Alienated

“Do you know where Vidalia Onions come from?” “I’m sorry, what?” The woman seems distracted as she rummages through the large dump bin of sweet onions I’ve just spent twenty minutes culling and rotating. It’s a question I still ask most customers, but by and large they don’t seem to find such trivia as interesting as they once did. They’re certainly much more self-absorbed and … Continue reading Alienated

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

D.U.S.T. to DUST

Thirty years I worked at that plant. Which one, you ask? Don’t worry about it. It’s not important. What’s important is that for thirty years, I did an outstanding job of assembling quality American automobiles. I had a good crew, and we had a good rapport–we worked well together. Anyway, one day we got new plant supervisors–cocky young know-it-alls who’d been sent by corporate to … Continue reading D.U.S.T. to DUST

Some short stories

The Scoop is a Twilight Zone-esque story about a man from the late sixties who’s accidentally transported through time to 2019. He struggles to make sense of his new surroundings at first, but quickly adapts. I’ve always wondered how people of the past would react to modern society and advanced technology–an iPhone might seem like magic to someone in 1865, and it might seem like … Continue reading Some short stories

My-Fi

I don’t know how to write sci-fi the way that people tell you you’re supposed to write it. Fortunately, there’s no one correct way to do anything, so it’s not a concern to me. I feel comfortable writing within the universe established in Effugium and Anshar, because it represents a vast playground of unlimited possibilities. It provides me an escape, and when it provides readers … Continue reading My-Fi