Tag Archive | gothic

The Philosopher’s Way

“One evening a tap-tap-tapping and the faint smell of wintergreen candy drifted into the study from the hallway. When the unmistakable cat’s head cane and black bowler hat appeared in the doorway, Stephen didn’t bother to ask how Stilts had gotten into the locked house. He didn’t bother to wonder why, despite the decades that […]

The Devil’s in the Details

The Devil’s in the Details “Why is it that some artists just as talented and hard-working as the next guy never make it, while the next guy goes all the way to the top?” That question has haunted musician Mathew “Maz” Zolbe  ever since his neighbor Old Lady Ivy told him the story of Robert […]

A Simple Game of Chess

A Simple Game of Chess   Obsessions… that particular someone who for reasons neither rational nor restrained possesses one’s thoughts, preoccupies one’s mind, stains one’s soul with pure, single-minded mania. Obsessions… the incendiary devices that ignite the passions that sustain us–and threaten  to immolate us within their flames. Few writers have traveled the dark, twisted […]

Released

Released The sixth short story in my  new collection The Knife and the Wound It Deals is an exploration of the limits of both body and mind when taken to extremes more dark and desperate than most of us could ever imagine. It was one of the collection’s most challenging stories to write and, I suspect, […]

The Oracle Bone

The Oracle Bone The Horror Society’s Dangers Untold anthology, which includes my short story “The Oracle Bone,” is now available for purchase! “We think a monster can at least be killed; it’s flesh and blood. Therefore it can die. If it doesn’t die, it will always be there—lurking in our shadows.” Dangers Untold isn’t your […]

Paid In Full

Paid In Full I’ve been missing my dark, fanged friends of late, so here’s a little vampire story in the Summer 2012 issue of Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 125 pages packed with short stories, poetry, and art. Click here to purchase the print edition, or here for the Kindle edition on Amazon.  

Happy Anniversary, Verland!

Happy Anniversary, Verland! One year ago this month, my first novel Verland: The Transformation revealed the strange secrets, brooding meditations, and astounding transformations long hidden in the pages of a very old, very unique diary. Here’s to an amazing first year, and an eternity to come! Excerpts from Verland: –“This is not written for the […]

Who is Like God?

Who is Like God? “Neva Olena Vitoshka was the only daughter among thirteen sons. But some daughters are cleverer than others. Some know the dangerous plants of the forest, and just how much to add to the tea of an already weakened child. Neva Olena Vitoshka survived the Great Famine, just as we have survived […]