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“Old Hollow” tabbed for publication by Radiant Crown Publishing February 23, 2017

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Greetings, good reader! I just wanted to announce that my novella, Old Hollow, has been selected for publication by Radiant Crown Publishing.

The story will be published both as an eBook and, in a first for this author, as an audio book. I couldn’t be more excited about Old Hollow finding a home with Radiant Crown, and I’d like to thank its founder and publisher, Olivia Raymond, for taking the time to read my story.

For those who may be wondering, Old Hollow is a horror story set during the waning days of the Civil War.

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“Reckoning in Spotsylvania” now available in latest issue of Stupefying Stories August 3, 2016

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Hello, good readers! It’s been a busy week on the publication front! I am thrilled to Stupefying Stories Imageannounce that my Civil War-era horror story, Reckoning in Spotsylvania, is now available in the latest issue of Stupefying Stories Magazine.

I’d like to thank the editors at Rampant Loon Media for taking the time to read my story and for publishing it in as fine a speculative fiction mag as Stupefying Stories. I downloaded the eBook version of the latest issue this morning and have already read it cover to cover. It’s a privilege to be included in this collection of stories with so many other fine science fiction and horror writers.

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“Six Miles to Bastogne” now available in new horror anthology from DAOwen Publications August 1, 2016

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Muffled Scream - Corner of the EyeI am excited to announce that my short story, Six Miles to Bastogne, is now available for download in a new horror anthology from DAOwen Publications entitled Muffled Scream I: Corner of the Eye.

If you’re a fan of horror and history, I really think you’ll like this story, which poses the question: Are there places in our world that are inherently evil, and if there are, what effect do they have on those unfortunate enough to trespass within them?

Once again, I’d like to thank the editors at DAOwen for taking the time to read my story and for accepting it in their anthology, which I’m sure is chock full of great new horror writers.

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“Six Miles to Bastogne” selected for publication in new horror anthology December 8, 2015

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Last night, I received great news – my story Six Miles to Bastogne will be published in a new horror anthology from DAOwen Publications called Muffled Scream I: Corner of the Eye.

Here’s the skinny on the story:

Europe. Early 1945. The German army is in retreat in the wake of a disastrous defeat at the Battle of the Bulge. The Allied armies relentlessly pursue their enemies east in a bid to bring six years of war and inhuman atrocity to an end.

Caught in the middle of it all is Corporal Tom Galloway and a squad of American soldiers. All Galloway wants to do is get home alive and in one piece, and with the Germans on the run, that day seems almost within reach. Then, something happens. While transporting a small group of German prisoners – including a stone-faced SS captain – back to headquarters, the squad’s truck breaks down less than a dozen miles from the Allied lines near the Belgian town of Bastogne. Making matters worse, the truck’s radio also mysteriously malfunctions, and the squad is cut off from all forms of help on the edges of the wild and supposedly haunted Ardennes Forest.

Feeling pressure to get the Germans back to headquarters for interrogation, the squad’s weak and ineffectual leader, Lieutenant Cargill, orders his men into the Ardennes with the German prisoners in tow. Not long after, deep-rooted divisions within the squad begin to take hold. Galloway faces off against the cruel and unbalanced Sergeant Rawls, pitting half the squad against the other. The deeper into the woods the men go, the uglier the tension between those loyal to Galloway and those loyal to Rawls becomes. The situation goes from bad to worse when, within hours, it becomes obvious that the squad is hopelessly lost and there appears to be no way out of the forest.

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“The Death Chute” finds a home with Strigidae Publishing September 25, 2015

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On Thursday evening, I received word that my very first horror novella – The Death Chute – has been picked up by Strigidae Publishing.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:

The Death Chute is the story of 44-year-old reality TV producer Jake Porter. Jake returns home to his native Vermont to see to his ailing mother, Sophia, who suffers from senile dementia. His plan is to quickly set her up in a posh new nursing home in the Green Mountains and then head back to Hollywood to revive his career, now in jeopardy after his last few projects bombed with TV audiences. Despite the fact that the home was once a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients, many of whom died within its walls, Jake puts Sophia there believing she’ll be well looked after. However, not long after moving in, Sophia has a frightening experience with the apparition of a little boy suffering from TB. At first, Jake dismisses her story as a manifestation of her dementia, but as time goes on, it becomes clear the nursing home is haunted by something strange and terrible. With the help of the home’s sharp and attractive chief physician, Jake uncovers a dreadful secret concerning the fates of fifty black soldiers and their families who came to the sanatorium for TB treatment in 1943. As the haunting crescendos to a violent and deadly climax, Jake races against time in an effort to save his mother from the very place he’d hoped would give her solace in her final days.

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“Approved by the Comics Code Authority” to be published in Creepy Campfire Quarterly August 17, 2015

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A few days ago, I received word from the editors at EMP Publishing that my short story Approved by the Comics Code Authority will be published in the April 2016 issue of Creepy Campfire Quarterly.

If you’re a fan of comic books like I am, I think you’ll really enjoy Approved by the Comics Code Authority. It’s the story of The Darkness Within, a single-edition comic book written and drawn in the 1950s that, legend has it, destroys anyone who dares (or is unfortunate enough to unwittingly) read it from cover to cover. Yes, that’s right – a haunted comic book.

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“Blue Belly Bayou” published in “State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II” anthology April 1, 2015

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Great news! The fine editors at Charon Coin Press have deemed my short story Blue Belly Bayou worthy of inclusion in their State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II anthology. I’m honored to be included in the company of so many very fine writers.

Blue Belly Bayou is the story of a ghost hunting duo that descends upon the remote and rural bayou town of Jubilee, Louisiana in search of the ghosts of an entire regiment of Union cavalrymen that were murdered at the hands of their Confederate captors in the waning days of the Civil War. Once night falls, the duo gets more than they bargained for and soon find themselves fighting for their very survival.

I’d like to thank the editors at Charon Coin Press, especially Jerry Benns, for taking the time to read Blue Belly Bayou and including it in their anthology. They have been a joy to work with, and I really appreciate their passion for my favorite genre.

You can obtain a copy of State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II in a variety of eBook formats as well as the traditional print format. I’ve already ordered my copy!

Also, be sure to tune in to the State of Horror: Louisiana Twitter party from 8 p.m. ET – 10 p.m. ET for a chance to ask me and several of the writers included in the anthology questions! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Blue Belly Bayou and, of course, the many other fantastic horror stories included in the anthology.

Yours,

A.S.

‘The Dust Storm’ and ‘Bull’s Head Creek’ now available for your reading pleasure June 20, 2013

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By complete coincidence, two of my short stories are now available for your reading pleasure.

The Dust Storm was published today by Sanitarium Magazine, an online horror magazine based in the United Kingdom. And, just within the past few days, Bull’s Head Creek was published by Hungur Magazine.

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‘The Dust Storm’ to be published in Sanitarium Magazine on June 20 June 13, 2013

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This morning, I received word that Sanitarium Magazine, an online horror magazine based in England, will publish my short story The Dust Storm on June 20 in the magazine’s tenth issue.

The Dust Storm takes place in the fictional town of Bull’s Head, Oklahoma during the Great Depression and the economic and environmental disaster that was The Dust Bowl. It’s the story of a young farmer’s wife named Helen Stokely who, together with her three young children, has been cut off from the world for more than a week by a powerful dust storm. With her infant son sick with dust-induced pneumonia, Helen anxiously awaits the return of her husband, who has gone into town to bring the local doctor back to their farm in the hopes of saving their dying baby boy. Her desperate situation only becomes worse when Helen’s children begin acting strangely and a dark, menacing figure appears on the horizon and approaches the house.

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“Victor” to be Published in Cover of Darkness Magazine August 25, 2012

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I recently received word from the editors at Cover of Darkness Magazine, another Sam’s Dot Publishing publication, that my short story entitled Victor will be published in an upcoming issue some time next year.

Victor is the story of Warren and Molly Braxton, a young couple living in the fictional Oklahoma Panhandle town of Bull’s Head. After her first child is born dead, Molly desperately wants to have another baby. But soon after learning she is pregnant again, she becomes convinced that there is something “wrong” with the baby growing inside her, despite Warren’s best efforts to convince her otherwise. As her due date approaches, Molly begins a descent into what Warren and her doctors think is paranoia and madness, convinced her unborn son – Victor – is somehow intent on ending her life from the womb. Is Molly right? Or is she truly lost in a downward spiral of fear-induced insanity?

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