My short story “No Splashing” was recently published in Oyez Review, volume 44 (Spring 2017). Visit their website for more information about getting your copy of the issue. It’s not yet available for purchase at Amazon, but I’ll update this post when it is.
In the meantime, enjoy this excerpt from the story:
Jake wonders if the girls and guys are paired off into couples. It seems everyone in high school is obsessed with finding someone to go steady with — a boyfriend to hang all over, a girlfriend to paw at when no one’s looking. Jake can’t believe he’s on the cusp of such a strange new world, where going steady and driving and parties are everything — a place where full grown adulthood is the next step. If he finds it challenging to fit in and act normal now, he can’t imagine how much harder it will be when he’s older. It’s like there’s this set of rules he never got a chance to read. Even when he figures out what he should be doing, it’s usually too late. When he leaps into the deep end of the pool, nothing pleases him more than landing the perfect dive with little to no splash, which is the exact opposite from all the other boys who aren’t happy unless they’ve soaked innocent bystanders.
Again, visit Oyez Review for more information about getting your copy today! Enjoy!
A short story of mine called “Big Cat Head” has been published in Sun Star Review (Volume 1, Issue #3). The issue is free to read online, so go check it out! Here’s a brief excerpt from the story:
While drying off in the bathroom, I heard the strangest noise coming from the living room. I had just finished showering after one of my regular runs along Riverside Drive and froze in place, listening closely. It wasn’t a single noise, actually. A loud whooshing sound erupted first, like a large, extraordinary bird beating its wings against the sky. Then, the creaking sound of springs, like someone taking a seat on my couch. It’s an old piece of furniture that cries out as you settle into a comfortable position. It’s not so much the sounds that were strange in and of themselves, though they were; it’s the fact that they existed at all. No windows were open, ruling out a gust of wind as the source of the whooshing sound. And who would be sitting on my couch? I live alone and never have guests over. The noises couldn’t have been coming from the television since I rarely turn it on. I don’t even have cable. Nothing came to mind that could explain the unexpected disturbance.
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My short story, “A Day in the Park,” was published in Glitterwolf Magazine‘s special Halloween edition in October 2015. Check out their website to find out more about the magazine or to order a copy. You can also purchase the issue over at Amazon.
Here is an excerpt from my story (“A Day in the Park”):
I think of my day in the park, the hunt for inspiration, and the hope that a story would find me. It found me alright, but I wasn’t careful. An involuntary twitch, a nervous tick – a sharp, startling noise in the distance and it was all over; the firefly crushed in my hand, its neon mush warm against my palm. I open my hand and find the sticky mess remains, still warm. I’ll hold it there until it cools down. It shouldn’t be much longer now – as long as it takes a dead body to go cold. The image of a child’s body lying on a path in the park flashes before my eyes. The blood pools along the backside as the flesh turns rubbery and cold.
The loss of such a tiny light is hardly noticeable in a night full of other lights, flashing on and flashing off.
I take my notes from the park and rip them into tiny pieces. The paper snow settles on the floor all around me.
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