Who are we if not for the monsters that we keep?
They Hide: Short Stories to Tell in the Dark collects thirteen chilling tales that weave through the shadows, exploring the nature of fear, powerlessness, and control.
- A series of murders in a New England colony
- An untamed beast in pre-revolutionary France
- A mysterious stranger who invades 18th-century Ireland
- A traveling circus that takes more than the price of admission
- A gathering of the Dark, telling tales on the longest night of the year, and more.
Come play with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, ghouls and the devil himself. Make sure you check under the bed and don’t turn out the lights.
Incredibly honored to have my collection THEY HIDE: SHORT STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK listed in Ready by Dusk's most anticipated horror books of 2023 alongside some amazingly talented authors.
I'm floored my little story about a soul sucking Santa took first place! Who knew? Thanks to all who voted for my little tale and congrats to all the authors who submitted their Bloody Xmas tales! Your stories were incredible!
My Mrs. Claus story is included in Crystal Lake Publishing's Shallow Waters: Christmas Edition Anthology. It is a tragic tale of the fate of Mrs. Claus. Not for the faint of heart.
This issue is the biggest and most ambitious one yet! And it's chalk full of amazing art by Nate Olson and includes a bonus story. You can now order print copies, .PDFs, stickers, bookmarks and prints!
I'm thrilled that my story How to Create the Perfect Pumpkin was selected into Crystal Lake Publishing's Shallow Waters Flash Fiction Halloween Anthology for 2022! This collection will be available in e-book format in time for Halloween!
My short story, The Doll tied for 3rd in Crystal Lake's Flash Fiction contest! The theme this month was haunted houses told from a non-human POV. There were 17 other entries all from amazingly talented authors. The finalists are voted on by their peers.
I'm thrilled that my short story Motel 8 won first place in Crystal Lake's Flash Fiction contest! The theme this month was creepy motels and there were 15 other entries all from amazingly talented authors. The finalists are voted on by their peers and I am humbled to have taken the top spot!
As a bonus, they did an Author's Spotlight on me which you can read here.
I am excited to announce that my essay, A Girl, Her Dad and a Cemetery will be included in the Death’s Garden Revisited anthology edited by Loren Rhoads and published by Automatism Press. It’s a story about a day I took my dad out to take photos at the beautiful Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California. The anthology is filled with stories about cemeteries from all over the world. There are forty different contributors ranging from horror writers to anthropologists, to ghost hunters, historians and more. Some of the names include: A. M. Muffaz, Angela Yuriko Smith, Christine Sutton, Paul Stansfield, Rain Graves, Carole Tyrrell, Erika Mailman and many more.
The book contains full color photos and is available in hardcover and paperback.
See my full interview on the project and my reflections on cemeteries
Black Cat Chronicles are a full-color, comic series of one-shot issues that tell true tales of horror, mystery and intrigue. And did I mention, they're narrated by a Black Cat? ....
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