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Bloodhound

Supernatural Mystery | Published by JOURN-E on 3/20/2022

Agent John Tanner is on the hunt for a fabled creature – the Pied Piper. He works for an agency that operates in the shadows, fighting to keep dangerous monsters hidden from public exposure. Together, him and his German consultant, Sophie, use whatever means at their disposal to close the case.

Part supernatural horror, part police procedural, this tale really had me exercising some new mental muscles. After being inspired by classic rock lyrics, I wanted to ensure that the ethical debate within was felt throughout. This story came together quicker than normal for me and flows nicely. It’s easily one of the stories I’m most proud of! A direct link to the paperback copy can be found HERE.


The Last Flight Out

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by SavagePlanets on 2/1/2022

Commander Joel and Mission Pilot Marie, a married couple, are veteran astronauts assigned to NASA’s first manned mission to the red planet, Mars. As Joel toils away on day-to-day tasks planetside, a giant celestial object appears to threaten the mission. And life as they know it.

While my previous SF/F story, Green Ghost of Honeypot, leaned more toward Fantasy, I wanted this tale to have as many realistic elements as possible. It’s one that I’m very proud of, and looks amazing too! The team at SavagePlanets did a fantastic job slicing in visuals to go along with parts of the story, bringing it to life. A direct link to the digital January 2022 issue can be found HERE.


Creature Features

Fiction (Horror) | Published by Hellbound Books Publishing LLC on 12/15/2021

Keith, a young corporate executive, who is eager to prove himself in front of his peers while at a company offsite. The location for their meeting is the owner’s private cottage island, a secluded and modern facility. As Keith settles in, he realizes that even his most far-fetched expectations don’t prepare him for the twisted horror that awaits.

This piece represents the purest form of horror I’ve had published to date. It also happens to be included in my first ever anthology – Monsters, Monsters, Monsters, Monsters. Hellbound Books is a joy to work with! I’m looking forward to the anthology’s upcoming audiobook release.


Osprey (Again)

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by MetaStellar Speculative Fiction on 9/1/2021

Osprey takes place in Anchorage, Alaska, hundreds of years after advanced technology was abolished. Sinister forces conspire against the general population to raise the new gods from their slumber.

This publication was my first ever reprint, which is fitting as Osprey was my first story ever published. Other than several flash fiction pieces, Osprey is the shortest as well, being just shy of 1,500 words. This latest version’s characters, plot, and setting were all updated to reflect my own learnings since 2018.


Green Ghost of Honeypot

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by Schlock! Webzine on 7/1/2021

A mother is marooned on a distant planet, fighting to survive so she can be reunited with her children. There’s many danger that await Mara…

Crash landings on desolate alien worlds is a staple of science fiction. Here, I put my first-published female protagonist to the test, and it felt like a breath of fresh air. To be totally transparent, Mara’s tale ended very poorly for her draft after draft until I finally thought up the “Green Ghost” aspect. Now, I could potentially see her story continuing in future writings.


It Was Always Temporary

Fiction (Mystery) | Published by Mystery Weekly on 3/1/2021

A hitman who takes on an assignment to make up for recent missteps. Is his loyalty in the right place?

Personally, I love mystery and thriller stories but I had been hesitant to actually give writing one a try. It took a bit of trial-and-error to come across the right kind of story I wanted to tell. Though, once this particular idea came to mind, it took no time at all to get it typed out. It is definitely a genre I will revisit in the future.


Garbage Day

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by 365 Tomorrows on 1/19/2021

A daughter accompanies her father in cleaning up their street after an apocalyptic event.

This piece of flash fiction (only 550 words) grew from time spent with my daughter during our various lockdowns and quarantines. I wrote it in between several other short stories and, while it doesn’t carry a strong plot, the imagery of it all was really a blast to describe.


Young One

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by Vaughan Street Doubles on 1/1/2020

The burgeoning relationship between Earth and Artificial Intelligence has ominous implications on humanity.

For such a short story, it went through so many drafts! This one builds off many themes I’ve toyed with in the past few years, some of which you can see in my other published work. I also challenged myself to be more experimental with who my main character was.


Deliver the Message

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by Asymmetry Fiction on 8/19/2019

A man’s usual commute home through the Sonoran Desert is interrupted by strange visitors. They have a message for his son.

This was a joy to write, having been inspired by the Block Buster podcast, and always wanting to dabble in more speculative fiction. There’s plenty of my geeky side on display with this one.


Beyond the Bay

Fiction (Supernatural) | Published by SERIAL Magazine in Issue 12 on 8/17/2019

A dead man finds himself in a new world with lurking danger.

At over 5,000 words, this story was truly an exercise in discovery for me. What it was supposed to be, how long it should be, and who we’d meet along the way? I had no clue when starting it. Ultimately, it’s become one of my proudest works to date, and hopefully one that people enjoy.


The Drive Home

Fiction (General) | Published by STORGY on 8/5/2019

On the drive home from a camping weekend, Zack’s secret begins to manifest itself in unexpected ways to his girlfriend, Tiffany.

Personally, I love that this story found a home on a great site like STORGY. Visit them for more stellar content!


Osprey

Fiction (SF/F) | Published by Ash Tales on 10/28/2018

Set in a post-apocalyptic Alaska, law enforcement struggles with keeping an old enemy from rising once again.

This short story was tons of fun for me to write and I’m glad the amazing site, Ash Tales, picked it up for publishing.

UPDATE 9/3/2021: No longer available at their site as they’ve pivoted to focusing on podcasts and novels.


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