, to give me 6 different releases this October! So, I thought I’d take a moment to share them all here.

On October 12th, the HWA Poetry Showcase Volume II was released, including my poem A Part of You.

HWA Poetry Showcase Vol 2

October 21st was the date my tie-in novelette Worthy Vessel was released by Privateer Press/Skull Island.

Worthy Vessel cover

On October 22nd, Indie Authors Press released Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2015, in which I have three 100-word stories: Samhain Festival, Trick or Treat, and The Border Into Darkness.

Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2015

October 23rd brought Eyes of Prometheus Vol II, edited by Richard H Alan, and including my zombie tale Smoke and Memories.

Eyes of Prometheus II

Today, on October 28th, two different anthologies were released by different presses, both including a zombie tale by yours truly.

First, Corpus Deluxe Undead Tales of Terror from Indie Authors Press, which includes my story No Rest.

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Second, the long awaited and much anticipated Putrefying Stories from Stupefying Stories/Rampant Loon Press, edited by Bruce Bethke. This includes the 2nd-ever zombie story I wrote, and which has a lot of personal meaning, titled From Colorado.

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So there they are. Quite impressive, if I do say so myself! I’m extremely proud and delighted to be involved with all of them. They’ve all got that horror vibe, perfect for the Halloween season.

So, if you’re looking for something scary, why not try one of these gems.