Black as Noir

Valentine's Day...that symbol of commercialism and desperation that leaves single people sad and couples anxious. Gross, right? I say let's spit on the rituals of purchasing overly sweet chocolates and paying for awkwardly-performative dinners out. Forget the already-dying roses.

Let's try something different. I wrote a noir story, because love is low down and dirty. I've got a hardboiled detective, a shifty client, a well-dressed dame, and one hell of a misundertanding. It's modern day, yet retro levels of

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A new year of storytelling

How's your January?

I've been busy.

I've fired up my rusty, rattling Patreon page this month because I've got a lot of stories backing up in the ol' story pipes, and they need to go somewhere.

If you liked my previous writing, I think you'll enjoy this new batch of speculative fiction. There will be science fiction, fantasy, some fairy tales, and a few adventure stories with a strong whiff of roll initiative. I'm aiming to put up a new

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A Present for the Ghost of Christmas Present

Sharp eyed citizens (or those haunted by seven-years'-dead business partners) might catch a special holiday sight today at the local mall. The Ghost of Christmas Present is back!

Yes, the massive, jolly, be-robed spirit is walking amongst the populace, strolling in and out of the cheerfully decorated stores, from the Williams-Sonoma to the Eddie Bauer, from one anchor department store to the other. Less noticeable are his two companions, an emaciated young boy and girl who even the cheeriest shoppers

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Golem Shows the True Meaning of Christmas

Prague, Czech Republic — The holiday season really can bring people together. When an unexpected tree shortage meant that the town square might go without its traditional symbol this year, assistance came from an unusual source. The local earth golem, who is normally employed as a personal assistant to Rabbi Loew, offered its services as a literal stand-in.

“Golem not need to sleep. Or move. Just stand in square. Kids decorate.” Asked why it volunteered, the golem explained, “Want to learn

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Microfiction: Krampus Switching to Clean Coal

In a press conference this week, Krampus, the shadowy companion to St. Nicholas, announced that beginning in the 2017 holiday season, clean coal is now standard in all gift giving to bad children, and that this will continue indefinitely.

“It’s the children who were naughty, not the planet,” the dark lord of yuletide said in his prepared remarks. “I am deeply concerned about the health of the Earth. Though I may endure for millennia in the hidden fears of

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Winter is Coming, which is a thing it does every year.

Winter is slowly, finally arriving where I live. The weather report teases me with threats of snow (no accumulation). The Halloween decorations that plague me are now (mostly) replaced/adjuncted with Christmas lights. The pumpkins rot quietly, as is their wont.

This time of year makes me reflective. I ponder what to do differently next year. One of those things is writing publicly more. I plan to reboot this site with more (and more interesting) content, on a more regular

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