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‘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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“Bull’s Head Creek” to be Published in Spring 2013 Issue of Hungur Magazine August 4, 2012

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It’s my great pleasure, good reader, to announce that Hungur Magazine intends to publish my story entitled Bull’s Head Creek in its spring 2013 issue.

Hungur Magazine, which is produced by Sam’s Dot Publishing, also just recently published my short story Zulu 1 in its May 2012 issue. I am extremely grateful and gratified at their enthusiasm for my work, and look forward to continuing to work with the editors there.

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“Zulu 1” Now Available in May 2012 Issue of Hungur Magazine May 31, 2012

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Greetings, good reader. A.S. here.

There’s probably nothing more gratifying to a beginning writer than seeing his or her name in print, and I’m no different.

So, just putting together this quick little reminder that my short story entitled Zulu 1 is now available for your reading enjoyment in the May 2012 issue of Hungur Magazine from Sam’s Dot Publishing.

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“Zulu 1” to be Published in Spring 2012 Issue of Hungur Magazine October 9, 2011

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Greetings, good reader. A.S. here.

I received great news yesterday that I wanted to share with you. My short story entitled Zulu 1 is scheduled to be published in the spring 2012 issue of Hungur Magazine.

Sam’s Dot Publishing, which produces the publication, describes Hungur as a “magazine devoted to original vampire stories.” However, the magazine defines vampires very loosely.

As for the story itself, here’s the cover jacket summary: In Zulu 1, a group of American soldiers from the Tenth Mountain Division enters a cave in a remote part of Afghanistan just after the fall of Mazar-i-Sharif in 2003. The soldiers’ mission is to disrupt the flow of weapons to Taliban fighters, but what they discover in the bowels of the cave is far older and deadlier than  anything they could imagine.

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Poll: What is the scariest movie of all time? October 2, 2011

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Greetings, good reader. A.S. here, and, as promised, below is a poll that asks a very simple question: what is the scariest movie of all time?

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In THIS House, Halloween Starts on Oct. 1st! October 1, 2011

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Greetings, good reader. A.S. here.

I’m feeling good. Got my thousand words on the novel written today. I’m reading Robert Bloch’s Psycho for the first time. It’s the weekend.

Oh, yeah – it’s also October 1st – the first day of Halloween! That’s right, I said it. The first day of Halloween.

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The Horrors of Real Life September 2, 2011

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Editor’s Note: The following is a guest blog post from Netherlands-based horror writer Alex Laybourne, author of the recently self-published novel Highway to Hell. Please welcome him. Yours, A.S.

As a horror writer, I am always conjuring up images and creatures from the darkest depths of my mind. The intention of which is, of course, to scare people. To chill them and make them look over their shoulders as they read. Why? Because deep down everyone likes to be scared.

However, there is always something else out there that trumps even the most skilled of horror writers… real life.

The thing about horror writing is that it is very easy to go too over the top and risk losing your readers, either because there is too much gore, or because the situations and characters totally escape the realms of possibility and become so absurd that the horror is forgotten. In real life, however, there are no limits. The horror never becomes funny.

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Writer, Loosen Thy Grip: Let the Story Write Itself August 28, 2011

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Greetings, good reader. A.S. here.

Since early March, I’ve been writing my third book, a horror novel that takes place in both 1985 and the present day and alternates between the two time periods. For the purposes of this blog post, I’ll refer to them as the 1985 narrative and the present-day narrative. The first two hundred or so pages wrote themselves because I had a very good idea of where the story starts before I started writing. Part I takes place in the present day. Part II also takes place during the present day. Part III takes place in 1985.

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