Liquid Courage

Liquid Courage

This one seems to be a fan favorite of mine. Originally published in Shroud Magazine #9 (2010), then reprinted in my short story collection For After Midnight (2011). T Allen Press is proud to being you “Liquid Courage” as this month’s ’12 for 12′ short story Kindle release.


“Liquid Courage” is a 7,500 word short story about a man trying to get over a bad breakup with his girlfriend. Chris is going through a lot of internal strife and is looking for a way out. He even ponders committing suicide… until his friend comes up missing. Shortly after the disappearance, Chris starts receiving notes containing clues to his friend’s whereabouts. In the end, Chris’ friend isn’t the only one who needs saving.

You can download this tale to your Kindle for only .99 cents!

Spare Rib Soup

“Spare Rib Soup” is this month’s ’12 for 12′ short story Kindle release by T Allen Press.


Spare Rib Soup is a 6,000 word short story about a husband and wife that take a  trip to Taiwan before their bundle of joy is born.

Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, when the wife goes into labor during the flight.

It definitely isn’t the happy ending they both had dreamed about.

You can download this sick little tale to your Kindle for only .99 cents! However, I’d suggest not reading this before your Thanksgiving meal. This is a book you CAN judge by its cover.

Bon appetit!

The Halloween Hero

“The Halloween Hero” is this month’s ’12 for 12′ short story Kindle release by T Allen Press.


The Halloween Hero is a 5,200 word story centering around a little boy named Billy. Billy’s parents aren’t the best to be around, so he spends most of his time staring out his bedroom window and dreaming of a better life. His favorite time to look out on the world are during the hours he’s supposed to be in bed.

It’s during one of these late night watching sessions, Billy sees “something” lurking in the shadows. After much trepidation, he decides to go outside and investigate.

Where his worst nightmare comes to life.

You can download this creepy little tale to your Kindle for only .99 cents!

Gnomus & The 7th House

I announced here about T Allen Press publishing a short story via Kindle each of the next 12 months. “Gnomus” & “The 7th House” is the first installment. As an added bonus, the first release contains two stories.


“Gnomus” is a 2,200 word short story. The tale centers around Steven whom is newly retired and is becoming increasingly annoyed by his wife’s “to do” list. Little does Steven know Deborah has an unique way to make sure he completes everything on her list.
The follow-up to the previous story is 6,600 words and entitled “The 7th House”. This tale takes place at a haunted house attraction where Steven exacts his revenge on Deborah’s nasty little way of making him do what she wants.
Visit Amazon to download over 8,500 words of terror-filled fun for less than a buck!

12 for 12

For each of the next 12 months (including this month) T Allen Press will publish a short story via Kindle. All come from my short story collection For After Midnight. The 332 page Trade Paperback, eBook or Audio Book editions can still be purchased on Amazon. If you’ve never read any of my stuff, but always wanted to, you’ll soon be able for only .99 cents each month. Below is the cover of the first Kindle release, followed by the full release schedule. Note: a few releases will contain more than one story, since the lengths are fairly short.

“Gnomus” & “The 7th House” – September 2012 (coming next week)

“The Halloween Hero” – October

“Spare Rib Soup” – November

“Liquid Courage” – December

“Urban Monsoon”, “Cake Batter” & “Future Hall-of-Famer” – January 2013

“In the Woods” – February (Update: This short story will not be released, as it’s the Prologue & Epilogue to my novel, Deep Dark Woods, coming early 2013)

“Jacob’s Mind” – March

“Rebirth: The Rise of Pharaoh Masika” – April

“One Brew Too Many?” – May

“The Ringmaster” – June

“Hunger” & “Thirst” – July

“All in the Line of Duty” – August

Morpheus Tales XVII

Morpheus Tales XVII has been released and is now available for purchase. The new issue of MT contains my short-short story ‘Urban Monsoon’ which originally appeared in my short story collection For After Midnight.

You can order this UK publication direct from the publisher.

Bartender, Please – Now Available! (Updated)

‘Bartender, Please’ is based upon the novella “Last Night Out” contained in the 3-novella collection Twisted Tales from the Torchlight Inn (Schwamberger, Erb, Harrison – January 2011). This tale is a “what happens next” to the still-living characters in the aforementioned novella.
Reader’s beware: This story is icky, bloody and brutal.

In other words…you’ll love it!

Click here to download this short-short story to your Kindle for only .99 cents!

(Author’s note: You don’t need to read the novella to enjoy this story, but it will help you understand the character’s situation a bit more.)
Update: From 2/29 – 3/4 you’ll be able to download to your Kindle for FREE!

A story from the past…


While you wait for your copy of Night School to arrive (or if you haven’t yet ordered it, click here), I thought I would take this opportunity to bring back my first short story that was published, in Orion’s Child Magazine, called, ‘Gnomus.’  I don’t know about you, but these things have always scared me.

Anyway, click here to read the story.

What’s going on…

There are a few things I would like to update you all on.

1) I was contacted by a new magazine (can’t say which one, yet) that will debut early next year.  They inquired with me about the possibility of them doing a feature on me in their Oct 09 issue, with an interview, short story, etc.  Additionally, they asked if I would be interested in writing a ‘review’ for them.  I, of course, said, yes – to just give me the details and that I would come up with something.

Once these are set in stone, I will of course let you know.

2) I mentioned here about my short story, ‘The Ringmaster’ being published in the Nov. edition of Orion’s Child Magazine.  I said I would update you all on the link so you could read it, but it hasn’t went live as of yet.  Once I find out what’s going on, I will let you know.

3) Began another step in the promotion and marketing of Night School by contacting libraries here in Ohio and around the rest of the US, asking them to pre-order the book from the publisher and place it on their shelves.

4) I mentioned here about me working on a Chapbook.  Currently, a publisher in the UK is reviewing it.

5) There is a film producer that is currently reviewing the short stories that are making up the Chapbook.

With everything that is going on, I haven’t had much time to write anything new, especially not the new novel I was working on before Night School was accepted for publication.  Although, I am in the middle of a creepy short story about a Mummy, that I hope to have done by the end of the week.  I’ll then start shopping that around to different magazines, as well.

Hope everyone is doing well and don’t forget about the Contest!

Part 5, Free Serialized Short Story, a Thank You & a Contest

As of yesterday, I received the 1,000th visitor to my website.  This is pretty good, considering the site has only been up and running for alittle over a month.  So, as a Thank You, I am posting early another part of the Free Serialized Short Story, ‘Jacob’s Mind.’  It can be found to your right under the appropriate page.

Also, you will find a new page to your right, named, Contests/Giveaways.  Check it out to learn how you could score a free signed-copy of the manuscript used for my upcoming novel, Night School.