I took a long hiatus from writing but was compelled to write a new story for the New England Horror Writers Anthology Wicked Women. Thankfully they accepted my story, “The Tale of Annette.” Here’s the book on my shelf. I’m very proud of the story and the collection and will write a review of the others as post in this blog. The publication lured my out of writing retirement and I’ve written two more since.
When a young man discovers that his father is a murderer, he goes back in a time machine -The Rainbox – to change his history. But when he returns home, he’s standing over the body of a drowned little boy who looks just like him. He confronts the man who was his father but all has changed in this reality. No one knows him, no one believes him, and fate is determined to repeat events if he can’t alter destiny one more time . . .
My Name is Marnie After the brutal, senseless murder of her husband, Marnie Clifford tries to pull the threads of her out-of-control life back together. She flees from her painful past and looks to start a new life in a small, ramshackle but affordable cottage in a remote idyllic New England town, in hopes of finishing out her pregnancy in peace. But something isn’t quite right with her new home- not with the cottage itself and its vague familiarity; not with her new neighbor, a disheveled wild-eyed man with a limp and questionable motives; and certainly not with her unsettling visitor…a silent, restless, and very dead little girl. As the spectre’s visits become more and more frequent, Marnie begins to unearth the horrible secret of the cottage. A secret better left buried deep…
“Epitaphs” the inaugural Anthology of the New England Horror Writers, edited by co-chair Tracy L. Carbone and featuring frightening fiction from the members. Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award.
Cemetery Riots– co-edited with T.C. Bennett- Imagine yourself in a cemetery. Void of all light at the base of a tree. But it’s no ordinary tree. This tree abounds with the dead. Now envision that each tree limb is a short story with its own vision, its own length of words, and its own insanity.With that said, beware of the widow makers and the strange foreboding dwelling beneath. Remember, nothing’s heavenly in Cemetery Riots. Cemetery Riots is a new collection of dark cautionary tales edited by T. C. Bennett and Tracy L. Carbone. With great pride we introduce you to our stories and their authors… THE WAITING DEAD by Ray Garton, ABUSED by Richard Christian Matheson, CHILDREN’S HOUR by Hal Bodner, CARMICHAEL MOTEL by Kathryn E. McGee, THAT STILL, BLEEDING OBJECT OF DESIRE by Chet Williamson, LUNCH AT MOM’S by Tracy L. Carbone, FATHER AND SON by Jack Ketchum, THE DEMON OF SPITALFIELDS by Karen and Roxanne E. Dent, ERASURE by Lisa Morton, THE WINDOWS by T. C. Bennett, CERTAIN SIGHTS OF AN AFFLICTED WOMAN by Eric J. Guignard, THE MAN WHO KNEW WHAT TIME IT WAS by Dennis Etchison, THE RE-POSSESSED by James Dorr, CLOWN ON BLACK VELVET by Michael Sebastian, THE CELLAR by Kelly Kurtzhals, ETERNAL VALLEY by John Palisano, BLOOD by Taylor Grant, AMONG THE TIGERS by William F. Nolan, ALL OUR HEARTS ARE GHOSTS by Peter Atkins, THE ITCH by Michael D. Nye, and DRIVING HER HOME by John Everson.
SHORT FICTION PUBLISHED IN MAGAZINES AND ANTHOLOGIES AND ONLINE MARKETS
“And Went on in Sunlight” a story of a teenager who has no idea she is part of a secret government experiment- in Pernicious Invaders
“Lunch at Mom’s” a story of a man who is magically able to visit his deceased mother at lunch everyday for 50minutes in the Cemetery Riots anthology.
“The Other Side of the Wall” -an irritable racist old man is dying to know what his new neighbors are up to in the yard, just over the wall- in Deathlehem Revisited
“Charlie’s Garden” (2015) a short about a woman who tends to her late husband’s garden of carniverous plants until one day she discovers the secret of his devotion to the hungry little monsters. This was published in Ghosts: Revenge.
“TheTruth About Snow Angels.” The children of Bradfield are disappearing. No one would suspect the kindly old Mrs. Crowley, the town’s baker, renowned for her gingerbread cookies. But when Jane visits her for routine questioning, Mrs. Crowley divulges the whereabouts of the children and the terrifying truth about snow angels. Originally appeared in The Collection and Other Dark Tales. then reprinted in Snowbound with Zombies: Tales of the Supernatural Inspired by the Life and Works of John Greenleaf Whittier
“The Quiet Christmas Tree,” (2015) was selected as part of the Horror Writers Association’s Los Angeles Chapter’s charity anthology. The book is called Winter Horror Days. This story involves a widower and his late wife, who is now a haunted and very mean Christmas Tree.
“Ellie’s Little Darlings” (2014) appears in Bugs: Tales that Slither, Creep, and Crawl. It’s a cautionary tale about an abusive mother, her sad daughter, and the hundreds of friendly caterpillars who come to her rescue.
“The Pied Piper of Cottageville” (2015) a zombie version of the Pied Piper appeared in Once Upon an Apocolypse: 23 Twisted Fairy Tales.
“Hazel’s Twin,” (2015) a short disturbing story about Siamese twins separated at birth and the horrific repercussions that come later appears in Widow Makers, a James Newman benefit anthology.
“The Mirror,” (2014) about a carnival barker who purchases a mirror at an antique shop to use in his show and finds out just how well this mirror of death and revenge works, is part of the Carnival of the Damned collection.
Four of my Drabble stories (exactly 100 words) are published on Specklit. Click the title of each to be brought to their site. The Tree Killer. The Hysterical Pregnancy Tragedy at Oak View Terrace and Janice’s Daily Visits
“Dark Bits,” a flash piece about a bug therapy gone bad appeared in Dark Bits, published September 2013
“A Trip to Egypt,” was featured in Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification, published November 2013
“The Freeze,” made its debut in Anthology Year Two: Inner Demons Out, published November 2013
“Visions of a New York Loft,” appeared in Cellar Door: Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, published September 2013
“Rent Control,” a chilling tale of a man haunted by demons on Halloween in Salem. Originally appeared in 2010 in the premier issue of the Six-Fingered Hand. Later appeared in The Collection and Other Dark Tales.
“Stone Man,” Originally published in TRAPS, edited by Scott T. Goudsward. TRAPS includes Tracy’s “The Stoneman,” and many other dark mysterious tales. Later appeared in The Collection and Other Dark Tales.
“The Attic.” The story of Solomon goes horribly awry when an idealistic young woman battles a ghost for the love of a chid. Originally appeared in the 13th issue of Necrotic Tissue. Later appeared in The Collection and Other Dark Tales.
“The Girl Who Drowned,” appeared in Evil Jester Digest, Volume One. Now available in print and on Kindle. The story is about a child who drowns but doesn’t die, not all the way. Instead she grows more evil each day, while appearing as a miracle to the church.
“The Real Mother.” When Social Services took Ashlee’s little girl away, she never expected to see her again. Was she better off in foster care? Was she okay? In this holiday tearjerker about a mother’s love, she gets her bittersweet answer. First published in Merrimack Valley Magazine in December 2008
“Etta and Jojo” Featured in Horror on the Installment Plan. A story based on an original painting by Michael Ramseur. A woman in a mental hospital feigns insanity to protect her sister after a horrific accident.
“The Imaginary Solution” was published in Anthology Volume one, a collection of stories and poems edited by Mark Wholley. This story finds an abused little girl who maginally wishes her way into a better life.