Dance: A Post-Apocalyptic (Sort of) Love Tale

Posted on Feb 13, 2013

Shards of broken glass shattered under the boy’s boots.  He ran down the garbage-littered street, leaping over thick streams of brown water and broken fences.  The air was grey with smoke and vehicular fumes and tasted of ash and soot. Sirens and cat screeches echoed through the concrete valleys.  The night sky was pregnant with purple clouds.  Stagnant rainwater ran through a maze of moss and powder burns on the alley walls.  Gunshots cracked like thunder.  He quickened...

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Friday Flash: The Desert

Posted on Dec 1, 2011

Everything was red. Arched hills covered in crimson dust stretched in every direction, uninhabited by so much as an insect.  Barren stones littered the landscape like discarded teeth.  The falling moon melted into the horizon.  The sky was chalky scarlet; it looked like it had been painted on with broken pencils. The woman in the black dress moved with such speed and ease that it took her a moment to realize that she didn’t even touch the sand.  Her hair was deep and...

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Friday Flash, Halloween Edition: The Alchemist

Posted on Oct 27, 2011

I’ve delayed the latest installment of TALES OF A BLOOD EARTH until Halloween, not because it isn’t done (quite the contrary), but because it’s so deliciously nasty I thought it would be an injustice to release it on any other day.  Instead, enjoy this Halloween-flavored short from my college writing days, a grimy little tale I call “The Alchemist”…   [WARNING: Halloween horror ickiness ahead.  You've been warned.]   He saw a...

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Friday Flash: Something Black

Posted on Sep 8, 2011

The new TALES OF A BLOOD EARTH online series will kick off next week.  In the meantime, please enjoy this recovered snippet from a largely MIA project of mine that chronicled the events on Earth immediately after The Black.  I may try to recreate this computer-eaten project someday…until then, this is all that remains. If you haven’t already, check out the BLACK SCARS cover, and sign up for my newsletter (check to the top right) to download the first TALES OF A...

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Friday Flash: something black…

Posted on Sep 1, 2011

This is NOT the prologue to BLACK SCARS.  I swear.  Honest. =D   It swims in a sea of night.  Oceans of dark ooze seal the Sleeper in a liquid grave.  Frozen white stones like arctic stars drift in the dark ichors, light by which the Sleeper’s glazed eyes regard its midnight prison.  It smells bile and decay and the oily musk of the earth’s innards.  Its lungs long ago filled with caustic sludge.  Distant sounds play in the green and black world, muffled explosions and...

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Friday Flash: Minotaur Love Song

Posted on Aug 25, 2011

She sits in a stream.  Cool water.  No place to go. Why do they hate me so much?  I’m only nice to them.  I never told her I hated her, but she always says she hates me.   You’re no good, Mother said.  You don’t do anything. What if I don’t want to do anything?  Isn’t that all right?   No.   Fine.  Then I’ll leave.   Water runs through me like I’m transparent.  No way out, now.  Just sit in the water and think. It comes from the...

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