Many times Iíve been asked about how I come up with ideas for my short stories and novels. There are many inspirations, from night time dreams to daydreams. Remembrances of childhood experiences are the best ways for me to take myself into a fantasy world of terror, silliness, pain, and joy. As children, our perceptions are far removed from the adult mundane world where everything has but one use or meaning.
In this collection of short stories Iíve touched on many of my fantasies and memories both from childhood and from maturity. Sometimes as I get older I feel that I am regaining some of the blessed imagination that we lose when our lives become full of household chores, making money, and meeting the demands of friends and loved ones. Or maybe Iím truly going bonkers!
I hope you truly enjoy the weird, the impossible, the fantasy, and the madness contained in each tale. This is not a book meant for those who find it impossible to let go of reality for a short time. It is for those who still believe in losing themselves with the fairies, goblins, witches, and the other secrets that dwell in the back of our minds. Give yourselves over to the thrills and scary, dark shadows inside the bedrooms of our minds.
A collection of the weird, the impossible, the childhood terrors almost forgotten, and the misfits that live in spooky dark nights when we find ourselves alone.
Fifteen stories meant for those who can still believe the impossible.
Deep in the basement a wooden box sits on a table. Demons that were called into the world are etched on the box. With tiny claws they writhe, push, and scratch at the wood, attempting to gain freedom. The forked tongues flick the air, bulbous noses scent, swollen cheeks pulse. Their icy determined voices vibrate the atmosphere with inaudible high-pitched screeches calling for revenge. Five-year old Stephen's mother, Cathy, is dead. Her body was cremated, her ashes cast into the ocean. Yet her spirit hovers over Stephen. It urges him to go down to the basement. For Stephen is meant to be the demons' instrument. His innocence will be their mask, his love their weapon. Because Stephen's father ended his affair with the babysitter too late. And Stephen's oppressive, demanding grandmother must pay for the pain she selfishly forced on her daughter. With blue eyes and cherub smile, Stephen will set out to punish Mommy's persecutors.
As a child Annabel had been abused by her brother Clive. As a woman she makes all the wrong choices.
First bad choice--She seeks security in Hubert, a man who devours dying souls to feed his own spirit. He wants to control. He wants to rule. He wants to defeat God.
Second bad choice--She believes Hubert when he pledges to share his power with her.
Third bad choice--She leaves Chicago to return to her rural hometown to live with her brother.
Fourth bad choice--She rejects the one man who could rescue her.
Annabel is in denial when it comes to Hubert and she lives in fear of Clive. Can she escape the hell surrounding her?
Street of Death
Historical--15th Century--The Spanish Inquisition
Susanna Diego brought shame and death to her family. As penance, on her death bed she requests that her severed head be placed atop the front door lintel of her former family home. Her last prayer is a wish that her daughter never know her mother's shame.
To Teresa, an orphan brought up in a convent, Susanna Diego's skull instills fear and an inexplicable personal sadness. When the nuns send her to care for a dying converso, a former Jew, she learns first-hand of the wretchedness and torture suffered by the Inquisition's victims. She falls in love with the dying man's son, Louis Velez, a man directly targeted by Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor. The skull of Susanna Diego brings the couple in direct conflict with Torquemada, and their lives are put in jeopardy. Will anyone come to their aid or shall one or both die bound to the Inquisition's fiery stake?
Sirena is a beautiful young stripper with a hobby. Very few men know about her hobby, but those who learn of it don't live to tell. These men become part of her life, a part of her home. Now two men lurk around Sirena, suspecting she may have a dark secret. One is blinded by his lust; the other, having been burned by his ex, is wary.
Will Sirena invite both men into her home to stay--FOREVER?
In the Name of the Vampire
Bodies emptied of blood are found on the streets of Paris. Is an indiscreet renegade vampire putting respectable Paris vampires at risk?
Justin is asked to find the culprit before mortals begin to believe in vampires and take defensive action. However, Justin's lover, Madeline, has disappeared. Before meeting Justin she had been one of Sade's lovers. Could she have returned to Sade? Could she be the renegade vampire?
The Vampire De Sade
Since Sade lost his beloved niece to zombie vampires, he has kept his emotions in check. But in his sleep of death what dreams may come? Dreams of Lilliana, his niece... Dreams driven by spells cast by the Voudou Queen Marie Laveau.
"The Hughes were dead and resided in a contemporary four-bedroom house with hardwood floors and granite-top kitchen counters." The family of five are vampires. Mom, who remembers the 18th century well, loves to dress in the clothing of that era. Dad is a traveling salesman who tries to be away from home as much as possible so that he may engage in typical vampiric delights. Vanessa is bored with childhood, Roger wishes he were normal, and Chuckie, the toddler, can out-curse the most jaded truck driver.
But nothing seriously outrageous occurs in their lives until Aunt Marie and Uncle Sade come for a visit.
DRAWN TO THE GRAVE
Winner of the International Horror Guild Award and Finalist for the Bram Stoker Award.
Carl has a terminal illness, but he never dies. Instead the women he sketches die in his place.
SIPS OF BLOOD
The Marquis de Sade lives today as a vampire. His sadistic pleasures have become bloodier. However, another vampire hounds him--his mother-in-law
Wil and his father are new to the vampire world. Wil's creator has been destroyed before she can train him. But he meets a dangerous new mentor who could bring about Wil's destruction.
CATHEDRAL OF VAMPIRES
Vampires have been imprisoned inside a French Cathedral for centuries. They are dessicated and thirsty. Will a yong female vampire on the outside be willing to free them? If she does what dangers does she set upon the world?