“Holes in Heaven” — Isthmus (January 2016)

My story “Holes in Heaven” was published in the January 2016 issue of Isthmus.

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In addition to its other powers, the Arizona heat compels decay. My forty-year-old apartment building with its Class C construction and Title Eight clientele didn’t stand a chance. The stench had overtaken my bedroom months ago, the epicenter of my carefully assembled physics experiment. Even with a bandana tied around my face, the room stank like clam bellies festering in the desert sun.

I tossed another stack of torn and stained newspapers, Gila Bend Suns and Arizona Republics, onto the edges of … Read more

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“The Woman in the Woods” — Necessary Fiction (February 2016)

My story “The Woman in the Woods” was published in the February 2016 issue of Necessary Fiction.

First Lines

Papa’s Death and the Orphan Train

No matter how many times Horace told her different, Eliza knew her brother was wrong. The woman in the woods didn’t look the least bit dead. The woman in the woods looked beautiful. With her long flowing hair and a leaf-gold cape, she made Eliza think of an ancient Irish queen. Of course, the woman didn’t speak as she made her way along the trail. The woman was communing with her subjects, the dead … Read more

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My Story “A Pinhole of Light” Emerges in Black Static #54

A Pinhole of Light

My story “A Pinhole of Light,” which concerns itself with ghost hordes, photography, and transformation, just came out in the September/ October issue of Black Static. I was going through a rough patch when I wrote this piece and something of that dark energy wove itself into this particular story world. As usual, all those story-world details such as the mill town, the history of photography, and whatever else struck my fancy are the fruits of all that research I find myself compelled to do.

This will make my fourth publication with TTA Press and my first publication in this … Read more

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