Listen to your elders

They have always said to stay away from the abandoned Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel especially after dark… especially on all hallow’s eve… especially the cemetery. Nobody knew why it sat deserted. Rumor said that one night the priests and nuns it housed disappeared without a trace. Nobody knew where they went; not even... Continue Reading →

Psychological thriller question…

I've been going through about five or six novels that I believe to be psychological thrillers (Kindle Store does not make it easy to tell). From what I have seen, they all have female main characters and at some point in the story, they hook up with another character. Is this a general theme in... Continue Reading →

Scarsdale – part 2: Midnight caffeine

The keys on the keyboard clacked in the multi-hued glow from the monitor. Windows filled with event logs and log files covered the screen; a virtual haystack in which a virtual needle was hiding. Steve’s eyes darted from image to image on the screen. Finally, he sat back and rubbed his burning eyes. He glanced... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 10

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Linda knocked on the wooden door with an opaque glass window. On a small sign next to the door, it read “West Virginia Paranormal Society.” There was no response... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 9

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Owen stood in the living room of the Wellington Farmhouse. He watched a car creep through the melting snow from the large window. The car stopped and an elderly... Continue Reading →

Character-building is a crucial step in the creative writing process. However, we often become too focused on creating and developing isolated character profiles that we overlook one of the most crucial aspects of character-building: the relationships that exist between these characters. Source: 8 Secrets To Writing Strong Character Relationships - Writer's Edit

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 8

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. The sounds of creaking wood surrounded Grace. She could not see anything in the darkness that surrounded her. She remembered she had a flashlight in her pocket and turned... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 6

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. “Agent Rodriguez! You need to see this!” Owen shouted from the basement of the Wellington farmhouse. Mara did not answer but the sound of her footfalls on the floor... Continue Reading →

Oubliette: Orientation – Part 5

Note: This story is a part of a larger series of short stories and flash fiction. You can find these stories on the Oubliette home page. Pete stood in his father’s office unsure of what to say. There was an uncomfortable silence as the two FBI agents studied him. Pete saw them as they arrived... Continue Reading →

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