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This story was inspired by a glimpse through my rearview mirror on a scorching summer's day a few months ago. I was driving Elizabeth to softball and this very unique vehicle with an equally unique driver pulled in right behind me. He captured my imagination and as usual, things took off in a strange, dark direction. Hat tip here to Monarch Pass and Gunnison, Colorado, my old stomping grounds and the perfect setting for this tale. Published in the incomparable "Literally Stories," here is "An Eternity of Descent"
This story was inspired by an intriguing old sepia photo I found online and Chuck Herting choosing the name "Zain." (After a wrestler, of course!) It tells the story of a misfit trying to make his way through the world while navigating a very strange romance. Surrounded by the past, Zain P. Alexander must choose his future, ultimately a choice between life and death. Published on the awesome "Fiction on the Web" site, I hope you will enjoy "A Divine Spark"
Hot off the presses! My story "Prairie Street" has been published in the awesomely named "Potato Soup Journal!" Prairie Street was inspired by a true love story set in Chicago and Evergreen, Colorado during the nineteenth century. The ranch (names have been changed!) is still there in Evergreen, a beautiful testament to the past and how one chance encounter can make all the difference...
In 2008 while visiting my father's grave at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, I came across a headstone of a child that read "Sleep Baby, Sleep." It was the grave of a little girl named Marjorie who had died in the 1890s, the heartbreak of her parents apparent on the headstone. I decided to try to research Marjorie, not expecting to find anything, when I discovered that her father was a fairly well known General. He and his wife were stationed at Ft. Logan back when it was a prairie outpost in the wilds of Colorado and he rose to prominence, but not before burying his precious Marjorie and a baby boy simply marked "Infant" right next to her.
"Sleep Baby, Sleep" was the first story I ever wrote as a tribute to my Dad and Major General Graves. It was originally featured in "Denver Pieces" magazine and in 2012, appeared in "bioStories."
Published in one of my all-time favorite publications "Literally Stories," "Corpse Flower" was sadly inspired by the true story of an old friend and a legendary flower that only blooms for a day after years of lying dormant. The merging of these two thoughts make up this strange little tale.
This one tells the story of a family that reunites at the funeral of their father, a man of few words who tries to bring his wayward children together even from beyond the grave. A timeless tale of family dysfunction, heartbreak, love, and redemption. Originally published in the "Adelaide Literary Magazine," I hope you will enjoy "A Quiet Man."
With dignity and forbearance, the Queen must soldier on and lead her people through horrific calamity. Will she be able to overcome and help guide them through it? "Long Live the Queen" is featured in "Terror House Magazine"
With the joy of gathering with family over Thanksgiving each year, there can also be a touch of horror... Or in the case of "Family Gathering," more than just a touch! Read about the Thanksgiving from hell in "Family Gathering" published in the 47 issue of Sirens Call. My story is on page 128!
This poem was written in honor of my beautiful daughter Joan Claire's 19th birthday. My eternal thanks to the wonderful "Terror House Magazine" for publishing this very special poem!
This story tells the tale of a very unique Colorado wedding. Weddings are a time of great joy and great stress. Will Sam Turner take the plunge into wedded bliss? Find out in "Do Us Part" published in "Freedom Fiction"