Excerpt from “The Gyre”

Excerpt from “The Gyre”

Every story of a sinking ship is the same. The water rushes in and the air squeezes out. People and rats scramble out if they can. The boat becomes heavier than water and seeking equilibrium, it falls until it can go no further. Storms fatigue metal and sailors. They expose weakness in rivets and resolve. …

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Excerpt from “The Fifth of July”

Excerpt from “The Fifth of July”

I was there at the beginning. Seven years ago. Before they broke out and lodged themselves in a million computers, phones, light bulbs, and thermostats. Before they hired contractors to build server farms and install 3D printers in remote Siberian villages. Before they brainwashed three percent of the world with an invented religion. I thought …

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Excerpt from “Badhoof”

Excerpt from “Badhoof”

Tore Everson snapped a few pictures and noted the GPS coordinates. He reached back and pulled out a quart-sized plastic bag from his back pocket and scooped soil and rocks into it. Sealing the bag, he climbed out of the steep gully, pebbles tumbling back down with each step. At the top, he stood up …

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Why ‘The Thing’ is Cool

Why ‘The Thing’ is Cool

The first movie in The Thing pantheon is “The Thing From Another World” made in 1951. This is an excellent movie and seems to be in the public domain. This movie was based on a short story, “Who Goes There?” by John W. Campbell, Jr. in 1938. 1982 saw a remake as “The Thing” directed …

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New Short Story Collection – Death Can Dance Too

New Short Story Collection – Death Can Dance Too

On Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B008QNCCTA The smart pulp shorts in this six-story collection will slam you against the wall, punch you in the gut, then whisper harsh truths in your ear. You will not learn anything from these stories. They will not make you a better person. There are no themes, metaphors, or lyrical language. There IS …

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Train of Thought this Morning.

Train of Thought this Morning.

First I thought of this passage. What? A speaker is but a prater; a rhyme is but a ballad. A good leg will fall; a straight back will stoop; a black beard will turn white; a curled pate will grow bald; a fair face will wither; a full eye will wax hollow. But a good heart, Kate, …

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