Just Stories

41Po189NjvLIn the last fifteen years or so, I started cranking out short stories, thanks to a wonderful writer and friend, John Dixon. I have mentioned this before in blogs perhaps, but he is the one, at NECon in RI, who inspired me to go back and rekindle with my first love, short stories.

Since then I’ve written dozens. Maybe a hundred, maybe more. I don’t track the ones I write, only the ones that have seen print. A few years ago I put out The Collection. These were my favorite dark and creepy stories. Most were very dark, some were lighter. But even the light ones had ghosts.

In the last couple of years though, my writing has moved toward more human darkness, and exposes people as they are in their struggles in triumphs. I didn’t write these for a genre, I wrote them because they were characters in my head screaming for their stories to be told. They are cautionary tales that warn against things like greed, intolerance, cruelty. Most of them are reprints but some were brand-new, written for this collection.

Just Stories, aptly titled, also includes a handful of Drabble stories, which are tales exactly a hundred words long, not including title. I felt these tidbit stories would break up the longer ones.

I hope you enjoy this new collection of stories, published by Shadowridge Press! If you do, please leave a review on Amazon or wherever you can.

Thanks for reading!


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Cellar Door Anthology

Cellar_Door_Cover_for_Kindle_(3)My story, “Visions of a New York Loft” appeared in the fantastic anthology, Cellar Door, edited by Shawna L. Bernard.

This story is near and dear to my heart, as it was crafted shortly after my second divorce. No, my ex did not lock me in a room or keep me prisoner (like the character suffered), but sometimes it felt like it. Like any good story, my angst and some symbolism helped purge a few demons.

There are some beautiful yet disturbing and creepy stories, poems, and artwork/photos in this large collection and I’m thrilled to be among such talent.

All told there are 317 pages and the collection has something for everyone.

Here is a link of the newest Hellnotes review,  and a sample, by Mary Genevieve Fortier. ” 

“Linguists call it the most beautiful phrase in the English Language,” is the insightful description of “Cellar Door.” After reading those words, I literally uttered the phrase out loud. It is quite lovely indeed, gliding off the tongue as soft butter. The description continues: “What it represents may be something far more sinister.” There’s the catch! The horrifyingly beautiful catch! “Cellar Door” follows through with the promise its description dictates. Ms. Bernard leads us poetically through the first cellar door to open with an introduction that draws you gently into a realm of varying facets of horror.”

Newest Sale-Cellar Door Anthology

imagesI was recently asked to submit a story for an anthology called Cellar Door : Words of Beauty, Tales of Terror, edited by Shawna L. Bernard.  The submissions requirements asked that the story (or poem, or photograph) involve a cellar door. I instantly thought of a story I’d written years before, entitled, “Visions of a New York Loft.” This is one of my favorite stories. It’s an intense, claustrophobic tale of a woman trapped in her home by her husband.

Though this story is one of my favorites, I’d never found the right home for it. I know it was a good and psychologically disturbing story, but no one else’s guidelines ever fit. I submitted it to the editor Shawna L. Bernard, and her acceptance was almost immediate. It was PERFECT for the anthology, she wrote.

This experience is a good lesson for any writer. Often I write stories from my heart, without a market in mind. I’ve sat on stories for years waiting for just the right place to send them. The same holds true for partial stories. Often I have started a story, only to give up on it after a page or two so. When that happens, I save the stories in a folder called, “WIP.” More often than not, I later hear about a call for stories,  and dig through that folder. Next thing, I have a story starter.

The Cellar Door Anthology is a beautiful collection described as, “Cellar Door… Linguists call it the most beautiful phrase in the English language based solely on the way it sounds. But as you can imagine, what it represents may be something far more sinister. In a spectacular display of poetry, artwork, fiction, and photography, the talent of fifty contributors is showcased within these pages. Voices from behind cellar doors all over the world come together in unison to whisper in your ear…can you hear them? Are they knocking on your cellar door? Edited by Shawna L. Bernard, each piece in this anthology has a beautiful title intrinsically connected to the tale that follows, and a door will be the common theme which connects the widely varied styles, genres, and stories told. Will you take your chances and find what’s lurking behind your cellar door?”

Pick up your copy HERE, at the new discounted price.


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