That Ol’ Devil’s Work

Originally appeared in the anthology Static Dreams vol 2, still available in paperback and ebook formats. Walmart(paperback) Nook Kindle Paperback I never asked Pa why we fed the fields. It was just what we’d always done, as far back as I could remember. “Cotton won’t grow without it,” was all he’d tell us, my sister and I, and our father wasn’t the sort of father … Continue reading That Ol’ Devil’s Work

THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

I wrote The Act of Laughing over ten years ago. It was the first book I ever attempted to write, and it reads like a Bentley Little or John Saul novel, basically. It’s about a modern-day Ba’al-worshipping cult that also functions as a homeowners association. It’s led by a former archaeologist named Donald Raines, who discovered this ancient, secret religion on one of his excursions … Continue reading THE ACT OF LAUGHING and GRAVE CONCERNS both free on BLACK FRIDAY

Third Wish

Copyright © 2019 Patrick Walts All Rights Reserved Sometimes, on a clear enough night, beneath the oppressive glow of a full moon, when even the brightest lights of man’s most populous cities struggle to match the brilliance of the stars overhead, my skin begins to tingle. It’s a curious sensation, one that I daresay invokes something akin to a sick sense of nostalgia within me–for … Continue reading Third Wish

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Vampire astronauts, a BBQ joint run by the devil, vengeful crows who never forget a face, an executioner’s last day on the job, the lonely existence of a brutal dictator thought long dead, a court-mandated speech regulation device, a serial killer coming out of retirement to protect his reputation, the ghost of a small-town police officer patrolling the same stretch of country road for fifty … Continue reading GRAVE CONCERNS FREE ON HALLOWEEN