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    Camping at the Lake

    Big Bear Lake, California, embraced him like an old friend. It’s small town feel, boulders and pines, campgrounds and cabins beckoned him each year for one last summer hurrah, before the days grew...
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    Couldn't agree more to appreciating life's simple...

    Couldn't agree more to appreciating life's simple pleasure whether they're shoulder rubbing foreign government big wigs or sitting down to a fine meal at the river. Life throws prodigious...
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    Vampbrewer

    "Vampbrewer"

    One by one they started showing up. They carried funny shaped bottles. Some wore funny looking t-shirts with weird names on them, like Hoegarrden and Arrogant Bastard. Others dressed...
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    Artwalk

    Here's a story part memoir, part fiction of an event I attended last night. Comments welcome!

    That night was the downtown artwalk. Max made up his mind. He was gonna go. The past few had some...
  5. Chasing Your Own Tail by Don Draper

    Chasing Your Own Tail
    by Don Draper

    The following speech, authored by advertising executive turned motivational speaker Donald Draper, was presented at the commencement ceremony of Columbia...
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    Maudlin piece yet evocative with symbols of...

    Maudlin piece yet evocative with symbols of nature and SD.
  7. From the Journals of James Norrington

    A fun tie-in idea I wanted to play around with...

    Reformatted manuscript from the journals of Commodore James Norrington:

    Caribbean Isles, 1714

    Mist gathered along the shoreline as the...
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    Cheers guys for the shrewd deconstructions.

    Cheers guys for the shrewd deconstructions.
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    What Makes A Man A Criminal

    Was thinking how people turn out to be who they are -- especially those who live outside the mores of society. Thought I'd tackle the subject with a character I made up...

    What Makes A Man A...
  10. Thank you 108 fountains for reading and your...

    Thank you 108 fountains for reading and your excellent critique. As always, your thoughts are insightful and illuminating. The first paragraph does suffer both from ambiguity and incongruity. In...
  11. Mad Grab - Boardwalk Empire influenced story

    Here's a little 1920s Chicago short story. Critiques welcome.

    The world will walk all over you if you let it. No one gives a damn about you when you’re not one of their own. Yeah that’s right. If...
  12. Thieves & Graves -- A Van Helsing Story

    What doesn't say "the holidays" like some monsters?! Not really christmasy, I know, but hope you enjoy this short story:

    Journal of Ichabod Van Helsing

    27th Day of October, In the Year of Our...
  13. Deadly Dame -- 1920s Gangsters & Booze

    “Look, all I’m saying is there was a tiny misunderstanding between us,” I said, relaxed, nonchalant. “If you was to allow, we’d like to do a week’s worth of free shipments as a token of good faith.”...
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    Cheers guys for reading this short short.

    Cheers guys for reading this short short.
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    They Started It -- 1920s Gangsters

    They Started It --- 1920s Gangster Short Story

    I was merely paying a friend a visit when one of Tomlin’s boys tapped me too hard on the shoulder. It wan’t nuthin. So I slammed the guys head on the...
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    Oops forgot to say that bagnio was a term for...

    Oops forgot to say that bagnio was a term for brothel, poniard a dagger, and trull a prostitute. Hope this helps!
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    I've read a little bit of Flashman, which I...

    I've read a little bit of Flashman, which I heartily enjoyed. Also, I very much enjoyed a Sharpe's novel a few years back. I think it definitely had influence.

    You are right. I'm enamored with...
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    Death's Hunter: Place of Business

    Journal of Ichabod Van Helsing

    18th Day of October, In the Year of Our Lord, 1721

    London reeks of death. There’s been an infestation in the poorer tenements, and I’ve been assigned to eradicate...
  19. Thank you, 108 fountains, for reading and...

    Thank you, 108 fountains, for reading and comments. I appreciate the connection with Hitchcock---love his style. In this short piece, I riddled it with subtext of amnesia that comes with his...
  20. Glad you enjoyed the story, Manichaean. Just...

    Glad you enjoyed the story, Manichaean. Just watched Princess Bride, so I dig the reading to the grandson. This piece punches with action akin to Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane and Brian McClellan's...
  21. Death's Hunter---A Tale of Van Helsing's Great-great Grandsire

    Oxfordshire, 1721

    Ichabod Van Helsing scanned the wayside, both pistols in hand, a large hangar scabbard poking out underneath his pitchy cape that blew in the chilling gusts swooping through the...
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    Short stories are the best way to start out as a...

    Short stories are the best way to start out as a writer---a sort of acquainting oneself with a new and infinitely complex universe. Stephen King advises writers to begin this way instead of diving...
  23. The Mowers---Horror Story for Halloween

    To be festive, thought I'd post something eerie. Hope you like:


    The mowers were at it again. Every single morning in the infernal suburban neighborhood he called his home, some gardener flicked...
  24. You both make good points about the history of...

    You both make good points about the history of the masses' fetish with celebrity. Personally, I think we're seeing a slow progress of popular depiction of everyday citizens--it's happening, but much...
  25. Right you are. Editing now. Thanks for reading!

    Right you are. Editing now. Thanks for reading!
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