Walpurgisnacht Freebie

As usual, I’m giving away my much reprinted story ‘Walpurgisnacht’; click the link on the name if you’ve not read it yet and you can download a PDF of the tale. And watch out for witches flying off to the mountains tonight!

Story for a Sunday: Fluorescence

Here’s my bit of urban spookiness called “Fluorescence.” This short story appeared in The Harrow back in July 2008 (appearing now thanks to the Way Back Machine). If you like it, you might want to check out the others in Unquiet Dreams.

Recorded Live: Fur Baby

I will be busy grading today — probably all day — so if you need entertainment, here’s a live recording from yesterday’s 2nd Sunday Open Mic at the Arts Center in Troy, NY. Yes, I really read this story on Mother’s Day. A bit on the dark and creepy side, so if you don’t like…

Keeping Abreast of the Fabulous

All right, even I am having difficulty at times keeping up with all the news, so if I repeat something here, it just means you’re paying attention, well done, here’s a cookie! Soon I have to leave the glories of Alba for the um, gories? of Albany. Alas. Which means I have to figure out…

FREE for International Short Story Day

Yes, the longest day of the year is devoted to the shortest of stories. Happy summer solstice — how are you spending the longest day of the year? I’m sharing some of my short stories that are available on the net for your reading pleasure, which ought to keep you busy a while: “Homework.” Flash…

Six Sentence Sunday: Just Waiting

Happy birthday, QoE! 🙂 Another Sunday rolls around, another chance to sample new writers from a wee snippet of prose. Here’s my six and yes it is inspired by a Fall song, so just deal with that, all right. Not everything comes from the words of Mark E. Smith: this week I wrote a story…

Unquiet Dreams & other things

I am so happy to announce that I just signed a contract with Tirgearr Publishing for a collection of short fiction to be called Unquiet Dreams. Stories old and new will be gathered up in this dark bouquet. I’m so excited! Some of these stories have not been available for a long time and people…

Six Sentence Sunday: Kiss Like a Fist

The lovely Monica Vitti for no reason at all That time again: Six Sentence Sunday. I figured you might like a song-inspired story that isn’t inspired by The Fall. Yes, they do exist. The song is Florence + The Machine’s “Kiss With a Fist” which you’ll notice is not quite the same as the title…

Six Sentence Sunday: The Claddagh Icon

Another Sunday has rolled around; in the States it’s Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s Day to my mother and all the other mothers out there. It’s also Six Sentence Sunday, so I’ve selected another story to tease you with. It’s definitely a tease, because while I’ve sent the story off to my publisher in Italy,…

Writer Wednesday: Postcards, Bits & Bobs

The deadline is fast approaching for the inaugural Postcard Fiction Contest! Be sure to get your entries in the mail to me in order to be in the running for that $25 prize. Deadline is May 15, 2012. I’m interviewed over at Vic Watson’s blog about some of my current projects. Drop by, share, leave…