Valentine's Day

Towering orange shelves blur in my periphery as I pass by the new display of lawn mowers and weed whackers. I am focused on my mission to get in and get out. Straight to self-checkout, I hoist a large, wooden-handled axe up to the scanner. Valentine’s Day. As cliché as it is, it used to... Continue Reading →

Passion and Persistence

We don’t always end up where we think we’ll be. Remember those five-year goals from high school? I thought I’d be a children’s book writer, or an artist of some sort. But life—that chaotic storm cloud of uncontrollable happenstance stitched together with lightning decisions (big and small)—took me on a journey I didn’t expect. Five... Continue Reading →

Malignant Roots

After Mack Berrington's dark soul took to the soil, evil plagued the roots of the family tree. My new flash fiction piece Malignant Roots is in Crystal Lake Publishing's Shallow Waters Volume 3. The Table of Contents on this 99-cent ebook anthology is pretty amazing! Stories by Monique Snyman, Richard Thomas, Theresa Derwin, Mark Allan... Continue Reading →

Let’s Do This Thing!

I started a career mentorship the week school started and Hurricane Dorian skimmed by. It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here. Part of this month-long mentorship with Crystal Lake Publishing is taking a look at my goals and doing the work to achieve them. And boy is there a lot of work to... Continue Reading →

Four Women. Four Creepers.

#1.   28 years old, wearing ceil blue scrubs, she peruses the wine selection on her lunch break, because Wednesday evenings are Winesday evenings. A man down the aisle makes eye contact. The fairly non-descript, khaki-wearing guy stays a respectful distance away, but seems to watch her from his location. Like in a movie where... Continue Reading →

Luna’s Lure

Owl Hollow Press published the Under the Full Moon's Light anthology and guess whose story is first? As an amateur astronomer, I had to jump all over this call for submissions when I saw it on Horror Tree's website. I'm so glad I did. Check out my story, and all the other great moon-themed stories,... Continue Reading →

The Submission Wait

The Guest looms over my shoulder, invisible but obtrusive. She wraps her arms around my chest, constricting my lungs from expanding. Months pass and she follows me everywhere. I can’t breathe, but I allow her to stay as I wait for her to either profess her love, or to reject the invitation into my soul.... Continue Reading →

The Horror Within

It’s Friday the 13th and fans of horror everywhere are geeking out...again. But for some of us, Friday the 13th never really ends. It’s inside of me always. Some phantom creature pumping through my bloodstream. A whisper of a thing, otherwise undetectable, except for the warning in my veins. I grew up on Friday 13th... Continue Reading →

The Haunting Murder

Prefer to read The Haunting Murder in print?  Click the link to order Z Publishing's Virginia Emerging Writers anthology. From the yard, Hank heard them coming—like a distant, electrical hum on the horizon. As the smoky, black mass in the sky encroached, the screeching static pierced his ears. A myriad of crows undulated above as... Continue Reading →

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