My favorite horror story I’ve written this year: Motel Impressions is a ghost story that takes place in a motel room. It is set in Long Beach NY and was sparked by a true story (of a murder, not ghosts) for which I built a fictional story around.
My favorite creature/monster that I created: The giant tentacled worm from The Gates of Lament is part Lovecraft and partly inspired by my post, Scariest Creatures of the Sea
My best opening line in a story: Upstanding Citizen – The moment old lady Ambrose bent over to look in my basement window, I hit her in the back of the head with a hammer… (read more at the Carnage Conservatory)
My favorite character: Jason from The Suitcase is probably most like myself. This story takes place on Long Island and was written in 2011 when the state police were finding the remains of several female victims off of Ocean Parkway.
My favorite message/bigger meaning in a story: Holiday Icon demonstrates the hypocrisy of people during the Christmas holiday. Most of my stories have some alter/bigger meaning, moral or message. Some are more obvious than others.
The two demons in Lessons in Demonology are named after the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos – Greek mythological words that translate to ‘fear’and ‘terror’
In The Gates of Lament, there are three blatant nods to 1970’s Americana in the names of the characters.
A list of published works for 2013:
(story title/place where published/date published)
Upstanding Citizen – the Carnage Conservatory (website) 2/6/13
The Suitcase – From Beyond the Grave (anthology) 4/15/13
Lessons in Demonology – Twisted Dreams Magazine 6/1/13
Pig – Shadow Masters: An Anthology From the Horror Zine – 6/23/13
X-Ray Specs – SNM Horror Magazine (website) – 7/1/13
Maynard’s Secret – SNM Horror Magazine (website) – 8/1/13
Awakening – Twisted Dreams Magazine – 10/1/13
Bloodsuckers – Infernal Ink Magazine – 10/1/13
Uninvited – 100 Doors To Madness (anthology) – 10/12/13
The Memory Thief – Dark Eclipse Magazine – 11/3/13
Motel Impressions – Miseria’s Chorale (anthology) – 11/26/13
The Gates of Lament – Cellar Door II (anthology) – 12/06/13
Holiday Icon – Oh, Little Town of Deathlehem (anthology) – 12/24/13
total: 13 for 2013 – more info on my Bio page
– published stories in the horror fiction short-story market to date – 24
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I would like to thank the editors of all the publications for taking the time to work with my fiction and for seeing something original and provoking enough to accept them for publication. Look forward to working with you all in the coming year.